Category: Portland

Most popular stories on Silicon Florist in 2020

Since I don’t think I’m going to manage to write any barnburners in the last few days of the year, now seemed to be as good of a time as any to share the year end recap for Silicon Florist. So what were the most popular Silicon Florist stories written in 2020? I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn many of them are pandemic related. Let’s take a look.

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REMINDER: 50% discount on Silicon Florist job board ends in 2021

2020. Am I right? Earlier this year — when the global pandemic started to directly impact employment — I did three things on Silicon Florist:

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Help crowdsource a definitive list of all Oregon startups

It’s been a year, hasn’t it? Usually around this time of year, I’d likely be waxing philosophic about all of the amazing founders I’d had the chance to meet. Over coffee. Or a beer. But this year isn’t that year is it? (It’s not.) Which has me thinking that I have probably missed out on any number of amazing founders and companies over the past 10 months. And that’s why I’m wondering if it would be possible to get your help resolving that issue.

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There’s a new venture capital firm in town

It’s always nice to see more capital focused on helping entrepreneurs around here. So it was a bright spot in all of this weirdness to see that there was a new venture fund in town. And it was an even brighter spot to see that the Oregon Growth Board had committed $350,000 to the new fund. Meet Include Venture Group.

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Willamette Week pops by Workfrom virtual cafes

The isolation is real. And many folks are missing previously simple activities like hanging out at a local coffee shop or brewpub as they get some work done. And while the reality of being able to do that again still seems a long way off, Portland startup Workfrom has come up with something to tide folks over for now — and potentially forever. It’s Workfrom virtual cafes.

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The Wild wants to give you a tour of Tours

For all of the multitude of negatives that have come along with being submerged in a global pandemic, there are a few bright spots, here and there. Like the creativity inspired by the constraints of our current lives. We’re seeing any number of new platforms and companies coming into being. And some of those are appearing locally. Like Tours in The Wild.

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Season of giving: Supporting Business for a Better Portland’s annual Street Roots support campaign

It’s drawing near the end of the year. And it’s holiday season. Which means it’s time for what has become another tradition: Business for a Better Portland‘s annual Street Roots support campaign. And this year — with less foot traffic on the city sidewalks — it’s more important than ever.

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TechfestNW PitchfestNW 2020 winner: HILOS

Another TechfestNW is in the books. And with it, PitchfestNW, which has become a quintessential — and international — part of this annual event, albeit virtual this time around. Once the digital dust settled, one company stood apart from the others and it happened to be a local company: HILOS.

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Perplexed by press releases?

I’ve lost count of how many press releases I’ve written over the last 25 years or so. It’s become such a common occurrence for me — either for my projects or for helping PIE companies — that I sometimes forget that composing them is still a dark mystic art for most folks. But then, inevitably, I get an ill-formed attempt at a press release from a startup and that fact is brought into sharp relief — at the startup’s expense.

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