Category: Products

Big week for reality in Portland startups: Torch and The Wild both launch products

If you’ve talked to me about markets that have a lot of potential in Portland, we’ve no doubt discussed reality of some flavor or another. Virtual, Augmented, Immersive, Experiential… whatever you want to call it, folks in Portland have been exploring creating content with those technologies for years. And now, XR is inspiring a new crop of products in town that enable folks to create that content more easily.

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For the benefit of nonprofits, ThinkShout launches Bene

I’ve spent more than my fair share of time around nonprofits. Established nonprofits. Startup nonprofits. You name it. Both as an employee and as a volunteer. And time and time again, one of the most consistent challenges for any nonprofit—and one that often ended up on my plate—is effectively promoting what they’re working to accomplish. And leveraging technology to make that promotion as effective as possible. Now, nonprofits have a new tool to help them, thanks to ThinkShout. Meet Bene.

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Centralizing marketing data: Portland startup Lytics launches Orchestrate

We have more access to more data points than we’ve ever had. And the more data we consume, the more ways we find to leverage that data. Perhaps no one finds this opportunity more compelling than digital marketing. But with an abundance of data—data which often falls into silos—there are challenges, as well. That’s why Portland’s Lytics has created Orchestrate.

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Getting everyone on the same page: Talkoot simplifies content management for product companies

For as many consumer products as we produce around Portland—and throughout the state—its still rare for Portland’s tech startups and consumer brands to cross paths. It happens. Most notably with companies like Brandlive, embodee, Opal, and Orchestra. But not as often as you’d think.

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Urban Airship launches AirMail: Your iPhone push notifications just got a lot more interesting

Now, Portland-based Urban Airship has introduced a better option: AirMail, a new service that allows app developers to deliver rich push notifications to their users, simply and easily.

[HTML2]Apple Push Notification Service has changed the way that iPhone app developers communicate with their users—by enabling developers to remain in contact by sending messages directly from their applications. Not only does it keep the application in the user’s mind, it provides yet another way of improving the user experience.

But there’s one little problem with the whole push setup. You see, for all the beauty of the iPhone interface and the apps therein, push notifications are still simple text messages. And that might not always deliver the user experience developers want. Read More

It’s not project management, it’s FMYI: HBO and other big names laud Portland-based collaboration platform

Portland-based FMYI has to be one of my favorite dark horse “They’re in Portland?” companies. They work with huge brands. They’ve been around forever—at least in Internet time. (I mean, c’mon. They have a four-letter domain name.) And best of all? They’ve been incredibly successful—and growing—even in this down economy.

Need proof? Well today they’re taking the wraps off of their latest version—FMYI 6.0—and the announcement includes some very kind words from a couple of those big name clients, namely HBO and Hyatt. Read More

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