Category: Startups

Pitchbook: 2021 was $1 billion year for venture capital in Portland

The Portland Business Journal is reporting this morning on numbers from Pitchbook that show Portland metro area startups raised more than $1 billion in venture capital in 2021. The more impressive number from my perspective? That total was the result of investments in 138 deals.

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It’s like March Madness. But for startups.

I always knew that the Portland Business Journal had an ongoing case of the brackets. But to date, those brackets have really only handled a local beer competition. But now it’s time for startups to compete, tournament bracket style, as part of the Inno Madness competition.

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Westside Pitch: Giving Washington County startups the limelight

Not to date myself, but for the first decade or so I worked in startups, my commute — and the commute of the vast majority of my peers — consisted of heading out to Beaverton and Hillsboro. Because at a time when startups needed a room full of servers and room full of engineers, Washington County had both the floor plates and the cost per square foot to make it manageable.

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Bootstrapped Portland startup LeadsRx acquired by Unbounce

Another exit for a local startup. Portland’s LeadsRx which has been focused on increasing marketing conversion rates since its founding in 2015 has been acquired by Unbounce, an industry leader in landing page optimization.

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Blackbird singing in the… err improving coding in the classroom

On the downside, education has been disrupted — or completely upended — by the impact of the pandemic. But the silver lining is that many educational institutions are rethinking how they teach and deliver curriculum. Which is an opportunity. Portland startup Blackbird offers a way to capitalize on that opportunity by improving coding education for middle and high schoolers.

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Looking to engage — or re-engage — with the Portland startup community? Here are a few tips and tricks, pandemic or no

One of the most confusing things about the Portland startup community is how quiet it is. It’s not because there’s nothing happening. Far from it. And it’s not because people aren’t interested in including new and amazing people like you in their groups or meetups. Honestly, the quiet nature of the community comes from a very positive place: folks around here tend to be aggressively humble. They’re not ones to toot their own proverbial horns or be making a lot of noise about what they’re building.

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Out of an acquisition a Stellar new Portland startup appears

Not many folks realized it but Goldstar, a live events ticketing platform, had a fairly significant Portland presences with nearly 40 local folks working at the company prior to the pandemic. Today, Goldstar announced they were being acquired by TodayTix Group. And with it, the Portland story would seem to come to an end. Except for the fact that the Portland folks get to work for a new startup spun out of Goldstar. Meet Stellar.

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Three Portland area startups set sail in Washington Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator

New year, new accelerator programs. And to kick things off, three Portland area startups have been selected to participate in the Washington Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator, a nonprofit startup accelerator program focused on driving inclusive innovation in the “blue economy.”

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Top 10 Silicon Florist articles for 2021

It’s that time of year. Time to do the recaps. And the looking back. And figuring out what you’ve accomplished. And who was helpful to you in 2021. So it only makes sense that I take a brief look back to see what you, gentle reader, and your peers were interested in reading on Silicon Florist in the last year.

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Need support building your startup in 2022? Apply to Startups for All EPIC!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Being a founder is hard. And lonely. And challenging on any number of fronts. So I’m always a huge fan of organizations that help founders feel empowered and connected. Like Startups for All and their EPIC! program.

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