Category: Startups

Another chance to meet folks in the Portland startup community

Not everyone — even in this all Zoom all of the time world — has the wherewithal to attend happy hours and evening events. Other commitments, family time, just not working… all take precedence. Which is why I’ve always liked Portland Lunch 2.0. Because it’s at a time where a broader group of folks are able to join and meet one another.

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Bringing it all together: BankShift

Remember products like Adium and FriendFeed? What about Google Reader? You know, things that were designed to simplify your life by bringing a bunch of disparate information streams into a single interface? Now a new service from a Portland fintech startup is taking that kind of thinking to banking. Meet BankShift.

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A wish for the Portland startup community

Fast Company calls Portland startup Goodwell’s toothbrush a “World Changing Idea”

What if you could have the convenience of an electric toothbrush, without filling landfills with tons of batteries and plastic and the like? Patrick Triato took that challenge as inspiration to create Goodwell. And now, Fast Company has named Goodwell’s Be. Brush, the winner of the wellness category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Idea Awards.

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Could Expensify be the company to slake Portland’s IPO drought?

Portland has its fair share of exits. But the vast majority of the time, those liquidity events are through acquisition. What doesn’t happen around these parts that regularly is an Initial Public Offering (IPO). But that may be changing, given that Expensify just filed a draft IPO registration with the SEC.

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Twitter’s acquisition of Scroll has a Portland connection

News has started bubbling about Twitter acquiring Scroll, a service that allowed users to pay a subscription to remove ads from popular content sites. Scroll also owns Nuzzel, a popular news service that shares stories that people in your Twitter timeline are sharing. Cool. But what does that have to do with Portland exactly?

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Portland startup Steamchain takes on payment processing for logistics and shipping

Another day, another interesting fintech company being built in Portland. This time, it’s Steamchain, which has set its sights on simplifying the payment processing systems in transportation and logistics.

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A little Spring cleaning over on the Portland Startups Slack

I’m the first to admit it. I let the Portland Startups Slack get a little messy over the years. Like that drawer. In the kitchen. You know the one. So recently, in a fit of wild inspiration born of Spring cleaning and some other Slack instances I frequent, I decided to do something about it.

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Angel Oregon Tech announces TechfestNW pitch finalists

There’s a new wrinkle to TechfestNW, this year. No. It’s not the fact that they’ve gone virtual. This is the second year for that. It’s that they partnered with Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to bring Angel Oregon investors and educational opportunities to a wide variety of startups. From those participants, they selected ten finalists. And now we know who they are.

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Using Portland startup Subfund to give you more context on Portland startups

I always believe that the best way to understand a startup’s product is to actually use the startup’s product. I know. Call me crazy. So ever since I became aware of Portland’s Subfund, I’ve been scratching my head for ways to put it into practice. And apparently all of that head scratching shook something loose. Because I just came up with a new experiment.

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