Category: Startups

Testing a new way of fostering community discussion about Portland startups

We’ve got some great resources for the Portland startup community. There’s the Portland startups Slack, which is a great spot for quick questions or connecting with other folks. There’s the Portland startups Switchboard, a way of supporting one another in the community with Asks and Offers. But it feels like conversations about content, companies, and other startuppy stuff is still fragmented and distributed on a variety of social networks and platforms.

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Investing in virtual healthcare: Portland’s Conversa continues to attract capital

Portland based Conversa has raised another chunk of capital, expanding its Series B raise to $20 million. The funding will be used to “continue to scale its technology platform, expand its library of automated virtual care digital pathways, and fuel growth with new and existing customers.”

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Which second tier startup communities are effectively promoting entrepreneurship?

If a startup community grows and there’s no one around to tell the story of that community, is it really a viable startup community? Stories are important. As is promotion. So it’s always nice to see second tier startup cities taking the time to highlight all of the amazing entrepreneurial activity in their midst.

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Coming out of stealth: StackPulse

While it doesn’t happen as often as it used to, there’s always something uplifting about companies “coming out of stealth” around here. The latest is StackPulse, which calls Portland home. The reveal included an announcement of a $20 million venture capital round to complement $8 million raised previously.

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Rise of the Rest: Expanding entrepreneurship outside of traditional startup hubs


Foxbox: It’s the tiniest moments that have biggest impact

It’s the little things. Foxbox — a nonprofit designed to support children and their parents during long hospital stays founded by former startup founder Kat Miller — recognizes this. And they’re hoping to make 2021 a year focused on those small seemingly insignificant yet everlasting moments their primary focus.

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Secondary stock sale to Sequoia values Zapier at more than $4 billion

There are any number of startups that aren’t headquartered here, but that have a bunch of employees here, either remote or through a regional office. One of those companies is Zapier, the popular Low Code/No Code service that lets you automate online tasks by tying disparate APIs together. More than 30 Portland area folks currently work there. So when I saw the news about Zapier’s founders selling shares to Sequoia, it piqued my interest.

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Capturing corporate culture in The Silicon Forest: What’s it like to work at Tripgrid?

Even in all of this weirdness, companies are still growing and hiring. And The Silicon Forest is working hard to be the go-to resource for those folks. Ensuring that everyone has easy access to all of the jobs that folks are looking to fill.

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Workfrom founder Darren Buckner recognized with inaugural The Buildies Award

Remote work. You’re currently soaking in it. But it wasn’t always this way. Whether you can remember that or not. Prior to the pandemic, “remote work” in Portland was synonymous with one Portland startup, Workfrom. And this week, the founder of Workfrom, Darren Buckner, was recognized for his efforts to help the remote work community with the inaugural The Buildies Award in the Anywhere category.

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Simplifying React: Divjoy 2.0 is now available

I don’t know about you. But to me, this year is already feeling rough. And building up a head of steam — let alone momentum — has been incredibly challenging thus far. But I’m happy to report, that entrepreneurs are managing to do it. To build things. And to launch stuff. Like Divjoy 2.0, which is trending on Product Hunt today.

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