Category: Startups

Looking to share your knowledge about Portland? Look no further than the PortlandWiki

Everyday there are new awesome things happening in Portland. Things that matter to people in Portland. Things that change and form the very core of what Portland is. But how can anyone keep track of all this amazing information about our fair city?

Well, that’s why we have PortlandWiki. Read More

Banking on Portland: BankSimple consolidates its offices in the Rose City

It wasn’t so long ago that Alex Payne moved to Portland. And co-founded a new startup that wasn’t anywhere near Portland. That startup was BankSimple.

As time went on, Alex helped the BankSimple office in Portland grow, made some interesting local hires, and continued to work as the company landed more funding for its cause—reinventing the consumer experience with banks. Read More

Meet the Startup: Galaxy Sailor Productions

It’s always interesting to step outside the realm of tech startups to chat with entrepreneurs pursuing other creative interests. But part of what makes it so interesting is that every startup and startup industry seem to encounter the exact same issues.

Take Martin Vavra of Galaxy Sailor and the startup world of the independent filmmaker. Spend a few minutes with Martin and get a feel for what it takes to get a film made. Read More

Urban Airship appoints CFO as it crosses the 5 billion push notification mark

While funding starting to flow is a good sign of startup activity in the Portland area, so is the traction some of these companies are beginning to show with their customer bases.

Take for example Urban Airship, which today announced it has served more than five billion push notifications. A staggering number, especially considering they hit 1 billion less than a year ago. Read More

Does your venture need a little more capital? OEN Venture Northwest 2011 may be the answer

While stories of Portland and Oregon startups landing funding are becoming more and more common these days, there are still any number of local startups who are still looking for ways to break into the realm of venture funding.

And one of the best ways to make those connections with local investors? Getting in front of the crowd at OEN Venture Northwest. Read More

Meet the Startup: Cooking up a different kind of startup with KitchenCru

While Meet the Startup tends to focus on the Portland tech scene, we’re interested in all kinds of startups—and the people who help them.

That’s why we took the time to catch up with KitchenCru, a kitchen incubator that helps those entrepreneurs in the food world get off the ground. Read More

PHP Fog gets $8 million and a new name: AppFog

A little late on this one, but I wanted to make sure that you knew about it. Especially because it’s another startup getting funding. It’s been a busy few weeks for Portland in that regard.

The latest company to gain additional funding for its pursuits? AppFog which just secured $8 million in investment led by Ignition Partners. Never heard of them? It’s no wonder. It’s the new name for PHP Fog. Read More

BankSimple banks $10 million in additional funding

It’s always nice to report on Portland funding news. This time, it’s BankSimple—whom we count as a Portland company thanks to their CTO and co-founder Alex Payne and their dev shop being located here in Portland. The company just landed an additional $10 million in financing and added Visa, Bancorp, CBW, Allpoint, and Andera to their partner list. Read More

Meet the Startup: Spending some time with Sell Simply

What if you could buy and sell with a tweet? That’s the question that Sell Simply is trying to answer. The service—which launched late last year—has gone through some tweaks and rebuilding to make the service even easier to use.

Now, folks can use Twitter as an engine for transactions without even visiting the site. Sound interesting? Well, spend a few minutes listening to Chris Teso describe the project. Read More

Four years and seven hours ago… Silicon Florist is four

Four years ago, Portland had some interesting startups going. Nothing compared to today. But there were interesting side projects and burgeoning companies.

Only no one was really covering them. Or tracking them. Or much paying attention. So I decided to do just that. And to cheerlead a little. To use my experience with marketing and promotion to cast some limelight. To give entrepreneurs that extra push they might need to spend another hour cranking code. Or to simply spend a few more minutes bringing their ideas and dreams to fruition. Read More

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