Category: Startups

Dave Chase: 10 reasons I chose Portland over Seattle and Silicon Valley to locate my startup

It’s a blend of personal and business factors that drove the decision. The following are the reasons I selected Portland over Seattle and Silicon Valley

[HTML2][Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes from Dave Chase, a serial entrepreneur who chose Portland for his next startup. Why? Read on.]

I recently relocated to Portland to start my new venture. Though I grew up in Portland (and the Bay Area), I hadn’t lived in the area since the early 80’s and I no longer have family or close friends in Portland. Thus, in many regards, it’s a completely new city to me. Yet, it’s the place I’ve chosen for my new startup. Why? Read More

To buckle up, please insert the metal tab… Urban Airship lands $5.4 million and 25,000 square feet of office space

Urban Airship, makers of awesome services that help iPhone and iPad developers make stronger connections with their customers by doing less coding, announced $5.4 million in funding and a huge new office space in the Pearl.

Big big news coming out of the Portland startup scene in the wee small hours of last night. And now that you’ve had your cup of coffee or tea or whatever, why don’t you take a moment to settle in and catch up. Ready? Okay.

Urban Airship, makers of awesome services that help iPhone and iPad developers make stronger connections with their customers by doing less coding, has dropped a whale of release. They’ve announced $5.4 million in funding—bringing them up to $6.5 million total—and a huge new office space in the Pearl. Read More

Silicon Florist: Working to make a good thing even better

You might have missed it, but last Tuesday was National Evaluate Your Life Day. So, as part of that evaluation, I was thinking about Silicon Florist. You know. This here blog thing that you’re reading.

This has been the most random unplanned success I’ve ever encountered. And I’m very proud of what Silicon Florist has become. And the better it gets, the better I want to make it. But, truth be told, all that pride and $2 will buy you a cup of coffee. Well maybe $3 at Stumptown. But anyway, I’m always working to find ways to make Silicon Florist better. And now, it’s the time to do just that. Read More

Real time Web analytics service Clicky updates interface… and gets an earful

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Portland has a whole ton of Web analytics talent here in town. Both on the consulting side of the desk and the development side.

One of those talented companies is Clicky, a cost effective real time Web analytics service that I happen to use right here on Silicon Florist. What’s more, they have an incredibly passionate user base. How do I know? Clicky just changed their interface. Read More

Startup and tech jobs in Portland, Oregon, or it’s Friday and I’m running out of creative headlines

So, you’re looking for a gig are you? Maybe a job with one of them there startup thingamajiggers? Well you’re a bright kid. I can see that going well for you. What’s that? You don’t know where to start?

Oh. Well let me see if I can help. There are a ton of awesome Portland startups hiring right now. So why not take the opportunity to thumb through the Silicon Florist job and gig board to see if one strikes your fancy? Read More

Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. Or Sell Simply where you’re one tweet away from selling. (And buying ain’t that hard either.)

And that’s why Sell Simply, a new service from Portland-based the Good, is a breath of fresh air. Plus, if you have a Twitter account—which I’m going to bet you do—you already have a Sell Simply store

If the Web is good for one thing, it’s for buying stuff. I mean, really. Most of the time you’re either buying or you’re looking for something that you plan to buy. It’s just a big old marketplace.

But have you ever actually tried to sell something online? Yeesh. It can be a mess. And that’s why Sell Simply, a new service from Portland-based the Good, is a breath of fresh air. Plus, if you have a Twitter account—which I’m willing to bet you do—you already have a Sell Simply store, all thanks to the magic of OAuth. Read More

Portland startups take note: Kleiner Perkins is going after the social Web in a big way

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers just launched a $250 million fund focused on social Web startups.

[HTML3]It’s true. Most of the time I try to keep an increasingly myopic eye on the startup and tech scene in Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding areas. Not even all startups mind you. Mostly those focused on Web apps, mobile, and open source pursuits. In all honesty, there’s more than enough there to cover.

But every once in a while, there’s some earth shattering news that forces me to look outside the region. And to cover more broad reaching stories. And it just so happens one of those stories broke today. You see, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers just launched a $250 million fund focused on social Web startups. Read More

Building your startup using Amazon Web Services? Would $100,000 in prizes help?

For startups, finding the most cost-effective means of building and distributing your product can be the difference between life and death. That’s why using the Web has been such a benefit to small startups. As have Web services—like Amazon Web Services (AWS)—that allow those startups to get big time functionality for a fraction of the cost of maintaining their own infrastructure.

But no matter how efficient the startup, a little extra cash can always help. So if you’ve built something interesting on AWS, consider throwing your hat in the ring to win the Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge. Read More

How to build a successful startup in 21 days (Hint: Add bacon)

But the guidance on how to build a startup in 21 days has been all laid out for you in a new book from the founders of Bac’n: From Idea to Web Startup in 21 Days: Creating bacn.com.

[HTML4]Remember that whole Bac’n thing? That Portland startup that sold bacon on the Internet? Did you know that the entire project—concept to launch—only took 21 days? What the…? How the heck do you build a successful startup in three weeks? Furthermore, is this entire post going to be written in the form of questions?

Well, I can’t answer that last question. But the guidance on how to build a startup in 21 days has been all laid out for you in a new book from the founders of Bac’n: From Idea to Web Startup in 21 Days: Creating bacn.com. Read More

Checking in on Portland Ten and its drive to incubate 10 $1 million Portland startups by October 2010

The Portland Ten started in early 2009 with a very ambitious goal: Incubating 10 $1 million startups by 2010. Was that goal insurmountable or achievable?

We’ve all heard the criticism about early stage funding for Portland startups. But one of the most noticeable gaps—and less talked about problems—in our startup culture is the lack of mentors and expert guidance for young startups. We simply don’t seem to have enough veterans with enough successful exits… yet. But many people are actively working to resolve that issue.

One group that’s trying to fix that problem—and provide startups with the mentorship and structure they need—is the Portland Ten led by Carolynn Duncan. The Portland Ten started in early 2009 with a very ambitious goal: Incubating 10 $1 million startups by 2010. Was that goal insurmountable or achievable? Read More

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