Category: Startups

Startup Weekend Portland IV: This time… it’s suburban

When you’re starting a company, transitions are difficult. From founding. To building. To hiring. To exiting. It helps to have folks who can help you along the way.

That’s why holding Startup Weekend Portland at an incubator and coworking space like OTBC in Beaverton is perfect. Because if one of the startups knocks it out of the park over the weekend? They’ve already got somewhere to sit. Transition problem solved. Read More

Pitch Club: You’re not your khakis… I mean, unless your startup is about khakis

Yes, friends, it’s that time again. Pitch Club is imminent. As in this Thursday.

And yes—before you ask—you have to pitch. But I know you can do it. You’ve got a great idea or product or prototype or whatever. And you need to practice talking about it. Sorry but you do. So steel your resolve, gird your loins, and get your ass to PIE on Thursday. Read More

Android developer? Get ready to be happy. And pushy. Urban Airship streamlines push notifications for Android

Portland based Urban Airship has been leading the market in push notifications for the iOS platform on iPhones and iPads and now the Android platform.

You know me. I like to claim that Portland is the de facto hub of any number of scenes. Open source. Branch offices. Microbreweries. Strip… ahem. But when it comes to claiming we’re the de facto hub of the mobile development scene, that’s about as defensible as can be. And today, it got even more, um, defensibler.

You see, today, Portland-based Urban Airship—a company that has been leading the market in push notifications for the iOS platform on iPhones and iPads—happened to announce the availability of embedded push notifications on the Android platform. And that, my friends, is kind of a big deal. Read More

With your iPhone and Meridian, getting lost in Powell’s Books may be a thing of the past

Ever gotten turned around in the mall? Maybe. Sort of lost in an airport? Okay. But getting all confused by the winding tunnels of Powell’s City of Books? Absolutely.

Well, now thanks to Meridian—a new iPhone app from Portland-based Spotlight Mobile—you can find your way around Powell’s like a pro. Read More

Picture yourself with funding: GigaPan Systems lands $1 million Angel round

GigaPan Systems, a company focused on the technology that allows folks to capture high-res panoramic images, just landed $1 million in outside funding.

Like pictures? What about really, really, really big pictures? Well, if you do, Portland is a good place to be. Because one of the leaders in the panoramic photo space just happens to be here in Portland. It’s GigaPan Systems, a company focused on the technology that allows folks to capture high-res panoramic images—even with standard DSLR equipment.

And now, they’ve got a little more cash to make that magic happen. You see, GigaPan Systems just landed $1 million in outside funding. Read More

Ripple effect: General Automotive Building headaches for startups cause further effects downstream

While Puppet Labs are probably the most well known startup in the building, it was the issues affecting Network Redux that seemed more troubling to me. You see, Network Redux has been a go-to sponsor for any number of events around town, from Ignite Portland to Portland Lunch 2.0 to Open Source Bridge.

Maybe I’m just a little oversaturated with the ideas of ripple effects and chain reactions after following the disaster in Japan throughout the weekend. But I couldn’t help but see another example of cause and effect playing out here in the Portland startup scene when I read Mike Rogoway’s piece on the troubles with the General Automotive Building in the Pearl.

While the story may seem to be about a few Portland startups who were impacted. In reality, this setback affects the broader Portland startup community as a whole. Read More

Finding funding faster: OTBC opens Oregon TechLaunch Boot Camp

Now, OTBC is launching a new initiative with one focus in mind: getting funding for every startup that goes through the program. Introducing Oregon TechLaunch Boot Camp, their new technology startup training.

For many startups, finding funding is the only thing standing between them and realizing their dream. But it’s not easy. And there are any number of ways to screw up an opportunity.

Now, OTBC is launching a new initiative with one focus in mind: getting funding for every startup that goes through the program. Introducing Oregon TechLaunch Boot Camp, their new technology startup training program. Read More

Whereas, Portland startups are awesome: Mayor Sam Adams declares Portland Entrepreneurship Week, February 20-27, 2011

And so, to coordinate with National Entrepreneurship Week, Portland Mayor Sam Adams has declared Portland Entrepreneurship Week to be the week of February 20, 2011.

[HTML4]Now, I know you focus on the entrepreneurial stuff all the time. You’re all startuppy and stuff, day in and day out. But guess what? Not everyone recognizes the value of entrepreneurial pursuits like you. Sad. But true.

But you know what? Portland does. And so, to coordinate with National Entrepreneurship Week, Portland Mayor Sam Adams has declared Portland Entrepreneurship Week to be the week of February 20, 2011. Read More

Portland should be ordering dogfood by the truckload

[HTML1][Editor: Given the Startup America Partnership announcement, it seemed an appropriate time to release the latest post from guest writer Dave Chase. It’s a piece calling the City of Portland to action by encouraging them to shop locally for technology. It’s a similar stance to “Buying local isn’t just for food.”]

Perhaps the most frustrating thing for a software startup is the glacial pace at which governments move. In this post, I’m going to suggest something that Mayor Sam Adams and the City of Portland can start today. Fortunately, it’s already identified the value of “dogfooding” (i.e., being a proving ground and reference) of local software. Read More

Startup America Partnership: Obama administration plans to support entrepreneurs and accelerate startup activity

Unfortunately, ARRA efforts didn’t seem to focus much on entrepreneurs or the startup scene. Until now. Yesterday, Obama introduced the Startup America Partnership.

When President Barack Obama took office, one of his first challenges was the United States economy and its veritable freefall. To an effort to slow that downward spiral, he signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a program designed to fund—and you would have heard this term 10,000 times by now—“shovel ready” projects that could help bolster the US economy.

For many—myopically disposed or not—the tech startup scene seemed to hold hold any number of said projects with the potential to positively effect both job creation and wealth creation. Unfortunately, government efforts didn’t seem to focus much on that aspect of the economy. Until now. Yesterday, Obama introduced the Startup America Partnership. Read More

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