Category: Startups

Meet the Startup: Stealing a moment with Ken Westin of GadgetTrak

When it comes to Ken Westin and GadgetTrak, it’s a very “waiting for the market to catch up with your idea” story. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

But slowly but surely, if you can hang on long enough—and the market emerges—you can hit a home run. And GadgetTrak is well positioned to do just that. Read More

Want your startup at lunch with Robert Scoble and Ashton Kutcher?

So Robert Scoble and Ashton Kutcher are going to lunch. Want to go? Well, you can’t. But maybe your startup can get an invite.

You see, Scoble is looking for some of the best and brightest startups to put in front of Ashton. And if you respond to his Quora question, yours may be among the startups he chooses to discuss. Read More

Jive talkin’: Tony Zingale, CEO of Jive Software, sits down with CNBC

I’ll be honest. I can’t have a conversation about startups in Portland without a mention of Jive Software. And come down where you will on the religious argument of the location of their headquarters (I could give you my opinion, but that’s another post for another time), they’re still a very big player here in the Portland scene. In fact, any number of people helping lead the startup scene around here have been through Jive—and there’s still a huge pool of talent sitting there on a day-to-day basis. Read More

Turn up the bass: The birth, life, and exit of the BassMasta

[Editor: Another guest post from Dale Davidson of TrekDek. This time out, Dale took some time to sit down with Dan Christopher to talk about the experience of creating, maintaining, and eventually selling of his Web startup, BassMasta, from Portland. Eight years later, Dan has a successful exit under his belt—and a wealth of experience on the world of starting up and cashing out.

And so, without further ado, the story of BassMasta.] Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for May 2011: PDC, tech events, and stock options

Time keeps on cruising by. Lots of interesting stuff happening in town. Companies getting funded. Companies getting acquired. People making the news. Events starting to pick up. It’s summer in Portland.

But which stories got the most attention? Let’s take a look at the top 10 Silicon Florist posts for May 2011 as ranked by Web and RSS traffic. Read More

Meet the Startup: Catching up with David Embree of Athletepath

Some of the best startups start begin by solving a very simple problem. David Embree just wanted one place to house all of his amateur race scores. And that became the inspiration for Athletepath, a site that lets anyone track and consolidate race scores, assess the competition, and track their progress over time.

Meet the Startup took some time to sit down with David to chat about founding Athletepath. Here’s what he had to say. Read More

This whole Facebook thing might just catch on: ShopIgniter secures $8 million in venture funding

Last year they quietly landed $3 million. Today, ShopIgniter quietly announced that they had landed another $8 million in Series B.

ShopIgniter is kind of one of those quiet startups around Portland. There isn’t a great deal of hubbub around them. Not a great deal of hype. Last year they quietly landed $3 million. Today, ShopIgniter quietly announced that they had landed another $8 million in Series B. Read More

Meet the Startup: Chatting with Angela Jackson of the Portland Seed Fund

Meet Angela Jackson of the Portland Seed Fund in the pilot episode of Meet the Startup, a project founded by Tom Turnbull and produced by Phil Kinjerski

You may remember a while back that I got the chance to chat with Angela Jackson about the Portland Seed Fund. That was before the Fund had officially launched.

Well, now it’s up and running. And the deadline—extended until June 6—is rapidly approaching. So it seemed to be a good time to reconnect with Angela. Well, and launch another little startup project at the same time. Read More

Need help understanding stock and options? Here’s a cheat sheet for entrepreneurs and startup employees

In the world of startups, “stock,” “options,” “equity,” and “liquidity event” are bandied about pretty freely. But given that—as an entrepreneur or an employee at a startup—they greatly affect your livelihood and the value you’ll derive from contributing to a startup, it would probably make sense for you to understand exactly what those terms mean, wouldn’t it?

It would. And that’s why is was nice to find this cheat sheet, An Introduction to Stock & Options for the Tech Entrepreneur or Startup Employee. Read More

Jive Software is in a (deeper) relationship with Facebook ♥

You know Jive Software, right? The still pretty much a Portland company that leads the whole social business software market? Well, leaders need to keep moving. And as such, Jive is getting even more social.

This morning, Jive unveiled a Facebook connector that allows businesses to better manage their external Jive network and their Facebook presence—all from within Jive. Read More

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