Category: Startups

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

Keeping it weird: Austin, Texas vs. Portland, Oregon — a startup support beat down

There is a lot in common between Austin and Portland extending to outdoor living, environmental consciousness, education, overall culture, and active startup community. The success of the Keep Austin/Portland Weird campaigns in both cities was reflective of many of these similarities.

[Editor: Scott Olson of FounderBuzz recently ran a Facebook ad campaign that delivered some very interesting insights about Facebook and the Portland startup community. I begged a guest post out of him on the topic.]

When I moved to Portland from Austin three years ago I had heard about and was struck by the similarities between those two cities. There is a lot in common between Austin and Portland extending to outdoor living, environmental consciousness, education, overall culture, and active startup community. The success of the “Keep Austin/Portland Weird” campaigns in both cities was reflective of many of these similarities. Read More

Tablet, tablet, who’ll lead the tablets? Mobspot would like your opinion on the future of tablet computing

Just like the Internet and the mobile phone before it, this whole tablet thing might just catch on. But how quickly? And with which markets?

That’s what the folks at Portland-based Mobspot are wondering. And they’d like to ask you a question or two to assess the future of the tablet world. Read More

Question-able tactics: Wordspreadz strives to raise the bar for social network conversations

Wordspreadz is a social network that seeks to raise the bar for intelligent online dialogue.

No matter how many social networks you’ve joined—from one to one thousand—you tend to start each one with the same inevitable question: What the heck am I going to post?

Well, what if—instead of leaving you to your own devices—that social network compelled you to answer questions and engage in conversations? What if the system asked questions that begged to be answered and in so doing provided insights into who you are and what you think? That’s the idea behind Portland’s latest social network Wordspreadz. Read More

Keep your customer support buzzing with Hively

While I really enjoy keeping track of the progress and success of the startups I follow on a regular basis, it’s always nice to come across something totally new in the Portland startup scene.

Meet Hively, a tool designed to help you manage your support staff and track your customer satisfaction. Read More

Pete Grillo talks Iterasi, startups, naming, investors, and getting the band back together

Talk to anyone about the Portland startup community and it will inevitably come back to one noticeable gap. No, I’m not talking about funding. I’m talking about the fact that we’re a tad short on entrepreneurs with successful exits. But they are here. If you can find them.

Pete Grillo is one of those entrepreneurs. He’s managed to successfully exit—twice. But that hasn’t stopped him from working on another startup—Iterasi—and advising other startups on how to play the game. Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for April 2011: Badass-ness, Code for a Better World, Portland 100 and more

April around the Portland startup scene was quite a month. Full of good news but also marked with some decidedly sad news.

What did your peers find most interesting on Silicon Florist? Well, let’s rank the top 10 posts by Web and RSS traffic and see, shall we? We shall. Read More

You don’t have to go big to succeed: Lifestyle Startups according to Jason Glaspey

[Editor: Thanks to Dale Davidson of TrekDek for another guest post.]

In the tech community, it has become an axiom that a startup, or any newsworthy startup, should have the goals of building a revolutionary product, receiving venture funding, scaling up massively, and selling the company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Read More

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