Category: Startups

GlobeSherpa cofounder returns as COO of Beaverton’s Traffic Technology Services

Nat Parker, the cofounder of GlobeSherpa — one of the early players in the post mortgage crisis Portland startup community that was acquired by Daimler, has returned to the startup community. He’s now COO of Traffic Technology Services in Beaverton, Oregon.

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A Kids Book About releases a discounted Black History Month bundle

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a few titles from A Kids Book About, now would be the time to do it. Although “a few” may be an understatement. The A Kids Book About Black History Month bundle features 13 titles.

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Puppet founder Luke Kanies reveals more about his next venture, Clickety

It’s always nice to see successful Portland founders moving from being one-time entrepreneurs to serial entrepreneurs. And so I’ve been watching with interest as Luke Kanies, the founder of Portland’s Puppet, chase his next pursuit, Clickety.

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A financial solution to help people through times like these: quin

The once flourishing Portland startup fintech community has had some unfortunate setbacks, as of late. Acorns, Simple, and Azlo are no longer here. And while companies like Expensify and Bumped continue to grow, we haven’t seen a great deal of activity of up and comers, lately. Until now. Created by startup fintech veterans with more than 60 years experience as a team, we now have a new Portland fintech startup to watch: quin.

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Portland startup SheerID expands European footprint

So much of the activity for Portland tech startups is national. It’s always nice to see companies recognizing business opportunities on the other side of the pond. Which is what’s happening with Portland startup SheerID as it extends support to 13 European countries.

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Community question: Where does someone without tech skills start when it comes to building SaaS products?

As I mentioned last week, as part of an ongoing effort to help the Portland startup community be more helpful to the Portland startup community, I’m test driving a new way for folks to engage, converse, and collaborate called pe•ple. And I’ll plan on highlighting some of those conversations, here.

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The plot thickens with A Kids Book About podcasts… or is it A Kids Podcast About?

As reported by the Portland Business Journal, Portland startup A Kids Book About is going to be more than about books. The company is now branching out to develop a podcast network, as well.

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Portland startup Edify joins latest cohort of Techstars Seattle

Global startup accelerator program Techstars has grown to the size that there always seems to be an application period open or a new class starting. But there’s one Techstars program in particular that often has a Portland startup among its cohort: Techstars Seattle. And the 2021 cohort is no different. Portland’s Edify is part of this class.

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Testing a new way of fostering community discussion about Portland startups

We’ve got some great resources for the Portland startup community. There’s the Portland startups Slack, which is a great spot for quick questions or connecting with other folks. There’s the Portland startups Switchboard, a way of supporting one another in the community with Asks and Offers. But it feels like conversations about content, companies, and other startuppy stuff is still fragmented and distributed on a variety of social networks and platforms.

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Investing in virtual healthcare: Portland’s Conversa continues to attract capital

Portland based Conversa has raised another chunk of capital, expanding its Series B raise to $20 million. The funding will be used to “continue to scale its technology platform, expand its library of automated virtual care digital pathways, and fuel growth with new and existing customers.”

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