Category: Startups

In the wake of massive hack, Senator Wyden rebukes Twitter for lack of DM encryption

If you haven’t yet heard about the Twitter hack, you probably haven’t been on Twitter. Or the Web. Or watched the news. It’s been all over the past couple of days so I didn’t really feel the need to cover it here. That said, when Senator Ron Wyden says something, it suddenly has immediate relevance for folks. And he commented today on how the lack of encryption on Twitter DMs could mean that those messages were accessed from compromised accounts.

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Is remote work here to stay?

Regardless of your corporate culture or views, remote work became a necessity for everyone as this global pandemic descended several months. But eventually — hopefully — we’ll come out of this. And that has many folks asking whether remote work is simply a passing fad or if it’s the future of work as we know it.

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Zebras Unite chats with Portland’s Jelani Memory, founder and CEO of A Kids Book About

If you’re looking for a new podcast or simply want to get some insights from a two-time Portland founder, you might want to check out the Zebracast from Zebras Unite. In this episode, they chat with Jelani Memory, founder and CEO of Portland startup A Kids Book About.

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Seeking a solution for creating elegant documentation, collaboratively?

Speaking of collaborative documentation, another interesting startup just crossed my proverbial desk. Oh wait. It is actually a desk. No proverbs needed. Anyway, I just encountered another startup here in town that’s looking to simplify collaborative documentation. And it’s built an elegant and straightforward solution for it. Meet Portway.

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Working on a new idea, a startup, or just trying to figure out what to do next?

Deciding to start something can be exciting. And scary. And once you start, building a company can be challenging, frustrating, and lonely. But you don’t have to do it alone. There are any number of programs here in Portland designed to support entrepreneurs and founders like you. Where you can get help. And mentorship. And peer support. And if you’re in the market for some of that, you’re in luck. Because one of those programs, PIE, is currently accepting applications for its next class.

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How much should my SaaS startup be spending on marketing?

That’s easy. You want to spend just enough. But not too much. Oh. Were you looking for something more definitive? Well, I may have something for you then. What if figuring out your marketing spend for your Software as a Service (SaaS) startup was like one of those mortgage calculator things? Thanks to Convertiv, it is.

Two Oregon software developers write the scripts on Stephen Colbert’s startup, Scripto

When it comes to startups, it’s not always Oregon based founders who figure prominently in the trajectory of a company. Especially in this new “work from anywhere as long as it’s not around other people” world. That’s why I thought you might be interested in the random fact that 18% of Stephen Colbert‘s startup — yes, you read that right — are Oregonians.

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How is a fully remote startup world changing VC investment behavior?

Like it or not, venture capital dynamics are a part of the startup industry — even though they tend to account for a minuscule percentage of funding for new businesses in general. So if you’re building something new in the tech world, you’re likely considering pursuing equity based financing. But with the pandemic and reportedly less than stellar local dynamics, many folks may be seeking investors outside of their immediate area. Which raises the question: are VCs doing remote deals, these days?

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Searching for a VC that’s likely to be the first money in? This list could help

Remember a few weeks back when I mentioned that TechCrunch was compiling a list of venture capitalists that regularly wrote the first checks and led rounds for folks? Well, even if you don’t, the list is now available. It’s called The TechCrunch List. And it features nearly 400 investors, currently.

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What if you could get medical tests and results delivered as easily as getting a MilkRun order?

Subscription boxes started simply enough. Clothes. Recipes. Cosmetics. Then they started to get more complex. Like getting contacts through Portland startup Sightbox. Now, the founder of that service — which exited to Johnson & Johnson — has his, ahem, sights set on a whole new type of subscription service: medical tests. Meet Portland startup Reperio Health.

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