A new name and some new money to help introduce it: Meet DeepSurface (formerly Kanchil)

I’ve been tracking on a Portland startup called Kanchil for a bit. Mostly because they’ve posted opening to the Silicon Florist job board. It seemed pretty stealthy at the time, so I was reticent to post much about it. But now, they have a new name and some new funding. And other people are writing about it. So now I feel more comfortable encouraging you to take a look at DeepSurface.

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Need more details about a particular location? Iggy wants to help

While travel may not be top of mind for many folks right now, I think we’re all hopeful that we’ll get the chance to travel again. And when we do, getting more details about where we’re visiting can always be helpful. And those are the types of insights that Iggy is working to provide.

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And now for something slightly different: In Case It Missed You

As you might have noticed, I’ve got plenty to share about what’s happening in the Portland startup community. And sometimes, I expand that purview to Oregon, as a whole. Or write about things that are happening elsewhere but are important to startups here. Clearly, I really, really like doing that. And hopefully, me doing that consistently on a volunteer basis for more than 13 years proves that.

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Still struggling with remote work? Portland’s Workfrom has answers

Let’s be honest. None of us planned for this. And we’re all just doing the best we can. But luckily we have some awesome people in our midst who were thinking about things like remote work for years and years before this pandemic forced all of us to think about it. And so it probably makes sense to listen to them. That means listening to folks like Darren Buckner, founder of Workfrom.

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Who likes taking startup surveys? You do. So I got you two.

Surveys. They’re like a way to get information. That can be infuriating at times. Especially when they keep hitting you. Wave after wave. But I’ve got two that are well worth your time. If you’re interested in startups getting more support. And women founders. Or one. Or the other. Whatever the case, I’ve got something for you to do this weekend.

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Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood is now helping kids be more Brave

Speaking of Oregon Y Combinator alums… a recent YC alum is expanding their service area — and physical footprint — here in Portland by opening a second location for their pediatric care offerings. That’s right. Brave Care has a location in Sellwood, now.

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Which eight startups from Oregon are among the 1000+ Y Combinator alums?

What do you do when you have insomnia? Well, of course you… What’s that? Oh. Wait what? Oh yeah. That’s a good idea. Damn. But I meant that you could also… Huh? Oh. Oh man. Yeah. That’s super solid. Truly. Shoot. I totally should have thought of that. What I meant to say was — maybe I should rephrase — what do I do when I have insomnia? That’s right. I spend time sifting through the new Y Combinator alum database to figure out which Oregon companies have been through the most preeminent of startup accelerator programs. Duh.

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The wait is over: Panic’s newest effort, Nova, is now available for download

Sure. Not everyone is tracking on the teasers for new code editors on Mac. But when one of the most revered Mac developer tools companies in the world happens to live in your town, you pay attention to that sort of thing. So I’ve been eagerly awaiting this latest release from Panic. And now it’s available. Meet Nova, a total rethinking of a code editor.

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REMINDER: Startup of the Year 2020 applications are due today

While being a dubious moniker on any number of fronts, I keep hoping the year 2020 has at least one bright spot for you. And maybe this is it. Your startup could be Startup of the Year 2020. But you have to apply to make that happen.

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Portland Venture Capital fund Black Founders Matter gets write up in The New York Times

While I’m extremely lucky to get the opportunity to see all kinds of amazing founders and companies here in Portland, it’s always nice when they’re recognized on a larger stage. Like today, when Marceau Michel and his venture capital fund, Black Founders Matter, were featured in The New York Times.

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