TechfestNW 2021 AO Tech selects a Portland startup as the winner of the international startup competition

TechfestNW had a pandemically reduced footprint this year. But that doesn’t mean its impact is any smaller. Especially when it comes to startups having a platform to share what they’re building. And after an arduous pitch competition, the winner of the annual event has been named. It’s a Portland company. Called Rewire Neuro.

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Interesting insights on Portland startup Customer.io

There’s a generation of Portland startups that I often refer to as “the Quiet Generation.” They’ve never been terribly flashy. Never sought out the limelight. Never beat their proverbial chests about building a company in the Portland startup community. They just do what they do. Successfully. And quietly. Like Customer.io.

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REMINDER: TechfestNW is short, sweet, and virtual once again, this year

Even as we struggle with the effects of the pandemic, some of our tried and true startup events continue to soldier on. In new and different ways. Like TechfestNW. Which is going through its second year as a virtual event. But this time with a pared down format which crams all of the usual goodness into a single day of activities.

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REMINDER: Founders Live Portland reboots, this Thursday

Even the most well attended events need a refresh every once in a while. Something to shake things up. Be it format or hosts or content. And that’s what’s happening with the Portland chapter of Founders Live, which is now under new management.

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Looking for an educational weekend activity? Hit The Oregon Trail

Oh man. It just starts the nostalgia bubbling, doesn’t it? Memories of clackety keyboards. Green screen computers. Carrying too much meat. Not to mention, dying of dysentery. All in the name of education. Of course, it’s The Oregon Trail game. And it’s recently had a refreshing reboot.

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Interested in attracting software developers as customers? Portland’s Adam DuVander could write a book about it. And did.

Writing a book is hard. Getting it published is even harder. And so, in many ways, I always think of the journey of being an author akin to the journey of being a startup founder. So when a long time member of the Portland startup community gets the opportunity to publish a book, it’s a win on any number of fronts. Which is why I was incredibly happy to see Adam DuVander’s new book hit the proverbial shelves, recently.

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Another chance to meet folks in the Portland startup community

Not everyone — even in this all Zoom all of the time world — has the wherewithal to attend happy hours and evening events. Other commitments, family time, just not working… all take precedence. Which is why I’ve always liked Portland Lunch 2.0. Because it’s at a time where a broader group of folks are able to join and meet one another.

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Bringing it all together: BankShift

Remember products like Adium and FriendFeed? What about Google Reader? You know, things that were designed to simplify your life by bringing a bunch of disparate information streams into a single interface? Now a new service from a Portland fintech startup is taking that kind of thinking to banking. Meet BankShift.

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A wish for the Portland startup community

Rumor: Could an Oregon Unicorn be planning an IPO…?

If this rumor proves true, the next IPO in Oregon probably won’t be what you think. It’s not a Portland company. And it’s not a tech company. It’s Grants Pass, Oregon, headquartered Dutch Bros. And, if they follow through, it’s rumored to value the company at $3 billion.

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