Roundup: Coverage of the historic Portland, Oregon, facial recognition ban, “toughest” in US

Yesterday, Portland City Council voted unanimously to ban facial recognition in Portland, Oregon. It’s being called an “historic” move. And regarded as one of the toughest facial recognition bans in the United States. Here’s a roundup of all the coverage about this historic and precedent setting move.

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REMINDER: Westside Early-Stage Entrepreneur Peer Support happens F2F IRL Thursday

Leave it to entrepreneurs to begin testing that whole “meeting in person” concept. Westside Early-Stage Entrepreneur Peer Support Meetup tomorrow will be the first in person gathering I’ve heard about in months.

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Portland startup IOTAS part of new Amazon Alexa for property managers program

It was only a matter of time. Like cable and wifi access before, the utility of Amazon Alexa and other voice activated products are becoming, well, a utility. And that utility is now on the verge of getting baked into the next apartment you rent.

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Portland startup Nexgarden featured in vertical farming documentary

While the pandemic has had any number of negative impacts on our society, like any irritant, it’s also created some positive stimulus. Like inspiration for rethinking our food systems. That’s why it’s a good time to think about Portland startups like Nexgarden, a company that is rethinking the way that retailers and restaurants participate in the food supply chain.

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And so the 31 startups reveals draw to a close. But we’re still 90 days away from the end.

Every finish line is actually just a starting line for the next phase of the journey. Sure, Mark Grimes took on the experiment of launching one startup a day for the 31 days. And that was crazy enough. But we’re far from through. That’s because he also took on the challenge of trying to get each of those startups to cash flow positive in 90 days. You know, like a real business. And that 90 day countdown starts on September 1, 2020.

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Guest post: Portland could ban facial recognition. You can have a say.

[Editor: The following is a guest post from Kate Kaye, a freelance reporter here in Portland who has been actively researching, monitoring, and reporting on facial recognition technology in Portland.]

Silicon Florist readers know a lot about Portland tech. But did you know early next month Portland City Council could pass the most restrictive ban in the country — potentially the world — on one type of technology?

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Progress check: 31 startups continues cranking out ideas

You’ve no doubt heard it said that getting started is easy. It’s the ability to keep going that’s difficult. Which makes the continued activity around 31 startups admirable. Even if none of these companies hit their goal of being cashflow positive in 90 days.

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Big ideas in small packages: Day 14 of 31 startups

What if you could have a book of inspiration and ideas that didn’t have to sit on a shelf. One that, instead, traveled with you in your pocket. That’s the idea behind day 14 of 31 startups: Tiny Book Publishing.

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Need help talking finances with the family? That’s the startup idea for day 13 of 31 startups

For any number of reasons, discussing money and finances can be difficult. Even for family members. You’re all in it together but money just makes things… well, awkward. And so a little help might be in order. Which is what Mark Grimes is thinking for day 13 of 31 startups.

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As a founder, could you use a curated swag bag of inspiring stuff?

Curated subscription boxes come in all sorts of flavors these days. But what about a subscription box for founders that’s inspirational and compelling? That’s the idea behind day 12 of 31 startups.

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