While Mozilla has been part of the Portland tech community for more than a decade, they didn’t officially open an office here—their first US office outside of Silicon Valley—until five years ago. But with ever growing concerns about privacy and security on the Web, Mozilla has recently started making a lot more noise about their presence in the Rose City—and their Firefox Web browser.
My oh my. How time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I came up with a cockamamie scheme to start writing about what I saw happening in the Portland startup community. And suddenly, it’s been a side project for a decade.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being stuck in a room where I’m on a panel talking about Portland as a city and community, you’ve probably heard me mention Portland’s “ridiculous decisions.” And bemoaning the fact that we don’t seem to be making those decisions as often—or as boldly—as we did in the past.
So this is interesting. For all the positives of the Skyward acquisition today, it still had one issue that has been consistently part of our “liquidity event” stories: it was a solitary event. Portland doesn’t have multiple exits happening in rapid succession. We don’t get the opportunity to build momentum. Or at least we didn’t… but it may be starting. Because Portland based Kavi announced their acquisition by Higher Logic today, too. Read More
I get it. First off, you’re super busy. Working on your startup. Building stuff. You’re heads down. You don’t have time to be lollygagging around all week, attending events. And even if you were thinking about attending Portland Startup Week, with more than 70 events from which to choose, it’s a bit daunting. Read More
I know that this may come as a surprise, but I get a bunch of questions from folks. Like “You’ve been writing about the Portland startup scene for almost a decade. How is it that you’ve never learned how to use the English language?” And “What do you actually do?” And “A beard? Really?” But one question I get more often than any other is “How do I get involved in the Portland startup scene?” Read More
When Oregon native Andrew Hyde and I originally started chatting about Portland having its very own Startup Week—the concept that he, the Startup Weekend creator, had dreamed up to help towns celebrate their startup scenes—I was already toying with a few ideas. When he suggested that the launch date should be Groundhog Day, it was settled. Read More
Transitioning from a services company can often be a difficult—if not downright impossible—change, even if it’s from services to a virtual product. Let alone a physical product. But Portland’s Meridian—now part of Aruba Networks—has managed to make that change with spectacular results. Transitioning from Spotlight Mobile to Meridian to heading up efforts on Aruba’s new beacon technology. And all right here from Portland. Read More
We’ve been drooling over the possibility of Google Fiber in Portland for quite some time. And that dream is getting closer and closer to reality. But it still has a few hurdles to go. Or rivers to cross. Or something. So if you’re interested in showing your support for the project, you might want to show up at Portland City Hall on Wednesday, June 11. Read More
Early in the days of this most recent reboot of the Portland startup scene. We were all trying to figure out who was doing what. And what we could be doing. And how Portland could work together. And nothing was better at getting people together during those early days than a little site called Upcoming. Read More