Startups move quickly these days. Portland startup Glider was no exception. The formation, rapid ascent, and exit of Glider—a startup that worked to help streamline the tangled mess of contracts, signatures, and approvals—took only a couple of years to complete the cycle. And today, with an acquisition by Dallas-based FPX, Glider moves on to its next phase, where it will continue its work as part of a larger entity with access to more resources. Read More
I know, I know. Four years ago, in breathless anticipation, we waited for Google to reveal the city they had selected to be part of their fledgling Google Fiber program. We had wooed them. We had brewed a namesake beer—Gigabit IPA. Surely Portland would be the leading contender for the service. Read More
I have a tendency to forego writing about the stuff on which I’m working—no matter how much Jason Grigsby chides me for it—as I half-ass my way through the Portland startup scene. Because, quite frankly, I find the stuff that you’re building to be far more interesting and far more inspiring. Read More
If you don’t know Adam DuVander, you should. He’s one of the unsung champions of the Portland tech scene. He was one of the first Beer and Blog attendees; he started Demolicious; he was on the committee that brought the Ignite format to Portland; and the same group who helped bring BarCamp to Portland. But it’s what he’s done outside of town that’s even more impressive. Read More
So I’ve been feeling a little disconnected lately. And I’m not alone. The Portland startup scene has grown quite a bit in the past few years. New people have moved to town. New startups have sprung up. Existing startups have gotten bigger. Read More
Five years ago today. I sat up in bed with a crazy—but seemingly reasonable—URL stuck in my head. “If our region is the ‘Silicon Forest’ and we live in the ‘Rose City,’ then why wouldn’t a blog about tech startups in Portland be called ‘Silicon Florist’?” Strangely enough, no one had snagged that URL yet. So I did.
The Oregonian covered Churchkey Can Co—the startup beer company created by former Nike designer Justin Hawkins and actor Adrian “Entourage” Grenier—a while back. But now that Churchkey’s got funding from tech investors—including Michael Arrington‘s CrunchFund—even the tech blogs are taking notice. Read More