Every year, when the GeekWire Awards are announced, I scour the nominees to see if there are any Portland folks on the list. Some years, there are none. Some years, there are a few. This year, there’s one. And a couple of tight Portland connections. But one thing is for certain: they would all appreciate your vote.Read More
As I said earlier today and this afternoon, it’s always a pleasure to see Portland startups recognized by folks. Especially national publications. Like Forbes. Which is what happened with MilkRun founder and CEO Julia Niiro, who was among the first 250 people named to the Forbes Next 1000. (Okay, she’s in Austin now. But MilkRun is still very much a Portland startup in my opinion.)Read More
For as large as the Intel employee base in the Portland area is — the largest collection of Intel employees anywhere — it doesn’t have much of a presence in the startup community. But the health of the organization has a significant impact on the overall economics of the region. Not to mention the US as a whole.Read More
One of the most visible and successful Portland startups of this generation has a new leader steering the ship. Today, Urban Airship announced that Brett Caine, most recently of Citrix Online, has been hired as CEO and taken a seat on the company board. And in so doing, brings more seasoned executive talent to the company. Read More
It’s no secret that one of the companies here in Portland that motivated me to start Silicon Florist was Jive Software. Back in 2007, it was on the cusp of something big—but still a bit rough around the edges. But as we watched, it grew and matured and focused and changed. Growing, shrinking, and then growing again. Adding new funding and new executive talent. And transitioning.
Today, it has transitioned once again. Taking another step away from scrappy startup toward well-established entity. How? By appointing seasoned executive and Jive board member Tony Zingale as interim CEO and moving current CEO Dave Hersh to the role of Chairman of the Board. Read More
Without a doubt, my favorite “they’re a Silicon Forest company?!!?” startup is Portland-based SurveyMonkey, the nearly ubiquitous Web-based survey service. It’s one of those local success stories of which everyone seems to have heard—even though they don’t realize they’re Portland-based.
And while the company keeps a fairly low profile here around town, that may have just gotten a lot more difficult. You see, the former head of Yahoo! Music, Dave Goldberg, has just been named the CEO of SurveyMonkey.
As Kara Swisher reports on All Things D:
SurveyMonkey is the largest such survey company online, with competitors that include Zoomerang and Constant Contact.
The move is an unusual one for Goldberg, whom many expected to join or start an online entertainment or music company, given his background.
With changes like this, the first question that crops up is usually: But will they remain a Portland company?
According to paidContent, it appears so:
Goldberg will be based in Menlo Park, where SurveyMonkey is opening a new office. (Goldberg’s wife Sheryl Sandberg is COO of Facebook.) The company is also holding on to its Portland headquarters, where Ryan and Chris Finley will work.
Hopefully, with someone else on board to help guide the company, Ryan and Chris will finally find some free time to spend with their Portland fans (hint, hint 😉 ).
In related news, Dave is being brought in by Spectrum Equity, which has lead a group of investors in gaining a controlling stake in SurveyMonkey.
Todd MacLean, a Director at Bain Capital Ventures [one of the group of investors in SurveyMonkey] said, “We are extremely excited to partner with Dave Goldberg, a dynamic entrepreneur who we believe is ideally suited to lead the next phase of the company’s growth. We believe our experience with low-touch, viral software models will be an asset in supporting Dave and the team of talented professionals at SurveyMonkey as they grow the business. In addition, we have great affinity and respect for Spectrum, having co-invested with them in the past, and look forward to a great partnership on the Board of SurveyMonkey.”
(Hat tip Adam DuVander)