Last year, it was Madorra. They seemed to be everywhere. Winning pitch competitions. And gathering accolades. And with good reason. This year, as they continue to grow their company, Madorra seems to have handed off those reins to a new early stage startup. And, like Madorra, they seem to be well on their way to garnering a ton of attention and winning any number of pitch competitions. Meet AllGo.
When you’re a founder, dealing with your money—or lack thereof—can be yet another added stressor in your already overly stressful existence. And let’s be honest. Most of the issue—again, like many other issues of being a founder—is due to ignorance and naivety. If only there were a way to simplify your understanding of personal finance… and if only it had cats.
Maybe it’s just me, but my in-ear headphones? They spend more time out-of-ear. As in falling out of my ear. No matter how beautifully designed. They just fall out. A lot. That’s why I’m looking forward to the end of this successful Kickstarter campaign from Portland startup Audibility. So that I can finally have some headphones that stay in. Read More
I really enjoy highlighting projects other folks are creating. Really really. Conversely, I always hate highlighting my own projects. That’s not why I started this blog. This is always weird. Still, I wanted to let folks know that PIE—the ongoing experiment between the Portland startup community and Wieden+Kennedy that I helped cofound and continue to run—is changing what it’s doing. And that may impact you. Read More
Portland loves its Kickstarter. And it adores its WordPress. And geeking out? Well that goes without saying. So it makes perfect sense that a Kickstarter project for a geeky project for WordPress would find success here. And that’s exactly what happened. Read More
Really, if there’s one thing Portland is good at, it’s DIY. But DIY doesn’t have to be all about homemade leather suspenders or knit bombing telephone poles… When two local women needed a cool kid’s book about code for a gift to their new-to-fatherdom friend, they couldn’t find one. And this being Portland, they decided, "That’s a shame. Let’s make one." And so they have. Read More
One of the most interesting things about running Kickstarter campaigns, in my opinion, is the validation—or lack thereof—of an idea. Obviously, the funding is helpful. But the realization that other folks believe in what you’re doing and believe that you should keep doing it? That’s the real magic. And now, a new Portland indie video game, has gotten both the validation and the funding it needs. Meet XO. Read More
Oh sure. You claim to be a Jedi. You may know the ways of the force. But can you build your own lightsaber, smarty pants? “I can’t find the right crystals,” you say. “I don’t know how to forge the hilt components.” Blah blah blah. Quit your whining. Now, you can build your own artisanal handcrafted lightsaber like any self respecting Portland Jedi should. Read More
Portland’s tech startup industry is often closely intertwined with a number of other startups in town. Food carts. Coffeeshops. Bike shops. Restaurants. And of course, brewpubs. But the next time you’re looking for somewhere to host your tech meetup, you might want to consider The Oregon Public House. Read More
If you were around the Portland startup scene during the summer of 2012, you might remember KS12, a creative agency startup that focused on experimental storytelling. Even if their name does”t ring a bell, you may remember their film, Early Stage, about their experience at PIE. Well, quite a bit has changed since then—including their focus. Read More