Tag: portland seed fund

[UPDATED] Portland XR startup The Wild to be acquired by Autodesk

This morning, Autodesk announced the intention to acquire Portland extended reality (XR) startup The Wild, which has significant applications in collaboration for the architecture and engineering world. This milestone also marks a significant event for the local venture capital community as The Wild counts local firms Elevate Capital, Ideaship, Oregon Venture Fund, Portland Seed Fund, and The R Group among its investors.

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Remote possibilities: This startup is building an Airbnb-style platform for home office rentals

Radious helps users list their home work spaces Airbnb-style, giving people the chance to get out of the house and into another that’s in their neighborhood. Radious also has a B2B focus, working with companies to help their employees get the benefits of in-person collaboration and work-life balance without having to commute to a traditional office.

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Portland startup Radious resonates with local investors

I don’t care how cool your home office — or regular remote workspace is — staring at the same walls, day in and day out, can stifle even the best motivation and creativity. That’s why a change of scenery and setting could be that spark that you need. That’s some of the inspiration behind Portland startup Radious, which allows users to rent other folks’ home office spaces in an Airbnb-esque way.

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A single startup exit creates two firsts for the Portland Seed Fund

The Portland Seed Fund, one of the most active investors in Seed stage companies in the state, has been working to invest in early stage startups for more than a decade. But they’ve had a couple of meaningful firsts recently. All thanks to ESS, a startup in their portfolio.

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GeekWire Awards 2021: A Portland CEO, a Portland Seed Fund investment, and a close Portland connection

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.

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Portland Seed Fund portfolio company Auth0 to exit for $6.5 billion

While Auth0 is a Seattle company, they do have a distinct Portland tie. You see, the Portland Seed Fund was one of the company’s early investors. And today was a big day for everyone involved, given that it was just announced that Okta is acquiring Auth0 for $6.5 billion.

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Portland Seed Fund and Starve Ups alum 4-tell acquired

Over the last thirteen years, I’ve had the opportunity to write about a lot of Portland startups. A lot. And sometimes, despite my best intentions, those startups fall off of my RADAR. So it’s always nice to see them pop back up again with good news. Like Portland startup 4-tell. Which has been acquired by Searchspring.

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For startups, Portland Seed Fund closing is a very good thing

In some industries, the idea of “closing” can be the worst possible outcome. But in the world of startups, closing is often a very good thing. And the latest news from the Portland Seed Fund is no different. The Portland Business Journal just revealed that PSF has just closed their third fund to the tune of $13.9 million.

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A unicorn appears in the distance thanks in part to a seed investment by Portland Seed Fund

While the term unicorn has lost a bit of its luster as of late, it’s still an impressive milestone for any company to achieve a $1 billion valuation, but especially for a northwest company to do so. That’s why it was interesting to see Portland Seed Fund portfolio company Auth0 announce its Series E raise, which officially gives it the unicorn moniker.

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Think you’re ready to pitch investors? Hold my beer, says Portland Seed Fund

Founders tend to be an optimistic bunch. But optimism can only get you so far. And if you’re looking to pursue venture capital as a means of financing your startup, that optimism is going to take some lumps as you pitch, refine, pitch, refine… Lather rinse repeat. So it’s always nice when that pitch feedback comes with some added perks. Like pizza and beer.

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