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A new publication focused on Portland startups

Ask anybody. Portland can always use more folks talking about what’s being built here. And what founders are starting here. And that’s why it’s always great to see other publications focusing time and energy on telling the story of those startups in town. Especially, when they bring real journalists to bear on that storytelling.

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New leadership at the oldest startup accelerator in Portland

There have been any number of accelerators supporting Portland startups throughout the years. But no shared office space accelerator has been at it as long as the Portland State Business Accelerator. And today, that accelerator — which was founded in 2004 — announced new leadership. Arsh Haque has taken over as the PSBA’s newest director.

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Jelani Memory of A Kids Company About chats with GeekWire about $7 million Series A

As much as I love featuring Portland startups and seeing them get local coverage, it’s always way more exciting to see them getting coverage outside of Portland. Especially when that coverage goes in depth to give a more cohesive picture of the types of companies being built here in the Rose City. That’s why it was nice to see GeekWire — which has grown to be one of the leading startup and tech publications on the West Coast — chatting with Jelani Memory of A Kids Company About.

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It’s grape! Portland’s Rose City Games releases Garden Story

Jealous of all of your friends who picked up a new gardening hobby during the pandemic? Well, turn that frown upside down, because now you can become a green thumb as well. Or at least a purple one. Meet the latest offering from Rose City Games, Garden Story.

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Tiring of your pandemic gaming platform purchase? Pre-order Playdate

It was entertaining for a while. But with all of the hours of gaming during the pandemic, that new gaming platform is less appealing than it once was. You need something different. And that’s why, you’ll be happy to hear that the Panic’s Playdate is now available for pre-order.

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Portland startup Conversa Health acquired as part of $320 million deal

While they’ve been relatively quiet, Portland startup Conversa Health has clearly been building something attractive. They just got snapped up in a two company acquisition by publicly traded Amwell, totaling $320 million.

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Still virtual: Portland Lunch 2.0 is Wednesday and Founders Live Portland is Thursday

While it appears we’re edging ever closer to another lockdown, I remain hopeful that we continue to build and connect community regardless of what the future might hold. So if you’re interested in connecting with folks in the Portland startup community in a virtual environment, there are two events this week designed to do just that.

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Portland fintech startup Sila raises $13 million Series A

In case you haven’t been tracking, former Simple cofounder Shamir Karkal has been quietly building another fintech startup here in Portland. But after today, it might not be “quietly” much longer. You see, that company, Sila, just raised $13 million.

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Guest post: The Portland startup community is failing. Good.

Editor: Darius Monsef is a serial founder who has wrestled with the challenges of the Portland startup community, off and on, for nearing two decades. His first company, COLOURlovers, went through Y Combinator and merged with Creative Market before being acquired by Autodesk. He cofounded Sightbox which went on to be acquired by Johnson & Johnson. His latest pursuit is Brave Care, another Y Combinator alum that is rethinking the delivery of pediatric care.

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