Tag: Portland

Portland Hololens agency Object Theory acquired by ARound

It’s another exit via acquisition for serial founder Raven Zachary. His latest company — the Microsoft Hololens agency he helped cofound, Object Theory — has been acquired by ARound. Small Society, the iOS development shop Raven cofounded prior to Object Theory — a preeminent player in the then burgeoning Portland mobile scene — was acquired by Walmart Labs in 2012.

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Woman founded Portland startup GoCamp acquired by Storyteller Overland

If you’ve ever seen those rentable custom Sprinter vans in your forays into the outdoors, you’ve like encountered GoCamp, the Portland startup that’s like “Airbnb for camper vans.” Well it was a Portland startup at least. Until it got acquired by Storyteller Overland, last week.

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Expensify S-1 is available

If you’ve been curious about Portland’s Expensify going public, the S-1 is now available for your reading pleasure. The high notes? They plan to raise $243 million by selling about 10 million shares priced between $23-$25 range. And they plan to trade on Nasdaq under the symbol EXFY.

And from my personal perspective, I don’t ever recall reading an S-1 — and I’ve read quite a few — that reference a motivation to “Get shit done.” But this one does.

Community kudos: Juan Barraza, Portland State University

Anyone who knows Juan has seen him in action – he’s relentless in his energy to create a more equitable and vibrant startup community. I suspect that Juan spends most of his time thinking how things could be better and connecting awesome dots.

For more, follow Juan on Twitter.

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Portland ecommerce startup Rally secures $6 million

As the pandemic hit, suddenly every product and retail company was forced to become an ecommerce company. But choosing the right platform amidst all of the potential possibilities proved to be another challenge to overcome. Which inspired Portland startup Rally, a headless decentralized ecommerce platform that works in tandem with a variety of other providers.

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Portland calendar AI startup Reclaim launches “Smart 1:1s”

If you’ve ever managed folks, you know how powerful 1:1s (one-on-ones) can be for keeping everyone up to date and on the same page. And if you’ve ever managed anyone at a startup, you know how keeping a consistent schedule for those 1:1s can fall to pieces in a stressful environment. That’s why Portland startup Reclaim is putting their AI bot to work on your calendars, so that those 1:1s always happen, even under the most tenuous of calendar conditions.

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Portland’s Panic reveals early Apple iPod prototype to celebrate 20th anniversary

If you’re working with hardware, things can start off pretty clunky sometimes. And working prototypes are often a far cry from the final product that designed for manufacturing and assembly. Portland based Panic shared a great example of that. Revealing an early prototype of the Apple iPod in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Steve Jobs revealing the product.

Hitting pay dirt: Portland startup The Dyrt raises $11 million in an effort to double in size

With all of the funding announcements bouncing around, it’s always nice to hear how the startups plan to use the capital they’re raising. Like Portland startup The Dyrt, which plans to use an $11 million capital infusion to double the employee base of the company by adding 30 new roles.

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Cascade Seed Fund hits first close on $10 million Fund II

According to Portland Inno, a publication of the Portland Business Journal:

Cascade Seed Fund II has completed its first close and the team can start investing. The first fund was $6 million, after fundraising was cut short by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The managing directors, Julie Harrelson and Robert Pease, have completed all the new investments that can happen for Fund I.

Portland ecommerce startup Shop Latinx raises $1 million

I always say that Portland built its tech startup community on “engineers building tools for other engineers.” That began as far back as Tektronix and continues today with companies like Puppet and Sila. That being said, it’s always nice to see consumer facing tech startups beginning to find success here, as well. Like Shop Latinx, which just secured $1 million in funding.

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