Tag: Portland

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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Portland startup Gabbi raises $1 million for AI that assists with early cancer risks

We’re seeing more and more startups leveraging the assumed potential of Artificial Intelligence for truly practical — and potentially life saving — applications. Which is very much inline with Portland startup Gabbi, a startup that uses a unique combination of assessments and AI to help with the early detection of potential health issues.

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Looking to connect with the Portland startup community?

For all the difficulties of the pandemic, finding ways to connect with other humans — especially if you’ve recently relocated — has been among the most difficult. What’s more, for folks who are juggling jobs, family, and other areas of responsibility, evening networking events can be all but inaccessible — whether it’s a pandemic or not. That’s why I’ve been actively working to reboot Portland Lunch 2.0, a simple community networking event that occurs during the lunch hour.

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Remember that one time… at summer camp?

Even as we work our way toward recovery, the reality of the pandemic is still very much present. And with it, a logical reticence to rush back to the way things were, willy nilly. And yet, we’re rapidly approaching a summer when everyone — kids and parents, alike — could use a break. Portland startup A Kids Book About is offering up a creative solution in that regard.

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Calendar concerns? Portland’s Reclaim.ai has raised $4.8 million to help you tame your schedule with AI

The promise of Artificial Intelligence has been a pipe dream for some time. Artificial assistants who help us in our day to day lives — and who help us augment our knowledge in new and interesting ways. We’ve only seen a glimmer of the potential of AI. But one Portland company has hit upon a very practical and compelling use of AI: managing your schedule. Meet Reclaim.ai.

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REMINDER: Portland Lunch 2.0 is Tuesday, May 25

Portland was always a little light on the general networking events. And the pandemic only made that more pronounced. Which is why I’m hoping that a little resurgence of Portland Lunch 2.0 — the long running lunchtime networking event for the Portland startup community — can help make connections as we work toward recovery. And the next one is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

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GeekWire Awards names Portland founder Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Portland tends to be humble. Aggressively humble for the most part. But even if founders are going to be humble, I’m going to celebrate them. Like Stephanie Strong, founder and CEO of Portland startup Boulder Care, who just won the GeekWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2021.

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TechfestNW 2021 AO Tech selects a Portland startup as the winner of the international startup competition

TechfestNW had a pandemically reduced footprint this year. But that doesn’t mean its impact is any smaller. Especially when it comes to startups having a platform to share what they’re building. And after an arduous pitch competition, the winner of the annual event has been named. It’s a Portland company. Called Rewire Neuro.

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Interesting insights on Portland startup Customer.io

There’s a generation of Portland startups that I often refer to as “the Quiet Generation.” They’ve never been terribly flashy. Never sought out the limelight. Never beat their proverbial chests about building a company in the Portland startup community. They just do what they do. Successfully. And quietly. Like Customer.io.

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REMINDER: Founders Live Portland reboots, this Thursday

Even the most well attended events need a refresh every once in a while. Something to shake things up. Be it format or hosts or content. And that’s what’s happening with the Portland chapter of Founders Live, which is now under new management.

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