Part of my morning “reading the paper” routine involves swinging by Product Hunt — founded by Ryan Hoover who grew up in Eugene — on a daily basis to see if anything interesting jumps out at me. And this morning, something definitely did. Because Portland startup Chainstarters was sitting at the top of the list of products for today.Read More
After a successful closed beta, serial entrepreneur Fritz Brumder today officially launched the product from his latest pursuit, Zipcan, a product that — in my overly simplified take — resembles the functionality of the Intercom and chat buttons you see around the Internet but that — instead of engaging you in a pseudo conversation with a chat bot — immediately puts you into a video chat with a real human.Read More
If your organization is considering the Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) framework, is implementing OKRs, or is deeply in love with OKRs, adopting a solution to help you manage those OKRs just got a heck of a lot easier. Because Portland’s Koan has a transitioned to a freemium model. And free is a very good price.Read More
I don’t know about you. But to me, this year is already feeling rough. And building up a head of steam — let alone momentum — has been incredibly challenging thus far. But I’m happy to report, that entrepreneurs are managing to do it. To build things. And to launch stuff. Like Divjoy 2.0, which is trending on Product Hunt today.Read More
Used to be, this time of year meant eagerly awaiting the next installation of the Turkey Tracker. But that’s not really an option anymore. So imagine my delight when I discovered another tracker. It’s not turkey. But it’s a tracker. And since finding a job is always a big deal. It seemed worthwhile to share. It’s the Teal Job Tracker.Read More
Sometimes founders are ahead of the curve. And sometimes, they’re right inline with timing. Such is the case with Fritz Brumder, one of the founders of Brandlive, a Portland startup that was early to the game of video collaboration between consumer brands and their customers. Back then, Brandlive was way ahead of the curve — which always brings with it an educational hurdle as you help the market understand the vision. This time around with his new startup — Bend based Zipcan — however, the timing seems impeccable.Read More
If you run in early stage startup circles, you’ve likely come across Product Hunt, which over a relatively short period of time has become the de facto place to launch a product—and now, if they’re physical products, ship them as well. What you may not know, however, is the Product Hunt has an Oregon connection.