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No longer a gem in the rough: Opal hits their stride and raises $8 million

I’ve been following the Opal crew for quite some time. It’s been an interesting journey to say the least. With any number of hurdles. And any number of changes. But they’ve continued pushing and persevering. And while I’m not touting funding as much as I used to, this seems like one of those times where it’s warranted. Opal just raised $8 million in a round led by Madrona. Read More

I don't always get scooped, but when I do, I get scooped by TechCrunch: Moot rebrands as Muut

Now, let’s be honest here. Silicon Florist? Not exactly a “breaking news blog.” Usually, I’m not chasing exclusives or publishing as embargoes expire. But I tend to be lucky enough to know when Portland news is breaking—whether I actually act on it or not. Except for today. When I got fully scooped as Muut (nee Moot) hit TechCrunch with news of their rebrand and initial funding. Read More

Predicting how you'll spend your winter break: Portland Seed Fund Spring 2014 applications now open

It’s funny. These days, folks seem to look forward to holidays and breaks so that they can do more work. Focused work. Without interruption. And like it or not, I’ve got something awesome like that for your winter break task list. The Portland Seed Fund has successfully closed their second fund. And as such, they’ve opened applications for their next class. Read More

After further analysis: Portland's Measureful retools offering to focus on marketing folks

Portland Seed Fund and Upstart Labs alum Measureful has taken a dose of their own medicine. After carefully analyzing where their product was getting traction in the market, they’ve retooled their offering to focus their efforts on marketing and agency types. And it’s paying off. VentureBeat just called them the “Flipboard of data.” Read More

Meet the Startup: Catching up with Brandlive

If you’re considering pitching Portland Seed Fund, this week, it might be good to do your homework. And I’m happy to help. Recently, Meet the Startup caught up with PSF alum and Oregon Angel Fund portfolio company Brandlive. Read More

Beer pitchers: Present to Portland Seed Fund and get a free pint

Portland loves its beer. And Portland loves its startups. So combining beer and startups must be awesome right? Right. Especially when it’s free beer. And so I’m happy to share that it’s time, once again, for the Portland Seed Fund‘s Pitch for Beer event. Read More

Good to go: Brandlive lands GoPro and $1.6 million led by Oregon Angel Fund

Call me crazy, but I’m beginning to think that maybe—just maybe—this whole “video on the Internet” thing may catch on. And Portland Seed Fund alum Brandlive has found themselves sitting right in the middle of the next wave of opportunity with one of the biggest names in the business. Read More

Miners allowed: New Tellagence tool digs through Twitter for relevant topical data

It should come as no surprise that Portland gets analytical about things. Webtrends took an early lead in the world of Web analytics—and continues to innovate on monitoring what’s happening on the Web, today. And it’s led to a prevalence of thoughtful and creative data visualizations—from companies like Periscopic, for example—are changing the way people think about data. Read More

Meet the Startup: Getting the vision behind On The Go Platforms

While still a nascent industry, wearable computing is definitely gaining momentum. And Portland startup On The Go Platforms is way ahead of the curve. The Portland Seed Fund alum and Startup PDX: Challenge winner is working to create “killer applications for smart glasses.” Read More

Lowering the barrier to entry: Founders Fund allows Portland founders to ante up for Portland Seed Fund II

One of the topics I didn’t cover in my round up of the most recent Portland Seed Fund demo day was an announcement made near the end of the show. Mostly because I wanted a chance to catch up with Portland serial entrepreneur Chris Logan, who is spearheading the effort. Read More

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