I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about broadening the spectrum of Silicon Florist coverage. To cover more than just tech. Because there is all kinds of interesting stuff going on around here. And some recent news seemed like the perfect excuse to start doing that. You see, Portland Seed Fund and Starve Ups alum Sightbox has been acquired by Johnson & Johnson.
Over the past ten years, we’ve seen a change in venture capital in Oregon. Previously dominant VCs have stopped investing or become less active while a series of new players have entered the market. And outside investment—folks from other states who have invested in Oregon companies—has definitely seen an upswing. But who are the new leaders in VC in Oregon startups—and are they local? PitchBook crunched some numbers for us.
Portland’s Chirpify—one of the leading companies working to make social media more transactional through their #actiontags concept—has been busy transacting a deal of its own. They’ve acquired local startup Measureful, a startup focused on helping folks tell better stories around their Web traffic data. Read More
Portland’s startup ecosystem is still relatively immature. But that doesn’t mean that our current knowledge isn’t valuable to nascent startup scenes. Portland’s Rogue Venture Partners and Mercy Corps are hoping to share their knowledge overseas by standing up Gaza Sky Geeks in the Gaza Strip. Read More