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With Portland startup Bumped, buying stuff can also have you buying stock

You don’t hear as much about it as I would like, but I love the small and scrappy fintech startup community in Portland. What started with companies like Simple has spawned any number of interesting takes on banking, financing, and investing. Even the cofounder of Acorns—which enables folks to round up purchase prices to invest small increments of money—has a Portland connection. (He graduated from Lewis & Clark.) So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that Giftango founder David Nelsen was getting back in the startup game with a fintech play. And now, it’s come out of stealth. Meet Bumped.

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Tired of reading about unicorns? Cool. Let's talk about piggies. And the reality of startup life.

Back in the old days of Silicon Florist, I used to highlight other blog posts that were awesome. Mostly, because a lot more people used to blog back then. And I am lazy. Well, guess what? Even though fewer people seem to be doing the blogging thing like they used, I am still categorically lazy. Plus this piece by Oscar Godson was great. So I’m sharing it. Read More

Design is not a department: Simple on the value of design for startups

With a wealth of startups and a rich community of creatives and agencies—digital and otherwise—it should come as no surprise that Portland has the potential to be a hub of design driven startups. But as a startup, how do you approach the problem of embracing design and thinking about it wholistically? Simple has some thoughts on the matter. And they’ll be sharing them at a Designspeaks event on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Read More

Not so terrible twos: Simple marks two year anniversary of banking service

They grow up so fast. It seems like just a few months ago that we were all patiently waiting to be allowed behind the velvet rope that was a new kind of banking experience. Now Simple has been providing that service for two years—and now they’re letting everyone in. Read More

Reminiscing and retrospecting: Strands of Simple's acquisition story pre-date the company's Portland existence

When the news of Simple’s acquisition hit this morning, it immediately dawned on me that I have been so incredibly lucky to be around—recording and blogging—the company’s entire Portland existence. Read More

Portland startup Simple acquired by BBVA for $117 million, ramping up hiring

What started with “building a bank that doesn’t suck” has resulted in building a product offering that has gotten sucked up by a bank. Portland startup Simple has been acquired by global banking presence BBVA for a reported $117 million. Read More

Payback: Portland's Simple now offers immediate money transfer between accounts with Simple Instant

While Simple users have never been shy about their love of the banking experience with the company, there are few features that would make the experience event better. And today, the Portland company released one of those features. Now any Simple user can immediately transfer money to any other Simple user with Simple Instant. Read More

What a difference a year makes: Simple recounts its first year with customers on the platform

Portland-based Simple has a very lofty goal: to build a better banking experience. Or to be more blunt: to build a bank that doesn’t suck. And after a year with customers using the platform, Simple appears well on their way to satisfying that goal. Read More

How do you wow your customers? Learn from some of the best

Everyone likes to think they provide good customer service. But, more often than not, it’s rare to encounter a company that really wows you. Read More

What if banking were more Simple?

As if we all weren’t anxious enough. Awaiting the big unveil from the folks at Simple. It seems they’ve got to tease us a bit more with the pending iPhone awesomeness.

So if you’re among the teeming hordes waiting patiently for Simple to launch to the public, maybe you can bide your time with this new video. Read More

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