For many founders, one of the most difficult parts of fundraising is figuring out who to pitch — and how. And while many funds provide details on their existing portfolio and their thesis, the particulars of how and why they make decisions remains rather opaque. Now, Oregon Venture Fund is making the effort to provide more transparency in that regard.Read More
Pitch Oregon 2021 startup applications are open until September 30
There’s a common trope around the startup world that things tend to go quiet a week or two after Halloween. But around here, that’s been anything but the case. Now in its sixth year, Pitch Oregon always keeps conversations going into December. But only if your startup applies to pitch.Read More
The wait is over: Panic’s newest effort, Nova, is now available for download
Sure. Not everyone is tracking on the teasers for new code editors on Mac. But when one of the most revered Mac developer tools companies in the world happens to live in your town, you pay attention to that sort of thing. So I’ve been eagerly awaiting this latest release from Panic. And now it’s available. Meet Nova, a total rethinking of a code editor.Read More
If you’re building a software, hardware, or consumer product startup, PIE would like you to apply. Like right now.
If surviving during this pandemic includes your working on something new — or keeping a new startup alive — then you might consider applying for the PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) startup accelerator. They’re currently accepting applications for Software (SaaS, Web, Mobile), Hardware (Internet of Things, Connected devices, Electronics), and Consumer Product (Food, Beverage, Apparel, Beauty) startups. But you have to act fast. Applications close August 9, 2020.Read More
Two Oregon software developers write the scripts on Stephen Colbert’s startup, Scripto
When it comes to startups, it’s not always Oregon based founders who figure prominently in the trajectory of a company. Especially in this new “work from anywhere as long as it’s not around other people” world. That’s why I thought you might be interested in the random fact that 18% of Stephen Colbert‘s startup — yes, you read that right — are Oregonians.Read More
REMINDER: Civic Software Foundation (Hack Oregon) Demo Day is almost here
Interested in seeing some compelling applications of civic data? That’s exactly what’s in store for the Civic Software Foundation’s Demo Day, this Wednesday. A few tickets are still available. And there are still opportunities to volunteer.Read More
Reminiscent of Jama Software: Orchestra Software bootstraps for a decade before taking $14 million investment
When I caught the news about Orchestra Software’s equity round, I was immediately reminded of Jama Software. Both companies were bootstrapped early on. They both took on investment after a number of years in business. And the amount of the funding was roughly the same amount.
Open all the sources: Like open source software? Bet you'd love open source hardware
Even though there’s less focus on it than previous years, Portland is—and remains—the de facto hub of open source activity. It’s just something in our blood. So it only stands to reason that—as more things become open—Portland would be a great spot for those open pursuits to congregate. Take for example Open Hardware Summit. Read More
Software Association of Oregon (SAO) seeks new president
[Full disclosure: I sit on the board of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO). In that role, I also serve as a member of the marketing committee. I don’t believe this role has jaundiced my coverage, but I wanted to be open about my involvement.]
Who said nonprofits were boring? Being the president of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO) certainly isn’t. The role has proven to be one of the more tumultuous executive seats here in town. Read More
PDC Software Summit: Mayor Sam Adams wants the City of Portland to be known as a “laboratory of innovation”
Tonight, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and the City of Portland will be hosting a Software Summit to discuss the economic growth strategy for our industry.
So you’ve responded to the surveys. You’ve heard about CivicApps. You’ve seen the City of Portland declare open source in government week. But you still don’t really have a clear idea about where we go from here. Or how the developers here in town fit in with the City’s plans.
Well, get ready for a little clarification. Tonight, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and the City of Portland will be hosting a Software Summit to discuss the economic growth strategy for our industry. Read More