Unless you’ve been around the Portland startup community for a while, you may not remember Meridian. Even if you have been around a while, the name might not immediately ring a bell. But it should. Because from my perspective, it was one of the more successful startup exits in Portland. Not in total value, but definitely in multiples returned to investors and the speed at which that investment was returned.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Get your product into your customers’ hands as soon as possible. Sometimes, those users help define product. Sometimes, they reveal significant flaws. And sometimes, they help you realize the product that customers actually want to use.
I always love when people launch new blogs. I really love it when they launch new tech blogs. And I especially love it when they launch tech blogs taking on a big topic. So I was really happy to hear that Portland’s Alex Williams—who has had stints as a writer at both ReadWrite and TechCrunch—has launched a new blog focused how technology is changing business. It’s called The New Stack. Read More
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
You can’t read a tech article today without a mention of “the Cloud.” See? You just read it in this one. But where is the Cloud going? And what should people expect?
Even as Portland startups continue to make waves and land capital, we’ve still got a lot to do to step up to the big leagues. So what does Portland need to do to step up and be among the premier cities for startups?
One thing is for sure. Being attractive to venture capitalists can only help the cause. And ensure that Portland startups have the capital they need to succeed. But how? Well, why not ask a VC? That’s what happened on TechCrunch’s “Ask a VC” last week. Read More
In case you’ve been hiding under a tech news resistant rock, I wanted to let you know that TechCrunch — the 800 lbs. gorilla of tech blogs — has been acquired by AOL. Yes, that AOL. And the news, strangely enough, is topping Techmeme. Much like TechCrunch posts have for years.
Say all you want about Michael Arrington, the guy who started TechCrunch. It’s an important event to note. Because it’s a five year old blog being sold to a major corporation for a rumored $25 million or so. Read More