Tag: Technology

Portland startup community recognized with a number of Technology Association of Oregon awards

Last night, the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) held their annual Oregon Tech Awards celebration gala, their biggest event of the year. (Coincidentally, GeekWire held their big Seattle tech awards last night, too.) And the Portland startup community was well represented.

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Elizabeth Stock named inaugural executive director of PDX Women in Tech

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: PDX Women in Tech is the best thing going in the Portland tech community right now. From startups to established corporations, the organization continues to provide an impressive—and ever growing—center of gravity for our community. And now, they’re formalizing the leadership of the organization with the hiring of their first executive director, Elizabeth Stock.

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A Tweetstorm about venture capital, racism, technology, money, and love

Used to be, back in the day, folks would blog. And sometimes, I’d take a snippet of those amazing blog posts and try to raise the volume a little bit. By posting on my own blog. But that doesn’t happen as much these days. Or when it does, it tends to happen on platforms that have their own volume mechanisms. But Portland founder Mara Zepeda just wrote something that I wanted to make sure that you saw. And so I’m trying to raise the volume a bit. Like we used to. Read More

Oregon startups are more than just soft(ware): 5 "hard" technology Oregon startups to watch in 2016

Editor’s Note: At the end of last year, I published a post on Portland startups I’d be watching in 2016. Like many list posts, people wondered why they weren’t on it. It happens. I can’t list everyone. But even more importantly, I don’t know about everything. So when folks asked for more physical world sort of startups, I asked my friends at ONAMI to create a list. And they have obliged. Read More

How does Portland become an international technology hub by 2020?

As Portland’s moment in the sun continues, with no immediate signs of denouement, one of the questions that remains prevalent is “Will startups and tech change Portland or will Portland change startups and tech?” Join Joaquin Lippincott, CEO of Metal Toad, as he talks with Kerry McClenahan about Portland continuing its momentum to become an international tech hub by 2020. Read More

Making wearables fashionable: Portland's FashioNXT encourages folks to rethink wearables

Got an idea for a wearable that’s more fashionable than a piece of neoprene strapped to your wrist? Well, get that idea going. The folks at FashioNXT, the largest fashion gathering in Portland, are holding a contest to identify the next promising wearables designer. Read More

Design Rocks: Ziggy played guitar. You can play a role in bringing him back from Mars

It’s always nice to see people breaking down silos. And crossing over genres. And media. Portland needs more of that. That’s why I’m intrigued by a local Indiegogo project looking for raise funds for a “Rock ’n’ Roll Art & Design Gala from Mars” to be held during Design Week Portland. Read More

Oregon Technology Awards names Cloudability "Startup of the Year"

Last week, the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) held their annual Oregon Technology Awards, an event designed to recognize the achievements of tech companies here in Oregon. Portland’s Cloudability walked away with the honors as “Startup of the Year.” Read More

The sooner, the better: ChickTech aims to get more high school girls involved in tech

I’m always a fan of projects that increase the diversity of the tech world and the startup scene. I’ve also been incredibly impressed with how young entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunities before them—sometimes while they’re still in high school. Portland’s ChickTech is hoping to showcase some of that talent. Read More

How important was your K-12 education to your brave new world techie job of today?

But thinking that the technical proclivity of our region isn’t affected—and buoyed—by the kids coming up through the school systems is both myopic and dangerous. Especially when it comes to assessing the strength of our community as a tech hub, both now and in the future.

Portland tends to be a town of more imports than locals. But thinking that the technical proclivity of our region isn’t affected—and buoyed—by the kids coming up through the school systems is both myopic and dangerous. Especially when it comes to assessing the strength of our community as a tech hub, both now and in the future. And yes, I’ve ranted on the topic of K-12 education before. Read More

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