For someone who has been creating free Internet content for more than 30 years, this whole creator economy wave of products is super interesting. And when it’s a Portland company, I’m even more interested. Like Subfund.Read More
As I mentioned, I was looking for an excuse to use Twitter Spaces, the Clubhouse competitor. And startups promoting what they’re working on seemed on brand. It’s not a competition. It’s just an opportunity to share more about your company. And the beta test of what may become an ongoing event will take place Thursday, March 25, 2021, starting at 4:00PM.Read More
Maybe you have an invite. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you’re psyched on Clubhouse. Maybe you’re not. But whatever the case, it’s always nice to know more about new social platforms, right? Right. That’s why I was glad to see ConvertKit COO and Portland startup community contributor Barrett Brooks documenting his experiences with Clubhouse.Read More
Call me geeky, but I love following those anthropomorphic and usually somewhat snarky Twitter accounts of random objects and robots and brands and whatnot. And with the successful landing of a new Mars rover, today, there’s another account I’ll be following. And I thought you might like to follow it as well. It’s NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover.
You know those times when you’re like “I should probably write about that.” And then you don’t. And then suddenly it becomes obvious that you really should have? Well, I have any number of those stories, sitting in drafts or in notebooks. And one of them is the story about Dogecoin having Portland roots.Read More
If you’ve been following the ongoing “Bay Area Brain Drain” exodus news, you’re seeing a few startup hubs coming to the fore. Miami is quickly becoming the go to spot for a number of reasons. Atlanta continues to assert its dominance. And tried and true Austin remains a perennial favorite for those escaping the valley of silicon. But where is the Pacific Northwest mention in this whole thing?Read More
As mentioned previously today, Portland’s Simple is being shuttered by acquirer BBVA ahead of PNC completing the acquisition of BBVA USA properties. Not only did the move adversely impact many of our fellow Portlanders and the Portland fintech community — as did the similar shuttering of Azlo today — but it also marked the end of a banking story of David and Goliath proportions. Where Goliath won.Read More
It’s that time of year. You know, the time of the year when we look back. When we assess. And where we try to use that assessment to plot our paths forward. And to plan for a new year. Obviously this last year — perhaps more than any other of my professional career which, mind you, includes both the dotcom crash and the mortgage crisis — is one where I was desperately searching for a bright spot or two amongst all of the heartache and weirdness. And I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to find at least a couple of positives. I mean like they say, after all, hindsight is…Read More