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Live from the Rose City and the Silicon Forest, covering Portland, Oregon, technology startups, and bloggers.

As more and more of us have begun to embrace this whole “cloud” thing, we’ve gotten pretty loose with how share files with one another—and how we access our own files. Because right now, more often than not, there’s another entity of some sort serving as the go-between in the whole process. But

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I’ve always been impressed with the Portland Startup Weekend crew. They’ve taken a concept and continued to push it in new and different directions. Like their Tech4Change project with Mercy Corps. And like their latest effort, Portland Startup Weekend Access. It’s the first Startup Weekend of its kind. Yo

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In 2013, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) launched the first ever Startup PDX Challenge, an early stage competition targeting entrepreneurs in the Portland metro area and across the United States. Selected from an applicant pool of 240 companies, the six winners of the 2013 Challenge received a $10,000 working capi

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For an overly connected, always-online society, sharing files can often be way more complicated than it needs to be. It’s no secret. Quite a few people have noticed. And any number of them are trying to solve the problem. (In fact, I’ve got another local company doing something awesome in that regard to reveal l

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If you’re even remotely associated with the startup scene, you know it’s competitive. Even in a community as collaborative as the Portland startup scene. And even if it’s not outward pressure, founders can put a lot of pressure on themselves. And compare their progress to that of their peers—or their

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What did I tell you about Portland being campy? Another day. Another camp. Camp camp campity camp. Now, you’ve got the opportunity to hang out with the Puppet faithful and some of the Puppet Labs crew at Puppet Camp Portland. If you aren’t familiar with our Puppet Camps, they are community-oriented, regional gat

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Portland is known for buying local. Almost ridiculously so. Isn’t that right, Colin? So it only stands to reason that our technology purchases should follow similar suit. Which is exactly what the Portland Development Commission is proposing to the City of Portland. Mayor Charlie Hales’ new Innovation Fund, a $1 mil

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Portland loves its geolocation. And when it comes to camps? There’s no town more campy. So what if you were to take the mapping and combine it with the camping? That would be pure Portland magic. Like MapCamp Hackathon 2014. Which takes place this

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New Relic kicks off its new year of Future Talks with a local speaker—who has worldwide appeal. Amber Case—cofounder of Portland startup Geoloqi which was acquired by Esri in 2012—has spoken at TED and keynoted SXSW. Now, she’ll be speaking here in Portland. The topic? The Indie Web. And figuring out

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While funding news and customer wins are always good to hear, it’s also nice to see some of Portland’s more philanthropic efforts getting the attention they deserve. That’s why it was great to see Entrepreneur Magazine recognizing Portland’s Michelle Rowley as one of “The 7 Most Powerful Women

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After the Urban Airship and Alaska Air announcement during Google I/O, you might have seen this one coming. But now it’s been confirmed. Urban Airship is powering Alaska Airlines Passbook integration on iOS devices. The upgraded Alaska Airlines iOS app available today will use Urban Airship’s PassTools solution to c

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Spring is a good time for road trips. And that’s just what Jeff Barr—Chief Evangelist for Amazon Web Services—has been doing for the past few weeks. Roadtripping from town to town. Chatting about AWS. On Friday, he stops in Portland. In the last ten years I have spoken at AWS, PHP, Linux, Perl, Java, and

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You know me. I’m a sucker for an awesome video montage. And when it’s a video about Portland and its startups, I can’t help but get a little giddy. That’s why I’m super happy to share the Tech Town Portland piece that was just released, this evening. The short film—based on an original co

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While many demo days are closed to the public, the folks at Portland Seed Fund always want to include the community however they can. And what better way than throwing a little shindig for the community once PSF demo day is over? You’re invited to join the Portland Seed Fund and their graduating class at

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Portland now has six new startups on the block. Literally. The Portland Development Commission has revealed the winners of its first ever Startup PDX: Challenge. What’s the Startup PDX: Challenge? Well, Mike Rogoway at The Oregonian has a pretty good rundown: The PDC, Portland’s urban renewal agency, budgeted ab

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Every once in a while, it’s nice to take Portland Lunch 2.0 outside of Portland, so that folks who don’t work in the city get a chance to participate as well. This Wednesday is one such jaunt as our friends at OTBC will be hosting Lunch 2.0 in Beaverton. In Beaverton or Hillsboro? Want a

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If you don’t know Adam DuVander, you should. He’s one of the unsung champions of the Portland tech scene. He was one of the first Beer and Blog attendees; he started Demolicious; he was on the committee that brought the Ignite format to Portland; and the same group who helped bring BarCamp to Portland. But

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While it’s not yet there, Portland is getting ridiculously close to having—like brewpubs—more tech startup accelerators per capita than anyone else. The latest addition? TiE Oregon is expanding its accelerator program to the Pearl, partnering with ISITE Design to open TiE Pearl. The new accelerator will be

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I get asked a few times a week how people can learn to program. I felt like if more people shared their stories it might help people to understand how many different ways people teach themselves to work with code. Every time I hear someone’s story, I wish it could be shared further with the

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Ah late May in Portland. The February Fakeout is a long distant waterlogged memory. And even though we got a few days of awesomeness over the long weekend, any plans you had to anything outside have likely been dashed at this point. So why not join Portland types and WordPress for its 10th Anniversary? As

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Still looking for something to do this weekend? Well, I mean, I know you have tonight covered and Monday covered. But what about Saturday? Well, get ready to be happy. Darya Rose, Ph.D is the author of Foodist, Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting. She’ll be signing books on Saturday

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Portland will always take the chance to celebrate. But the tenth anniversary of WordPress? That’s a better excuse than usual. I’m a huge fan of WordPress. And I know I’m not alone. I’ve been blogging for nearly 15 years and I’ve been using WordPress to run my blogs for the majority of that time

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Startups are pretty cool. Music is pretty cool. Art is definitely cool. But what happens if you put all of those things together to create something cooler? That’s just what Portland design shop The Brigade has done with an art exhibition to bring tech to a Portland elementary school. The Cover by Cover Art Auction

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Treehouse has been on a tear lately. Following on news of recent funding, they’ve now launched an education channel dedicated completely to getting the most out of Adobe Illustrator. What’s Treehouse do? The extensive Treehouse library of step-by-step video courses and training exercises will give you a wide ran

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Portland just got a little cloudier. Orchestrate—a startup that has a new take on how to distribute resources for cloud computing—has landed a $3 million seed round, led by True Ventures. What’s this “new take”? Well, it’s the idea that the data in the cloud should be as distributed and r

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Another Portland company has had a successful exit—and that also means another successful exit for the Oregon Angel Fund. Indoor mapping startup Meridian has been acquired by Aruba Networks. And it will remain in Portland as a wholly owned subsidiary. What’s Meridian do? Well, the Portland Business Journal summe

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Portland startup and Portland Seed Fund alum Gliph has been an interesting and compelling cloaking device that’s been searching for just the right application of their technology. And they just found it: the nebulous and still relatively nascent world of Bitcoin. Not familiar with Bitcoin? it’s an open source vi

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Ah spring. With a faint hint of Google I/O in the Portland air. Why? Well, while most of the Google I/O activity is taking place down in San Francisco, some of it is taking place right over our heads, with Urban Airship and Alaska Air. The two companies joined forces to build a Developer Sandbox

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Portlanders tend to do a really good job of staying behind the scenes on some pretty amazing projects. Case in point: Hello Again, a project created by Chris Milk and Beck that just won a Webby for “Best Use of Video or Moving Image” and “Auto & Auto Services.” But those 360-degree shots were ma

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Okay okay. Setting the Google Glass link bait headline aside, Jeff Hardison of Portland-based Meridian—a company that’s reinventing the way we find our way around interior spaces—sat down with Robert Scoble to chat about what Meridian is building. Jeff does a great job on the interview. Even while staring

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