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

As the early stage accelerator scene in Portland has cooled a bit, many of our companies have been looking to resources outside of the Rose City to help them during their formative stages. It probably comes as no surprise that Y Combinator and Techstars are shouldering the bulk of the load. But, there’s one Techstars

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For links today, rallying Portland founders to help one another, tracking TriMet, understanding the call of entrepreneurship, understanding that it’s not about race, and the entire history of Kickstarter city by city. Portland founders — it’s time to show up This is a call to the Portland entrepreneur communit

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Portland is a great town for mission driven startups. Maybe that’s why we’re home to more nonprofits per capita that any city in the US. But we can always use more—especially when they’re focused on new industries and startups. That̵

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What if you could watch every single TriMet vehicle at the same time? Seeing the migratory patterns of vehicles as they traverse around town. Well, thanks to Eugene’s Moonshadow and their DB4IoT, you can. But you don’t have to watch in real time. They’ve captured 24 hour of activity and have compressed it

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One of my favorite things about founders is that they’re problem solvers. Problem solvers who don’t wait for permission. They just see stuff that’s broken. And they come up with creative ways to fix it. So it should come as no surprise that—given the dearth of early stage startup support in the Portl

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Today’s links feature OEN award winner Tyrone Poole, black and latina women founders, Steve Case says Peter Thiel is wrong, and venture capital is one hell of a drug. Tyrone Poole, founder of NoAppFee, wins Wyatt Starnes award for most promising Oregon entrepreneur Tyrone Poole, whose Portland startup helps prospectiv

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What if there were an awesome new JavaScript gathering? One that had interesting speakers, opportunities to meet other JavaScript types… and donuts? And what if all proceeds from the event went to a deserving charity? What? That sounds way too amazing. Well, get ready to be amazed. By Donut.js. A fun night of code and

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One of my favorite things about the ever increasing popularity of startups is the fact that they’re no longer beholden to any single location. You don’t have to be in the Valley. You don’t have to be in the city. You just have to start. Wherever you are. So it makes sense that organizations designed

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Today on the precious linkses, Puppet hires new execs, Semaphoria unveils new Uncorked awesomeness, Miru takes on a white male dominated industry, Brian Michael Bendis provides business guidance from the world of comics, and more. Puppet adds execs from VMware, Riverbed to management team These appointments are the fifth an

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Over the past few years, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) has taken an increasingly active role in helping early stage startups through the Startup PDX Challenge. But they do more than that. They’ve helped thousands of small and medium sized business secure capital. Still, they realize that there is always ro

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Sometimes, even I need a reminder of all of the amazing work happening around here. So when I heard about two household name game titles that are being built here locally, I just had to share. So if you happen to like a speedy little blue hedgehog and digging through cavernous blog filled worlds, get

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We’re definitely having a coworking renaissance around here. More awesome places to work seem to be popping up every day. But decisions, decisions, decisions. That’s why Portland startup Workfrom gives you the chance to be indecisive for awhile. Workfrom already helps remote workers and digital nomads find great

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Nothing like breaking in a new space. And the recently announced Instrument Cookie Shop is starting things off with a bang. By bringing Kent Bye of Voices of VR and Paul Reynolds formerly of Magic Leap to help launch the Cookie Shop, a popup VR space designed to explore interesting topics for the Portland tech

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Well, will you lookie there? My how time flies. And any number of other platitudes. Silicon Florist has managed to make it another year. Thanks, of course, to all of you and that awesome stuff you’re doing. Day after day. In this amazing town. And this amazing state. Silicon Florist is now nine years old.

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Every once in a while it comes up in conversation. “What’s the most overlooked company in town? Or the company that no one knows is here?” For a time, a good answer was Survey Monkey. Or MetaFilter. Or maybe deflecting with a regional office, like Pinterest or Yahoo! or Yieldbot. But time and time again,

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Everyone in Portland has a side project or three. So I know you’ve had that app idea for a while. You know the one. And you’ve likely said—for the past few months—”I’m totally going to work on that this weekend.” But yo

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Here you are. Reading stuff on the web. And listening to stuff on the Web. It’s like a thing. A thing people do. But it took a while to make it possible. And to make it discoverable. And consumable. And very few individuals have been thinking about this issue—this whole Web content thing—longer than Dave

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Earlier this year, the Portland Eastside Esplanade became a menagerie of strange and wonderful light filled contraptions. It was a moment in time when all of those awesome artists were given a canvas to bring a little more brightness into our dreary winter lives. And guess what? It’s happening again next year. And you

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Hey. How have you been? It’s been a while. You’re looking good. And that new thing that you’re working on…? Yeah. It’s awesome. Really. So cool that you’re doing that. But honestly, we’ve all been so busy I feel like we’ve lost touch. And as much as I enjoy being snarky with you o

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People are always talking about how folks from Oregon love the outdoors. They’re also always talking about how folks around here love to make things, from hobbyist pursuits to full blown businesses. And there was a time when we had more camps per capita than any tech community. Camp camp campy camp. So why not

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If you’re a startup type, you owe yourself a trip to Bend. Ton of activity. Great entrepreneurs. And a growing investment community. All within the confines of a smaller and much more tightly knit community. And honestly, there’s no better time to experience all Bend has to offer the startup world than Bend Vent

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Something there is about Portland that loves its tiny spaces. Tiny houses. Tiny food carts. Tiny cluttered coffeeshops and boutiques. And so it should come as no surprise that local coworking space Nedspace has a tiny space of it’s own. But what might be surprising is who inhabits it. For more on the story, see

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Here in Oregon, we like to do things a little differently. Even when it comes to something as structured as coding. We’ve got traditional code schools. But we’ve also got Hack Oregon. It’s not a code school, per se. It’s more of a code university, rethinking the model for teaching people to code and

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Ah summer. The best time of year to be in Portland. But startups have to be opportunistic. And do whatever they can to succeed. Even if that means leaving the Rose City during the best time to be here. And that’s exactly what Portland startups Brightwork and Chroma are doing. Brightwork, an early stage company

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Remember back in the old days of the web? You know, back when “the Web” was actually a proper noun? When we all got served up the same silly banner advertisement or message every time we visited a site? With the prevalence of personalization the web now affords, that seems trite and dated. But it’s

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The Portland Timbers are no strangers to the world of video games. I mean, they had that little game where Timber Joey bravely lopped of the heads of encroaching Seattle Flounders. But now, the Timbers Army is getting their own treatment, inspired by something for which the Army is well known—one of its chants. Local

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To many folks in the startup community, the Portland Seed Fund has always been here. It’s become such a prominent part of the early stage investments in town. But it wasn’t always that way. And it took some foresight from a variety of local leaders to bet on spending when the economy was in the

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It’s no secret that there’s a limited number of investors in Oregon. Which means there’s not a lot of crossover between the startup investment community—unless folks are raising. But there aren’t a lot of conversations, information sharing, or mutual understanding. It’s often just checks&

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Much to its credit, Portland is really good at starting things. At trying new stuff. And at leveraging its culture of curiosity and experimentation in ways that result in really interesting concepts. What it’s not often good at is doing something for a second time. And that’s why it’s awesome to see Portla

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Maybe it’s just me, but my in-ear headphones? They spend more time out-of-ear. As in falling out of my ear. No matter how beautifully designed. They just fall out. A lot. That’s why I’m looking forward to the end of this successful Kickstarter campaign from Portland startup Audibility. So that I can finall

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