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

It’s been said that Eskimos have a variety of words for snow. So it would only stand to reason that we Oregonians would be equally drawn to our own favorite form of precipitation. And even use it as means of identification. Potentially even using it to as an acronym. To name startup accelerators. Or investment

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times—and you’ve had to listen to it every time I say it: finding development talent is the biggest problem holding back most startups, these days. And Oregon is no different. That’s why Portland’s Treehouse launched Code Oregon, a project des

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Portland’s affection for Internet of Things continues to grow. And there’s no better place to keep tabs on what’s happening than Thing Tuesday, Portland’s monthly IoT meet up. This month is no different, as September 16, Thing Tuesday brings a number of awesome speakers to the stage. Paresh Patel 

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[Editor: We continue our series, hearing about what makes culture at Portland companies unique---directly from their employees. This time around it's one of Portland's leading B Corps, FMYI.] Culture at FMYI I work for FMYI, a collaboration software company in Portland. It’s the rare corporation that goes out of its w

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As you may have heard, Instacart has opened up a Portland operation. The service allows you to order from a variety of local stores with delivery in an hour. And folks around here are eating it up. But if you haven’t had a chance to try Instacart yet, today might a good day to do

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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.

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Fall is always an exciting time in the world of Portland startups. Well okay. It’s always an exciting time. But go with me here. The summer vacations are wrapping up. And folks are desperately sprinting to complete efforts before the holiday slowdown hits. So it’s a good time to get a little help from the

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It’s that time of year again. Time for you to stick your neck out and to start telling other folks about that startup you’re building. And there’s no better place to start than Portland Seed Fund. Because they’ll listen politely to your pitch—and then buy you a beer. You’ll have two minut

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[Editor: Part of our ongoing series about company culture, written by employees of the company. AppNexus---who is building a regional office in Portland---kicked it off. Next up is Portland startup Switchboard. Sound like an awesome place to work? Switchboard is hiring.] Switchboard is about community On the Switchboard dev

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One of the best things about Portland is its creative energy. And its willingness to experiment. Perhaps nowhere is that more obvious than the intersection of design and tech. Where folks are building all kinds of wacky stuff. To express themselves. And to see what they can do. And if you’re interested in what they

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Pedalpalooza is almost upon us. And we know Portland loves bikes. But Portland also loves startups. So it only makes sense that Portland would love startups on bikes. That’s why the Startup Swag Ride taking place Saturday, June 14, during Pedalpalooza sounds like an awesome Portlandy idea. Close your MacBook, throw on

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Portland’s Chirpify—one of the leading companies working to make social media more transactional through their #actiontags concept—has been busy transacting a deal of its own. They’ve acquired local startup Measureful, a startup focused on helping folks tell better stories around their Web traffic da

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It’s always interesting to watch startups attract and secure senior talent. And when three of them secure CFOs in rapid succession, things are even more interesting. Which is exactly what’s happening around Portland these days where financial officers seem to be a hot commodity for startups. Puppet Labs started

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The weather may be nice this weekend. But quite honestly, you’ve got a higher calling. It’s the National Day of Civic Hacking, a day when a bunch of different communities band together to use their hacking powers for good. And being the type of hacker town it is, Portland has its own gathering. Interested in

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You know I’m a sucker for a good video. Especially when it’s on the Portland startup scene. And if you ignore the minor chunk that features my ugly mug, this is a pretty damn good take on what’s happening around here. Grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to enjoy Startup Cities:

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It’s no secret that we here in Portland love our bikes. From allowing for more biking commuters to creating the bikes themselves to crafting the accessories inspired by the biking culture we’re a town of biking. So it should come as little surprise that that’s inspiring tech startups, as well. Now, Portlan

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I’m always a fan of Portland startups securing experienced talent—especially when it’s local talent. And that’s why I’m happy to report that local tech booster Adam DuVander has joined Portland startup Orchestrate as director of developer relations. Like many startups in Portland focused on pla

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It’s such a common refrain, that it’s become a running joke in startup circles. “How are you going to make money?” “We’re going to sell ads.” But happy flukes like Flappy Bird aside, the golden age of Web properties continuing to make viable revenues off ad networks is rapidly comin

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Never let it be said that Portland doesn’t support it’s early stage startups. Portland Seed Fund is in full swing. PIE is sifting through applications. The TiE Pearl Incubator is pushing its startups along. It’s like the entire town is all spring and new growth and whatnot. And now, you have the chance to

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Now in its sixth year, the SoMe Awards—one of the premier events recognizing social media efforts—has expanded its Portland-based event to include both a little education and a little entertainment for the social media minded. The 2014 SoMe Awards includes the SoMe Forum, an afternoon of discussions with social

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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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