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

If you haven’t talked to voice activated artificial intelligence by now, I’d be kinda surprised. You’ve got Siri, Alexa, Cortana… they’re all over the place. And always listening. But let’s be honest… they don’t always do what you want them to do. So if you’ve got an idea on how

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You’ve noticed it. It’s difficult not to. As Portland has grown in popularity and population, congestion, traffic, and even crowded public transit are becoming more the norm than the exception in the City of Roses. It impacts everyone. And rising housing costs only exacerbate the problem, as the distance between

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As much as I love Portland, I have to admit that, generally, we do a fairly poor job of tracking metrics or outcomes. I mean, we talk. A lot. And we have tons of anecdotal evidence. Or the feeling that stuff is happening. But metrics? Not so much. That’s why it’s really nice to see

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I’ve spent more than my fair share of time around nonprofits. Established nonprofits. Startup nonprofits. You name it. Both as an employee and as a volunteer. And time and time again, one of the most consistent challenges for any nonprofit—and one that often ended up on my plate—is effectively promoting what they&

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Whenever folks ask me for ways to test drive an idea or find cofounders, one of the programs that is always at the top of my list is Techstars Startup Weekend. Why? Because it’s a 54-hour sprint that gives you a ton of insights into what it takes to test an idea, recruit a team,

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As the end of 2017 approaches, it’s only natural to be thinking about the new year. And new opportunities. For some folks, that may be considering a new role, a new job, or a new town. For others, it may be seeking some new employees. Or a cofounder. Whatever the case, so long as it’s

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Thanks to everyone who has taken the opportunity to submit a “Hello, Portland startup community” profile, a community driven effort to introduce one person per day to everyone in Portland. It’s great to see so many members of the community take the time to share their stories with the rest of us. And hopef

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You know I love startups. And you know I love startups that help startups. But what you may not know is that I’m a huge fan of folks who are doing that work in a variety of industries—not just tech. That’s why I wanted to be sure that all of you outdoor gear types knew

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Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the TiE Oregon Pitch Oregon 2017 event, this year. But luckily for you, Malia Spencer, who covers startups for the Portland Business Journal, was there to hear the 10 companies pitch the panel of judges and audience—and to reveal the winners. This was my favorite tweet from her, durin

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Bio Patrick has been a background element of the Portland Startup scene since the 90’s. From MediaRewards and a stint in Pelicanware (Newton!) to CallPrint and other debacles. He was often founding engineer and mentor to the teams formed. While many found time to meet up, write books, and attend events, Patrick raised

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Much like the city of Portland itself, we’re starting to see Portland startups becoming more attractive to executive talent. Both folks from outside the region and folks who happen to live in Portland and work elsewhere (and I am happy to bend your ear with a hypothesis on the latter, anytime). What’s that? Have

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Bio Mitch is a 4th generation Arizonan who made his way to the Northwest via a childhood in West Phoenix and education at Arizona State University (Forks Up!). The entrepreneurial path hit Mitch early and led him to cofound Arizona Outback Adventures, a venture that is still going strong today down in the desert. But

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Never underestimate the value of peer support and connections. It’s one of the things that makes services like Switchboard so compelling. And now they’re using that same power of connectivity to help innovative folks get more connected to their peers—in the real world. Introducing the Switchboard Higher Educat

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Bio Cami Kaos has always been inquisitive and curious. It’s a quality that has left her enamored with the ever-changing world of technology and the people who build it. That’s how she found herself smack in the middle of the Portland tech scene and startup community more than a decade ago—first with blogs and then

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Bio A father and passionate sports fan, Aaron loves live sports and music. Everything from the Blazers to the Timbers… Jazz, Blues, and even Electronic Dance Music. Aaron loves to be out with friends, family and have a good time. Positivity and happiness are his latest passion projects, even working with the #Positive

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It’s no secret that I love a good startup pitch event. And I love them even more when I’m introduced to amazing new companies. If you’re the same way, then you’re definitely going to want to grab a ticket for TiE Pitch Oregon the morning of December 7, 2017. Companies pitching include: Concept Finali

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If you’ve ever worked in a services industry—like law, design, or consulting, for example—you know that keeping track of your hours can be the very lifeblood of your business. But it can also be a complete pain. Wouldn’t it be great if keeping track of time were as easy as talking about it? Now, it

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Bio Nick Mendez is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and experienced content marketing professional living in Northeast Portland. He went to journalism school during newspapers’ twilight era, and his nonfiction work has been published by The Boston Globe, Tastemakers Magazine, The Huntington News, and CNN. Primarily a do

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If you’re interested in where the economic development dollars in Oregon are being focused, there’s a new five year strategic plan from Business Oregon that sheds some light on those activities. Thumbing through it quickly, it looks to be good news for startups in the state. No organization is more committed to

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Bio Self motivated, energetic sales executive with more than nine years of progressive responsibilities in: business development, account management, solution selling, business strategy, technology sales (SaaS, Mobile, Solution), talent acquisition, and project management. Experienced business development professional with

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Bio Instigator and advocate with a side helping of unbridled optimism, Chrys builds resources, connections, and programming that provide Lewis & Clark students business context, networking, training, inspiration, and access. As part of the Lewis & Clark mission to connect liberal arts to problem solving in the workp

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Throughout my career, I’ve been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by amazing founders, mentors, and peers. Many of whom happened to be women. And all of whom rarely received the recognition or accolades they deserve. That’s why it’s always nice to see efforts to raise the visibility of businesswomen. Like

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As a founder, you’re always looking for opportunities to promote your company. And locally, there are few opportunities as big as PitchfestNW, the pitch competition held as part of TechfestNW, Portland’s largest homegrown tech event. Plus, you get a free pass to the event. It is free to apply to PitchfestNW. If

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As we meander our way toward the end of 2017, it’s only natural that our thoughts stray to the future. To what you might do. To 2018 and beyond. And for many folks, that means assessing their current job. And maybe, just maybe, considering something different for the new year. So if you’re among those

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Bio A Portland transplant, Josh is a business leader with several years experience in building teams, products, and mentoring others who are building the next generation of products and services. Josh, a US Navy Vet, has created a few companies including the digital marketing firm Plunk as well as BrightWork which he took t

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Even with all of the amazing code schools—both online and in person—there’s still a significant gap between being proficient in software development and employable in software development. But where are folks supposed to get the guidance and experience they need to close the gap? That’s what LaunchCode is wo

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Bio A former teacher and recovering Floridian, Angela transitioned to the tech field in 2015 after completing a local JavaScript bootcamp. She interned with Metal Toad for six months, becoming an invaluable part of her team and the company. Inspired by her joyful laugh and thoughtful determination, Metal Toad hired her as a

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So by now, you’ve all likely heard the news that AutoDesk is moving their Lake Oswego office to the Burnside Bridgehead in the Central Eastside Industrial District. That has prompted any number of folks to say to me, “Wait. AutoDesk has a Lake Oswego office?” But it also has a lot of folks asking for

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Bio A long-time professional musician, Dave moved over to the music technology and digital strategy world two and a half decades ago. He has worked at eMusic.com, Intel, Nemo Design, North, Beats By Dre, and Apple Music on the Artist Relations team. As an Adjunct Lecturer, Dave taught Digital Strategy classes at the Univers

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You’re building an awesome company. And to continue to do that, you need awesome talent. But you’re a startup. So you need to make the most of every dollar. Trust me. I totally get it. That’s why I’m getting in on the whole Cyber Monday craze and giving you a ridiculous discount on the Silicon

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