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

While the early stage activity around the Portland area isn’t as high-pitched as it has been in past years, there are still a number of founders pursuing compelling concepts. And the OTBC and Beaverton are at the ready to help them. They just announced the latest cohort of the Beaverton Startup Challenge. Nearly 40 co

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Portland is no stranger to hackathons. It’s long been a compelling way to leverage the culture of curiosity that drives a lot of the activity around here. But for all of the awesome hacking that happens around these parts, it’s always nice to see hackathons that focus on solving specific issues or conundrumsR

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Sure sure. I get it. You had every intention of starting that new podcast, this year. This was going to be the year. But still. There’s all the equipment and editing and promotion and… We’ve all been there. Trust me. The year is drawing quickly to a close and you’re starting to think that 2016

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For every seemingly frivolous application of technology, there are an untold multitude of early stage companies seeking to apply technology and entrepreneurship to solving social and environmental problems. And no local event does a better job of shinging a light on those companies than the Elevating Impact Summit. So if yo

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Portland does a great job of building acquirable companies. Because we have an incredible knack for finding gaps and building solutions that bridge those gaps. We’re Bridgetown. What would you expect? So when an awesome Portland company like Little Bird becomes that bridging component for a company like Sprinklr, it&#

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of what’s happening in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Portland. It seems to be the perfect mixture of Portland curiosity, creativity, and coding. The only thing holding it back at this point is more folks covering the space. That’s why I’m happy to se

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the culmination of #everyonein, a United Way collaboratory, that brought together folks from nonprofits, tech, and startups to work on addressing the problems of underserved communities. It was a great event. But like so many things in startups, this apparent finish line was, in re

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If there’s one consistent complaint about the world of tech startups, it’s that they sometimes focus on a problem that could be solved, rather than problems that should be solved. And that’s why I’m always happy to see folks using their powers for the greater good. Take #everyonein, a United Way coll

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Being a startup founder is difficult. Really really difficult. So I’m always happy when our community takes the opportunity to help founders. And I’m even happier when they ask those founders what they need. Instead of assuming they have the answers. That’s why I’m excited to see Oregon BEST asking s

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Regardless of your feelings about the modern day relevance of Daylight Saving Time, it’s over this weekend. Which means—unless you happen to be visiting Arizona or something—you sort of have an extra hour this weekend. So why don’t you use that hour to complete accelerator applications? I mean, reall

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Most all of us have heard of—and probably used—Heroku at some point. But what you may not know is that the company was founded, scaled to become the de facto solution, and got acquired in less that four years. Now Peter van Hardenberg, an early member of the Heroku team, is sharing that story with

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If you’re among the coffeeshop camping workforce in Portland, you’re probably well aware of Workfrom, the company that helps you figure out nearby places, wifi speeds and passwords, and the like. But what you may not know is that finding those great work spots just got a heck of a lot easier. With the Workfrom

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The virtuous cycle. We hear about it all the time. Someone starts a company, successfully exits that company, generates wealth for founders and employees, and then that group uses those new financial resources to reinvest in the community. Which leads to someone starting a company… Portland has never truly managed to comp

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It’s no secret that Portland—the de facto hub of de facto hubs—is working its way toward landing another “de facto hub” title. With its pursuits in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. But sometimes, getting the chance to experience exactly what Portland is quietly building can be a challenge

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In this day and age, we’ve all grown quite used to adding filters to our photos. Videos, though? Not so much. But that’s starting to change. And Portland based BeFunky has just released their own take on video filters—with Visionn, an app that allows folks to add filters to their videos in real time. With

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Portland is no stranger to regional offices. Or being an expansion market. We’ve had more than our fair share of companies picking the Rose City as one of their locations. And now, we’ve got another one. But it may very well be one of the most Portlandy ones of the bunch. Why? Because it’s a

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I don’t about you, but I can still remember the first time I used Shazam. At the time—in the days before Siri and Alexa and Cortana—it was one of the first times that I can remember technology effectively replicating something heretofore uniquely human: the ability to listen to—and recognize—a

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There was a time—not so long ago—when 3D printing struck many as a gimmick. A pursuit for hobbyists and artists. Something you could do. But not something you needed to do. Times, obviously, have changed. Now, 3D printing promise to revolutionize all manufacturing. Both large and small. Curious as to how? Luckil

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Often, the most effective forms of education come not as rote pedagogy but in forms that allow us to engage with the learning at an emotional level. And sometimes, that can be as simple as allowing us to experience something from a different perspective. And that’s exactly what the Portland-developed online game Can y

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Being an entrepreneur means running all of the time. All over the place. But sometimes, even the most steadfast startup can use a break from running around willy nilly. By actually running. And the Elemental Portland 4K 4Charity could be exactly what you need. The 4K 4Charity Fun Run in PDX is a 4km (2.49-mile)

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Remember the good old days when you used to park in a parking garage, do some shopping at a nearby retailer, and then—as if by magic—get that parking for free by having the merchant validate your parking? Well, now that you’re Ubering or car2going or using mass transit, that freebie system all seems like t

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Sorry for the radio silence and lack of links. I’ve been battling the latest flavor of autumn illness. But I’ve still been trying to keep tabs on what’s happening. So here are a few of the interesting things I’ve found. All while sniffling like Trump at a presidential debate. Portland Needs Affordabl

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If there’s one thing that Portland’s never short of, it’s hacks. Hack Days, Hackathons, impromptu hacks… hack hack hackity hack. And this weekend is no different with two great ways to get together with other hack minded folks: Portland Science Hack Day and the Hack Oregon Project Season Kick Off. Portla

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Sure, sure. You’ve been busy. Don’t worry. I get it. But I thought it would be wise to give you a heads up that there’s a looming opportunity for you and your startup. Mentorship, services, and a little capital could be one simple application away. Thanks to the Beaverton Startup Challenge. The catch? Well

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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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