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Silicon Florist

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

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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It’s always interesting to watch companies form. And while my vantage point usually has me monitoring startups, I’ve got to say that following along with the founding, formation, and funding of a venture capital firm is equally interesting. And likely has some valuable learnings for everyone. That’s why I

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With Portland’s proclivity for food carts, coffeeshops, and farmers’ markets—among other small retail and craft oriented pursuits—it probably comes as little surprise that we are home to more Square Readers than anywhere else on earth. What may come as a surprise, however, is that Square wants to hel

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Early stage activity in town has quieted a bit. Not really calmed down. Just quieted down. That’s why it’s always nice to see some folks making some noise. And showing investors what’s going on in town. Which is exactly what the Portland Seed Fund is doing today with their latest class—which includes

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The Portland startup community—and honestly the Portland community at large—never ceases to amaze me. A few weeks ago, I posted a quickly penned request for the community to consider rallying support for those nearly 800 local folks affected by the Intel layoffs. I expected that a handful of us might be able to

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Not a day goes by that Oregon doesn’t bemoan its perceived inability to grow the type of talent that builds billion dollar companies. But fact of the matter is we do create that kind of talent. Retention is more of the issue. And sometimes, even if we lose the founders, their impact is still felt

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You know me. I love a good Demo Day. And I love it even more when there are awesome Portland companies on stage. So wouldn’t you know it, when Techstars Seattle holds a Demo Day and there’s a Portland company on stage…? It’s going to be post worthy. And GeekWire calling them out only makes

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When I first started this blog—way back in the dark ages of this current generation of Portland startups—it seemed that time and time again the prevailing wisdom was “move to the Valley.” And that left a bit of a mark on me. So I can’t help but be lifted every time someone provides a counter

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Portland’s culture of curiosity had us among the early adopters of the whole “quantified self” thing. But for whatever reason—even though we’ve got a ton of apparel companies in town—that never translated into much in the way of wearable technology. But that doesn’t stop us from wea

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A few years back, I would have a hard time even fathoming that Portland would even appear on a list of startup cities. So let’s just start there. It’s awesome to see Portland listed among the top 25 startup cities pursuing “Innovation that Matters.” But now that we’re on there… c’mon Po

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If there’s one word that I hear everyone use to describe Portland, it’s “welcoming.” Almost, at times, to a fault. But here’s an opportunity to use that collegial hospitality in the best possible way: to welcome a bunch of folks to our awesome town who you know full well are leaving in a couple

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