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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.

When you have a rolling schedule, you get to make startup cohort announcements twice as often. And such is the case with Portland’s Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator, who just announced the 7th cohort of companies going through the incubator. On July 24th, Tyfone and SIMPLENIGHT joined us at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech

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Okay okay. So I know that’s a bit of a stretch. The solar eclipse isn’t going to make it pitch black around here. But I’m never one to shy away from the opportunity for a punny headline. Plus, I promised that I would start giving you more of a heads up about awesome events around

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For the past three years, I’ve organized Portland Startup Week at the beginning of each year. While it’s regularly attracted nearly a hundred events and hundreds of attendees, it still put folks in a bit of a crunch as they were recovering from the holidays. This year, we want to make the event even bigger

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While I like to drone on an on about tech startups, the truth is that there are any number of startups and industries that are thriving in Oregon. Perhaps none as obvious as the breadth of consumer goods — apparel, beverage, food, outdoor, tools… the list goes on an on — we have here in

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Without getting too dystopian, you have to admit that robots are good at stuff. I mean, they just are. Sure, they’re not good at everything that humans are good at doing. But they’re good at specific things. Like precise things. And that’s why this Portland robot is going to change the way you think about

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While you can safely bet that startups will always complain about two things—lack of capital and lack of talent—it’s completely true that the Oregon job market is exceptionally tight, as of late. And hiring talent can be even more challenging than it has been in the past. How challenging? Well, let’s

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u know ur senator is cool when @ctrlhpdx has hackers makin art about them @RonWyden https://t.co/iLaoEM5QhD — D Robinson, PhD (@daniellecrobins) August 10, 2017

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While there are some great all-around job boards in town—Mac’s List and PDX Pipeline immediately jump to mind—there are any number of new, more focused job boards cropping up that help a very particular sector of the marketing connect with gigs. The latest is ParlorGig. ParlorGig is the gig of Jena Knox. A

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Given the world we live in, we are constantly reminded that nothing has a great deal of permanence. But that’s not all negative. There is much to be learned from the deterioration of things. And there is much be considered. Which is exactly what Design Museum Mornings is doing with Heidi Schwegler, award-winning artis

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There once was a time when Portland was home to a bevy of incubators and accelerators. And during those times, it seemed that there was always some deadline or another looming. Now that there are fewer organizations looking for startup applications, however, it can be easy to forget those deadlines. It’s okay. I’

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It’s the largest angel conference and the biggest prize purse of any startup pitch competition in the Pacific Northwest. So it’s little wonder that getting on stage to compete in the Bend Venture Conference can be a bit of a challenge. But you know what makes it even more difficult? That’s right. Not apply

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What happens when one of the largest employers in the Portland partners with the largest group of independent video game developers in the area? Well, that’s when you get awesome things like Intel Buzz Workshop for Game Developers. And you’re invited. The Intel Buzz Workshop is a one-of a kind conference focused

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No doubt you’ve heard Portland has this “Maker” thing going for it. No. It’s true. It’s a thing. I swear. People make stuff here. Sometimes they make stuff out of stuff that’s been stuff before. Sometimes they make it from scratch. And sometimes they print it on machines that print stuff.

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My oh my. How time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I came up with a cockamamie scheme to start writing about what I saw happening in the Portland startup community. And suddenly, it’s been a side project for a decade. Ten years. That’s insane. And during those years a lot of things have

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I don’t know if you heard this, but apparently *looks around* Portland is seen as a hotbed for talent. No really. I swear. Talented people keep moving here. Awesome companies keep starting here. Already amazing companies open up offices here. It happens on a daily basis. Now if only there were a way to better

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When Portland’s The Fullbright Company released its first major title, Gone Home, not only was it well received by players, it was heralded by critics for its immersive experience as well as the creativity of its approach. Long story short, it set the bar—and the expectations for Fullbright as a studio—ext

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Like email, I’ve used digital calendars for decades. And yet, I’ve never quite managed to master them. In fact, more often than not, they’re just a swirling mess of missed opportunities and days filled with back and forth emails about a time and location that seems to work for both of us. There has to

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While PDX Maker Week is still a ways off, recent discussions around RSVPs and attendance have motivated me to start promoting events early and often. Rather than waiting until the last minute. That’s why I wanted to take the opportunity to share an event taking place in collaboration with Maker Week, Science Hack Day

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In addition to the awesome companies who regularly post to the Silicon Florist job board, there have been a few new names posting interesting gigs as of late—and a couple of particularly high profile roles. So I wanted to be sure that you and/or your friends who are searching for new gigs didn’t miss them.

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As the Portland startup community continues to grow, we all have the opportunity to meet more and more people. But that can also make it more and more challenging to meet folks with similar interests. And while Portland has more than its fair share of meetup and user groups, there’s always room for more events.

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As much as I love Portland and our startup community, I’ve got to admit that it has some flaws. It happens. It can’t be perfect. It’s got foibles. And things that are downright broken. We’re actively working to fix some of those flaws. But there’s one particular flaw that I often fear is beyond

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[Editor: This is a guest post from Jared Wiener, the software industry liaison for Prosper Portland (the organization formerly known as the Portland Development Commission (PDC)). As part of his role, he has helped manage the TechTown Portland program which includes the Diversity Pledge. Here, he provides an update on the p

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One of my favorite things about Portland’s original startup scalerator, Starve Ups, is their laser focus on helping founders successfully exit from their companies. Why? Well among other things, it’s the only way we’re going to generate enough wealth to create a truly self sustaining startup ecosystem. So

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There was a time when large tech companies would regularly spinoff smaller startups—or at the very least inspire would be entrepreneurs to bail and start something new. You know, kind of like Happy Days spawned Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. But then something changed. Corporations became more comfortable

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Encryption. Important? Super important. Easy? Not at all. In fact, it can often be one of the biggest headaches that developers face today. That’s why folks at Portland startup Tozny are looking to simplify encryption for everyone. With offerings like InnoVault. You have code to write, features to build, bugs to fix.

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It’s summer. Which means good speakers are hard to come by. Luckily, there are still plenty of crappy speakers to go around. Like me. So I’ll be stepping up to say a few words before the cards are dealt and the chips fly at the next Portland Startup Poker 2.0. See? Losing a poker hand

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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 there are a bunch of you out there who have been mucking around with LED lights or 3D printing or Raspberry Pi. Truth be told, it’s likely you’ve formulated some Frankensteinian concoction

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Every once in a while, there is a moment. Where something strikes a chord. When it taps into an unspoken need. Crystallizes a not-yet-codified opinion. Becomes a rallying cry. And rarely—but magnificently—sometimes that moment gains momentum of its own. And becomes a movement. That’s where Portland founder

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It’s been a long, long time since I’ve taken the chance to feature Portland tech and startup jobs from the Silicon Florist job board. I mean, there’s a listing that comes out every week in the Silicon Florist newsletter. But seriously, who has time for email? So I thought I’d put up a post. You

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A lot of my discussions around the Portland tech community and its current momentum tend to concern companies and individuals exploring alternative realities—virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality. And that should come as a surprise to… absolutely no one. Like many new technologies, Portland’s early

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