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

Okay. Maybe today isn’t the best day to be writing about Seattle and Portland. (Sorry, Flounders.) But earlier today, I had the opportunity to post about early stage Seattle fund Founders’ Co-op investing in Portland’s Brave Care. So it seemed to be the perfect time to do a “speaking of Founders̵

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While some startup communities seem obsessed with the random application of technology, I’ve always been impressed with the Portland startup community’s continued interest in applying technology in ways that make people’s lives better. One of those areas — for decades — has been healthcare. And now, th

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Oregon culture, it’s that we’re often driven by curiosity. We like shiny objects. We’re early adopters. And we’re often inspired by folks pushing the envelope. That’s what makes InventOR such a great event for us. Not familiar with InventOR? Y

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Grabbing coffee with your fellow cofounders is nice, but grabbing some time with them in their workplace can be even better. That’s why WeWork Labs Portland is hosting Coffee w/ Co-Founders, this month. WeWork Labs (launched in January of this year) is a new program created by WeWork to help early stage founders learn

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If there’s one thing founders and startups know how to handle, it’s a fire drill. Last minute requests. Crazy deadlines. Random hail marys. It’s all in a day’s work. But stepping outside of that work to help out the community? That’s above and beyond. And yet more than 80 folks took the time do

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Part of building a self sustaining ecosystem is reinvesting capital and wealth from one generation of companies to the next. But that’s also true for talent. That’s an important resource as well. Especially founders who can help the next generation of founders build their businesses. That’s why I was reall

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Fundraising is hard. I think that’s something on which all of us can agree. Constructing grammatically correct sentences even if they seem awkward? No. Oxford commas? Probably not. But agreeing that fundraising is a grind? Yes. Definitely. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a company looking for a loan, a sta

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Here in Oregon, we’ve got more than our fair share of amazing consumer product companies. I mean there’s Benchmade, Columbia, Deschutes, Keen, LaCrosse, Nike, Resers, and Tillamook, just to name a few. And there have been exits from companies like 10 Barrel, Brazi Bites, Dakine, Hydroflask, Pacific Foods, Schmid

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One of my favorite things about Portland is that there are any number of amazing companies being built here. One of my least favorite things about Portland is how difficult it can be for these companies to gain awareness. Which is why things like Founders Live Portland are great platforms. Founders Live is an unforgettable

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Curious about who in the northwest is getting funding? Well, if diving through Crunchbase or Pitchbook isn’t exactly your cup of tea, our friends at GeekWire have simplified it for you. Introducing the GeekWire Startup Funding List. GeekWire just launched a list of startup funding deals in Seattle and the broader Paci

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While Portland tries to provide a bunch of resources for our founders, it’s also nice to see other programs recognizing the value of the startups that are growing here. That’s why I was psyched to see that Portland startup Reimbi will be part of the 2019 TinySeed batch. Reimbi was built to address the difficult

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There has been a recent spate of acquisitions here in Portland. Some Portland companies acquiring. Some Portland companies getting acquired. This is one of the latter. With recent Portland transplant Twistlock getting acquired for $410 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Palo Alto Networks will pay approximately $410

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As much as I love local coverage of the Portland startup community, it’s the national and international coverage that really tends to move the needle for companies around here. That’s why I was psyched to see recent mentions of Ride Report and Open Sesame in Forbes. And even more excited to see this CNN piece

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Working on a Blockchain startup? Curious as to how the Oregon Enterprise Blockchain Venture Studio is going to work? Wondering if your company is a good fit? Well, you can get all of those questions and more answered this week. Because R/GA is hosting an information session on the Oregon Enterprise Blockchain Venture Studio

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In a case of interesting timing, as Portland’s history with Google Fiber heads toward its denouement, news of Alphabet’s — Google’s parent company — Sidewalk Labs is just starting to build. In Portland, the project uses Replica, an anonymized means of tracking individuals. Or as, Redtail describes it:

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I caught this news yesterday and I was like, “Yup. Typical Panic.” Typical Panic in the fact that the revered and award winning software developer had done something interesting again. Something quirky and slightly weird. Something that no one knew they needed. And the market was responding. Extremely positively

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Stick with me here. Long story short, this is a good Portland story. So there’s that. But it may get a little twisty and turny. Let’s see… where shall we begin…? Once upon a time there was a Portland startup called GlobeSherpa. GlobeSherpa got acquired by a division of Daimler. Eventually that division merge

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Portland startup Streem, itself the second chapter for a founder who went through an acquisition with his company ONtheGO Platforms, today announced that they are acquiring Selerio, a London startup focused on the AR space. If you haven’t heard of Selerio, they’re a project that has its roots at Cambridge: Seler

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While the term unicorn has lost a bit of its luster as of late, it’s still an impressive milestone for any company to achieve a $1 billion valuation, but especially for a northwest company to do so. That’s why it was interesting to see Portland Seed Fund portfolio company Auth0 announce its Series E raise,

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There are any number of amazing Portland startups. (Clearly. That’s why I’ve been writing about them on this blog for nearly a dozen years.) But every once in a while, a startup comes along that becomes the center of gravity — the proverbial Cinderella story — for a generation of startups around here. Clouda

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I always say that the “P” in “PDX” stands for “procrastination.” It’s all but a definitive cultural trait around these parts. But sometimes, we all miss out on something really special due to that dragging of the proverbial feet. That’s why I’m really happy to announce t

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Now in its third year, the PDX Women In Tech State of the Community survey continues to provide much needed insights into the dynamics of both the Portland startup community and the broader Portland tech community. But illuminating those insights is only possible if you take a few moments to participate. It is commonplace f

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Communities are not built on evening events, alone. Which is why I always love daytime events that make knowledge, people, and networks more accessible to folks who might not have the chance to attend events after work hours. Like Coffee with Co-Founders. As a

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If you’re a woman working in healthcare or life sciences and are interested in connecting with your peers in Portland, there’s a new opportunity to do so. It’s the Women in Leadership – Healthcare & Life Science Event. The Healthcare and Life Science space is filled with women who are paving the

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Just a quick reminder that Portland Startup Poker 2.0 and Founder Dinner take place this Thursday, May 9, 2019. The event starts at 5:30PM at Cloudability. Not familiar with this event? Well, first there’s dinner: If your [sic] serious about your startup or investing in startups, you don’t have time for trivial netw

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Despite the prevailing startup mythology, the actual truth is that being a founder can be draining, depressing, debilitating, and lonely. Not exactly the “be your own boss” halcyon existence perpetuated in the media. To exacerbate things, many early stage founders choose to go it alone. Rather than seeking out t

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If you’re a startup that’s making a physical thing, having products like Autodesk Fusion 360 available to you free of charge can be super helpful. But it can also be frustrating if you don’t feel like you’re doing all you can to get the most out of the product. That’s why Autodesk Portland is h

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Being in the startup acceleration and mentoring business, I do love me some status reports and updates. Even if that startup happens to be an accelerator itself. And that’s why I was happy to see this latest update from Mitch Daugherty on the Built Oregon consumer product accelerator project. As the application deadli

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In my mind. I have an excuse. I spent my formative years in the shadow of Evel Knievel’s ramp. You know, the one he used when he tried to jump the Snake River Canyon strapped to a rocket? Yeah. Not exactly the most sane — or, honestly, successful — pursuit. So, I’m going to ask

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Everyone thinks their startup is the best startup. But how about you get some outside validation to prove that? I mean, that could only help, right? And that’s the opportunity with the Startup of the Year competition. Cool your jets. First off, let’s make sure you’re eligible. Startups must be fewer than 6

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