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

I don’t think it’s any secret that Portland knows its beverages. With a thriving brewing and distilling scene, we’re lucky to have a wealth of knowledge within arms reach. And any number of bartenders and mixologist who are willing to help us with those decisions. But sometimes, you could use a little help

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Like any startup accelerator, PIE likes to make its demo days as accessible as it possibly can. We always host it in a big theater. But that sold out quickly, this year. So we added a simulcast venue thanks to our friends at eBay Portland. But now both of those venues are standing room only.

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It makes sense. As the cry of “We need more talent!” gets louder and louder, many groups are stepping up to fill that gap. And to help teach people to code. The latest addition to Portland is Code Fellows, a coding school headquartered in Seattle that has recently expanded to the Rose City. For Portland

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Portland likes its Bitcoin. There’s little doubt. With any number of folks in town exploring Bitcoin—in typical Portland hobbyist fashion. And now a number of those efforts are translating into mature solutions. With interesting business potential. Portland’s Paydici revealed one such experiment today with

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When we started PIE five years ago, we were very much focused on trying to enrich the Portland startup community. So when we converted from a coworking space to an accelerator, we decided to remain true to those roots. Part of that was making our Demo Days a little different. Instead of making it purely

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One of the best and longest running venture capital events in the state is the Bend Venture Conference. But for some of us—be it pending demo days or simply overbooked schedules—it can be hard to tear away from work to visit central Oregon. That’s why I’m happy to see that BVC is livestreaming their

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Portland startup Athletepath has become the go to source for amateur competitive athletes to track their progress and share their results from race to race. But what about all of that training time in between? Well, get ready to be happy. Athletepath has partnered with MapMyFitness to make sure you’re covered. Race se

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It’s no secret that Portland loves its Startup Weekends. (In fact, there’s another one coming up November 14-16.) But sometimes, a weekend is a little too short. Okay. Who am I kidding? Weekends are always too short. That’s why I’m happy to announce that we’ve been working behind the scenes to

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Local startup OnTheGo Platforms knows gestures. They spend all day, every day, thinking about gestures. And how waving your hands, pointing at things, and making motions can help you interact with devices around you. Their latest effort ensures that you can dismiss that song playing through your car stereo with the greatest

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Portland is pretty in tune with the experimental uses of technology. It’s our hobbyist culture. We like to muck with stuff. And technology, for many of us, is just another brush with which to paint. Which is what I found so compelling about Meatspaces, a chat environment created by Portland’s Edna Piranha, that

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People are often surprised to hear how many awesome companies have a Portland presence. Mostly because they don’t tend to make a lot of noise about it. So it’s always nice to take opportunities to recognize them when they do. That’s why I’m excited that the Portland office of Pinterest is hosting an

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One of the most visible and successful Portland startups of this generation has a new leader steering the ship. Today, Urban Airship announced that Brett Caine, most recently of Citrix Online, has been hired as CEO and taken a seat on the company board. And in so doing, brings more seasoned executive talent to the

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: the lines which once divided the worlds of design and technology are at best gray. In reality, they’re nonexistent. Which is why Design Week Portland—the amazing week long series of design events that graces the city every year—is as important

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It’s no secret. There is a a dearth of technical talent plaguing many startups. Yes, I said “dearth.” One way to begin to solve the problem is simple: give kids the chance to explore technical topics. But how do you go about doing that? Well, Arun Gupta from Red Hat has a few ideas. And

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It’s been said that Eskimos have a variety of words for snow. So it would only stand to reason that we Oregonians would be equally drawn to our own favorite form of precipitation. And even use it as means of identification. Potentially even using it to as an acronym. To name startup accelerators. Or investment

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times—and you’ve had to listen to it every time I say it: finding development talent is the biggest problem holding back most startups, these days. And Oregon is no different. That’s why Portland’s Treehouse launched Code Oregon, a project des

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Portland’s affection for Internet of Things continues to grow. And there’s no better place to keep tabs on what’s happening than Thing Tuesday, Portland’s monthly IoT meet up. This month is no different, as September 16, Thing Tuesday brings a number of awesome speakers to the stage. Paresh Patel 

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[Editor: We continue our series, hearing about what makes culture at Portland companies unique---directly from their employees. This time around it's one of Portland's leading B Corps, FMYI.] Culture at FMYI I work for FMYI, a collaboration software company in Portland. It’s the rare corporation that goes out of its w

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As you may have heard, Instacart has opened up a Portland operation. The service allows you to order from a variety of local stores with delivery in an hour. And folks around here are eating it up. But if you haven’t had a chance to try Instacart yet, today might a good day to do

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It’s always nice to see people breaking down silos. And crossing over genres. And media. Portland needs more of that. That’s why I’m intrigued by a local Indiegogo project looking for raise funds for a “Rock ’n’ Roll Art & Design Gala from Mars” to be held during Design Week Portland.

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Fall is always an exciting time in the world of Portland startups. Well okay. It’s always an exciting time. But go with me here. The summer vacations are wrapping up. And folks are desperately sprinting to complete efforts before the holiday slowdown hits. So it’s a good time to get a little help from the

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It’s that time of year again. Time for you to stick your neck out and to start telling other folks about that startup you’re building. And there’s no better place to start than Portland Seed Fund. Because they’ll listen politely to your pitch—and then buy you a beer. You’ll have two minut

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[Editor: Part of our ongoing series about company culture, written by employees of the company. AppNexus---who is building a regional office in Portland---kicked it off. Next up is Portland startup Switchboard. Sound like an awesome place to work? Switchboard is hiring.] Switchboard is about community On the Switchboard dev

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One of the best things about Portland is its creative energy. And its willingness to experiment. Perhaps nowhere is that more obvious than the intersection of design and tech. Where folks are building all kinds of wacky stuff. To express themselves. And to see what they can do. And if you’re interested in what they

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Pedalpalooza is almost upon us. And we know Portland loves bikes. But Portland also loves startups. So it only makes sense that Portland would love startups on bikes. That’s why the Startup Swag Ride taking place Saturday, June 14, during Pedalpalooza sounds like an awesome Portlandy idea. Close your MacBook, throw on

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Portland’s Chirpify—one of the leading companies working to make social media more transactional through their #actiontags concept—has been busy transacting a deal of its own. They’ve acquired local startup Measureful, a startup focused on helping folks tell better stories around their Web traffic da

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It’s always interesting to watch startups attract and secure senior talent. And when three of them secure CFOs in rapid succession, things are even more interesting. Which is exactly what’s happening around Portland these days where financial officers seem to be a hot commodity for startups. Puppet Labs started

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The weather may be nice this weekend. But quite honestly, you’ve got a higher calling. It’s the National Day of Civic Hacking, a day when a bunch of different communities band together to use their hacking powers for good. And being the type of hacker town it is, Portland has its own gathering. Interested in

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You know I’m a sucker for a good video. Especially when it’s on the Portland startup scene. And if you ignore the minor chunk that features my ugly mug, this is a pretty damn good take on what’s happening around here. Grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to enjoy Startup Cities:

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It’s no secret that we here in Portland love our bikes. From allowing for more biking commuters to creating the bikes themselves to crafting the accessories inspired by the biking culture we’re a town of biking. So it should come as little surprise that that’s inspiring tech startups, as well. Now, Portlan

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