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True Ventures’ VC Puneet Agarwal: The perception of Portland is very strong now

When Silicon Valley VC firm True Ventures first invested in Portland-based startups Puppet Labs and Urban Airship about four years ago, many had their doubts. “People thought we were kind of crazy, honestly,” True Ventures’ Puneet Agarwal said. “There was a lot of misconception about Portland, at least back then. People thought we were insane.” Agarwal, speaking on… Read More

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Oregon’s top research universities form accelerator to create more startups

In an effort to spur startup growth, Oregon legislators just passed a bill that will help the University of Oregon and Oregon State University come together to pump out small companies based on research done at the schools. Senate Bill 241 will create the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network — also known as RAIN —… Read More

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Google looking to expand data center in Oregon

Google has plans to expand its data center footprint in The Dalles, Ore., with a new 164,000 square foot building that is a wee bit larger than the two centers already up and running there. The search giant last week submitted plans to the city to construct a data center that’s 75 to 80 feet high,… Read More

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Meet the 11 startup grads from the Portland Seed Fund

Portland is certainly growing as a startup city, and now there’s a new batch of companies ready to make their mark in the Rose City. The two-year-old Portland Seed Fund just graduated its fourth class of early-stage companies. The incubator, a unique public-private partnership supported by various government agencies and organizations, gave the startups $25,000 in capital to get their… Read More

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Poll: Washington drivers have better morals than Oregon motorists

Congrats, Washington: Your drivers show more honesty than those from down south. A new poll from Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance found that Washington drivers are more likely to leave a note with contact information after hitting an unattended car than motorists from Oregon. The numbers speak for themselves: 67 percent of Washington state drivers leave their information,… Read More

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Slick video shows why Portland is an awesome city for tech startups

When we sat down with Elemental CEO Sam Blackman earlier this month, the GeekWire Startup CEO of the Year wasn’t shy about his thoughts on Portland being the hottest startup spot in the country. “In my opinion, if you are a software engineer graduating from college right now, there is no better city you can move to than Portland,” said Blackman, who… Read More

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Portland becomes first city to let you buy transit tickets with your smartphone

More and more paper products are going digital, and now, Portland’s transit ticketing system is the latest to do the same. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, today unveiled its new e-ticket app that was built by GlobeSherpa, a Portland-based provider of secure mobile ticketing software and services. Essentially, the free app… Read More

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Washington vs. Oregon: Here are the VC deals from Q1

Last week, we reported on the new CB Insights VC report, noting that Oregon had overtaken Washington in terms of quarterly venture investments for the first time since 1993. The MoneyTree Report, being released today by the National Venture Capital Association, Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers, offers a slightly different picture. Washington just edged out Oregon, with… Read More

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Apple breaks ground on giant Northwest data center

Construction has begun on Apple’s 338,000-square-foot, $68 million data-center building in Prineville, Ore. — the first of two giant structures planned for the property. The Oregonian reports that Apple has cleared and flattened land for the building, which will be twice the size of a Costco warehouse. Apple’s facility sits right across from Facebook’s equally-large data… Read More

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How the cool night air of the desert led Facebook to Prineville, Oregon

For the longest time, I assumed that Facebook chose Prineville, Oregon for its new data center because of hydroelectric power. After all, Google, Microsoft, Dell, Intuit and others established massive data centers in the region because of cheap electricity derived from the Columbia River. But The Economist interestingly points out that Prineville — located in… Read More