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Instacart arrives in Portland, offering grocery delivery from Whole Foods and Costco

Portland folks now have a new way of ordering groceries to their door. Grocery delivery service Instacart today launched in the Rose City, giving customers a way to get groceries delivered from Whole Foods, Costco, and Uwajimaya in an hour. This is the 13th market for San Francisco-based Instacart, which plans on expanding to 17 cities by the… Read More

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Uber, Lyft not a top priority for Portland leaders, official says

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss the hiring of expert campaigner David Plouffe, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rattled off some impressive stats. Just four years after launching in San Francisco, his transportation company — which has raised $1.5 billion and is valued at $18 billion —  is helping drivers earn money and passengers get… Read More

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Portland’s entrepreneurs explain why the city’s startup scene is so vibrant

There’s something cool brewing in Portland, Oregon. The Rose City startup community came out in force last night for the PDX TechCrawl, as hundreds of Portland’s geeks had a chance to tour some of the city’s hottest startups like Puppet Labs and CrowdCompass. We had a fantastic time hosting the final leg of the crawl, where we had the opportunity to… Read More

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Portland legalizes Airbnb — is Uber next?

Airbnb will soon become legal in Portland, Ore., after city leaders agreed to issue licenses that will allow people to rent out their bedrooms. “We are thrilled that Portland is joining the ranks of innovative cities around the world that are moving forward and embracing the sharing economy,” Airbnb wrote in a blog post. “Portland was… Read More

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Portland’s Househappy raises more cash for real estate listings portal

Portland-based real estate listings startup Househappy has raised $2 million of a $2.75 million round, according to a regulatory filing. The company, which launched last year and previously reeled in $1.5 million this past November, offers a simple photo-driven website that lists more than 2 million properties for sale. Real estate agents can post their listings on Househappy for free, while buyers… Read More

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Uber launches in Oregon, but stays away from Portland for now

Uber is now operating in Oregon, but has yet to conduct business in the state’s most populous city. The transportation startup launched its UberX service in Salem and Eugene earlier this week, allowing citizens to hail rides from people driving their own personal cars. But Uber is still staying out of Portland. As we highlighted in January,… Read More

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PayRange raises $2.6M for vending-machine payment technology, names ex-Google Payments boss as director

PayRange, a Portland-based startup that allows vending machines to accept mobile payments, has raised a $2.6 million funding round. The company wouldn’t comment on the funding. The SEC filing notes that former Google Payments head and Google Wallet vice president Osama Bedier is listed as a director at PayRange. Beider left the Google Wallet team in May 2013…. Read More

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Uber gives away free ice cream to Oregonians while Portland still not allowing service to operate

In what’s become somewhat of a tradition, Uber is delivering ice cream to people in 38 countries around the world today. Most customers will have to pony up a few bucks for their sweet treats. However, a close look at the list of 144 cities featured in the promotion — a huge spike from the 33 cities included last year — reveals… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Workfrom helps people find the best places to work remotely

It’s a familiar scene — professionals and students packed into Starbucks typing away on tiny end tables and chairs fashioned into laptop desks; surrounded by standing hopefuls eyeing their valuable real estate. It’s easier than ever to work remotely and that makes a coffee shop with WiFi a hot commodity. Though there are plenty of work-friendly businesses beyond the ubiquitous… Read More

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Bluetooth-enabled cooler raises $3.4M in 5 days, set to break Kickstarter record

A Portland man is on pace to break a Kickstarter record for the most lucrative crowdfunding campaign ever. Ryan Grepper has reeled in $3.4 million in just five days for his geeked-out cooler that features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board, bottle opener — and of course, it stores cold drinks, too. Kicktraq predicts that Grepper will raise more than… Read More

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MobileRQ raises $2M to help app marketers send real-time contextual retail, hotel offers

People are spending more and more time on their smartphones, and that’s only good news for marketers of mobile apps. At least that’s what MobileRQ thinks. The Portland-based startup has raised an additional $2 million to help fuel development of its software that helps customers reach out to their mobile app user base in relevant and… Read More

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IT automation startup Puppet Labs scores $40 million

Portland-based IT automation startup Puppet Labs is growing fast, and now the company has more fuel to add to the fire. The company announced today $40 million in fresh funding, following a $30 million round last year. Existing investors — Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners, True Ventures and VMware —… Read More

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Internet milestone: Portland City Council approves Google Fiber project

Portland today moved one step closer to having lightning-fast Internet throughout the city. The Portland City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved Google’s 10-year franchise agreement to install and operate a fiber Internet network throughout the Rose City. The Oregonian’s Mike Rogoway has the details on what’s happening from here. Google still needs to assess factors like regulations and topography before officially committing to the… Read More

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Startup PDX Challenge accepting applications; women, minorities encouraged to compete

Startup PDX Challenge is back for its second annual competition, welcoming a diverse set of entrepreneurs vying for a top prize of $15,000, free office space for 12 months and a handful of free startup services. Run by the Portland Development Commission, the Challenge is designed to support early-stage startups for one year and spur entrepreneurial… Read More

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Portland startup and TechStars Seattle grad Glider acquired by FPX

TechStars Seattle grad Glider, a Portland startup developing tools to streamline the sales contract process at organizations, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Dallas-based FPX. It marks the second acquisition in the past two months of a Portland startup which graduated from the TechStars Seattle program, following the acquisition of Vizify by… Read More

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Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO

In one of the bigger tech-related fundraising rounds that the Portland area has seen over the past year, Beaverton, Ore.-based marketing automation software company Act-On today announced $42 million in new financing. Act-On builds cloud-based software that helps businesses of all sizes manage their marketing efforts across various categories from e-mails to analytics to SEO. Today’s… Read More

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Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app sees 1M purchases in 8 months

So far, so good for Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, announced Thursday that riders have purchased more than 1 million tickets using its mobile ticketing app since it debuted this past September. More than 80,000 people have downloaded the app, which was built by Portland-based GlobeSherpa and eliminates… Read More

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Airbnb picks Portland as first ‘Shared City’ in effort to address tax issues, encourage livability

In a move that could both improve the livelihood of cities and appease lawmakers that frown upon the company’s business practices, Airbnb announced today a new long-term initiative called “Shared City,” and has picked Portland, Ore., as its first destination. Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky outlined the goals of the amibitious program in this… Read More