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Portland’s public transit mobile ticketing app sees 500K purchases in 5 months

Portlanders seem to like having an option to buy a public transit ticket with their smartphones. TriMet, the city’s transportation service, today announced that riders have purchased more than 500,000 tickets using its mobile ticketing app. That app, which has more than 60,000 downloads, was built by Portland-based GlobeSherpa and launched back in August. TriMet General Manager… Read More

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OnTheGo raises cash to bring gesture recognition to smart glasses

OnTheGo wants to make smart glasses even smarter. And the five-person Portland startup has secured $700,000 in fresh capital to do just that. “The cornerstone of our platform is gesture recognition software that turns the outward facing camera on smart glasses … into a sensor that recognizes hand gestures,” says OnTheGo developer evangelist Tyler Phillipi. OnTheGo… Read More

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Why Portland is keeping Uber out of the Rose City

If you were out ringing in the new year on Tuesday evening in Portland, Ore., finding a ride home may have been difficult: There are only 460 licensed taxis serving a city of more than a half-million residents. Uber, the San Francisco-based transportation network company that lets customers hail and pay for rides with their… Read More

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Best practices for push notifications: Focus on quality, not quantity

Portland-based Urban Airship, a leading provider of mobile push notifications, released its latest Good Push Index report today, which examines the impact of push notification use on the company’s customers. The key takeaway from the company’s data is that, for mobile app developers, push notifications provide tremendous value when it comes to retaining users. That… Read More

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Geeky listening: These open-source speakers are powered by supercapacitors, charge in 5 minutes

If you’re looking to impress your geeky friends who love listening to music, look no further than Blueshift’s first product. The new Portland-based startup just launched a crowdfunding campaign for Helium, a portable speaker that’s powered by supercapacitors — meaning it can charge quickly and hold power for longer periods of time than a traditional… Read More

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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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New Vizify features let you create social media-infused personal websites with custom domains

Vizify has long allowed users to see pages showing their social media chatter morphed into neat infographics and visualizations — for free. Now, though, the Portland startup is introducing a paid version of its service that comes with a bevy of new features. Vizify Premium lets you build a customizable personal website that can show off as little… Read More

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Live: Watch Demo Day presentations, meet the 7 new Portland Incubator Experiment startups

Three months of hard work, lots of caffeine and some pivoting culminate today in the Rose City as the seven startups from Portland Incubator Experiment‘s (PIE) third class give their pitch at Demo Day. PIE started four years as an experiment, but it’s turned into a full-blown accelerator that’s pumped out successful startups like Cloudability,… Read More

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Cubtab wants to make email safe and easy for kids

Trying to figure out how to send an email using a service like Gmail or Yahoo is a little troublesome for kids without computer skills. A new Portland startup wants to fix that problem and allow children to send emails effortlessly. Cubtab is raising money on Kickstarter for its app that strips the popular email services… Read More

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Hashtags 2.0: Chirpify launches ‘#actiontags’ tool for brands

Chirpify wants to take the meaning of “hashtag” to a new level. The Portland startup today debuted a new feature it dubs “#actiontag,” which allows social media users to buy, donate or vote by simply using a hashtag like “#buy,” or “#vote,” for example. Chirpify previously focused on allowing consumers to make purchases via Facebook,… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Circle helps parents monitor, manage their kids’ online activity

Once upon a time, families had one, maybe two Internet-connected devices in the home. The “family computer” made it easy to monitor children’s activity online. That’s obviously changed now with smartphones in every pocket and social media seemingly everywhere. Elameno, a Portland-based startup founded in April, wants to make it easier for parents to manage… Read More

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Portland mobile app-tester AppThwack partners with CIA venture capital arm

You know your startup is doing something right when the CIA’s investment arm decides to invest some money into the business. That’s exactly what has happened to Portland-based AppThwack, a small business of four employees founded by two former Intel employees that tests mobile apps for developers. AppThwack announced today a “strategic partnership” with In-Q-Tel (IQT), an… Read More