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Fast-growing Puppet Labs moving into bigger Portland office with room for 500

Puppet Labs, one of Portland’s hottest startups, is moving into new digs later this year. A testament to the company’s growth, Puppet Labs will be transitioning from its current Pearl District location to Block 300, a nine-story, 360,000 square foot building in Portland’s Skidmore District just west of Waterfront Park. The startup will occupy 75,000… Read More

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Yahoo acquires social media visualization startup Vizify

Vizify, a Portland-based startup that turns your social media chatter into visualizations, today was acquired by Yahoo. Founded by Todd Silverstein, Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and Eli Tucker in 2011, Vizify is all about helping individuals make great first impressions. It does this by sucking in information that people already share online on social networking sites, and turning… Read More

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Opal Labs raises $2.1M to help big brands streamline social media campaign production

Opal Labs, a Portland-based startup that helps businesses streamline the production of social media campaigns, today announced $2.1 million in seed funding. The round, led by Oregon Angel Fund, will help Opal Labs continue building out its Opal Moments software that helps big brands plan and manage their content across social media streams. Opal Moments lets… Read More

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Online banking startup Simple acquired for $117 million

Simple, an online banking startup based in Portland, has agreed to be acquired by banking giant BBVA, based in Madrid, Spain, in a deal valued at $117 million, the companies announced this morning. It’s a big exit for the Rose City’s tech community, and the culmination of a meteoric rise for the online banking startup… Read More

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Marshall Kirkpatrick’s social media search startup Little Bird raises $1.7M, adds execs

Little Bird, a Portland-based startup that helps businesses identify top influencers on social media, today announced $1.7 million in additional funding and two new executives. The new investment was led by Oregon Angel Fund and ups total funding for the company to $2.7 million. Little Bird, an alum of Portland’s PIE incubator, was founded in October 2012 by… Read More

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Alma wants to help ease administrative burden for educators with cloud-based platform

While some K-12 schools may use a modern tech solution that performs one task really well — like information management systems or grade-book apps, for example — not many have a one-stop platform that can help educators and administrators accomplish multiple tasks. Portland-based startup Alma wants to give them one, and today the company unveiled a… Read More

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ShopIgniter raises another $1.5M to help brands sell on Facebook

ShopIgniter, a four-year-old startup that helps brands market products through social media, has raised an additional $1.5 million from its existing investors. Madrona Venture Group and Trinity Ventures both participated in ShopIgniter’s latest round, which brings total funding up to $13 million. ShopIgniter, based in Portland, helps hundreds of brands — including big-name customers like Nike… Read More

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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