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


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


Portland’s new public transit mobile ticketing app is a huge success so far

Looks like Portland likes the idea of paying for their public transit tickets with a smartphone. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, debuted its new e-ticket app last week and the numbers so far are looking good. As of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, there have been more than 16,000 downloads of the… Read More


Portland’s CPUsage raises $925K for high performance cloud computing platform

There’s no doubt that cloud computing has made life easier for thousands of businesses around the world. But sometimes setting up the infrastructure for Amazon Web Servers or Windows Azure can be complicated and time-consuming, especially for those running computations on a massive scale. That’s where CPUsage thinks it can help. The Portland-based startup officially… Read More


Brandlive reels in $1.6M to help Internet retailers stream live video with shoppers

Portland-based Brandlive, a video social commerce platform designed to help make the retailer-customer relationship more personal, today announced a completion of a $1.6 million Series A round led by the Oregon Angel Fund. Brandlive, formerly known as Your Brandlive, connects online retailers with online shoppers through live video chat, allowing just one sales person to communicate with… Read More


Portland: Time to celebrate companies getting big

We’re hanging in Portland this week, attending the big TechFestNW conference and hanging with some of our favorite PDX startups. Last night, things got rolling at the Tech Crawl, starting at the awesome new offices of Urban Airship and ending at the after party hosted by GeekWire. Thanks to everyone who braved monsoon-style rains at… Read More


Portland becomes first U.S. city allowing riders to buy transit tickets with a smartphone

Starting next Wednesday in Portland, public transit riders can say goodbye to paper tickets and hello to proof of payment via your smartphone. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, will debut its new e-ticket app next week. Essentially, the free app eliminates the need to purchase paper tickets from a machine… Read More


Seattle vs. Portland: Oh yeah, it’s game time

If you didn’t hear, there’s a little soccer match taking place Sunday. Yep, 67,000 screaming fans are expected at a sold out CenturyLink Field in Seattle for an epic Sounders-Timbers match that has all sorts of story lines: The first home match for U.S. soccer stud and newly-signed Sounders midfield Clint Dempsey. Possible playoff implications…. Read More


Business analytics startup Lytics raises cash

Portland big data startup Lytics has scored $2.2 million in funding from Rembrandt Venture Partners and Voyager Capital, money that the company will use to grow its team and continue work on a service that helps marketers gain more insight about customers, reports The Oregonian. “We provide a sort of train station between all of the… Read More


Chirpify raises $4M to move social media transaction technology to live events, TV

It’s been just over a year since Chirpify raised its first round of cash and it has been flying high ever since. The Portland-based startup that allows you to make purchases via your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds just announced a $4 million round today with some new big-name investors backing Chirpify’s social commerce technology. Saturn Partners, Provenance Ventures,… Read More


Meet the 7 new startups at the Portland Incubator Experiment

It’s been four years since the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) started as just that — an experiment. But since 2009, the workplace-turned-accelerator has come a long way, and today it welcomed the third PIE class to its downtown Portland office. More than 440 startups applied this year to be a part of PIE, a partnership… Read More


Puppet Labs gobbles another company, this time Geppetto-maker Cloudsmith

Portland-based Puppet Labs made its second acquisition in three years today, swooping up Geppetto-maker Cloudsmith. Cloudsmith, a virtual company spread across the globe, already provided tools that made it easier for developers to use Puppet Labs’ software. Now with the acquisition, all seven Cloudsmith employees will work for Puppet Labs. The companies did not disclose… Read More


Why this founder left the Bay Area for Portland

Portland is certainly growing as a national startup hub and one San Francisco founder frustrated with Bay Area scene is making the move north to the Rose City. Tom Dale, who co-founded San Fran-based development startup and created JavaScript framework Ember.js, just penned a blog post titled, “San Francisco, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.”… Read More


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