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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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