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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

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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 Tilde.io 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

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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

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Microsoft gets Weezer, NFL player to help open new stores

Continuing its tradition of leveraging music stars to generate buzz with free concerts, Microsoft is hosting a performance from rock band Weezer Friday to help promote the new Microsoft Store in Portland that opened today. Nearly 300 waited in line outside the downtown Portland store throughout the night to nab VIP tickets for tomorrow’s show, as Microsoft also… Read More

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Portland Streetcar to enable mobile ticketing; how about Seattle?

Portland Streetcar seems to be following the lead of TriMet and has plans to enable mobile ticketing this summer. According to the Portland Streetcar home page, the mobile ticketing service is set to debut this summer and is powered by GlobeSherpa, a Portland-based provider of secure mobile ticketing software and services. It’s the same startup behind the… Read More

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Report: Portland’s AppFog to be acquired by Savvis

Portland platform-as-a-service startup AppFog is set to be acquired by Savvis, the big co-location and data center operator that’s owned by CenturyLink, according to a report in GigaOm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But it could mark an exit for three Seattle venture capital firms — Ignition, Madrona Venture Group and Founder’s Co-op…. Read More

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Google looking to expand data center in Oregon

Google has plans to expand its data center footprint in The Dalles, Ore., with a new 164,000 square foot building that is a wee bit larger than the two centers already up and running there. The search giant last week submitted plans to the city to construct a data center that’s 75 to 80 feet high,… Read More

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Live from the Nike Accelerator Demo Day

PORTLAND, Ore. — We’ve arrived at the beautiful Nike campus just outside of Portland for the big Nike Accelerator Demo Day. More than 900 investors, mentors, Nike leaders, friends and family are expected here. Three months ago, ten startups arrived here for an accelerator program put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire has featured all of the… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: Totem helps tell stories of your outdoor adventures

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day. Check out past Spotlights below.  The team at Incomparable Things arrived in… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: GeoPalz motivates kids to exercise with reward system

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day. Check out past Spotlights below.  As technology becomes more prevalent in today’s world, seeing… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: Nextstep.io teaches you about yourself with exercise data

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day. Check out past Spotlights below.  There are countless fitness activity trackers available… Read More

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Meet the 11 startup grads from the Portland Seed Fund

Portland is certainly growing as a startup city, and now there’s a new batch of companies ready to make their mark in the Rose City. The two-year-old Portland Seed Fund just graduated its fourth class of early-stage companies. The incubator, a unique public-private partnership supported by various government agencies and organizations, gave the startups $25,000 in capital to get their… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: HighFive is the advertising middleman between brands and fitness apps

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day.  For months, Katie Pietrowski and Brent Gilmore were working hard at their Boston-based startup… Read More

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Poll: Washington drivers have better morals than Oregon motorists

Congrats, Washington: Your drivers show more honesty than those from down south. A new poll from Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance found that Washington drivers are more likely to leave a note with contact information after hitting an unattended car than motorists from Oregon. The numbers speak for themselves: 67 percent of Washington state drivers leave their information,… Read More

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Slick video shows why Portland is an awesome city for tech startups

When we sat down with Elemental CEO Sam Blackman earlier this month, the GeekWire Startup CEO of the Year wasn’t shy about his thoughts on Portland being the hottest startup spot in the country. “In my opinion, if you are a software engineer graduating from college right now, there is no better city you can move to than Portland,” said Blackman, who… Read More

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Nike Accelerator Spotlight: Chroma.io rewards exercise with customizable fighting robots

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day.  There are a lot of startups out there that reward exercise with… Read More