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


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


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


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


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


Portland becomes first city to let you buy transit tickets with your smartphone

More and more paper products are going digital, and now, Portland’s transit ticketing system is the latest to do the same. TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, today unveiled its new e-ticket app that was built by GlobeSherpa, a Portland-based provider of secure mobile ticketing software and services. Essentially, the free app… Read More


Portland data visualization startup Lucky Sort gobbled up by Twitter, will shut down

Portland startup Lucky Sort has been acquired by Twitter and will be shutting down its service in the coming months as company employees move to Twitter’s revenue engineering department. Lucky Sort, founded in 2011, crunches trends and patterns in live text-based data streams to help users better predict market movements. The startup packaged that  information… Read More


WordPress gurus at 10up open first office in Portland

10up, a company specializing in WordPress implementations, is opening up its first physical office in Portland, Ore. The company, which has worked with clients like TechCrunch, Juicy Couture and Consumer Reports, will have five-to-seven of its 25 distributed employes working in the office on a regular basis. 10up shared a lot of love for the Portland area… Read More


Washington vs. Oregon: Here are the VC deals from Q1

Last week, we reported on the new CB Insights VC report, noting that Oregon had overtaken Washington in terms of quarterly venture investments for the first time since 1993. The MoneyTree Report, being released today by the National Venture Capital Association, Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers, offers a slightly different picture. Washington just edged out Oregon, with… Read More


Video communication software startup Brandlive wins $260K at Angel Oregon

Portland-based startup Brandlive, a new video social commerce platform designed to help make the retailer-customer relationship more personal, just cleaned house at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s Angel Oregon 2013. The startup not only won the angel investment prize of $260,000, but also walked away with the Audience Favorite Award among the “Launch Stage” companies that presented Wednesday. HoneyComb Corporation,… Read More


Online education startup Treehouse raises $7M to teach geeks new tech skills

Online education startup Treehouse has raised $7 million in fresh funding from Kaplan, Social + Capital Partnership and others. The money will be used to grow the Portland company’s team, which now consists of 52 employees. Total funding now stands at $12.6 million. Treehouse is competing in a super-hot area of online education, teaching students new… Read More


Mobile-ticketing startup GlobeSherpa lands $1.3M to sell transit tickets on the go

GlobeSherpa, a Portland-based provider of secure mobile ticketing software and services, today announced a $1.3 million series B capital funding led by The Oregon Angel Fund to help the startup expand its business across the globe.  “We are excited to be supported by investors at the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF), who saw the success and solutions we’ve provided… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Your Brandlive helps Internet retailers communicate with shoppers

Portland-based startup Your Brandlive formally launched today, announcing a new video social commerce platform designed to help make the retailer-customer relationship more personal. Essentially, Your Brandlive is a project of Cascade Web Development, connecting online retailers with online shoppers through live video chat. One sales person is able to communicate with hundreds of customers at once. “The… Read More


Startup incubator Upstart Labs adds new partners, looks to fill series A funding crunch

It sometimes feels like there’s a bit of incubator mania going on. In the past two weeks alone, we’ve written about two relatively new startup incubators in the Seattle area. Fledge specializes in getting socially-conscious companies off the ground, while 9Mile Labs is looking to make its mark by focusing on enterprise software startups. Now, here comes another… Read More


Mobile marketing startup Urban Airship lands $25M

Urban Airship, the Portland mobile marketing startup that helps companies such as ESPN, Groupon, Waze and others with push messaging, has reeled in $25 million in fresh funding in a deal led by August Capital. Existing investors, including Foundry Group, Intel Capital, True Ventures, Founder’s Co-op and Verizon, also participated. Total funding in the company, which… Read More


Menuish helps you find restaurant menus on your phone

Like many couples hitting the town for a bite, Chris Eigner and Devon St. Clair started scrolling through their phones to find a good place to eat. But much to their frustration, most restaurants have flash-filled websites that are difficult to navigate, much like this Oatmeal comic demonstrates. So after dinner that night nine months ago,… Read More