Portland helped make Groupon a giant. Here’s how local businesses get crushed.
Ethan Powell and Tobias Hogan, two
typical restaurant workers with more than a decade’s experience between
them, wanted more. Two years ago they stepped out and took a gamble that
It’s 9:50 on a Wednesday night, in the Safeway parking lot
on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. I’m looking into the
passenger-side window of a gray Chevy Tahoe, with $160 in my fist.
MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey put the blog in blogosphere. Now he looks to the future.
Thirty-five miles from Portland is the
home of one of Oregon’s hottest tech properties. It’s a long way from
the “Silicon Forest” of local startups. It’s an even longer way from
The battle for a corporate empire, hundreds of millions of dollars and the meaning of a faith.
In downtown Portland, across Southwest 5th Avenue from
City Hall, stands a tall glass and aluminum tower. Inside this building,
the Pacwest Center, is a safe.
This safe keeps many
secrets, but thi