At TechFestNW, Startup Founders Charlie Brown and Sam Blackman Talk About "Selling the City Without Selling Out"


Portland's new wave of businessmen are ready to take on the challenge of "keeping Portland weird."That was the message at a Friday TechFestNW panel featuring Charlie Brown of Context Partners and Sam Blackman of Elemental Technologies. “Portland is offering us an incredibly unique opportunity to take the torch from the Knights and the Wiedens and maintain Portland as our competitive advantage,” ...   More
Friday, August 15, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Dollar Shave Club's Mike Dubin Tells TechFestNW About Building a Brand Around Stories


Four years ago, Mike Dubin came home with a box of razors. “This is going to be the big one,” he told his girlfriend. “She looked at me like I was crazy,” Dubin said at TechFestNW on Saturday. “But I hated spending all this money and time going to the store buying razors and I knew I couldn't be the only one." Dubin filled his presentation, How to Tell Stories and Stand Out, with personal ...   More
Saturday, August 16, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Startup of the Week: Ziba Design


Founder: Sohrab VossoughiYear founded: 1984Location: 1044 NW 9th Ave.Valued at: Declined to sayZiba Design isn’t exactly a tech startup: It’s been working with Fortune 500 companies since 1984 to make their customers want to use their products more. It rethought Heinz ketchup bottles, created a device to make brain surgery simpler for neurosurgeons, and put coffee and couches in Umpqua banks.But ...   More
Monday, July 28, 2014 REBECCA TURLEY

Buzz Boom Bust

…And boom? Inside Portland startup Carbon Audio’s roller-coaster year. Can it finally put the world on blast?

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The wine cost $12,000 a bottle. It was a ’71 Chateau Petrus, maybe a ’73—Jason Martin can’t remember. But he does know it was Las Vegas in January 2012 at the Consumer Electronics Show,    More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: David Cohen of TechStars


TechStars, which touches down next week in Portland to team up with shoe giant Nike, is pretty much Harvard for hungry tech entrepreneurs. The Boulder, Colo., based company is one of the world's most successful business accelerators—ventures whose goal it is to link up would-be tech entrepreneurs with "angel investors," free-flowing venture capital and maybe even profits. TechStars runs ...   More
Friday, March 15, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

EXCLUSIVE: New PIE Class Announced

Meet the new Portland tech startups on the block


PIE—or the Portland Incubator Experiment, the startup incubator run by Wieden+Kennedy and local tech entrepreneurs—is about to announce its second class, and we've got the scoop on who's invited (full disclosure: PIE co-founder Rick Turoczy works for WW's upcoming PDX festival). Being accepted into the program is no small thing: Previous PIE graduates include VendScreen, which raised $12 million ...   More
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Ruth Brown

Where the Tech is She?

Portland’s software industry is booming. So where are all the women?

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On a warm morning last June, Mayor Sam Adams stood in front of a crowd of computer geeks at the Eliot Center in downtown Portland...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Willamette Geek: Portland Startups Pitch For Their Slice of PIE


Wieden + Kennedy last year embarked on what was seen by many as sort of an odd breed of adventurism for an advertising company, especially one in Portland. The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE for short) is a mentored accelerator for start-up companies, with participants chosen from applicants around the country.In exchange for a six percent stake in the ventures—and assumed grateful back rubs ...   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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