A week after Willamette Week published this Q&A, the source, Rick Turoczy of Portland Incubator Experiment, took the unusual step of putting the entire text of the Q&A on his blog, Silicon Florist. During the late stages of the editorial … Continue reading Rick Turoczy publishes unedited text of Willamette Week Q&A on blog
The godfather of Portland startups talks about what’s special in Rose City tech—and what it must improve. To Portland startup founder Mara Zepeda, he’s the “north star of Portland’s entrepreneurship scene”—or just “Yoda.” To Wieden + Kennedy managing director Renny Gleeson, he’s … Continue reading Rick Turoczy Says the Myth of the Unflappable Entrepreneur Is “All Bullshit”
A “unicorn” is a company that sells for $1 billion. In May, an Oregon company almost did just that. By Thacher Schmid |Published July 3 Updated July 3 This spring, Oregon almost saw its first unicorn. A “unicorn” is a company that … Continue reading Is Oregon Home to the Next Billion-Dollar Company?
Ric Shreves Says Cryptocurrency Could be the Key to Providing Aid to Refugees. Hear Why at TechfestNW. When one thinks of helping refugees, cryptocurrency is not the first thing that comes to mind. But Ric Shreves, a senior technology advisor … Continue reading Techfest NW speaker previews: Blockchain, smart cities, sports tech, AI
“It’s kind of bad-ass.” One pitcher actually described his company this way. What was the takeaway from the eighth annual TechfestNW and its largest-ever crop of 129 startups seeking prizes at PitchfestNW? In a word: breathless. In two: tech business. … Continue reading Dispatch from Tech Island: The Wild Ideas and Strange Lingo of Techfest NW
A Growing Number of Oregonians Love Technology So Much They Make It Part of Their Bodies It’s called biohacking. It’s (mostly) legal. And a small but fervent group of Oregon men are installing chips with self-surgery. James Newman, 37, looks … Continue reading Oregon Grinders & Biohackers
The following are blog posts from my coverage of TechFest 2018 for Willamette Week: Patagonia’s CEO is Coming to Portland to Talk About the Company’s Crusade Against Climate Change and the Trump Administration How well do profits mesh with progressive … Continue reading TechFest NW 2018: Nut milk bags, thought leaders, politicos & gender problems
Observers of hate speech in Portland argue that the watchdog organization is missing the obvious. The McCoy Village community room on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is an earth-toned space that hosts community meetings and the affordable housing complex’s … Continue reading 3 of 4 Hate Groups in Portland Are Black? How Is That Possible?
The Strip is gone… The “Strip,” a stretch of North Lombard Street in St. Johns where approximately 20 homeless people lived in a dozen RVs, is gone. In July, WW explored the location, a favorite dumping ground for abandoning RVs … Continue reading As City Officials Tow RVs Off the Portland Streets, People Priced Out of Apartments Wonder Where to Go Now
People too often feel trapped between an abuser and the streets. The answer, according to the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, is domestic violence. Advocates say it can be the trickiest social malady to remedy—among housed or homeless … Continue reading What’s the Leading Cause of Homelessness for Oregon Women?
Their struggles may be more hidden. Here’s why. Deportations, sanctuary and a possible end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “Dreamer,” program are the big issues facing undocumented immigrants in the United States. But people in Portland’s Latino … Continue reading If Portland’s a Sanctuary City, Where Are All the Homeless Latino People?
The number of transgender homeless people living on Portland-area streets has officially doubled in the past two years. When she first considered transitioning from a man to a woman, Sophia Conquest made a checklist of “bad and good things.” On … Continue reading Why is Portland’s Transgender Homeless Population Growing So Fast?
Here are seven of the Portland companies Elevate Inclusive Fund helped launch—from makeup for people with “nuanced” skin tones to a salad bar with a difference. When Portland financier Nitin Rai established the Elevate Inclusive Fund in 2016 to invest … Continue reading Nitin Rai Created an Investment Fund to Assist Portland Startups Led by Women and Minorities. It’s Working.
Local officials made big claims for a policy aimed at finding housing for a large and vulnerable population. There are a lot of barriers to ending homelessness for Portland veterans. Darrell L. Snook, for instance, is both a Vietnam Navy … Continue reading Has Portland Really Gotten All Its Homeless Veterans Off the Streets?
Timothy Allen Ferrell is the kind of person officials and advocates argue about. Despite a lifelong history of trauma—born with drugs in his system to a 15-year-old mom, then foster care, heroin and meth use, and drug-related criminal convictions—Ferrell insists … Continue reading Is There an Ethnic Group More Likely to Be Homeless in Portland Than Others?