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They’re young, they’re creative and we’re guessing you’ve never heard of them. Meet some of the coolest startups running around Silicon Forest today.
STORIES BY ABRAHAM HYATT
PHOTOS BY MICHAEL G. HALLE
It’s not hard to anthropomorphize Sandy, the cheerful, free, web-based personal “assistant” launched by Dornfest last November. Her purpose is simple: keeping your calendar and to-do lists organized. But as the two of you communicate in natural language via email, text message, or Twitter — the social networking service that allows you to broadcast 140-character messages to people you choose — she starts to feel a little like the secretary you never had.
When Lorenzini says NuScale is developing a small nuclear reactor, he’s not kidding. He means “fits on a railroad car” small. He means 15-feet-by-60-feet small. True, that doesn’t take into account the other parts of a power plant, like a turbine and a generator. But compared to the multi-acre footprint of traditional nuclear power plants, this reactor design is tiny.
NuScale grew out of a federally funded study done by Oregon State University and other groups in 2000. Two years ago the university decided to commercialize the work and in 2007, via OSU’s tech transfer program, NuScale was born. The company went through its first funding round in January (Lorenzini declines to say how much was raised). The company is now focusing on marketing and the federal permitting process, which will take several years to prepare for and then complete.
WeoGeo is undoubtedly the wonkiest startup on the list. And they’re also the newest to wear the “based in Portland” label. The company moved here from Florida earlier this year and now shares office space with other startups in PSU’s business accelerator. The company describes itself as a “one-stop marketplace for mapping.” But these aren’t maps for Sunday drivers. These are high-resolution, data-intensive maps used by scientists, surveyors and engineers. Users store, sell and buy data. That sounds simple until you see the server-busting size of these maps, which makes distribution, storage and even search functions very difficult.
Find a cool web page online, click the bookmark function on your web browser and here’s what happens: Your browser remembers the location of that page. That’s it. Come back the next day and the page you’ve linked to — for example, a receipt for an online purchase or a form you’ve filled out — has changed. It’s called “dynamic content” — information that changes automatically as user information or a server database changes.
The phrase used again and again to describe LUNARR’s collaboration platform is “deceptively simple.” And the minute you start to play with the idea, you see why. Open up a Microsoft Word document filled with data from a group project you’re working on. Type some new info onto it. But wait, before you attach this thing to an email to send to a co-worker, click on the dog-eared corner in the upper right-hand corner. The document gracefully flips around.
“Web 2.0” is the now-ubiquitous term for websites and applications that allow users to interact and collaborate. Long ago the term degenerated into an overused buzzword, but it’s still around. Why? Because people keep coming up with great ways to interact online. Take OsoEco, for example, which describes itself as a sustainable social shopping community. OsoEco is targeting a type of shopper called social researchers — consumers who spend a significant amount of time learning from other online shoppers before purchasing something.
OK, for No. 10 we’re going to cheat a little. Instead of focusing on one company, here are five young Portland-based web companies. All of them rank in the Top 26 of Techvibes.com’s monthly ranking of startups in Portland. (The Techvibes list averages the findings of two other companies, Alexa and Compete, which track web traffic at thousands of sites.) Maybe these guys aren’t the next eBay — which 71.6 million people visited in April, according to Compete — but they do offer another peek at the creative tech startups that dot Oregon’s business landscape.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Like all good journalists, OB editorial staff typically eschew freebies. But health care costs being what they are, digital news editor Jacob Palmer couldn't resist ZoomCare's offer of a three-in-one (cleaning, exam, whitening) dental office visit, guaranteed to take no more than 57 minutes.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY ROBERT MULLIN
Latest development in Nestlé plant saga sparks debate about the value of water.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY ANNIE ELLISON
Portland tech veteran Ben Berry is leaving his post as Portland’s chief technology officer for a full-time role producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at first responders and the military. Berry’s AirShip Technologies Group is poised to be on the ground floor of an industry that will supply drones to as many as 100,000 police, fire and emergency agencies nationwide. He reveals the plan for takeoff.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
Uncertainty is a part of doing business, whether in through the lens of investment opportunities and risks or the business of running an enterprise.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Are we too quick to diagnose corruption?
Thursday, May 28, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
Reinventing capitalism. Office dumpster divers. Handprints versus carbon footprints. These are some of the ideas panelists and attendees discussed during the second annual Oregon Business “Green Your Workplace” seminar yesterday.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
As the recession recedes and tourism grows, Central Oregon resorts redefine themselves for a new generation.
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Tonkon Torp helps seed sustainability at Gunderson.
Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”
One hundred years ago, the Willamette River might easily have been mistaken for a sewer. Unchecked industrial activity and decades of pollution made it unrecognizable compared to the clean river that now flows north for 187 miles from Eugene through the center of Portland.
Sussman Shank LLP served as lead counsel for both the sale of 9 assisted living, memory care, and independent living campuses in Washington, Oregon, and California to a publicly-traded REIT, and the acquisition of 11 single-tenant net lease properties. This transaction was unique because it included both the sale of licensed senior housing facilities and a complicated 1031 tax deferred exchange transaction.
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) will be presenting its third annual Entrepreneurial Summit on Friday, June 5 at Castaway in Portland, Oregon.
On June 13th Mayor Charlie Hales will attend nonprofit organization Dream Change’s inaugural Love Summit and will introduce one of its keynote speakers, Dan Wieden of Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency.