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|Articles - May 2014|
|Monday, April 28, 2014|
When I first started working at Oregon Business a few years ago, I kept hearing the same stories (complaints) from tech entrepreneurs: Venture capital firms bypassed local startups in favor of those in Silicon Valley; business accelerators were few and far between; and qualified engineers were hard to come by.
In 2014 Oregon’s startup scene is still small compared to the communities in San Francisco, Boston and Seattle. Business leaders still call for more homegrown engineering Ph.D.s. Venture investment in clean tech and biotech remains sluggish.
Nevertheless, signs of a maturing cluster abound. Consider a few of the stories that came across my desk — in the space of two days in April.
Some of the broader indicators are also promising: Venture investors sunk $130.3 million into Oregon startups last year, up 5% from 2012, according to the National Venture Capital Association. Tech employment is up 3.4% compared to this time in 2013, the strongest annual growth in nearly two years, according to the Oregon Employment Department. Geographically, the Silicon Forest has spread, seeding tech clusters in Bend, Ashland and Hood River. More women and minorities are moving into the software startup fold, and a new generation of social venture startups are sprouting, as I chronicle in my article on the “fourth sector.”
Today the entrepreneurial mood across an array of technology sectors is, for the most part, buoyant. “Portland can really become a center of excellence for cloud technologies,” Nouvola co-founder Paola Moretto told reporter Peter Barnes. “We have to think big.”
Meanwhile, old growth PC companies are retooling with some success for the mobile age; in its first quarter, Intel (Oregon’s largest employer, and a breeding ground for startup entrepreneurs) reported revenue of $12.8 billion, up 1.5% from the first quarter of 2013.
In 2014, of course, technology is less an industry sector than the foundation that anchors all other industry sectors. As digital technologies multiply and diversify, Oregon’s startup ecosystem will, undoubtedly, continue to flourish.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Oregon Business magazine won two silver awards for excellence in writing in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors Western region competition.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
What does it take to launch and run one of these mobile food businesses?
Friday, June 06, 2014
BY KATIE AUSBURGER | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Monday, June 16, 2014
The Oregon economy could get a boost from a new trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the European Union.
Friday, June 13, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST BLOGGER
This article summarizes the key considerations a building owner must keep in mind when thinking about leasing to a medical marijuana dispensary.
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