Why Portland is a great place for Startups

Posted by Rob Lewis

Great article by Rick Turoczy over on CenterNetworks last week about why Portland is a great place for startups. Here's his opening:

Honestly, when it comes right down to it, I can’t say enough nice things about Portland, Oregon. I love this town. And I’d be willing to bet that if you’re interested in living somewhere with a contagious entrepreneurial spirit and a great tech scene, you may just fall in love with Portland, too.

If I had to sum up the Portland tech scene in one word, it would be this: community. Cooperative, collegial, and welcoming, Portland thrives with a bevy of events and gatherings, a collection of user groups and coworking, and an interwoven group of folks who seem to understand that we’re all in this together.

Turoczy goes on to name a few of the amazing startups that call Portland home including Jive Software, AboutUs, MetaFilter and COLOURlovers.

Company:
Jive Software
Website:
http://www.jivesoftware.com
Location:
Portland, Oregon, United States

We develop award-winning collaboration software that improves a company's productivity through open collaboration among employees, partners and customers. more

Company:
AboutUs
Website:
http://www.aboutus.org
Location:
Portland, Oregon, United States

AboutUs is a wiki for and about businesses and organizations, containing millions of editable pages about websites as well as other community created topics. As a guide to websites, AboutUs aims to provide consumers with a relevant overview of every domain. more

Company:
MetaFilter
Website:
http://www.metafilter.com
Location:
Portland, Oregon, United States

Metafilter is a weblog (what's a weblog? | comprehensive history of weblogs) that anyone can contribute a link or a comment to. A typical weblog is one person posting their thoughts on the unique things they find on the web. This website exists to break down the barriers between people, to extend a weblog beyond just one person, and to foster discussion among its members. more

Company:
COLOURlovers
Website:
http://www.colourlovers.com/
Location:
Portland, Oregon, United States

COLOURlovers is a resource that monitors and influences color trends. COLOURlovers gives the people who use color - whether for ad campaigns, product design, or in architectural specification - a place to check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews. more


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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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