If you haven’t caught the news, Lytics announced that they have raised a $7 million Series A led by Comcast Ventures, bringing their total funding to over $9 million. And while that’s headline worthy, there are a number of other things about this announcement that pique my interest—probably even more so than the cash.
First off, this marks another step forward for the next generation of Portland tech startups. Way back when, in the Dark Ages of the Portland startup scene, there was Jive Software. And a handful of others. Then, we had a strong showing with the likes of Puppet Labs, Elemental, Urban Airship, Janrain, Jama, Act-On, Simple… but then things got a bit quiet again. Which had some folks wondering if the scene around here was just a fluke. Or just a moment in time. But Lytics—along with peers like Cloudability, Orchestrate, AppThwack, Opal, and Snapflow—is debunking that perception. Building great teams and tackling big horizontal problems that plague a wide variety of businesses.
Second, Lytics is attracting experienced executive talent. Because of the work of the aforementioned generation of startups, Portland is becoming a scene with a safety net—and
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It was nearly a $20 million day for investments in Portland startups. Earlier in the day, Lytics announced a $7 million Series A led by Comcast Ventures. And soon thereafter, Urban Airship announced that they had closed a $12 million Series D, with participation by existing investors True Ventures, Foundry Group, and August Capital.
“Having just come on board Urban Airship as CEO, I’m pleased to see the board and our primary investors continue to invest in our future growth. We are dedicated to helping businesses mobilize their most important relationships,” said Brett Caine, CEO and president, Urban Airship. “This additional funding validates our focus on offering unparalleled mobile expertise and technology to help companies maximize what are their biggest and most strategic growth opportunities today.”
This brings UA’s current funding to $58.7 million.
For more information, read the press release from Urban Airship.
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Portland loves its hackathons. Hack hack hackity hack. So it’s always nice to see new ones springing up to provide a great excuse to get together and get creative with your peers. That’s why I’m happy to share that Portland folks will be hosting a hackathon this weekend to coincide with other Product Hunt—the new hotness for finding interesting new products—hackathons happening all over.
At Product Hunt’s first hackathon, we’ll have hackers of all skill levels ages attending – let us know if you’d like to serve as a mentor (around to answer questions or give feedback). Or let us know other ways you want to help! What makes PH special is our community — all of you — so this is a chance for us to all build together and get to know each other better. We were geeked out just reading what you all wanted to build, and we can’t wait to see it all come to life.
There’s even an Oregon tie here. Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt, went to University of Oregon and still has ties around these parts. So that makes this whole thing even better.
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Building a great app is difficult, but turning it into a profitable business can be even more of a challenge. Join the Application Developers Alliance and industry experts to explore strategies to turn your app into a profitable business. Attend a workshop and learn how to:
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On Thursday, October 23, join Business Wire at the Bridgeport Brew Pub for lunch and a media roundtable. Participate in small group discussions with editors and reporters from distinguished news outlets like Digital Trends (Nick Mokey, Managing Editor), the Portland Business Journal (Erik Siemers, Managing Editor), OPB (Sarah Rothenfluch, Executive Editor), The Oregonian (Kristi Turnquist, TV Critic, Pop Culture Features Reporter), and more.
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UX Futures is a one-day virtual conference that will take place November 5. Hosted by Rosenfeld Media and Environments for Humans, the event features six inspiring speakers—Steve Krug, Jesse James Garrett, Margot Bloomstein, Andy Polaine, Nathan Shedroff and Abby Covert—all focusing on what’s next for user experience.
To give you a taste of what to expect, we’ve asked three of them—Margot, Andy, and Jesse—to answer a few questions on the future of UX. Be sure to use discount code UXMAGAZINE for 20% off when registering.
It’s 2024. You’ve just finished your UX education and you’re at the graduation party your parents have thrown for you. An old friend of theirs tells you that he has one word for you as you consider your future. What is it and why?
Andy Polaine: Relationships. This isn’t a futuristic answer, but it is essential to remember as technology continues to play a bigger part in our lives. All relationships are mediated in some form, via language, culture, and technology. All activities involve tending to some kind of relationship, even if it is just with ourselves. Understanding how people relate to technology and systems–including organizations and platforms–is fundamental to UX at a broader level. It means designing for more human and humane experiences as opposed to focusing on efficiencies, tasks, screens, devices, and profit. The soft, messy, chaotic factors of all that are the things future graduates
The federal Postal Regulatory Commission today approved a request by the U.S. Postal Service to conduct a two-year test of early morning grocery delivery by Postal Service employees and vehicles in San Francisco, expanding beyond an initial pilot with Amazon Fresh.
The approval came despite objections from the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, which contended that the expansion has the potential to harm private grocery delivery services.
In its order approving the test, the commission said it “has evaluated the Postal Service’s pricing plans filed under seal as well as a sampling of similar grocery delivery service providers.”
It continued, “The Commission finds that the prices offered by grocery delivery service providers operating in San Francisco are comparable to the price range the Postal Service intends to test. Therefore, Customized Delivery is unlikely to provide the Postal Service or the retail partner an unfair or inappropriate competitive advantage.”
The commission, however, ruled that the Postal Service can’t exceed $10 million in annual revenue through the test, requiring the USPS to request an exemption later if it reaches that point.
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Portland likes its Bitcoin. There’s little doubt. With any number of folks in town exploring Bitcoin—in typical Portland hobbyist fashion. And now a number of those efforts are translating into mature solutions. With interesting business potential. Portland’s Paydici revealed one such experiment today with recurring Bitcoin payments.
To bring this product to life, Paydici has partnered BitPay, one of the leaders in Bitcoin payments.
“This partnership is an exciting step forward for bitcoin and bitcoin billing. We hope to see bitcoin being accepted for memberships, rent, subscriptions, and even utilities,” said Tony Gallippi, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of BitPay. “Paydici will help open the door to spending bitcoin on these types of products and services.”
Paydici specializes in making billing easy. As more billers decide to accept bitcoin, a partnership that allowed Paydici clients to bill in bitcoin seemed inevitable. BitPay and Paydici are working together to make this billing process a reality. The addition of bitcoin to Paydici’s suite of paperless and traditional billing options gives Paydici an innovative edge.
Recurring billing with bitcoin has never been a straightforward process, particularly when the customer doesn’t want to give permission for a biller to pull funds from their wallet. Paydici’s implementation with BitPay is compatible
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SQAUG Presents: UX & SW testing
Post # 4187 by Beau Buck on October 22nd, 2014 ~ 11:53:54 PM
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The team needs to build a product. The team readily recognizes the testers’ need to work with the developers but the same team often doesn’t consider that the testers also need to work with the UX staff. Often the UX staff is tucked away in a different part of the office, working with multiple teams and yet rarely working directly with the testers. Why? How can testers review a product without a good understanding of the design? Testers need closer access to UX and UX would benefit from working directly with the testers. Karen highlights specific design areas where UX and testing pair well.
About Our Speaker: Karen N. Johnson is an independent software test consultant. Her client work is often centered on helping organizations at an enterprise level. In recent years, she has helped companies transitioning to Agile software development. While focused on software testing and predominantly working with the testers throughout an organization, Karen helps teams and organizations improve quality overall. Her professional activities include speaking at conferences both in the US and internationally. Karen is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Testing by O’Reilly publishers. She is the co-founder of the WREST workshop, the Workshop for Regulated Software Testing. She has published numerous articles; she blogs and tweets about her experiences. Find her on Twitter as @karennjohnson (note the two n’s) and her website: http://www.karennicolejohnson.com
5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking
6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements
6:15-7:30PM: Karen Johnson
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