Whit Richardson is a former daily newspaper journalist in Portland, Maine, who has covered business and entrepreneurship for the past decade. He's founder of Maine Startups Insider and currently editor-in-chief of 4Front Publishing, an online news startup covering the nascent legal cannabis industry.

 

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Tilson Technology Raises $3.5M in Series D Round

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Tilson Technology, the IT-services company in Portland, has raised $3.5 million of a $5 million offering to fuel its rapid expansion. CEO Joshua Broder told Maine Startups Insider that the new investment, which is a combination of debt and equity, will be used to…

Scratchpad Accelerator Announces New Female-Led Startups

Scratchpad Accelerator, a Maine-based female-focused accelerator, has announced the four companies that will take part in its first entrepreneurial-training program. The four startups will be: True North Beauty (Milo, Maine) a skincare products company. Herbal Revolution (Lincolnville, Maine) produces herbal tonics and elixirs. Parkupine (Norfolk, VA)  a mobile…

Maine-Based Medical Simulation Startup Wins Pitch Competition

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A medical simulation startup founded by UMaine students won the Bangor region’s BigGig pitch event last week. The company, Zephyrus Simulation LLC, was spun off from a product developed by a group of bioengineering students at the University of Maine. The product began as…

Female-Focused Coworking Space to Open in Maine

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A new wave of female-focused coworking spaces are popping up around the country. And Portland, Maine will soon join New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Diego in the wave. Founder Heather Ashby will launch the new coworking space, CoworkHERS later this year. She feels traditional coworking spaces,…

How the Maine Tech Ecosystem Nurtures Female Entrepreneurship

According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 43 percent of Americans believe that women in executive business positions are held to higher standards than men. The same percentage of respondents believe that people and companies in the United States aren’t prepared to hire…

DemerBox Acquired by Grammy-Winning Musician Zac Brown

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A three-time Grammy Award-winning country musician and entrepreneur has quietly acquired a majority stake in DemerBox, the Portland, Maine-based startup that launched on Kickstarter in 2014 with its rugged, high-end, Bluetooth speakers. DemerBox’s new owner is Zac Brown, who besides touring with his band,…

Smart Self-Serve Kiosk Makes Lunch a Snap

It’s lunchtime and you only have 15 minutes to grab your food and go and having a healthy food choice already prepared would be ideal. That’s the thought behind the startup Veebie, a self-service food cart where customers can order and pay for their grab-and-go meal…

Vet Your Ideas Before You Start Coding

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The startups that often garner the most attention are working on consumer technology or other trendy areas like blockchain, fintech, biotech, etc. But innovation is happening in less-visible industries, as well. Spring Point Solutions is a perfect example. The Portland-based software developer is operating…

Friday Feedback Wins Startup South Portland Contest

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Luke Thomas took home top honors, along with $1,500, recently at the Startup South Portland final pitch contest with his software startup, Friday Feedback. Thomas, a South Portland resident, has been quietly working on Friday Feedback for the past year, putting in about 10…

How the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation Train Scientists of the Future

A Look at the Next Generation in Cancer Testing

While it sounds straight out of a Sci-Fi novel, Kevin Strange (CEO and cofounder) and his cofounder, Viravuth Yin, along with another researcher, Michael Zasloff, have identified a certain molecule (it’s called MSI-1436) that has demonstrated regenerative properties in the laboratory, first in zebrafish and then…

Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Reaches Annual Cap for 2017

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The Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to investors to encourage greater investment in Maine startups, has reached its annual cap of $5 million with three months left to go in 2017. The end came quickly. A few weeks ago, there was…

Why This Bitcoin Mining Company is Looking to Maine For Expansion

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Bitcoin mining has become big business. It’s also an energy-intensive business, as mining companies set up large facilities full of racks of whirring computers solving the complex mathematical problems required to “mine” Bitcoin. Because of this, locations with cool weather and access to cheap…

Venture Hall to Invest in Healthcare Startups

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Startup accelerator Venture Hall has chosen to invest in two of the healthcare-related startups from their inaugural summer accelerator program. Cliexa and Janus Choice will each receive $25,000 in the form of “zero-equity” investments. The companies were two of the six early-stage, health- and…

New Coworking Space Planned for South Portland

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What’s a tech ecosystem without a coworking space? At the Startup South Portland pitch contest, the winner wasn’t an app, a gadget, but a coworking space. James LaPlante, who pitched his concept for a new coworking and shared-studio space named SoPoCo.Works, took home the win….

Bootstrapping Your Company Comes With Challenges

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Bill Keleher cofounded what is now known as Kennebec River Biosciences in 1996 when he was in his late 20s. He’s built the Richmond-based company, which provides laboratory services and health products to aquaculture companies, to a point where it currently has 15 employees…

Should Maine Startups Really Be Worrying About Access to Capital?

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Over the past several months, I’ve heard on several occasions that there’s a lack of capital available for early stage startups in the Portland, Maine area. This “access to capital” talk is typically surrounded by conversations about what the area is missing. While I…