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Marketing & Social Media


How to Optimize Your Customer’s Testimonials

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

For the majority of today’s customers, testimonials play a significant role in purchasing decisions. A testimonial can help solidify a consumer’s product selection, help the customer trust a business, and even help generate a new desire for a product the consumer wasn’t previously shopping…



Is Portland the Big Freelancing Hub of the Future?

By | Jul 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

No one will tell you Portland isn’t a growing city: Venture capital funding for startups in the area took a boost from $41 million in 2009 to around $139 million in 2013, according to Geek Wire. “The growth has been phenomenal here,” venture capitalist Diane Fraiman told them. “Another…



Portland Trailblazers Blaze Trail with Sports Tech

By | Apr 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm

As some of the most lucrative businesses in the country, professional sports teams are frequently on the cutting edge of technology. Some teams have made more of an impact than others. And while I refuse to peddle the same word play that got you to…

Programming education


Don’t Have a Programming Bootcamp in Your City? This One’s Online

By | May 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

Programming bootcamps, which teach you to code in a matter of mere months, are hailed as an alternative to college education. The prices are cheaper, the education is more practical, and graduates are almost guaranteed jobs. But many of them share a limitation with most colleges:…



Oregon Technology Awards Name Winners

By | May 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) sold out its 31st annual Oregon Technology Awards ceremony at the Portland Art Museum this year. The event drew more than 600 attendees which included entrepreneurs and tech professionals from across the region. The annual Oregon Technology Awards program…


Women's issues


Startup Founders Called Her ‘Hot’

By | Jan 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Three years ago, Alyssa Dumond started working as the director of operations at a Portland startup led by two men. But she realized quickly that something was wrong. “We would complete a huge project, and everybody was giving each other a high five and…



OnTheGo Platforms Wants a Universal Smart Glass User Experience

By | Apr 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Portland-based OnTheGo Platforms (OTG) today announced the beta release of their Augmented Reality Interface SDK, otherwise known as Ari. The newly designed SDK will allow developers building for smart glasses, like Google Glass, to implement hand-gesture-controls for users. Ari’s release comes hot on the…



Meet Down-to-Earth Ryan Carson, the Treehouse Founder Who Works 4 Days a Week

By | Jan 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Thirty-six-year-old Ryan Carson usually starts the day at 5 am with what he likes to call “me time.” In those two hours of quiet, he goes through email, organizes the day ahead, and maybe writes a blog post or browses his favorite weight lifting…



Treehouse Announces Buy One, Give One Program

By | Dec 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Today Treehouse, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people learn web design, web development, and iOS development, is launching a buy one, give one program. The new program stipulates that for every gold account somebody purchases, a matching gold account is donated to…

Celebrate Startup Tour


Portland’s Hottest Startups Are…

By | Oct 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Last night was Tech Cocktail’s Portland Social at Jupiter Hotel.  Of the startups included at the event, the Tech Cocktail editorial team selected the two hottest.  And they were… Portland’s Hottest Startups – is a marketplace for lure makers, tackle crafters and gear builder. We…

Gear & Gadgets


Zooka: A High-Quality Portable Speaker That Fits Many Devices

By | Mar 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The Zooka by Carbon Audio is a portable Bluetooth speaker unique for its flexibility: snap it onto your laptop or iPad, or place it near your phone, and the sound gets louder. When it comes to portability, most of us would agree that less…



Nike+ Accelerator Launches, Powered by TechStars

By | Dec 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Today, TechStars and Nike announced the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month accelerator program for startups that use the Nike+ and NikeFuel technology. Running from March to June in Portland, the program offers $20,000 and mentorship to startups. Nike is looking for 10 startups who want…