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Portland startup Chirpify lands $1.3 million in backing to promote commerce on Twitter

When a retailer with a Chirpify account solicits purchases on Twitter, customers can simply tweet the word "Buy" to make a purchase.

Online education startup Treehouse says it has raised $4.75 million and will move HQ to Portland

Founded last November, the company currently has 34 employees and is in the process of adding a dozen more. It makes its training videos in an Orlando studio.

Software Association of Oregon’s new president, Skip Newberry, aims to boost the industry’s visibility

In the mayor’s office, Newberry helped craft a strategy that made software one of the city’s key economic priorities.

Oregon health care co-op gets $57 million in federal funds, seeks a CEO

The act calls for one co-op in each state, but doesn’t place a limit on the number that each state can have. So far Oregon is the only state with two co-ops, but awards have been made to organizations in 10 different states.

Startup: Portland’s Brightworks targets a new vein of sustainability

A passion for the environment pairs best with public policy, or at least that’s what Scott Lewis thought until a series of technology startups that he launched convinced him otherwise.

Angel Oregon semifinalist hopes judges embrace his effort to create a new building material

Meyers says the material, which he has not yet named, could be used to replace Sheetrock and lumber as building materials, and it could be used to mix into concrete, instead of rock and sand.

Oregon venture capital investment totals $238.6 million in 2011, highest level since 2007

A number of high-dollar deals inflated the growth, NVCA president Mark Heesen wrote in the release. That means the increase doesn’t necessarily point to more funding for all startups and industries

Retire Here, Not There: Oregon

"One of the biggest draws here is the lifestyle."

Portland lawyers become inventers, now they hope Kickstarter funders will back the $75,000 production costs

Working with Portland product design shop Fuse, they created the Clutch, an iPad case with a rotating handle that doubles as an easy way to prop the tablet up.

Walker Tracker, a Northeast Portland software start-up, measures its considerable progress

"We are the only company allowing companies to compete against one another (or between operating divisions), while maintaining total privacy and control of their employee portal," says Mays. He adds that Walker Tracker is good at delivering tailored programs to medium and small businesses — many of their competitors focus on large corporations.