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The Oregonian reports that privately held CrowdCompass has completed an initial $1.3 million funding round, led by $600,000 from the Oregon Angel Fund. The two-year-old company will spend the money on marketing and engineering, upgrading its apps. Native apps like CrowdCompas don’t have to connect to the internet because all your event information is kept on the mobile device.

The Portland company produces customized apps for conventions and other large events. Their customers include organizations that sponsor national events such as the Lions Club, the National MS Society and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.

Portland-based Meridian, has a similar focus on “location-based content”. They announced a $1 million funding round last month. Meridian makes a standalone app for navigating bookstores, museums and sports stadiums – using GPS data and Wi-Fi positioning.

Meridian evolved out of Spotlight Mobile, which Dailywireless wrote about in 2003. Their app is available free in the iTunes Store and Android Market.

Portland has a growing community of developers and startups focused on the mobile sector. OEN’s Venture Northwest (formerly Venture Oregon) is an annual conference that draws institutional investors and investment bankers from across the Western U.S.

Silicon Florist covers the Portland Startup scene while TechFlash covers the Seattle scene, and the Amazon-fueled building boom in Seattle’s S. Lake Union.

Wieden+Kennedy, Nike’s ad agency, launched the Portland Incubator Experiment a couple of years ago in downtown Portland to act as a hub for collaborative social media startups.

The pitch: “We’ll give you $18,000 and office space to spend three months with us in beautiful Portland, Oregon. You and other promising co-founders will learn from our startups-in-residence and successful alumni.”

Marshall Kirkpatrick has an in-depth profile on Scott Kveton who founded Urban Airship, which got its start at P.I.E. Kveton also headed the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University and the OpenID Foundation.

Portland’s Urban Airship raised $1.1 million in venture capital to add software engineers and services. Among other things, Urban Airship delivers Embedded Push for Android and iPhone.

Other Portland mobile developers include;

With computer programmers in demand, new start-ups that aim to train people in coding skills are also becoming hot properties, reports the Wall Street Journal. Ventures that teach computer programming and design, such as Treehouse Island, are surfacing nationwide and drawing interest from Bay Area investors.

Related Dailywireless articles include; Spotlight Mobile’s Meridian: Indoor GPS, Mobile Portland Demos, Seattle’s South Lake Union: Tech Hub, Google Maps Indoors, Read/Write’s Top Ten Social Web Products, Where 2.0 – 2011, Medical Devices Mobilize, Japan Tsunami, Mobile App Award Winners, HyperLocal: There’s an App for That, Handmark Opens Windows Mobile Store, Tracking Tools, Minneapolis Bridge Collapse & Emergency Communications, City Clouds: Becoming The World Cup, Wireless Campus Maps, Infrasound Pod, Making Handheld Tours

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