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.
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.
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.
Other Portland mobile developers include;
- Avatron Software (Games and utilities)
- Cloud Four (mobile app contract developer),
- Critical Path Software (Mobile apps for Clearwire and eBay). A year ago, eBay bought the Portland app developer.
- Elemental Technologies: Uses the cloud for video compression. Forbes Magazine picked it as one of “America’s top 100 “most promising companies“.
- Jama, a developer of project collaboration software for Fortune 500 companies, comes in at No. 52 on the Forbes list.
- GeoLoqi: Lets you get Geocoded Wikipedia articles as you move around. On other apps you have to query to see what’s around you. Available for IOS and Android and has a game layer (Map Attack).
- Don Park (Geomena and Everyone Delivers)
- Handmark (mobile publishing for Wall Street Journal and the Portland Trail Blazers)
- MapWith.Us (Mobile maps)
- Night & Day Studios (contractor)
- Stumptown Game Machine (Mobile game developer)
- Subatomic Studios (Fieldrunners game)
- Small Society (Starbucks, Zipcar and Whole Foods)
- Puppet Labs, focused on open source cloud hosting, landed $8.5 million in Series C funding — with money from Google, Cisco, and VMWare.
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.
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