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Startups - San Francisco Business Times

TerrAvion connects farmers, pilots for agricultural aerial imagery

by Kevin Truong Robert Morris

SAN FRANCISCO — Robert Morris spent four years in the Middle East as the lieutenant leading the first active drone platoon in Afghanistan. After returning home, he used his G.I. Bill money to fund his education at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. At the school, Morris teamed up with Cornell Wright and formed TerrAvion in 2013. The company came out of a conversation with  ...

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Startups - Portland Business Journal

One Portland startup’s journey through three tech accelerators

by Malia Spencer Chroma

PORTLAND — By now the four-member team at Chroma.fund should be settled into their summer digs in New York City as part of the Barclays Techstars accelerator. It’s the third accelerator the Portland startup has been in and this is its second stint in a Techstars program.

Three accelerators might seem like a lot but bouncing between them has been central to the startup’s strategy since it  ...

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How this tenacious trio created LogRhythm's success

by Doug McPherson, Special to the Business Journal Security Grolnick Petersen Villella logrhythm

DENVER — Here’s something entrepreneurs can relate to: Chris Peterson, co-founder of LogRhythm, a security intelligence and analytics firm, tells the story of being at dinner with his future wife in the early days of getting the business off the ground. A $35 check arrived and he said he thought to himself, “I’ve got to cut out such extravagances.”

And another relatable event: To get  ...

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Hot Shots - Silicon Nation: Nashville

For the kids: Startup help

by Eleanor Kennedy Brandon Hill

NASHVILLE — Last summer, well-known Nashville entrepreneur Marcus Whitney launched his latest venture, The Unlikely Co., an initiative designed to get more people to embrace entrepreneurship as a means of social mobility. One of the first programs supported by the venture, a youth entrepreneurship program at the Oasis Center, is about to wrap up its first session. I sat down with Brandon Hill,  ...

July 22, 2016 | 5:00pm EDT
Hot Shots - Silicon Nation: Austin

Why Sallie Krawcheck launched her digital investment platform for women in Austin

by Christopher Calnan Sallie Krawcheck

AUSTIN — Sallie Krawcheck realized I was 20 minutes early for our meeting to discuss her latest venture. Instead of waiting for our appointed time, without hesitation she told an assistant, “Let’s do this.”

Such is the high-energy, can-do attitude of Krawcheck, a veteran finance executive who was in Austin earlier this month to debut Ellevest Inc., a digital investment platform for women.  ...

July 22, 2016 | 4:15pm EDT
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Intel's Keith Larson on the ‘fun side’ of investing

by Malia Spencer Keith Larson

PORTLAND — Keith Larson intended to be an accountant. Then several run-ins with the venture capital industry while still in school set him on a completely different path.

Today, he is managing director at Intel Capital, one of the most active corporate venture capital investors in the industry. In 2015, Intel Capital invested $514 million in 143 companies globally.

“I migrated from the bean  ...

July 22, 2016 | 3:30pm EDT
Startups - Keeping in touch

Why this business messenger isn't scared of Facebook

by Annie Gaus Eoghan McCabe, CEO of Intercom

SAN FRANCISCO — There's no shortage of messenger products out there, but SF-based Intercom has carved out an enviable niche in the business world.

Since 2011, it's quietly built a popular communications product for business, now with thousands of customers that include tech startups and large public companies. It's grown to a staff of 300 across its San Francisco headquarters and engineering  ...

July 22, 2016 | 2:45pm EDT
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