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    Thursday Mar 26, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Portland co-working space shutting its doors

    – One of Portland’s co-working spaces is closing, leaving 10 tenants to find new digs. The Casco Bay Tech Hub’s co-working space at 30 Danforth St., known as the Business Innovation Center (BIC), will close May 1, according to an email tenants received Wednesday. Kai Smith, co-founder of Buoy Local, a startup that offers buy-local gift cards, said he had no prior warning and was surprised to receive the news. He and […]

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    Friday Mar 13, 2015 | 9:27 am

    Greenwood’s earmuffs: A true Maine innovation

      I write about innovators in Maine all the time. However, they’re almost always of the 21st Century variety. So it was nice to see a reminder this morning from my colleague Shannon Bryan over at mainetoday.com that we Mainers have a long succession of innovators to celebrate. In this case, Shannon reminds us that March 13 marks the 138th anniversary of the day in 1877 when Chester Greenwood, a Farmington native, was […]

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    Tuesday Mar 10, 2015 | 12:50 pm

    Portland startup wants to change the way we watch television

    – If you think about it, television can be kind of boring. You turn on the TV and watch something from beginning to end. There’s no ability to interact with the movie or gameshow you’re viewing. In the age of Internet-connected devices, that will soon change, predicts Jason Cianchette, a serial entrepreneur in Portland who previously founded and then sold Liquid Wireless in 2008 to Publishers Clearing House for an […]

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  • Friday Feb 27, 2015 | 11:37 am

    Deadline looms to compete for LaunchPad’s $30K purse

    For all those entrepreneurs who have been procrastinating or paralyzed by doubt, this is a final reminder to enter the fray. The deadline to enter the third annual LaunchPad business plan competition and vie for its $30,000 prize is only two days away. The competition, sponsored by Gorham Savings Bank, gives Maine entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their business plans before a panel of experienced judges. The ultimate winner, who will be determined […]

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    Thursday Feb 19, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Portland’s Tilson Technology raises $2.2M in Series B round

    Tilson Technology Management, a Portland-based IT services firm that builds telecommunications networks (think: putting up cell towers and laying fiber), has raised $2.2 million in a recent investment round, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Tilson raised the Series B round from Rand Capital Corp. and Maine’s own CEI Ventures. While this is Rand’s first investment in Tilson, it’s a follow-on investment for CEI Ventures, a Portland-based venture capital firm affiliated […]

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    Thursday Feb 05, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    Why every Maine student should descend on Bowdoin this weekend

    – We’re in an age of consumption, surrounded by consumable content delivered to us by the unconscious and mechanical swipe of a thumb like Pavlov’s dog ringing a bell. I consume so much content in the course of a day, I often need to stop and remind myself to create. The tug-of-war between consuming and creating is a daily battle, which why it’s nice sometimes to dedicate time to doing […]

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    Wednesday Feb 04, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    Two Maine tech execs shift roles, take on new challenges

    Two notable executives in Maine’s tech sector are in the process of updating their resumes. Taking Maine expertise global After helping Ocean Renewable Power Co. become known as one of the most innovative energy companies in the country, John Ferland is taking on a new role as president of its spin-off consulting business, ORPC Solutions. Portland-based ORPC made history in 2012 when its tidal energy project in Cobscook Bay became the first ocean energy project […]

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    Friday Jan 30, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    Maine’s startup community faces ‘huge void’ with loss of its ‘dean of venture capital’

    Maine’s startup community lost an important member this week. Charles “Kip” Moore was a technology pioneer (he was on the student team at Dartmouth that developed the BASIC computer language) and one of the first venture capitalists in Portland to invest in early-stage Maine companies. He was a mentor to entrepreneurs and served on the boards of several local companies. Moore died Jan. 26, 2015. He was 71. Moore, who […]

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  • Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 5:00 am

    Venture capital in Maine falls in 2014, but more companies benefit

    There’s good news and bad news in the year-end data we have on venture capital investments made in Maine startups during 2014. On the one hand, the amount of VC invested in Maine startups fell roughly 32 percent, from $27.5 million in 2013 to $18.7 million in 2014. On the other, the number of companies who received VC increased from five in 2013 to 12 in 2014, the highest number […]

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