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Tuesday July 22, 2014

Contributors: Business - The Startup Line

  • Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 8:18 am

    Maine bakery featured in Google economic impact report

    Fresh off her win at the Entreverge awards, Briana Warner and her Portland bakery business are now being featured in a national report from Google about the economic impact its search engine and advertising platforms have in the country. Google’s economic impact report is a publicity stunt, but it does include some noteworthy state-by-state numbers. The Internet giant claims in its report that its search engine and advertising platforms helped provide $286 million in […]

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  • Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Time for ‘the real heavy lifting:’ Sustaining the momentum from Maine Startup and Create Week

    It’s been three weeks since Maine Startup and Create Week was the center of attention in Maine’s startup scene — and, if the event accomplished one of its goals, at least in the peripheral vision of the larger statewide community. Since then, I’ve been talking with people about how they plan to maintain the momentum created during the week, which consisted of 44 events spread over eight days that attracted more […]

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    Friday Jun 27, 2014 | 6:14 pm

    Idexx unveils new “Google-esque” office building in Westbrook

    Idexx Laboratories held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to introduce the public to its new $35 million Synergy Center in Westbrook, one of three office buildings that make up its “World Campus.” It’s an example of that open-office concept embraced by high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. Idexx’s Synergy Center, which contains 280 employees, including its executive leadership team, does not have any individuals offices. That’s right. Jonathan Ayers, CEO of a company with […]

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    Thursday Jun 26, 2014 | 7:55 am

    The Internet: The Great Equalizer, or What I Learned at Y Combinator’s Startup School

    Elizabeth Chabe grew up in Machias and started her first company when she was nine years old. Since then she’s started several others, some of which have landed her in trouble (read on to learn more about that). Now 29 years old, her most recent startup is High Touch Courses, which aims to create online courses for middle and high school students who want to learn about computer programming, web development and video […]

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    Friday Jun 20, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    Controversy crops up at panel on innovation in agriculture

    When I write about startups, I often wonder how many people automatically picture young, hoody-wearing computer programmers banging away on laptops with empty cans of Red Bull scattered across a table. It’s a false stereotype, of course. Entrepreneurs can be any age (a Kauffman Foundation study found the average age of U.S.-born tech entrepreneurs to be 39) and in any type of business. Innovation is the same story. The mobile app developers and Internet […]

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    Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Brad Feld on building Maine’s startup community: Be inclusive

    One of the main goals of Maine Startup and Create Week is to help foster and grow Maine’s startup community. That is, of course, the crux of everything. Startups are new businesses, albeit ones that carry a sexier label, and without new businesses, Maine’s economy would crumble. The people who start those businesses are more likely to do so in a community that actively fosters and supports entrepreneurship. Many of the sessions […]

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  • Wednesday Jun 18, 2014 | 12:35 am

    Maine’s brand, geography make it ripe for marine startups

    Note: This is guest post written by Tom Bell, a business reporter at the Portland Press Herald, who attended Tuesday morning’s Maine Startup and Create Week panel on innovation in the marine industries. Maine’s cool, clean ocean waters and its powerful brand make the state a great place for investing in aquaculture, according to panelists discussing startup opportunities in the marine industry. Fish farming is so efficient that Maine farmers […]

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  • Tuesday Jun 17, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Optimism, frustration aired on Women and Entrepreneurship during MSCW panel

    Note: This is a guest post by Carol Coultas, business editor of the Portland Press Herald, who attended Monday afternoon’s Maine Startup & Create Week panel on Women and Entrepreneurship. If you were in the audience at the Women and Entrepreneurship session, you were likely swinging from inspiration to frustration as the panelists countered their enthusiasm and passion for their enterprises with a heavy dose of pragmatism. Kristen Gwinn-Becker, founder of HistoryIT, […]

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  • Monday Jun 16, 2014 | 11:01 am

    What you need to know about Maine Startup & Create Week

    Maine Startup & Create Week is upon us. There are more than 600 people registered and nearly 160 speakers taking part in the week-long celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation in Maine, as I reported in yesterday’s Maine Sunday Telegram. I’ll be blogging about the week’s events, encounters and experiences, so bookmark The Startup Line and check back often. Some of the Portland Press Herald’s other business staffers will also likely chime in with […]

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