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Silicon Forest Provides Fertile Ground For Startups

Oregon's startups are increasingly garnering attention from venture capitalists and support from government agencies. Here's a look at a few.
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NoAppFee 
'NoAppFee.com would not be here today without the start-up PDX Challenge. It helped us get our idea off the ground and helped lubricate the launch process by giving our small team a place to work and money to develop our website. It also helped us get a ton of exposure and buy-in within the local community. These are connections that we still work with to this day,' Tyrone Poole, founder of NoAppFee.com, told InformationWeek.
Poole's company matches renters with properties that they would be qualified to rent. The company specializes in helping low-income families with poor credit, past evictions, delinquent accounts, and the like find housing.
The company, founded in 2013, has raised $500,000 from angel investors and are scheduled to receive nearly $200,000 more in the coming seven months, Poole said. The company is in the final stage of developing its new website that it says it expects to launch in August. NoAppFee is also hoping to power a website for low-income housing for the City of Portland later this year, Poole said.
NoAppFee staff left to right: Tyrone Poole, founder; Charles Swatzell, chief revenue officer; Katie Hartzler, administrative assistant; Brady Sieg, marketing strategist; and Zak Kelly, operations manager.
(Image: Dawn Kawamoto/InformationWeek)

NoAppFee

"NoAppFee.com would not be here today without the start-up PDX Challenge. It helped us get our idea off the ground and helped lubricate the launch process by giving our small team a place to work and money to develop our website. It also helped us get a ton of exposure and buy-in within the local community. These are connections that we still work with to this day," Tyrone Poole, founder of NoAppFee.com, told InformationWeek.

Poole's company matches renters with properties that they would be qualified to rent. The company specializes in helping low-income families with poor credit, past evictions, delinquent accounts, and the like find housing.

The company, founded in 2013, has raised $500,000 from angel investors and are scheduled to receive nearly $200,000 more in the coming seven months, Poole said. The company is in the final stage of developing its new website that it says it expects to launch in August. NoAppFee is also hoping to power a website for low-income housing for the City of Portland later this year, Poole said.

NoAppFee staff left to right: Tyrone Poole, founder; Charles Swatzell, chief revenue officer; Katie Hartzler, administrative assistant; Brady Sieg, marketing strategist; and Zak Kelly, operations manager.

(Image: Dawn Kawamoto/InformationWeek)

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8/20/2016 | 9:38:04 AM
Why Portland?
Does Portland have the educational backbone and technology outlook to foster any signifcant technology changes? I am dubious. I LOVE Portland, my family is from Portland, but as a signficant  tech hub, I can't see it. It didn't invest in the kind of science education natives need to become techies, and it's a City that's no wlecoming of huge companies, like Amazon, etc.
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8/19/2016 | 7:45:28 AM
NoAppFee
NoAppFee is a company I'm really excited about. In the UK we've had a lot of problems with letting agents gouging potential applicants for 'application fees,' and 'holding fees' with no regulation of the industry whatsoever.

I'm really pleased to see some companies and individuals taking things into their own hands to circumvent this nasty money sink. 
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