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Stumptown Startups: Rent out your parking spot

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- If you've ever been to certain sections of Northwest Portland on a sunny Saturday, you know how hard it can be to find parking.

"The big delivery boys get most of the parking. I have to circle and circle. I keep watching my gauge in the car go down," Toni Daniels said.

"It is, competitive," Carla Charlton said.

On a busy day there's lots of cars and not many spots to go around.

Sohrab Vossoughi had the same problem last year when he was trying to find parking for a Timbers match.

"There was nothing available and as usual I was driving around and around," Vossoughi said.

He finally found a spot a mile away and noticed something as he was walking to the park.

"All these small spaces or parking areas that nobody was using," Vossoughi said.

He spotted lots of empty driveways, even big parking lots that no one was using.

Then it hit him, why not let people rent out their extra space when they aren't using it?

Carla Charlton might be one of his first users.

She's got prime parking real estate just blocks from the Providence Park, and wouldn't mind making some extra green on game day.

The new app is called Citifyd and should be up and running by September.

Vossoughi says he has a full legal team working with him, hoping to avoid any problems with the city similar to what Airbnb went through.

Stumptown Startups: Untangle those ear buds

Stumptown Startups: Untangle those ear buds »Play Video
John Friess demonstrates his tangle-free Snap Buds.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Apple is known for its cool designs and easy-to-use products. But some say they haven't been able to perfect one aspect of their technology -- their ear buds.

Stumptown Startups: Finding free birthday fun

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If it's your birthday, you could setup a whole day full of fun, free activities, thanks to a new app called bdayfreeday.

A free drink, a round of mini golf on the house, or how about learning Jiu Jitsu without paying a dime? 

Stumptown Startups: A brotherly business fashions wooden glasses

Stumptown Startups: A brotherly business fashions wooden glasses »Play Video
Josh Cooksey, of McMinnville, Oregon, cuts out a pair of glasses from wood using a scroll saw. He and his 15-year-old brother, Matt, have created their own line of wooden glasses.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Most kids their age might spend their free time playing video games or hanging out with friends.

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing »Play Video
Nick Lambert's company, Machine Studios, was one of the first companies featured on Chroma Fund's website.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They are just starting out. There're only two companies you can invest in so far, but Chroma Fund CEO Marcus Estes says thanks to the booming tech industry in Portland, that number could eventually be in the hundreds.

Share your lip balm, skip the germs

Share your lip balm, skip the germs »Play Video
Abby Schwalb (right) and her business partner Liz Moscow appear on ABC's Shark Tank.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- She is the latest local entrepreneur to step into the Shark Tank.

Local startup hopes sharks have a sweet tooth

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Workers at Scratch & Grain assemble the company's "Cookie Kit."

TIGARD, Ore. -- Welcome to the worldwide headquarters of Scratch & Grain, the latest startup to get the attention of the sharks.

Taya Geiger and Leah Tutin will be featured on ABC's Tuesday night episode of Shark Tank. They are neighbors turned business partners. Leah came up with the idea of an easy-to-use baking kit back in 2012 after her kids wanted to make some cookies at home.