March 4th, 2008
Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 4, 2008
Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.
Aside from #7 (which might be more appropriate as “state and local” for us), I’d say the Silicon Forest community is working in the right direction.
Sam Lawrence asserts, “Shouldn’t productivity software make us want to work? I mean, it’s goal is to make us (and our company) more productive. Given that, the most goal-oriented software I can think of is gaming software. That industry is hyper-competitive. They know our attention and dollars are precious and they’re myopically focused on delivering value within their product.”
“It comes from the whole MySpace generation. Once people become comfortable being social online, it extends into other areas, such as personal finance,” said Ryan Williams, co-founder of NetworthIQ, which allows people to publicly keep track of their assets.
Like Silicon Florist, Metroblogging Portland got a face lift over the weekend, as well. Dieselboi says, “As you can see, Portland Metblogs, along with the entire Metroblogging network got a face lift over the weekend. We’re pretty excited about the new interface.”
We had a hugely successful code sprint this past Saturday. Reid Beels drafted wireframes that we used to change the main site areas over from scaffolding to something more “calendary”, so if you go to the site now, you’ll see the start of a new home page and event views. We also added iCalendar import and export options. This means you can now subscribe to all of Calagator in your personal calendar of choice.
The March 31st deadline for the Small Business Matching Grant Program (Phase 0) is quickly approaching. The program was created to increase Oregon’s competitiveness in capturing federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. These two federal grant programs provide funding to small businesses for research and development of new technologies.
Portland’s Scott Kveton, yesterday’s guest editorial writer, points out, “We’ll be out in force at SXSW Interactive this weekend. In addition to sponsoring BarCamp Austin III, we’ll also be busy on the floor at our booth (stop by for some cool SWAG!) we’ll also be roaming around the conference and all over Austin doing video interviews with attendees about things happening on the Open Web.”
The story continues. Metroblogging Portland is one of the major blog forces here in town, and former-Metblogger Aaron Hockley’s insight into the drama and goings-on are invaluable. Here’s hoping that the ship rights itself sooner rather than later.