February 10th, 2010

A Portland entrepreneur and a Portland startup made Super Bowl ad appearances? Indeed they did.


A Portland entrepreneur and a Portland startup made Super Bowl ad appearances? Indeed they did.

You know, sometimes you’re sitting there, watching one of the largest sporting events on earth. And you think you see something or hear something that has you doing a bit of a double take. Did I just see what I thought I saw? Did that guy just say what I thought he said?

Sure enough. In both cases. You see, two Portland area Silicon Florist favorites made their Super Bowl ad debuts last weekend, entrepreneur Jason Glaspey and travel network BootsnAll.

Now, granted. The mentions were extremely brief. But when 30 seconds runs a couple of million dollars, even a mention could mean tens of thousands of dollars of exposure in front of a worldwide audience. Not to mention all the DVR replays and online views.

So where did our Portland peers appear?

Jason Glaspey—of Portland-based Unthirsty (successful exit), Bac’n (successful exit), and Paleo Plan (new venture) fame—was the name of the character in the FLO TV Super Bowl ad, thanks to the stylings of a friend who wrote the spot.

And apparently, Portland-based—and 30 hour day sponsor—BootsnAll’s Parislogue is the best place to learn “how to impress a French girl.” At least according to Google’s Parisian Love Super Bowl ad.

Congrats to the Portland folks who made it into the big game. Here’s looking forward to seeing more prominent mention of our awesome entrepreneurs next time around.

(Image courtesy hellodrew. Used under Creative Commons.)

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2 Responses to “A Portland entrepreneur and a Portland startup made Super Bowl ad appearances? Indeed they did.”

  1. brad says:

    that’s very cool! success begets success…

    keep the cool stories coming.

    best,

    brad

  2. super says:

    Uh. This is ridiculous. There have been many Portland relations in commercial aired during the Superbowl than this. You just don’t know all of the little things at ad agencies. Please.


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