Silicon Florist was started by Rick Turoczy as a side project (is there any other kind?) to help provide a repository for interesting technology startup news—particularly Web-based, mobile-based, and open source technology—from Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding area, affectionately known as the “Silicon Forest.”
You see, there’s a bunch of great stuff happening in Portland. A ton of great ideas. Some really exciting development. Some really cool projects.
But, that doesn’t make it any less important.
So it seemed like there needed to be a repository. It seemed like the great folks in Portland needed somewhere to keep up. To see things grow.
Monitoring the Rose City and the Silicon Forest, I’ll be trying to help 1,000 flowers bloom, as the Silicon Florist.
Got a tip, an announcement, or a story? The best way to catch Rick is to ping @turoczy on Twitter. Or you can always send your tip to firstname.lastname@example.org, submit it through the Silicon Florist tip form, or call 503 616 3767.
It’s been extremely gratifying to receive a number of nice comments about the blog. I thought it would be wise to return the favor with a little link love.
“A local celebrity VC can be a huge asset, but it’s only a part of the equation. Recognize the local entrepreneurs who are dedicated to spreading the word about your community. Embrace what they’re trying to do and support their efforts. These people will attract fresh talent and reach out to leaders elsewhere to promote your engaged and thriving community.… Portland has Rick Turoczy at Silicon Florist.”
“Since starting his blog in 2007, Rick’s quickly become the go-to source for stories on Portland’s Web 2.0 community. He’s equal parts cheerleader, reporter, and facilitator, filling a role that the traditional media hasn’t (or possibly can’t) do.”
“… [The] Silicon Florist Blog is both the chief chronicler and head cheerleader for Portland’s new startup scene.”
“… a must-read for anyone who wants to tap into what’s really happening in the PDX tech scene.”
“After one short month, I can’t imagine not having Silicon Florist in my rss feeds. If you’re in Portland or interested in Portland’s technology scene, you should check it out.”
“The best new blog around, if you live in the Portland area and are interested in web/tech, this is a must read…. [H]aving a locally focused blog makes me feel so much more connected again.”
About Rick Turoczy
Out of pure dumb luck, he happened to sit up in bed at 2 AM one night with the inspiration to start Silicon Florist. Since then, he’s advised the City of Portland and the Portland Development Commission, chatted with The Oregonian, appeared on local television and radio, made a brief appearance on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, written for leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb, garnered multiple bylines in The New York Times, wound up speaking at a number of conferences, been selected for the Portland Business Journal‘s “40 under 40,” and named to the board of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO).
Interested in what Rick does when he’s not working on one of his innumerable side projects? Well, that would be Return. If you’d like to see more about his past experience, visit Rick Turoczy’s profile on LinkedIn.
Looking for something a little more interactive? Feel free to follow Rick Turoczy on Twitter or Friendfeed, befriend him on Facebook, keep track of the events he finds interesting on Plancast, or see life through his lens on Flickr.
(“Silicon Florist escalator blogging” image courtesy Igal Koshevoy and “Rick Turoczy” image courtesy Brian Solis. Used under Creative Commons.)