Given that I’m still happily digging out from an avalanche of new Twitter followers, I’m a little tardy on reporting the news.
So, a number of folks were kind enough to send me links to Techvibes “Portland Start-up Index,” a list of Portland-based startups ranked by averaging their Alexa and Compete ratings.
According to the post, they chose the Rose City because:
Portland’s unique culture, combined with its proximity to Seattle and Silicon Valley make it fertile ground for start-ups.
The list features an apples and oranges combination of both companies and products (which, quite honestly, isn’t immediately obvious to people who don’t
obsess over monitor this stuff as actively as I do). So, companies with multiple products—but only one Web site—like Earth Class Mail (#5) (which unfortunately moved to Seattle to attract funding) and Kryptiq (#20) are mixed in with site-specific products like Matt King‘s Knitmap (#8) and JanRain‘s Pibb (#10).
SplashCast tops the list, with I Want Sandy and MyOpenID rounding out the top three.
Values of n garnered two spots on the index with I Want Sandy and Stikkit (#6). As did JanRain, with MyOpenID and Pibb.
Some notable sites conspicuously absent from the list include Jive Software, Platial, Unthirsty, and AboutUs. But commenters are already noting some of these exclusions.
Techvibes plans to update the list on a regular basis. And, I’m looking forward to seeing a few more of you folks on it, the next time around. Please comment on the post (as a number of folks already have) to ensure that your product or site is listed.
(Hat tip to Mike Berkley, Adam DuVander, and Ben Parzybok)
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great info. Problem though is that Alexa and Compete stats are not a proper way to measure all companies. Works great for companies that are web based but not for any other company.
For example, Kryptiq is probably the hottest start-up on that list and would be #1 in most people’s minds. Of course their product is (offline) medical related software so why would they have high Alexa and Compete stats?
[…] Rick Turoczy correctly points out there is a whole lot of apples and oranges going on. […]
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