Silicon Florist’s links arrangement

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Keiretsu Forum for Portland, February 15

Venture capital firm Keiretsu is starting to make inroads in the Portland VC scene. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.

The start-up – doing the right things well

Thanks to Ignite Portland, I’m now reading Chris Logan, a recent Bay-area transplant. Here’s an example of his passion for startups: “I don’t understand why people make startups so complicated. Successful startups do the right things well. This means there are only two things to do: (one) figure out the right things; and (two) do them well. All the other stuff doesn’t matter. “

Seed Oregon about to bloom

Florists love blooms, you know. Mark your calendars. The finale of Seed Oregon is set for February 13th at the Bridgeport Brewpub. This round will determine the overall winner of the Seed Oregon competition and will also determine who goes on to compete on March 5th at Angel Oregon 2008 where there are serious investment prizes at stake.

Metroblogging Portland Meetup – Feb 20

the Green Dragon has some of the best fries in Portland. And we’re springing for food!

Portland Metblogs Meetup.
Green Dragon
SE 9th/Yamhill, 1 block south of Belmont
Wednesday, Feb 20, 5:30ish to whenever.

Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow

Via Kevin Spence at Portland Small Business: The BEST Business Center, from Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development.

Portland-based Lunarr gets TechCrunch coverage

There are essentially two value propositions to Lunarr: first, the wiki-like functionality and second, the document-associated messaging system. In both the short and long runs, the messaging system provides more competitive value than the wiki functionality.

CenterNetworks: What Web Life Is Like In Silicon Forest

Thanks to Allen Stern of CenterNetworks for offering me a guest spot on his blog to showcase some of the interesting things about the Silicon Forest for a much broader audience than I tend to reach.

JanRain releases code for accepting self-issued InfoCards

Today JanRain released an important piece of code to help enable web applications accept Microsoft Information Cards. It’s a Python library and PostgreSQL database interface that uses libxmlsec and OpenSSL. This code does not depend on any Web framework, and the database implementation should be easy to generalize.

My secret is a dashboard for each side of the firewall

Jive Software’s Sam Lawrence shares a secret: “One of the biggest questions I get is how I manage to do my job and seem to stay on top of the blogosphere, Twitter, employees, breaking news, and competitors. Assuming you believe I’m actually doing my job, I thought I’d share how I stay on top of all the rest.”

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