Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for April 2, 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.

VC funding for open source hits an all-time high

I don’t know about you, but I tend to think of Portland as an Open Source Mecca, of sorts. If you’re of the same mind, this can only bode well for us.

Wiki (Birthday) Wednesday

It’s an extra-special Wiki Wednesday at AboutUs this week, marking the birth of the Wiki. And I mean, really. What better way to celebrate the birth of the Wiki than with its father, Ward Cunningham?

Reality check

Not that this is Portland-based, but hey, sometimes I need to provide context. And that’s what this is. An extremely interesting comment on the state of Web 2.0. It’s a rather sobering reminder about the actual “saturation point” of the tools in which we tend to live on a daily basis. This is New York. And it’s youngins in New York, at that. Still a lot of folks out there who could become your “target market,” startups.

Announcing Ruby on Crack

This April Fools’ post was included purely for the RailsConf 2008 reference. Yes, RailsConf is a Portland event, you silly goose. For those of you with delicate sensibilities, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Move along.

Sneak peak at new Jive video

Portland-based Jive Software has got some stuff simmering on the stove and cooking in the oven. But they’re going to give you a little taste of what’s in store. Sam Lawrence writes “I’ve seen the thing so many times now I may have convinced myself it makes sense so let me know what you think it means before you get the context of the rest of our new site. Love to hear your ideas.”

Startupalooza Photos

Aaron Hockley writes “Shooting Startupalooza on Saturday was a lot of fun, it was a great group of people in an environment with a lot of creative and positive energy. I love shooting events, from small gatherings to crowds of hundreds or thousands. I posted over 140 shots on Flickr, and here are a few shots that are representative of the event.”

InnoTech Oregon: Rollercoaster Ride

Sean Lowery writes “Producing an event of this size is like planning for the Superbowl or a giant wedding. You plan for six months and hope someone shows up. We expect close to 2000 people for InnoTech this year. Right now we have 500 people registered.”

Portlanteau: PDX, a Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

Nate Angell writes “And so I present a term that describes this wordly phenomenon: portlanteau, n. a portmanteau word that links the name of the city of Portland, Oregon to another word or concept.”

Startup Weekend Legal Issues

Steve Morris writes “I had wondered how the Startup Weekend process dealt with ownership issues — but apparently the SEC is the real problem. There’s a Startup Weekend project scheduled for Portland May 23-25.”

OEN PubTalk™: Reducing Startup Risk

(Full disclosure: I used to work for Dave Moffenbeier and I continue to do work for Pete Grillo. And what’s more, Pete has some folks working for him who used to work for Dave… Still, this sounds interesting.) Serena Regazzoni writes “OEN has put together a great panel of entrepreneurs who will discuss these risks as a way to help guide entrepreneurs towards minimizing each one, and maximizing their rewards. The panel will include three successful serial entrepreneurs: Kanth Gopalpur, CEO Monsoon Inc, David Moffenbeier, Co-founder/COO, Absorbent Technologies and Pete Grillo, Founder/CEO Iterasi.”

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