Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for January 18

It’s Hip to be The Square

Via Strange Love Live “Friday night we were joined in studio by Stephanie Stricklen and Aaron Weiss, the host and Senior Producer (respectively) of KGW’s The Square. It was a full house as fans of both The Square and SLL settled into our little studio audience to see what happens when Newscasters and Podcasters collide.”

New user group checklist

As Audrey Eschright accurately predicted, 2009 is shaping up to be the “Year of the User Group” in Portland. If you’re thinking about starting a user group, Igal Koshevoy has provided some invaluable tips to help you get the group going.

Oregon VC funding held up OK in ’08 – Silicon Forest

Mike Rogoway writes “Given Oregon’s small base of venture activity, neither a single quarter nor a single year can point to a coming trend. But at the least, the state held up OK as the venture markets froze up late in ’08.”

Tweaks of the Week: RSS, Staying Connected, Beta API and More

Via Shizzow “It’s been a long time since our last Tweaks of the ‘Week’ post. With all of the refactoring happening in preparation for the Shizzow API, we held off on deploying anything new on the old code. While the API beta stole most of the thunder during our update this weekend, you might have noticed that we also snuck in a few cool improvements. Again, this is just more proof that we actually read all of the stuff you send us through Get Satisfaction.”