Month: April 2009

I love “Hello. I love you.”

Everyone could use a little more love. People in Portland. People in Oregon. People the world over. And more love is exactly what the creators of COLOURlovers and FriendsCall.Me are hoping to share with their latest project, Portland-based Hello. I love you.

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Tabula Rasa: Slate Technologies opens with a Beer and Blog, followed by BarCamp Portland and Strange Love Live

When’s a good time to start a startup? That’s right: anytime. And the folks over at Portland-based Slate Technologies are not only starting up, they’re opening an office to boot.

Slate has some interesting projects underway—and likely even more interesting things to come: Read More

Like talking incessantly during your favorite show? SplashCast Social TV is your Holy Grail

We’ve all got that one friend. You know? The one who talks on and on and on while you’re trying to watch your favorite TV show? The one you’re always trying to get to shut up.

Well, the time for rejoicing is at hand, my friend. Thanks to Portland-based SplashCast and their latest endeavor, “Social TV.”

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BarCamp Portland: Proposed Adopt a Blogger/Adopt a Journalist session

Ooh. We’re getting close now. Just a few short days and we’ll be in the thick of the planning for BarCamp Portland—the unplanned unequaled unconference for discussing all things, tech or otherwise.

Even though the conference structure is deliberately unscheduled, it’s no secret that a lot of folks spend some time thinking up cool sessions that they can propose.

Which brings us to today’s post…

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REMINDER: Speed pitch VCs and Oregon Treasurer Westlund at Big Idea Bash 2 tonight

It’s not often that fledgling startups get the chance to stand in front of a group of venture capitalists and pitch their ideas.

But that’s exactly the idea behind the Big Idea Bash, sponsored by the Oregon Investment Fund and hosted by the State Treasurer of Oregon, Ben Westlund, Wednesday night at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center: Read More

Why I spent $4000 to attend free events last year

Remember that other rant at which I was hinting in my last rant? No? Well whether your remember it or not, here we go.

I’ve been concerned lately. Bad economy. Tightening budgets. Volunteer run events relying on sponsors. Not exactly a proven recipe for success.

There’s the bigger volunteer-run events like the Legion of Tech events, Open Source Bridge, WordCamp Portland, and Beer and Blog—and then there are any number of smaller events like Portland Web Innovators, PDX Critique, Refresh Portland, PDX Wiki Wednesday, user groups, yadda yadda yadda. Read More

Eat your vegetables—or maybe someone else’s—with Veggie Trader

It never fails. All it takes is the first glimpse of that burning orb up in the sky and the first warm spell. And suddenly every Oregonian is sprinting to the local garden store, grabbing their shovels, and frantically tilling their backyard beds or their local community gardens.

But come summer and early fall, what happens? That’s right: too many zucchini.

Enter Portland-based Veggie Trader, a social swapping site that uses the Web to help overbearing gardeners… err gardens share their bounty with others—and get vegetables they can use in return. Read More

Amazon acquires Portland-based Lexcycle makers of iPhone ebook app Stanza

You never know. There might be something to this whole iPhone thing and Portland.

Today, Portland-based Lexcycle was acquired by a little bookstore up in Seattle called Amazon.

“We are excited to join forces with a company that has innovated on behalf of readers for over a decade and is a pioneer in ebooks,” the company stated in a blog post. “Like Amazon, we believe there is a lot of innovation ahead for ebooks and we could not think of a better company to join during this exciting time.” Read More

Windows laptop and netbook owners can rest easier: GadgetTrak launches PC-Trak

With Portland-based GadgetTrak, Mac and mobile users have been a little spoiled. You see, they’ve had access to GadgetTrak’s theft recovery software for a while now. Windows-based users, however? They were still openly susceptible to laptop theft without much hope of recovery.

Until now.

Today, Windows laptop and netbook users are finally getting the same protection as the Mac and mobile folks: GadgetTrak has launched for Windows. Read More

Portland venture capital: Capybara, DFJ Frontier open a Portland office for early stage investments

Seems like we’re going to need to change our tune about venture capital firms not being interested in Portland, Oregon, and the Silicon Forest.

Mike Rogoway over at The Oregonian reveals that DFJ Frontier in partnership with Capybara Ventures has opened another office for early stage venture capital—right here in Portland, Oregon. Read More

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