Month: July 2009

If you can’t bring BlogHer to Portland, bring Portland to BlogHer

I thought—after being inspired by an OurPDX post by A L Venable—that it might be wise to round up all the Portland bloggers who are headed to BlogHer. Just so we all know.

Last year, we mounted a heartfelt yet unsuccessful attempt to woo BlogHer, the premier event for women bloggers, to Portland. While we lost due to an all-too-common Portland drawback—no hotel capable of housing all attendees—there are no hard feelings.

Really. And just to prove it, there are a whole bunch of attendees from Oregon headed to Chicago, this week. Read More

Jive Software: Down economy? Could have fooled us

After a tattoo-inducing quarter and recognizing 100% revenue growth year-over-year, those crazy kids at Jive keep bucking the trend by making Q2 2009 another record setting quarter.

Someone forgot to tell Portland-based Jive Software that we’re in the midst of an economic downturn. Those folks are just blowing the curve for everybody. Or maybe it’s their customers. Whatever. Jive is cleaning up as of late.

After a tattoo-inducing quarter and recognizing 100% revenue growth year-over-year, those crazy kids at Jive keep bucking the trend by making Q2 2009 another record setting quarter. Read More

Oregon Media Central: Give us your blogs, your bloggers, your reporters yearning to blog free

Well, this week, OMC announced something that may just make me stop wearing black over OMI’s demise. You see, Oregon Media Central is going to start covering the blogging scene, too.

[HTML2]Not so long ago, I was in a bit of a funk about the demise of Oregon Media Insiders, which had been the go-to blog for all things media-related around these parts. It was a shame to see it go.

But, while I’m still sad that OMI is no more, I have to say that Oregon Media Central has done a fine job of stepping in to fill those very big shoes. And now, there’s something that makes me like Oregon Media Central event more.

And that is? Well, this week, OMC announced something that may just make me stop wearing black over OMI’s demise. You see, Oregon Media Central is going to start covering the blogging scene, too. Read More

Pukka is pure awesome whether you manage multiple Delicious accounts or not

Now, I realize that not everyone manages multiple social bookmark accounts. But I know some of you do. You’ve got two or three Delicious accounts. Maybe one for personal stuff and one for the blog. Or maybe you had to add another account when you resurrected your Ma.gnolia links. Whatever the case, managing those multiple accounts can get to be a bit of a headache.

And even if you don’t have multiple accounts, there are issues. Like having tons of bookmarks through which to search. Surely that could be made a tad easier?

Now, it can be. Thanks to Pukka, a Mac-based application built by Justin Miller of Portland-based Code Sorcery Workshop. Read More

Round table: Discussing the PortlandOnline contest, the Portland design community, and spec work

Now, the Portland AIGA is working to bring the graphic design and Web design community together to discuss the whole PortlandOnline contest, spec work, and potential next steps for the community.

[HTML1]When the City of Portland decided to launch a design contest this week for the redesign of PortlandOnline, they tried to avoid some RFP entanglements. Unfortunately, that decision had them offering a link from the site to the winning designer—instead of a cash prize or contract.

Well, members of the Portland graphic design and Web design community responded. And it wasn’t favorable. Because the contest carried with it the strong stench of spec work.

Now, the Portland AIGA is working to bring the graphic design and Web design community together to discuss the whole PortlandOnline issue and potential next steps for the community. Read More

Ontier Pixetell now available: Web conference attendees everywhere breathe a sigh of relief

But now, relief may be in sight. Because that whole communication via email thing is one problem that Portland-based Ontier hopes to fix with Pixetell.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t bemoan the state of email. Now granted, it’s usually me complaining that—even after 20 years of using the medium—I’m still unable to effectively manage the day-to-day onslaught.

But as you and I both know, that’s not the only thing that’s frustrating with email. What about communicating via email? Isn’t that frustrating too? For many, that’s a staggering understatement.

But now, relief may be in sight. Because that whole “communication via email” thing is one problem that Portland-based Ontier hopes to fix with Pixetell. Read More

Clicky releases new look for Spy real-time Web-traffic analytics

I want to know. And that’s why, real-time Web-traffic analysis like Portland-based Clicky’s Spy feature are especially addicting for me, as well. So imagine my surprise when the interface suddenly changed on me today—for the better.

[HTML3]Like many bloggers, I’m wee bit addicted to tracking and stats and whatnot. Who’s reading what? When are they reading it? What’s popular? What’s not? Does anyone really care?

I want to know. And that’s why, real-time Web-traffic analysis like Portland-based Clicky‘s Spy feature are especially addicting for me, as well.

So imagine my surprise when the interface suddenly changed on me today—for the better. Read More

Andy Baio joins crowdfunding startup Kickstarter as CTO

Now, Andy Baio will likely be well known for something else entirely: helping lead a “crowdfunding” startup called Kickstarter.

[HTML2]Andy Baio is perhaps best known on the Web for three things: starting the Star Wars Kid meme, creating Upcoming (which he later sold to Yahoo!), and sharing interesting tidbits via Waxy.org. Not necessarily in that order.

What’s not as well known? He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Now, Andy will likely be known for something else entirely: helping lead a new “crowdfunding” startup called Kickstarter. Read More

Internet Strategy Forum: Jeremiah Owyang in Portland for Summit, Steve Gehlen hands over the ISF reins

It’s that time of year again. The time when hundreds of name brand Web types show up to hear from the best and brightest in the industry about how corporations are making the most of the Web. That’s right. It’s time for the annual Internet Strategy Forum Summit.

And this year, popular Twitter type and Senior Analyst: Social Computing at Forrester Research, Jeremiah Owyang, will be among the esteemed keynote speakers. Read More

REMINDER: HTML5-PDX meets for the first time tonight at Nedspace Old Town

That’s why I’m excited to see what comes out of the HTML5-PDX group, a new user group dedicated to exploring the offerings of HTML5 like native video, geolocation, and client-side storage.

It’s always cool to see new user groups forming—especially new user groups focused on cutting-edge stuff. That’s why I’m excited to see what comes out of the HTML5-PDX group, a new user group dedicated to exploring the offerings of HTML5 like native video, geolocation, and client-side storage.

And tonight, the HTML5-PDX group kicks off with its first meeting with what may also be the inaugural meeting in Nedspace Old Town. Read More

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