Month: October 2009

Elemental shows off the goods

On Wednesday, Elemental Technologies hosted Lunch 2.0 in downtown.

In addition to the usual suspects, I noticed a lot of new faces, which was great. This was partially a happy coincidence and partially by design.

Because Elemental builds software that, in the words of Julie Williams, Elemental’s Communications Manager, “masters the art of using massively parallel solutions to accelerate video conversion,” I figured our friends over at the Governor’s Office of Film and Television might be interested. Read More

CONFIRMED: OSCON 2010 will definitely be in Portland, Oregon, July 19-23 [UPDATED]

According to a Google Groups post by David Percy, Geospatial Data Manager at Portland State University, the manager of catering at the Oregon Convention Center has mentioned that OSCON will be back in Portland.

[HTML2]Loose lips sink ships—or let you know that big O’Reilly open source conferences like OSCON are returning to Portland.

Now while we’ve heard rumors swirling about this for quite a while—including talk that Portland Mayor Sam Adams is lobbying for the conference fairly heavily—it’s rapidly moving into the 99% sure category.

Today, that rumor got a little closer to reality. Read More

REMINDER: NedSpace Old Town hosts Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes discussion tonight

When I first posted on the Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes discussion at NedSpace Old Town—which is being held tonight starting at 4:30—it sparked an interesting conversation in the comments.

When I first posted on the “Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes” discussion at NedSpace Old Town—which is being held tonight starting at 4:30—it sparked an interesting conversation in the comments.

Well, as much as I love the blog comments, I’m hoping that a fruitful conversation can occur in person, as well. That’s why I’m encouraging you to attend the talk tonight, regardless of your stance on the subject. Read More

memePDX 009: Open Source Bridge, grilling gubernatorial candidates, Willamette Innovators Night, Jive, Windows 7, and Apple magic

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss Doug Coleman’s interview with Gary Vaynerchuk, Open Source Bridge 2010, questioning Oregon’s gubernatorial candidates, Willamette Innovators Night, Jive securing $12 million more from Sequoia, Microsoft Windows 7, and new products from Apple.

Oh hi! It’s Thursday again already. And that means it’s time for you to sit through another episode of memePDX.

Not convinced it’s worth your time? I don’t blame you. But here’s what we covered in case one of these piques your interest. This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss Doug Coleman’s interview with Gary Vaynerchuk, Open Source Bridge 2010, questioning Oregon’s gubernatorial candidates, Willamette Innovators Night, Jive securing $12 million more from Sequoia, Microsoft Windows 7, and new products from Apple.

Oh sure. Now you’re interested. Read More

Gary Vaynerchuk chats with Doug Coleman during his Portland stop

Earlier this week, Gary Vaynerchuk—of Wine Library TV fame—was in town promoting his new book, Crush It. During his visit, he wound up spending about a couple of hours taking questions and signing books for around 150 folks at Powell’s Downtown.

Earlier this week, Gary Vaynerchuk—of Wine Library TV fame—was in town promoting his new book, Crush It. During his visit, he wound up spending about a couple of hours taking questions and signing books for around 150 folks at Powell’s Downtown.

But that’s not all. Doug Coleman managed to snag some time with Gary to talk about his background, his passions, and his advice for folks looking to Crush It. Doug was nice enough to share the video with me, so I’m sharing it with you. Read More

Make PowerPoint even more painful with Portland Presentation Karaoke

What could possibly make presenting PowerPoint presentation even more painful? It’s almost as bad as karaoke. Well, in fact, it is karaoke. Presentation Karaoke. And it’s happening tonight at 7 at the Someday Lounge in Portland.

[HTML1]What could possibly make presenting a PowerPoint presentation even more painful? How about presenting off the cuff in front of a crowd without ever having seen the slides? With content that covers who knows what?

Oh my. It’s almost as bad as karaoke. Well, in fact, it is karaoke. Presentation Karaoke. And it’s happening tonight at 7 at the Someday Lounge in Portland. Read More

POSSE up! I mean, um, in the Cloud, this Wednesday

This is Portland, silly. The group you’re seeking is POSSE (Portland Open Source Software Entrepreneurs). And this week, the folks at POSSE will be discussing open source software up in the Cloud, this Wednesday.

I may have mentioned a time or two that Portland loves the open source stuff. No, I’m serious.

But what if you’re an entrepreneur interested in building a startup using open source software? I mean, there can’t be a group for that can there?

Of course there can. This is Portland, silly. The group you’re seeking is POSSE (Portland Open Source Software Entrepreneurs). And this week, the folks at POSSE will be discussing open source software up in the Cloud, Wednesday. Read More

Want to listen to pdx.fm on your iPhone? There isn’t an app for that—by design

No, you won’t, silly imaginary person. You see, it’s not an app. pdx.fm is a Web page that uses Quicktime to deliver the content to iPhones.

When I wrote about pdx.fm launching an Internet radio station, I got a lot of people who were excited about the concept. And then, a quizzical look would cross their face and they’d scrunch up their brow and ask, “It sounds like a good idea and I love the content. But how the heck am I supposed to listen to that in the car?”

Okay. Actually nobody said that. I just made it up. People said the first two things, just not the whole “in the car” thing. It’s a literary device. I was trying to make a point.

What’s that? Oh right. The point. The point being that if there were people who had said something like that—and honestly there should have been—I would now be able to answer them with this.

“If you’ve got an iPhone,” I’d say. “You can use pdx.fm mobile.” Read More

Portland’s Jive Software secures another $12 million in venture capital from Sequoia

Portland-based Jive Software certainly has a little more ammo in the old war chest. And it’s all thanks to another investment from Sequoia Capital—to the tune of $12 million.

While it may be hard for folks to agree on whether venture capital investing is on the rise or decline, one thing is for sure: Portland-based Jive Software certainly has a little more ammo in the old war chest. And it’s all thanks to another investment from Sequoia Capital—to the tune of $12 million.

That brings Jive’s VC total to $27 million. What are they going to do with the extra cash? Read More

Ignite Portland 7 tosses a couple more logsā€¦ err presentations on the fire

It’s getting to be that chilly time of year in Portland. And you know what that means? That’s right: people using coats to save seats at Ignite Portland. But it also means that the Ignite folks are looking to reward us for braving the inclement weather to come watch presenters sharing their burning ideas.

What’s the reward? More content of course. They’ve managed to cram an additional two presentations into the Ignite Portland line-up, making a grand total of 20 burning ideas.

Who got the call? Let’s take a look. Read More

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