Month: October 2009

Reminder: Elemental Technologies Lunch 2.0 is Wednesday

In case you’ve forgotten, or haven’t heard yet, this Wednesday, Elemental Technologies is hosting Lunch 2.0.

If you’re not familiar with Elemental, love shooting video and putting it online, work with video a lot, or are just a curious person, this is the Lunch 2.0 for you.

From what Julie Williams, Communication Manager at Elemental, has told me, it sounds like an interesting time.

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Wouldn’t it be great to see a bunch of startups in the Portland Business Journal 40 under Forty?

Every year, the Portland Business Journal releases a list of “40 under Forty,” the most notable business people who have managed to accomplish a great deal of business and civic good prior to hitting the big four oh. And every year, I anxiously thumb through the awards, hoping to see all of the awesome Portland entrepreneurs who are doing cool things every day.

Every year, the Portland Business Journal releases a list of “40 under Forty,” the most notable Portland people who have managed to accomplish a great deal of business and civic good prior to hitting the “big four oh.” And every year, I anxiously thumb through the awards, hoping to see all of the awesome Portland entrepreneurs who are doing cool things around here.

Unfortunately, I’m usually disappointed. I mean, there are a bunch of great lawyers and CPAs and such. But startup types? Not so much.

So this year, I thought I’d see if we could stack the deck a bit. You see, nominations for the Portland Business Journal 40 under Forty are open. Read More

Feeling the urge to gnaw on some unconference sessions? Beaver BarCamp is Saturday

We love our events here in the Silicon Forest—especially events in the whole unconference format. And there’s no better unconference than the original unconference, BarCamp.

And while BarCamp Portland IV is still half of a year away, there’s a great opportunity to sink your teeth into BarCamping this weekend with Beaver BarCamp in Corvallis. Read More

Open Source Bridge begins planning for 2010 event

Which is exactly what happened last year when a bunch of folks got together with the hopes of building a phenomenal open source conference. The result? Open Source Bridge, the conference for open source citizens.

In Portland, we love the open source. Love it. So much so, in fact, that we’ll do just about anything to have an open source conference around here. Even if it means building one from scratch.

Which is exactly what happened last year when a bunch of folks got together with the hopes of starting a brand new open source conference. The result? Open Source Bridge, the conference for open source citizens.

Turns out, they did such a good job on the inaugural event, people are expecting them to do it again. That means it’s time to get Open Source Bridge 2010 planning underway. Read More

Oregon Startups: What would you ask the next governor of Oregon?

I think it’s important to realize that we’ll be electing a new governor for the state of Oregon in 2010. And it’s highly likely that whomever wins that seat will be having a significant impact on the startups you’re creating.

[HTML1]While it’s still early in the race, I think it’s important to realize that we’ll be electing a new governor for the state of Oregon in 2010. And it’s highly likely that whomever wins that seat will be having a significant impact on the startups you’re creating.

Given that you’re building the business you always wanted to build, we want to make sure you’ve got the best environment for doing that. So we should make sure that you’re getting the kind of information you need to make the right voting decision, right? Right.

Let’s do that shall we? Read More

memePDX 008: Simler, KATU goes hyperlocal, Crush It with @garyvee, Blazers get streamy, BlogWorld, and Food Carts Portland

This week we cover KATU launching hyperlocal Portland blogs, Portland vs. Seattle, Portland vs. San Francisco, Gary Vaynerchuk at Powell’s on the Crush It book tour, Portland Trail Blazers are talking about live streaming games, Dieselboi focusing on Food Carts Portland, BlogWorld, and Cami gives you a piece of her mind on the FTC while sporting a new Simler shirt.

How did it get to be Thursday already? Well, I guess we should crank out another episode of the old memePDX, hunh?

Okay. For you, we’ll do it. I mean, your wish is our command.

This week we cover KATU launching hyperlocal Portland blogs, Portland vs. Seattle, Portland vs. San Francisco, Gary Vaynerchuk at Powell’s on the Crush It book tour, Portland Trail Blazers are talking about live streaming games, Dieselboi focusing on Food Carts Portland, BlogWorld, and Cami gives you a piece of her mind on the FTC while sporting a new Simler shirt. Read More

Positive changes for Iterasi PositivePress

Well, Portland-based Iterasi just raised its head again, this week, with some updates to its PositivePress product that should make it easier for non-techy types to use.

[Dear FTC, et al., In the interest of full disclosure and whatnot, Iterasi has been a client of mine in the past. I was not involved in this product enhancement in any way, shape, or form.]

One of the many things I love about the Portland startup scene is the whole “prairie dog” thing. No, not that prairie dog silly. No, not that one either. I mean how startups will pop up their proverbial heads with something cool and then immediately head underground to get to work on the next product or feature. Then, they’ll suddenly resurface again.

Well, Portland-based Iterasi just raised its head again, this week, with some updates to its PositivePress product that should make it easier for non-techy types to use. Read More

Embedding video in WordPress will get easier, thanks to Portland’s Viper007Bond

Like embedding video. As anyone who has ever tried to embed a video in a WordPress blog post can tell you. They’ve likely lost a few clumps of hair in the process.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love the WordPress. Nothing has ever made my blogging life easier than its open source goodness. But all that love aside, it does have a few blemishes.

Like embedding video. As anyone who has ever tried to embed a video in a WordPress blog post can tell you. They’ve likely lost a few clumps of hair in the process.

If only it could be easier. If only.

Well, thanks to Portland-based Alex “Viper007Bond” it will be. Read More

Angels in Oregon: The definitive guide to early stage investment opportunities for both startups and potential investors

In Oregon and Washington, there are many activities that give startup companies the chance to present to Angel Investors.

[Editor: John Sechrest has put together what is, arguably, the most comprehensive collection of Oregon Angel events and organizations in existence. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to publish this guest post.]

[HTML1]Just as the sun is starting to fade and the rain is starting to be a daily occurrence, the Northwest Startup Ecosystem is starting to bloom.  During the quiet of the summer, seeds were being planted, companies reviewed and now in October, things start to move. In Oregon and Washington, there are many activities that give startup companies the chance to present to Angel Investors.

In Oregon, there is a flow to the year. Beginning with small opportunities to get out in front of people and followed by big events that can put you in front of potential investors. Read More

When you absolutely, positively need to push millions of iPhone messages in milliseconds: Urban Airship Priority Push

not only the small shops that appreciate their service. Some big folks are taking notice of what Urban Airship is doing, too. And as such, they’ve developed some new functionality to support messaging on a massive scale. Introducing Urban Airship Priority Push Service.

Now I know I go on and on and on about all of the cool iPhone app development that happens around these parts. At times, I even go so far as claiming we’re the de facto hub of that kind of stuff. But that’s not the only iPhone work that’s talking place around here. I mean, someone has to provide the underlying infrastructure that makes all of this cool stuff work, right?

Right. And that’s what the folks at Portland-based Urban Airship are doing. Providing the plumbing that makes those little iPhone apps as cool as they can be. Read More

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