Month: December 2009

Can’t wait for 30 hour day? Bring a toy to the KGW The Square tweetup tonight or help us pick a tree tomorrow

kicking off some of the festivities tonight by joining KGW The Square for a Twitter-fueled Toy Drive and then heading out to another tweetup on Saturday to grab the 30 hour day tree—a whole week before the actual event begins.

While I’ve been resisting the urge to blather on and on about 30 hour day, here, the time is drawing near. And things are getting into full swing. While I’ll share—perhaps overshare—way more details next week, suffice it to say that 30 hour day is a joint effort between Strange Love Live and Silicon Florist. It’s a telethon to raise money for Free Geek, Oregon Food Bank, and Toys for Tots. 30 consecutive hours. No sleep. All for charity.

We’re pretty darned excited about the whole thing. So much so, that we’re looking forward to kicking off some of the festivities tonight by joining KGW The Square for a Twitter-fueled Toy Drive and then heading out to another tweetup on Saturday to grab the 30 hour day tree—a whole week before the actual event begins. Read More

Blackbox Republic slides into the online relationship market

Portland-based Blackbox Republic, a new startup from former Jive CMO Sam Lawrence that looks to bring the whole online relationship scene a bit closer to the real world. And all of it is wrapped in a pretty slick social network to boot.

One of the most lucrative markets on the Web these days has to be dating sites. You can’t turn around without running into another site that claims to use some carefully calculated algorithm that is sure to match you with your perfect mate in less than two hours so that you can spend the rest of your lives together in mutually enamored bliss.

But for all the technology, there’s one pervading problem: people aren’t the same from day-to-day. And that—the idea that your opinions fluctuate—is one of the underlying principles for Portland-based Blackbox Republic, a new startup from former Jive CMO Sam Lawrence that looks to bring the whole online relationship scene a bit closer to the real world. And all of it is wrapped in a pretty slick social network to boot. Read More

memePDX 016: JanRain, NedSpace, 30 hour day on KGW The Square and TreeUp TweetUp, Lala, Google, and DARPA balloons

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss JanRain’s $3.25 million, NedSpace, 30 hour day on The Square and TreeUp TweetUp, Apple buying Lala, Google, and DARPA balloons.

Where has the week gone? It seems like just yesterday that we were regaling in the exploits of the Portland tech scene. Well, like it or not, it’s Thursday. And that means you get a new episode of memePDX. It’s like fruitcake. Only less edible.

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss JanRain’s $3.25 million, NedSpace, 30 hour day on The Square and TreeUp TweetUp, Apple buying Lala, Google, and DARPA balloons. Read More

NedSpace partnership with OEN, SAO, and TechAmerica: A glimmer of things to come?

NedSpace is continuing that momentum, striking up a partnership with industry organizations OEN, SAO, and TechAmerica.

Last summer, many people rejoiced in the fact that the City of Portland had chosen to adopt the Portland Economic Development Strategy. Those of us around here were especially happy that a portion of that Strategy contained the recognition of coworking spaces as a crucial and viable part of Portland’s startup culture.

Among those named in the Strategy, was none other than relative newcomer NedSpace, a coworking space that developed a rapid—and perhaps even rabid—following with the startup crowd. Now, true to form, NedSpace is continuing that momentum, striking up a partnership with industry organizations OEN, SAO, and TechAmerica. Read More

Need some socializing? Winter Coders’ Social and Portland Silverlight User Group gatherings tonight

If you’re a coder of any ilk, you won’t want to miss the Winter Coders’ Social, the regular gathering of all coding types here in town. But tonight, there’s also a Silverlight gathering that could prove worthwhile for motion designers and UX folk.

Now, I know if may be difficult to pry yourself away from your space heaters and heat registers, this evening. But despite the drop in temperatures, Portland’s event schedule remains chock full. Tonight, there are a couple of really cool events that make it worth bearing the chilly weather.

If you’re a coder of any ilk, you won’t want to miss the Winter Coders’ Social, the regular gathering of all coding types here in town. And tonight, there’s also a Silverlight gathering that could prove worthwhile for motion designers and UX folk. Read More

Rounding up the good news: JanRain secures $3.25 million in Series A funding

Portland-based JanRain—a company that started as an OpenID play and has since morphed into the way to simplify distributed Web logins across the board—announced that they had closed Series A financing to the tune $3.25 million. The round was led by DFJ Frontier. Especially considering this round has been rumored to be in the works since this summer.

It’s always a good day when a Portland-area startup gets funding. And by that reasoning, today was a very good day. Portland-based JanRain—a company that started as an OpenID play and has since morphed into the way to simplify distributed Web logins across the board—announced that they had closed Series A financing to the tune $3.25 million. The round was led by DFJ Frontier. Especially considering this round has been rumored to be in the works since this summer.

So how did the market react? Well, there was quite a bit of coverage, so let’s take a look. Read More

Startup Weekend Corvallis will start up tonight. Will you be starting a startup there?

Mugasha continues to make a strong showing in the Portland startup scene. This time it is a little further south. Introducing Startup Weekend Corvallis.

It’s been a while. A while since we’ve had a Startup Weekend in our neck of the woods or Silicon Forest or whatever. The last time we had the chance to participate in this kind of “build a startup in a weekend” experience was about 18 months ago with Startup Portland.

But what a Startup Weekend it was. With five startups launching, including poster-child Mugasha, which continues to make a strong showing in the Portland startup scene.

This time around, the startups will be starting up a little further south. Introducing Startup Weekend Corvallis. Read More

memePDX 015: Abraham Hyatt joins ReadWriteWeb, e. coli in your Twitter, Crappy Santas, Coders Social, Corvallis Startup Weekend, RIP CrunchPad, Google Phone

Cami Kaos and I talk about Abraham Hyatt joining ReadWriteWeb, e. coli in your Twitter, Crappy Santas, the Winter Coders’ Social, Corvallis Startup Weekend, RIP CrunchPad, and the Google Phone.

It’s Thursday! Here’s hoping you’re still not nursing a turkey or tofurky hangover. And that you’ve managed to do something with those leftovers.

Whatever the case, you deserve a little break. So why not take a few minutes to revel in memePDX? This week, Cami Kaos and I talk about Abraham Hyatt joining ReadWriteWeb, e. coli in your Twitter, Crappy Santas, the Winter Coders’ Social, Corvallis Startup Weekend, RIP CrunchPad, and the Google Phone. Read More

Paleo Plan: Learn how to eat like a caveman… or caveperson and get healthy

Portland site that helps you revert your eating habits to a time before processed food. Before preservatives. Learn to eat like a caveman with Paleo Plan

It’s post Thanksgiving. And you’re likely still suffering from some form of the “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” post traumatic stress disorder. It’s only natural, given our annual homage to unbridled gluttony. No doubt, in this sadly altered state, you’re likely thinking, “I should really try to have a more healthy diet. And I mean it this time.”

Well, I may have the answer. Thanks to a new Portland-based site that helps you revert your eating habits to a time before processed food. Before additives and preservatives. Before, well, utensils. Like the Pleistocene era kind of “before.”

That’s right. Learn to eat like a caveman… err person and you could be on your way to a healthier lifestyle, with Paleo Plan. Read More

Portland’s Abraham Hyatt joins leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb as production editor

Abraham Hyatt known around these parts as a former managing editor at Oregon Business Magazine and the guy behind Digital Journalism Portland has joined the ReadWriteWeb team as the production editor.

Now if I had to pick my favorite tech blog, it would have to be ReadWriteWeb. Not just because I used to work there. And not only because they’ve got some amazing talent on board. But because ReadWriteWeb is the most Portland-y tech blog around. What with Marshall Kirkpatrick, Frederic Lardinois, and Alex H. Williams.

And now, there’s another Portland type in the mix. Abraham Hyatt—known around these parts as a former managing editor at Oregon Business Magazine and the guy behind the Digital Journalism Portland camp and meetups—has joined the ReadWriteWeb team as the production editor. Read More

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