Month: January 2010

memePDX 021: Portland Ten and the PDC, Rogoway on taxes and tech, Open Source Bridge, AboutUs to host Lunch 2.0, Apple tablet, NYT paid content play

Cami Kaos and I discuss Portland 10 getting a grant from the PDC, Mike Rogoway’s “Taxes and tech: Oregon’s industry leaders aren’t engaged,” Open Source Bridge 2010 planning, AboutUs hits the Portland Lunch 2.0 trifecta, Apple tablet rumors coming true, and The New York Times starting to charge for Web content.

Well it’s a short week. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to short change you with memePDX. Oh no, my friend. In fact, we may have run just a tad long this week. But there was so much good stuff about which to chat, we simply couldn’t help it.

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss Portland Ten getting a grant from the PDC, Mike Rogoway‘s “Taxes and tech: Oregon’s industry leaders aren’t engaged,” Open Source Bridge 2010 planning, AboutUs hits the Portland Lunch 2.0 trifecta, Apple tablet rumors coming true, and The New York Times starting to charge for Web content. Read More

Let’s not make a federal case out of it: Startup Law 101 at Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) tonight

Well, you’re going to need some legal advice. But where to start? That’s where the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) is trying to help with Startup Law 101.

When you get going with a startup, it’s usually driven by passion, desire, and the hopes of making the world a better place. Rarely—and I do mean rarely—does that initial drive involve the world of contracts and legal shelters.

But fact of the matter is, if you’re going to make your startup a reality—and a going concern—you’re going to need to make sure that you’ve crossed all the “I”s and dotted all of the “T”s. Or um. Well, you’re going to need some legal advice. But where to start? That’s where the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) is trying to help. Read More

Strange Love Live: Gadgets, geegaws, and more stuff from CES with Brian M Westbrook

Brian M Westbrook was there. He saw some stuff. And luckily he sat down with Cami Kaos on Strange Love Live last week to give us a rundown on CES and what he saw. Phew! We can still embrace our technolust.

The tech types, they love the gadgets and stuff. And there’s no better place to catch a glimpse of the latest and greatest technology—or even the technology of tomorrow—than the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

But I wasn’t there. Were you? No? Well how are we going to figure out what all the cool new things are? I mean, we need our shiny objects over which to obsess.

Whoa whoa whoa. Calm down. Brian M Westbrook was there. He saw some stuff. And luckily he sat down with Cami Kaos on Strange Love Live last week to give us a rundown on CES and what he found. Phew! We can still embrace our technolust. Read More

Indie Relief: Use your app buying addiction to help Haiti (TODAY ONLY!)

The concept is simple: buy any of these iPhone apps or Mac apps on January 20 and all proceeds will be donated to relief in Haiti.

There are any number of programs currently underway to help the folks in Haiti. But there’s one little project that features some Portland types that really caught my eye: Indie Relief. Probably because there are some awesome Portland startups participating in it.

The concept is simple: buy any of these iPhone apps or Mac apps on January 20 and all proceeds will be donated to relief in Haiti. Read More

REMINDER: If you don’t help plan CyborgCamp tonight then the machines win

While you probably won’t get fitted for your Internet brain implant, you’ll still get the chance to meet with some of the creative folks behind CyborgCamp and figure out how you can take part in helping make it a reality in May 2010.

As much as we love the camps here in Portland, they don’t plan themselves. Even if they have to do with cyborgs. And that’s why—if you’re interested in the combination of humanity and technology—it would be a good idea for you to make it over to About Us, this evening at 7 PM.

And while you probably won’t get fitted for your Internet brain implant, you will get the chance to meet with some of the creative folks behind CyborgCamp and figure out how you can take part in helping make it a reality in May 2010. Read More

Portland Ten off to a running start in 2010 with Portland Development Commission partnership

It’s a startup that helps other startups that’s garnering the financial support. Portland Ten has secured $35,000 from the Portland Development Commission (PDC) to continue startup development efforts.

After the quiet end to 2009, the first few weeks of 2010 have provided a cacophony of interesting news for the Portland startup scene. First and foremost has been the news of acquisitions. But there have been some other success stories, too. Like people finding funding.

And the latest startup to find funding will be a little meta for you. You see, this time around, it’s a startup that helps other startups that’s garnering the financial support. Portland Ten has secured $35,000 from the Portland Development Commission (PDC) to continue startup development efforts. Read More

AboutUs to Host Another Lunch 2.0 Birthday

Apparently, twos are wild in 2010. Beer and Blog just celebrated their second birthday, and it will soon be Lunch 2.0’s turn.

I’m tickled to announce that the kind folks at AboutUs, who’ve been busy lately, are graciously welcoming Lunch 2.0 back into their offices for the third time.

That’s right. Three is a magic number. The Portland chapter of Lunch 2.0 kicked off at AboutUs back on February 27, 2008, and we returned on February 11, 2009 to celebrate our first birthday.

On February 17, 2010, we’ll be back for a terrible two birthday celebration and the usual networking and socializing.

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Strange Love Live at 30 hour day: Wherein I do my best Ed McMahon or Andy Richter imitation

Strange Love Live from 30 hour day featuring a bevy of guests like Target for Tomorrow and the Horns of Destruction, Marie Deatherage, Beth Kanter, Amy Sample Ward, Renny Gleeson, Courtenay Hameister, and Scott McCarty.

It seems a bit self-serving that the first two episodes of Strange Love Live posted to Silicon Florist this year just so happen to have me in them. But that’s purely unintentional. It’s just how things work sometimes. And I promise the next one I post won’t have anything to do with me. Maybe. But it will definitely have something to do with Brian M. Westbrook.

In any case. For now, take a moment to revel in the Strange Love Live we recorded at 30 hour day—featuring a bevy of guests like Target for Tomorrow and the Horns of Destruction, Marie Deatherage, Beth Kanter, Amy Sample Ward, Renny Gleeson, Courtenay Hameister, and Scott McCarty. Read More

memepdx 020: Jive and Filtrbox, StepChange, AboutUs and Jyte, Beer and Blog, Lunch 2.0, Mercy Corps, and Google

Cami Kaos and I talk about Jive acquiring Filtrbox, StepChange getting acquired, AboutUs acquires Jyte from JanRain, Beer and Blog turns two, the first Lunch 2.0 of the year, Mercy Corps helping Haiti, Google’s approach to China, and Google Docs will allow uploading documents.

How is it already Thursday? Oh. Well, if it is that means it’s time for another episode of memePDX.

This week, it’s the “acquisition edition.” Cami Kaos and I talk about Jive acquiring Filtrbox, StepChange getting acquired, AboutUs acquires Jyte from JanRain, Beer and Blog turns two, the first Lunch 2.0 of the year, Mercy Corps helping Haiti, Google’s approach to China, and Google Docs will allow uploading documents. And thank you so much to Joe Christensen at Blaze Streaming Media for loaning us a Tricaster so we could even do the show this week. Read More

That’s it. Officially declaring 2010 “The Year of the Acquisition” in Portland. (AboutUs acquires JanRain’s Jyte)

And today, it got even more Portlandy. You see, with AboutUs announcing the acquisition of JanRain’s Jyte, Portland products are being acquired by Portland companies. Talk about shopping local.

Portland has gone acquisition crazy. Why? After surviving a lean year, there’s lots of good affordable technology out there. And that means that Portland-based businesses are snapping it up or other businesses are looking to Portland products to augment their own offerings.

And today, it got even more Portlandy. You see, with AboutUs announcing the acquisition of JanRain’s Jyte, Portland products are being acquired by Portland companies. Talk about shopping local. Read More

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