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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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