Month: January 2010

What entrepreneurs and startups can learn from the whole Conan O’Brien debacle

Conan O’Brien was recently told that his show was going to follow Jay Leno at 12:05. His response? “No, it’s not.” And in those actions are valuable lessons for startups and entrepreneurs everywhere.

[HTML1]Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days… What’s that? Oh. No, nothing against that. I mean, it’s a nice rock. I like that one part over there. I wasn’t being serious. It’s just a turn of phrase, you know?

Ahem. Anyway.

Conan O’Brien, the host of The Tonight Show—a dynasty of late night television—was recently told that his show was going to be bumped back to follow Jay Leno at 12:05. His response? “No, it’s not.” Read More

Reminder: Lunch 2.0 at Extensis Next Week

And we’re back . . . hard to believe that I announced the first Lunch 2.0 of 2010 would be at Extensis on January 20 last Halloween. Equally mind-boggling, to me at least, was the last time we did this was back at Elemental the week before Halloween.

Yeah, I was surprised too and had to recheck those dates. You know what, we should totally do that whole Lunch 2.0 thing again, and soon, like next week.

So, if you missed the whole Lunch 2.0 scene over the last two-and-a-half months, I’m here to feed (ha, pun) that jones.

Mark your calendars now: Portland Lunch 2.0, Extensis, Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 12-2 PM.

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Portland-based StepChange becomes part of a burgeoning social agency

Now, there’s another one. On the heels of Bac’n getting gobbled up and Jive snapping up Filtrbox, StepChange Group has announced that they have been acquired by Powered.

When I was looking forward to 2010, I mentioned that I thought there were some acquisitions on the horizon for Portland companies. I mean, based on what’s been happening, it seemed only reasonable that there would be a few. But I had no idea so many of those acquisitions would be rearing their respective heads in the two weeks of 2010.

Now, there’s another one. On the heels of Bac’n getting gobbled up and Jive snapping up Filtrbox, StepChange Group has announced that they have been acquired by Powered. Read More

REMINDER: OEN Angel Oregon 2010 applications are due today

There’s no better place than Angel Oregon. Even better? Angel Oregon has been focusing on improving its competition for seed stage companies. And if you’re interested in seeing how, you better get a move on. Applications for Angel Oregon 2010 are due today.

One of the most important issues with every company wrestles is finding the capital they need to remain competitive. But it’s especially an issue for startups.

And there’s no better way to get some of that critical capital—after you’ve exhausted your friends and family funding—than getting involved with Angels who both understand the startup environment and provide that much needed bump.

But where do you meet those folks? There’s no better place than Angel Oregon. Even better? Angel Oregon has been focusing on improving its competition for seed stage companies. And if you’re interested in seeing how, you better get a move on. Applications for Angel Oregon 2010 are due today. Read More

Portland’s Beer and Blog: Celebrating two years of beer-ing and blogging. But mostly beer-ing.

Because every Friday for the past two years the best place to meet and chat with the Portland tech community has been Beer and Blog, a gathering of bloggers helping bloggers over beers that has steadily grown to become the de facto happy hour for the Portland startup and tech scene.

[HTML1]Whenever I hear about tech types from out of town swinging by Portland, the first question out of my mouth is always—always—this: “Any chance you’re going to be here on Friday?”

Why? Because every Friday for the past two years the best place to meet and chat with the Portland tech community—as a community—has been Beer and Blog, a gathering with humble beginnings as an ad hoc support group of bloggers helping bloggers over beers that has steadily grown to become the de facto happy hour for the Portland startup and tech scene—whether you happen to blog or not.

And now, that little happy hour is all growed up in Internet years. Beer and Blog is celebrating its second anniversary today. Read More

Round up: Portland-based Jive Software acquires Boulder-based Filtrbox

Were they going to hire? Build out? Acquire? Jive has a bunch of job openings, they’ve been growing an office in the valley, and now, they’ve acquired social media monitoring company Filtrbox.

Last year, when Sequoia Capital pumped another $12 million into Jive Software’s war chest, one of the first questions out of everyone’s mouth was: What are they going to do with all of that money?

Were they going to hire? Build out? Acquire? Well, apparently they were planning to do a little bit of all of those things. Jive has a bunch of job openings, they’ve been growing—and outgrowing—an office in the valley, and now, they’ve started to pick up some other valuable pieces to their puzzle with today’s news that Jive had acquired social media monitoring company Filtrbox. Read More

memePDX 019: Cyborg Camp, Nozzl, Bac’n, Seesmic buys Ping.fm, Google Nexus One, 30 hour day again, and begging for reviews

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss Cyborg Camp 2010, Nozzl launches, Bac’n is consumed, Seesmic acquires Ping.fm, the Google Nexus One phone launches, and doing 30 hour day all over again.

Hey! It’s the first Thursday of 2010. And whether you call it “two thousand ten” or “twenty ten,” you deserve a new episode of memePDX. Guess what? You’re in luck. We recorded one. Just for you.

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss Cyborg Camp 2010, Nozzl launches, Bac’n is consumed, Seesmic acquires Ping.fm, the Google Nexus One phone launches, and doing 30 hour day all over again. And then we get a little beggy and whiny about iTunes reviews for memePDX. But in a good way. Really. Read More

Joining Strange Love Live Productions and announcing we’ll be doing 30 hour day all over again

Rick Turoczy joins Cami Kaos and Dr. Normal as a producer and partner for Strange Love Live Productions. And we announce the dates for the next 30 hour day, July 2 and 3.

[HTML3]Howdy. Rick, here. I don’t usually do many “introspective” posts. But this seemed warranted. (Although, I’ve been hesitating to post this, because I keep thinking that Cami Kaos and Dr. Normal are going to realize the error of their ways. But given that they still haven’t said, “We were just joking,” I’m going to have to go ahead and run with this.)

In case you didn’t get the chance to tune into my appearance on Strange Love Live’s year end recap, I wanted to let you know that we had a couple of announcements. Read More

REMINDER: Portland Web Innovators kicks off the year with Demolicious tonight

So come on down to the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) tonight at 7 PM to see what some of Portland’s best and brightest are doing in 2010 during Portland Web Innovators Demolicious.

Today is one of my favorite holidays. Not that it really gets that much attention. Not that I actually ever celebrated it. But, I mean, c’mon. Who can’t like something called “Epiphany“?

And what better day to celebrate bright entrepreneurial ideas and new technology concepts with Portland Web Innovators? That’s right, my friend. No better day.

So come on down to the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) tonight at 7 PM to see what some of Portland’s best and brightest are doing in 2010 during Portland Web Innovators Demolicious. Read More

Nozzl Media launches a widget that hints at future real-time products

One of the most cryptic and stealthy startups around here lately has been Nozzl. We knew it had something to do with controlling and managing the firehose of information on the Web in real-time.

[HTML4]One of the most cryptic and stealthy startups around here lately has been Nozzl Media. We knew some of the people who were working on it. Really smart people like Steve Woodward and Brian Hendrickson. And we knew it had something to do with controlling and managing the firehose of information on the Web—in real-time.

But beyond that, we had very little hint of exactly what the Nozzl folks were doing. That is, until today. Read More

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