Month: February 2010

memePDX 024: Urban Airship pushes 100 million, [REDACTED], Startup Weekend Portland, City of Portland iPhone app, Google Buzz, Flash and HTML5 debate

This week, Cami and I cover Urban Airship push notifications, Startup Weekend Portland, City of Portland’s new iPhone app, Google Buzz, and Flash and HTML5.

Well, well, well, it’s Thursday. And that means it’s time for another episode of memePDX. But this time? It’s even wackier than usual.

You see, sometimes in the world of trying to cover tech stories, you get some information early. Under embargo. And sometimes that information changes. Or the date changes. Or snow storms happen back east. And that means we have to edit the show. And by “edit” we mean “quickly hack out.” So you may notice the show is a little choppy in spots. But it’s still really good. I promise. Read More

REMINDER: JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly at Portland Pro Bloggers tonight

A gathering of Portland bloggers is hoping to help you answer that question, Portland Pro Bloggers. And tonight, they’re joined by J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly.

Any number of you—well, and me included—started blogging without really thinking where it would lead. We simply wanted to write about something about which we were passionate. But as experience and knowledge of your subject area continues to grow, you start thinking “Maybe there’s something here. Maybe I could do this full time.” And that’s when you start thinking about going pro.

But if you want to go pro, where do you start? Well, a new gathering of Portland bloggers is hoping to help you answer that question, Portland Pro Bloggers. And tonight, they’re joined by J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly. Read More

A Portland entrepreneur and a Portland startup made Super Bowl ad appearances? Indeed they did.

You see, two Portland area Silicon Florist favorites made their Super Bowl ad debuts last weekend, entrepreneur Jason Glaspey and travel network BootsnAll Parislogue.

[HTML3]You know, sometimes you’re sitting there, watching one of the largest sporting events on earth. And you think you see something or hear something that has you doing a bit of a double take. Did I just see what I thought I saw? Did that guy just say what I thought he said?

Sure enough. In both cases. You see, two Portland area Silicon Florist favorites made their Super Bowl ad debuts last weekend, entrepreneur Jason Glaspey and travel network BootsnAll. Read More

City of Portland gets into the iPhone app development game with Citizen Reports

But now, the City of Portland is getting into the game with its own iPhone app. That’s right. Citizen Reports will now let any iPhone user file reports to the City of Portland.

[HTML2]Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Portland? The town seems to like the whole iPhone thing. I mean, we’ve got iPhone users, incredibly popular iPhone app developers, and iPhone infrastructure plays that send out millions of messages. I might dare say that Portland is the de facto hub for iPhone development. (Because I say those kinds of things all of the time.)

But now, the City of Portland is getting into the game with its own iPhone app. That’s right. Citizen Reports will now let any iPhone user file reports to the City of Portland—all from the comfort of his or her multitouch screen. Read More

WordCamp Portland: Aaron Hockley hands off the organizational reins to Morgan Senkal

After two years of running the show, Aaron Hockley is handing off the management of WordCamp Portland 2010 to Morgan Senkal.

It’s no secret that we here in Portland love the camps. Camps here. Camps there. Camp camp campity camp. And you might have also heard, we’ve also got a bit of a soft spot for that whole blogging thing.

So it comes as little surprise that a camp focused on a blogging platform—WordCamp Portland, a gathering of WordPress fans—does really well around here. So well in fact, that after two years of running the show, Aaron Hockley is ready to take a little breather, so he’s handing off the management of WordCamp Portland 2010 to Morgan Senkal. Read More

Dear Portland startups: You’re a rising star and you’re cool. Why not prove it at the Oregon Technology Awards?

Trust me on this one. It will only help you. And here’s on opportunity to do just that: the Oregon Technology Awards.

No doubt, running a startup and being an entrepreneur is all about hard work. Heads down, rolled up sleeves, “eyes on the prize” hard work. It’s why you do what you do.

But I’ve got to tell you, people. Every once in awhile, you need to stop, poke your head up, and let people know how incredibly cool your pursuits are. Trust me on this one. It will only help you. And here’s on opportunity to do just that: the Oregon Technology Awards. Read More

Startup Weekend Portland: It’s back! (March 5-7, 2010)

How do you find co-founders? How do you get the idea off the ground? You might find the answers to them at Startup Weekend Portland.

[HTML1]If there’s one thing people in Portland love to do, it’s muck with technology. Sometimes, that mucking results in something interesting. Sometimes, that something interesting has enough potential that it could become a full-fledged company. But then there’s difficult transitional period. How do you find co-founders? How do you get the idea off the ground? What is going to force you to actually make something happen?

All good questions. And you might find the answers to them at Startup Weekend Portland. Read More

Urban Airship: More than 100 million push notifications served

Last night around 5 PM, Portland-based Urban Airship had their Apple Push Notification Service odometer roll over to 100 million push notifications served.

Startups need milestones. They need goals. And indicators of progress. And sometimes, they need to take a moment to stop and revel in some ridiculously huge numbers that remind them that what they’re doing might—just maybe—have hit upon that idea that will change the world.

For Portland-based Urban Airship, this is one of those times. Read More

Strange Love Live: Watch Christine Kistner now, then watch Nate “@xolotl” Angell tonight

Well, have no fear. I’ve got something to distract you. It’s last week’s episode of Strange Love Live, featuring Christine Kistner.

It’s Friday. And that means it’s time for another installment of Strange Love Live tonight at 10 PM. But maybe you can’t wait that long. Maybe you’re a little antsy. I mean, seriously. When you know that Nate “@xolotl” Angell is going to be on, it’s really really difficult to wait.

Well, have no fear. I’ve got something to distract you. It’s last week’s episode of SLL, featuring Christine Kistner. And I promise, it will tide you over until this evening. So kick back. Slide into Friday afternoon. And spend an hour getting to know more about Christine. Read More

Want to see your favorite DJs live? Mugasha brings live electronica to you through the magic of livestreaming

Well get ready to be happy. Because the folks at Portland-based Mugasha are working to bring some of your favorite DJs to your favorite Web browser – live.

While listening to recordings of DJ sets is great, nothing beats hearing a DJ spinning a set live. But for many of us, getting out to the spots where that’s occurring—where the DJs are doing their thing—can be challenging at best. What’s not quite as challenging, however, is finding time to sit in front of a laptop.

If only there were some way to combine sitting in front of a screen with seeing a DJ live. Well get ready to be happy. Because the folks at Portland-based Mugasha are working to bring some of your favorite DJs to your favorite Web browser—live. Read More

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