Month: March 2010

We have ignition: Portland’s ShopIgniter secures $3 million in venture capital, snags new CEO from lead investor Madrona

Portland-based ShopIgniter—an open source ecommerce platform that’s betting on social media as the next big retail venue—has secured $3 million in venture capital led by Madrona Venture Group.

[HTML2]Well, well, well. Seems like today is an Ignite Portland day in more ways than one.

And it also seems that “can’t get funded in Portland” argument continues to spring leaks in 2010. First, Urban Airship found funding. And now Portland-based ShopIgniter—an open source ecommerce platform that’s betting on social media as the next big retail venue—has secured $3 million in venture capital led by Madrona Venture Group. What’s more, it says just as much that former Yahoo! Matt Compton of Madrona was so impressed, he’s decided to join ShopIgniter as the new CEO. Read More

End of the road: Platial draws its social mapping pursuits to a close

You see, Portland-founded Platial—one of the first social mapping sites around—has reached the end of the road.

It’s never easy to write a story about a Portland startup shutting down. But it’s especially hard when it was one of the first of the new generation of startups—and one that secured funding. But that’s the post I’m having to compose right now.

You see, Portland-founded Platial—one of the first social mapping sites around—has reached the end of the road. Read More

Here, File File! Here file! Why are you so far away? C’mere file. Such a good file.

Here, File File! is a combination of a Mac OS X app and an iPhone app that work together to give you remote access to your desktop directly from your iPhone—all via Bonjour.

We’ve all been there. That one document. The one you really needed. No, not that one. Not the one you grabbed. The one you actually needed. Yeah, that one. The one sitting on your Mac’s desktop at home, while you sit miles away at a meeting needing to access it.

What if getting to that file was as easy as grabbing your iPhone, connecting up your Mac far far away, and grabbing the file? Well, now it is. Thanks to Portland-based Here, File File! Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for February 2010

Here are the top 10 posts according to your peers—a combination of Web and RSS metrics—from Silicon Florist for February 2010.

While it’s a short month, there was a ton of big news that came out during February. Lots of stuff in bloom, to be sure. But one company, in particular, seemed to dominate the headlines: Urban Airship.

Why? Find out below as we recap the top stories for February. Read More

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