Month: April 2010

Master Chief won’t mind: Mugasha scores exclusive on Tritonal bootleg Halo 3 track and you get it for free

Mugasha has scored an exclusive on a popular bootleg remix track from the Halo 3 soundtrack by Tritonal. And their gain is, well, your gain. Because you can download the track for free.

Now, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Portland-based Mugasha—the service that helps slice and dice DJ podcasts into manageable, digestible, and shareable chunks—is one of my favorite music sites around. Always great tracks. Always streaming. And always finding ways to make themselves more relevant to their audience.

Now, Mugasha has scored an exclusive on a popular bootleg remix track from the Halo 3 soundtrack by Tritonal. And their gain is, well, your gain. Because you can download the track for free. Read More

Startup, open source, and/or independent tech folks: Enlighten the City of Portland and Portland Development Commission (PDC) about your world. Please?

Now thanks to a new survey from the Portland Development Commission PDC about the software industry in Portland we all have a chance to yell We are here! We are here!

For some reason, as I write this, my mind drifts to Horton Hears a Who! You know, where Horton the elephant finds an entire city of people who are invisible to the naked eye? And he knows that they are there—and will do anything to protect them—but no one else believes that they are there?

You see, Horton’s predicament is somewhat akin to the situation we’ve got with startups, independents, and open source types here in Portland. With the tech community that flies below the radar. They’re here. They exist. But they’re more obscured from view then they should be. Now—thanks to a new survey from the Portland Development Commission (PDC) about the software industry in Portland—we all have a chance to yell “We are here! We are here!” So I’d like to ask—and maybe plead—that you take a few minutes to do so. Read More

One night only! The fabulous Portland Foursquare Day, Whiffies pies, and Strange Love Live swarm

For one night only, Portland, you’ll secure a new Foursquare badge for Foursquare Day, feast on Whiffies pies, and be part of Portland’s premier tech podcast, Strange Love Live.

[HTML3]You, on the motorcycle! You two girls! Tell your friends. For one night only, Portland, you’ll have the opportunity to secure a new Foursquare badge for Foursquare Day, feast on some tasty Whiffies pies, and be part of the live studio audience for Portland’s premier tech podcast, Strange Love Live.

How, praytell, do you partake in this once in a lifetime opportunity? Just show up at Whiffies around 10 PM tonight, April 16. Read More

Portland blogger extraordinaire Marshall Kirkpatrick promoted to co-editor of leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb

Okay, anyway. Secret one: Portland loves Marshall Kirkpatrick. Secret two: ReadWriteWeb one of the leading blogs in the world is a Portland blog.

I have two secrets to share that aren’t really secrets. But I’ll pretend they are. And you can pretend that you haven’t been paying attention… Wait a second. You have been paying attention, haven’t you?

Okay, anyway. Secret one: Portland loves Marshall Kirkpatrick. Secret two: ReadWriteWeb—one of the leading blogs in the world—is a Portland blog.

So what happens when ReadWriteWeb promotes Portland’s favorite blogging son to co-editor? We get happy, that’s what. Read More

In Portland, every day is Foursquare day. But April 16? It’s a swarm for the official Portland Foursquare Day.

Like Twitter before it, the Portland tech community has been an early and fervent adopter of Foursquare, the social location service that captured attention by adding a gaming aspect

Like Twitter before it, the Portland tech community has been an early and fervent adopter of Foursquare, the social location service that captured attention by adding a gaming aspect to the concept of “checking in.” Now, the geek crowd is often heard mumbling about tagging and badges. And arguing over mayorships and proper Foursquare protocol.

And now, Portland has a chance to show Foursquare just how much they like their service by participating in Portland Foursquare Day swarm tomorrow, April 16. Read More

memePDX 032: Awards abound, Urban Airship and Interscope, Open Source GIS Unconference, Twitter buys Tweetie and releases ad concept

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss a whole boatload of Portland techie award opportunities, Urban Airship powers Interscope Records push notifications, the PDX Open Source GIS Unconference, Twitter

It’s Thursday, kids. So park your fannie in front of your machine and revel in yet another thrilling episode of memePDX. Or put it on your little mobile device thingee. Whatever. Either way.

This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss a whole boatload of Portland techie award opportunities, Urban Airship powers Interscope Records push notifications, the PDX Open Source GIS Unconference, Twitter for the iPhone, and the new Twitter “sponsored tweets” idea. Read More

Portland pitch day: April 22 pitch True Ventures or Funding Universe CrowdPitch (Better yet, pitch both)

Both Funding Universe a good first-pitch opportunity where you’ll be trying to woo the crowd and True Ventures an opportunity to woo true investors, pun intended will be holding pitch sessions

Remember that common complaint about startups not having access to investors in Portland? Well, I don’t want to hear anything about that. Not on April 22, at least.

Why? Because it just so happens that on that day, both Funding Universe—a good first-pitch where you’ll be trying to woo the crowd—and True Ventures—an opportunity to woo true investors, pun intended—will be holding sessions that will give you the opportunity to either practice your pitch or to try it out for real. Read More

FAIL tale: Post mortem on the demise of Portland’s SplashCast

SplashCast exec Tom Turnbull and investors Angela Jackson and John Karl will give us their take on the SplashCast demise, tonight at the OEN Pub Talk.

It’s never a happy to thing to have to report on the demise of once high-flying and well-funded Portland startups. But that’s exactly what happened, last year, when Portland-based SplashCast wound up switching off.

What happened? Why did a company that had secured $4 million in capital fail to materialize? CEO Mike Berkley gave us his take on it. And now, SplashCast exec Tom Turnbull and investors Angela Jackson and John Karl will give us their take on the SplashCast demise, tonight at the OEN Pub Talk. Read More

Reward yourself: OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards, SoMe Awards, and WebVisions Webvisionary Awards all accepting nominations

I found three awards that could very well land you on the red carpet with a statuette: OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards, SoMe Awards, and WebVisions Webvisionary Awards.

Now, everyone has an opinion on awards. Some positive. Some negative. But here’s the thing. Everyone—and I do mean everyone—likes to be recognized for their efforts. Especially if it’s by their mentors and peers. And sometimes awards are the best way to formalize that recognition.

And since you already missed the Oscars and I don’t quite think you have the lungs for the Grammy, I found three awards that could very well land you on the red carpet with a statuette: OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards, SoMe Awards, and WebVisions Webvisionary Awards. So let’s take a look at how we get you and that statue on speaking terms, shall we? We shall. Read More

Reminder: WebVisions Lunch 2.0 is Wednesday

Spring is here, and that means tech conference season, among other things.

WebVisions, the locally-grown conference focusing on the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy, is celebrating its tenth year.

Ten is a lot of years when you’re talking about anything, but especially when it’s related to tech. Think about what you were doing ten years ago if you want proof.

Anyway, the tenth iteration of WebVisions is coming up fast. It’s May 19-21 at the Oregon Convention Center, in case you didn’t know, and Brad Smith (@webvisions) and his team want to buy you lunch this Wednesday, April 14.

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