Month: April 2010

These go to eleven: Urban Airship powers Interscope push notifications, Rock Show brings concert posters to the iPad

I’m going to try and prevent myself from assaulting you, gentle reader, with any trite phrases or comments about the Portland mobile scene “rocking out” or whatever. But honestly, it’s really really difficult when opportunities like this arise.

You see, there are two things that have hit my plate recently that are just too good to pass up. First, Portland-based Urban Airship—makers of magical behind the scenes technology that helps mobile app developers communicate with their customers—has landed Interscope Records as a customer. And second is Rock Show, a new Portland-developed app that brings a gallery of beautiful concert posters to the iPad.

Portland is definitely… Oh wait. Sorry. Here’s the news. Read More

memePDX 031: Jobs in Portland, iPad arrives, Geomena API, Google Buzz, iPhone OS 4.0, and Foursquare

This memePDX, Cami Kaos and Rick Turoczy cover jobs at Portland startups, Portland’s take on the iPad, WordPress for iPad, Rock Show, Geomena API, Google Buzz privacy reset, sneak peak at iPhone OS 4.0, and rumors of Foursquare being acquired by Yahoo!

It’s a beautiful sunny spring Thursday in Portland. So what better way to spend your day than sitting in front of your machine watching memePDX? Oh wait. It’s a podcast. Put it on your iPod or iPhone or iPad and go out and enjoy the sun. Please.

This week, Cami Kaos and I cover jobs at Portland startups, Portland’s take on the iPad, WordPress for iPad, Rock Show, Geomena API, Google Buzz privacy reset, sneak peak at iPhone OS 4.0, and rumors of Foursquare being acquired… by Yahoo! Read More

Geeks aren’t necessarily known for their people skills. Until now. Thanks to Oregon Training Network.

And that’s why a new training course from the Oregon Training Network may be exactly what you need. Introducing Soft Skills for Geeks: Communicating 2.0.

When it comes to all of the amazing things for which many geeks are known, being a personable social butterfly usually isn’t very high up on the list. But the fact of the matter is, when push comes to shove, it’s the soft skills that can sometimes be the difference between landing a gig and losing one.

And that’s why a new training course from the Oregon Training Network may be exactly what you need. Introducing Soft Skills for Geeks: Communicating 2.0. Read More

In Portland, people are primarily positive about the Apple iPad

I asked some folks from the Portland startup community—who also happen to be proud new iPad owners—to give me their first impressions on this magical new way of computing.

One of the biggest tech stories in Portland—or anywhere for that matter—this week has been the launch of the Apple iPad, a new “magical” device that—when announced—was purported to change the way we compute, work, and play.

But now that the iPad is actually in owners’ hands, how are people feeling about it? I asked some folks from the Portland startup community—who also happen to be proud new iPad owners—to give me their first impressions on this magical new way of computing. Read More

Portland Calagator spawns Bend BendCal and Corvallis Corvalligator, asks for your feedback

Whenever anyone asks me “How would I keep up on the events in the Portland tech scene?” I always blurt out two things immediately. The first thing I mention is Upcoming, the social event sharing service currently owned by Yahoo! that was started by Andy Baio who now resides in Portland. There’s a ton of Portland event goodness on there.

The second? Well, that’s Calagator, the home grown open source tech calendar that allows folks to post events directly—or slurp events over from other services like Upcoming. I mean, it’s a calendar aggregator. Calendar aggregator. Calagator. Get it? Hello? Tap tap tap. Is this thing on? Read More

What down economy? Five Portland startups looking to hire developers and technical talent

highlighting the fact that there are five Portland-area startup or startup-ish companies—and all companies for whom I would love to work—looking to hire some technical talent. Right now.

[HTML1]Anyone who reads Silicon Florist on a regular basis may quickly come to the conclusion that I have something nice to say about practically anything going on in the Portland startup scene. And yes, that conclusion is probably correct. So if I’ve got something nice to say about every little thing then why should a supposedly sour economy be any different? I mean, I can find something nice to say about it, right?

Or maybe I can just dodge the question by highlighting the fact that there are five Portland-area startup or startup-ish companies—and all companies for whom I would love to work—looking to hire some technical talent. Right now. Read More

Barley, hops, and Google Fiber: Beer and Blog Portland offers Google wooing nectar Gigabit IPA tonight

What would you do to woo that Google Fiber group and make them think kindly of you? Well, if you’re Portland, Oregon, you brew a special beer. Duh. And then you call it Gigabit IPA.

Let’s say—hypothetically—that there’s the search engine for finding stuff on the Internet. For the sake of argument, let’s call it “Google.” Now let’s say that that search engine wants to bring a big super fast Internet connection to some lucky city. And I mean fast. Gigabit fast. Let’s just call it “Google Fiber.”

What would you do to woo that Google Fiber group and make them think kindly of you? Well, if you’re Portland, Oregon, you brew a special beer. Duh. And then you call it Gigabit IPA. Read More

Blogging, open source, and now mobile: Small Society Apple iPad app furthers Portland’s love affair with WordPress

Well, now you can. Because Portland-based Small Society teamed with Automattic—the WordPress folks—to build an Apple iPad app for WordPress.

You may have heard that Apple is releasing a new piece of hardware on Saturday, April 3. No it’s true. It’s a little tablet thingamajig. Like a big iPhone. And people around here seem pretty excited about it. Because Portland loves technology.

Know what else Portland loves? Blogging. And when it comes to blogging, there’s one blog platform that Portland loves more than any other: WordPress. Which got me to thinking, what if you could combine that love of blogging with the love of this shiny new Apple iPad tablet? And how about throwing in some open source just for good measure? Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for March 2010

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

Well March seemed to just fly by. But even as fast as it was, there were some really big stories coming out of Portland and the Silicon Forest.

But what did you think the most important stories were? You might be surprised. Here are the top 10 posts according to your peers—a combination of Web and RSS metrics—from Silicon Florist for March 2010. Read More

memePDX 030: #pdxboom, Kickball, TechStars Seattle, Apple iPad, JooJoo, New iPhones, and Android Froyo

This week on memePDX, Cami Kaos and I discuss #pdxboom, Kickball for Foursquare, TechStars Seattle, Apple iPad’s pending release, and some new mobile handsets on the horizon.

Happy April Fool’s Day and happy Thursday! It’s time for another memePDX which has its own sort of foolishness—every week.

This week on memePDX, Cami Kaos and I discuss #pdxboom, Kickball for Foursquare, TechStars Seattle, Apple iPad’s pending release, and some new mobile handsets on the horizon. Read More

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