Month: May 2010

Nine opportunities (and then some) to find your Portland dream job

Sure, sure. It’s the Friday before a long weekend. But when you’re looking for a new job, you really don’t ever take a break. Especially when it could be your dream job.

And there’s no better place to look for jobs of geeky goodness than the Silicon Florist Job & Gig board. So why not take a few seconds and thumb through the options for employment? Read More

memePDX 036: Live from WebVisions, Jive moves HQ, Portland software community census, Stumptown Game Machine acquired, Google I/O

Watch memePDX where Cami Kaos and I cover Jive software moving its headquarters to Palo Alto, the Portland software community census, Stumptown Game Machine getting acquired, and the Google news coming out of the I/O conference.

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for another episode of memePDX, where we cover the hottest tech stories in Portland…and beyond.

It has come to our attention that a fair number of you missed the live episode from WebVisions last week. And since it was our first ever live episode of memePDX, that made us a little sad. For you. But buck up, little camper. Everything will be okay. Because you can see that episode now. Read More

Seesmic CTO Johann Romefort visiting Portland. What should he do while he’s here?

Word around the campfire is that Johann Romefort, the CTO of Seesmic—one of the leading Twitter clients—will be in town for the weekend.

[HTML1]Word around the campfire is that Johann Romefort, the CTO of Seesmic—one of the leading Twitter clients—will be in town for the weekend.

Any time Internet dignitaries swing by, it’s always good to show them a good old fashioned Portland welcome. And so I’m hoping that you—the geeky Portland consulate—can provide some suggestions for what Johann should do while he’s here in town. Read More

Need just a bit more room to work? Avatron lets you extend your laptop monitor to your iPad with Air Display

Well, if you’ve got an Apple iPad, now you can. Thanks to Air Display from Portland-area iPhone developer Avatron Software.

[HTML1]Sometimes, your laptop feels a little, well, constrictive. You need more room to work. Not much. Just a little. Just a bit more space. If only you could stretch your screen a few more inches to get a little more real estate.

Well, if you’ve got an Apple iPad, now you can. Thanks to Air Display from Portland-area iPhone developer Avatron Software. Read More

Town Hall: Discuss the results of the initial Portland Development Commission (PDC) software cluster survey

So now the town hall discussion will be held this Wednesday, May 26, beginning at 4:30 PM at Wieden + Kennedy (who was kind enough to offer up the space given that the PDC was booked).

As you may know, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) is currently engaged in a project designed to help them assess and better understand the state and size of the software industry in Portland. To this end, they have engaged the community in an initial survey and they have plans for at least two others.

Originally, the PDC wanted to discuss these results with the community last week. But when several parties mentioned that it conflicted with WebVisions, PDC took that feedback to heart and rescheduled. So now the town hall discussion will be held this Wednesday, May 26, beginning at 4:30 PM at Wieden + Kennedy (who was kind enough to offer up the space given that the PDC was booked). Read More

REMINDER: Portland Code Camp and SQL Saturday are tomorrow

Especially one as cool as Portland Code Camp and SQL Saturday, who have combined forces for one gigantic Dev Saturday.

You know, it’s a good time to head to a camp, don’t you think? I mean, sure, you may have just spent a few days at WebVisions. But it’s still a good time to attend a camp. Especially one as cool as Portland Code Camp and SQL Saturday, who have combined forces for one gigantic Dev Saturday.

You won’t want to miss it. So clear your Saturday schedule and head on over to the University of Portland to join more than 1,000 other lovers of code for a day full of code geeking goodness. Read More

Need work? Six Portland jobs and one gig that could put you to work

Because if you’re looking for a job in Portland in the tech or startup scene, here are a few through which to thumb. All hot and fresh from the new Silicon Florist Job & Gig board.

It’s Friday. And that means many folks are preparing for another weekend of researching jobs and gigs, either in hopes of finding a something new to do or in hopes of gaining more meaningful employment.

If you’re one of those folks. I’ve got a few more dream jobs to add to your list. Because if you’re looking for a job in Portland in the tech or startup scene, we’ve got some interesting options, all hot and fresh from the new Silicon Florist Job & Gig board. Read More

And now for something completely different: memePDX Live from WebVisions 2010

It’s Thursday! And that means it’s time for another episode of memePDX. But this isn’t just any Thursday, my friend. Oh no. This Thursday is a WebVisions memePDX. That means live. Which means… Um. Well, we don’t exactly know that means. This is the first time we’ve done this.

And guess what? You can tune in and watch the hijinx. That’s right, gentle reader err viewer. So at 10 AM Thursday morning, tune into the first ever live episode of memePDX. How? Just look down there. No. Not at your feet. Further down the page. Or just watch all of the WebVisions stream down there. Read More

Portland jobs, gigs, and skills for hire: Relaunching the Silicon Florist Job & Gig board

With those two things in mind, it only made sense to resurrect the Silicon Florist Job & Gig board.

[HTML1]One of the signs that the economy is beginning to recover may, strangely enough, be my inbox. What started several months ago as a trickle of “Where would I find an iPhone app developer?” and “Know somebody who could help with this WordPress issue?” and “Do you know anyone who…?” has now become a regular stream of questions from companies looking to hire and contract for talent. More requests, truth be told, than I can manage.

That says two things to me. First, there are a bunch of job and contract opportunities awaiting talented individuals that aren’t being heard or are going unfulfilled. And second, those folks seeking employees or contractors see Silicon Florist as a spot that those candidates are likely to frequent. With those two things in mind, it only made sense to resurrect the Silicon Florist Job & Gig board. Read More

REMINDER: Take a few seconds to respond to the Portland software community census

Because there has been no measurement of that group. Until now. The Portland software community census is designed to take a stab at coming up with that magic number.

When I talk about the Portland software development and open source scenes, one of the first questions I always get—always—is “Sounds interesting. About how many people in Portland are involved in the software community there?”

And inevitably, as that question hangs in the air, I stare blankly. Smile feebly. And say, “A lot. There are a lot.” Because fact of the matter is: we have no idea. Maybe there are 50,000. Maybe there are 200. There’s no telling. Because there has been no measurement of that group. Until now. The Portland software community census is designed to take a stab at coming up with that magic number. Read More

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