Month: June 2010

Got iOS 4? Get your virtual guitar on with the Twang iPhone app

Well, if you’ve got the right stuff, you should try Twang, a virtual iPhone guitar from Portland-based Control Z. Think Ocarina with strings.

Last week, all the iPhone hubbub centered around the release of iPhone 4 and iOS 4. Which means that there are a lot of new iPhone owners out there. And a lot of new folks with a brand new operating system. And they’re probably looking for something to do with those things.

Well, if you’ve got the right stuff, you should try Twang, a virtual iPhone guitar from Portland-based Control Z. Think Ocarina with strings. Read More

Job searching this weekend? Here are a dozen Portland jobs to add to your list

There’s no better time than the weekend for searching for new gig and jobs. And wouldn’t you know it? The Silicon Florist job and gig board has a whole new crop of interesting opportunities available.

So if you’re looking for a new job in the Portland, why not grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to gander at the tech positions? Read More

Breaking out of your shell: Webtrends 101 offers an incubator space for Portland digital marketing startups

Now, Webtrends is helping small businesses by offering up an incubator of its own—Webtrends 101, a space designed specifically for fledgling Portland digital marketing companies.

[HTML2]As more and more Portland types begin to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, there has become a need for locations where small teams can work side by side—without it taking a great deal of investment to make it happen. To support this growing market, we’ve seen reasonably priced office space like the Leftbank Project and Olympic Mills, coworking locations like NedSpace and Souk, and hybrid workspaces like the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE).

Now, Webtrends is doing its part to help small businesses launch by offering up an incubator of its own—Webtrends 101, a space designed specifically for fledgling Portland digital marketing companies. Read More

Kicking ass: Portland’s Small Society and Urban Airship help bring Democratic National Committee iPhone/iPad app to life

Today, Portland-based Small Society and Urban Airship announced the release of the Democratic National Committee iPhone/iPad app.

[HTML4]Now as many of you know, a good chunk of the development team for original political iPhone app—the Obama iPhone app—lived right here in Portland. And the positive reception that app and its developers received is likely one of the reasons that Portland continues to prosper as a hub for mobile development.

But clearly Portland mobile folks still have a little politics in their veins. You see, now some of the Obama app folks have teamed up with some other Portland mobile folks. And they’ve come up with yet another awesome app. This time for a much larger entity than a single candidate or campaign. Today, Portland-based Small Society and Urban Airship announced the release of the Democratic National Committee iPhone/iPad app. Read More

GenJuice: Official Gen Y entrepreneur tour swings by Portland June 23

A conference that’s based on both entrepreneurial innovation and the age of those innovators. Introducing the official US Gen Y innovation tour, GenJuice.

There are any number of events and conferences and camps in Portland that work to get likeminded people in the same room. Generally, these revolve around a certain topic. Like a coding language or a blogging platform or cyborgs.

But now, we’re getting the chance to experience something a little different. It’s a conference that’s based on both entrepreneurial innovation and the age of those innovators. Introducing the official US Gen Y innovation tour, GenJuice.

The tour has a crazy schedule. We travel to 13 cities over 40 days. We will be in Portland for two days. On the first day, we travel around the city interviewing young entrepreneurs who we admire. We stream all of these video interviews and videos of us exploring the city on the GenJuice website.

On the last day in each city, we hold our “unconference” event and tweetup for approximately 60-75 attendees all between 17 – 29. At these unconferences, attendees will get a fun introductory performance from local artists, hear a keynote from a seasoned local entrepreneur and lead/contribute to attendee-led discussions.

What’s more, they’re looking for young entrepreneurs to interview. So if you’re one of those type of folks—which I think you may be—why not comment below and we’ll get you connected with the GenJuice folks?

Interested in attending a meetup with the GenJuic folks on June 23? You can sign up to meet with GenJuice on Wednesday afternoon. Need more info? Like GenJuice on Facebook or follow GenJuice on Twitter.

Need a job? An intern? A gig? These Portland opportunities might be just the things you’re seeking

It’s Friday. And that means it’s time to take a look at the Silicon Florist job and gig board to see who’s hiring for what.

This week, we’ve got quite a few openings at Merced and Elemental. As well as a new Online Marketing Manager role at Fios. Need an intern? There’s even one of those available on the board. Who knew?

So if you’re looking for a job, take a look. And if you’re looking for talent, take a second to post some details so we can help you find that person. Read More

Embracing their inner Portlandness: ReadWriteWeb sponsors Portland Beer and Blog tonight

And this week, ReadWriteWeb’s founder, New Zealander Richard MacManus, is even here in Portland too. So what better time for RWW to embrace their Rose City spirit than sponsoring Portland Beer and Blog?

When it comes to covering startups and technology, few resources are comparable with ReadWriteWeb, one of the leading tech blogs in the world.

But did you know that a good chunk of the RWW staff—including Marshall Kirkpatrick, Frederic Lardinois, Abraham Hyatt, Alex Williams—is right here in Portland, Oregon? And there’s also Curt Hopkins in Eugene. It’s true. And this week, ReadWriteWeb’s founder, New Zealander Richard MacManus, is even here in Portland too. So what better time for RWW to embrace their true Rose City spirit by sponsoring Portland Beer and Blog? Read More

Recap of Network Redux, Webtrends Lunch 2.0

Yesterday, about 150 people gathered at Webtrends’ downtown office for a Lunch 2.0 co-hosted by Network Redux (@networkredux) and Webtrends (@webtrends).

The weather did not cooperate with tentative plans to enjoy the balcony off the Webtrends cafeteria on the 16th floor, but no one seemed to mind much. There will be other opportunities.

Tavola PDX provided the food, which was quite tasty, and the first hour was the standard Lunch 2.0 milling around and networking.

At around 1 PM, our own Rick (@turoczy) kicked off a panel consisting of Garett Stenson (@garettstenson) of Network Redux, Thomas Brenneke (@tbrenneke), of Network Redux, and Justin Kistner (@justinkistner), of Webtrends. Read More

Ideas 4 Oregon: Meyer Memorial Trust thinks you have a million dollar idea for Oregon

Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) is upping the ante on a penny for your thoughts by offering a crowdsourced innovation contest called Ideas 4 Oregon

You know as well as I do that Oregonians are driven by a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. That spirit is part of Oregon’s heritage—dating back to those entrepreneurs who arrived here on the Oregon Trail—and that same spirit remains a distinct part of its culture—even today as the economy is less than inspiring.

Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) recognizes that spirit exists but they think it may need a little kick in the pants. And to prove it, they’re upping the ante on “a penny for your thoughts” by offering a crowdsourced innovation contest called Ideas 4 Oregon that will result in at least one lucky idea—and possibly more—receiving one million dollars to bring it to life. Read More

30 Hour Day needs your help

You may know that one of our pet projects around here is 30 Hour Day, a Web-based telethon designed to raise money for local Portland charities and to raise awareness for charities worldwide.

You may know that one of our pet projects around here is 30 Hour Day, a Web-based telethon designed to raise money for local Portland charities and to raise awareness for charities worldwide.

Think Jerry Lewis meets YouTube. Only better. It’s 30 straight hours of entertainment and music, streamed over the Web so that anyone, anywhere can watch it from the comfort of his or her Web browser.

But it can’t take place without your help. Read More

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