Month: October 2010

Virtual gift cards mean real cash for Portland’s Giftango, in the form of $5 million in funding

Portland Oregon based Giftango just secured more than $5 million in Series B funding

Even in this economy, gifts and rewards are big business. And few companies know that better than Portland’s Giftango, a company looking to simplify the distribution and management of “stored value” by helping that industry transition from physical gift cards to virtual ones.

And from the looks of things, other folks are liking what they’re doing. You see, Giftango just secured more than $5 million in Series B funding. Read More

TriMet: Extolling the virtues of open data in the Portland, Oregon, transit system

Here in Portland, we’re all about the open data. It’s all about sharing what’s available with the hopes that someone else may be able to do something useful with it, transforming it from pure data into useful information.

One of the earliest proponents of sharing data here in town was TriMet, our public transit system. And now Good has given us the opportunity to hear from some of the people who champion that open data mindset, every day. Read More

Got a burning idea on how to fix government with open source? You’ve got five minutes. Go.

When it comes to the government, everyone’s a critic. Full of stories with ways to do away with bureaucracy, streamline process, and save money. It’s just so obvious.

But would you be willing to get up in front of a crowd and share those ideas? How about cramming them into five minutes? Well, now here’s your chance as the popular Ignite format takes on the government with Ignite Government at GOSCON 2010. Read More

Interested in presenting at an Ignite? Ignite Corvallis 3 may be your opportunity

While we’ve just wrapped up an Ignite Portland, that’s not the only Ignite in town. Um. Well it is kinda, I guess. I mean, there’s Ignite Government coming up at GOSCON. But other than that, that’s about it for Portland and Ignites. Maybe it would be better if I said “That’s not the only Ignite in the Silicon Forest.”

You see, Ignite Corvallis 3 is still accepting submissions. And if you apply, there’s a really good chance you’ll be on stage. If you’re into that sort of thing. Read More

Portland Seed Fund: Y Combinator, it’s not. (Unconstitutional, it may be.)

Portland Seed Fund claims to be loosely based on Y Combinator. I think they may be using the term “loosely” loosely. And it may be unconstitutional in Oregon.

[HTML1]There comes a time—not often mind you—but there comes a time when even I—admittedly often naively optimistic in my cheerleading of the Portland startup scene—have to admit that something just isn’t right. This is one of those times.

Over the weekend, Mike Rogoway at The Oregonian published an overview piece on the new Portland Seed Fund, a project designed to help provide funding for bootstrapping startups to get their legs under them. It’s not Mike’s piece with which I have trouble. I was happy to see it. That with which I have trouble is the Portland Seed Fund comparing its program to Y Combinator, an incubator and mentoring program for tech startups. Read More

Cyborg Sunday: Hacking open government data following CyborgCamp Portland 2010

[HTML2]Today, any self respecting cyborg is either in attendance at CyborgCamp 2010 in Portland or wet wired into the CyborgCamp livestream.

But that’s today. Tomorrow? The CyborgCamp folks—and anyone else who is interested—are going to be rolling up their sleeves and getting down to business as part of the Open Government Hackathon at NedSpace Old Town. Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for September 2010: Beers with BankSimple beats OSCON, Urban Airship more popular than free beer

Yes, let’s that right. It’s time for the latest round of monthly navel gazing. Where we look back at we what read and the popular stories get more popular.

What did September 2010 bring? A scuffle and a free beer or two. Let’s take a look at the most popular posts on Silicon Florist last month, as determined by Web and RSS traffic. Read More