Month: November 2010

Let’s put Oregon back to work. Or at least Portland. Here are some options.

Okay kids. The elections are over. We have a new governor for Oregon. And what was one of the primary campaign promises? That’s right. Putting Oregon back to work.

Well, I don’t know about Oregon. But these folks are all ready to put Portland back to work. So let’s take a look, shall we? Read More

Want to have lunch with Imogen Heap today? Elemental Technologies can help. In streaming 1080 HD.

And today, you get the chance to do that as Elemental’s technology helps power Imogen Heap’s concert from Royal Albert Hall at 7 PM GMT—that’s the lunch hour for you and me—all in streaming 1080 HD.

Sometimes, seeing is believing. And that’s never more true that with Portland-based Elemental Technologies. With their technical wizardry, more folks are encoding, transcoding, and streaming faster and more efficiently than ever before. But you really have to see it to believe it.

And today, you get the chance to do that as Elemental’s technology helps power Imogen Heap’s concert from Royal Albert Hall at 7 PM GMT—that’s the lunch hour for you and me—all in streaming 1080 HD. Read More

Love Instagram for iPhone photography? Well, here’s another reason to love it, Portland

You know Instagram, that wickedly popular photography app for the iPhone? Yeah, well they’ve got a Portland connection too. Meet Josh Riedel, community manager for Instagram.

[HTML3]Now for as much as I love the Portland startup scene and all of our homegrown goodness, I have to admit that I take a certain pleasure in the random Portland connections to other popular Web stuff. Like the fact that the creator of LiveJournal went to high school in Aloha. Or that ReadWriteWeb employs a good chunk of Portlanders. Or that the community manager for Vimeo lives here.

Well, here’s another one to add to the list. You know Instagram, that wickedly popular photo app for the iPhone? Yeah, well they’ve got a Portland connection too. Read More

Do you know the importance of a SkyLedger? Awesome Web based bookkeeping and accounting at your fingertips

You can get awesome Web based bookkeeping and accounting and shop locally with SkyLedger from Lake Oswego based Cloudmanic Labs.

When it comes to running a small business, every entrepreneur’s favorite activity is bookkeeping. I mean, am I right? Hello? Bookkeeping! YAY! No?

Yeah no. Every small business I know is constantly on the lookout for simple, straightforward, cost effective software for helping to manage the books. And there are some great solutions out there. But what if I told you one of those awesome solutions was right here in your own backyard? Read More

Dave Chase: 10 reasons I chose Portland over Seattle and Silicon Valley to locate my startup

It’s a blend of personal and business factors that drove the decision. The following are the reasons I selected Portland over Seattle and Silicon Valley

[HTML2][Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes from Dave Chase, a serial entrepreneur who chose Portland for his next startup. Why? Read on.]

I recently relocated to Portland to start my new venture. Though I grew up in Portland (and the Bay Area), I hadn’t lived in the area since the early 80’s and I no longer have family or close friends in Portland. Thus, in many regards, it’s a completely new city to me. Yet, it’s the place I’ve chosen for my new startup. Why? Read More

To buckle up, please insert the metal tab… Urban Airship lands $5.4 million and 25,000 square feet of office space

Urban Airship, makers of awesome services that help iPhone and iPad developers make stronger connections with their customers by doing less coding, announced $5.4 million in funding and a huge new office space in the Pearl.

Big big news coming out of the Portland startup scene in the wee small hours of last night. And now that you’ve had your cup of coffee or tea or whatever, why don’t you take a moment to settle in and catch up. Ready? Okay.

Urban Airship, makers of awesome services that help iPhone and iPad developers make stronger connections with their customers by doing less coding, has dropped a whale of release. They’ve announced $5.4 million in funding—bringing them up to $6.5 million total—and a huge new office space in the Pearl. Read More

My Very First App: Night & Day Studios brings the art of Eric Carle to the iPhone

Got kids? Know kids? Were you a kid at some point? Then you’ve probably encountered the work of Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar ringing any bells?

Now, Portland-based Night & Day Studios—yep, the same folks who brought you Peekaboo Barn—have brought the work of Eric Carle to the iPhone with My Very First App. Read More

All fired up to present at Ignite Portland 10? Cool your jets.

Ignite Portland has been one of the seminal events for the startup and tech renaissance here in Portland. And it’s one of a handful of events that helped spark—pun intended—and codify a segment of the tech community in Portland proper.

But it’s also important to bear in mind that Ignite Portland is an entirely volunteer run conference. That takes its toll. And that is why the next iteration of the event—Ignite Portland 10—won’t be taking place until mid 2011 at the very earliest. Read More

Kitzhaber vs Dudley: The Oregon governor race and the tale of the social media tape

Will Democrat John Kitzhaber, former Oregon governor, retake the office? Or will former Portland Trail Blazers center Republican Chris Dudley land a new position? What does social media say?

It’s getting down to the wire on the Oregon gubernatorial race. And, at this point, the winner is anybody’s guess. Will Democrat John Kitzhaber, former Oregon governor, retake the office? Or will former Portland Trail Blazers center Republican Chris Dudley land a new position?

When this whole political thing started, I took a quick look at the candidates for Oregon governor in terms of their Web presence. Now seemed an appropriate time to assess the two candidates and their social media standing—to see if it gives us any indication of who might be Oregon’s next governor. Read More

Max Ogden of CivicApps PDX API fame garners Code for America fellowship

Max Ogden, creator of PDX API, was just awarded a fellowship by Code for America, an organization that connects city governments and Web 2.0 talent.

Remember the CivicApps contest? Of course you do. Who am I kidding?

Well one of the most valuable things to come out of that contest was PDX API, a way of making sense of all of the data sets offered up by the City of Portland. So valuable, in fact, that Max Ogden, creator of PDX API, was just awarded a fellowship by Code for America, an organization that connects “city governments and Web 2.0 talent.” Read More

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