Month: December 2010

Top 20 Silicon Florist posts for 2010

It’s like some pre-requisite for blogging. At the end of the year, you’re required to get all reflective and self-assessing. It’s true. Otherwise they take your blog away. And they change the secret handshake.

Far be it from me to attempt to buck this trend. And to make sure I appease the blogging deities sufficiently, I’m going to forego the “top 10” list and offer a top 20. That’s right, gentle reader. The top 20 Silicon Florist posts from the past year. Yes, I like you that much. Read More

Need another addicting game for your iPhone or iPad? Look no further than Portland’s own Ramps

[HTML3]So the gift giving has subsided. You’ve finished all of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons. And you’re looking for something else to fill your time. Or maybe you’ve got a new iPhone or iPad and you’re tired of the whole tabula rasa thing.

Well look no further than Portland mobile development my friends. Your latest game addiction awaits. Introducing Ramps, a new game from Tyler Sticka and Tim Sears. Read More

Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton sits down with Robert Scoble, chats about push, apps, and future of mobile (Yes, I’m a poet. I know it.)

Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton recently sat down with Robert Scoble and talked about what Urban Airship does and where the world of mobile app development is going. If you’re interested in mobile, it’s well worth the watch.

So, yeah. You hear me blather on and on about Portland’s Urban Airship. And how they’re doing this. And how they’re hiring so and so. And how they’re getting funding. And how they’re pushing stuff.

But what is it that they really do? Well, Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton recently sat down with Robert Scoble and talked about what Urban Airship does and where the world of mobile app development is going. If you’re interested in mobile, it’s well worth the watch. Read More

eBay hits the “Buy It Now” button on Critical Path, joins Portland mobile development scene

eBay acquired Portland mobile developer Critical Path and in so doing, joined the ranks of the Portland mobile scene.

When it comes to the Portland mobile development scene, online auction juggernaut eBay may be the furthest company from your mind.

But you’re going to need to think again. You see, today eBay acquired Portland mobile developer Critical Path and in so doing, joined the ranks of the rapidly developing Portland mobile scene. Read More

I want my single sign on. Janrain adds MTV Networks to their customer roster. And money to the coffer.

[HTML1]If any network has a foothold in the world of social networking, it’s MTV. From The Daily Show to the Spongebob to complaining that MTV doesn’t show videos anymore, it’s hard to be on Facebook or Twitter on any given day without encountering an MTV media property.

And now, engaging with—and sharing—all that MTV owned goodness just got even easier. All thanks to Portland-based Janrain. Read More

Could you use an Angel? Early bird applications for OEN Angel Oregon 2011 close December 15 at 5 PM

It’s getting to be that time of year again. You know, the time of year when you’re applying for this and that in hopes of having a full dance card in 2011? Well, winning prizes and prestige are great. But lining up funding? Now that’s the real magic.

And that’s why there’s OEN Angel Oregon, an event designed to get interesting startups in front of early stage investors. And if you hurry and apply, you’ll get a few early bird perks to boot Read More

Cyborg anthropology? An interview with Portland’s Amber Case from TEDWomen

I have been able to track down an interview with Portland’s favorite cyborg anthropologist Amber Case who presented last week in Washington, DC, at TEDWomen.

[HTML1]While I haven’t been able to track down her actual presentation yet, I have been able to track down an interview with Portland’s favorite cyborg anthropologist, Amber Case, who presented last week in Washington, DC, at TEDWomen. Read More

Could your startup use more exposure? Apply for the SXSW Interactive 2011 Accelerator [UPDATED]

That’s why the folks at SXSW Interactive have created the Accelerator, a program underwritten by Microsoft Bizspark that gives promising new startups the opportunity to take the stage at one of the most popular tech events around.

[HTML3]For many startups and entrepreneurs, there is no shortage of good ideas. No shortage of lines of code. And no shortage of sweat equity. But getting attention for those efforts? That can be a challenge.

That’s why the folks at SXSW Interactive have created the Accelerator, a program underwritten by Microsoft Bizspark that gives promising new startups the opportunity to take the stage at one of the most popular tech events around. Read More

Legion of Tech reaches resolution on embezzlement

As you may remember, a little over a year ago, Legion of Tech—a grassroots organization established to help fund and manage Portland are tech events—fell victim to embezzlement. Details at the time were obviously nebulous, due to advice from counsel. And every time talk of Legion of Tech came up, someone would rightfully mention “What ever happened with that situation?”

Well, now Legion of Tech has announced a resolution and planned restitution for the situation. Read More

Saving Oregon’s Health System: A prescription for Oregon Governor Elect John Kitzhaber, MD

one of his ideas highlights an opportunity for Kitzhaber to make Oregon home to a cluster that is likely to explode over the next decade – Personal Health Monitoring.

In earlier guest posts here on Silicon Florist, Dave Chase has written some thought provoking pieces that have generated quite a bit of dialog here and offline. He has shared why he chose Portland over Seattle and Silicon Valley and how Oregon’s Athletic & Outdoor, Software & Clean Tech clusters should meet. Then in the first part of a two-part series on healthcare, he put out a call to action for entrepreneurs to employ what he calls Do-it-yourself Health Reform. Read More

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