Month: March 2011

With your iPhone and Meridian, getting lost in Powell’s Books may be a thing of the past

Ever gotten turned around in the mall? Maybe. Sort of lost in an airport? Okay. But getting all confused by the winding tunnels of Powell’s City of Books? Absolutely.

Well, now thanks to Meridian—a new iPhone app from Portland-based Spotlight Mobile—you can find your way around Powell’s like a pro. Read More

Picture yourself with funding: GigaPan Systems lands $1 million Angel round

GigaPan Systems, a company focused on the technology that allows folks to capture high-res panoramic images, just landed $1 million in outside funding.

Like pictures? What about really, really, really big pictures? Well, if you do, Portland is a good place to be. Because one of the leaders in the panoramic photo space just happens to be here in Portland. It’s GigaPan Systems, a company focused on the technology that allows folks to capture high-res panoramic images—even with standard DSLR equipment.

And now, they’ve got a little more cash to make that magic happen. You see, GigaPan Systems just landed $1 million in outside funding. Read More

MetaFilter is awesome and a dozen years old. Find out how that happened.

Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter, spoke at SXSW again this year. But for some odd reason, he wound up in a location far away from the Austin Convention Center.

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing sites on the Web has to be MetaFilter. And I’m not just saying that because of the Portland connection. I’m saying that because it was one of the very first “Weblogs,” making it the grandaddy of everything you read here. And for every comment you read here—because they were one of the first sites with comments. I’d also argue that AskMetfilter is still more amazing than Quora… Read More

Miss out on Darius Monsef’s fireside chat at PIE? Don Park captured it for you

As everyone knows, there are always a ton of tech events happening in Portland on any given day. And it’s difficult to make it to most of them. But luckily there are folks like Don Park who take the opportunity to capture the moment.

So if you missed the get together with Darius Monsef of COLOURlovers, last week at PIE, fear not. Don managed to capture a pretty good audio stream of the event—and some video. It’s well worth a listen.

Take a few minutes to hear Darius—and the entire COLOURlovers team—talk about Y Combinator, the Portland startup scene, and getting your ideas out there.
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Turning to the people: RDTN.org provides current radiation readings from people in Japan

they launched RDTN.org, a site that allows anyone in Japan to report radiation levels in their location.

The world has been overwhelmed by the nuclear situation in Japan. Portland is no different. But getting accurate information about what’s actually happening has been difficult to say the least. That’s why we’ve been turning to citizen journalists like yokosonews.tv to get more insight into the story.

But what about radiation levels? What’s really happening there? Well, Uncorked Studios here in Portland thought that giving the people of Japan a way to report radiation levels seemed like the best way to answer that question. And 72 hours later, they launched RDTN.org, a site that allows anyone in Japan to report radiation levels at their location. Read More

Gary Vaynerchuk returns to Portland to say Thank You

Gary @garyvee Vaynerchuck has a new book on the shelves The Thank You Economy and he will be coming back through Portland Monday night to tell us about it.

When it comes to social media, no one truly personifies its power and potential quite like Gary Vaynerchuk. From using social media to exponentially grow his father’s wine business to guiding other organizations on how to genuinely participate, @Garyvee is a force of nature in the world of social media.

We’ve had the pleasure of hearing from Gary firsthand, both as a speaker encouraging Portland folks to “make it happen” and as an author encouraging everyone to “Crush It.” Now, Gary has a new book on the shelves—The Thank You Economy—and he will be coming back through Portland, Monday night, to tell us about it. Read More

Help Panic help Japan: 100% of proceeds from today’s Panic sales go to earthquake victims

Of all the respected and well known software development shops here in town, one of the most loved by Apple types has to be Panic, makers of fine software like Transmit and Coda. And while they’re relatively quiet, they do know when to be loud.

This is one of those times.

In an effort to help disaster relief in Japan, Panic will be donating 100% of today’s sales to Mercy Corps and the Japanese Red Cross Society. Read More

Shazam! Voila! and Alakazam! OpenSesame wins OEN Angel Oregon 2011 and 4-Tell walks away with the crowd favorite

When it comes to critiques of the Portland startup scene, one of the chief complaints is a shortage of “successful exits” and “repeat entrepreneurs.” We see them here and there. With the Iterasis and the Urban Airships and the AboutUses. But for the most part, those types of Portland startups are few and far between.

But that may be changing. At OEN Angel Oregon yesterday, we not only saw a couple of tech companies walk away with some recognition, we saw some repeat entrepreneurial talent take on their next challenges. Read More

Ripple effect: General Automotive Building headaches for startups cause further effects downstream

While Puppet Labs are probably the most well known startup in the building, it was the issues affecting Network Redux that seemed more troubling to me. You see, Network Redux has been a go-to sponsor for any number of events around town, from Ignite Portland to Portland Lunch 2.0 to Open Source Bridge.

Maybe I’m just a little oversaturated with the ideas of ripple effects and chain reactions after following the disaster in Japan throughout the weekend. But I couldn’t help but see another example of cause and effect playing out here in the Portland startup scene when I read Mike Rogoway’s piece on the troubles with the General Automotive Building in the Pearl.

While the story may seem to be about a few Portland startups who were impacted. In reality, this setback affects the broader Portland startup community as a whole. Read More

Portland could have the best cloud based startup… if you vote for PHP Fog

PHP Fog is quietly coming into its own on the Portland startup scene. They’ve secured nearly $2 million in funding, they’ve graduated from PIE to new office space, and they’re continuing to improve their offering.

But, fact of the matter is, they’re still a bit of an unknown. But you could help change that. You see, PHP Fog is currently in the running for a CloudCamp Cloudy Award and your vote could help give them the win. But you have to hurry it looks like voting has closed. Read More

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