Month: May 2011

Thinking you missed out on the first #140conf in the Pacific Northwest? Think again. We’ve got your #140confNW right here.

Today, the first #140conf in the Pacific Northwest is being held right here in our backyard—well or Aaron Hockley’s lawn—in Vancouver, Washington.

It’s a bit of momentous occasion as #140confNW—our own flavor of this well known conference—sweeps into town. And it’s only made more interesting by the fact that they’re focusing on the public sector’s use of social media—especially in times of crisis. But phooey. All of this groundbreaking stuff and you’re stuck there at your desk, missing it. Or are you? Read More

Need a multibeat metronome? There’s an app for that

John Nastos is a very talented musician. And he’s completed an incredibly a really interesting music project. As if that weren’t enough, John also happens to be a very talented developer.

So what’s a guy to do with musical talent and development talent? Combine them, of course. Introducing Metronomics, a metronome for iOS. Read More

Sad irony: Portland Development Commission (PDC) forced to reduce staff including Gerald Baugh, the Software Cluster lead

If you’ve been even remotely involved in the Portland software scene over the past 18 months or so, you’ve no doubt encountered PDX11, the work of the Portland Development Commission (PDC), or efforts surrounding the “Portland Software Cluster,” an initiative designed to help the businesses and workers in Portland focus on economic pursuits in which it already excels—for the benefit of everyone. Read More

Testify! Amazon Web Services evangelist Jeff Barr swings by the Portland AWS users group tonight

From the better late than never file, I wanted to give you a heads up on the Portland AWS group tonight, hosted by Janrain. If you have any interest in Amazon Web Services, whatsoever, tonight would be a good night to attend. You see, the chief services evangelist for AWS is in town. And he’ll be there.

So head on over to Janrain at 6 PM tonight to chat with him. Read More

Jive Software is in a (deeper) relationship with Facebook ♥

You know Jive Software, right? The still pretty much a Portland company that leads the whole social business software market? Well, leaders need to keep moving. And as such, Jive is getting even more social.

This morning, Jive unveiled a Facebook connector that allows businesses to better manage their external Jive network and their Facebook presence—all from within Jive. Read More

TiE Oregon pulls together panel of heavy hitters from Portland mobile scene

Whenever someone asks me about the mobile scene in Portland, I always manage to rattle off a number of names of people who are doing some amazing stuff here in town. People who worked on the Obama app, folks who are building apps and powering communications for some of the biggest brands in the world, and people who are pushing the envelope on geolocation.

But for all the mobile awesomeness in town, it’s rare to get a bunch of that talent on one stage. Until now. Next Tuesday, May 24, TiE Oregon has brought a number of those folks together to discuss “Riding the Next Mobile Wave,” Tuesday evening Read More

Why a coworking incubator program is good for Portland

[Editor: I received news late last week that one of Portland’s original coworking spaces, Souk, was launching a new $8/day drop-in incubator. At first blush, I didn’t really understand how it constituted an incubator. So I asked for some clarification. What I received from Alex Linsker at Souk seemed like a damn fine guest post. With permission, I’m sharing it here.]

Coworking (at least at souk Jellies and other special programs here, and at some other spaces and Jellies I’ve worked at in other cities) can work as an incubator program that’s self-led, peer-to-peer. Read More

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders: Be expecting a guest post on Portland from Geekwire’s John Cook, next week

You know the Portland Timbers Army and the Portland tech scene go together like… um… like… Well they go together. Really well. And as luck would have it, the same thing holds true for Seattle. Their tech scene is pretty deeply immersed in the Seattle Sounders Emerald City Supporters too.

Well, respective tech scenes. Your favorite teams are facing off this weekend. That’s right. Portland Timbers versus the Seattle Sounders. And it’s a big game. So big that it’s in the Wall Street Journal. Read More

FreshBooks visits Portland for Beer and Blog and Books and Bowling

Again, I’m a little tardy on giving you a heads up here. I apologize. But our friends from FreshBooks—I’ve been a FreshBooks user for years—are in Portland. And you know how it goes. If you’re in the Portland tech scene on a Friday afternoon… What’s that? You don’t?

Oh. Um. Well if you’re in Portland and techie on Friday afternoons you go to Beer and Blog. It’s just how it is. But with FreshBooks in town. They’re stepping it up a notch. Read More

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