Month: November 2011

FDA approval sweetens the future for SweetSpot Diabetes

When you’re working with health care and medical devices, the technology is often the least of your worries. Navigating certifications, product requirements, and government clearance however… that’s a-whole-nother story.

That’s why it’s huge news that Portland’s SweetSpot Diabetes—a startup that helps folks track data from blood glucose meters regardless of who manufactures the meter—has achieved FDA 510(k) clearance for their service. Read More

Puppet Labs just landed $8.5 million in funding from Google, Cisco, and VMWare — and a Portland investor

So much for things slowing down with the holidays. Or Christmas is coming a little early. Or something.

Puppet Labs just announced that they have landed $8.5 million in Series C funding—and it includes money from Google, Cisco, and VMWare.

But there’s some local money investing in Puppet, too. Read More

Meet the Startup: Discussing the Portland startup space with Jones Lang LaSalle

There are a number of awesome sponsors who help make Make a Startup a reality. And a fringe benefit is that they’re all deeply tied into the Portland startup community. So chatting with them gives us interesting insights into what’s happening here.

This week, we’re chatting with Kristin Hammond from Jones Lang LaSalle about what’s happening in Portland. Read More

Turkey Tracker 2011: It will happen… if you just believe

If there’s a more geeky holiday treat than Turkey Tracker, I don’t know what it is. And I know some pretty geeky holiday stuff.

But the Portland Turkey Tracker team has disbanded a bit. It’s hard to say what’s up. Will the turkey be tracked? Will the sit be strangely quiet? Well, tune into Turkey Tracker on Thanksgiving and find out. Read More

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon continues his stand against Internet censorship. And you can join him.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has a long history of standing up to legislation that affects the Internet. And we think that’s pretty cool. Especially since many of us have jobs and products and blogs because of his efforts.

Well—true to form—he’s standing up against another bill and he’d like to have you join him, by having your name read aloud on Capitol Hill as part of a filibuster. Read More

Meet the Startup: Finding our way with CrowdCompass

Events. We all attend them. We all try to get the most out of them. But honestly, when was the last time you really got anything out of your mobile experience at an event?

Well, Portland-based CrowdCompass is hoping to change that. By making the mobile experience at events more relevant, more complete, and more engaging. Read More

See MyReplayLive live with replays: Beta launch tonight at SoccerPlex

Remember that one time—at rec league soccer—when you megged a middie and then pulled a rainbow kick into a miraculous bicycle kick, all to score the buzzer-beater game winning goal? Yeah, well we don’t. Because we never saw it. So we just nod sadly as you begin retelling the tale.

But what if you had proof? What if you had the replay? Well, that’s what Startup Weekend Portland alum MyReplayLive is hoping to do for you—and for thousands of other amateur athletes. Read More

Get your math on: Inaugural meeting of the Portland Mathematics User Group tonight

If there’s one common language that ties all aspects of business together—from writing code to analyzing trends—it’s mathematics. And yet, it remains one of the least discussed topics. Why is that?

Well, some folks here in Portland are hoping to change that with the Mathematics User Group. Read More

Feel like hacking some Portland municipal data, this weekend? Well boy howdy are you in luck

It’s no secret that the City of Portland has opened up some of its data to allow developers to hack around and build interesting things that use that data. But just hacking on that stuff all by your lonesome isn’t always that fun. That’s why there are regular hackathons to get people together to hack together on Portland’s open data. Read More

Big reveal: See the Alpha release from Startup Weekend Portland alum Tell It In 10 tonight (and grab a free beer or two)

If I can say one thing about Portlanders, it’s that we’re overly aggressive—with our humility. But lately, some folks have been taking the opportunity to celebrate their progress and their wins. And that’s a very good thing.

That’s why I’m excited to let you know about an actual launch party. It’s a celebration for Tell It In 10, a company founded about a month ago at Startup Weekend Portland that’s been going like gangbusters every since. Read More

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