Month: November 2011

How you too can be a media whore: GadgetTrak’s Ken Westin shares his secrets for hacking the press

If there’s one startup in Portland that continues to pile up impressive media coverage—especially coverage by traditional outlets which don’t usually cover startups—it’s GadgetTrak. And there’s a reason.

You see, CEO Ken Westin has made hacking the media and press and art form. It’s become his best way of ensuring that his product gets in front of more customers. Read More

Bet they have a sweet CRM for lead management now too: AppFog hires former Salesforce.com exec to head biz dev

Seems to be a lot of Salesforce.com in the Portland area as of late. First, Urban Airship took an investment from Salesforce.com. Now, AppFog is taking an executive from Salesforce.com.

Meet John Higgins the new vice president of business development at AppFog. Read More

Portland’s next mayor: A tale of the social network tape

So the Portland mayoral race is starting to move into the next phase, with the candidates coming off of the first formal debate, this week.

Having candidates debating always leads me to wonder… How are those conversations happening online? And what sort of sway do Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith hold in terms of social networks? Read More

What startup has 20 people in Portland and $15 million in funding? New Relic. And they’re hiring.

We love it when it when Portland companies get funding. But I’ve got to tell you… we’re pretty happy when companies with Portland offices get funding, too.

And that’s just what happened with New Relic—a San Francisco based company with an office of 20 in Portland—who just landed $15 million in funding. And part of that, no doubt, will be used for hiring more folks in Portland. Read More

Want to move your app to the Cloud? Got five minutes?

Sometimes, changing the way you do things can be a bit intimidating. It happens. It’s cool. But we’ve got to get you over that hump, kiddo.

What about moving your apps to the Cloud? What’s holding you back? Seems like it’s a lot of work, right? Not so much. As Portland-based AppFog shows, you could be running on the Cloud in less than five minutes. Read More