Month: December 2011

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for 2011

I know, I know. You’ve been inundated with a bunch of year-end recaps, 2012 predictions, and top-whatever lists. I’m sorry. But I have to subject you to at least one more. If I don’t, they’ll take my blogging license away.

So, without further ado, here’s what was hot in the Portland, Oregon, startup scene this year, the Top 10 posts from Silicon Florist for 2011 based on Web and RSS traffic. Read More

What does Silicon Florist 2011 look like?

It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reminisce a little. Especially about the last year in the Portland startup scene.

And while Silicon Florist isn’t the be all and end all of the Portland startup scene, it is an interesting barometer for what’s happening. So I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what the headlines of 2011. Literally. Read More

Avogadro Corp: The 10,000 person Internet behemoth Portland has been waiting for

Let me tell you about the world’s most powerful internet company, and how it looks for them to be headquartered in Portland. No, there isn’t a massive company moving to Portland.

But in William Hertling’s new book Avogadro Corp, it’s already based here. Read More

Upstart Labs may be just the thing your startup needs

When it comes to helping startups, it’s always nice to see more and more people getting involved.

And that’s why I’m happy to introduce you to Upstart Labs, a new project from Greg Rau that offers a new way of helping startups in the Portland area. Read More

Meet the Startup: Cloudability makes all of your Cloud spending clear

If there’s a buzzword of the year award, “the Cloud” is probably the winner. But what is the Cloud? And how does it help people? That’s where Cloudability is working to help companies of all sizes.

Cloudability sat down with Meet the Startup to describe how they help companies manage their purportedly “affordable” cloud spend, so that they don’t get waste the money the Cloud is supposed to save them. Read More

Brad Feld wants your take on how to create a great entrepreneurial ecosystem

If there’s one startup town of which I’m consistently envious its… no not that one. It’s Boulder, Colorado. They’ve really done an amazing job of forming a community that supports and embraces the startup culture. Across the board.

And Brad Feld, Foundry Group, and TechStars have been a huge part of that. Read More

Urban Airship snags Second Porch cofounder to captain marketing

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. When startups are hiring marketing folks, that’s usually a good sign. Not just contracting, but actually bringing those folks on board.

And it’s starting to happen. ShopIgniter recently brought on Kevin Tate to head up its marketing group. And now, Urban Airship has announced that Brent Hieggelke has joined as chief marketing officer. Read More

This was three years ago, Portland

I just returned from Portland mayoral candidate Eileen Brady addressing Portland startups and tech entrepreneurs. Whenever folks start championing Portland’s potential for business, I can’t help but be reminded of Chris Logan‘s Ignite Portland presentation. Read More

Getting political: Meet the Portland entrepreneurs who endorse Eileen Brady for mayor

For an industry that has remained largely removed from the political scene, this morning’s news is as groundbreaking as some of the solutions these folks are building.

Today Eileen Brady announced that four prominent Portland entrepreneurs—Josh Friedman, Nitin Khanna, Scott Kveton, and Chris Logan—have endorsed Brady in her bid for mayor of Portland. Read More

Teacher says every time a company IPOs an angel gets its wings. But sometimes it takes six months.

One of the things about which I tend to carp isn’t a lack of capital in the Portland startup scene. It’s an issue of maturity of the Portland startup scene. Because we simply haven’t had a bunch of serial entrepreneurs with successful exits plowing money back into the next generation of startups. Read More

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