Month: January 2012

ClearEdge Power signs $500 million deal

While green energy may be a little out of my range, I couldn’t resist covering this.

ClearEdge Power—which makes onsite power systems—has signed a $500 million deal with Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH, a provider of carbon-neutral energy solutions. Read More

Robert Wagner: “I was a Silicon Lumberjack.” The WordPress one. Not the Tumblr one.

One of the biggest backchannel conversations of 2011 was the drama around Silicon Lumberjack, a blog designed to cover the Portland tech scene without pulling punches. First it was on Tumblr. And then it was on WordPress. But it was always anonymous. Until now. Read More

America’s Funniest Home videos + LOL cats = BlooperBox

It’s a well known fact that the Internet was created for two reasons: 1) To share videos of embarrassing moments and 2) To share pictures of cats. A close third is telling people what you had for lunch. But we’re not discussing that here. Read More

Mutual admiration society: Portland is the featured city on the Instagram blog

If I said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Portland loves it some Instagram. So much so that I would venture a guess that we have more Instagram users per capita than any city in the world. I mean, it’s probably installed on every single iPhone in town. Bar none.

Well now, Instagram is returning the love by featuring Portland Instagrammers on its blog. Read More

Meet the Startup: Getting the balance on Silicon Valley Bank

While we love chatting with startups, we also enjoy getting to know the folks who provide foundational support for the startup scene, here in town.

One of those companies who helps startups—and sponsors Meet the Startup—is Silicon Valley Bank. Read More

Ignite Portland 10: And the presenters are…

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, get ready. Because Ignite Portland is back. And is it just me or are there a lot of tens today?

Anyway, Ignite Portland 10 has announced the speakers for the next event. And here’s who will be sharing their burning ideas in five minute presentations. Read More

Forrester pushes push notifications as Urban Airship pushes their 10 billionth notification

Validation. It’s something for which every company strives. From a customer. From an investor. From the media. But one of the most important indicators in the business world? It’s validation from industry analysts.

And that’s why Forrester recommending push notifications—the same way they’ve recommended email, SMS, and the like—is a huge step forward for the mobile industry. And it’s a step taken in conjunction with Urban Airship sending its 10 billionth push. And on January 10th at that. Read More

REMINDER: Your Portland Seed Fund application is due. Like right now, procrastinator pants.

Could-a should-a would-a. Remember when you were thinking about applying to the Portland Seed Fund? Well, your Portland Seed Fund application is due tonight, January 9, by midnight.

Oopie. Okay. You’ve clearly wasted enough time to get the stress level up. But really? If you want to apply? You should probably get on that. Like right now. Read More

Working to dispel the “You can’t get funded in Portland” myth

You hear me chirping about how we’re getting more and more funding here in Portland. But are we really?

Well, Amber Case and Aaron Parecki of Geoloqi took a stab at building something more objective than our usually anecdotal take on the funding atmosphere around here. The result? A wiki that details the Portland funding events, acquisitions, and other highlights over the last few years. Read More

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