Month: February 2012

Ignite Portland 10: How to win at Ignite or Tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Ignite experience

Sometimes this content is so easy, it practically writes itself. Especially when I’m just repeating stuff I’ve written before. Again and again. But it bears repeating.

So you’ve reached that special time in your life. And you’re headed to Ignite Portland 10, tonight. Exciting isn’t it? You may be experiencing some funny feelings about Ignite. Read More

Shit that Silicon Forest startups almost said

Remember a few weeks ago? No. I mean really. Do you remember a few weeks ago? Good. Because I have a hard time remembering that far back sometimes.

Anyway, remember a few weeks about when “Shit [whomever] says” was blowing up as a meme on the Web? Well, in the midst of a meme-fever, it seemed a sure thing that the world needed “Shit Silicon Forest startups say.” Read More

Meet the Startup: Starting the conversation with Upstart Labs

Sometimes, a startup doesn’t just come rushing out of the gates. Sometimes, they need a little help. And when they do, incubators and accelerators can be a great way of helping them meet ends meet.

When it comes to helping startups, the latest incubator to hit the Portland scene—Upstart Labs—is really interesting. Why? Well, because not only do they help with funding, they help with building product. Read More

Reed College Start Up Lab launches seven new startups

It’s always nice to see more early stage investors getting into the game. But what about those early stage entrepreneurs?

Well, Reed College is doing their part. They hosted Reed College Start Up Lab this last weekend. And managed to churn out seven new startup ideas. But the big winner wasn’t even in college yet. Read More

Have you seen all the Oscar nominated films? Did you torrent them?

The Oscars are coming up. And while the biggest stories are always about who won what, there’s always a subplot—a techie subplot at that—that arises every year.

Academy members get to vote on the movies to determine who wins. But in order to see all of the movies, the Academy members have to get “screeners.” It’s like the Academy member’s own private Netflix of Oscar nominated films. But as with any distributed media, with distribution comes the potential for piracy. Read More

Staying up working on your side project? Why not apply to PIE so you can… um stay up working on your startup?

As a wise person once said, “A rolling PIE gathers no moss.” Wait what? No one ever said that. I don’t think. Maybe they did. But I’ve no idea why.

Well anyway, right on the heels of launching eight new startups into the Portland startup scene, PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) has announced that they have opened applications for the next class of participants. Read More