Month: May 2012

I like turtles: Portland’s quintessential contribution to the world of memes turns five

It was a simpler time on the Internet. In 2007, most social activity occurred on MySpace and LiveJournal. Current rapid sharing juggernauts Facebook and Twitter were nascent tools used by the few. And yet, one nervous Portland boy managed to spark a meme that would set the standard for many memes to come. Read More

Can you quantify that for me? How about with me? Join the Vibrant Data Hack, this weekend

One of the most interesting aspects of our increasingly wired life is the contrail of data that follows us around on a daily basis. How much did we sleep? How much do we weigh? Where did we go? How many calories did we consume? Small bite sized chunks of data that more and more people are accumulating. About any number of subjects. Read More

Portland’s XOXO festival hopes to feel the Kickstarter love

Portland has found Kickstarter to be an amazing source of crowdfunded capital for any number of creative projects.

But what about crowdfunding an event? Well, if anyone is going to make that happen it’s a Portlander who knows Kickstarter, inside and out. And if early funding is any indication, the XOXO festival—a celebration of disruptive creativity—is well on track to hit its goal. Read More

Digging into diversity: Willamette Week takes a look at the number of women in the tech startup scene

I’ve been lucky enough to get the chance to work with some amazing developers, CEOs, investors, and leaders in the Portland tech community. And, in my experience, some of the strongest voices have been women. But my experience belies the ratios that drive the businesses of our community.

So just how many women are there in the Portland tech startup scene? For such a loaded question, Ruth Brown at Willamette Week has managed to take an objective look at the diversity in the Portland startup scene. Read More