Month: June 2012

Seattle field trip: Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect Demo Day powered by TechStars

Every once in awhile, it’s nice to get out of Portland to see what’s going on in other towns. And other startup scenes. Thursday, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect Demo Day, a startup accelerator partnership between Microsoft and TechStars. Read More

We’ve all heard about Portland’s amazing restaurants, but what’s the best thing on the menu? Menupolitan knows

In Portland, we love our restaurants. And our food carts. And, well, food. But sometimes eating at the hottest new establishment isn’t always the best way to get the best dish. Sometimes, that amazing dish is hidden at some hole-in-the-wall joint.

And that’s why there’s Menupolitan. Read More

Search industry titans converging in Portland for SIGIR Information Retrieval Research Conference

Although search is ubiquitous in this age of broadband Internet and mobile wireless devices, and search engine companies are among the most prominent icons of the Internet, there are still many challenges to overcome and new functionality to be developed for search systems. The field of information retrieval (IR) long predates the mainstreaming of search and developments such as the name of the leading search engine becoming a verb (i.e., “Googling”). This field has studied and evaluated the systems and algorithms that established the foundation for modern systems. Read More

Open Source Bridge 2012 opens Tuesday

We like to say that Portland is the de facto home of open source. And by “we” I mean “me.” Which makes that sentence grammatically incorrect, doesn’t it? But I digress.

Portland’s place in the world of open source is never more evident than the summer, when any number of open-source oriented events come to town. This week, it’s time once again for our homegrown open source event, Open Source Bridge, this Tuesday through Friday. Read More

Code monkeys rejoice: Geek music icon Jonathan Coulton swings by Portland

When it comes to geeks making music, few people are more recognizable than Jonathan Coulton. And he’s got quite a range. Thing a Week broke new ground in music distribution, “Code Monkey” has become an anthem for an entire generation of developers, and his rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” could be considered a pop masterpiece. Read More

What’s it like to go through a Startup Weekend? Meet the Startup documents Portland Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is changing the way many people enter the world of entrepreneurship. But what does it entail? Well, Portland Startup Weekend was kind enough to let Meet the Startup tag along for a weekend, to document the journey. Read More