Month: January 2015

Moving beyond typical tech talks: Portland Startup Week explores a variety of startups and discussions

It’s getting close now. Just a few days and we’ll soon be basking in Portland Startup Week, more than a week of interesting events focused on startups and entrepreneurs. But it’s designed to be a week for anyone and everyone. That’s why you’ll notice some of the programming and participants stepping beyond typical tech homogeneity. Read More

Stop telling people about Portland

We’ve kind of gotten used to it. You know, the hype about Portland. I mean, it seems like every day there’s another piece extolling the virtues of the Rose City and all of its magicalness. Celebrating the craft and weird and beard and whatnot. But there’s a darker side to this sort of promotion. Take a moment to consider the carefully constructed counterpoint. Read More

Given that Portland Startup Week officially starts on February 2, Groundhog Day seemed an appropriate theme

When Oregon native Andrew Hyde and I originally started chatting about Portland having its very own Startup Week—the concept that he, the Startup Weekend creator, had dreamed up to help towns celebrate their startup scenes—I was already toying with a few ideas. When he suggested that the launch date should be Groundhog Day, it was settled. Read More

After nearly a decade of events, Mobile Portland is hanging up

It’s no secret that the Portland startup scene boasts a wealth of events. And often, their specificity is as impressive as their programming—from obscure language user groups to hacks that mash together all matter of data and content. But, whenever someone asks what Portland tech event they should plan to attend, the first words out of my mouth—for almost eight years—have been “Mobile Portland.” Read More

Who's the big winner here tonight…? Stand In. Stand In is the big winner. Well and Quick Left.

I’m always happy to see people giving back to startups. Especially when it’s a Portland startup. And that’s why I am especially psyched to hear that Portland startup and PIE and TechStars alum Stand In is the winner of Quick Left’s “Adopt a Startup” contest. Read More

Techtown Portland II: This time… it's personal. Um, personal stories, that is.

You know I’m a sucker for a good Portland video. So here, as promised, is the new Techtown Portland video, a collaborative project among Portland’s tech and startup community designed to showcase folks who have relocated to Portland to pursue their careers. And like the previous Techtown Portland video, it does a good job of showing off both the interiors and exteriors of the Rose City. Read More

There is another, Skywalker…. Well, and another Techtown Portland video featuring Portland startups and tech companies

[UPDATE] The new Techtown Portland video has been released. [/UPDATE] Remember 18 months ago when a bunch of Portland startups joined forces to create the Techtown Portland video? You know, the one that highlighted a few of the amazing startups in town? Well, turns out, there are even more awesome startups here than that video could handle. So they’re releasing a sequel. And you’re invited to the premiere. Read More

REMINDER: Portland Lunch 2.0 travels out to Beaverton to meet OTBC

It’s a new year and there’s no better way to kick it off than with a free lunch. And thanks to our friends out at OTBC in Beaverton, that’s exactly what’s happening, as they host the first Portland Lunch 2.0 of the year—and continue to solidify their position as the premier Beaverton Lunch 2.0 host. Read More

The Patriots and the Seahawks won't be the only ones busy on Super Bowl weekend: Sports Hack Day Portland

Like many industries, the world of sports is full of awesome data and tons of ways to rethink the way a user experiences the product. That’s why this Super Bowl weekend a bunch of Portland technology types are going to get together to hack around—and maybe tune into the big game. Read More

Opinion: TAO urges Portland City Council to proceed with caution on short-term rental regulations

[Editor: The following is an opinion from the Technology Association of Oregon. Full disclosure, I am on the board of the TAO.]

This Wednesday, the Portland City Council will consider new proposals to enforce short-term rental regulations. It is critical that Commissioners take the time to carefully weigh and address legitimate individual privacy interests involved with the City’s desire to expand its enforcement authority. Read More

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