Silicon Florist links arrangement for October 7, 2016

Sorry for the radio silence and lack of links. I’ve been battling the latest flavor of autumn illness. But I’ve still been trying to keep tabs on what’s happening. So here are a few of the interesting things I’ve found. All while sniffling like Trump at a presidential debate.

Portland Needs Affordable Homes, and Your Support

Portland is in a housing crisis. It’s often the most vulnerable amongst us who are affected: seniors losing their longtime homes, families ending up on the street, low-income workers pushed further and further from the city’s center. The city faces a shortage of about 24,000 affordable homes and apartments for families and seniors making less than $37,000 per year. As a community, we must act to ensure a spirit of equity for everyone in this city we love.

Announcing Simple Shared

At Simple, our mission is to help people feel confident with their money. So we asked ourselves, could we create a way to share and manage money that would actually help improve relationships?

Socially Responsible Investments Committee

In December of 2014, Portland’s City Council passed a resolution creating a Socially Responsible Investments Committee. The committee is charged with recommending corporate issuers for inclusion on, or removal from, the City’s Corporate Securities Do-Not-Buy List in the City’s direct investment in corporate securities.

Venture capitalists pump more than $80M into Portland in Q3

Venture capital investment in the Portland market jumped in the third quarter compared to the same time frame a year ago.

CAT Barcamp – Oct 8, 2016

The sessions at a Barcamp are as unpredictable as the Oregon weather. They can be on various topics, from technology-oriented dev ops to non technology oriented ‘How to make the BEST grilled cheese EVER!’.

On the road

Rupert Poole, senior collaborations manager for future technology at Jaguar Land Rover’s growing Portland operations, is not just an engineering geek. He’s a self-proclaimed “niche geek,” having earned his career chops in the select, if not esoteric, field of automotive audio engineering.

4k 4Charity

The 4K 4Charity Fun Run in PDX is a 4km (2.49-mile) run and walk event that celebrates the achievements of the growing technology community in Portland while promoting diversity, wellness and charitable giving in a fun, casual environment.

MailChimp and the Un-Silicon Valley Way to Make It as a Start-Up

In fact, it’s possible to create a huge tech company without taking venture capital, and without spending far beyond your means. It’s possible, in other words, to start a tech company that runs more like a normal business than a debt-fueled rocket ship careening out of control. Believe it or not, start-ups don’t even have to be headquartered in San Francisco or Silicon Valley.

We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things

Much has been written about how the IoT is wildly insecure. In fact, the software used to attack Krebs was simple and amateurish. What this attack demonstrates is that the economics of the IoT mean that it will remain insecure unless government steps in to fix the problem. This is a market failure that can’t get fixed on its own.