If you were part of the Portland startup or open source community a decade ago—or if you were a startup type who visited Portland during that time period—you probably had the chance to attend Beer and Blog once or twice. If you weren’t around Portland then, you’ve no doubt heard me wax nostalgic dozens of times about the event, a weekly happy hour that served as the point of connection for our fledgling community.
Ten years ago, the current Portland startup community was just starting to coalesce. And it’s no secret that many of the connections, gatherings, and events that made that possible were very much due to a substantially larger and more well connected tech community—the open source community—whose activity served as the foundation for the growing community of tech entrepreneurs.
Even though there’s less focus on it than previous years, Portland is—and remains—the de facto hub of open source activity. It’s just something in our blood. So it only stands to reason that—as more things become open—Portland would be a great spot for those open pursuits to congregate. Take for example Open Hardware Summit. Read More
I really enjoy highlighting projects other folks are creating. Really really. Conversely, I always hate highlighting my own projects. That’s not why I started this blog. This is always weird. Still, I wanted to let folks know that PIE—the ongoing experiment between the Portland startup community and Wieden+Kennedy that I helped cofound and continue to run—is changing what it’s doing. And that may impact you. Read More
As we work to create a more welcoming and diverse startup and tech scene, it’s important to recognize that there are any number of individuals who have already spent untold hours on this effort over the years. Making inroads without a great deal of support. Laying the foundational groundwork that will enable a more diverse community. And championing the effort tirelessly. Read More
Portland is known for rethinking banks. From startups like Simple to bigger banks and credit unions that are trying to do things differently. And of course we’re into open source. We’re the de facto hub of open source. Duh. But we’re also quite enamored of the cryptocurrency stuff. So it makes sense that we’d also be the home of rethinking banking and crytocurrency with an open source flare. Read More
It’s that time of year again. Portland’s homegrown, volunteer-run open source conference—Open Source Bridge—is almost here. Now in it’s sixth year, the conference continues its by developer, for developers focus, bringing some amazing speakers to town and highlighting some of the incredible talent we have here in our own backyard. Read More
If you’ve been in front of a computer over the past couple of weeks, you’ve likely caught wind of the Popcorn Time drama, a “Netflix for pirated content” that threatens to shake the very foundations of Hollywood entertainment. Read More
[Editor’s note: Remember when I used to post on early stage startups more often? Get ready to be happy.] Portland has long been known for its open source efforts. But not so much as a hotbed of ecommerce. That, however, may be changing. Especially if new open source ecommerce startup Sellvana gets their way. Read More