Our love of check ins is all well and good. But let’s be honest—even though Portland Mayor Sam Adams made it official—Portland isn’t the only place that loves Foursquare. So around the world on April 16, people will be celebrating Foursquare Day. Get it? 4/16? Four squared? And you’re invited for Portland’s own celebration. Read More
[HTML3]You, on the motorcycle! You two girls! Tell your friends. For one night only, Portland, you’ll have the opportunity to secure a new Foursquare badge for Foursquare Day, feast on some tasty Whiffies pies, and be part of the live studio audience for Portland’s premier tech podcast, Strange Love Live.
We’re a fairly tight-knit community here in the Portland startup scene. Even if those startups have nothing to do with tech.
One of the best examples? The Portland food cart scene. We know it’s awesome. And it’s also a primary source of sustenance that fuels any number of late night hacking session—or even daytime hacking session depending on the cart.
Arguably, there is no more beloved cart—at least by the local geeks—than Whiffies, the fried pie cart at Cartopia on SE Hawthorne. Especially because Whiffies’ strong Twitter presence. So it was great to see Whiffies, Food Carts Portland‘s Dieselboi, and even Strange Love Live getting a little love from the national press. Read More
When it comes to geogeeking here in Portland, most everyone knows about Platial, one of the original social mapping efforts that was founded right here in the Silicon Forest. But what you may not know is that Platial’s cofounder and chair, Di-Ann Eisnor, is hard at work with another geolocation company called Waze.
While Waze isn’t Portland-based, having Di-Ann working there does give us a Portland tie. And now, there’s another opportunity to put Portland on the Waze map—literally. Di-Ann is inviting you to give Waze a test drive and provide feedback on the mobile. And the reward for your hard work? A free pie from the Whiffies food cart for participating drivers. Now, what could be more Portland-y than that? Read More
The sweet or savory deep fried darling of the Portland, Oregon, startup scene these days isn’t one of our traditional startups. Sure, it’s got a Twitter account. Yes, it’s a popular hangout for many of the usual gang in the Portland tech scene. And, of course, it gets most of its work done during #afterhours. But this startup? It makes pies.
Happy hours. They’re a thing. For real. And not so long ago, there was a community happy hour that grew into a really, really big thing. And an important and formative thing. But it didn’t start that way.Read More
There’s been a lot of talk about Bitcoin this year. Once a fringe idea espoused by hardcore cyberpunks, there has been a large increase in demand and interest from tech startups, incubators, and investors that are working to legitimize the space. But why is Bitcoin becoming so popular, and how does it help us solve some of the biggest problems facing startups today? Read More
Remember a few weeks ago? No. I mean really. Do you remember a few weeks ago? Good. Because I have a hard time remembering that far back sometimes.
Anyway, remember a few weeks about when “Shit [whomever] says” was blowing up as a meme on the Web? Well, in the midst of a meme-fever, it seemed a sure thing that the world needed “Shit Silicon Forest startups say.” Read More
Any time Internet dignitaries swing by, it’s always good to show them a good old fashioned Portland welcome. And so I’m hoping that you—the geeky Portland consulate—can provide some suggestions for what Johann should do while he’s here in town. Read More
It appears that Summer has arrived, which means lots of stuff to do, including a Lunch 2.0 at the Portland Development Commission (@pdxdevelopment) this coming Wednesday from 12-2 PM.
You won’t want to miss this one.
The PDC has been active lately, including tech as part of their Economic Development Strategy and polling Portland software community for input and information.
Last week, Eva Schweber (@EvaCatHerder) and Audrey Eschright (@spinnerin) started a Portland software community census to provide the City and the PDC with good demographic data to guide their policies.
You’ll want to fill that out, so I’ll wait.