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
I’m tired, Portland. For any number of reasons. But mostly because — after more than a decade of writing this blog on a weekly basis — this community still feels like it needs a ton of work. You must be tired, too. Because you have all made a ridiculous amount of progress against any number of odds. And you’ve created and innovated and persevered. But there’s still so much more to do. And not a lot of help to do it.
If you’ve been to Beer and Blog Portland in the past year or so, you’ve likely had a beer. Or a drink. Or some food. And it’s highly likely that your order at the Green Dragon was taken by Lexie, who has single handedly been dealing with the Beer and Blog crowds, week in and week out.
If you’ve ever happened upon a parenting blog, you’ve happened upon Parent Hacks. It’s Lifehacker for the parenting set. But what you might not have realized is that Parent Hacks is penned right here in Portland.
Now, that uber-useful resource has received some well deserved recognition. Parent Hacks, which is curated by Asha Dornfest, was recognized as the single most useful mom blog and—for the second year in a row—#10 out of the Top 50 Mom Blogs compiled by Babble. Read More
It’s Friday. I think. Let me check. Yes, it’s Friday! And you know what that means, right? Well, yes. Oh. Right. I guess it does mean that, too. But it… yes. That too. But it also means it’s time for everyone’s favorite Portland tech happy hour, Beer and Blog.
Now, as many of you know, Beer and Blog is always special. It’s just that sometimes? It’s a little more special than others. This is one of those times. You see, word around the campfire is that the BankSimple crew will be attending, this week. Read More
[HTML1]It’s been one of those weeks. Hasn’t it? I know. I hear you. And you—I’m sorry to say—you look like you could use a drink. So how about a free one?
What’s that you say? Free beer? It’s true. Thanks to Deluxe who has kicked in to sponsor tonight’s Beer and Blog Portland. And if free beer isn’t enough for you, you might be tempted to meet all the folks who are in town for WordCamp Portland. Either way. Read More
As much as I love cheerleading new ventures on Silicon Florist, there are times when I have to talk about less than happy news. Because they affect you, they affect the Portland tech scene, and they deserve to be covered.
And so it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I have to report that Portland-focused blog OurPDX has been shuttered. I say “a bit” because there is a silver lining to this cloud. You see, there is the promise that the shutters may be reopened once they retool. Read More
Three years ago this week, I got a little fed up. I got frustrated because I kept hearing about cool projects that were taking place in and around Portland, Oregon, but I never saw the traditional media outlets or the tech blogs covering those projects.
“Self?” I said to myself. “Why isn’t there a local blog covering the Web, mobile, and open source startups and events in Portland, Oregon? Why oh why isn’t there?” And then I asked myself a much more dangerous question: “Why don’t you start one?” And that is how Silicon Florist came into being. Read More
So, you’ve heard of Beer and Blog, right? The weekly geek gathering that has become the de facto happy hour for the blogging and startup scene in Portland?
So have a lot of other folks. And that’s why, when people are visiting from out of town, they often try to stay over Friday night, so that they can get a chance to meet some of the folks from Portland. And what’s more? We try to woo them to Portland. It’s happened before. And there’s the chance that it could happen again this week, as the folks from Involver swing by Beer and Blog to kick Portland’s proverbial tires. Read More
Sometimes, I get so into keeping with all the awesome Portland startup news that I forget some folks are new around here.
Yes, like you, gentle reader. Welcome! It’s nice to have you here. I hope you can stay awhile. And please let me know if there is anything I can do to make your visit a better one.
So for all of the new folks—and for all of you who have been around here for awhile—I thought I’d do a little spring cleaning. And let you know all the ways that you can keep up with what’s happening here on Silicon Florist and in the Silicon Forest. Read More