You’ve got good ideas. You’ve got elegant code. And you’ve got the next killer app. But what you could really use is some capital to make a real go of it.
That’s where funding comes into play. Oregon Entrepreneur Network understands.
So rather than make you come right out and beg, they have their own little Thunderdome for funding called Seed Oregon:
Nine presenting companies will be selected to compete in the Seed Oregon tournament. Each will have 10 minutes to present their concept to the PubTalk audience, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session. Three companies will compete at each of the the preliminary rounds, with the audience voting for the winning presentations to move to the championship round. The Angel Oregon Selection Committee will serve as judges for the championship round.
The competition is restricted to companies in the Portland metropolitan area who are currently seeking a seed round that is less than $2 million.
If you match those requirements and you’re interested in a little “two man enter one man leave,” consider sending in an application. The first round entry deadline is August 31, 2007.
Every summer, a bevy of bloggers journey to Seattle for Gnomedex. And given Portland’s relatively close proximity to Seattle, a few of the Portland crew generally make the jaunt.
So last week, both Marshall Kirkpatrick and Josh Bancroft kept us up-to-date on the goings-on via Twitter. Alex Williams also provided some play-by-play from Portland, while watching the live feed.
While Gnomedex 2007 will likely be remembered for Mahalo-gate, Marshall proves that there was actually other content associated with the event, as shown in his SplashCast Gnomedex recap channel.
If you’re a Portlander who attended, by all means link up your recaps in the comments.
[August 15, 2007 update] Jason Harris just published a recap, as well.
Portland Internet Astronauts was founded by Darius A. Monsef IV, who is probably best know for COLOURlovers. It’s purpose? To bring together local Portland online entrepreneurs to share ideas:
This is a group for the creative people building and running online start-ups. It is a group to get together to talk about our new ideas, share development & design resource and tips, and talk about the latest developments in web technology.
The next Portland Internet Astronauts get together will be held August 16 at 7 PM in the Urban Grind in the Pearl. Seating is limited to 20 attendees. To RSVP or get more information, visit the group’s Meetup page.
Our neighbors to the North have a little get together called Ignite Seattle. It’s a blend of full-on geekery and mixing it up with otherwise ungeeky folk. And it seems to be working well.
Well, word around the campfire is that an Ignite Portland may very well be in the works.
Details are slim but promising, at this point. But, fear not gentle reader. Once I know, you’ll know.
OSCON 2007 is nothing but a fond memory. Almost.
For those that attended and want to participate in a post mortem on the event, the PDX PHP group is hosting an OSCON 2007 recap at CubeSpace on August 14.
As many of you know PDXPHP had a booth at OSCON. We met lots of interesting folks and learned about many intriguing projects. Come down to our August meeting and share what you learned at OSCON or learn what was shared at OSCON.
The Portland PHP Users Group is a community forum for people to share, meet and learn about PHP and Open Source technologies. The group strives to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in PHP regardless of their skill level or background. Through sharing and communication we believe we can foster a creative and successful community of PHP developers.
Portland Web Innovators has just announced the topic for their September get together, “Digital Identity and OpenID.”
Hosted at Jive Software, the event will feature Scott Kveton.
Digital identity promoter Scott Kveton will talk about his experience with OpenID and the future of digital identity on the web. He worked at JanRain (creators of MyOpenID) as CEO and helped it reach Business 2.0’s list of Startups to Watch. Now Scott consults and speaks on identity and open source.
To RSVP, visit Upcoming. For more information on Portland Web Innovators, see the PDXWI site.
The folks who organize the BarCamp Portland event, Dawn Foster and Raven Zachary, also hold a series of informal meetups throughout the year.
The Portland meetups are intended to be a little less intense and more frequent than a full BarCamp Portland event. The intent is to get a group of cool people interested in technology together to chat over drinks on the fourth Thursday of every month. Anyone working in high-tech is welcome to attend. Conversations usually range from wikis to open source to blogs to who knows what!
Interested in attending? See Upcoming or RSVP at the BarCamp Portland site.
I’m not really sure what this is. Even after reading this:
inVerge 2007 is an immersive 2 to 4-day experience starting on Sept. 6th in Portland, OR USA that focuses on emerging interactive convergence [invergence] dynamics manifesting as various global business trends including: media platform integration, brand integration, collective intelligence, participatory culture and mass collaboration.
But it has plenty of buzzwords, and that’s always good. Isn’t it?
In any case, it’s happening in Portland, September 6. And paying $495 will surely lead you to a deeper understanding of the concept than I’ve been able to garner with my quick gloss and snarky comments.
Get more information on Inverge 2007 by visiting the site or reading the Invergence blog.