If you blog in Portland, chances are you’re using WordPress—the blogging and content management platform built by Automattic. And there’s good reason. WordPress has played a defining role in our little tech community. Read More
Seems like everyone is trying to incorporate game mechanics into their applications and offerings. Or, as we used to call them, “frequent flyer programs” or “loyalty programs.” Granted, there’s more than that to game mechanics, but that’s a big part of it.
Well, what if you could gain those same kind of benefits by using one of the systems you already have in place? Like if your login credential gave you the ability to earn badges and whatnot? That’s what Portland-based Janrain is exploring with a new partnership with Badgeville. Read More
[HTML1]If any network has a foothold in the world of social networking, it’s MTV. From The Daily Show to the Spongebob to complaining that MTV doesn’t show videos anymore, it’s hard to be on Facebook or Twitter on any given day without encountering an MTV media property.
Like free pizza? Like free beer? Interested in doing a little iPhone testing and hacking on some distributed identity and credentials sort of stuff?
Yesterday, probably 75-ish people visited Janrain for Lunch 2.0.
I’m not very good at counting, sadly, so it might have been more. Plus, as always, people wandered in and out, making a total count difficult.
Although it was a bit crowded and noisy at times, pockets of conversation were happening all over the office, in the hallway, by the elevator and the name tag tables, in the atrium, in the conference rooms.
This was great to see, as were lots of new faces.
Lunch 2.0 has evolved to include a nucleus of regulars, plus an ever-expanding mix of new people brought in by curiosity, by interest in the host, and by colleagues heading to lunch.
And this is why we like it.
It’s time for another Lunch 2.0, specifically one at Janrain this Wednesday, July 14.
The weather looks to be very pleasant, which is welcome, but alas, we won’t be on the rooftop deck as I’d initially predicted.
Apparently, the fire code has recently changed limiting the number of people allowed on the roof. Anyway, no biggie, Janrain’s offices are plenty interesting, and you won’t have to worry about flies in your food or sunburn.
No matter how geeky or antisocial you claim to be, it remains a fact that—every once in awhile—you need to put down the keyboard and spend some time with other developers. And this Thursday night, Portland, is one of those times.
Why? Because it’s the Open Source Bridge Startup Crawl, a progressive party starting at Kells sponsored by Facebook, mozying on to Portland startups like JanRain, Puppet Labs, and Urban Airship, and then finally winding up on the rooftop deck of Wieden + Kennedy and refreshments from Taplister. Read More
Identity powerhouse, JanRain, will be opening their offices on July 14 to host a Lunch 2.0.
By July, the weather should be nice and balmy, and the plan is to have the lunch festivities on the roof-top deck of JanRain’s office building at 519 SW 3rd Avenue.
There’s a fantastic, panoramic view of the Willamette, all our bridges and points East, from up there, so keep your fingers crossed for weather cooperation on July 14.
In addition to a great view, good food and usual Lunch 2.0 crowd, the good people from JanRain will be happy to chat you up about their RPX and OPX products, OpenID and OAuth in general, industry trends in social media, all the above.
You may not know this, but what distributed identity you decide to use and where you decide to use it says a lot about you—and a lot about the world of the Internet in general. I’m serious. Just think about it. Is Facebook Connect more popular? Is Google leading? What sort of traction does OpenID have overall? What about the promise of OAuth?
Portland has gone acquisition crazy. Why? After surviving a lean year, there’s lots of good affordable technology out there. And that means that Portland-based businesses are snapping it up or other businesses are looking to Portland products to augment their own offerings.
And today, it got even more Portlandy. You see, with AboutUs announcing the acquisition of JanRain’s Jyte, Portland products are being acquired by Portland companies. Talk about shopping local. Read More