Category: Launch

MomHub brings kid-friendly Portland to the forefront

MomHubThanks to Twitter and actually meeting some folks in person, I’m well aware that children are a common ailment blessing among Silicon Florist readers. And even the folks without kids—to a person—are aware that children exist.

So I thought everyone would be happy to read about the launch of a new startup focusing on the parents of the smaller set.

Portland-based MomHub just came out of pseudo-stealth mode and is beginning to promote its mom-helping services. At first blush, it shows the promise of being a valuable assistant in helping today’s overly busy moms sync up with other overly busy moms on things like kid-friendly meeting spots and helpful products:

As active playgroup participants, the founders observed the power of word-of-mouth advice that is exchanged between parents about helpful tips, such as a new coffee shop to visit or a new stroller to check out. Every parent seemed to have his or her special stash of information and no central place to share it in an effective way. MomHub was created to make it easier for local parents to exchange this type of information beyond the usual bulletin board or forum.

The current version of the service combines social networking and ratings, making finding kid-friendly spots and researching potential get-togethers a great deal easier.

Not a fan of micro-humans? MomHub works for you, too. Just check the board to determine the popular spots that are likely to be overrun with little ones. (Laurelwood, anyone?) And then steer clear. See? Win-win.

And, don’t feel left out, dads. There’s a DadHub, too.

MomHub is a central resource for moms to find the local groups, activities, places and products that can make their life easier or their day more entertaining. MomHub enables moms to share their local knowledge and insights. MomHub was created by a small team of parents in Portland, Oregon. It is free for moms and groups to use and is supported by local and national advertisers. For more information or to register, visit MomHub.

Goboz launches Digg for Portland

Portland-based Goboz, which has been available to a closed group of beta testers, has officially gone live, today, as promised.

Goboz features Citysearch-like functionality for reviewing and rating business. And the company has been working to position itself in this light. I mean, it’s Portland. We like to chat about our restaurants and bars. And, continuing down that path will likely be Goboz’ best means of supporting the site with local advertising revenue.

And, it’s true: Citysearch is horrible. It’s an easy target. No argument there.

At first blush, the easy Goboz brush-off could be “Another Digg clone?” or “Is this another Pligg site?” Do we really need another way to rank restaurants and bars in town?

Maybe not. But Goboz has something we do need. I’m thinking there’s some real potential here. That, if Goboz plays their cards right, they could fill a very interesting niche for the Portland Web community.

I think the true utility of Goboz is its ranking engine. Not for businesses, necessarily, but for Portland-based news and blog entries. And currently, that sort of activity is vastly under-served in our beloved Rose City.

I mean, as far as locally focused news-ranking services go, there’s The Oregonian reddit. And then there’s…. Well, that’s about it, actually.

So, while Goboz seems to want to lump themselves in with the Citysearch crowd, I’m going to advise you head over to the Goboz site with “Portland’s Digg” in mind. There could be some real value to the blogging community in that type of service.

In fact, I’ve added this post to Goboz, and we’ll see if you agree.

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