Category: Links

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 28, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Marshall Kirkpatrick on G4TV’s ‘Attack of the Show’

ReadWriteWeb posts “[Portland’s] Marshall Kirkpatrick was a guest on G4TV’s “Attack of the Show” television program to discuss Google’s OpenSocial platform. Marshall gave his thoughts on why Google formed a foundation with Yahoo! and News Corp. (MySpace) to govern the open source project, and what that means for users and data portability. He also spoke about why Facebook has stayed away from OpenSocial so far and offered thoughts on whether or not the platform will end up succeeding.”

Venture Resources Conference

The Venture Resources Conference is a one-stop-shop for resources your startup needs to succeed. Five service providers required by anyone starting a business will offer you an opportunity at no charge to sit down in a 1:1 setting, discuss your ideas and get specific answers to your specific business needs. April 26 at the World Trade Center.

SplashCast garners Wall Street Journal lead

Ty McMahan writes “Michael Berkley likes to joke that he is responsible for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s March 4 presidential primary wins in Texas and Ohio. Berkley is the chief executive of SplashCast Corp., a start-up that builds advertising campaigns around social media widgets than can spread virally through the Web. And, it just so happens that a group of Clinton supporters launched a Web site the week of the primaries using SplashCast technology.”

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 27, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Metafluence: Proud to be a part of Voce Communications

Following up to a story published yesterday, Justin Kistner writes “If you haven’t read SiliconFlorist or Voce Nation, then you’re among the last to know that I am joining the Voce Communications team. Voce is a PR firm based in Silicon Valley that is a leader in the social media space that cut it’s teeth by launching the Google brand.”

Ideas + Great Web Services = New Fun Site. Introducing Crocspotting.com!

Josh Bancroft writes “Yesterday, another one of those cool “perfect storms” of ideas, easy to use web tools and services, and smart, innovative people happened. It all started with some photos I posted of a recent trip to the beach, of me in my signature orange Crocs. A conversation on the topic started up on Twitter.”

Daring Fireball: UI Candy

A big congratulations to Josh Pyles’ UI Candy for the John “Daring Fireball” Gruber mention. Gruber claims to have taken the site down with his traffic, but I know it was all of you Silicon Florist readers.

Why High Start-Up Valuations Don’t Bother Me One Bit

Charles Hudson writes “Valuations based on actual market transactions are never ‘wrong’ – they reflect prices at which buyers and sellers were able to get together and get a deal done. Saying that private market valuations for web 2.0 companies are ‘wrong’ is like saying that $4 gasoline is ‘wrong’ – while both prices may be hard to understand or justify, high web 2.0 valuations and high gas prices are both reflect the price at which a seller and a buyer were able to agree and complete a sale.”

Mobile Portland Monthly Meetings Established

Lyza Danger Gardner writes “Mobile Portland will meet on the fourth Monday of each month, location TBD. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 28. We are actively collecting interesting mobile topics for future meetings.”

Vidoop PDX Offices

Vidoop begins to establish their presence in the Rose City. Looking for some co-working space? I’d talk to Mr. Kveton if I were you. Maybe you could show up to Beer and Blog on Friday or Startupalooza on Saturday to buttonhole him.

Ignite Bend in the works

Bend just hoisted the Ignite flag. Portland stands ready to assist.

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 26, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Center Networks: Expert Network – First 3 Announced: Herman, Vaynerchuk, Turoczy

Ever feel like you got invited to the cool party completely by mistake? I did when Allen Stern wrote “Last week we announced plans to expand CN with a network of experts around the world who will provide content in their areas of expertise. Today I’d like to share the first three experts: Darren Herman, Gary Vaynerchuk and Rick Turoczy.”

Recession be damned, Intrigo’s still hiring

Nathan P. Bell writes “Intrigo’s search for top talent continues. Today we listed openings for three new job positions at Intrigo. You can find them on Silicon Florist’s brand spanking new job board or follow the direct links below.”

Paying rent to yourself for a home office

Kevin Spence writes “At the PDXwi event last week, I was asked a very interesting question: Should a home based single-member LLC pay rent to the owner of the home–the same person– in order to avoid any ‘piercing of the veil’ problems.”

Vidoop presenting at Startupalooza

Scott Kveton writes “This weekend (Saturday 3/29/2008 to be exact) we’ll be doing a demo of myVidoop and our ImageShield security technology during Startupalooza at CubeSpace in Portland, OR. If you’re in town and interested in learning more, by all means, come and join us!”

Get your geek on this weekend

This weekend, however, is an easily digestible precursor—an appetizer, if you will—to the geeky madness that will soon overwhelm Portland. So, it might be a good opportunity for you to dip your toe in the water. Or, to carry on the analogy, to get a taste of what the summer holds. Here’s what’s in store for those brave enough to venture out, this weekend:

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 25, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

TweetPeek is Mashup of the Day

Portland’s Tweetpeek, a feed mashup that allows you to create group Twitter feeds comprised of anyone or anything that interests you, made Mashup of the day.

FriendFeed Comments Widget for Your Blog

The Portland Pipes, um, Plumbers get some more recognition. Dawn Foster’s FriendFeed Comment Finder Pipe serves as the basis for this blog widget.

PC World – Best Free Download is FreeRange

The folks at FreeRange write “PC World just did their 101 Fantastic Freebie’s list, not only including FreeRange in the list but choosing it as Best Download!”

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 24, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Beer and Blog: Scott Kveton on implementing OpenID on your blog

Justin Kistner writes “This week Scott Kveton is going to help us understand the ins and outs of OpenID and how to implement it on your blog. I know @turoczy will be excited about this because we wants OpenID back on the comments form for SiliconFlorist. “

Yahoo Pipes and RSS Hacks at Fast Wonder Blog

Yummy Yahoo! Pipes hacking from Dawn Foster. All in one convenient place.

Startupalooza is Saturday, March 29th at Legion of Tech

Don’t forget to RSVP for Startupalooza being held this Saturday, March 29th from Noon until 6:30 at CubeSpace!

SplashCast: Daily Stats

Tom Turnbull writes “We are wearing it on our sleeves at SplashCast. This new addition to the site looks great and provides a great look into traffic volume.” And I have to agree. I really appreciate SplashCast providing this view into the numbers surrounding their product. Very cool.

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 22, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Matt King’s TwitterWhere is dead. Long live TwitterLocal!

Matt King writes “TwitterWhere is now TwitterLocal. It’s hard to find a name that hasn’t been taken, but I think I’ve finally nailed it. I couldn’t get TwitterLocal.com, someone registered it and put up a useless placeholder page. But now at least I’m not stepping on any toes.”

pdxdog

A Ning-based social network for dog lovers in the Portland Metro area to communicate, meet each other and share great resources. It is looking to become a “go to” site for creating groups, sharing tips and ideas and great products.

BumperStickr

Two words: bacon bumperstickers. Need I say more? Just stumbled across this site from Eugene. Not sure it really qualifies as a “startup” but they’re speaking at an upcoming OEN event, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 21, 2008

 

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Aaron Hockley will be breaking down WordPress 2.5 for us at Beer and Blog

Justin Kistner writes “If you don’t know, WordPress 2.5 is kind of a big deal. It will be significant WordPress update. Aaron is saying he’ll convince you to switch to WP if you don’t use the WP already.”

MyStrands is the Best Multimedia Application!

Corvallis-based MyStrands Social Player has won the Mobile Rules! Award 2008, a leading annual competition in the mobile world, as the Best Multimedia Application. The Mobile Rules award ceremony is taking place in San Jose right now.

Grading Gartner and Forrester

Sam Lawrence has been a client of both Gartner and Forrester since January and has provided an interesting report card of the two analyst firms. Lawrence, CMO at Jive Software, a collaboration and community software maker, had the following key takeaways

Promoting Portland and strutting our stuff

Michael Richardson writes “The Silicon Forest is becoming more and more relevant; the torrential sucking of investor money that Silicon Valley has inflicted upon the rest of the nation is fading as more and more startups are popping up in other places – and yes, Portland is one of them. We’re doing good things here, and the pace is increasing. The community is finding itself which is only increasing the momentum. We need to show off this talent. We need an interactive festival.”

Linux Plumbers Conference 2008

The Linux Plumbers Conference was created to provide a forum for communication and problem- solving for issues which are system-wide and cross project boundaries. This community event includes both invited guests as well as open registration, gathering 300 stakeholders, decision makers and developers. Linux Plumbers Conference 2008 will be held September 17-19 in Portland.

Vimeo: Finally, A Reason To Use Facebook

Patrick Moberg writes “The main benefit to you is adding a Vimeo box on your Facebook profile to showcase up to date streams of videos you upload, like, and appear in. This allows your Facebook friends to see the videos you put on Vimeo.”

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 20, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

SplashCast performs 75 times better than banner ads

Mike Berkley writes “We recently completed an analysis on the average click-through rate (CTR) of a typical splashcast. It’s about 3%. That means that every 33 times a splashcast is loaded on a web page, a user interacts with it.”

Metaphor for ExpressionEngine 2.0

Michael Boyink on the new version of Expression Engine, “So my working metaphor is that EE 2.0 is like taking your current CD/ DVD collection, buying a much nicer/sturdier/more expandable rack to store them in, and then re-organizing them while moving them into the new rack. Same music that you love – just better organized in a better environment. And maybe a few new CD’s to boot.”

Startups: Looking for Investors?

Not really a “Silicon Forest” based property, but I’m all for helping you guys attract funding to the area. No word on whether Angels and VCs are actually looking at this list.

stevenf.com: The First, The Free, and the Good

Sage advice for any startup, or any established company for that matter. Steven Frank writes “Where you can really dominate is by combining two or more of these properties. If you are first AND best, you’ll be doing quite well for a very long time, as long as you stay the best. If you’re the best and free, it’s going to be very hard to compete with you — although those two lines don’t intersect just every day.”

EllisLab Hiring, Two Positions Available

Bend-based EllisLab is looking to hire a full-time Code Mechanic and a Senior Technical Support Specialist. Be advised, that these are both “work from home” giges, just in case you’re looking for yet another excuse to move to Bend.

Mobile Portland Meeting on Monday

Jason Grigsby writes “The first Mobile Portland meeting is scheduled for this coming Monday. eROI has graciously offered to host us. Our topic this month: the iPhone SDK. RSVP here.”

FriendFeed Comment Finder at Fast Wonder Blog

Dawn Foster writes “A bunch of people have been talking about how FriendFeed allows people to comment on content within FriendFeed. This means that we have to log into friend feed every day and scour for comments, which remain fragmented from the source of the content. I can’t fix the fragmentation, but I think I have part of a solution (implemented as a Yahoo Pipe, of course).”

DorkbotPDX 0x01

DorkbotPDX 0x01 will be taking place on March 30th at the PNCA Graduate Studios building (1432 NW Johnson St.). We are planning to start things around 6, though there will probably be time to socialize a bit before the talks start.

Twitter: The Uselessfulness of Micro-blogging

Portland’s Scott Hanselman makes a great case for you to be using Twitter.

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 19, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

6 Tips for Hiring Top Talent at Startups

Good advice for startups from CenterNetworks, “Hiring at startups is hard. You’re swamped, running in a ton of different directions and don’t necessarily have a big budget set aside for recruiting. But hiring top talent at startups is essential. You can’t afford to hire anything but A-players.”

PDX Web Designers

Just stumbled upon this collection of Portland area Web designers.

Pacific Northwest Sees Increase In Web 2.0 Investments

Dow Jones VentureSource said today that Pacific Northwest, Web 2.0 venture investments grew to $140M and 13 deals in 2007, up from 6 deals and $35M in investments, as overall Web 2.0 investments in the U.S. grew to $1.34B.

Startup Weekend 2.0: New Format

Andrew Hyde writes “So now we launch the marketing term Startup Weekend 2.0 for our weekend. Startup Weekend is an amazing event for building community, finding cofounders and finding a challenge for yourself. Looking back over the past weekends there is a huge opportunity to build on our strengths by changing around the format.” Portland Startup Weekend is May 23-25, 2008.

OEN Swapmeet on March 27, 2008

Drop by the OEN SwapMeet on March 27th at the Someday Lounge. This is a program was created specifically for people looking to connect with entrepreneurs, early-stage companies, and the people who help them both grow. As the Oregon economy continues to develop, there will be more and more opportunity to work with, work for, or start new companies in growing industries. SwapMeet is a great way to get connected to the people making it all happen.

stevenf.com: Tweaking Coda Books

Steven Frank writes “It’s not even 4 months since the last update, but I know the wait is killing some of you regardless. Please try to resist asking me for a release date. We have always tried to ship by quality, not by calendar. A buggy release sooner doesn’t help anyone.”

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 15, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

ExpressionEngine 2.0: Fully CodeIgnited!

Derek Allard writes “This is great news if you’re an ExpressionEngine user, a CodeIgniter user, or both. As an ExpressionEngine developer you will have a greatly expanded community of talented developers working with you, and for you. I said during my talk, ‘The nerds are excited, and you should be excited that the nerds are excited.’ As a dyed in the wool nerd, I stand by this!”

Yahoo Pipes: Track Twitter Replies with RSS Part Deux at Fast Wonder Blog

Dawn Foster writes “My issue with the original reply sniffer is that it was based on TerraMinds.com, which was down all day yesterday, so I decided to modify it to use a similar service, TweetScan. Here is the link to the new and improved Twitter Reply Sniffer pipe.”

May 10th Drupal Camp Location locked in

The official date and location for PDXDrupalCamp has been announced: May 10 at the Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA).

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