Category: Startups

Tablet, tablet, who’ll lead the tablets? Mobspot would like your opinion on the future of tablet computing

Just like the Internet and the mobile phone before it, this whole tablet thing might just catch on. But how quickly? And with which markets?

That’s what the folks at Portland-based Mobspot are wondering. And they’d like to ask you a question or two to assess the future of the tablet world. Read More

Question-able tactics: Wordspreadz strives to raise the bar for social network conversations

Wordspreadz is a social network that seeks to raise the bar for intelligent online dialogue.

No matter how many social networks you’ve joined—from one to one thousand—you tend to start each one with the same inevitable question: What the heck am I going to post?

Well, what if—instead of leaving you to your own devices—that social network compelled you to answer questions and engage in conversations? What if the system asked questions that begged to be answered and in so doing provided insights into who you are and what you think? That’s the idea behind Portland’s latest social network Wordspreadz. Read More

Keep your customer support buzzing with Hively

While I really enjoy keeping track of the progress and success of the startups I follow on a regular basis, it’s always nice to come across something totally new in the Portland startup scene.

Meet Hively, a tool designed to help you manage your support staff and track your customer satisfaction. Read More

Pete Grillo talks Iterasi, startups, naming, investors, and getting the band back together

Talk to anyone about the Portland startup community and it will inevitably come back to one noticeable gap. No, I’m not talking about funding. I’m talking about the fact that we’re a tad short on entrepreneurs with successful exits. But they are here. If you can find them.

Pete Grillo is one of those entrepreneurs. He’s managed to successfully exit—twice. But that hasn’t stopped him from working on another startup—Iterasi—and advising other startups on how to play the game. Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for April 2011: Badass-ness, Code for a Better World, Portland 100 and more

April around the Portland startup scene was quite a month. Full of good news but also marked with some decidedly sad news.

What did your peers find most interesting on Silicon Florist? Well, let’s rank the top 10 posts by Web and RSS traffic and see, shall we? We shall. Read More

You don’t have to go big to succeed: Lifestyle Startups according to Jason Glaspey

[Editor: Thanks to Dale Davidson of TrekDek for another guest post.]

In the tech community, it has become an axiom that a startup, or any newsworthy startup, should have the goals of building a revolutionary product, receiving venture funding, scaling up massively, and selling the company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Read More

Three techie Portland Kickstarter projects that could use a little love… and one that’s been successfully funded

Portland loves the Kickstarter projects. And not just because Andy Baio was the CTO while he was living here. There’s simply something about the friends and family funding model that appeals to the Portland mindset.

So it should come as no surprise that there are any number of Portland projects on Kickstarter. But what may be surprising are some of the more tech oriented projects that wind up there. Here are a few of my favorites. Read More

Are you a majestic unicorn? 31+ Portland jobs that could be your dream job… even if you’re not a unicorn

There’s a lot of hiring in the Portland area as of late. And happily, a lot of it is happening in bulk—with a number of companies advertising multiple positions.

If you’re a developer, you’ve got a ton of choices. Maybe you want to help reinvent Rumblefish, build out ForeclosureRadar, or make COLOURlovers even more awesome.

And if you’ve been thinking of moving to Portland, there’s no better time of year. Read More

How Portland startups pioneered the Web 2.0 movement… without even knowing it

The person who coined the term Web 2.0 was working for a Portland company. One of the very first Web 2.0 apps was built by an Israeli engineering team for a Portland company.

Okay. It’s that time again. You know the one. The one where I get fed up with everyone claiming the Portland tech scene is some sort of flyover, oh isn’t that cute sort of technology community. Long story short, consider my panties in a bunch.

Because here’s the thing… Portland actually has a couple of random claims to fame in the world of Web 2.0. How so? Well first, the person who coined the term Web 2.0 was working for a Portland company not long after she coined it. And second, one of the very first Web 2.0 apps was built by an Israeli engineering team for a Portland company—even though we didn’t know it at the time.

Don’t believe me? Well let’s go. Because oddly enough? I was there. For both of those random things. Read More

Facilitating the Foursquare factor: Janrain partners with Badgeville to offer game mechanics

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

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