Category: Startups

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

Alex Payne discusses BankSimple, Portland, investors, and startup life

Well, Alex Payne, CTO and co-founder of BankSimple, took a few minutes to sit down with Startup Weekly and to share some of his thoughts.

It’s not often that someone tries to reinvent the banking industry. Especially from Portland, Oregon. But that’s exactly what the folks from BankSimple‘s Portland outpost are doing on a daily basis.

What’s it like? Well, Alex Payne, CTO and co-founder of BankSimple, took a few minutes to sit down with Startup Weekly and share some of his thoughts. Read More

I want to buy this. At this price. Tell me when that happens. Salemarked does, simply and elegantly

Enter Salemarked. A Web browser bookmarklet that allows users to select a specific item, set the price at which they would buy that item, and request an alert when that item actually reaches that sale price.

There are always the stories. You know. About the startups that made it. That cashed out big. That spawned another hundred startups. But what about the ones that fail? What do they spawn? Well, if it’s Oklahoma transplant Vidoop—which had a much celebrated move to Portland followed by a spectacular flame out—the answer is quite a bit.

Without the fall of Vidoop, there might not have been Bac’n, Urban Airship, What Spot Now, or some excellent design work at Spotlight Mobile. And there might not have been the latest project from former-Vidooper Koes Bong, a little project called Salemarked. Read More

Top 10 Silicon Florist posts for March 2011

April Fools! Oh wait. You’ve had about enough of that, right? Well, it is April 1. But instead of being all funny and whatnot—because let’s face it: I’m not—I thought it might be a good time to recap the most popular posts from March 2011. Sound good?

Good. So here, according to your peers, are the most popular Silicon Florist stories for March 2011 based on Web and RSS traffic. Read More

Startup Weekend Portland IV: This time… it’s suburban

When you’re starting a company, transitions are difficult. From founding. To building. To hiring. To exiting. It helps to have folks who can help you along the way.

That’s why holding Startup Weekend Portland at an incubator and coworking space like OTBC in Beaverton is perfect. Because if one of the startups knocks it out of the park over the weekend? They’ve already got somewhere to sit. Transition problem solved. Read More

Pitch Club: You’re not your khakis… I mean, unless your startup is about khakis

Yes, friends, it’s that time again. Pitch Club is imminent. As in this Thursday.

And yes—before you ask—you have to pitch. But I know you can do it. You’ve got a great idea or product or prototype or whatever. And you need to practice talking about it. Sorry but you do. So steel your resolve, gird your loins, and get your ass to PIE on Thursday. Read More

Android developer? Get ready to be happy. And pushy. Urban Airship streamlines push notifications for Android

Portland based Urban Airship has been leading the market in push notifications for the iOS platform on iPhones and iPads and now the Android platform.

You know me. I like to claim that Portland is the de facto hub of any number of scenes. Open source. Branch offices. Microbreweries. Strip… ahem. But when it comes to claiming we’re the de facto hub of the mobile development scene, that’s about as defensible as can be. And today, it got even more, um, defensibler.

You see, today, Portland-based Urban Airship—a company that has been leading the market in push notifications for the iOS platform on iPhones and iPads—happened to announce the availability of embedded push notifications on the Android platform. And that, my friends, is kind of a big deal. Read More

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