Time flies, and the Urban Airship (@urbanairship) Lunch 2.0 is upon us, pardon the unintentional aircraft pun.
I hope you’ve made plans to attend. It’s this coming Wednesday, the 26th at Urban Airship’s headquarters in the Pearl.
It’s going to be a good one, judging by the long list of RSVPs.
[HTML1]And we’re back.
It’s been months of silence since we had lunch at City Hall, complete with a Mayor (@mayorsamadams) sighting, and apparently, some of you actually miss little old Lunch 2.0.
The good news is we have a host for January; I was just waiting to announce it until you were finished with your holiday fussing.
So, without further ado, Urban Airship (@urbanairship) cordially invites you to lunch at their place in Old Town (Update: Turns out the office is actually in the Pearl, see comments for background on the geographical correction) for lunch and light networking on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.
So, yeah. You hear me blather on and on about Portland’s Urban Airship. And how they’re doing this. And how they’re hiring so and so. And how they’re getting funding. And how they’re pushing stuff.
But what is it that they really do? Well, Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton recently sat down with Robert Scoble and talked about what Urban Airship does and where the world of mobile app development is going. If you’re interested in mobile, it’s well worth the watch. Read More
Big big news coming out of the Portland startup scene in the wee small hours of last night. And now that you’ve had your cup of coffee or tea or whatever, why don’t you take a moment to settle in and catch up. Ready? Okay.
Urban Airship, makers of awesome services that help iPhone and iPad developers make stronger connections with their customers by doing less coding, has dropped a whale of release. They’ve announced $5.4 million in funding—bringing them up to $6.5 million total—and a huge new office space in the Pearl. Read More
[HTML1]I know I’m overstating the obvious when I say that, in the mobile market, things are a wee bit fragmented. You’ve got the platforms—like iOS, Android, and MeeGo, you’ve got providers—like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, you’ve got handset manufacturers—like HTC, Motorola, and RIM… the list goes on and on. And amidst this swirl sits a bevy of developers, just trying to build cool stuff for mobile. And the the tool makers trying to help those developers. If only there could be some crossover. To simplify things.
Well, now there is. Thanks to a new partnership between Portland’s Urban Airship and wireless provider Verizon where Verizon will promote Urban Airship push notifications services and AirDrop to the Verizon Developer Community. Read More
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
I’m going to try and prevent myself from assaulting you, gentle reader, with any trite phrases or comments about the Portland mobile scene “rocking out” or whatever. But honestly, it’s really really difficult when opportunities like this arise.
You see, there are two things that have hit my plate recently that are just too good to pass up. First, Portland-based Urban Airship—makers of magical behind the scenes technology that helps mobile app developers communicate with their customers—has landed Interscope Records as a customer. And second is Rock Show, a new Portland-developed app that brings a gallery of beautiful concert posters to the iPad.
Portland is definitely… Oh wait. Sorry. Here’s the news. Read More
[HTML2]Apple Push Notification Service has changed the way that iPhone app developers communicate with their users—by enabling developers to remain in contact by sending messages directly from their applications. Not only does it keep the application in the user’s mind, it provides yet another way of improving the user experience.
But there’s one little problem with the whole push setup. You see, for all the beauty of the iPhone interface and the apps therein, push notifications are still simple text messages. And that might not always deliver the user experience developers want. Read More
[HTML2]It’s not often that I get to break news. So I always tend to cherish the few moments that I do. And this one is special for any number of reasons. One, it’s a Portland startup in the mobile space. Two, they’re receiving a respectable amount of funding to continue doing what they do, faster. Three, it’s a company that’s less than a year old pulling in seven figures of cash. And four, these are people I’m lucky enough to see almost every day.
That’s a lot of reasons to be happy. So I couldn’t be more ecstatic to finally announce that Urban Airship—the company that supports the mobile development community by providing infrastructure for mobile messaging services like Apple Push Notifications for iPhones—has secured $1.1 million in funding, led by True Ventures. Read More
Startups need milestones. They need goals. And indicators of progress. And sometimes, they need to take a moment to stop and revel in some ridiculously huge numbers that remind them that what they’re doing might—just maybe—have hit upon that idea that will change the world.
For Portland-based Urban Airship, this is one of those times. Read More