Some of the best startups start begin by solving a very simple problem. David Embree just wanted one place to house all of his amateur race scores. And that became the inspiration for Athletepath, a site that lets anyone track and consolidate race scores, assess the competition, and track their progress over time.
Meet the Startup took some time to sit down with David to chat about founding Athletepath. Here’s what he had to say. Read More
You may remember a while back that I got the chance to chat with Angela Jackson about the Portland Seed Fund. That was before the Fund had officially launched.
Well, now it’s up and running. And the deadline—extended until June 6—is rapidly approaching. So it seemed to be a good time to reconnect with Angela. Well, and launch another little startup project at the same time. Read More
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
While it’s great to read about startups in Portland, sometimes—actually often—you’d like to hear the story directly from the people who are building the startups. That’s what’s happening with Startup Weekly, a new show that talks to Portland area entrepreneurs.
The guys who built Clicky, a four-year old Web analytics startup here in Portland—that also provides the analytics right here on Silicon Florist—sat down to chat with Startup Weekly recently. During the interview, they cover everything from building a startup to comparing Portland and the Valley to venture capital. Read More
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
If you were under a rock this weekend or—heaven forbid—actually spent some time unplugged, you may have missed the Startup School interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Yeah, that guy. The one in the movie.
Like Facebook or not, like Zuckerberg or not, this interview provides an interesting glimpse into Facebook’s somewhat frenetic beginnings, why the Silicon Valley is so good at germinating startups, and the motivation entrepreneurs feel. Read More
Did you know that aside from the droves of people around Portland who adore Twitter, our fair city actually has a deeper connection with one of the most popular tools on the Web?
It’s true. What’s more, our Portland connection makes an appearance in the Twitter Class of HQ video. Can you spot that Portland person? Read More
As you may have heard via numerous sources—including the Goog itself—development has been halted on the cryptic and somewhat enigmatic Google Wave. It’s future? Likely sunsetting. Perhaps dedication to open source.
But what was Google Wave? That’s a question that had many of us scratching our heads. Some of us were still scratching our heads. And somehow “the second coming of Lotus Notes” didn’t quite do it justice. But you know what? A little video by a studio with a strong Portland presence did. Read More
Earlier this week, Gary Vaynerchuk—of Wine Library TV fame—was in town promoting his new book, Crush It. During his visit, he wound up spending about a couple of hours taking questions and signing books for around 150 folks at Powell’s Downtown.
But that’s not all. Doug Coleman managed to snag some time with Gary to talk about his background, his passions, and his advice for folks looking to Crush It. Doug was nice enough to share the video with me, so I’m sharing it with you. Read More
Now don’t get me wrong. I love the WordPress. Nothing has ever made my blogging life easier than its open source goodness. But all that love aside, it does have a few blemishes.
Like embedding video. As anyone who has ever tried to embed a video in a WordPress blog post can tell you. They’ve likely lost a few clumps of hair in the process.
If only it could be easier. If only.
Well, thanks to Portland-based Alex “Viper007Bond” it will be. Read More