So much for the news slowing down as we roll into the holidays. There’s a huge announcement today from Nike that they’re launching a Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars to support startups that are building on top of Nike+ and FuelBand technology. Best of all? It will be housed right here in Portland. Read More
We always like to brag about Portland being the de facto hub of open source. Or maybe that’s just me. I do like to use “de facto hub.” Read More
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
One of the biggest gripes about the Portland startup and tech scene is that we’re often overlooked as, well, a startup and tech scene. But more and more, startups and established companies alike are realizing just how cool Portland is. Example? Take Google Hotpot which chose Portland as its first test city.
Now, there’s another hot application—it’s called Yobongo and it’s rumored to be a SXSW breakout app—that’s looking to establish some more outposts besides San Francisco, New York, and Austin. Could Portland be the next Yobongo city? Read More
Ah February. What a short little month. But somehow? Despite all that shortness? It managed to still get chockfull of a bunch of awesome information. Sigh. Portland. You crazy startuppy town.
So what sort of goodness did the month of February hold? And how many more damn times am I going to ask a question in this post? Let’s take a look at the most popular Silicon Florist posts for February 2011 as ranked by Web and RSS traffic. Read More
When it comes to describing the Portland tech scene—and I’ll admit I’m more guilty of this than most—it’s championed as the de facto hub of the open source community. I mean, OSCON and Open Source Bridge are held here. Our open source user group activity is off the charts. And, tired or not, we’ll always play the Linus Torvalds card.
But there’s still more to be done. And last night, someone challenged the entire town to do more. Who? Steve Holden, a staunch proponent of open source and one of the leading folks in the community surrounding the Python open source programming language. And guess what? He lives in Portland now, too.
Sure, sure. Portland is the de facto hub of open source. That’s no secret. But some things are. Like all that open sourcey knowledge you have crammed into your brain. That’s not right to be keeping all of that awesome open sourceness to yourself, is it?
The correct answer is “No. No it isn’t.”
But how do we share that knowledge effectively? Well, there’s no better opportunity to share what you know than speaking at conferences. And right now, you can throw your hat in the ring for two big open source opportunities: Open Source Bridge and Linuxfest Northwest. Read More
Yesterday, you might have heard that that little bookstore to the north of us released an iPhone app for Amazon Deals. What you may not know is that—de facto hub of mobile development that it is—Portland played a role in bringing that iPhone app to fruition.
Turkey day is over. Leftovers are already starting to thin. A bit. Maybe. Holiday shopping fun has begun. Christmas tunes are on the radio. How the heck did we get here already?
Well, let’s take a look back at the November that was. And see what posts you and your peers found most interesting.
Here are the top 10 Silicon Florist posts for November 2010 as ranked by Web and RSS traffic. Read More
[HTML3]Now for as much as I love the Portland startup scene and all of our homegrown goodness, I have to admit that I take a certain pleasure in the random Portland connections to other popular Web stuff. Like the fact that the creator of LiveJournal went to high school in Aloha. Or that ReadWriteWeb employs a good chunk of Portlanders. Or that the community manager for Vimeo lives here.