Yes, we’re in the final hours of TFNW. But it’s not too early to think about SXSW. And one of the best things about SXSW is that it’s one of the few massive technology conferences that allows the crowd to provide input on speakers and panels. They do it through the SXSW PanelPicker. And it’s always nice to see some Portland types in the running for a spot. Read More
It’s always nice to take a look at what’s happening in other startup scenes. Yesterday, I was up north at the—deep breath—Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, powered by TechStars Demo Day on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. All told, 10 new companies came out of the Accelerator, the first based on Azure. Read More
We always like to talk about how Portland—and by association Oregon—is a hub for mobile development. But guess what? The State government just upped the ante.
Not satisfied to just let its voting public vote by mail, the State of Oregon has now rolled out a program that allows folks to vote by iPad. Read More
A few years back, I had the opportunity to run a BarCamp Portland session called “From side project to startup.” I’ve always liked that thought. Because it’s a dream that so many of us have. To work on something we love—even if it’s on the side. And for that project to build so much momentum and find users and find revenue. And that we could make it our job. Day in and day out.
[Editor: It’s always nice to hear other perspectives on what’s happening with startups in town. The Portland State Digital Marketing class was nice enough to share their experience in which students and startups worked together. This guest post from Lisa Peyton captures that experience.]
Portland State University’s Market Square building was abuzz with excitement and hushed whispers during the final class. The Digital Marketing Strategies Certificate students were waiting for their “clients,” ZuluTime and LogicBox Software, to arrive for their final presentations. 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
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.
[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.
[HTML1]Remember back when the City of Portland launched an iPhone app? Remember one of the first questions out of the gates? That’s right. When was the City going to offer apps on other platforms?
Well, the City of Portland has been working on those other platforms and devices. And now, they’re ready to test an app for the open source Android operating system. (Or maybe not so “open.”) Got an Android device? Want to help the City test its app? Right this way. Read More