Silicon Florist’s links arrangement

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

It’s Almost Time for Ignite!

Here are some helpful tips and tricks if you’re planning on attending Ignite Portland, Tuesday, February 5.

Jason Harris now writing for Web Worker Daily

Anyone familiar with the major tech blogs knows the name “Om.” And now, we’ve got a local connection to the GigaOm media empire. Web Worker Daily has recently added Jason Harris as one of its writers. Harris also writes for Download Squad and his own blog, Techcraver.

Invention 2 Venture Portland

(Sorry for the late notice. I just received the invite myself.)

February 8 and 9, the University of Portland will host a Friday evening plus all day Saturday conference on starting new ventures. The social event Friday evening will be downtown Portland and all Saturday sessions will be on the University of Portland campus. The theme of the conference emphasizes start-ups in the clean technology space.

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Ignite Portland follows ink with air

Ignite Portland, the event that encourages folks to share burning ideas in a five-minute presentation format, is quickly approaching its second instantiation, tomorrow night.

Response to the event has been nothing short of amazing. Blog coverage has raised the visibility of the event online. The Oregonian has interviewed the team behind the event, raising the visibility of the event with more mainstream folks. And now, Ignite Portland will be appearing on the Rick Emerson Show on AM 970 (”Solid State Radio”) sometime between 2 and 3 PM, today.

If you want to listen in live over the Internet, or listen to a recording later on, both the live stream and the recorded shows are available from the AM 970 website. You can, of course, just tune into 970 AM during the 2-3pm hour, as well. I will be interviewed by Rick Emerson and provide some background on Ignite Portland 2 and what people can expect. We appreciate the opportunity from AM 970 to get the word out. Twitter and Upcoming have been great avenues to market the event, but getting coverage in The Oregonian and AM 970 will help us reach those people not actively participating in the Portland online community.

If you’ve been thinking about maybe attending Ignite Portland, you’ve got less than 36 hours to RSVP. If you need more information, visit Ignite Portland.

And last but not least, if you’re planning on attending Ignite Portland, please take a minute to find me and introduce yourself, if you get the chance. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Calagator, the PDX tech calendar, snaps to life

Calagator, the community project designed to give Portland one tech calendar to rule them all, has quickly begun to show signs of progress. In fact, events have begun populating the calendar already.

How is this possible? Well, in addition to a bunch of hard work by a bunch of talented folks, this rapid development is thanks in no small part to the Calagator team’s choice to adopt microformats for importing event information, specifically hCal.

So let the importing (and bug reporting) begin!

For more information on importing your Portland tech events into Calagator, see the Calagator blog.

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Snagging Jobs on Facebook

Portland-based StepChange Group has released a new Facebook app for client SnagAJob. The app was built on Rails and leverages the RFacebook interface to the Facebook API.

MetroFi seeks emergency cash for wireless network

The Silicon Valley company that has been building Portland’s free citywide wireless network won’t finish unless the city hands over as much as $9 million.

Ignite Portland

From Peat Bakke: “My presentation is about “Beauty in Abandonment” — it’s about photographing abandoned places and things in the Portland area. I’ll also be wandering around, helping people register, find seats, and answering questions about the whole shebang. “

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Silicon Florist’s links arrangement

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

Got to play with a MacBook Air Today

At today’s Ignite Portland planning lunch, Raven brought his wife Mara’s MacBook Air – the one he ordered from her from the expo floor at Macworld, immediately after it was announced in Steve Jobs’ keynote.

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BarCamp Portland 2008 dates announced

It’s still three months off, but I’m happy to report that BarCamp Portland, our local BarCamp gathering, has announced the dates and location for the 2008 event: May 2-4 at CubeSpace.

Tech + Geek + Culture. The event for the Portland tech community, produced BY the Portland tech community. Interesting topics, cool people, and great networking opportunities. Always free to attend.

BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants.

The name BarCamp was inspired as a complement to FooCamp.

BarCamp Portland is managed by the Legion of Tech (the same great folks behind Ignite Portland). For more information, visit BarCamp Portland. To RSVP, visit the BarCamp Portland on Upcoming.

Additional BarCamp Portland coverage can be found on Dawn Foster’s Fast Wonder blog.

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

How I’d like to use Twitter for work

Could we be seeing some early thoughts around extending the functionality of Jive Software’s Clearspace?

“As I’ve been using Twitter, I’ve realized that there are some posts I make (or that I’d like to make) that are related to the work I’m currently doing. For example, I’ll post a URL that I’d want the people working on Clearspace 2.0 and our PR Agency to see.”

Finally, A Fast Wonder Redesign

Dawn Foster’s Fast Wonder gets a new look. Read here post about the how and why.

Leaving Nokia, Joining MyStrands

Dr. Joseph McCarthy, former Principal Scientist at Nokia Research Center Palo Alto, has joined Corvallis-based MyStrands as Principal Instigator.

OEN: Take a ride on the bus.

The OEN CEO Bus Tour is coming up this Friday and it should be not only fun but interesting too. The first stop will be at Vesticon, a company whose mission it is to cure Vertigo.

Oregon 2007 VC Investments Significantly Higher

Oregon ranked #16 compared to other states in 2007 venture capital investment-dollars, with $301 million invested in 40 deals.

For all you software development nerds

Kevin Spence of Portland Small Business posts: “I just saw this on my feed reader this morning. The Impact of Component Modularity on Design Evolution: Evidence from the Software Industry authored by Alan MacCormack, John Rusnak, and Carliss Y. Baldwin.”

Vimeo Search Improvements

Portland’s own Dalas Verdugo posts on search improvements to Vimeo: “Now when you search for videos and people on Vimeo, you have more options for sorting and filtering your search results. These new options will help you to refine your search and pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.”

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Portland Startup Weekend, May 23 – 25, 2008

I am happy to report that details on Portland Startup Weekend have just been announced. The event will be held May 23-25, 2008, at SMtvMusic.

Portland Startup WeekendNow, that’s not only Memorial Day weekend, it’s also pretty darn close to WebVisions 2008, which runs May 22-23, 2008, in Portland.

Oregon-native and Startup Weekend organizer, Andrew Hyde, has promised that he has a few surprises up his sleeve for this one.

I, for one, am looking forward to doing whatever I can to make this event a success for Startup Weekend—and Portland. And I hope you’ll join the fun.

(To help promote this event, feel free to use the Startup Weekend badge above.)

Just as Portland has made Ignite Portland an overwhelming success and promises to make Lunch 2.0 a Portland-flavored affair, I’m sure we can show the Startup Weekend folks how Portland puts its own unique spin on these types of events.

Tickets for Startup Weekend Portland will be sold here for $40. This is really a RSVP cost, and you will receive your fair share of food, swag and memories. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring a meal, shirts or massive amounts of caffeine, email

For more information, see Portland Startup Weekend. To reserve your spot at Portland Startup Weekend, buy a ticket. releases API, documentation

Portland-based, the music service that helps users share and rate MP3s, has announced the release of a rich RESTful API for accessing its data.

The primary resource type makes available is the playlist. We make playlists available in many formats, at many endpoints. We also have a few methods to manipulate and generate playlists. This document details the formats, endpoints (access urls) and uses of playlists.

Documentation on the API is available on a new API Google Group. For more information, visit

SplashCast reports metrics, hits the 200 million views mark

Portland-based SplashCast, makers of the media widget that allows anyone to create their own channels of content, has just crossed the 200 million views mark, rapidly eclipsing the 100 million views mark they hit just nine weeks ago.

Another impressive metric, SplashCast is reporting that they have more than 8.5 million unique users.

“That likely puts SplashCast in the top 20 of widget providers on comScore’s widget metrix chart,” said Mike Berkley, CEO of SplashCast.

For more information, visit SplashCast.

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