Have a hard time visualizing the Silicon Forest? Maybe the Silicon Forest Universe can help.
The Silicon Forest Universe tracks the massive celestial bodies in the Portland-area—like Tektronix and Intel—and the startups that have launched because of them—which slide into an orbit around the originating company.
Brings “spin off” to a whole new level, doesn’t it?
Well, now that you know what it is, what’s in it for you?
I’m glad you asked.
Apparently, universal shifts are underway. And those cataclysmic events are your gain. You’re invited to launch your own planet.
Heike Mayer was a PSU student in 2002 when she helped create the original. Now a Virginia Tech professor, Mayer is working with PSU’s Sheila Martin (from the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies) and a host of regional technology associations to update it.
That’s right. It’s like our own local version of the International Star Registry. Or maybe Virgin Galactic.
Either way, if you’d like to get your startup into orbit, head on over to another Portland-based startup, Survey Monkey, to fill out the Silicon Forest Universe survey.
I’m looking forward to seeing you among the stars.
(Hat tip to the Silicon Forest blog)
Excuse me, if you will, as I step out of character. I wanted to take a second to chat with you.
Don’t look over your shoulder. You. Yes, you. Please, read on.
Right around a month ago, I decided to try a little experiment.
I felt the local coverage of small technology startups was somewhat lacking. I mean, I could thumb through international coverage on sites like TechCrunch and Mashable for once-in-a-blue-moon postings on Portland-area companies. And, I could read about larger startups in The Oregonian.
But none of those was really hitting the mark. So I decided to quit being part of the problem. And I tried to do my little part to help solve it.
That solution, from concept to first post, took an earth-shattering 35 minutes. And the Silicon Florist—a blog covering the small startups in and around Portland, Oregon—was born.
And so here we are, one month hence. And I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
No, that’s not true.
I’ve been shocked. Shocked with the reception. Shocked with the kind notes. Shocked with the participation.
I think I’ve struck a nerve. And I hope that I’m providing a valuable service for you readers out there.
I also thought it might be valuable to provide a little recap of what has happened in the past 30 days or so. I’m not setting any records, but I am seeing some interesting stuff.
- 70+ posts
- Flirting with 100 RSS subscribers at times. The current count is:
- Nearly 2,000 visitors
- 37% returning visitors
- 70% of traffic comes from referring sites (Thank you to all of you who showed Silicon Florist the link love!)
Top cities by visitors
- New York
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Washington, DC
- Hillsboro (C’mon Hillsboro! Yeesh.)
- KATU Portland-blogger invites blanket the area
- Goboz launches Digg for Portland
- Roundup: KATU Portland-blogger meetup
- Jive Software secures $15 million… and moves blog to Clearspace
- Grabb.it releases incredibly cool interface for iPhone
- To-do: Name that stealthy Portland startup
- Video: OpenID and Digital Identity
- Reminder: Digital Identity and OpenID, tonight
- Rumor: Goboz looking to take on CitySearch
- Ignite Portland?
Portland-area blogs, groups, and products mentioned
Finally, thank you for reading. Thank you for subscribing to the feed. Thank you for sending your tips. Thank you for your participation.
I’m looking forward to continuing this little experiment as long as it remains interesting to everyone involved.
It looks like there’s been some activity over on the Ignite Portland site. It’s no longer reporting a 403 error, and the blog is at the very early stages of taking shape.
If the site doesn’t exactly do it for you, maybe the Ignite Portland Facebook group is more your speed? (If so, you might want to join the Silicon Florist Facebook group, while you’re there. Or not.)
Ignite Portland will be fashioned after Ignite Seattle:
Ignite Seattle is a geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing, and innovation (and drinking).
The Ignite Portland team is still in the planning phase, but given the folks involved, it promises to be a must-attend event.
More news as it becomes available.
Portland Web Innovators have announced the topic and date of their October meeting.
The topic? Widgets. The date? October 3rd.
The event will feature Kevin Tate of Step Change and will be hosted by Nemo Design.
For more information or to RSVP, visit the Upcoming page.
It’s Friday. Isn’t it? It is right? I’ve kinda lost track of time.
What’s that? It is? Okay, great. In Portland, too? Okay, cool.
It’s Friday, so why not give yourself a little treat?
Ryan Williams of NetworthIQ fame has a new project in the works. It’s stealth. Super stealth.
Well, that’s what I’m claiming, anyway. Because the project doesn’t have a name. And in my book, you can’t be much more stealth than that.
Worse yet? He doesn’t quite know what to call it.
So you get to help.
Which is the best domain name for a site that aggregates feeds from traditional and social sites for a city?
Exercise your inner-entrepreneur—or your outer one for that matter—by swinging by Ryan’s blog, Web things considered, and placing your vote. Or suggesting a new name.
[Update] Ryan was nice enough to drop by a provide a link to the work-in-progress. Might provide a little more inspiration for your vote.
Portland’s own (well, okay, technically Sherwood’s own) Justin.tv correspondent, Alpha Geek, has provided a stream for the InVerge 2007 event, currently running down in the Pearl.
Click here to watch.
Continuing to lead in the “quirkiest Portland group name” contest, Portland Internet Astronauts has announced the date for their monthly gathering. The event will be held the evening of September 20.
Talking about current internet hot topics, looking at the latest web start-ups and sharing our ideas for projects and what we’re working on.
Current start-ups are covered by sites like www.techcrunch.com.
Portland has a pretty great creative scene and I know lots of sites owners are out there… Why don’t we get together and chat about what we’re doing and share experiences?
Space is limited, so if you’re interested in attending, please RSVP at Meetup. Currently, Goboz and Loud Is Relative are planning on attending. Colour Lovers is the organizer.
[Editor’s Note: As an aside, Loud Is Relative admits to “wanting to be blogged by TechCrunch.” Well, they’re now in a blog entry with TechCrunch. One step closer to the dream. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless.]
Portland-based Panic is well-known for developing beautiful and intuitive Apple Macintosh applications. So, it comes as no surprise that their latest product, Coda, follows suit.
What has been a nice surprise is the rave reviews the product has been receiving around the industry.
The latest? Freelance Switch has named Coda one of the 35 Absolutely Essential Mac Apps. To wit:
Coda is an all in one application that makes designers want to take notes and is a lot of web developer’s only tool. A text and css editor, a built in file browser (let’s not forget, these guys built Transmit) and an Apple Design Award to its honor. It also comes packed with a an actual web reference book reformatted and built into the actual application.
Scott Niesen, Director of Marketing at Portland-based Attensa, will be presenting at the Office 2.0 conference, this afternoon. He’ll be describing how to use Attensa’s product in combination with another Portland startup’s product, Jive Software’s Clearspace.
You can get the high-level gist of his talk—how using these tools in combination can be an effective way of streamlining the information flow in your organization—from the presentation
embedded below on Attensa’s blog. (Unfortunately the embed doesn’t play nicely with WordPress.)
At the very least, I wanted to highlight this pairing of complementary technologies from the Silicon Forest.