When I talk about the Portland software development and open source scenes, one of the first questions I always get—always—is “Sounds interesting. About how many people in Portland are involved in the software community there?”
And inevitably, as that question hangs in the air, I stare blankly. Smile feebly. And say, “A lot. There are a lot.” Because fact of the matter is: we have no idea. Maybe there are 50,000. Maybe there are 200. There’s no telling. Because there has been no measurement of that group. Until now. The Portland software community census is designed to take a stab at coming up with that magic number. Read More
Well, April kind of sped by didn’t it? It’s already May and we’re well on our way into conference season. But it’s not too early to get a little nostalgic about all the cool stuff that happened last month, is it? No. It’s not.
What did you and your peers think were the most important stories? You might be surprised. Here are the top 10 posts according to your peers—a combination of Web and RSS metrics—from Silicon Florist for April 2010. Read More
If I’ve said it once, I’ve… well I’ve said it once. But it doesn’t make it any less true. Fact of the matter is, when you open up your data, good things happen. So when the City of Portland decided to join the ranks of cities with open data policies, good things started to happen.
Like what? Well, like EveryBlock having the resources they needed to finally add Portland to their list of cities. Read More