It’s no secret that I’m pretty bullish on Portland startups and the community that surrounds them. But it’s always nice to see that confidence validated by other organizations. Like Startup Grind. Which just selected Portland startup IOTAS as its growth stage startup of the year.
The Portland startup community is still coping with the loss of AWS Elemental cofounder and consummate Portland champion Sam Blackman, who passed away suddenly last August. Today, in his honor, Portland’s annual technology conference, TechfestNW, launched an new award designed to recognize members of the Portland community who are carrying on Sam’s legacy through their actions. The inaugural recipient was Monica Enand, founder of Zapproved.
I try to do my best to recognize all of the amazing people building awesome companies around here. But it’s always nice when others take the opportunity to do so. Especially when they’re major publications with prestigious lists. Like Forbes 30 under 30 who just named Lynn Le, founder of Society Nine, among its 2018 class.
We in Portland are quick to trumpet our tech scene, our community, and our forward thinking. But while we’re often happy to point to things the city is doing, it’s rare that we take that bragging to the state level.
Well, turns out Oregon’s CIO Dugan Petty is no slouch. Turns out, he was recently recognized as one of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” by Government Technology magazine and Center for Digital Government. Read More
Now, everyone has an opinion on awards. Some positive. Some negative. But here’s the thing. Everyone—and I do mean everyone—likes to be recognized for their efforts. Especially if it’s by their mentors and peers. And sometimes awards are the best way to formalize that recognition.
And since you already missed the Oscars and I don’t quite think you have the lungs for the Grammy, I found three awards that could very well land you on the red carpet with a statuette: OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards, SoMe Awards, and WebVisions Webvisionary Awards. So let’s take a look at how we get you and that statue on speaking terms, shall we? We shall. Read More
How’s this for a little local color? Err… colour? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Portland-based COLOURlovers, the community site that allows those enamored with hues and saturation to share their palette creations and ideas with the artistic community worldwide, has been nominated for the Webby Awards “Best Community Website” for the second year in a row.
What are the Webby Awards? They’re awards that are so cool they actually survived the dotbomb implosion:
Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, “Simpson’s” creator [and Oregonian, I might add] Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.
If you’re like me (and I know you are), I’d really like to see a Portland site walking away with one of these awards. Especially given that this is COLOURlovers’ second nomination.
But they’ve got some tough competition. Some would call it “insurmountable.” I mean, they’re up against the likes of del.icio.us, Flickr, and StumbleUpon. And I know “the nomination is an honor in and of itself.” But wouldn’t be nice to give COLOURlovers a fighting chance?
Well, you can. Through the “People’s Voice” voting.
That’s right friends. American-Idol-esque voting has permeated the Webbys, as well.
So, if you haven’t visited before, swing by COLOURlovers and take a look. They boast and extremely active community in an extremely niche space. And they’re just darn pretty, to boot.
So, if you like what you see, consider giving them your “People’s Voice” vote. And spreading a little of that Portland hometown spirit.
Power to the people. The Portland people. If you catch my drift.
Mapdango, a slick mapping mashup from Portland-based CartoSoft that has always impressed me, has now impressed a whole heck of a lot more people—including some folks down in Mountain View, CA—by winning the Best Mashup at Mashup Camp.
According to Andres Ferrate, CartoSoft’s Head Honcho and the development power behind Mapdango [Editor: Emphasis is mine]:
There were some great mashups in the contest, including several location-based product availability mashups, some mobile mashups (very cool to think about the emerging possibilities of mashing stuff around for devices), iMovie mashups, a Flickr history mashup, and more. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see all of the mashups that were competing. Nice to think the little mashup from Portland gave those Silicon Valley mashups a run for the bling bling.
For more on Mapdango and other geospatial magic, visit CartoSoft.
Corvallis-based MyStrands has just announced a program designed to find the best early-stage startup focused on “recommendation” technologies. And, once found, to fund that startup to the tune of 6-figures of investment.
The $100,000 investment prize will be awarded to:
[T]he best early-stage project in the area of recommendation technologies, considering the technology, business opportunity and team behind the project (without limitations as to which field the technology is applied).
This is a worldwide competition, but I’m confident that some of you Portland and Silicon Forest types—side project or otherwise—have got some cool technology that has a chance of winning this thing.
Why not give it a shot?
All Proposals will be judged using the following judging criteria: (a) implementation and integration of recommendation technologies, (b) originality and creativity, (c) likelihood of long-term success and scalability, (d) effectiveness in addressing a need in the marketplace, and (e) team bios.
Get into the finals and you’re off to Switzerland to present.
Five Finalists will be invited to present their projects during the ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys08) next October 23rd to 25th, 2008 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Finalists will be announced on October 6th.
So what are you waiting for? I think you can win this. And I’m sure the investment would help make your dream a reality. And if you’re not going to do it, then maybe our idea for Portland Startup Weekend should be based on recommendation technology.
Entries will be accepted until September 15, 2008.
For more information on the contest and requirements, see MyStrands’ post on the contest.
[Update: I just noticed that ReadWrite Web has posted on the contest, as well, encouraging MyStrands to continue its work in implementing open data standards.]