Every year about this time, you start to feel it. It’s drawing near. The largest geeky Web event of its kind. A sort of pilgrimage for the Web types. Where they all head down to, well, Texas of all places. To hang out, attend sessions, and socialize with other people of their ilk. That’s right. I said “ilk.”
Yep, it’s true. The time is drawing near for SXSW interactive, once again. And it promises to be bigger and better than ever. But who from Portland is making the journey down south? Well, there’s no better way to find out—and draw the SXSW types out—than a social event. And that made tomorrow’s Beer and Blog Portland the perfect venue for a little get together. Read More
[HTML3]When you’ve built a gathering of interesting people that is consistently lauded as the best spot to meet and greet folks in the Portland tech and startup scene, people start to take notice. And that’s exactly what’s happening to Beer and Blog, the weekly happy hour for the Portland tech scene started by Justin Kistner.
What kind of people are noticing Beer and Blog now? Well, Portland Mayor Sam Adams for one. Yep, that’s right. The Mayor will be showing up tonight to hang out with the Beer and Blog crowd. Read More
[HTML1]Whenever I hear about tech types from out of town swinging by Portland, the first question out of my mouth is always—always—this: “Any chance you’re going to be here on Friday?”
Why? Because every Friday for the past two years the best place to meet and chat with the Portland tech community—as a community—has been Beer and Blog, a gathering with humble beginnings as an ad hoc support group of bloggers helping bloggers over beers that has steadily grown to become the de facto happy hour for the Portland startup and tech scene—whether you happen to blog or not.
And now, that little happy hour is all growed up in Internet years. Beer and Blog is celebrating its second anniversary today. Read More
While Taptu—makers of some impressive search functionality for the iPhone platform—may be headquartered across the big pond, their community manager, Jason Harris, lives right here in the Silicon Forest. So we’ve got a connection—I mean, besides that prevailing Portland love of all things iPhone.
And this Friday, we’ll have even more of a connection to Taptu. You see, they’re going to be hosting a focus group in which you might be interested. Better yet? They’re going to buy you a beer at Beer and Blog. And nothing makes friends quite like free beer. Read More
[HTML1]Lots of folks want to start a blog. And while it may be easy for you—in all of your geeky awesomeness—to set up a blog and start blogging, it’s not that easy for everyone.
That’s why the folks at Beer and Blog have created End Bloglessness, a regular event that helps would-be bloggers become bloggers by helping them set up their own blogs.
Want to help someone else get involved in blogging and stuff? Here’s your chance, Sunday October 4 from noon to five. Read More
[HTML2]Now you know how I struggle with the rumors. Generally, I don’t post anything until I’ve had the chance to check it out. I mean, just look at what all you crazy Portlanders did with that Dave Chappelle rumor.
But this one falls into the “fairly certain” category. And since I’m convinced that Portland loves WordPress and beer almost as much as it loves Chappelle I’m going with it: Matt Mullenweg—none other than the guy who created WordPress—will be at Beer and Blog, this Friday. Read More
You know who you are. You participate in the tech events. You do cool stuff. And you dutifully attend Beer and Blog on a regular basis. But more often than not, when folks starting pulling out their laptops, the glow of little white apples makes you feel like you’re in the minority.
Well, revel in that Window-ness my friend, because you’ve got a chance to win big, this Friday. How, you ask? Well Beer and Blog will be raffling off a brand new Sprint 4G data card and six months of free service—and none of it is compatible with Macintosh. Read More
You may remember the Software Association of Oregon survey I mentioned a few months back. You know the one. The one where the SAO was looking to get some feedback on what direction they should be pursuing? Remember? Well, you must. Because more than 40% of the respondents weren’t even SAO members—and I have to assume that means that you were likely one of those who responded.
Well in any case, the results are in. And they’ve been all munched and crunched and whatnot. And while it will come as little shock to anyone in the startup scene, the feedback says that SAO members would like… (drum roll please) exactly what the folks in the startup tech scene have been doing: smaller informal discussions at brew pubs. Read More
[HTML2]Just a little reminder that NedSpace will be hosting the grand opening of their second location—NedSpace Old Town—at the space formerly known as Vidoop, tonight beginning at 4 PM. The event—entitled “Hellzapoppin’“—will have free beer thanks to the fine folks at Widmer. And there will be live jazz thanks to Boy and Bean. Can’t beat that on a day like today.
But that’s not all. Tonight’s event will also feature you. Yes, you. If you’re a startup with something to demo. Read More