While slaughtering the English language is among my chief hobbies, I’m busy most days running PIE, an ongoing experiment to figure out how startups and established corporations and organization can collaborate for mutual benefit. Over the past eight years, it’s been a coworking space, an early stage startup accelerator, and a consultancy that has helped other accelerator programs.
What good is a terabyte of data if you’re lacking an effective way to visualize that data? And why does the task of crafting compelling and beautiful visualizations fall on the development team? Those are among the problems that Portland’s Reflect is working to fix. And today, you can see what they’ve been building. Because they are now in public beta. Read More
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Everyone in Portland has a side project or three. So I know you’ve had that app idea for a while. You know the one. And you’ve likely said—for the past few months—“I’m totally going to work on that this weekend.” But you don’t. Because the complexity seems a little daunting. Read More
We’ve all been there. You keep hearing about this new restaurant that is supposedly the new hotness. Or, worse yet, an old restaurant that is suddenly in vogue again. And full of fear of missing out and losing your hipster cred, you rush to the Web to check them out. And then crickets. Read More
While many folks dream of having an app in the App Store or Google Play store, rising above the noise means having an app that works—and works well. For that, you have to test it. And get criticism. But getting that feedback can be difficult if you can’t even share the beta version of that app with folks. That’s why Portland’s Riviera Build is working to help ease the beta process for mobile developers. Read More
Portland startup Orchestrate spent the end of 2013 running a private beta with a number of customers, fine tuning their service—one that takes care of hosting your data thereby replacing the need for companies to deal with the headache of running databases. But in 2014? Well, that beta has come to an end. Orchestrate has opened its doors to the public. Read More
If you’re interested in getting early access to a private beta from one of Portland’s most promising young startups, you’re in luck. And there may be a beverage and some food in it for you as well. Orchestrate—which made headlines earlier this year by raising $3 million in seed funding—is ready to allow Portland developers into its private beta. And Orchestrate is throwing a party to celebrate. Read More
Remember that one time—at rec league soccer—when you megged a middie and then pulled a rainbow kick into a miraculous bicycle kick, all to score the buzzer-beater game winning goal? Yeah, well we don’t. Because we never saw it. So we just nod sadly as you begin retelling the tale.
One of the great things about technology is that practically anyone can build an application. One of the downsides of technology is… that practically anyone can build an application.
And that means there are a lot of interesting betas out there. A lot of amazing Web services to test drive. And a lot of early coolness passing you by the wayside. Read More