The holidays are upon us. And with them, the beginning of the rampant discounting and voracious consumerism of the season. Suffice it to say that I, for one, don’t want you to feel left out. So I thought I would throw a discount your way.Read More
Part of building a self sustaining ecosystem is reinvesting capital and wealth from one generation of companies to the next. But that’s also true for talent. That’s an important resource as well. Especially founders who can help the next generation of founders build their businesses. That’s why I was really happy to see Eric Winquist, founder of Jama, was joining Bigleaf’s board.
Well, it’s Friday. Time to highlight all of the premium jobs on the Silicon Florist job and gig board. Because if you’re looking for work—or talent—in the Portland startup scene, it’s an awfully good place to start.
What’s that? You’ve been meaning to post but just haven’t gotten around to it? No worries. See if this motivates you: just use the promo “sfnew” (without the quotes) and you’ll get 20% off any listing. So get to posting a job or a gig or whatever. If you’re looking for work? Well, you can always post for free. Read More
The Software Association of Oregon has recently announced a new Board of Directors. And I’m happy to report that those new Board members include a number of familiar faces from companies that have graced the pages of the Silicon Florist.
“Who?” you ask?
Well, hold your horses and I’ll tell you:
- Craig Barnes of Panels
- Ryan Buchanan of eROI
- Brian Jamison of OpenSourcery
- Brian Kissel of JanRain
- Scott Kveton of Vidoop, Bacon Geek, and bacn
- Hugh Mackworth of Smart Forest
Congratulations to the SAO and all of the new Board members. It’s nice to see some of the Web startups here in town getting a seat at the table.
Not only that, it’s a good direction for the SAO to be moving to ensure that they remain relevant with all of the various “tech community”s in town.
In other news, the SAO now has a Twitter presence. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. But interesting anyway.
In a very Barack-Obama-naming-his-running-mate-esque moment, I saw Bram Pitoyo congratulate the new Legion of Tech board members in a tweet.
I’m struggling to find an “official” post on this , but If texting is good enough for Barack, then Twitter is absolutely perfect for Legion of Tech. [Update] Legion of Tech has posted the new board for 2009.
An advisory committee is being established, as well. Names of the advisory committee were not announced (or tweeted by Bram, either).
Congratulations to the new board members! I know we’re all looking forward to another amazing year of Legion of Tech events.
Portland-based TwitterLocal, the service built by Matt King that allows you to create an RSS feed of Twitter users for a particular location, has just moved added a feature that takes the site from a one-time visit to a regular destination—a leader board for the top 30 cities on Twitter.
The leader board currently ranks cities by the number of tweets by residents in a rolling 24-hour period.
Glancing at it a few minutes ago, Tokyo was in the lead with San Francisco running a close second. Paris leads the Europeans. And our hometown of Portland is sitting around #14 or so.
From 8:00PM, April 8, 2008 through 8:00PM, April 9, 2008, the list looked something like this:
- San Francisco
- New York City
- (Entre mi cuarto y mis zapatos)
- São Paulo
- Los Angeles
- Portland, OR
- Washington, DC
- (United States)
- (Mexico Distrito Federal)
As you can see, there is some weirdness can show up in the results. King notes these flaws in the system:
- The seemingly high count of random places like “my pc”, “cybertron”, etc. are the geocoding service’s way of having fun. It seems some fake locations get assigned coordinates to somewhere in Kansas.
- There is also a very high count of locations with asian characters, which again the geocoding services give only one location. Other than that the numbers are fairly accurate.
Despite these minor foibles, TwitterLocal’s leader board is the first location-specific Twitter analysis that I’ve encountered which actually begins to show which locations have caught the Twitter bug.
And as impressed as I was with TwitterLocal’s service, I’m sure to find this type of competitive ranking completely addictive, at the very least. I’m sure I’ll be checking TwitterLocal leader board, obsessively, over the coming months to see if we can get Portland to crack the top 10. At the very least.
Did your hometown make the list? There’s only one way to find out.