Tag: contest

What’s better than Backstage Capital launching an accelerator program? The fact that accelerator could be in Portland

I’ve been working in, on, and around venture funded startups for the past two decades and then some. And yet, I’ve never quite seen anyone manage to take the traditional myopia of venture capital head on. And win. But then there’s Arlan Hamilton. Who’s doing just that.

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Start the new year off right… err left: Quick Left offers to adopt a seed stage startup for a month of free software development

You’ve heard me say it a million times: development talent is hard to find. So when you get the chance to get a bunch of highly talented to help? I’m no genius, but I say you should jump at it. That’s why I’m recommending that you take a gander at Quick Left’s offer to adopt your seed stage startup. Read More

A little help for a big help: Treehouse could use your vote to bolster Code Oregon

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times—and you’ve had to listen to it every time I say it: finding development talent is the biggest problem holding back most startups, these days. And Oregon is no different. That’s why Portland’s Treehouse launched Code Oregon, a project designed to create 10,000 new developers. And now, Treehouse could use a little help of their own. Read More

Your vote could help CPUsage win $100,000 worth of agency services

You know that whenever there are startup competitions, I’m pulling for the tech startup to win. Usually, they’re popularity contests or funding competitions. This one is a little different. You see, Portland Startup Weekend alum CPUsage has the opportunity to cash in on $100,000 of agency services. And you can help. Read More

Take your Halloween costume and iPhone for a spin. And win.

SpinCam—the app that allows you to easily capture 360 degree panoramic images with your iPhone or iPad—is getting in the Halloween spirit. And you stand to benefit.

The folks at Spot Metrix, creators of SpinCam, are inviting you to spin your Halloween costume for the chance to win. Read More

Oh look! It’s the Easter… Ostrich? Find Zappos eggs filled with happiness in Portland, this week

Whether you buy stuff online or not, you’ve likely heard of Zappos. They’ve become a poster child for how to create a compelling, engaging corporate culture. And they’re all about the happiness.

Now, they’re taking the opportunity to spread that happiness to Portland. Read More

PortlandOnline design contest redux: City of Portland revises its stance but there’s still more to discuss

[Editor: The following is a guest post by Eric Hillerns who has been helping to lead discussions around the City of Portland’s PortlandOnline design contest with both the City and the design community of Portland. I think it’s an important discussion for both the Web design community and—if the City is to engage more closely with the development and startup community—all of us, so I wanted to keep you up-to-date.]

Following our meeting with the City, AIGA Portland delivered our recommendations for addressing the issues surrounding the PortlandOnline “Challenge.” Since our exchange, the City of Portland has posted a revised challenge. Some suggestions were adopted and others were not. We were well aware that the City would make their own decisions, and we respect the outcomes of their position. Read More

City of Portland regarding PortlandOnline design contest: Oopie.

The City of Portland realized that the request was poorly worded. Now, they say: In partnership with Portland’s design and development community, we are in the process of revisiting our rules and criteria.

[HTML2]Given that I’ve covered some of the creative community’s response to the City of Portland’s contest to redesign PortlandOnline.com, I thought it would be wise to update you on what I’ve heard recently. All thanks to the work of the AIGA of Portland to keep the discussion going.

Long story short, while the City of Portland realized that the request was poorly defined and worded, they didn’t expect the kind of response it generated. So now they’re refining their position on the contest. To wit, “In partnership with Portland’s design and development community, we are in the process of revisiting our rules and criteria.” Read More

Video: Portland creative community gathers for round table on PortlandOnline design contest

As you’re likely aware, there is a continuing discussion surrounding the City of Portland and the redesign of its online property, PortlandOnline. It’s sparked a great deal of emotion—specifically because a proposed contest to redesign PortlandOnline smacks of spec work.

The Portland chapter of the AIGA recently gathered other members of the Web design and graphic design community to talk through the issues surrounding the contest and how the creative community should respond. Read More

Whiffies plays host to gluttony for the good of geeks

The sweet or savory deep fried darling of the Portland, Oregon, startup scene these days isn’t one of our traditional startups. Meet Whiffies.

The sweet or savory deep fried darling of the Portland, Oregon, startup scene these days isn’t one of our traditional startups. Sure, it’s got a Twitter account. Yes, it’s a popular hangout for many of the usual gang in the Portland tech scene. And, of course, it gets most of its work done during #afterhours. But this startup? It makes pies.

Meet Whiffies, the food cart playing host to a very special pie eating contest tonight—Pie Champ 2.0—raising money for Free Geek, our awesome local geeky recycling center. Read More

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