Portland loves its shiny objects. And cutting edge technology. It’s our whole culture of curiosity. We can’t help it. But sometimes, getting ahold of the latest and greatest technology can be challenging. That’s when you need someone with connections. Like leading consumer technology blog and local success story Digital Trends. Read More
Every once in a while it comes up in conversation. “What’s the most overlooked company in town? Or the company that no one knows is here?” For a time, a good answer was Survey Monkey. Or MetaFilter. Or maybe deflecting with a regional office, like Pinterest or Yahoo! or Yieldbot. But time and time again, one of my favorite go to answers has been a homegrown startup here in town, Digital Trends. Yes, that Digital Trends. Read More
[HTML1]One of my favorite, successful “That’s a Portland company?” blogs is Digital Trends. It’s a tech heavy publication that covers all the comings and goings in the consumer tech space. From home theaters to mobile computing to games, they do their best to cover it all.
As I mention from time to time, I’ve got this list of “I didn’t know they were in Portland” companies. Great startups and blogs that are super good, but that—for whatever reason—don’t really get the recognition they deserve as hometown efforts.
One of my favorite blogs that falls into this category is Digital Trends, an incredibly popular blog that looks at gadgets and gizmos. Super well known—but not always recognized as Silicon Forest startup. Read More
Digital Trends is one of my favorite “sleepers” around the Portland area. Whenever I mention their name and the fact that they’re here in the Silicon Forest, I’m usually met with a “Really? That’s a Portland company?”
I mean, I rarely if ever hear anyone around here talk about Digital Trends—apart from an occasional mention on the Techvibes’ Portland Start-up Index (they’re #5). And unfortunately, I never happen to run into any of their employees at any of the local tech events.
So, why should you care?
Only because Digital Trends happens to rack up about 40,000,000
visitors readers (3-4 million unique visitors to the site). Per month.
That’s right. 40 million
visitors readers each month.
And that, my friend, is not to be taken lightly.
Another sign that they’re not to be taken lightly? Even though they’re pretty small, Digital Trends has just hired a new CFO, Nathan Bell.
In fact, I think this Nathan Bell is actually related to the CEO, Ian Bell. Or it’s just a random coincidence that they’re both named Bell—and that there are two Gauls in the company, too. (I’m not ruling anything out at this point, given that whole Nathan Bell thing. Maybe it’s Intrigo‘s Nathan who’s related to Ian?)
I’m sorry. Where was I? Gauls. Bells. Oh yes.
So Nathan Bell has been named the new CFO:
“Nathan brings years of financial experience to the table, and will help to shape the future path of the company as it continues to evolve and grow its awareness amongst technology readers,” said Ian Bell, Chairman and CEO, Digital Trends. “We’re pleased to welcome him to the Digital Trends team.”
And I’m hoping that we see more and more of Digital Trends around the Portland scene.
Digital Trends is the first stop for everyday readers, working professionals and gadget enthusiasts alike looking to make sense of how gadgets, games, home theater components and other tech-related products fit into their everyday lives. For more information, visit Digital Trends.
It’s that time again. Time for the Techvibes Portland Start-up Index, the monthly round up of Portland-area startup companies and products, ranked by the average of their Alexa and Compete rankings.
Admittedly a work-in-progress, the Portland Start-up Index often premieres “new” entries that have been—in actuality—heavy hitters for far longer than some of the “old” companies and products on the list.
So how did the rest of the startup scene fare this month?
Portland Start-up Index for August 2008
- Digital Trends
- Jive Software
- Earth Class Mail
- Gone Raw
- Active Reload
- Walker Tracker
- Art Face Off
- GoLife Mobile
- Jama Software
- Collaborative Software Initiative
- Box Populi
- IDP Solutions
- Worldwide Nest