Really, if there’s one thing Portland is good at, it’s DIY. But DIY doesn’t have to be all about homemade leather suspenders or knit bombing telephone poles… When two local women needed a cool kid’s book about code for a gift to their new-to-fatherdom friend, they couldn’t find one. And this being Portland, they decided, "That’s a shame. Let’s make one." And so they have. Read More
[Editor: Thanks to Dale Davidson of TrekDek for another guest post.]
In the tech community, it has become an axiom that a startup, or any newsworthy startup, should have the goals of building a revolutionary product, receiving venture funding, scaling up massively, and selling the company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Read More
[HTML4]Remember that whole Bac’n thing? That Portland startup that sold bacon on the Internet? Did you know that the entire project—concept to launch—only took 21 days? What the…? How the heck do you build a successful startup in three weeks? Furthermore, is this entire post going to be written in the form of questions?
Well, I can’t answer that last question. But the guidance on how to build a startup in 21 days has been all laid out for you in a new book from the founders of Bac’n: From Idea to Web Startup in 21 Days: Creating bacn.com. Read More
[HTML1]Sure, sure. The world of mobile apps is in the midst of a veritable gold rush. It’s a market that has the potential to make individual developers and small businesses rich beyond their wildest dreams.
But just like the original gold rush, there are a few problems with getting to that gold. The primary one is a little problem people are calling “discoverability.” That is, in a world of apps, how do people find yours? The other is retention. Or once they have the app, how do you keep users using it?
It’s Thursday. And that means it’s time for another memePDX.
This time, it’s a very special episode. Why? Well first, it was recorded live at Open Source Bridge, the entirely volunteer run conference for open source citizens. And second, it features everyone’s favorite guest host Jason Glaspey. Read More
One of the biggest tech stories in Portland—or anywhere for that matter—this week has been the launch of the Apple iPad, a new “magical” device that—when announced—was purported to change the way we compute, work, and play.
But now that the iPad is actually in owners’ hands, how are people feeling about it? I asked some folks from the Portland startup community—who also happen to be proud new iPad owners—to give me their first impressions on this magical new way of computing. Read More
[HTML3]You know, sometimes you’re sitting there, watching one of the largest sporting events on earth. And you think you see something or hear something that has you doing a bit of a double take. Did I just see what I thought I saw? Did that guy just say what I thought he said?
Well well well. You may have heard that 2010 is the year of acquisitions in Portland. No really. It is. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ve got another one for you. That’s right. Already.
[HTML2]One of the most surprising and successful startups of 2008 2009 (apparently I’m still struggling with that whole “new year” thing) had to be Bac’n. I can’t tell you how many times I heard founders Scott Kveton, Jason Glaspey, and Michael Richardson utter the phrase, “Yeah. We sell bacon. On the Internet.” And every time, they got a kind of weird scrunched-up face look from the audience.
But they did sell bacon on the Internet. And they did it really well. With an incredibly beautiful and technically functional site. They did it so well, in fact, that Bac’n became almost an immediate target for acquisition. And now, after weighing their offers, they’ve found a company appropriate to gobble up Bac’n, Bacon Freak. Read More