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Portland founder on his big sale: ‘I want this to be bigger than me’

“This was an early acquisition. I didn’t expect it,” said Paez, who said that selling so soon was definitely not part of his plan. “You can’t time these things. As a founder you can only do so much to plan and predict your future and the rest comes down to opportunity and these moments of potential and you capitalize on them or you don’t.”

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Confused about encryption? Ken Westin can help

One of the things I most love about Portland is that we’ve got more unassuming expertise per capita than any town on earth. Tons of super talented people. But you’d never know it. Because they keep a low profile. So whenever one of them raises that profile a bit? I’m going to celebrate that. Like when Ken Westin decides to start a podcast on encryption. Read More

You down with UDID? Yeah, now you know me… my location and app activities

[Editor: If you’ve been following any tech news lately, you’ve likely come across the he-said she-said purported breach of FBI data that led to a million Apple iPhone unique device identifiers (UDIDs) being released into the wild. We asked local security expert and founder of GadgetTrak, Ken Westin, what the big deal was. Here’s what he had to say.] Read More

REMINDER: Mobile Portland discusses what happens when the robots win

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Mobile Portland is the best thing going around here, right now. And now, Mobile Portland is even more mobile. They’ve moved the gathering to tonight, because the last Monday of the month is Memorial Day.

And what better topic than discussing how your smart devices are more sentient than you think? Read More

How you too can be a media whore: GadgetTrak’s Ken Westin shares his secrets for hacking the press

If there’s one startup in Portland that continues to pile up impressive media coverage—especially coverage by traditional outlets which don’t usually cover startups—it’s GadgetTrak. And there’s a reason.

You see, CEO Ken Westin has made hacking the media and press and art form. It’s become his best way of ensuring that his product gets in front of more customers. Read More

Meet the Startup: Stealing a moment with Ken Westin of GadgetTrak

When it comes to Ken Westin and GadgetTrak, it’s a very “waiting for the market to catch up with your idea” story. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

But slowly but surely, if you can hang on long enough—and the market emerges—you can hit a home run. And GadgetTrak is well positioned to do just that. Read More

ActiveTrak’s Ken Westin chats with KGW about unencrypted Apple iPhone tracking logs

Unless you’ve been under a rock—and without your iPhone—for the past few days, you’ve no doubt heard about the now infamous Apple iPhone tracking logs that are held on your phone and your computer, unencrypted.

Sure. You check into Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places. And you visit sites on the Web. And you turn on GPS to use maps. And you make calls that bounce off of specific cell towers. But little did you know, your location was also being logged by your phone. Read More