As time went on, Alex helped the BankSimple office in Portland grow, made some interesting local hires, and continued to work as the company landed more funding for its cause—reinventing the consumer experience with banks. Read More
Every day the City of Portland is hustling to make the business environment here more hospitable to those people who are looking to live and work here. And trying to make it a great place for startups. In that way, Portland is a bit of a startup itself. Trying to build something new—and reinventing the way it does things—to speak to a new target market. Read More
[HTML4]Now, I know you focus on the entrepreneurial stuff all the time. You’re all startuppy and stuff, day in and day out. But guess what? Not everyone recognizes the value of entrepreneurial pursuits like you. Sad. But true.
But you know what? Portland does. And so, to coordinate with National Entrepreneurship Week, Portland Mayor Sam Adams has declared Portland Entrepreneurship Week to be the week of February 20, 2011. Read More
[HTML1][Editor: Given the Startup America Partnership announcement, it seemed an appropriate time to release the latest post from guest writer Dave Chase. It’s a piece calling the City of Portland to action by encouraging them to shop locally for technology. It’s a similar stance to “Buying local isn’t just for food.”]
Perhaps the most frustrating thing for a software startup is the glacial pace at which governments move. In this post, I’m going to suggest something that Mayor Sam Adams and the City of Portland can start today. Fortunately, it’s already identified the value of “dogfooding” (i.e., being a proving ground and reference) of local software. Read More
So you’ve responded to the surveys. You’ve heard about CivicApps. You’ve seen the City of Portland declare open source in government week. But you still don’t really have a clear idea about where we go from here. Or how the developers here in town fit in with the City’s plans.
Well, get ready for a little clarification. Tonight, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and the City of Portland will be hosting a Software Summit to discuss the economic growth strategy for our industry. Read More
Well, well, well. It’s that time again. Time to recognize hard work and geekery. The time when all of the CivicApps stand up to see which one is deemed the best and brightest of the Portland CivicApps competition, a contest where developers try to build interesting applications using open municipal data sets provided by the City of Portland.
You remember the CivicApps competition, don’t you? Of course you do. And tonight at NedSpace Downtown, a number of these apps are going to be recognized as part of the CivicApps Awards Ceremony. Read More
Hey all of you Portland tech types. It’s Thursday again. And you know what that means, right? It means it’s time for another riveting episode of memePDX, where we cover the hottest tech stories in Portland… and beyond.
This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss Open Source Bridge’s dates and volunteer sprint, Portland Mayor Sam Adams on Twitter, Oregon Film hosting Portland Lunch 2.0, Ustream getting a ton of funding, and Marshall Kirkpatrick pontificating on Facebook’s future as a news reader. Read More
[HTML2]You may remember a couple of months back—during the Open Source Bridge conference—that Portland Mayor Sam Adams made a commitment to turn Portland into a “hub for open source.”
But conversing about a topic, as they say, is relatively easy. Or to put it more bluntly: talk is cheap.
That’s why it’s incredibly heartening to see the City moving to get something on the books with a resolution that is designed to officially make Portland a more open city. And if you care about open source—even remotely—it would be great to see you at the City Council meeting this Wednesday during the testimony and voting on the resolution. Read More
[HTML2]While the news coming out of yesterday’s Portland City Council meeting will likely be mired in heated he-said she-said debates about the fate of the 39th Avenue / Cesar Chavez hoopla, something very important happened late in the day: Portland’s City Council unanimously passed the Portland Economic Development Strategy.
Why is this so momentous? Well, aside from being the first publicly recognized economic strategy for Portland in 15 years, it’s the first time that Portland has formally recognized the open source, mobile, coworking, and startup community. And that’s a big step forward. As Eva Schweber says, we should be proud. Read More