It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of people starting stuff. And it’s not just companies. I like it when people start podcasts, blogs, events, meetups… you name it. Start start start. That’s why I was really happy to see that the inaugural Latinx Tech PDX was so successful that it’s starting to be a thing. They’re doing it again, this Thursday.
If you run in early stage startup circles, you’ve likely come across Product Hunt, which over a relatively short period of time has become the de facto place to launch a product—and now, if they’re physical products, ship them as well. What you may not know, however, is the Product Hunt has an Oregon connection.
As motivations for startups and more sustainable business models continue to evolve, there are an equal number of organizations rethinking the support structures for those founders and their businesses. One of those organizations has been working on the problem for half a decade. And they’ll be in Portland tonight. Meet Happy Startup School Portland.
I know that there are plenty of meet ups in town. Plenty. But one thing I’ve noticed is that they still tend to be fairly siloed. Either by skills. Or by industry. Or by platform. Or by something I can’t think of right now. So when Mitch Daugherty, my fellow cofounder at Built Oregon, suggested something that broke down those silos? I was super interested. Read More
[Editor: File under “Better late warning about upcoming events than never.” Apologies.] It’s no secret that Portland is managing to attract its own fair share of regional offices. And while the bulk of those offices tend to outposts for our Bay Area friends, we’re also getting offices from other cities. Like New York. Read More
When Dave Hersh stepped aside as the CEO of Jive, we all hoped—or maybe knew—that it would only be a matter of time before he got back into the startup game. And while we’ve heard rumors here and there about what his latest effort, RipFog, is up to, Thursday marks the first public event in which they’re engaging. Read More
As many of you know, Evan Prodromou of Laconica—the foundation of the open source microblogging service Identica—is here in town for Open Source Bridge. He’s been spending time in the hacker lounge and speaking at the conference. But he wants to make sure that he can meet up with other Identica users while he’s in town.
Just a quick reminder that if you’re from the Portland area and you’re going to SXSW Interactive 2009, thinking about going to SXSW, or should be going to SXSW (you know who you are), then tonight would be a great opportunity to meet up with some folks of a similar ilk.
That’s right. I said “ilk.”
Surely, we can eclipse San Francisco’s paltry attendance of 250 people, can’t we?
What’s that? Oh. I see.
Well, in any case, come on out tonight! The get-together will be held at the Fez Ballroom, starting at 6. For more information, see Calagator. To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Portland” in the subject. As in “Portland is awesome,” “Portland r0xx0rs,” or “RSVP Portland meetup.”
Still on the fence? Maybe this will help:
Also, one lucky attendee at the Portland party will win a FREE registration to the 2009 SXSW Interactive Festival. Bring your business card so you can enter the drawing!
Looking forward to seeing you tonight.
In a little over two months, a good chunk of the Portland tech scene will begin its annual pilgrimage down to Austin, Texas, for SXSW Interactive.
Maybe you’re going. Or maybe you’ve been toying with the idea of going. Either way, Dawn Foster highlights an upcoming meetup that you should seriously consider: SXSW Interactive Portland Meetup.
This will give you an opportunity to learn more about SXSW from the people who organize it. If you’ve never attended or were on the fence about attending, it’s a great opportunity to learn more. For those of us who already love SXSW, it gives us an opportunity to get to know some other Portland people who plan to attend.
The event will be held Monday, January 19, beginning at 6 PM at the Fez Ballroom.
And now here’s where it gets a bit weird. If you would like to attend, you should RSVP by emailing email@example.com with “Portland” in the subject line. Because nothing says “cutting-edge interactive conference” quite like email.
Okay, here. I created a Calagator entry for the event. While you can’t RSVP there, that definitely makes it a little more cutting-edge—and Portland-y to boot.
All kidding aside, SXSW is an amazing conference. A place where you’ll find yourself talking to the best and the brightest in the industry and feeling like you’re definitely among people who “get it.” What’s more, the Portland contingent promises to be even bigger this year, so we’ll be able to take that shared experience back here—and we’ll continue to benefit from it all year long.
You should go. It’s well worth the time. And I’d love to see you in Austin in March.