An early local player in the Internet of Things and smart home industry is now part of the leading companies in home security. Portland startup IOTAS has been acquired by ADT.Read More
Oregon's 10 "most miserable" towns
[Editor: Now, you may be wondering why in the world Silicon Florist would be posting a story that besmirches Oregon. That’s right. I said “besmirch.” Well, fact is, I’m not. But it’s that selfsame titling that sparked a response post from Mitch Daugherty. And he and I both thought that this little grenade might elicit a response from you, as well. So without further ado…] Read More
This is why you bet on people: Chroma now enables any Oregonian to be an investor through Chroma.fund
It’s a phrase that has become almost platitudinal in early stage startup circles—especially when it comes to investors. “We don’t invest in companies. We invest in people.” But just because it’s overused doesn’t prevent it from being true. And today, with the launch of Chroma.fund, the team at Chroma proved why. Read More
And the Fourth Estate weathers another hit: The Oregonian reduces delivery of dead tree editions in favor of going digital
Okay, granted. I’m not very good at reading. And I get even worse at reading when folks are crafting roller coasters of content with excessive spin. But as near as I can deduce, The Oregonian—the major news outlet for Oregon—is reducing its physical delivery schedule in favor of focusing on more online content. Read More
Bloggers helping bloggers over beers… free beer that is
Beer and Blog, the Friday afternoon gathering that has become an institution in the Portland tech scene, started very simply. As bloggers helping bloggers over beers.
Now, those bloggers will be helping other bloggers over FREE beers, thanks to The Oregonian News Network. Read More
Portland blogs BikePortland, Lund Report, and Neighborhood Notes named to Oregonian News Network project
The Oregonian has a new project, designed to expose those blogs to an even broader readership, a staggering 2.26 million unique visits a month. The Oregonian News Network.
Portland is lucky to have some very strong local blogs. Very strong. Blogs that cover things that are important to residents of the town—and of interest to folks outside Portland, looking in. And even though it’s rare for those blogs to be run by traditional journalists, there is no doubt that they provide coverage and insight that rivals even the most seasoned reporter. Read More
Mike Rogoway is kicking my ass… and that’s awesome.
If you’re tuned into tech scene in the Portland area, you’re no doubt a reader of the Silicon Forest blog. And if you’re not, you should be. It’s written by Mike Rogoway, the tech and business writer for The Oregonian.
[HTML1]If you’re tuned into tech scene in the Portland area, you’re no doubt a reader of the Silicon Forest blog. And if you’re not, you should be. It’s written by Mike Rogoway, the tech and business writer for The Oregonian.
And lately, to be honest, Mike and his blog—even his printed pieces for that matter—have been kicking my ass. Quite soundly, I might add. And that, gentle reader, is a very very good thing. Dare I say awesome, even? Read More
OregonLive: Allowing OpenID logins, tweaking the blogs, and moving Oregon Reddit
As many of you know, OregonLive—the primary Web site for The Oregonian, the largest paper in Oregon—is managed far beyond the control of the local reporters and Web designers here in Portland. Like in New Jersey. What’s more, OregonLive runs exactly the same codebase as all of the other Web sites managed by Advance Internet, like New Orleans’ paper The Times-Picayune.
And since we all love to carp about the shortcomings of OregonLive, it seems only appropriate that we give them kudos for making marked improvements. Recently, Advance Internet has rolled out a few changes to OregonLive that are worth mentioning. Read More
The Oregonian on Apple, iPhone, and the Portland mobile scene
The Oregonian’s Mike Rogoway (Happy Fathers’ Day, Mike!) has a great piece about the burgeoning market supporting Apple products—especially with iPhone app developers—here in the Silicon Forest.
Portland-area startups mentioned in the article include Portland-based Urban Airship, Small Society, GadgetTrak, PheedYou, and Vancouver-based Avatron. Read More
SplashCast: I’m not dead yet! I’m getting better (focused)!
We knew full well that Portland-based SplashCast was shuttering their user generated content (UGC) features.
We knew full well that Portland-based SplashCast was shuttering their user generated content (UGC) features. That’s been coming for months.
When initial word of the change in direction reached the SplashCast user base, there was an expected outcry of dismay. But when it finally came down to it, keeping the UGC stuff going simply didn’t pencil out. As such, SplashCast decided to continue focusing on its Social TV efforts where it was gaining traction. And the June 1 shut down of the UGC features came and went without much notice.
Until today. Read More