One of the most lucrative markets on the Web these days has to be dating sites. You can’t turn around without running into another site that claims to use some carefully calculated algorithm that is sure to match you with your perfect mate in less than two hours so that you can spend the rest of your lives together in mutually enamored bliss.
But for all the technology, there’s one pervading problem: people aren’t the same from day-to-day. And that—the idea that your opinions fluctuate—is one of the underlying principles for Portland-based Blackbox Republic, a new startup from former Jive CMO Sam Lawrence that looks to bring the whole online relationship scene a bit closer to the real world. And all of it is wrapped in a pretty slick social network to boot. Read More
It’s always nice to see a Silicon Forest company coming out of stealth. Especially when they already have funding. But today a great deal of that launch story may be getting mired with one simple word: sex.
You see, Portland-based Blackbox Republic took the wraps off of their new “Community Exchange Platform” last night. It’s designed to be a mix of social media, compelling privacy controls, event management, retail, and real life meetups. Or as they’re calling it “social nicheworking.”
Where’s the sex there, you ask? Well, it’s in the target market they’re chasing: the sex-positive community. Read More
Even as Portland-based Jive has continued to set performance records quarter after quarter, one component of their executive team was missing: the Chief Marketing Officer role formerly held by Sam Lawrence. Today, Jive announced that that piece has now fallen into place with the hiring of Ben Kiker as the new CMO.
Kiker has an impressive past with a number of enterprise software firms—just the type of experience that Jive needs to continue taking their Social Business Software to that level. Read More
Portland’s Jive Software is beginning to emerge from its recent lull in communications. They’re dropping a number of releases, and they just landed an interview with Robert Scoble.
Definitely, a good way for them to start 2009.