While the name Vizify might not be familiar to more recent transplants, it definitely rings a bell for folks who have been in the Portland startup community for a bit. An early investment for the then new Portland Seed Fund, Vizify was one of the first local companies to be selected to participate in a Techstars cohort. And apparently, that selection put them in rare company.Read More
You probably caught the news that Portland startup Vizify has been acquired by Yahoo! And as part of that, the team is being relocated to the Bay Area to be part of the Yahoo! office down there. While it will be sad to see the team go, it will be nice to have some more Portland friendly types down south. Read More
One would think that the big tech news this week would be SXSW, but Yahoo! had other ideas. You see, Yahoo! has filed a “puzzling” patent suit against Facebook.
[HTML1]One of my favorite, successful “That’s a Portland company?” blogs is Digital Trends. It’s a tech heavy publication that covers all the comings and goings in the consumer tech space. From home theaters to mobile computing to games, they do their best to cover it all.
Happy Portland Pitch Day! And Thursday. And other stuff. To celebrate this Thursday, the memePDX elves have working on baking a fresh new episode of the show. Just for you. And since you’re going to be busy at lunch, I thought I should get it in front of you sooner rather than later.
And this show is cram packed full of tech stories from Portland… and beyond. Read More
It’s a beautiful sunny spring Thursday in Portland. So what better way to spend your day than sitting in front of your machine watching memePDX? Oh wait. It’s a podcast. Put it on your iPod or iPhone or iPad and go out and enjoy the sun. Please.
This week, Cami Kaos and I cover jobs at Portland startups, Portland’s take on the iPad, WordPress for iPad, Rock Show, Geomena API, Google Buzz privacy reset, sneak peak at iPhone OS 4.0, and rumors of Foursquare being acquired… by Yahoo! Read More
Hey lookie there! It’s Thursday. And that means it’s time for another episode of memePDX. I mean, so you’ve got a little company during lunch. What’s more? It’s episode 26, which means we’ve reached a half a year of content. Yay for milestones!
This week, Cami Kaos and I talk about Jive Software’s new CEO, Dawn Foster joining MeeGo, Open Source Bridge call for proposals, you’ve got Twitter in your Yahoo!, and ngmoco raising $25 million. Read More
Without a doubt, my favorite “they’re a Silicon Forest company?!!?” startup is Portland-based SurveyMonkey, the nearly ubiquitous Web-based survey service. It’s one of those local success stories of which everyone seems to have heard—even though they don’t realize they’re Portland-based.
And while the company keeps a fairly low profile here around town, that may have just gotten a lot more difficult. You see, the former head of Yahoo! Music, Dave Goldberg, has just been named the CEO of SurveyMonkey.
As Kara Swisher reports on All Things D:
SurveyMonkey is the largest such survey company online, with competitors that include Zoomerang and Constant Contact.
The move is an unusual one for Goldberg, whom many expected to join or start an online entertainment or music company, given his background.
With changes like this, the first question that crops up is usually: But will they remain a Portland company?
According to paidContent, it appears so:
Goldberg will be based in Menlo Park, where SurveyMonkey is opening a new office. (Goldberg’s wife Sheryl Sandberg is COO of Facebook.) The company is also holding on to its Portland headquarters, where Ryan and Chris Finley will work.
Hopefully, with someone else on board to help guide the company, Ryan and Chris will finally find some free time to spend with their Portland fans (hint, hint 😉 ).
In related news, Dave is being brought in by Spectrum Equity, which has lead a group of investors in gaining a controlling stake in SurveyMonkey.
Todd MacLean, a Director at Bain Capital Ventures [one of the group of investors in SurveyMonkey] said, “We are extremely excited to partner with Dave Goldberg, a dynamic entrepreneur who we believe is ideally suited to lead the next phase of the company’s growth. We believe our experience with low-touch, viral software models will be an asset in supporting Dave and the team of talented professionals at SurveyMonkey as they grow the business. In addition, we have great affinity and respect for Spectrum, having co-invested with them in the past, and look forward to a great partnership on the Board of SurveyMonkey.”
(Hat tip Adam DuVander)