Posts Tagged 'Portland'

Portland Infects Seattle With Hoppy Goodness

Dave Schappell, founder & CEO of Seattle-based TeachStreet, has launched a new startup drinking game called Hops and Chops — a chance for Seattle startup types to cure Wednesday’s hangover with a Thursday cocktail.

He says it was inspired by Beer and Blog, a Portland gathering which I’ve seen Rick Turoczy tweet about time and again – proof that in some essential alcohol- and startup-related respects, Portland is further advanced than Seattle!

Dave has asked that we spread the word – full text of his invite is quoted below.

Key influencers are already (pardon the pun) hopping on board!

Please help us spread the word about a new recurring happy hour/networking/meet-someone-new event.

Idea is that you can add this to your calendar and always know that folks will be there — grab dinner, have a beer, and head home/back to the computer!

Website for it —
Twitter for it —

* Where? – Linda’s Tavern (Capitol Hill) – 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
* When? – 6:30pm, every Thursday (starting 9/25/08)
* Who/What? – Startup junkies, networkers, folks interested in learning new things and meeting new people, activists, and fun people!
* Why? – Here’s the gist:
o We were inspired by a fantastic recurring Portland happy hour event called Beer and Blog semi-coordinated by Silicon Florist & others.
o We liked that it’s recurring and in a set-location — you can just put it on your calendar, and there’ll always be a few folks to catch up with.
o Folks who start companies are frequently inundated with “let’s have coffee/lunch” requests — this gives you a way to aggregate them and make intros/network in real-time.
* Other? – Idea is that maybe we’ll bring in speakers from time to time… maybe tech-related, or maybe just cool/fun to help you learn something new/meet someone new. We aren’t stressing over it… we’ll figure it out as we go.
* Notifications? – Sign up for our Hops and Chops Twitter or follow the Hops and Chops RSS feed.


Portland Office of New Relic to Grow following $3.5M Financing


Ruby on Rails application performance management company New Relic Inc. said Thursday it received $3.5 million in a first round of funding.

Menlo Park-based New Relic said funding came from Benchmark Capital.

The company plans to use the funds to drive product development and to expand sales and marketing programs.

The take on the deal from Northwest Innovation News (subscription required) is that New Relic will use the funds to expand in the Portland market by hiring additional Ruby on Rails talent. Good news for the Portland software market.

Seattle > Portland (Again)

See Of course, Tokyo has twice as many tweets as both Seattle and Portland combined, so let’s all face east and welcome our new Twitter overlords!

(h/t Rick Turoczy, via Twitter)

Portland Tops Seattle, Author Wears Hair Shirt And Goes Into Wilderness

OK, Portland beat Seattle in one of these “best places” polls.  It’s the Fortune Magazine “Best Places to Live and Launch” list for 2008, and Portland came in at #6.  Seattle?  Didn’t even make the top 100.

How is this so, you may ask?  I’m thinking some sort of big Keno game tacked to the wall at the Fortune headquarters.  Or perhaps astrology.  Maybe old-fashioned ballot-stuffing.

Bellevue, which is sort of like an appendage to Seattle (a good one, not one of the icky kind), ranked #1.  I can’t get much joy out of that, even though my brother-in-law lives there.

(h/t John Cook)

PDXpo 2008

Thought I’d pass along this info about PDXpo 2008, an interesting-looking event in Portland a couple weeks from now that is targeted at all you creative types:



PDXpo 2008 Brings Portland’s Design Community Together.
Annual AIGA Portland Event Showcases Creative Industry.

Alicia Johnson and Hal Wolverton are Executive Creative Directors at Euro RSCG in New York. Yes, we know what you’re thinking. PDXpo is about the Portland design community. And no, Johnson + Wolverton, the seminal studio founded by our presenters, no longer keeps a Portland address. But there is no question that the studio’s footprint has sustained, the work endures, and the community of designers with whom the couple has worked flourishes. Right here in Portland.

Creatives are invited to join AIGA Portland Thursday, March 27 at Portland Center for the Performing Arts (Winningstad Theater) as Alicia and Hal reflect on Portland, and present the creative work their firm created for Amnesty International, the Sundance Channel and Miller Genuine Draft, among others. Experience the work of their notable collaborators; the designers, artists, agencies, directors, animators, photographers, writers and musicians who call Portland home. Plus, you’ll get a peek at how their next chapter in New York, shaping Jaguar and the world’s most memorable luxury brands, is playing out for two of our city’s most formative design icons. Keynote begins at 8:10 p.m., Winningstad Theater, PCPA.

About the Expo
PDXpo means many things to many people. In its third year under the banner of PDXpo, AIGA Portland is excited to provide this showcase to the creative community. The Expo is an opportunity to stay connected with Portland’s most notable graphic arts vendors and service providers and get real-world answers to design questions; from education, to ink and interface. Join AIGA’s Portland chapter for hors d’oeuvres and a beverage (or two) during the Expo and mingle with the local design community. The Portland Design Expo starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA),

Thursday, March 27, 2008
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Portland Center for Performing Arts: The Winningstad Theater
1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205

Ticket Information
Tickets available in advance (beginning March 20) at the PCPA Box office located at:
1111 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205. 503-432-2917.

$12 AIGA members / $17 non-members (includes Expo and Keynote)
FREE* AIGA student members / $7* Student non-members (includes Keynote only)

* Tickets must be purchased at PCPA box office (beginning March 20) for Keynote Speaker presentation only. Students do need to get tickets, even if AIGA members, for the KEYNOTE only by going to the PCPA box office during the week of the show. Tickets are not guaranteed.

About AIGA
AIGA, the professional association for design, is the oldest and largest organization
for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing. AIGA was founded in 1914 and now represents more than 17,000 designers through national activities and local programs developed by 50 chapters and more than 150 student groups.

AIGA supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing. The association is connected to stimulating thinking about design, demonstrating the value of design and enabling success for designers throughout the arc of their careers.

This event is sponsored by the AIGA, The professional association for design, and was made possible by the generous support of participating sponsors at the PDXpo:

Aquent, The Art Institute, Dynagraphics, FILTER, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, Pro Photo Supply, Unisource, SMART Papers, and others.


For more information, please contact Dave Selden at 503-548-9010, or email him at:


I’ve also updated my Northwest Startup Events post with this info.

Portland’s Jive Software Is Blazing Hot

I first heard of Jive Software in November when they got a mention on John Cook’s venture blog at the Seattle P-I. They raised $15 million a few months prior, from Sequoia Capital no less.

They’re a competitor to SharePoint and you might remember how I feel about SharePoint. I love how Cook quotes Jive’s Sam Lawrence as saying SharePoint is a “Frankensuite”.

They’re at #7 on the February Portland Startup Index. They just got their 2,000th paying customer. They were recently named a runner-up in the 2008 “Product of the Year” awards in the Collaboration category. They just added Tony Zingale of Mercury Interactive to their board.

Not too bad for a seven-year old company. I’m reminded of a recent post by David Rusenko of Weebly in which he talks about perseverance:

But you’ve got to keep with it to gain momentum. It doesn’t usually just build overnight, it takes time. Keep building your product, and eventually you gain momentum and a critical mass of people who know about you and tell others about you.

Keep it going, Jive!

Cooking Light Names Seattle Healthiest City

I just saw some CNN talking heads mention this article from Cooking Light on TV:

An abundance of fresh local foods, walker-friendly streets, and inclusive attitudes helps make Seattle America’s best city for healthy living.

Portland came in at #2. That’s fully 200% behind Seattle. Oh, snap! 🙂

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