Archive for the 'Portland stuff' Category

I’m on a boat!

July 29, 2011
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Portlandia Alert: Mobile pedal-powered micro brewpub

July 1, 2011

Sun Spotted in Portland, Oregon

June 4, 2011

PDX’s famous Hung Far Low sign returns

September 8, 2010

Software Industry Attitudes in Portland – Thoughts on the PDC Study

May 5, 2010

The PDC just released the results of its software industry survey.  Here is the full presentation.  The survey is a good start, but ultimately generates more questions than answers.  Many observations are made.  By far the biggest one is that software companies in Portland are very, very small.  This fact actually skews several of the other findings.

That Portland’s software companies are small, is not a surprise.  Far from it.  Those of us who deal with local tech companies (outside of the more traditional world of chips, screens and such) directly know this.  Seeing the data, however, really makes it sink in.

A full 49% of responding companies have less than 25 employees.  On the other end of the scale, only 9% have more than 500 employees.  Size matters.  Arguably, several other findings in the study are directly related. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s an idea for Mayor Sam Adams and PDC

April 15, 2010

NedSpace in Downtown Portland

The Wall Street Journal points out today that there is a growing number of Bay Area tech workers telecommuting from Portland. The combination of Portland’s attractiveness and the acceptance of telecommuting is driving the trend.

Now it is getting more practical for people to live in the Pacific Northwest and continue working for Bay Area-based companies, as more employers loosen their telecommuting policies. Technology also is making it easier to stay connected all the time, and travel between San Francisco and cities to the north has become more convenient, though hard data on Bay Area transplants to the Northwest who retain their local jobs are hard to come by.

In other words, there are a lot of smart, educated people who happen to be gainfully employed (with Bay Area salaries) who want to live in Portland.  That’s great.  The Mayor and the PDC should jump all over this. Read the rest of this entry »

Yeah! Spring day in Portland

March 17, 2010

Dig that blue sky in Portland

February 21, 2010

I hate when that happens

January 15, 2010

VooDoo Doughnut pit stop

November 20, 2009