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Javascript Study Group and Hack Night (now with more than intro fun!)

Post # 4685 by Beau Buck on January 28th, 2015 ~ 10:58:37 AM
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We will be meeting up for a JavaScript Study Group.

An intro to JavaScript class will be taught for anyone who is looking to get into programming.

There will also be an intermediate group project to work on to hone your skills together. The intermediate group will work on Conway’s Game of Life and or Fiz Buzz to tackle some classic coding problems together.
Game of Life: http://www.devblogrbmz.com/writing-conways-game-of-life-in-javascript-using-tdd-pt-1/
FizzBuzz: http://www.codecademy.com/courses/fizzbuzz/2/1

Finger food will be provided. Please bring your own laptop or tablet if you would like to come to the JavaScript class. Come for some good company and bring a project to work on. We’ll be here to bounce ideas off each other and continue to work out what we would like to run as a community.

For those of your interested in getting started in programming, feel free to check out the resources below. Bring your questions and confusion and we’ll help you clear things up! JavaScript Getting Started Resources:

https://www.codeschool.com/courses/javascript-road-trip-part-1

http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/javascript

Advanced Beginners can start in on some Coder Projects:

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/night_and_day/

and

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/music_boxes/

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Portland Startup Week

Post # 4684 by Beau Buck on January 28th, 2015 ~ 10:58:36 AM
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PDX Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup

Post # 4683 by Beau Buck on January 28th, 2015 ~ 10:58:36 AM
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Smart Seahawk: Richard Sherman avoids using non-Bose headphones at Super Bowl Media Day

Post # 4682 by Beau Buck on January 28th, 2015 ~ 10:58:34 AM
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Richard Sherman starred in a Beats commercial earlier this month.

There were at least two examples from Super Bowl Media Day that demonstrated the ridiculousness of NFL policies.

The first, which you may have heard about, was Marshawn Lynch answering every question with “I’m here so I won’t get fined” before leaving once he was on the podium for five minutes — the minimum required of NFL players at Media Day. Lynch, who is often the center of attention for not speaking with media, reportedly would have been fined $500,000 if he decided to not show up on Tuesday.

But there was another Seahawk involved in an interesting dilemma related to Bose’s exclusive sponsorship deal with the NFL. At one point on Tuesday, a member of the media gave cornerback Richard Sherman an iPad with headphones. USA Today’s Lorenzo Reyes reported that Sherman was asked to watch a video and sing along to a beat.

However, as Reyes noted, the headphones were made by Sony. The NFL inked an exclusive deal with Bose before this season and later banned players from using any headphones other than Bose during TV interviews before or after games, practices, and training camp sessions. The league actually fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 after sporting Beats headphones at a post-game press conference.

Sherman, who is a spokesman for Bose competitor and Apple-owned Beats Electronics, declined to wear the headphones — likely knowing he’d be fined by the league for doing so. Instead, he listened to the iPad from the tablet’s speaker.

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The Experience Makes the Product, Not the Features

Post # 4681 by Beau Buck on January 28th, 2015 ~ 04:56:45 AM
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Your app’s customers aren’t won over by features. They’re won over by the product experience.

It’s in this context that you need to shape your product releases—not with a feature checklist, but by marrying business goals with user needs, and working to define an experience that engages your target audience and drives them to action. At the same time, you need to be prepared to learn from real world usage and continue to adapt your product as needed to capture, sustain, and grow your customer base.

If you’re trying to add features to your product in an effort to make sure it is “complete,” or to cover multiple edge cases, you are delaying the point when you can begin learning what will drive customer engagement, what will drive users to action, and what will lead to business results.

Your first product release is a critical opportunity to learn how you can create an experience that engages real users, not just your perceived users based on vague demographics or even rich personas. This is why it’s essential to get your product in the hands of your prospective market as quickly as possible with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Getting to Market Quickly

Many products that make it to market started out as something different.

Foursquare is a great example. They spent almost two years focused on mayoral gamification. They found that the gamification model led to rapid adoption, but it did not make a sufficiently compelling experience that could sustain their core product, allow them to monetize,

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After nearly a decade of events, Mobile Portland is hanging up

Post # 4680 by Beau Buck on January 27th, 2015 ~ 10:53:39 AM
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January 26th, 2015

After nearly a decade of events, Mobile Portland is hanging up

After nearly a decade of events, Mobile Portland is hanging up

It’s no secret that the Portland startup scene boasts a wealth of events. And often, their specificity is as impressive as their programming—from obscure language user groups to hacks that mash together all matter of data and content. But, whenever someone asks what Portland tech event they should plan to attend, the first words out of my mouth—for almost eight years—have been “Mobile Portland.”

Why? Because it was easily the longest running, most consistent, and most well produced event in town. And the caliber of speakers meant the event was always guaranteed to be informative and educational. Regardless of how much technical know-how attendees possessed. Plus, there was the tradition of folks getting time to promote open gigs at their startups or companies.

So many good things.

Now, that’s going to have to change.

March marks the eighth anniversary of Mobile Portland. It will also be the last meeting for our organization.

Mobile Portland has had a remarkable run. We’ve had fascinating topics, compelling speakers, and created a wonderful community. Our decision to create a community device lab spurred a global open device lab movement. And I would like to think that we helped position Portland as a hub of mobile ingenuity.

I always felt

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PDX Startup Week: Where Are Your Wearables Hackfest

Post # 4679 by Beau Buck on January 27th, 2015 ~ 10:53:37 AM
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Get amped – Name.com does more than hosting. We’re hosting our first Quick Left hackfest in Portland with them! And what better week than Portland Startup Week to do so! 

Aided by the increased processing speed of chips, capacity of batteries and precision of sensor technologies, devices are becoming smaller, faster and more feature heavy than ever before. Where is the power of wearables going? We’re bringing it in hackfest form to Portland, OR! Register now for our hackfest Feb 4th and find out (or make it happen).

With the Quick Left wearable hackfest, we want take wearable data beyond the miles you pedal or calories burned. We want wearables to be useful in your daily life. According to technology research and advisory company Gartner, by 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology. Business leaders must examine the impact of increased wellness on insurance and employee costs as a competitive factor. Inspire innovation to affect this trend at our hackfest. If you’ve got ideas on what to do with health and exercise data (for humans, your pets or….), you’ll want to get your hack on at Quick Left!

Wednesday, February 4th, doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30
Free beer and food provided by our awesome sponsors
Teams formed night of
Hack for 3 hrs (no previous feature design or code written, please)
Winners will be chosen by our sponsors (hint, hint)

Thanks to our sponsor, Sparkfun, for supplying Lily Pad Design Kits.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467681


Startup Week Is Every Week, And Not Just In Portland

Post # 4678 by Beau Buck on January 27th, 2015 ~ 10:53:37 AM
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NOTE: Admission is FREE for Built Oregon Members.  To qualify (and get your discount code to plug in here), go to our SUPPORT US page and click the “Purchase Membership” button.   This $24 membership brings you many other benefits too, so join us!
Event Description
How does the gaming and tech scene in Eugene effect what happens in Portland? How can Portland companies tap into the momentum in Bend? Is Roseburg the next entrepreneurial hub in the state? How can PDX startups connect more to the Gorge?
Oregon is a big state — this we know. But what sometimes gets lost is how connected we all are. 
Join Built Oregon as we host a panel discussion on  the state of entrepreneurship around Oregon during Startup Week PDX.  We will look to discuss how collaboration and awareness of what is happening in other regions can effect what happens in Portland, and vice versa. 
Hot Lips Pizza will be served, and there will be a cash bar for beer, wine and soda
Event Schedule:
4:00PM – 4:30PM  Reception Networking
4:30PM – 5:30PM  Panel Discussion and Audience Questions
5:30PM – 6:00PM  More Networking
The Panel Moderator

Joe Maruschak – RAIN Eugene Director
Julie Harrelson- CEO, Harrelson Group, Fund Manager Cascade Angels
Paul Utz – Streamside Enterprises, Roseburg Angel Investor
Brian Henessy – Founder Thread, Cofounder Talkoot

 
Moderator – Vince Porter — Policy Advisor on Jobs and the Economy for Governor John Kitzhaber
Event MC – Scott Schroeder, President, RelianceCM
Thanks to our

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CrowdCompass by Cvent hosts Portland Lunch 2.0

Post # 4677 by Beau Buck on January 27th, 2015 ~ 10:53:36 AM
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For Portland Startup Week (http://portland.startupweek.co/), our hosts will be CrowdCompass by Cvent. Join us in their new digs at Block 300 for lunch. This crew has hosted before, so it should be an awesome gathering.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467685


Portable water filtration cup maker Grayl raises $800K

Post # 4676 by Beau Buck on January 27th, 2015 ~ 10:53:34 AM
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Grayl’s Seattle 10 poster debuted at the GeekWire Gala in December.

Turns out people like having a way to filter their water on the go.

GRAYL 2Seattle-based startup Grayl has raised $800,000 of a $1 million round from angel investors and will use the fresh funds to continue developing its innovative water bottle.

Grayl’s “Water Filtration Cup” looks and works like a French Press. You pour water into one cup, and then use a filter — which doubles as an inner container — to “press” the H2O using Grayl’s patented system. The process takes about 15 seconds and you’re left with cleaner water that is safe to drink.

Grayl, which sells its product online and in 300 stores across the U.S., will use the new cash to expand internationally, grow its team of four, and produce enough inventory to meet demand. The company was recently featured on a new Science Channel TV show called “All American Maker” that mimics Shark Tank.

“It was a blast,” said co-founder Travis Merrigan. “We were pitted against three other companies in our episode — got some great product feedback, and some great contacts.”

Grayl was also selected as one of our Seattle 10 companies late last year, which included local tech startups developing revolutionary technologies that could one day translate into large businesses. Each company re-produced their business ideas on the massive napkins, and you can see Grayl’s above.

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