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Okay, it just got weird: Jason Bateman to direct, star as Portland’s Mike Merrill, the publicly traded man

Post # 4232 by Beau Buck on October 31st, 2014 ~ 12:48:28 AM
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October 28th, 2014

Okay, it just got weird: Jason Bateman to direct, star as Portland’s Mike Merrill, the publicly traded man

Okay, it just got weird: Jason Bateman to direct, star as Portland’s Mike Merrill, the publicly traded man

We like our weird in Portland. It’s true. We’re so weird, in fact, that we stole our “Keep Portland Weird” slogan from Austin, Texas. That’s how weird we are. So when a guy decides to sell shares in himself and allow shareholders to decide his fate, we’re like “Yeah. That happened.” But when Jason Bateman enters the picture, we have to take pause. Because, yeah. Shit just got weird.

Fox Searchlight has acquired Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share, a Wired Magazine article by Joshua Davis that will be crafted into a starring and directing vehicle for Jason Bateman to play a man who found a novel commodity for a public offering: himself. It created a host of problems for the actual guy, Mike Merrill, when shareholders demanded control over life decisions like whether or not to have a vasectomy, or even whether he should move in with his longtime girlfriend (and minority shareholder).

Jason Bateman! I mean,

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FounderDating Application Deadline

Post # 4231 by Beau Buck on October 31st, 2014 ~ 12:48:26 AM
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Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467137

Launch Party: Hack Oregon Behind the Curtain

Post # 4230 by Beau Buck on October 31st, 2014 ~ 12:48:25 AM
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It’s been a long time in the making, and we are excited to finally unveil Hack Oregon’s most ambitious project.

Our volunteers have turned a bunch of numbers, figures and transaction records from campaigns in Oregon into a complete browsable visual library that tells the real story behind this election year. Come experience the data for yourself and celebrate with the amazing people that helped make this project a reality.

See you Thursday!

Everyone is welcome, including your kids.

Please RSVP on eventbrite

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467248

TiE Pearl Pitch Club; featuring Colin O’Neill: "Slides That Don’t Suck"

Post # 4229 by Beau Buck on October 31st, 2014 ~ 12:48:24 AM
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You’ve worked hard on the structure of your pitch.
You’ve practiced your delivery.
But somehow your story is just not engaging people.

Could be it because your slide deck, … well, kinda sucks?

You are not alone! A lot of entrepreneurs find it hard to resist putting too much information on their slides.

Design is more important than ever – and it’s not limited to your product or your website.
The last thing you want, is for your slide deck to be a hindrance instead of a help, in conveying your story in an engaging manner

Are you sure that your slide deck supports and reinforces your message? How about some insights from a consummate user experience and marketing expert?

Come and join us at TiE Pearl Pitch Club, this time featuring a presentation by Colin O’Neill of ISITE Design: “Slides That Don’t Suck”.
As Vice President of User Experience, Colin is not only an impressive creative talent; he is also a passionate and deeply experienced marketer with a long career, working with customers like IBM, Kodak, Charles Schwab, LinkedIn and Adobe, who knows how to engage and connect.

So, bring your pitches (and your slides)!

We will start the evening with an opportunity to network while enjoying refreshments. Then we will listen to Colin’s presentation, after which you can practice your pitches, with (or without) slide decks, to get actionable and valuable feedback from Colin, peers, TiE mentors and other attendees.

Don’t miss this – your slide deck, and your pitch, will be all the better for

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467249

Can Technology Change the Experience of Writing?

Post # 4228 by Beau Buck on October 31st, 2014 ~ 12:48:23 AM
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My life as a writer began on paper. Some of my earliest memories are of writing short stories on worksheets in elementary school. By the time I was in high school, I was filling marbled composition books with obscure confessional poetry (none of it embarrassing to revisit now). In college, I started modeling my behavior after downtrodden lions like Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski, drinking beer and scribbling in notebooks with worn down pencils late into the night.

I was studying journalism and had the good fortune to take classes from a grizzled old newsman who pounded into our heads the notion that newswriting was a trade, not some ego trip. Plumbers have their tools and reporters have theirs. Both jobs rely on understanding the how systems work. The plumber knows how to route water and the newsman can dig up facts and fit them into the inverted pyramid. The lesson: Writing is not glamorous. Writing is work.

Most of my literary idols—from Hunter S. Thompson to John Fante to Mike Royko to Hemingway—romanticized the hard work of writing. Living the experiences that gave way to the stories was as laborious as getting them on the page with gritty single-finger punches on a typewriter, the splendid machine at the center of it all.

From a design perspective there are few products as romantic and pure; a weighty contraption built to create with a very obvious purpose. Even ugly typewriters are beautiful. When my girlfriend at the time bought me an old

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I’m Afraid, Will I Dream? at HQHQ

Post # 4227 by Beau Buck on October 31st, 2014 ~ 12:48:19 AM
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HQHQ Project Space presents I’m Afraid, Will I Dream? Featuring; Matt Leavitt, Izidora Leber, Justin K. Moore + John Tage Johnson and Anastasia Tuazon. Taken from the famous line in Kubrick’s 2001 this exhibition looks to sidestep the more sensational aspects of the Halloween season to explore the transcendental by tuning out the existential mitigation that reliance on automation and computers brings.

I’m Afraid, Will I Dream? | October 30 – November 17

Opening Reception: October 30 6-9PM
HQHQ Project Space
232 SE Oak St #108

Article source: http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2014/10/im_afraid_will.html

Starbucks CEO throws down gauntlet on mobile payments, says coffee company will have ‘major role to play’

Post # 4226 by Beau Buck on October 31st, 2014 ~ 12:48:15 AM
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Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz

Starbucks is not messing around when it comes to the tectonic shifts occurring with consumers, especially as it relates to those mobile devices that coffee drinkers are carrying around in their pockets.

And just how important is mobile technology for the Seattle coffee retailer?

Consider this: Starbucks said today that roughly 16 percent of its U.S. sales now occur through a mobile device, with the company now handling about seven million mobile payments each week. It also controlled about 90 percent of all mobile payment transactions last year.

And while Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in today’s earnings call that things are just getting started with mobile payments, he confidently boasted that the coffee company is well positioned to lead the way, even outfoxing established technology players with hordes of software engineers.

If there were any doubts before that Starbucks is a technology company, you can now leave those antiquated thoughts at the door.

Here’s what Schultz had to say in remarks today during the earnings call, fascinating stuff given the announcements around Apple Pay last week.

“While we have been investing in the development of our world-class mobile technologies for many years, and there has been a great deal of activity and speculation around the mobile payments space recently, mobile payment and consumer adoption of the technology overall is still in its infancy. Please consider this metric: In 2013, payment for purchases by use of all mobile devices in the U.S.

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Inside the Developer’s Studio, with Kathrine Giacchino of Rubicon

Post # 4225 by Beau Buck on October 30th, 2014 ~ 12:41:28 AM
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“Inside the Developer’s Studio” is a series where Cris Kelly, Director of Portland Code School, interviews a dev, or someone in the tech scene, to get to know the guest both personally and professionally. Through the interview, we hear their stories and experiences; we learn from their mistakes and successes; and we learn more about ourselves and our community, as we discover how they arrived in Portland’s rousing tech arena, and how they’re contributing to it.

Invite your friends and colleagues! Bring your questions and your lunch into our spacious classroom over Wednesday’s lunch hour, Noon to 1pm. QA opportunities at the end of the interview.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467247

Bringing a Secure Cloud to Your Enterprise

Post # 4224 by Beau Buck on October 30th, 2014 ~ 12:41:27 AM
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The Cloud’s business model allows your organization to leverage existing infrastructure and platform investments for greater convenience, but developing a secure Cloud strategy involves numerous considerations and planning. Join us for this free webinar on October 29th, 2014 at 11am PT where we we will explore Microsoft Azure and Cloud Security.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467123

Fast Tracking Data Mastery with Power BI

Post # 4223 by Beau Buck on October 30th, 2014 ~ 12:41:27 AM
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Data is changing everything, including what it takes to win in business. Are you ready? Are you savvy about your data? If not, you’re not alone. The roadblocks are formidable: too much data from too many sources; not enough data understanding on the business side; low quality data or incomprehensible data; limited analysis tool sets.

What does it take to master your data? What does that look like and how do you get there as painlessly as possible? Why is Power BI such a smart way to go?

Join CSG Pro to look at a new paradigm for building your organizational data expertise. We’ll talk technology and tools, but we’ll be focused on strategy.

• Learn what skill base you need

• Learn what management commitment looks like

• Learn why (and how) Power BI is a fast track way to get there

• Understand how to start small for a big payout

This seminar is geared toward director, VP and C level executives who think strategically about their businesses data.

If you’re a data steward or analyst, this would be a great event to bring your boss to. We show the value of these new powerful business analytics tools.

Please register via the website link. (FREE, and Breakfast is included)

About the presenter, CSG Pro:

CSG Pro specializes in building custom business software and interactive tools that allow you to collaborate and connect with colleagues, customers and vendors. Based in Portland, Oregon and maintaining

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