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|Tuesday, July 01, 2008|
They’re young, they’re creative and we’re guessing you’ve never heard of them. Meet some of the coolest startups running around Silicon Forest today.
STORIES BY ABRAHAM HYATT
PHOTOS BY MICHAEL G. HALLE
It’s not hard to anthropomorphize Sandy, the cheerful, free, web-based personal “assistant” launched by Dornfest last November. Her purpose is simple: keeping your calendar and to-do lists organized. But as the two of you communicate in natural language via email, text message, or Twitter — the social networking service that allows you to broadcast 140-character messages to people you choose — she starts to feel a little like the secretary you never had.
When Lorenzini says NuScale is developing a small nuclear reactor, he’s not kidding. He means “fits on a railroad car” small. He means 15-feet-by-60-feet small. True, that doesn’t take into account the other parts of a power plant, like a turbine and a generator. But compared to the multi-acre footprint of traditional nuclear power plants, this reactor design is tiny.
NuScale grew out of a federally funded study done by Oregon State University and other groups in 2000. Two years ago the university decided to commercialize the work and in 2007, via OSU’s tech transfer program, NuScale was born. The company went through its first funding round in January (Lorenzini declines to say how much was raised). The company is now focusing on marketing and the federal permitting process, which will take several years to prepare for and then complete.
WeoGeo is undoubtedly the wonkiest startup on the list. And they’re also the newest to wear the “based in Portland” label. The company moved here from Florida earlier this year and now shares office space with other startups in PSU’s business accelerator. The company describes itself as a “one-stop marketplace for mapping.” But these aren’t maps for Sunday drivers. These are high-resolution, data-intensive maps used by scientists, surveyors and engineers. Users store, sell and buy data. That sounds simple until you see the server-busting size of these maps, which makes distribution, storage and even search functions very difficult.
Find a cool web page online, click the bookmark function on your web browser and here’s what happens: Your browser remembers the location of that page. That’s it. Come back the next day and the page you’ve linked to — for example, a receipt for an online purchase or a form you’ve filled out — has changed. It’s called “dynamic content” — information that changes automatically as user information or a server database changes.
The phrase used again and again to describe LUNARR’s collaboration platform is “deceptively simple.” And the minute you start to play with the idea, you see why. Open up a Microsoft Word document filled with data from a group project you’re working on. Type some new info onto it. But wait, before you attach this thing to an email to send to a co-worker, click on the dog-eared corner in the upper right-hand corner. The document gracefully flips around.
“Web 2.0” is the now-ubiquitous term for websites and applications that allow users to interact and collaborate. Long ago the term degenerated into an overused buzzword, but it’s still around. Why? Because people keep coming up with great ways to interact online. Take OsoEco, for example, which describes itself as a sustainable social shopping community. OsoEco is targeting a type of shopper called social researchers — consumers who spend a significant amount of time learning from other online shoppers before purchasing something.
OK, for No. 10 we’re going to cheat a little. Instead of focusing on one company, here are five young Portland-based web companies. All of them rank in the Top 26 of Techvibes.com’s monthly ranking of startups in Portland. (The Techvibes list averages the findings of two other companies, Alexa and Compete, which track web traffic at thousands of sites.) Maybe these guys aren’t the next eBay — which 71.6 million people visited in April, according to Compete — but they do offer another peek at the creative tech startups that dot Oregon’s business landscape.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
My daughter turned 18 last week, and for her birthday I got her a Car2Go membership. Not to label myself a disruptor, but it felt like a groundbreaking moment. The two of us, mother and child, were participating in a new teen rite of passage: Instead of handing over the car keys, I handed over a car-sharing card — with the caveat that she not use the gift as her own personal car service.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
There are 278 companies licensed to operate as brewery, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Here are three new beer-making hubs slated to open soon.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
At Oregon State University, a 21st century version of the bad dream — nuclear terrorism — is alive and well. This winter, the Department of Nuclear Physics and Radiation Health Physics created a new interdisciplinary graduate emphasis in nuclear forensics, a Sherlock Holmes-sounding program that aims to identify how and where confiscated nuclear and radiological materials were created.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Marijuana is big business in Oregon, and it’s about to get bigger.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY ROBERT MULLIN
A new energy-sharing agreement sparks concerns about independence and collaboration in the region's utility industry.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Yeah, we know: Oregonians are way too cool for umbrellas. But today’s stylish, high-tech models will soften the resistance of the most rain hardened.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Cycling to work is all the rage. But not everyone wants to arrive at the office messy, sweaty — and unfashionable.
|Get on the bus!|
|Bike Chic: 7 stylish options for cyclists|
|Emperor of the Sea|
|Downtime with the executive director of Greater Portland Inc.|
|Beam Me Up|
|Swiss bankers guilty of tax fraud avoid jail|
|US grants Texan rhino hunter permit to bring back trophy|
|Norwegian Air tweaks cockpit rules after Germanwings crash|
|Federal Consumer Agency addresses payday loans|
|Slave-caught seafood sold in America|
|Heinz, Kraft merge|
|West Coast lawmakers want earthquake warning funding|
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