Blogs

Startups drive new economy

BY RICK TUROCZY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.10.13 Thumbnail MobileTechIt is incredibly easy to brush aside this newest wave of startups. The numbers feel inconsequential. The relative impact appears too small to calculate, especially when compared to the massive, well-established scale of some of Oregon's traditional industries — and the Silicon Forest's history of technology pursuits. But we have moved beyond a desire to emulate predecessors or recreate ecosystems toward actually building something new.

Executive jump-start

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.27.13 Thumbnail CoachingThanks for enrolling in executive coaching. This will jump-start you to a higher level of effectiveness. Here’s what we’ll be working on in the next four weeks.

Oregon cracks down on illegal fireworks explosion

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

06.27.13 Thumbnail FireworksWith the 4th of July quickly approaching, many Oregonians are crafting barbecue menus, hanging red, white and blue bunting and preparing for their annual trek across the Columbia River for illegal fireworks. Oregon only allows fireworks that travel less than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, but it’s a simple trip up to Washington to buy roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.

It's not easy judging green

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

05.30.13 Thumbnail GreenPressShould a property manager linked to a massive, pesticide-induced bumblebee die-off make our list of the state’s best green companies to work for?  What about a law firm working on behalf of the coal industry?

 

Building sustainable business models for local journalism

BY MARK BLAINE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

06.24.13 Thumbnail MarkBlaineThe Oregonian's restructuring leaves real questions about the future of critical local coverage, but it will also push readers and journalists to address new ways of getting and using news — whether we like it or not. 

 

Smarter hiring and work, life, family

BY TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.21.13 Thumbnail HiringIt is surprisingly easy to out-compete other firms in hiring top people. You just need to think differently.

Oregonian shifts to digital model, announces layoffs

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

06.20.13 Thumbnail NewspapersThe Oregonian will reduce print delivery to four days a week as the paper shifts to a digitally focused news enterprise.

 

 

Data Science: Part II

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateWe asked Thomas Thurston, the Portland data scientist featured in our May issue, to comment on PRISM, the code name for the NSA's massive data-collection program recently exposed in documents leaked by federal contractor Edward Snowden.

On lying to the boss

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.14.13 Thumbnail BossI was recently asked, how much do people lie to their bosses, and what can be done about it? Lying to the boss happens constantly across organizations. The one universal constant about lying: people do it to ‘manage’ or manipulate the boss’ reactions.