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Another one bites the dust

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Robin Doussard
Monday, June 01, 2009

When I heard over the weekend that Portland-based startup Vidoop apparently was shutting its doors, first reported by TechCrunch and then picked up by Silicon Florist’s Rick Turoczy, the first thing I thought was, “Damn, there goes the Next feature for July.”

Admittedly, that’s a pretty selfish thing to think, but we had a feature ready to go on Vidoop’s new CAPTCHA innovation (the company makes Internet security technology). Contributing writer Adrianne Jeffries had interviewed Vidoop software developer Benjamin Stover about using image recognition to fool the robots. It was a nifty idea: the CAPTCHA displays images and asks the user to click several of them in order, which is an easy instruction for a human to follow, but not so much for the web-trolling bots.

Well, sorry Vidoop. You’d been through two rounds of layoffs and it stinks to see another tree fall in the Silcon Forest. And that CAPTCHA idea sounded pretty good. But what about me? Each month we spotlight innovation in our magazine on our Next pages and it’s pulling teeth to get companies to tell us about their cool stuff. So here’s your chance once again. Got a great product, process or idea to share? Just reply here. And do it soon enough and you could be featured in our July issue. We have an opening.

Innovation comes in all colors. Monday night the magazine celebrates its first annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon. Our green governor, Ted Kulongoski, will join us at the Gerding Theater to honor those companies that operate their workplaces with sustainable values. We get to sip Full Sail beer, hear the Portland Cello Project and hand out some very deserving awards (made of recycled glass and organic cotton, of course).

And I’m going to use this as a really transparent segue into proudly announcing that Oregon Business itself won 11 awards this past weekend from the regional Society of Professional Journalists. Notably, Managing Editor Ben Jacklet won awards for five of his outstanding stories: Pollution for Sale, Don’t Panic/Panic; The Party’s Over; Drinking Age; and Nike in China. Former ME Abraham Hyatt took a first place for State of Addiction, an analysis of the state’s dependence on lottery dollars. The managing editors of this magazine are clearly where the talent sits. But hey, I hired them, so I am claiming the credit for being smart enough to do that.

Robin Doussard is Editor of Oregon Business. www.twitter.com/robindoussard



Patrick Lightbody
0 #1 BrowserMobPatrick Lightbody 2009-05-31 23:47:21
Would love to share what BrowserMob is up to. It's a very early stage company (less than 6 months old) but is highly profitable and doing some really cool things with Amazon's cloud computing platform.

Feel free to call me if you're interested: 415-830-5488. I'm normally located right downtown @ NedSpace, but I'm in the bay drumming up VC money at the moment.
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Scott Kveton
0 #2 New new startup?Scott Kveton 2009-06-01 08:53:28
I'm a Vidoop alum working with three other Vidoop alums on a startup here that will be launching this week. I'd love to share with you what we're doing ... its a mobile infrastructure play and we're all very excited about it. Please contact me via email if you'd like more information! Thanks!
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0 #3 JanRainMichael 2009-06-01 13:57:54
JanRain is also involved in the identity space and has been at the forefront of the OpenID movement for the last four years. We operate myOpenID, a popular OpenID provisioning service, and our RPX offering (http://rpxnow.com) is a platform solution that allows websites to accept sign-ins from major providers like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, Windows Live ID, Twitter, and all other OpenID providers. It has seen strong adoption since introduction in 2008.

We would welcome the opportunity to share our insights about third party authentication and why Portland is still a vibrant hub in the identity community.
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0 #4 ZapprovedChrisB 2009-06-01 16:00:29

You will have a lot of worthy cos. to choose from! I'll forward my company, Zapproved, which is an online approval management system based in Portland. We're working on a new product on our platform. Please contact me for more details.

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Justin Yuen
0 #5 FMYIJustin Yuen 2009-06-01 17:21:37

Too bad about Vidoop - we had considered integrating their tool because of our connection to Scott.

Just wanted to mention FMYI [for my innovation]. We're bringing together two passions of ours - social media and sustainability. Our mission is to empower teams to make a difference by combining the power of social networking with tools to integrate sustainability at work. Let me know if you want to learn more.

Congrats on the event tonight - it's an important one for the sustainability community and beyond! I'll be seeing Susan Sokol Blosser later this evening at another meeting.


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