Upcoming Mobile Portland Meeting | Amazon’s Appstore Opportunity

Come hear Aaron Rubenson, business leader for the Amazon Appstore for Android, discuss Amazon’s end-to-end value proposition for mobile application developers.

Note: Different Time & Location
Monday, November 12th | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ziba Design | 1044 Northwest 9th Avenue | Portland, OR 97209

RSVP here.

Upcoming Portland Lunch 2.0 | Jama Software

Rick Turoczy is at it again. This month, he (or technically Silicon Florist and PIE, I believe) is relaunching Portland Lunch 2.0.

To be fair, I don’t really know much about the event or its history, but from what I gather, it’s a series of lunchtime events hosted by PDX tech startups and an opportunity for people to meet the startups, connect with friends, network, and eat. From what I’ve seen, people are really excited about it. Oh, and it’s free.

The first event is on November 14th and being hosted by Jama Software in the Pearl. There is another one in December, which is being hosted by CrowdCompass.

You can RSVP and join the Portland Lunch 2.0 Meetup group here. Or not, whatever.

Hurricanes Suck

After seeing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, I’m reminded of the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. We were living in West Palm Beach, Florida at the time and had never been through a hurricane, which is like a right of passage there.

Without a doubt, we were exceptionally fortunate. Over the course of two years, we made it through three hurricanes (Frances, Jeanne, and Wilma) and numerous tropical storms with minimal damage. But, although we were fortunate, it was heartbreaking to watch people lose their lives, their homes, and their livelihoods.

All this aside, it was refreshing to see communities, neighbors, friends, and family come together to support one another in a time of need. Florida is not known as a tremendously friendly place, but I watched, time and time again, people come together to help each other – from sharing food, ice, and electricity to clearing debris and rebuilding roofs.

With that being said, I ask that you consider helping in any way you may be able to – whether it’s volunteering, making a donation, or simply sharing information. If you’re inclined, you can find a few ideas here:

#sandy how to help (via Twitter)
Hurricane Sandy: How you can help
(via NBC News)
How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane Sandy (via The White House)
Volunteer & Donate Responsibly (via FEMA)

Note: Don’t get scammed. It happens. If it seems shady, it is.

Louis Sahuc | The Brentwood Collection

A few years ago, I was in New Orleans and stumbled into Photo Works New Orleans, Louis Sahuc’s gallery on Jackson Square. He’s taken some spectacular photos, but I was particularly enamored with The Brentwood Collection. It’s a series of photos of chairs in different, meaningful positions. Simple really. One of the staff gave me the background and although it is a little fuzzy these days, it went something like this…

Louis and a business associate couldn’t come to terms on something and his business associate stopped taking his calls and was unwilling to meet with him. Sitting in his office, he looked at two chairs and came up with an idea. He took a number of photos of the chairs in various position, representing the fact that they don’t agree, but they needed to talk. Then, he sent them over. Once his business associate received them, he got Louis’ visual message and they met, and have had a strong relationship since.

I’d post a photo, but, you know, copyrights. So, check out the photos here.

Your Online Presence Visualized | Vizify

For the last few years, I’ve predominately used LinkedIn as my one stop shop for everything about me. More recently, I started expanding my public online presence and, in the process, stumbled upon Vizify, a Portland-based startup that allows you to create an online “graphical bio.” I’ve always thought LinkedIn was great (and still do), but there’s more to people than that. And Vizify allows you to tell your story in a new way.

In the past, I’d tried sites like flavors.me and about.me to aggregate me online, but this is different. This is a visualization of your online presence. And it creates your graphical bio really, really quickly. It simply takes data from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc. to build your profile. From there, you can add other info, like quotes, factoids, images, etc.

Sample Vizify Profile: Here

You can also stylize it a bit, such as color, and add a number of custom elements, like links, but the customization is pretty limited at present. Don’t know what their plans are, but personally, I think it would be cool to add a few more custom elements, like a full text page (even if limited to a set number of characters), so I could post a summary.

At first, I just thought Vizify was cool. Then, I started seeing a lot of write-ups (like this one from PC Mag) and began realizing the potential impact of an offering like this. From what I’ve read (and I could be butchering this), they are trying to improve how the HR space finds potential candidates and more importantly, provide HR pro’s the rest of a candidate’s story. HR folks are going to google/cyberstalk you, so why not make it easy on them and provide what you want them to see, rather than having them find that picture of you and your buds in a Las Vegas hotel room Prince Harry-style.

It’s in beta, but you can sign-up to get an invite code. Once you do, they ask you to share it with your friends and I encourage you to tweet about it. One of the co-founders Twitter handle is @vizify, so that likely speeds up the process. Also, if you sign up early, you have a better chance of getting that vanity user name you’ve never been able to get.

Travel Notes | Cincinnati

Cincinnati airport (CVG) is great. They’ve even won some awards for being great (2011 Best Regional Airport, I believe).

When I went through security, there were no lines. Can’t imagine it’s always like that, but they do offer a number of security line options. They had security lines for people traveling with strollers, TSA Pre-Check, Delta Priority (didn’t see if they had other airlines’ premium security lines, but given it’s a Delta hub, they may be the only ones), people traveling with elephants, and everyone else.

Terminal seating is pretty solid with power outlets built into every group of seats that I saw. They also offer cute little work areas with their own power for those times when your lap just isn’t enough space.

Didn’t eat in the airport this time, but they have a pretty good mix of faster food, like Subway and Panda Express, and local/regional restaurants, like Max & Erma’s and The Local (not sure how “local” this really is, but it looked nice). I’ve eaten at Max & Erma’s in the past and it was pretty good.

You have to take a shuttle to the rental cars. And the rental car companies aren’t open 24 hours, but I was told by National that they wait until the last flight.

The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cincinnati Airport is literally at the airport. Rooms are clean (mine, anyways), parking is free, and they offer a decent public space to work in the lobby, which has a couple of desks with power outlets. WiFi isn’t free, but they offer a free one hour code. You might have to ask for these, not sure. Also has a restaurant onsite. If you are staying here and renting a car, think about when you really need the car because you are close enough to pick it up/drop it off and potentially save yourself a day’s rental.

Even as sprawling as the city seems to me, I’ve always found Cincinnati relatively easy to get around for business meetings. Or maybe I’m just lucky, I don’t know.

THE MORE YOU KNOW: Cincinnati airport is actually in Kentucky.