Tonight’s Delicious links update may be a bit overwhelming. I had a lot of links open from my research over the last few months that I finally bookmarked and closed out of my RSS reader. I want to apologize in advance for what will surely be a novel of links when it gets posted to the blog later this evening.
A quick reminder that I’m going to be speaking at the PDX Web Innovators meeting this evening on Mobile Web and the upcoming mobile tsunami.
Here are the details:
I hope to see you there.
I’m going to be speaking at the PDX Web Innovators February meeting on Mobile Web and the upcoming mobile tsunami. I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my love for the mobile web and possibilities available for businesses and developers.
Here are the details:
In preparation for this event, I’m going to be starting a series of blog posts talking about the mobile market and how it mirrors the early days of the Internet. These posts are likely going to be posted on Cloud Four’s blog, but I’ll be sure to link to them from here.
I’m going to be speaking on a panel about Portland Advertising Federation. Rumor has it that the room is nearly full so if you are interested in attending, be sure to register soon.
Note: Cross-posted at http://www.cloudfour.com/19/office-warming-party/.
Please join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our new office space and the birth of our new company:
- Thursday, Dec 13th at 5:00pm
- Cloud Four
107 SE Washington St., Suite 440
Portland, OR 97214
- Map (The main entrance to our side of the building is on SE Stark St)
Festive drinks and light appetizers will be served! RSVP if you get a chance (but feel free to drop by).
Tonight we launched CloudFour.com. Tomorrow we pick up the keys to our new office. Friday we start painting and assembling furniture. If all goes well, we’ll open doors on Monday and start planning our office warming party.
We’re overwhelmed, excited, and anxious. What a remarkable thing it is to start a company. There is really nothing that compares.
So why another web development company? Here’s why.
First, my co-founders and I have spent the last several years doing very similar work, but for a very specific market. In some ways, we’re just continuing what we’ve always been doing, but with a larger public presence and in a different location.
Second, we’re see new opportunities in spaces outside of the niche market we worked in. We see opportunities to:
- provide web site optimization services to people who want to make their sites faster;
- help companies determine their new media direction and emerging technology strategy;
- and develop applications for the 2.7 billion mobile devices in the world—it won’t be long before others realize that 2008 is going to be the Year of the Mobile Web.
We’ve also got some exciting side projects. More on that later. ;-)
Finally, we’re thrilled by the idea of building a business and a culture together, continuing to work closely with our former colleagues, and meeting new people tackling interesting challenges.
It’s been three fast months since Guy Kawasaki’s video kept me awake with the realization that I wanted to start my own company. I’m proud to be working with such an amazing group of co-founders, and I’m pleased that we’re all sharing equaling in the creation of the company. We have an all-star team. If this was a pick-up basketball game, I’d feel guilty for having so much talent on one squad.
Most importantly, I find myself going back to what inspired me about that video and what compelled me to choose a different, more risky direction. I believe we have a chance to make meaning—to make an impact—in the lives of others. That means a lot to me.
As many of you may know, I recently left my job of over seven years. In today’s world, it is an amazing thing to stay find a place to work that you believe in and feel passionate about. The first two years I worked at Kavi, I had two bad days. Who else can say that?
I have been incredibly blessed during my time at Kavi. I’m very proud of what the company has become, of the impact it has in the world (just try to buy a computer that doesn’t include a standard being developed on Kavi’s servers), and of the direction the company is headed. I have such admiration, respect, and affection for the people I worked with.
And like most things that have happened since I found Kavi, even my departure has been a good thing. We’re leaving on amicable terms. Kavi has been very supportive of our new venture, and we’re already working together on projects.
So what’s next? Three of my co-workers and I have formed a new company called Cloud Four. We’re going to continue to do web site development and expand our services into areas of interest like performance, analytics, and mobile devices.
I’ll have much more to talk about regarding Cloud Four soon. :-)
The SNIA is celebrating its 10 year birthday at SNW. I’ve been working with the SNIA for half of that period. I don’t think I’ve seen a period of time when the SNIA had such great sustained momentum as it does right now.
SNIA just launched a major redesign of their Website. The SNIA staff had a plan for the launch. They were organized. And they worked their tails off to make it happen. It was great to watch.
On the technology front, SNIA just announced their Green Storage Initiative. There is a lot of enthusiasm around the idea of reducing energy consumption in data centers.
The future looks very bright for the SNIA, and I couldn’t be happier for them.
- Growth Category: Jive Software
- Working Capital Category: Auctionpay, Inc.
- Development Category: Innovation Asset Group
- Individual Category: Nicole Vogel, Portland Monthly
As always, the Awards Ceremony was fun, the food good, and the videos of all the finalists were inspiring. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners.
(And I hope I remembered the winners correctly. Did I mention that the wine was good?)