What could you build if you had dead-simple access to nearly unlimited computer processing power? At CPUsage, we think compute should be a utility. Easily consume as much as you want, from where you want, when you want, without vendor lock-in or complex configuration. CPUsage offers a Platform-as-a-Service for high throughput and high-performance computing. The CPUsage platform allows software developers, scientists, and researchers the opportunity to distribute virtually any application, to any cloud, at any scale, in a matter of minutes. Ideal for big data, background, and batch processing workloads, CPUsage technology abstracts the user away from not only infrastructure management but also the tools and processes required for large-scale distributed computing.

about the company


Jeff Martens is an entrepreneurial leader with more than 16 years of experience in Product Management and strategic planning at both startups and large organizations. His industry expertise includes software, consumer products and internet. Jeff is active in his community as a board member, volunteer, industry group founder and education advisor.

Technical leader, entrepreneur, developer, and team builder with experience in several startups and large enterprises. Co-founded and raised money for two technology companies in the connected car and cloud computing space. Recently participated in Highway1, a renowned hardware incubator, launched an API based cloud video encoding service, and scaled a 10,000+ instance geo-dispersed cloud computing cluster that was used for automated trading and to catch criminals, which we launched on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield.

CPUsage in the press

Oct. 20, 2016

Give your video content more Visionn

And Portland based BeFunky has just released their own take on video filters—with Visionn, an app that allows folks to add filters to their videos in real time. “We didn’t want our users waiting for filters to be applied or guessing how the final results will look. “Artistic effects are the foundation from which BeFunky was built and we’ve spent the last ten years perfecting them. Now that mobile devices are capable of high quality outputs, we’re excited to launch Visionn and bring these effects right to the palm of your hand.”And just to make you feel right at home? For more information or to download the app, visit Visionn.

Aug. 16, 2016

Two for one: Awesome startup video by an awesome startup studio

And write about startups. So you can imagine my joy when I get the chance to share something by a Portland startup for a Portland startup. It’s Joth Studio‘s video for Scopic. SCOPIC | Make Work Better from Joth Studio on Vimeo. I am the cofounder and board member of Story Board.]

July 20, 2016

Looking for interesting conversations with Portland personalities? Look no further than Output PDX

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Portland is filled with tons of interesting people. Interesting people who generally—as luck would have it—seem to hide here because they’re not terribly self-promotional. Initial guests include advertising agency consultant Peter Levitan, shoe designer and Pensole founder D’Wayne Edwards, and writer and filmmaker John Pavlus. Future guests include the CMO of Planar Jennifer Davis and Geeks Life host Luria Petrucci. For more information or to catch the first few episodes, visit Output PDX.

Jan. 21, 2015

This time… it’s personal. Um, personal stories, that is. « Silicon Florist

Um, personal stories, that is. You know I’m a sucker for a good Portland video. And like the previous Techtown Portland video, it does a good job of showing off both the interiors and exteriors of the Rose City. Techtown Portland: People on the Move from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo. So here, as promised, is the new Techtown Portland video, a collaborative project among Portland’s tech and startup community designed to showcase folks who have relocated to Portland to pursue their careers.

Nov. 6, 2013

AWS Updates Its Elastic MapReduce Console For Exploring Large Amounts Of Data

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has updated its Elastic MapReduce console, making it easier to manage large amounts of data. “The new Elastic MapReduce console is a great step forward towards better usability, an area where AWS has struggled in the past,” said Jeff Martens, co-founder and CEO at CPUsage in an email interview with me today. The model is to provide the bare minimum and let the user add AWS or third-party services for their deployments. That’s a challenge for AWS as competing providers like Google offer managed services that abstract the complexity that comes with using cloud services. But with the acceptance of cloud computing from the overall market, there comes a higher bar for the way a service is presented.

Sept. 9, 2013

Portland’s CPUsage takes the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt to reveal new product direction (and they have nearly $1 million in funding) « Silicon Florist

September 9th, 2013Portland’s CPUsage takes the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt to reveal new product direction (and they have nearly $1 million in funding)It’s always nice to see Portland companies taking the big stage. And today, CPUsage will be unveiling their new direction—and announcing nearly $1 million in funding—at one of the biggest startup events around, TechCrunch Disrupt. For those trivia buffs, yes, Portland’s Glider launched on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, as well. CPUsage also announced today for the first time that they have closed $925,000 in venture capital from leading Silicon Valley investors. But remember, while other solutions typically take days or months and many personnel hours, CPUsage takes minutes to get users started with any application, on any cloud, at any scale.

Sept. 9, 2013

CPUsage Makes It Easier To Harness The Cloud’s Compute Power

With CPUsage, Martens argues, it would take them fewer than 20 minutes to create the same kind of setup. The cloud computing services from Amazon, Microsoft and others make it possible for businesses to access a virtually unlimited amount of compute power for their applications. In its first incarnation, CPUsage actually wanted to harness unused compute power on PCs, similar to what the SETI project is doing. A: What’s geeky about what CPUsage does is that it makes distributed compute easy to use. What the team realized, though, Martens and Wallington told me, was that they didn’t want to compete with AWS and instead make these kind of cloud compute services easier to use.

July 22, 2013

Scenes From The Seattle TechCrunch Meetup

And don’t miss out on the next TechCrunch meetup, which will take place August 22 in San Diego. During the meetup, we got a feel for the general mood of the Seattle startup scene. The startup scene in Seattle is for real. Everyone we spoke with embraced the grueling startup life and were eager to prove they have something compelling and unique. More than 1,000 people came to the Showbox Theater to mingle, have a drink and hear pitches from 18 local startups.

Dec. 5, 2012

GridVid.Me Launches Low-Cost Video Encoding To Compete With Zencoder And Encoding.com

Its secret is that unlike cloud encoding vendors, GridVid.Me doesn’t pay Amazon or other cloud computing providers for its compute cycles. There’s enough business to go around transcoding short videos for small and mid-sized content owners who don’t want to pay the rates that cloud encoding incumbents Zencoder and Encoding.com charge. GridVid.Me is kind of like other cloud-based video encoders, in that customers upload their files and get back versions in a wide range of video formats. The product touts a price of 2 cents a minute for the first 75,000 minutes of video encoding, dropping to 1 cent per minute after that. That’s because GridVid.Me is part of CPUsage, a firm that leverages the unused compute cycles of idle PCs for profit.

Dec. 27, 2011

Find Your Stolen Camera or Protect It First With GadgetTrak’s CameraTrace

That way GadgetTrak’s new CameraTrace service can help you recover it if it’s ever stolen. Launching today, for a one-time fee of $10 CameraTrace lets you register your camera’s serial number. GadgetTrak‘s CEO and founder Ken Westin tells me its database of photos is an order of magnitude larger than that of competitors like Stolen Camera Finder. If you got a digital camera for the holidays, or already own one, take a moment and write down the serial number. But remember, all of CameraTrace’s services only work if you have have a copy of your serial number.

Sept. 13, 2011

Connecting with CPUsage « Silicon Florist

For more information, follow @cpusage on Twitter, like CPUsage on Facebook, or visit CPUsage. For more interviews, subscribe to Meet the Startup on YouTube, follow @MeettheStartup or like Meet the Startup on Facebook. You’re working hard while you’re sitting at your computer. But what if your computer could be doing hard work for other hardworking folks while you’re away from the keyboard? September 13th, 2011Meet the Startup: Connecting with CPUsageI know you.

July 15, 2011

Gigaom Need cash? Forget plasma, and donate CPU time instead.

The eight-month-old startup wants to pay folks so it can harness their idle compute time to sell to corporations. If so, startup CPUsage has a proposition that you should hear. AdvertisementThe idea of harnessing idle compute time stretches all the way back to 1999 when the [email protected] project was created to help listen for extraterrestrial life. But Martens believes there is a market for folks who would be more interested in giving up their idle compute time if they were directly compensated. AdvertisementUnder his planned model, for every dollar CPUsage earns, about 45 cents goes back to the person who owns the computer CPUsage is harnessing.

Sept. 29, 2010

Tech startups ActiveTrak, CPUsage, LogicBox, Manzama, StreamIt, and Web Blox vie for venture funding « Silicon Florist

For more information, visit Web Blox, follow Web Blox on Twitter, or like Web Blox on Facebook. September 29th, 2010Bend Venture Conference: Tech startups ActiveTrak, CPUsage, LogicBox, Manzama, StreamIt, and Web Blox vie for venture fundingIt’s getting to be that time of year again. Web Blox (Wild Card)Chasing the promise of push-button publishing is Web Blox, a company that purports to be the next stage in the evolution of Web development and content management. For more information, visit ActiveTrak, follow ActiveTrak or GadgetTrak on Twitter, or like GadgetTrak on Facebook. Our Software as a Service (SaaS) gives trainers, educators and business to business content providers a simple and brandable way to upload and charge for family-friendly content online.