For some, the picture being painted of the Rose City startup and tech scene is a just a little too Utopian. They purport that maybe, just maybe, the Northwest startup scene isn’t so much a world of rainbows and unicorns. And they would like to see some more objective assessment and criticism of what’s happening.
I’ve been involved in software and technology in some capacity since I was a teenager and I’ve consistently worked in the industry either full time or part time since. Originally from Seattle, I watched the dot com implosion (and gross mismanagement and investing) claim thousands of jobs and millions of dollars. I moved to Portland several years ago not because this city had a lot to offer me, but because it seemed to have a lot to offer everyone else – it was everything Seattle wasn’t. I wanted to be where big things were happening because I enjoy watching good people succeed. I believe that the Internet continues to provide us all a level playing field where everyone has an equal opportunity to get noticed and do amazing things – and I’m as cynical of businessmen as I am enamored with developers.
All Things Critical joins Silicon Lumberjack and Portland Tech Insider, two other new blogs designed to provide more objective viewpoints on what’s happening in the Portland tech scene. And of course, they all join the grandaddy of all objective reporting on the Northwest tech scene, Silicon Forest by Mike Rogoway.
I’m really looking forward to watching all of these blog report on what’s happening around here. The more people writing, questioning, and commenting on the current scene, the better. And the better we’ll all be for it.
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