To be honest, it was kind of a blur. But a number of enterprising and perceptive journalists managed to capture chunks of TechFestNW—the annual tech event run in conjunction with MusicFestNW—highlighting some of the speakers and themes that pervaded the event, this year. I thought it might be helpful to round up some of the posts for you. All convenient like.
The Washington Post: Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives
At the TechFestNW event in Portland on Friday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden called for legal reforms that embrace an understanding that the mere act of handing over digital data doesn’t mean giving way a user’s right to privacy.
Portland Business Journal: TechFestNW: Sen. Wyden vows to fight for privacy
Oregon’s senior Senator Ron Wyden was on hand at TechFestNW with a message for Oregonians: National security is not mutually exclusive with privacy and innovation, and he is fighting to ensure that American laws are updated to reflect the new technological reality.
Portland is not on the same level as a place like Silicon Valley when it comes to ranking the world’s top startup hubs. But some of the city’s founders and CEOs think that their home can one day become a top destination for entrepreneurial innovation thanks to Portland’s unique cultural qualities.
Willamette Week: Dollar Shave Club’s Mike Dubin Tells TechFestNW About Building a Brand Around Stories
It certainly worked for Dubin’s Dollar Shave Club, which became an overnight sensation in 2012 after Dubin wrote and starred in a YouTube video, “Our Blades Are F***ing Great,” that went viral. The video was aired on cable giants like ESPN and Comedy Central, gathered over 15 million views and put Dubin under the national media’s spotlight.
Portland Business Journal: TechFestNW: The Coolest guy on Kickstarter
Grepper was in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry lobby demonstrating The Coolest with an in-store demo style handing out adult beverages to promote his high-tech take on coolers.
Portland Business Journal: TechFestNW: Kara Swisher wants to make the Internet more human
Swisher said the biggest overall theme of our technological future is that it will be about feelings, and what the technology does for us and not about the technology itself.
For more information on the event, visit TechFestNW.
[Full disclosure: I am the cofounder of TechFestNW and I continue to advise on the event.]