Every year, as the holidays roll around, I am reminded of a time when we—as a scrappy startup scene—all pulled together as a group to do something amazing. It was truly a first. And it was a fortifying moment for what the Portland startup scene and its friends could accomplish when we put our minds—and hearts—to it. This year, it’s the five year anniversary of that event. It was called 30 Hour Day. Read More
Has the Portland startup tech news slowed to halt? Have folks taken the week off in preparation for Independence Day? Has everyone been heads down working on their next amazing project?
To answer those in order: No, not by the looks of my inbox. No, not from what I see. And to some extent yes. You see, this weekend, we’ll be holding the next 30 Hour Day. And that has had my usual blogging time all eaten up with other activities.
You may know that one of our pet projects around here is 30 Hour Day, a Web-based telethon designed to raise money for local Portland charities and to raise awareness for charities worldwide.
Think Jerry Lewis meets YouTube. Only better. It’s 30 straight hours of entertainment and music, streamed over the Web so that anyone, anywhere can watch it from the comfort of his or her Web browser.
But it can’t take place without your help. Read More
It seems a bit self-serving that the first two episodes of Strange Love Live posted to Silicon Florist this year just so happen to have me in them. But that’s purely unintentional. It’s just how things work sometimes. And I promise the next one I post won’t have anything to do with me. Maybe. But it will definitely have something to do with Brian M. Westbrook.
In any case. For now, take a moment to revel in the Strange Love Live we recorded at 30 hour day—featuring a bevy of guests like Target for Tomorrow and the Horns of Destruction, Marie Deatherage, Beth Kanter, Amy Sample Ward, Renny Gleeson, Courtenay Hameister, and Scott McCarty. Read More
While I’ve been resisting the urge to blather on and on about 30 hour day, here, the time is drawing near. And things are getting into full swing. While I’ll share—perhaps overshare—way more details next week, suffice it to say that 30 hour day is a joint effort between Strange Love Live and Silicon Florist. It’s a telethon to raise money for Free Geek, Oregon Food Bank, and Toys for Tots. 30 consecutive hours. No sleep. All for charity.
We’re pretty darned excited about the whole thing. So much so, that we’re looking forward to kicking off some of the festivities tonight by joining KGW The Square for a Twitter-fueled Toy Drive and then heading out to another tweetup on Saturday to grab the 30 hour day tree—a whole week before the actual event begins. Read More