Category: OpenSource

Not sure how this affects the Portland office yet, but Mozilla is laying off 250 employees

I don’t have much detail beyond the Mozilla blog post announcing the layoffs, but given that Mozilla has a substantial Portland footprint — they only mention closing an operation in Taipei, Taiwan, specifically — I’m concerned this will affect the office here and the Portland startup community. So I wanted to give you a heads up.

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Community in the time of COVID-19 Coronavirus: Talking remote community management with Cami Kaos

When the pandemic isolation began, many tried and true ways of building connection and community — most notably, meeting face to face with people — disappeared, instantaneously. But the need for community didn’t. If anything, in fact, that need increased. Exponentially. But how are we to maintain and strengthen community in this new normal of self distancing?

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Building an ethical advertising platform in the shadow of ad blockers

It’s no secret that the world of online advertising has devolved into a means of using any and every accessible data point to convince consumers to purchase products. But it wasn’t always that way. There was a time when online advertising was far more simple and less invasive. And it still worked. But it was difficult. Portland startup Read the Docs has spent time building an ad platform that provides simple, ethical advertising. But in a world of ad blockers, that can be more difficult that one would think.

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A decade of gathering open source citizens: Portland’s Open Source Bridge turns 10

Ten years ago, the current Portland startup community was just starting to coalesce. And it’s no secret that many of the connections, gatherings, and events that made that possible were very much due to a substantially larger and more well connected tech community—the open source community—whose activity served as the foundation for the growing community of tech entrepreneurs.

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Nice to see Portland stepping into a leadership role in open civic data, again. Thanks to Hack Oregon.

There was a time, when any discussion of open government and open data, would have been remiss if it ignored what was happening in Portland. But those times appeared to be in our distant past. We haven’t heard anything about us doing much in — let alone leading — open gov or open data in nearly a decade. But that’s all changing. Thanks to Hack Oregon.

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Like to talk DevOps? There’s still time to submit a talk to DevOpsDays PDX 2017

I know. I know. I’m a little tardy with the reminder. But let’s face it. You probably would have put off submitting an application until now anyway. So let’s just call it even. Fine. Agree to disagree. But rather than arguing with me, you should probably get to work on your DevOpsDays PDX talk proposal.

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Portland startup GraphAlchemist celebrates OSCON week by open sourcing Alchemy.js

While Portland is always an open source focused town, OSCON is the annual reminder that we’re the de facto hub of open source. So what better time, thought local startup GraphAlchemist, to contribute something awesome to the world of open source. Introducing Alchemy.js. Read More

Looking for some open source awesomeness? Open Source Bridge 2013 could be exactly what you need

It’s hard to believe Open Source Bridge is five years old. And it’s come a long way since those early days when we were working to hack together a conference to make up for the absence of OSCON in 2009. Read More

Thinking about speaking at Open Source Bridge? Quit thinking and start proposing… err think AND complete your proposal

Ah spring! When a young person’s thoughts turn to that of speaking at a variety of events. And as luck would have it, there’s the opportunity to speak at an awesome event right here in town. If you get on it. The Open Source Bridge call for proposals ends March 23 at midnight. Read More

REMINDER: Open Source Bridge accepting talk proposals until midnight, procrastinator pants

Sure sure. You were going to get to it. Because you really had this awesome talk on open source sort of stuff. Something riveting. And insightful. And entertaining.

You were totally going to submit that talk for Open Source Bridge, the conference for open source citizens. But then you never got around to it. Well, get on it. You’ve got until midnight tonight. Read More

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