[HTML3]Remember Portland on Fire? That site dedicated to “slow social networking”? It’s okay if you don’t. It’s been awhile.
Let me give you a little refresher. In a day and age where we add friends on social networks willy nilly and engage in any number of online conversations, Raven Zachary saw an opportunity to provide a service that helped you really get to know someone. No following or high scores or anything. And yet, something more than an online profile. Without being overwhelming. One Portland person, per day. That’s Portland on Fire.
Unfortunately, that great idea has been on hiatus. For far too long. So now it’s time to light a fire under, um, Portland on Fire and get this thing going again. Read More
Some people get married and then push everyone else to get married. Some people do the same thing with having kids. Me? I submitted my Portland on Fire profile, and now I expect everyone else in town to do it, too.
What’s Portland on Fire? I’m glad you asked.
Portland On Fire is a daily discovery of PDX people. The site introduces you to a person in the Portland, Oregon (PDX), area every day. Reach out and connect. The site was created by Raven Zachary and launched on January 1st, 2008. Early profiles [focused] on individuals in the tech and creative arts communities in Portland, but there is no reason why it must stay focused in these areas. The talent pool in Portland is large and diverse, and this site hopes to make this fact evident.
Portland on Fire has been described as “slow social networking.” A profile a day. That’s not really too much to ask, is it?
And I have to admit, it’s really working for me. Here are some of the interesting folks that I’ve met (all virtually and some in person), thanks to Portland on Fire:
- Jessica Neuman Beck
Designer, writer, crafter, geek
- Paul Bingman
Web programmer, film junkie, railroad movie consultant
- Ben Bradley
Soon to be the former Captain Bradley
- Larissa Brown
Mommy, knitter, knit designer, author, artist, runner, friend
- Bill Burcham
Technologist, craftsman, inventor
- Joel Burslem
Founder of the Future of Real Estate Marketing blog
- Jennifer Cloer
Information junkie, wife, friend, sister, daughter, aunt and colleague
- Mara Collins
Mother, Wife, Philosopher, Blogger
- Serena Davidson
Free-Range People Photographer, Geek Magnet, Entreprenuer, Chocolate Fiend
- Selena Deckelmann
Sysadmin, Event Organizer, Chicken Keeper
- Melissa Delzio
Designer, Artist – can sing greek alphabet, has squeaky hicupps
- Kurt Deutscher
Chief Technology Evangelist, Portland Native, Jazz Drummer
- Audrey Eschright
- Daniel Etra
Nourishing complexity + digging deep for real solutions
- Sioux Fleming
Technologist, computer threat security evangelist, avid camper, cat person
- Dawn Foster
Community Manager, Event Organizer, Blogger, Podcaster, Vegan, and Technology Enthusiast
- Adrienne Fritze
Mom, artist, social entrepreneur, risk taker, passion monger, creative freak
- Lyza Danger Gardner
Introspective, Inquisitive and Surly: Portland Native Eschews the Humdrum
- Sarah Gilbert
Finance blog editor, writer, photographer, knitter, mama
- Mark Gross
Linux kernel engineer, open source tinkerer, robot builder, intellectual wanderer
- Hideshi Hamaguchi
Concept creator, strategist + designer who cannot draw pictures
- China Z. Hamilton
Artist & world traveler turned advertising student
- Sam Keen
Coder, Event Organizer, Open Source Enthusiast, Geek
- Justin Kistner
Online marketing strategist, web designer, and Rock Band drummer
- Sam Lawrence
Chief Marketing Officer, Jive Software
- Kent Lewis
Search engine marketing guru, recovering entrepreneur and family guy
- Steve Libbey
Novelist, guitarist, personist
- Melissa Lion
Professional Writer: Fiction, Food and Sex
- Jadene Mayla
Plant-lover, artist, zombie movie fan, ecstatic dancer, and writer
- Kathleen Mazzocco
Independent public relations consultant
- Aaron Meyers
Level 1 Dad LFG PST
- Todd Mintz
Eclectic Search Engine Marketing / Internet Marketing Specialist
- Wende Morgaine
Educator. Connector. Innovator.
- Steve Morris
Entrepreneur, startup coach, hobbyist technologist, former DJ
- Matt Navarre
Relational database developer, guitar nut
- Lynne Joy Nesbit
Relentlessly curious, business owner, artist, psychotherapist, mother, feminist, believer
- Chris O’Rourke
Father, husband, geek and general nuisance to computer problems
- Bram Pitoyo
Account planner, creative researcher, brand strategist & most other things
- Paige Saez
Interaction designer who likes ubicomp, conceptual art, painting, digital anthropology
- Craig Schwartz
Entrepreneur, raconteur, agent provocateur, bon-vivant, gadfly, sapient primate
- Eva Schweber
Cat herder, baker, recipe whisperer and dairy goat herder (retired)
- Urban Scout
Post-apocalyptic anti hero… With a blog!
- Greg Sorber
A technical writer who is decidedly non-technical
- Gary Walter
Quintessential 5th gen Portlander on a road not taken
- Amy Sample Ward
Lover, blogger, activist, biker, dreamer, worrier, lover
- Raven Zachary
Technologist, open source industry analyst, event organizer
- Nick Zolotko
Star Wars nerd with a hint of normality
But, honestly, for as interesting as all of these folks are? I’d still like to meet you. So why don’t you head over and fill out a profile? I’m looking forward to reading about you, soon.
Tom Foremski of Silicon Valley Watcher has a recent post that touches on an interview with Hideshi Hamaguchi and Toru Takasuka of Portland-based startup Lunarr. (You may also remember Hideshi for his presentation, “How to live like Japanese in Portland” at the first Ignite Portland.)
What struck me about “Portland’s High Tech Community And The Space To Think” was this little gem:
When I met with them four months ago, I asked why did they choose Portland as the home base for Lunarr, why not Silicon Valley? After all, there are many companies moving to Silicon Valley every day/week to become part of the great conversation that goes on here.
They said that Portland allowed them to think.
Yes, I know it’s in the headline, too. I get that. I’m just a little dense. Apparently, I need more time to think.
The post also touches on Portland on Fire, Raven Zachary’s side project that introduces us to one interesting Portlander a day. A side project which, coincidentally, is always looking for new folks to profile. So head on over there, and participate.
To read the post in its entirety—and to learn why Portland may be a better place for startups than the Valley—visit “Portland’s High Tech Community And The Space To Think“
Portland-based Open-Source guru, BarCamp champion, and Legion of Tech‘er, Raven Zachary, has started the new year off on the right foot by launching Portland on Fire, a new site designed to profile one member of the Portland community each day.
Why? I’m glad you asked. (And I’m glad Raven provided an FAQ for this one.)
Current online social networks are ineffective channels to meet new people. This site will help to facilitate networking. I was working on a project in the late 90’s called ‘Great Minds’ – a global profile site of amazing people. This is an implementation of that idea focused around the amazing people in the Portland, Oregon, area.
For more information, visit Portland on Fire or see additional coverage of the effort in VanPortlander. To participate, prepare and submit your profile. Or, if you’re just looking forward to reading about some interesting folks, grab the Portland on Fire RSS feed or follow @portlandonfire on Twitter.
I’m looking forward to reading more about you one of these days.