Portland has found Kickstarter to be an amazing source of crowdfunded capital for any number of creative projects.
But what about crowdfunding an event? Well, if anyone is going to make that happen it’s a Portlander who knows Kickstarter, inside and out. And if early funding is any indication, the XOXO festival—a celebration of disruptive creativity—is well on track to hit its goal. Read More
I’m consistently—and constantly—struck by how incredibly lucky we are here in Portland. Without even realizing it. We’re home to the inventor of the wiki, folks creating the tools that have helped create the Web, and within a stone’s throw of one of the founders of the grandaddy of Weblogs, among other things. Quietly. But here.
And let’s not forget, Portland is home to Andy Baio, whose blog Waxy.org quietly turned a decade old over the weekend. Read More
One would think that the big tech news this week would be SXSW, but Yahoo! had other ideas. You see, Yahoo! has filed a “puzzling” patent suit against Facebook.
Now, there are any number of folks out there who will highlight this as a pretty boneheaded move. Or “a crock of shit.” But they’re all observing the situation.
Portland’s Andy Baio—whose company Upcoming was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005—has a more hands-on perspective. Read More
Today, the biggest tech story in Portland isn’t a Web site, an iPhone app, or an open source project. In fact, for the first time in a long time, it’s a hardware story.
Meet the Elevation iPhone dock. A project led by Portland’s Casey Hopkins. And the first Kickstarter project to crack the one million dollar ceiling. Read More
The Oscars are coming up. And while the biggest stories are always about who won what, there’s always a subplot—a techie subplot at that—that arises every year.
Academy members get to vote on the movies to determine who wins. But in order to see all of the movies, the Academy members have to get “screeners.” It’s like the Academy member’s own private Netflix of Oscar nominated films. But as with any distributed media, with distribution comes the potential for piracy. Read More
[HTML2]Andy Baio is perhaps best known on the Web for three things: starting the Star Wars Kid meme, creating Upcoming (which he later sold to Yahoo!), and sharing interesting tidbits via Waxy.org. Not necessarily in that order.
What’s not as well known? He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Now, Andy will likely be known for something else entirely: helping lead a new “crowdfunding” startup called Kickstarter. Read More