Oh Portland. You and your borrowed keeping-it-weird ethos. It only stands to reason that the only product we have running in the annual Product Hunt Golden Kitty awards is a VR app. That allows you to experience the world. As if it were somewhere you had to go. Literally. Read More
One of the things that inspired me to start writing this blog, long long ago, was each interesting little side project that folks would dream up. They weren’t businesses. They weren’t commercialized. They were little experiments. Driven by Portland’s culture of curiosity and a hobbyist like imagination. So I thought I’d share a couple of contemporary experiments that reminded me of those days. Read More
There’s a whole bunch of experimentation with bots as of late. Some of it serious. Some of it silly. But it’s all pretty darn compelling. And Portland is no stranger to mucking around with these little buckets of artificial intelligence. Take Mimic, a new bot designed by the creative technologist over at Wieden+Kennedy‘s The Lodge. Read More
What if you turned the world of robots upside-down? No. I don’t mean like making a T-800-esque Schwarzenegger stand on his head. (Although that’s a good idea, too.) I mean, what if, instead of building armies of autonomous beings who do nothing but serve our every whim, we instead built robots who needed us. Like a lot. That’s what Wieden+Kennedy’s creative technologists at W+K Lodge have done with Needybot. Read More
You can’t read a tech article today without a mention of “the Cloud.” See? You just read it in this one. But where is the Cloud going? And what should people expect?
A few years back, I had the opportunity to run a BarCamp Portland session called “From side project to startup.” I’ve always liked that thought. Because it’s a dream that so many of us have. To work on something we love—even if it’s on the side. And for that project to build so much momentum and find users and find revenue. And that we could make it our job. Day in and day out.
[HTML1]You’ve just created one of the most talked about advertising campaigns in the history of the Web. What are you going to do?
Well, if you’re Portland advertising powerhouse Wieden + Kennedy, you’re buying beer for folks at Beer and Blog today—and maybe seeing if you can hire some of them on to your digital strategy team. Read More