On Sunday night, I launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, a site that provides a platform for small business owners, filmmakers, writers and others looking to launch and manage on online fundraising effort for their project. It’s been a humbling 48 hours. As you can see from the following screen grab, we have plenty of […]

I’ve tried to explain “the other side of Oregon” to friends from outside the state who don’t know about the economic hardships many Oregonians endure. The Beaver State’s high unemployment rate, coupled with inflation, is a misery inducer for those caught in its jaws–one in four Oregonians is under-employed and one in five is on […]

We live in tumultuous times. The economy is shot, politics is shit and media is fractured into a million little pieces. Finding meaningful answers in the middle of this storm isn’t easy, but Charles Hugh Smith, author of Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation, has some. Nobody expects the President or Ben Bernanke […]

The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics by Greg Mitchell explores Upton Sinclair’s 1934 run of Governor of California. MGM, led by Republican activist and movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, produced three fake newsreels to attack Sinclair before election day, using shots from old […]

Men’s Health named Portland, Oregon “America’s Most Patriotic City.” The magazine came to its conclusion after factoring the number of registered voters who turned out for state and federal elections in 2004 and 2008, money spent on military veterans, percentage of residents who volunteer, and finally, sales of fireworks and U.S. flags. Portland wins lots […]

Fred Wilson is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures, a venture capital firm. He writes the popular “A VC” blog (“musing of a VC in NYC”), and has invested in numerous game-changing tech companies, including Twitter, del.icio.us, Etsy, and FeedBurner. I’ve been reading his blog off and on for years, but have never seen […]

Digital ninja, Faris Yakob–who I had the pleasure of meeting at a conference in Cambridge, MA a few years ago–made a guest post on Gaping Void that resonates. Here’s the heart of Yakob’s argument: Once you begin to extend yourself via media, you become aware that by broadcasting your life through media fragments, you are […]

Nau is a Portland-based active wear company that makes gear for “artists, athletes and activists out to unfuck the world.” I would have chosen a different way of expressing that sentiment, but I do hear what Nau is saying and I count myself among the people they’re trying to reach. When you visit Nau’s Web […]

image courtesy of Flickr user, Brian Solis Sarah Lacy is a successful tech journalist. So successful in fact, Sarah Lacy is more than a journalist, she’s a brand. Yet, she’s not convinced that being a brand is all that great. I’ve written before that one of the advantages of the Internet– the relatively low barrier […]

Laura Oppenheimer of The Oregonian put together a feature article on the efforts being made by Portland’s various creative communities to unite and successfully promote themselves. salon owner, Kahala Orian, sporting a knitty Here, Oppenheimer shows the two ends of the local spectrum: If you picture the creative economy as a continuum from corporate giants […]

Geoff Kleinman, writing on OurPDX.net looks back at the Web 1.0 tech boom that took place a decade ago and sees similarities to today. He also looks forward and wonders if an insular community can step up and out for their own benefit. The brutal truth is that 2009 is going to be an extremely […]

Cross the Burnside Bridge into downtown Portland and you will be greeted by one of the most iconic neon signs in existence. It says, “Made in Oregon” and features a leaping stag whose nose cheerfully turns red during the holiday season. The sign was first constructed by the White Satin Sugar Company in 1940. It […]

Make your own yearbook photo at Yearbook Yourself. Geek Sugar named the ad supported site “Website of the Day” back in August. It’s good for a laugh or two, not to mention a new profile picture for your favorite soc net.

Portland is a city full of friendly, interesting people, so it’s natural that web sites would spring up from this fertile land to support that fact. One is Portland On Fire, a site that profiles a different Portlander each day. The site is currently inactive, but there may be work happening behind the scenes to […]

Here’s an idea…let’s change the “American Way of Life” for the better. According to Wikipedia, the concept of clean coal is said to be a solution to climate change and global warming by coal industry groups, while environmental groups believe it is greenwash. Greenpeace is a major opponent of the concept because emissions and wastes […]

In all seriousness, I’d love to see a candidate grow a pair and run a creative ad campaign. Leave the empty promises to the stump speeches. TV viewers don’t want vacant rhetoric. We want entertainment.

Palmetto Bluff is so Hollywood. A couple of years ago, Oscar attendees received free vacations at the exclusive May River resort. Now, the property is benefitting from free advertising care of the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” On the sopa, characters Nikki and Victoria Newman are busy developing fictitious “Clear Springs,” […]

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is embarking on a branding campaign to benefit the state’s farmers and rural communities. From the official Press Release: The new Certified SC branding campaign was designed to stir-up state pride and loyalty, and change South Carolinians from consumers into advocates and customers who ask for and prefer Certified […]