Video: Why You Should Move to Oregon

In this video, Skip Newberry, President of the Technology Association of Oregon presents:  Why You Should Move to Oregon. Joining Newberry are Eric Sorenson, Open-Source Product Owner at PuppetLabs and Jared Wiener, Industry Liason at PDC.

Attend this presentation to learn why technology professionals and entrepreneurs are relocating to Portland, Oregon. You will hear firsthand from Eric Sorenson, who recently left Apple in Cuppertino, California, to join Puppet Labs in Portland. You will also hear about economic trends, startup initiatives and unique industry resources that paint a compelling picture of Portland as a talent rich, fast-growing, affordable and competitive tech center. Boasting its own TV show, Portlandia, Portland is home to Pink Martini, The Dandy Warhols, The Decembrists, and The Shins, world class coffee houses, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, the center of the universe for the athletic and outdoor industry, innovative food carts, and James Beard Award-winning chefs. Undoubtedly, Portland has a lot going for it. What a lot of people are starting to find out is that Portland is also a serious tech center, with top tier creative talent and leading companies in mobile, open source, social, and enterprise software. For example, Portland is home to Intel’s largest campus in the world with over 17,000 employees, as well as its software group, with over 3,500 employees. Portland is also home to eBay Mobile, IBM’s open source division, Mozilla, Autodesk, Walmart Labs, Salesforce, McAfee, Symantec, Jive Software, Thetus Corporation, Caoxis/Viewpoint, Tripwire, Webtrends, WMWare, Puppet Labs, Urban Airship, Elemental Technologies, Janrain, ShopIgniter, Giftango, Simple, Cloudability, Meridian Apps, Cvent, Acquia, the Drupal Association and of course Puppet Labs. The list goes on beyond these great companies and includes the recently announced Salesforce expansion that will bring hundreds of jobs to the City. Portland is home to some of the most prestigious leaders in software and online development including Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, Ward Cunningham, the inventor of the wiki, and Russell Kirsch, the inventor of the world’s first internally programmable computer.

Recorded at the PuppetConf user group event in San Francisco. See more videos from the conference at the Puppet Labs Channel.
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Recently named as one of the Top 20 Big Data Influencers by Forbes Magazine, Rich Brueckner is an avid writer, publisher, and technology pundit focused on high performance computing. He acquired inside-HPC.com in 2010 and has since expanded his online publications to include inside-BigData, inside-Startups, and The Exascale Report. With over 25 years of HPC experience at Cray Research, SGI, and Sun Microsystems, Rich is known to many in the industry as “the guy in the Red Hat.” When he’s not working, Rich keeps busy writing fiction, cartoons, and parody films. You can check out his stories: Angels of Silence, The Observer Effect, The Three Magi of Katrina, Seven Meals from Chaos, Friends of the Fallen, The Guardian’s End, and Ghosts of the Indian Herb. He has also penned some short film scripts including: Jigsaw Falling into Place and Bardo. In non-fiction, Rich contributed the Foreword to Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Dark Gravity, a book about the Big Bang by Dr. Stephen Perrenod. He also wrote the Foreword to 72 Beautiful Galaxies, an interactive iBook by Dr. Stephen Perrenod. Rich lives and works in Portland, Oregon.