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Monday, April 13, 2009

It’s always nice when the local paper highlights its own - especially when its something a bit out of the normal business space. There’s a nice rundown of prices for the library server and the new software as a service offering (still in closed beta). Also, this tidbit about why the startup, now with 10 full time employees, is in Portland.

Why here? The two looked hard for a place to start their company and chose Portland because of its large open source and geocentric communities, and a low rate of employee turnover.

- Oregon Live

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I have no connection to Capt. Richard Phillips, the captain of vessel pirates captured off the coast of Somalia. But, as his story and backstory trickle out, I learn I have a geographic connection to him. The connection to Massachusetts noted when the story broke on our local NPR station was that he was graduate of Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne. Now, when I was growing up in the state I had no idea we had a public college with that name. I learned about it when I started participating in the Pan Mass Challenge, a bike tour of the state that raises money for cancer research. The end of day one and the “stay over” point for two day riders is that very school. Riders stay in the dorms, on the ball fields in tents or, take the best accomodations on “the ship” (it’s air conditioned). For the afternoon until the next early morning when we head out for day two, we “own” the place (at significant cost to one of the event sponsors, MFS, as I understand). So, I know the place where this fellow went to school, a place that doesn’t get much mention here in the Boston area. That was interesting.

Next up, I began hearing about his family in Underhill, Vt. Just the name suggests its small (about 3000 in 2000). I’ve been there. My cousin married into a family (of lovely folks) from that tiny town. The odds of me knowing the name of, let alone actual people in the town, are pretty small. Interesting.

Then came the kicker. My dad informed me Capt. Phillips grew up in my home town of Winchester (at 25,000 when I was there, a mere blip in the Boston suburbs). 

I’m sure I’d follow the story no matter where the captain was from, but now, well, I’m even more heavily invested. Geography ties us together in ways we don’t think about too much.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noticed the job posting on the NSGIC website. Key benefits/requirements: possible remote work situation (work from home!), bachelors required, association management experience and/or GISP certification (or eligibility) preferred. Responses due April 20 - so get on it if you are interested!

- job posting (pdf)

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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