PuppetConf 2012

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.

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