Allen Stern Places Bet on Portland, Loses

Center Networks hosted Rick Turoczy Wednesday and asked him to dish about his man-crush on the Silicon Forest.    Portland’s one-day moment in the sun was spectacularly dashed on Thursday, when the Gray Lady brought truthiness back into vogue with the article Seattle Taps Its Inner Silicon Valley.  Tech hasn’t seen this kind of MSM smackdown since Walt Mossberg’s early-onset senility in 2005 when he suggested that Apple wasn’t the True Faith Incarnate. Of course our ongoing dominance over our little sister to the south has nothing to do with Microsoft, Amazon, Real Networks, Adobe, or the approximately $1B per year in startup financing; no, according to Oren Etzioni of the UW:

“People aren’t distracted by too much sunshine,” he said. “They sit in their offices or garages and get creative.”

What? If that were the criterion then we’d all run operating systems written in Inuit++. I feel the reasons have to do with our massive native intellect, coupled with a dashing entrepreneurial spirit, leavened by two scoops of common sense and healthy sprinkling of manly Northwest vigor. All of which we have in spades over Portland.  Portland is like the Birmingham Barons before Michael Jordan arrived.  With the right amount of fawning press coverage, they can still be spectacularly mediocre.  Ha ha ha ha ha.

Sorry Allen!

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3 Responses to “Allen Stern Places Bet on Portland, Loses”


  1. 1 Rick Turoczy February 8, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Apparently, my attempt to quote equally exuberant Portlanders and soften the blow of my schoolgirl-like adoration for the Rose City didn’t slip past you.

    I would at least hope for “geek crush.” But “man crush” it is.

    I will show restraint, as well, by not falling back on the typical “per capita” Portland defense. And just take it in the jaw.

    Touche.

  2. 2 Anthony Stevens February 8, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Well played, sir! You’re a good sport to take my snark with such equanimity. 🙂


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