This Is The Place Podcast Episode 22

A Silicon Slopes Production



This Is The Place (A Silicon Slopes Production) delivers wide-ranging, rarely serious commentary on tech, Utah, and everything in between. Hosted by Silicon Slopes editors Meg Morley Walter and Chris Rawle, This Is The Place examines Utah-centric stories that range from inspiring and relevant to completely bonkers.

In Episode 21 Chris and Meg discuss Startup Santa and its surrounding activities, and funding news from Simplus. They share their disdain for the term “unicorn” and then talk about the latest weird Utah news which includes snortable snails and a bride and groom with a death wish.

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People Helping Puerto Rico Auction Begins On December 2

Because Puerto Rico still needs help.



Weeks ago the media stopped really covering Puerto Rico and the devastation Hurricane Maria left on the island. In what feels like a never-ending stream of shocking headlines, news of Puerto Rico has been overshadowed by more recent events. But while our attention may have shifted to other issues, Puerto Rico is still suffering and still needs our help.

Most of the island remains without power or clean water. “Running water that may be available to some of the island is contaminated and needs to be boiled but they have no working stoves or resources to do so. Going to the bathroom without running water is the reality the island has been dealing with since September,” explains Nichelle Jensen, co-founder of People Helping Puerto Rico. “Only a small percentage of the hospitals on the island are operating and those hospitals are operating only at a fraction of their normal capacity. This means most people aren’t receiving basic healthcare like something as simple as an asthma inhaler. Makeshift medical clinics in school gymnasiums and churches are currently serving the majority of the medical needs for the island. Most people are living without roofs which makes most homes breeding grounds for mold, if they are not already covered in mold. Puerto Rico is hot, humid, and covered in mosquitos, many children and elderly folks aren’t healthy enough to handle the combination of the heat, lack of water, and lack of shelter for such a long period of time. Even for some citizens who may have power restored, their refrigerators are now covered in mold and their stoves were destroyed by the storm. An average cost for a new roof is about $3,000 and with a large percentage of businesses not in operation, people are without work and without funds to put another roof on their home or buy a new stove.”

Co-founder Ryan Smart adds, “In other areas[affected by disaster], people are connected by land, so you can drive in resources, neighbors can come help rebuild — not on an island, especially on an island that has not had basic needs met for a long time. These people are suffering. Puerto Rico is in an even worse state than it was the days of the storm .”

Jensen and Smart wanted to help alleviate some of Puerto Rico’s pain so they reached out to the Vivint Gives Back initiative, whose leaders have served as invaluable mentors, and partnered with the nonprofit Wings of Hope. They created the Instagram account People Helping PR, and started asking businesses and individuals to donate goods and services to be auctioned. “These items range from something as simple as a baked good all the way up to a week’s stay at a VRBO in Hawaii — if you’re lucky you can bid on both and be eating a chocolate cream pie on the beaches of Oahu,” Smart says. “We post the good and service and ask the donor along with all our friends and businesses to share the cause on their feeds.” All donated items will be available for bidding Saturday, December 2 at 8 pm (PST), and the auction will close Sunday, December 3 at 8 pm (PST). The highest bidder on each post will win the item, and their donation will go directly to the people of Puerto Rico.

The list of items is both long and impressive, and all donated by people who just want to help. “People are good — that’s what we’ve found,” Smart says. “The majority of people are so willing to help however they can, most just don’t know how. People may not be able to donate a lot of money or go and physically help, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing. All people have talents and this lets up tap into that, allow them to do good, and use that talent to help so many others. It’s also contagious, when people see others jumping in to help, they don’t want to miss out either. It’s a great way to join people together, create a mini community and also show off people’s talents — so many side benefits on being a part of one of these auctions.” Jensen adds, “Making people see that there is a lot of value to be had from any size effort has created a domino effect and more donations keep rolling in.”

Jensen and Smart hope to raise enough from the auction to see roofs go on houses and see food, water, and medical supplies reach the Puerto Ricans that need them. “We’d like to help as many people as we possibly can,” Jensen says.

Remember, the auction begins SATURDAY at 8 PM (PST), and can be found at @peoplehelpingpr on Instagram. Your winning bids will help People Helping Puerto Rico live up to its name.


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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 21

A Silicon Slopes Production



This Is The Place (A Silicon Slopes Production) delivers wide-ranging, rarely serious commentary on tech, Utah, and everything in between. Hosted by Silicon Slopes editors Meg Morley Walter and Chris Rawle, This Is The Place examines Utah-centric stories that range from inspiring and relevant to completely bonkers.

In Episode 21 Chris and Meg discuss Startup Santa and its surrounding activities, and summit plans. They present a requested tagline, and the tech talk no no turns into a tech talk yes yes. Then they talk about the latest weird Utah news which includes a a couple taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather in a unique way, and cows raining on I-15.

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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 20

A Silicon Slopes Production



This Is The Place (A Silicon Slopes Production) delivers wide-ranging, rarely serious commentary on tech, Utah, and everything in between. Hosted by Silicon Slopes editors Meg Morley Walter and Chris Rawle, This Is The Place examines Utah-centric stories that range from inspiring and relevant to completely bonkers.

In Episode 20 Chris and Meg talk about their camera debut, Startup Santa and a number of funding announcements. They present a few very bad tag lines, and address a tech term we all despise. Then they talk about the latest weird Utah news which includes a a debate over the correct pronunciation of phoenix plural, and the re-opening of everyone’s favorite mortuary.

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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 19

A Silicon Slopes Production



This Is The Place (A Silicon Slopes Production) delivers wide-ranging, rarely serious commentary on tech, Utah, and everything in between. Hosted by Silicon Slopes editors Meg Morley Walter and Chris Rawle, This Is The Place examines Utah-centric stories that range from inspiring and relevant to completely bonkers.

In Episode 19 Chris and Meg talk Startup Santa and the upcoming Silicon Slopes Tech Summit. They congratulate WorkFront for signing the Parity Pledge, and marvel at how quickly a Facebook post turned into nonsense. They address a tech term we all despise. Then they talk about the latest weird Utah news which includes a song written about inversion and cat hair in coffee.

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Meat and Potatoes Episode 1

A Silicon Slopes Production



Meat and Potatoes shines a light on the people in Silicon Slopes who get things done. Hosted by Silicon Slopes Director of Operations Garrett Clark and random interns we explore how, why, and when they get those things done and why their work is the meat and potatoes of Utah’s tech community.

In Episode 1 Garrett talks to Brad Franko who is on the Church & State Vetrepreneurship leadership team. Brad provides details of the programming and addresses the merits of hiring Veterans. Garrett closes with a question on the HOV lane that involves a prize for the best answer.

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Start Your Startup Santa Giving

Now!



Startup Santa is underway and it’s a thrill to see the Startup Santa Leaderboard updating with new donations every day. But we still have a ways to go in order to exceed last years totals — 87,000 books and $437,000.

So, if you haven’t already, add your company to the Startup Santa leaderboard.


Once you’ve added your company to the leaderboard, we will email you a link that you can send to everyone within your company. Employees may use this link to make monetary donations.

Then, get a collection bin. Literally any container that can hold books will do. It can be cardboard. It can be plastic. It can be nonexistent if you plan to just donate money. But if the box is an actual tangible object, download, print, and attach this poster to it:


Encourage everyone in your company to donate NEW children’s books and collect them in your now very cute bin. These books are Christmas gifts for children in elementary school, so the reading level should be anywhere from K-6. Update your book donation totals for the leaderboard through the link sent to you via email. Don’t lie about the amount of books you’ve donated. That would be dumb.


Then, drop your books at any of the following locations from December 4–15 during business hours:

  • United Way of Northern Utah 2955 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84403
  • United Way of Utah County 148 N. 100 W. Provo, UT 84601
  • United Way of Dixie 948 North 1300 West #2 Saint George, UT 84770

Or, if you’re in Salt Lake, December 4–6 during business hours at:

  • Columbus Community Center 3495 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115


Alternatively, download the Giveit app (GooglePlay Version), and Giveit will pick up any donation of ten books or more.

And, of course, you can always donate money and still be on the leaderboard.

You have until December 15 at 11:59 PM to do your part in getting new books to Utah kids. We can’t wait to see what this community is capable of this year.

If you have any questions at any point, email me: meg@siliconslopes.com.


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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 18

A Silicon Slopes Production



This Is The Place (A Silicon Slopes Production) delivers wide-ranging, rarely serious commentary on tech, Utah, and everything in between. Hosted by Silicon Slopes editors Meg Morley Walter and Chris Rawle, This Is The Place examines Utah-centric stories that range from inspiring and relevant to completely bonkers.

In Episode 18 Chris and Meg talk Startup Santa and the upcoming Silicon Slopes Tech Summit. The Chris talks about CloudVeil while Meg rages. They address a tech term we all despise. Then they talk about the latest weird Utah news which includes a pot-sniffing legislators and shenanigans at a mortuary.

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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 17

A Silicon Slopes Production



This Is The Place (A Silicon Slopes Production) delivers wide-ranging, occasionally serious commentary on tech, Utah, and everything in between. Hosted by Silicon Slopes editors Meg Morley Walter and Chris Rawle, This Is The Place examines Utah-centric stories that range from inspiring and relevant to completely bonkers.

In Episode 17 Chris, Meg, and Clint talk tech news, specifically Instructure’s impressive valuation and the growing success of Virtuality. They address an especially obnoxious tech term, and present a number of tagline options at the behest of a tweeter (our deepest apologies, Professional Cable). Then they talk about the latest weird Utah news which includes a moose attack and a UDOT apology.

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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 16

A Silicon Slopes Production



This Is The Place (A Silicon Slopes Production) delivers wide-ranging, occasionally serious commentary on tech, Utah, and everything in between. Hosted by Silicon Slopes editors Meg Morley Walter and Chris Rawle, This Is The Place examines Utah-centric stories that range from inspiring and relevant to completely bonkers.

In this special SPOOKY episode of the This Is The Place Podcast, Chris and Meg are joined by Garrett. It’s business as usual, tech news, a really bad tagline (you’re welcome, NaviTrust), and weird Utah news, when suddenly GARRETT DISAPPEARS. Chris and Meg haven’t seen him since. Though they have claimed that when they work late, they can sometimes feel a certain presence in Silicon Slopes HQ, and every once in a while, they hear phantom keyboard clicking sounds coming from Garrett’s now abandoned office.

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