This Is The Place Podcast Episode 26

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 26, Meg and Chris reminisce about the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, talk the latest in tech news, and disparage anyone who uses the latest Tech Talk No No. They reveal their tag lines for BASE Search Marketing, which are both mediocre and absurd. Then they discuss what might be the best weird Utah story in the history of the podcast, which is 26 whole episodes.


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Meat And Potatoes Podcast Episode 3 — Adam Stoker & Jordan Barker, Relic Agency

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 Adam Stoker and Jordan Barker are the guests. Together they run Relic Agency. We talk all things marketing, a little Star Wars, and cool cars. Someone swears. Finally, we compare notes on what AI is good at and where it misses the mark.



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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 25

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 this episode, Chris, Clint and Meg wax nonsensical about the upcoming Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, cover a special cryptocurrency Tech Talk No-No, then delve into weird Utah news, which is, yet again, PG-13.


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Startup Santa Summary

Over 50,000 books raised for Utah’s kids.

Health Catalyst delivers a car full of books to the United Way.


It’s a wrap on this year’s Startup Santa book drive, where over 50,000 books were collected and distributed to kids across the state.

We are pleased to present the Startup Santa Leaderboard Top Ten:


Domo, Traeger, and Brainstorm were obviously our biggest donors, but we appreciate every donation, some made by companies with only a few employees. These donations support literacy programs across the state. Thank you for your generosity.

Executech sorts their donations.

We also want to thank Boomsourcing, for hosting our kickoff event at Rice Eccles Stadium,


Real Salt Lake for hosting our Startup Santa Mixer in the Audi Executive Club, and the volunteers who spent their morning reading to kids at Fox Hollow Elementary School.

Chris Willis of Domo

Marcus Liassides of Sorenson Media

Also, a huge thanks to United Way for their hard work in coordinating the program, collecting the books, and distributing those books to kids in need.



We look forward to seeing what this community can do in the next year to learn, connect, and serve.

Want to spread holiday cheer all year? Contact your United Way to learn how you and your organization can make giving back to your local community a part of your New Year’s resolution.


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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 24

Special Holiday Edition



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 this special holiday episode, Chris and Meg present The 12 Days of Silicon Slopes, the latest in tech news, and weird Utah stories that include an improvement in our bad drivers status, and holiday dinner invading a small Utah town.

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This Is The Place Podcast Episode 23

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 23 Chris and Meg discuss Startup Santa and Summit speaker announcements. They share their disdain for the term “crowdsource” and then talk about the latest weird Utah news which includes drug dealing safe spaces and 911 abuses.

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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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