Justin Kistner 17 January 2008
Online marketing strategist, web designer, and Rock Band drummer
Justin began his career as a freelance designer while still studying advertising at the University of Oregon. Out of college, he continued to grow his business into an eventual partnership that formed the Portland Internet Company. After several years of successful operation, Nemo Design sought him out to bring his web development process and methodology to their growing interactive department. Today, Justin is an independent consultant and entrepreneur. He is working on his first book about corporate blogging.
In the past, his creative work has been featured in the American Museum of Advertising. Justin also served on the board of directors for Artist for the Arts.
What are you up to?
Much of my 9am-5pm time is focused on helping leverage to define a new market category (roughly known as Enterprise 2.0 at the moment) and to drive sales. I have several side projects going that are a mix of experimentation and entrepreneurship. And, most recently, I have become a board member on Legion of Tech where I am currently assisting in the organization of Startupalooza.
What are you into?
- Yahoo! Pipes
- Rock Band
- Scotch, particularly Islay styles
- The Oregon Ducks
- VW, Porsche, and Audi
- Social computing
- Snowboarding (new as of last year)
What do you like most about Portland?
Portland is the Goldilocks city, it’s not too big and it’s not too small. I think the tech scene is great because the people here are smart, yet still accessible. We have great food, beer, wine, and coffee. Plus, it’s one of the weird cities and I hope it stays that way.
What are the most exciting things happening on the Internet right now?
Federated social networks and information portability. Attention and Yahoo! Pipes. The merge of television and the web. Enterprise 2.0. The emergence of mobile as a serious device for a connected world. The Clean Slate project.
Why are you so into Rock Band?
As a long time drummer, I really appreciate the ability to learn new songs in a fun and social way. Plus, I hear bars are now starting to feature Rock Band nights, and I’ve been wanting something like drumaoke for while.