It's been a long, wild ride but our three and a half years of awesome grant-funded work with the Knight Foundation winds down next week. Working with Knight has been a thrill and we love all the friends we've made there. It's taken us from Seattle to St. Louis, Miami to New Orleans, Hamburg to Paris and even Saint Petersburg (almost to Beirut, but that's another story).
Read today's press release about the new Community Starter Rails 3.x release and Unspace's new cloud-based managed services. If you haven't watched our video intro to Community Starter, you should.
Unspace was Canada's first Rails consultancy and has been at the forefront of this community since 2004. Unspace has contributed major open source projects like Haml and Sass (Another editorial note - Haml and Sass are awesome - and used in NewsCloud's Community Starter) and has hosted widely acclaimed conferences like RubyFringe and FutureRuby. You can learn more at unspace.ca or follow them on Twitter at @unspace.
In the future, if you want managed services, talk to Unspace ... and they will be maintaining the open source Github code base for NewsCloud's Community Starter.
We also want to send a special note of thanks out to Russell Branca who led the development for most of NewsCloud's Rails codebase. Russell has moved on to a job at Cloudant. Lucky Cloudant. And to Amer Dahmash who valiantly stepped in to carry the torch the last few months. Amer's about to head off to South America by car.
Jeff Reifman is co-organizing Initiative 103 ... an effort to reign in corporate power in Seattle. I103 would reverse Citizens United in Seattle by banning corporate spending on elections. Two other Washington cities are already running similar initiatives: Pacific Northwest Emerging as a Stronghold for a New Kind of Activism.