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Here’s what you can do to help New Orleans.

August 28th, 2010

American FlagI was as distressed as any American when tragedy struck New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And let’s not even mention the double whammy they faced in the BP oil spill disaster. And, on the fifth anniversary of this manmade disaster, as a country we’re still stuck in the middle of the rebuilding of one of our greatest cities. I know it’s been a hard few years for many Americans, there seem to be disasters every time you turn around, and many of you are short of cash. But, if there’s any small donation you can make, now would be a good time. Even if you’ve already given, this city that’s given us all so much still needs your help.

Many of you know I’m a music fan, and I suppose that’s the filter through which I view New Orleans, so that’s where I make my personal donations. Whether it’s jazz, blues, or popular music, NOLA has been one of the critical seeds of all American musical culture.

Tipitina’s Foundation has made it their mission to build the city back up through the cultural heritage that helped create the city to begin with. They’re helping musicians return to the city (yes, there’s still a substantial population yearning to return) and recreate a semblance of a working life there.

Please donate now. $5 or $5000, or anything in between. It doesn’t matter. Please try and stand up for ourselves. If not you, who else?

Frederator’s “…Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.”

August 4th, 2010

Tumblr on the cover of Time Out New York
Tumblr is the coolest place to work in New York.

Inside of three years our friend David Karp has built tumblr into one of the top 50 sites on the internet (”…it is adding 25,000 new accounts daily, and each month it serves up 1.5 billion page views,” says The New York Times, *and* it’s the coolest place to work, says Time Out New York. “… and it’s run by just a dozen employees.”

And Frederator’s artwork got to help, yes? “The office is shared with and rented from legendary animation producer Fred Seibert, a mentor of Karp’s—that’s his badass art collection on the walls. “When I first walked in here the space just blew me away,” says editorial director Christopher Price (topherchris.com). “It’s Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.”

Congratulations to David, and everyone over at tumblr, who help us at Frederator everyday.