Andy Baio in 2012
|Born||April 22, 1977|
|Occupation||Technologist and blogger|
In 2003, Baio launched Upcoming.org, a collaborative event calendar. The site was acquired by Yahoo for an undisclosed sum in 2005 and Baio joined the company as the site's Technical Director. In 2007, Baio announced his departure from Yahoo.
In September 2008, Baio joined the board of directors of Kickstarter, a "crowdfunding" website that helps people with project ideas (often artistic works) to connect with an audience of potential funders. Baio later joined the staff as Chief Technical Officer in July 2009, stepping down in November 2010 to join Expert Labs.
Baio writes mostly about technology and media on Waxy.org, and publishes a sideblog known as Waxy Links.
Baio often takes a stand against censorship on the Internet by hosting or linking to controversial content which some parties wish to suppress. This ranges from unauthorized mashups and other artwork where parody or fair-use claims are disputed to newsworthy video, such as that of 2008 United States vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin competing in a beauty pageant.
Baio was one of the first bloggers to draw attention to the Star Wars Kid video, which depicted a teenager clumsily emulating martial arts moves for the camera. He was the first to identify the youth and interview him. In response to the negative attention the boy received, Baio later organized a fundraiser for him, raising $4,300 in a week.
When the parody cartoon House of Cosbys was taken down from its original site due to a cease and desist letter from Bill Cosby's attorney, Baio placed the videos on his own website. Baio later received a similar cease and desist letter but refused to comply, citing fair use and decrying what he termed "a special kind of discrimination against amateur creators on the Internet", since Cosby had often been parodied in the mainstream media.
In 2009, he produced Kind of Bloop, a chiptune tribute album commemorating to the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. The album's cover was a pixel art version of the original album's cover, which consisted of a photograph taken by Jay Maisel. Attorneys representing Maisel demanded damages and that the resulting image be removed from the chiptune album, resulting in a settlement of $32,500 from Andy Baio.
In early 2012, Baio and Andy McMillan co-founded the XOXO Festival, with a view to convening artists and technologists in Portland, Oregon around the theme of "disruptive creativity". The conference took place in September 2012, largely funded via prepaid tickets and other contributions on Kickstarter.
Approximately 400 people attended the conference, which included presentations by artists using Internet platforms to bypass traditional distribution routes, and technologists and entrepreneurs building such platforms. Adjacent events showcased independent creators from diverse fields, such as film, crafting, food trucks, and videogames.
The conference had an enthusiastic reception. Prominent bloggers and traditional media praised the "impressive list of speakers", its focus on "democratizing media and innovation", and an "intimate tone" missing from other technology-focused conferences.
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- Kickstarter | waxy.org
- Kickstarter's New CTO, Andy Baio
- "Joining Expert Labs". Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- House of Cosbys, You See | waxy.org
- Danger Mouse's The Grey Album MP3s | waxy.org
- Disney Suppressing the Kleptones | waxy.org
- Found Footage: Sarah Palin's 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant Video, Swimsuit Competition | waxy.org
- "'Star Wars Kid' Gets Bucks From Blogs". Wired. 19 May 2003.
- under the iron
- Finding the Star Wars Kid
- "'Star Wars Kid' becomes unwilling Internet star". USA Today. 22 August 2003.
- Waxy.org: House of Cosbys, Mirrored
- Miller, Lia (6 March 2006). "Cosby's Lawyers See No Flattery in an Imitation". The New York Times.
- Chalk, Andy (June 24, 2011). "Chiptune Cover Album Leads to Huge Legal Bill". The Escapist.
- "Wired 15.04: START". Wired.
- Volunteers Put the Economist Into Chinese
- Gettingit.com: Andrew Baio
- Wortham, Jenna (May 25, 2012). "XOXO aims to be an alternative to South by Southwest". New York Times Bits Blog.
- Wortham, Jenna; Gallagher, David F. (September 18, 2012). "XOXO: A Festival of Indie Internet Creativity". New York Times Bits Blog.
- Wortham, Jenna (September 14, 2012). "XOXO Fest, An Experimental Tech Conference, Gets Underway". New York Times Bits Blog.
- Tate, Ryan (September 18, 2012). "At XOXO, a Counterculture Kickstarts Itself". Wired.
- Gantz, Ryan (September 19, 2012). "The Dream of the Internet is Alive in Portland: Inside the XOXO Festival". The Verge.
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