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Sam Mateosian

Attempting to build a non-dystopian future

Job Co-founder / Big Room Studios

Lives In Arts District

Sam Mateosian is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer for Big Room Studios, a creative technology company that designs and builds software for internet powered companies. More recently Sam co-founded the Yarn Corporation - bringing the power of Virtual Reality storytelling to more people and organizations. Sam is also founder of Hack Portland, a meetup group of hackers, makers, artists, programmers, and inventors working to change the world one roll of duct-tape at a time. Sam likes good books, neon, human beings, and short walks around the neighborhood.

Why did you choose Portland? Originally from Maine, I came to Portland after attending Colby College for a job in web development. It was a feeling more than anything else. Just walking down the street I could sense the potential of the place and thought, "This place is on the rise. I could live here. This would be fun." And I was right.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Anyone here who has started and runs a business in Portland - it takes blood, sweat and tears.

Other Portlanders

Barbara Babkirk

Love your work. I can help you with that.

Daniel B. Knight

Creativity in the margins

Derek Kimball

I make films.

Whit Richardson

I write about Maine's innovators and entrepreneurs

Lauren Lear

I bring fantasy to Maine.

Christopher Pagli

I Stay Open Until You Close

Dela Murphy

I'm a Portlander for life, dedicated to strengthening community in our city.

Sonya Tomlinson

Rapper turned teaching artist with the goal of keeping the performing arts alive for the youth of Portland.

Andrew Abbott

I paint pictures.

James Chute

drawing & talking, often at the same time

Ryan McGowan

I compose and create sound design for theater and podcasts.