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I'm Chris Messina, friend to startups, inventor of the hashtag (original proposal), former Googler, and proud participant in the open source/open web communities. I co-founded the BarCamp and coworking communities. I'm a designer, thinker, writer, Twitterer, and product hunter.

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Remember Factory Joe? If so, you can find my previous writings here.