Alex Payne writes online here.

See also the archive, publications, events.

Words stored elsewhere.


Atlas Smug – June 2014
An edited version of my post Dear Marc Andreessen for Jacobin.
Alone Together, Again – October 2012
A biographical reflection for the inaugural issue of The Magazine, a digital bi-monthly.

Selected Press & Media

Alex Payne, who helped build Twitter, returns to Portland – February 2015
A profile of me by Mike Rogoway, tech & business reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Code of Ages – December 2014
Do big tech companies need to have their own programming languages? A look at Go and Swift by Scott Rosenberg for Backchannel.
No Exit – April 2014
A report on entrepreneurial struggles by Gideon Lewis-Kraus for Wired.
“Silicon Valley is the new Wall Street”: Alex Payne – December 2013
An interview with Aaron Task for Yahoo! Finance’s The Daily Ticker.
The Dawn of the Personal Cloud – September 2013
A report on my Sovereign project and related efforts by Chris Swan for InfoQ.
Where the Tech is She? – May 2012
A report on gender diversity in Portland’s technology industry by Ruth Brown for Willamette Week.
Mobile Money – October 2011
A report on Simple by David Wolman for Portland Monthly.
New Languages, and Why We Need Them – July 2010
A report on an event I organized, Emerging Languages Camp, by John Pavlus for MIT Technology Review.
After 3+ Years, Alex Payne Quits Twitter To Create “A Bank That Doesn’t Suck” – May 2010
A post about Simple by MG Siegler for TechCrunch.
The New Suburbs, a Plane Ride Away – April 2010
A report on Bay Area professionals relocating to the Pacific Northwest by Nick Wingfield for The Wall Street Journal.
As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll – July 2008
A report on website downtime, referencing my Down for everyone or just me? tool, by Brad Stone for The New York Times.