FRIDAY HARBOR, WA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) - The FiReGlobal: West Coast Conference is proud to announce that Intersect has been selected as a FiReStar company. FiReStar companies, both local and global, are chosen for their potential to bring large-scale positive change to the world; eight of these companies will be showcased throughout the FiReGlobal: West Coast conference, and at a FiReStar reception, where local and global investors will be given the chance to meet company officers. Past FiReStar companies have included Tesla Motors, CytomX Therapeutics and Serious Materials.

Intersect brings together two concepts -- storylines and intersections -- in ways that make it easier for people, organizations, and communities to connect, collaborate, share, build knowledge and understanding, and assess character and reputation. Writer, press critic, and NYU Professor Jay Rosen has said that "Intersect is the first tool built specifically for a self-informing public to share its stories." The company was founded by Pulitzer Prize winning former journalist and serial tech entrepreneur Peter Rinearson.

"Our goal with Intersect is to make it interesting and fun for people to share in ways that foster a greater sense of community and connectedness to each other and the places we value," said Rinearson. "We're thrilled to have been selected as a FiReStar company."

The FiReGlobal: West Coast conference will take place November 11th at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel. This is the second annual regional version of the renowned Future in Review™ global technology conference, which the Economist calls "the best technology conference in the world." FiReGlobal: West Coast will showcase a world-class gathering of local and global thought leaders in technology and economics through a series of interviews and onstage conversations. The conference will feature Oracle President Mark Hurd, who will take the stage as a Conversation Interview in his first outside speaking engagement since joining Oracle. In a move beyond other tech conferences, FiReGlobal: West Coast has overlaid regional problems nominated by local leaders, to be solved through the collaboration of local Chief Technology Officers prior to the conference. 

"Intersect takes a critically important aspect of how our brains integrate with society -- through the telling of our own life stories -- and makes this into a brilliant social networking tool, with implications for journalism, community building, and how we think about the past, present, and even future. Wow. We are delighted to be able to feature Intersect as one of our FiReStar Companies this year," said Mark Anderson, CEO of SNS, Chair of FiRe and FiReGlobal: West Coast.

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Strategic News Service was founded by Mark Anderson in 1995 as the first paid online news service. Publicly graded since its inception, SNS has proven the most accurate predictive newsletter covering the computer and telecom industries. Its subscribers include top managers at technology companies across the globe, including Microsoft, Dell, HP, Cisco, Intel, Sun, Google, Telstra, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and many others.

SNS has been operating the annual FiRe Conference for nine years. The Economist calls FiRe "the best technology conference in the world." FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, producing an accurate portrait of the future and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2011 will take place May 24-27, 2011 at Montage Laguna Beach in Laguna Beach, CA. To register for FiReGlobal: West Coast, or FiRe 2011, go to

Future in Review™, and Strategic News Service are registered international trademarks. The SNS newsletter is the most accurate publicly ranked predictive newsletter in computing and communications.


Contact Information:

Press Contact:
Jennifer Lee
Strategic News Service
FiReGlobal: West Coast
P.O. Box 1969
Friday Harbor, WA
Tel. 360 378 8628