All posts by Alex Steed

Alex Steed

About Alex Steed

Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.

Shift Drinks: Jason Loring of Nosh and Slab

Shift Drinks is a Knack Factory photo series that features some of our favorite folks in food and hospitality telling us stories about their preferred cocktails and how they got into the industry. Featured in the photos are chefs, servers, proprietors and other industry professionals as well as the construction of their drinks of choice. […]

Guest Post: Why aren’t women funny?

Lenore, Rachel's badass mom

My friend Rachel Flehinger is an improv comedian, an improv coach, a DJ for WPOR, and a million other things. She is funny, smart and lovely and immediately after she posted this on her website I asked if I could share it. I am happy that she obliged, and after we chatted for a few […]

Marc Maron and Adam Carolla discuss patent trolls, legal fights and podcasting


I listen to about 10 hours of podcasts a week and I consider myself a big fan of the format. Patent trolls, however, are attacking the format as we presently know it.  A patent troll is an entity that uses patent rights against accused infringers as a means of collecting licensing fees. They do this […]

Kyle Poissonnier discusses Katalyst, State of the State, and his overall outlook on everything

Zack Bowen, Kyle Poissonnier and me at The Armory

In addition to being known for his clothing brand Katalyst, Kyle Poissonnier organized State of the State—a sizable, multi-act concert event—at the State Theater last summer. State of the State will take place again this summer, and it is just one of the many projects Poissonnier has on his plate. Katalyst is launching a limited […]

Laura Benedict of The Red Barn discusses how giving back turned her business (and life) around


Laura Benedict, owner of The Red Barn seafood restaurant in Augusta, made headlines last year when the Office of Attorney General Janet Mills sent the restaurant a letter suggesting that the $635,000 in charitable donations the restaurant had given away was too much to give without the business being registered as a foundation. The letter, […]