About Foraker Labs
Foraker Labs builds web-based software that people love to use.
We specialize in content management, community applications, and eCommerce. Foraker Labs focuses primarily in the nonprofit, healthcare, and education industries, but serves a wide variety of clients and is always up for a new challenge.
For starters, it’s not pronounced “four acre”, but rather the emphasis is on the first syllable and the “a” is technically a schwa. More like FOR-uh-kur. Glad we got that straight.
Foraker Labs takes its name from Mt. Foraker (17,400 feet), in Alaska. Stirling Olson, President and founder of Foraker Labs, first became acquainted with the mountain in 1996 while climbing its neighbor Mt. McKinley (or Denali).
Why name the company after a mountain in Alaska? Especially one that is named after a fairly obscure Ohio senator whose only real claim to fame is the Foraker Act—which provided citizenship and a (somewhat) representative government to the newly imperialized people of Puerto Rico?
“We nearly named the company after a vicious species of biting black fly known to extract gallons of blood from each and every wayward traveler to the Alaskan Bush,” notes Mr. Olson, “but in the end we decided that a mountain has a certain majesty and sublime attraction that a carnivorous insect just can’t match.”
– Stirling Olson, President