The OTBC Brings Lunch 2.0 to the ‘burbs

It’s official. Portland Lunch 2.0 is crossing over into the suburbs, Beaverton to be precise.

As Rick blogged back in August, the Open Technology Business Center, or fondly, the OTBC, had been searching for a new home. The search has ended, and on November 1, the OTBC will move into their new digs in the Beaverton Round.

But wait, there’s more. The OTBC will also be partnering with the Beaverton Round Executive Suites to provide office space for startups on the third floor of the Coldwell Banker building, just two quick flights of stairs to and from the OTBC business offices on the first floor. There’s an elevator too, but since the OTBC provides services to CleanTech (as well as Tech, BioTech and OpenTech), I figured I should mention the stairs first.

What does all this have to do with Lunch 2.0? Glad you asked. On January 14, 2009, the OTBC will be opening its doors to host the first Portland Lunch 2.0 chapter in the suburbs.

Here are the details:

Hosts: OTBC

Where: 12725 SW Millikan Way Beaverton, Oregon 97005, first floor of the South Office building

When: January 14, 2009 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

RSVP on Upcoming

Did I mention the Round is on the MAX Blue Line, specifically the Beaverton Central stop? Steve Morris of the OTBC says their office is 90 feet from the station. So, if you’re in Portland, it’s only about 20 minutes from downtown. Not too shabby. You won’t have to worry about parking, you’ll get to meet some new people in the ‘burbs, possibly some people you know from Twitter.

Maybe even the elusive Josh Bancroft will make an appearance, since we’re bringing Lunch 2.0 into his neck of the woods.

I asked around at the SplashCast Lunch 2.0, and everyone seemed very positive about cross-pollinating with the suburban tech/Twitter crowd.

So, come out to Beaverton and meet some new folks, and check out the OTBC. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they help Tech, Biotech, Cleantech and Opentech startups with a variety of valuable services. Here’s their about. Interested? Drop a comment or swing by Lunch 2.0 on January 14 and find out more.

Don’t forget these upcoming Portland Lunches 2.0:

  • October 15 at the Art Institute of Portland: This space is huge, plenty of room for everyone, so bring friends and colleagues.
  • November 5 at the Eclipse Foundation
  • January 14 at OTBC in the Beaverton Round
  1. @Jaimi: Welcome. You’ve found a good place to keep up with the local tech (and sometimes other) happenings. Lunch 2.0 started in the Bay Area; it’s a networking get together, hosted by an area company (usually tech). The goal is to introduce the company to the community (and vice versa) and to introduce people to each other.

    @Jenn: And it’s free and open to anyone.

    Hope you both can make it.

  2. Is the lunch 2.0 open to anyone? is it free?

  3. what exactly is the Lunch 2.0? I am new to the area.

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  6. BTW, if you do insist on driving, there is free parking in the garage next to OTBC.

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  9. Glad we’ll get to see you Josh, and even if we can’t lure people out of Portland, I’m excited to meet the people out there in the ‘burbs. Should be a fun time.

  10. Given the well-documented fear of the burbs that grips Portland folk, I’m seriously considering heading downtown to lead the expedition into the wilds of Beaverton, via the Max. 😉

  11. LOL. Count the “Elusive Josh Bancroft” in! Can’t wait to see what they’ve done with The Round. Been waiting for someone to actually move in and do something there ever since it was an empty shell next to the movie theater that’s not there anymore. 🙂

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