Silicon Florist links arrangement for September 2, 2016

Today’s links include those folks recognized for the 2016 OEN awards, Scooby-Doo, Scott Townsend of Opal Labs, drones, even more drones (that you can try), and books for entrepreneurs—even if they can’t afford them.

Meet the 17 finalists for the 2016 OEN awards

The awards are given by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to honor the memory of Tom Holce, a legendary Oregon entrepreneur and savvy investor, as well as celebrate the state’s startups and entrepreneurs.

Oregon high schoolers recreate Scooby-Doo gang on student IDs

Four kids from Marist Catholic High School in Eugene decided to turn themselves into the famous goofball crew, sans Scooby, on their student IDs and pictures of the IDs have already been retweeted over 1,000 times.

Output PDX: Scott Townsend of Opal Labs

For the past 15 years Scott has been building digital strategies through content development, search engine marketing, social media, marketing automation and video creation to make the most of online and mobile platforms to create an effective business presence. He is currently the Sr. Director of Marketing at Opal Labs in Portland, working with some of the world’s largest brands.

New drone rules could revolutionize Oregon industry. Here’s how

In some ways, Oregon is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the opportunities that come with the new rules. The state is home to three FAA-approved test ranges and farmers keen to experiment with drone-enabled precision farming.

Portland drone showcase offers hands-on trials

Portland tech review site Digital Trends plans a free showcase on September 8 for drone enthusiasts – and the drone curious – to try the gadgets and see the latest technology.

Backstage Capital Cover

Cover is a new initiative by Backstage Capital to help more aspiring entrepreneurs and investors—regardless of income, location, or profile—have access to invaluable startup-related books.

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