Category: Bend

The next act: Brandlive founder rethinks online video collaboration, again, with Zipcan

Sometimes founders are ahead of the curve. And sometimes, they’re right inline with timing. Such is the case with Fritz Brumder, one of the founders of Brandlive, a Portland startup that was early to the game of video collaboration between consumer brands and their customers. Back then, Brandlive was way ahead of the curve — which always brings with it an educational hurdle as you help the market understand the vision. This time around with his new startup — Bend based Zipcan — however, the timing seems impeccable.

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Bend Venture Conference applications are now open

It’s easily the largest startup stage pitch competition in the Pacific Northwest. And when you hold that sort of title — despite any pandemic — the show must go on. In some way or another. That’s why Bend Venture Conference has opened applications for BVC 2020.

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Service as a Service: Portland’s Belmont wins at Bend Venture Conference

This past week was the annual Bend Venture Conference, arguably the most well known pitch competition in the Pacific Northwest. Winners came from all over the state this time around. With one Portland company snagging one of the big checks. Meet Belmont.

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Dutchie Bros: Bend-based ecommerce company finds success in solving problem for cannabis dispensaries

Sorry. The headline just jumped to mind so I had to write this up really quickly. If only to take credit for the bad pun — but distinctly Oregon — headline. (And with all due respect to Dutch Bros.) Anyway… according to Techcrunch, Bend based and brother founded Dutchie just raised a Series A round for their ecommerce platform designed to serve cannabis dispensaries.

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On fire: Bend smart candle startup LuDela selected for Techstars

In the world of startup accelerators, there are two juggernauts: Y Combinator and Techstars. So I’m always happy to hear when a local company makes it into one of those programs. Especially when it’s the original Techstars in Boulder, which — at least in my mind — carries with it an additional prestige. And that’s where Bend startup LuDela will be spending a three-month stint.

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Good job on your home work, Oregon

If you’re like me, you know a lot of folks who work from home. They might be working for a company that favors remote workers, like Automattic. Or maybe they’re working solo on their own business. Or it could be that they’re part of a startup team that is saving capital by avoiding rent.

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Hitting another peak outside of the Valley: Seven Peaks Ventures closes $28 million early stage fund

With funds raising larger and larger rounds, the economics of cutting smaller checks for seed stage companies get more and more lopsided. And that leaves a gap for the youngest and most vulnerable of companies. That’s why it’s always nice to see folks raising funds specifically targeted at early stage companies. Like Seven Peaks just did.

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It’s not the Bend Venture Conference without you

Every October, a bevy of investors—angels and VCs alike—descend upon Bend, Oregon. They’re there to participate in what has become the biggest pitch competition in the Pacific Northwest. And a nice side effect is that they get to network with one another. But, you see, it’s only a pitch competition if there are pitches. And that’s where you come in. Because it’s time to apply for this year’s Bend Venture Conference.

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Startup focused on the outdoors? Apply to present at BOW BreakOut 2018 in Bend

When it comes to outdoor product startups, the nexus of that activity in Oregon is the Bend Outdoor Worx accelerator and their annual pitch competition BOW BreakOut. So if you’re building an outdoor product company, you’ll want to showcase your efforts there. And here’s your chance.

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