Every October, any number of investors descend upon Bend to take part in the largest cash prize startup competition in the Pacific Northwest, the Bend Venture Conference. It’s arguably the most valuable investor gathering in the state. But you know what? It’s only truly valuable if there are awesome startups there. That’s where you come in.
Since its inaugural gathering at the Portland Digital eXperience (the first instantiation of what would later become TechfestNW), the Portland TechCrawl has continued to be the largest gathering of startup and tech folks in the city, every year. This year—with the numbers of attendees currently well north of 1,000—promises to be no different. Read More
If you’re a startup type, you owe yourself a trip to Bend. Ton of activity. Great entrepreneurs. And a growing investment community. All within the confines of a smaller and much more tightly knit community. And honestly, there’s no better time to experience all Bend has to offer the startup world than Bend Venture Conference. Read More
While my primary vantage point has me focused on the Portland startup scene, it’s always nice to check in on other awesome startup scenes in the state of Oregon. I was just in Eugene and Springfield to meet with a bunch of amazing startups at the RAIN accelerator and to hear even more awesome startups pitch during The Big Mix. But in the coming weeks, all eyes will be turning toward Bend. Read More
Oregon has this way of quietly building extremely successful organizations with little fanfare so that they suddenly seem to come out of nowhere as an “overnight success.” One such case is the Bend Venture Conference, which continues to set the standard for angel conferences in the Northwest. Read More
For an overly connected, always-online society, sharing files can often be way more complicated than it needs to be. It’s no secret. Quite a few people have noticed. And any number of them are trying to solve the problem. (In fact, I’ve got another local company doing something awesome in that regard to reveal later.) But no one does file sharing between people quite as elegantly and simply as Bend-based Droplr. Read More
It’s no secret that Bend, Oregon, has a ton of startup activity for no bigger than it is. Bend Venture Conference has been going for a decade. FoundersPad, Bend’s startup accelerator, has launched a number of companies. And Cascade Angels just launched to fund Central Oregon startups. Long story short, Bend has some amazing momentum. Read More
It’s been nice to see the entrepreneurial spirit of Oregonians taking root in other towns. And where startups emerge, capital is wont to follow. Portland has been home to OEN’s Angel Oregon. Eugene has the Willamette Angel Conference. The Columbia Gorge has Gorge Bootcamp. Even Roseburg has its own group of angels. And now Bend—already home to things like the Bend Venture Conference—has upped the ante with the launch of Cascade Angels. Read More