Tag: Bend

Big Bend Theory: Bend, Oregon, looks to attract even more startup talent

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

Angel central: Bend launches Cascade Angels to invest in Central Oregon startups

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

Bend and Duck: Upcoming Oregon Startup Weekends in Bend and Eugene

Oh my. What a well-rounded-breakfast of a day on Silicon Florist. First, I got to post something about Corvallis and Portland. And now I get to drop something about Eugene and Bend. And that’s because Startup Weekends are happening in those two locations in the coming weeks. Read More

Bend startup accelerator VentureBox graduates first class

One of the first accelerators to join the statewide bootcamp program was a new accelerator out of Bend called VentureBox.

Well, three months tends to fly by. And now, VentureBox has graduated its first class. Read More

Bend launches VentureBox with a different take on the accelerator model. Startups pay to play.

Molly Young of The Oregonian highlighted Bend’s VentureBox today, a new accelerator in central Oregon.

The new accelerator takes the typical startup accelerator models—like Portland Seed Fund, Upstart Labs, and PIE—in a different direction. Like 180 degrees different. Read More

Bend Venture Conference likes the sound of Audioname

While a whole new crop of startups are currently being pitched and formed at the latest version of Startup Weekend Portland, the winning company from the last Startup Weekend just managed to wow a crowd of investors in Bend—and land a bit more capital. Read More

Bend Venture Conference: Tech startups ActiveTrak, CPUsage, LogicBox, Manzama, StreamIt, and Web Blox vie for venture funding

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The time when the competitions heat up for startups looking to impress venture capitalists. Okay. Maybe that’s actually all year.

Whatever the case, it’s time for the Bend Venture Conference where startups will be vying for $175,000 in funding. Read More

Portland Calagator spawns Bend BendCal and Corvallis Corvalligator, asks for your feedback

Whenever anyone asks me “How would I keep up on the events in the Portland tech scene?” I always blurt out two things immediately. The first thing I mention is Upcoming, the social event sharing service currently owned by Yahoo! that was started by Andy Baio who now resides in Portland. There’s a ton of Portland event goodness on there.

The second? Well, that’s Calagator, the home grown open source tech calendar that allows folks to post events directly—or slurp events over from other services like Upcoming. I mean, it’s a calendar aggregator. Calendar aggregator. Calagator. Get it? Hello? Tap tap tap. Is this thing on? Read More

SwedeShop: IKEA on the iPhone

But don’t despair there’s a third frustrating IKEA thing that can be fixed: the golf pencils. Introducing SwedeShop the unofficial IKEA iPhone app from Eugene-based iPhone developer Danilo Campos.

Some folks just can’t get enough of IKEA. I mean, do you remember the pandemonium when they finally opened a location in Portland? Cheap modern furniture and tasty Swedish meatballs? What’s not to like?

Well, a few things. For all the Swedish furnishing and food awesomeness, it does have some drawbacks. First of all, the Las-Vegas-casino-like maze that is IKEA. And that ball pit thingamajig. But I can’t help you there.

But don’t despair, there’s a third frustrating IKEA thing that can be fixed: the golf pencils. Introducing SwedeShop, the unofficial IKEA iPhone app, from Eugene-based Bend-based (according to TechFlash) iPhone developer Danilo Campos. Read More

Thank you

I just wanted to take a second to say “Thank you.”

I wanted to thank you for caring about what’s happening in the Silicon Forest. To thank you for keeping your eye on the Web and mobile startup scene. To thank you for giving all of the amazing developers in the area the attention they so richly deserve. To thank you for giving the entrepreneurs of Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Ashland, Hood River, Vancouver, and all of the Oregon and Washington towns in between the opportunity to wow you with the products they’re building and the problems they’re solving.

I’m constantly reminded of how incredibly lucky I am that I get the opportunity to write about this stuff. And even luckier that you swing by to read about it. So thanks for letting me into your browser or feed reader or mobile device every once in awhile to share what people are sharing with me.

SXSW Interactive always reaffirms my belief in how lucky we are to have the community we do.

Thank you for being part of it.

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