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Cat got your… startup? Bend’s Shape.io acquired by NinjaCat

While it wasn’t a key part of my coverage area when I started this blog, these days I try to make it a regular habit of paying attention to Bend, Oregon. Because it seems more often than not, there are as many interesting startup stories coming out of Central Oregon as the metro region, as of late. Like this one: Bend’s Shape, an advertising management platform, has been acquired by digital marketing management company NinjaCat.

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ConductorOne closes $15 million Series A

For all the news of economic downturns, founders are still out there, building businesses. And investors are still taking risks on those ventures. Because a downturn is often the best time to build the next great business. So it comes as little surprise that Portland startup ConductorOne announced its $15 million Series A.

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Another startup focused nonprofit joins the ranks of those seeking new leadership

Blame it on the “Great Resignation” or whatever you will. We’ve seen a ton of turnover recently in the world of local foundations β€” which provide critical financial support for Portland’s nonprofit community. But now we’re also seeing similar behavior in the ranks of the nonprofits themselves. And that could cause yet another ripple in what’s already turning out to be a rocky environment for a Portland startup community struggling to recover from the effects of a multiyear pandemic amidst an economic downturn.

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Oregon Venture Fund has a job board for portfolio companies

As the Great Resignation continues to swell, seeking the next job you’ll be able to resign from can be top of mind for many people. Or maybe even the next job you’ll stick with. Which is why it’s nice to see that Oregon Venture Fund β€” the most dominant presence in the Oregon venture community β€” has launched a job board featuring openings at its portfolio companies. All thanks to OVF investor in residence Deepthi Madhava.

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Oregon economist: ‘What’s wrong with Portland? Nothing.’

Oregon state economist Josh Lehner is more optimistic about the next few years for the region. He spoke this week at Portland State University’s annual Harold G. Vatter Memorial Lecture about the future of the region’s economy. Here are four takeaways from his economic forecast.

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Beyond the Bay: In Portland, Size Matters

No idea why this popped up in my feed, this morning. It’s a few years old. But it’s a much-needed refresher course on what we’ve got here in Portland. And what we have the opportunity to rekindle and exceed post-pandemic.

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Winners of TiE Oregon Westside Pitch Competition 2022

If you, like me, didn’t get a chance to attend the Westside Pitch Competition, last week, it sounds like we missed a great event. It also sounds like the big winner, overall, was community. With nearly 100 folks attending in person. (And I’ve been hearing similar reports about solid attendance from recent in-person gatherings like PitchBlack and OEN PubTalks, as well.)

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Shades of Entrepreneurship podcast: Owner of Creatively Insane, Gabriel Flores

Do you ever look back on the past and get embarrassed about something you did a decade ago? Don’t feel bad – we all do it, and we feel that way because we have matured. This is a self-narrated episode featuring the life story of a podcast host, an entrepreneur, and an indigenous migrant worker.

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Working on a bioscience startup? You’ll want to apply for Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience (AOBIO)

Fast on the heels of their work with tech and food startups, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network has now expanded its offerings to include programming β€” and potential investment β€” for life science and bioscience startups through Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience (AOBIO), a program developed in partnership with Oregon Bioscience Incubator, OHSU, and Oregon Bioscience Association.

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