We didn’t want the week to end without acknowledging the cool work that OSU Cascades CS Instructor Yong Bakos and his band of creative-thinking CS students did last weekend. Yong organized a hackathon Saturday aimed at finding a way to help the nonprofit Guardian Group more efficiently fight online sex trafficking.
This year is off to a good start for Amanda Krantz, CEO and founder of DohJe. Amanda learned last week that DohJe was one of seven winners of the Gratitude in the Workplace Challenge, sponsored by OpenIDEO and the Greater Good Science Center.
We can safely say that 2017 was the Year of the Entrepreneur in Bend. According to a report from EagerLaw PC, there was one new business registration in Bend for every 28 residents last year. That gave Bend more registered businesses per capita (for cities larger than 30,000) than anywhere else in the state.
You might have seen Bend’s Matthew Gregory pitch his idea for a blockchain-based startup that creates a registry for IoT devices during the runup to the Bend Venture Conference. Well, while the rest of us have been reading Buzzfeed and eating Christmas cookies (OK just me), Matt has been readying to launch his startup, Ockam.
Happy New Year StartupBend friends! We hope you had a great holiday, and came back refreshed and ready for 2018. TAO Central Oregon is hitting the ground running in this new year, with an event to celebrate the passage of Oregon’s Equal Pay Law scheduled for Jan. 9.
Bend Outdoor Worx, Central Oregon’s accelerator for outdoor product startups, is currently seeking applications for next year’s program. This will be BOW’s fifth cohort, with the program’s alumni including Cairn, Zealios, The Robert Axle Project, Snow Planks and more. Does anyone remember when BOW was just starting out? It seems like just yesterday, and now all these startups are growing up. No, I’m not crying. You’re crying.
If you plan on job hunting in 2018, it looks like there will be a slew of tech openings. The Technology Association of Oregon put out a survey last month to area tech employers, asking about their hiring plans. Twenty-nine companies responded, noting that they planned to hire a cumulative 280+ people into tech-related positions, says Teri Hockett, VP of TAO and head of the Central Oregon TAO office.
With the holidays fast approaching, you may find yourself out shopping for presents. Or maybe you’re already done. In which case, we hate you. Just kidding. For those us still in the throes of holiday shopping, consider gifting some of these fun products from local Bend startups: