Month: November 2014

#50startups catch-up: Cairn Partners with Black Diamond

Cairn, the Bend-based subscription box for outdoor enthusiasts, partnered with Black Diamond, a well-known provider of outdoor equipment and apparel, last month to include the company’s Ion headlamp in their October box. (Startup idea #27: A service that delivers me a box of donuts. Right now.) Rob Little, Cairn founder, says the startup first met with Black Diamond at the Outdoor Retailer show in August and they liked the idea of the data Cairn collects about products from its subscribers. He’s pleased Cairn is garnering attention from some big brand names. “Black Diamond* is one of the largest outdoor brands in the industry,” Little says. “Combine this with the relationship with a few other legacy brands we’ve worked with recently such as Stanley and Sea to Summit and it shows we’re getting interest from some of the biggest players in the industry, and changing how they think about marketing.” Started in March 2013, Cairn is set to ship its 2,000th box this month. The company has also been making the rounds at Bend events including FallFest, the ski swap and the Happy Girl Half. *Correction: BT inadvertently misquoted Little. He said Black Diamond is one of the largest brands, not Cairn. Sorry about that! 

#50startups: The Flybook Catches More Customers

The Flybook’s clients provide people with all sorts of fun from guided fly fishing and river rafting trips to walking tours and destination lodges. But for many, managing all those reservations can be a headache. That’s where this Bend-based startup comes in. BendTECH caught up with The Flybook’s co-founder Craig Langer to learn more about the company’s reservation software, the industry it serves and why relaunching their company six years in was smartest move the founders have made.