Month: January 2015

#50startups: PulsedLight Helps Drones Fly Safely

Bend-based PulsedLight’s first product is LIDAR-Lite, a small sensor that makes high performance distance measurements at low cost. If you’ve heard of LIDAR before (it’s short for “light radar,” a method of measuring distance by illuminating a target and analyzing the reflection), it might have been as the robust mapping sensor on the top of Google’s self driving cars that cost as much as the car itself, or as an often used tool at NASA.

LIDAR-Lite brings the technology into the hands of makers, who are consistently developing a wide array of applications. It plugs into open source controller platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi and retails for $89. PulsedLight CTO Bob Lewis developed the proprietary algorithm, running on chips made in Oregon, that makes this high performance possible while keeping costs affordable for a new audience.

Facebook Exec Headlines SearchFest Digital Marketing Conference

Jonathon Colman, Content Strategist at Facebook, will present the closing keynote at the ninth annual SearchFest in Portland next month. Kicking off the event this year is industry veteran Tim Mayer, President of Heddle Marketing and past Yahoo! executive.

SearchFest presents multiple learning tracks, workshops, and panel sessions designed to provide direct insight into strategies and technological advancements in online search marketing and social marketing. Topics range from basic SEM and social media fundamentals to specific advanced techniques.

When: Friday, February 27, 2015

Where: The Sentinel Hotel – Portland, Oregon

How: Purchase Ticket to Attend Prices will go up by $100 after Jan. 31.

Breakfast and Registration begins at 7:30 AM. Morning Keynote begins at 8:30 AM. Drinks from 5:00 to 5:30 pm, following the Closing Keynote.

BendTECH Construction

BendTECH Prepares for Grand Opening

Construction is wrapping up at 1001 SW Emkay and all offices in our new coworking space are fully booked. We are excited to announce our move-in date of Feb 16, and a grand opening party to be scheduled soon thereafter.

Here’s a snapshot of how the space looks right now – doors to be installed and floors polished in the coming weeks:

In addition to the coworking offices and desks, the space will include Stackhouse Coffee & Bar with a 3000sqft indoor/outdoor cafe area that can be rented for events and large meetings or presentations. We’re really looking forward to moving in, and the public is invited to stop in any time to hang out and enjoy the free wifi in the cafe area.

For more information about the workspace, check out

Who’s That at Onboard Dynamics? Oh You Know, the Governor

Gov. John Kitzhaber stopped by Onboard Dynamics during his visit to Central Oregon Tuesday. The Bend startup showed Kitzhaber its natural gas compression technology, which makes it possible to fuel vehicles from a business- or home-based natural gas line.

Onboard Dynamics CEO Rita Hansen says they discussed the startup’s history and CTO Chris Hagen’s Energy Systems Engineering program at OSU-Cascades with the governor.

“He asked a lot of good questions about the commercialization process, the technology and the benefits of using natural gas as a transportation fuel,” Hansen says.

Onboard Dynamics is currently determining how to best bring their technology to market. They want to have a commercial product ready to go in 18 months. AND they’re hiring. Job posting to follow.

Lasers and Beer at Hack Night Tonight

Do you love high-tech lasers? Do you think the only thing better is beer? Then you should probably head to Hack Night tonight, sponsored by the Homebrew Technology Club of Bend (previously known as Hack Night Bend).

Tonight’s meetup of software developers, engineers, designers, hackers and anyone else who gets a kick out of technology will hear a presentation from Bend-based PulsedLight, an optical sensor company.

From the group’s site:

Pulsed Light … will be presenting their new open source Chrome App-based dashboard for their LIDAR-Lite distance sensor. The dashboard exposes all of the essential features of the sensor plus its exciting “under-the-hood” capabilities in a powerful plug and play design.

LIDAR-Life is a powerful, scalable and economical laser based measurement solution supporting a wide variety of applications (drones, general robotics, industrial sensing and many others) – measuring distance, velocity and signal strength of cooperative and noncooperative targets at distances from zero to more than 40 meters.

#50startups: Kidrunner Sprints Toward Summer Launch of Hands-Free Stroller

If you’ve ever tried running (or yogging) with a child in a stroller, then keep reading. Because this next #50startup company might just blow your mind. Bend-based Kidrunner is aiming to change how people run (and ski and bike and explore) with their kids with its hands-free, pull-style running stroller.

This past year was a breakout one for the company. Founded by Will Warne, Andre Cardec and Mauricio Mejia in 2011, Kidrunner earned a spot on the concept stage at the Bend Venture Conference. Elite runner Max King, the company’s first athlete-ambassador, won a 10K pulling his daughter in a Kidrunner. And the company partnered with Bend-based Composite Approach to help bring this not-stroller to market by summer. BendTECH recently talked with Warne to learn more about how he came up with the idea and when you can buy one.

10Barrel Founders to Present at PubTalk

People had a lot of feelings after the owners of 10Barrel Brewing announced the company’s sale to AB Inbev last November. At Thursday’s PubTalk you can hear from the founders themselves about growing a beer business in Bend and ask them all your burning questions (time permitted).

Sponsored by EDCO, the first PubTalk of 2015 is already generating a lot of buzz. So get yer tickets sooner rather than later. The event will also feature pitches from two Central Oregon companies:

  • PrestoBox. Elicia Putnam from Bend-based PrestoBox will introduce the world’s first automated branding agency. Small businesses can get a whole brand, including a logo, business card and website in less than 20 minutes for under $100.

Join The GIF Renaissance with ScaleHouse and Caldera’s Workshop

One of the oldest image formats on the web, and the subject of pronunciation controversy, the GIF is enjoying a renaissance in our meme-fueled internet culture. ScaleHouse and Caldera are hosting a workshop January 24th, so you can join in on the fun, be as hip as John Boehner channeling Taylor Swift, join the leagues of Benedict Cumberbatch fans, or make masterpieces like this.

The course will be instructed by Caldera Artist in Residence John Whitten. So you’ll probably also learn to make more classy GIFs too, like the one for Bend’s entry in the New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2015.

Hosts: ScaleHouse & Caldera

When: Saturday, January 24th 11am – 2pm

Cost: $25

Location: TBD Loft 1000 NW Wall upstairs

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