We are entrepreneurs. We are investors. We are mentors. And we are employees. We are Oregonians. And we are those who recognize the unique opportunity that now stands before this incredible state. Together, we have actively supported and contributed to the growing momentum of Oregon’s nascent startup community — and the sustainable increase in economic development it portends.
Contributed by Now for Bend, a community coalition supporting OSU-Cascades Westside campus.
Plans for the expansion of OSU-Cascades on Bend’s west side are moving forward with strong support from local supporters and advocates. However, this week marks another critical point for OSU-Cascades, as Oregon state legislators review $2 million in funding for the university’s proposed Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (House Bill 5030) and a transportation system providing access to the west side campus (Senate Bill 5525).
Now for Bend, a community coalition of private citizens, businesses, and civic organizations, is asking supporters to contact their legislators and encourage them to approve both bills before the legislature adjourns next week on June 30.
Handsel, one of our #50startups, has had a busy spring. The app that aims to make buying and selling things on social networks easier is up and running with five Facebook groups, including the popular Bend Girlfriend Swap, which has thousands of members. (The latter is a group for women and moms buying and selling used clothes, kids gear, etc.)
Scofield says the company is refining its product based on user feedback. The app currently (give it a try) lets users post things to sell in specific groups or across several groups; you can search posts and communicate with buyers and sellers.
The startup celebrated its launch with friends and users of the app at a party last week. “It was fun to celebrate how far we’ve come,” Scofield says.
Smartwaiver, your friendly digital waiver company, is looking to hire a Director of Outbound Sales. So if you’ve always dreamed of working in an office with perks that include a small robot that delivers you coffee, then you best apply.
Founded in 2012, Smartwaiver occupies a nice little spot in startup-ville: The company is profitable with more than 1,000 paying customers and they’re experiencing more than 100% year-over-year revenue growth. CEO Mark Silliman reports that they’re on pace to collect four million digital documents in 2015, and more than six million since they started.
“We’re hoping to accelerate our rapid growth even faster with the addition of a director of outbound sales,” says Silliman.
And it’s the jobs roundup! Back and better than ever. So if you’re looking for a job, we might just be able to help you out …
Is this job land? Are there jobs growing on little jobbies #inbend? Well, I don’t want to overstate it (because that would be so out of character) but yes, yes there are. Let’s take a look at who is hiring:
Mind Research NetworkRemote Web Developer for Front or Back End
FireWhat has purchased Bend-based Geo-Spatial Solutions in a merger that aims to take advantage of the two GIS companies complementary capabilities. FireWhat (one of our #50startups) is a Dunsmuir, Calif.-based company with an expanding presence in Bend.
The company specializes in emergency disaster response mapping, and operates wildlandfire.com, an online resource for tracking wild fires. Founded 16 years ago, Geo-Spatial Solutions uses GIS to map water resources and irrigation systems.
“The merger of the two companies combines our people and resources to put us in a much better position for the demand we’re seeing across our two industries,” says Rusty Merritt, former CEO of Geo-Spatial Solutions and now the COO of FireWhat.
The companies’ executives met at a business startup program offered by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). Both are Esri Silver Partners.
Chris Perret is no stranger to solving IT problems that vex major corporations as they try to keep pace with technology. He headed up the first mobile and automotive division of Wind River, which was later acquired by Intel. He founded one of the first Mobile App Management providers, which was purchased by Symantec within 18 months. And now, with his newest venture, Nacho Cove, he wants to tackle email, a productivity-killer that Perret contends has yet to be truly innovated. BendTECH sat down with Perret to learn more about his startup, how to eliminate the time suck of email and the story behind his company’s name.
Startup: Nacho Cove
Founders: Chris Perret, CEO; Jeff Enderwick, CTO; Steve Scalpone, VP of Engineering
Located: Bend and Portland
Bend Outdoor Worx has chosen two companies that will participate in the second session of its outdoor industry accelerator: Slackline Technology, a slackline hardware rigging company; and the Robert Axle Project, an axle adapter for bike trailers and trainers.
BOW was launched last year, and its inaugural class included Homeschool Technical Apparel, a technical outdoor apparel company, Cairn, a monthly subscription box service for outdoor enthusiasts and Free Range Backpacks, technical, light-weight backpacks for backcountry/multi-sport athletes. All three companies were chosen to participate in last year’s annual Bend Venture Conference. Cairn and Free Range Backpacks are both based here, while Homeschool is out of Portland.
From the BOW news release: