Apologies for the blog being a bit slow this week. Bend’s tech and startup community is alive and well, this blogger has just been on a small vacation. But vacation’s nearly over! Now as summer rounds into fall, you may be thinking that you could use a little change. Maybe you could try a new Kombucha flavor (coconut lime?). Maybe upload a new Facebook profile pic. OR MAYBE YOU COULD GET A NEW JOB. Right here in Bend, Oregon.
Cascade Angels Fund announced today that it has invested $100,000 in Bend-based start-up Odysys, Inc. (one of our #50startups).
When Dan Vetras learned that his company Kollective would need to move out its Sunnyvale office space, he floated a seemingly radical idea. What if instead of simply finding more expensive space in Silicon Valley, he moved his office — and willing employees — to Bend?
As our old friend Ferris Bueller likes to say “Life moves pretty fast.” Lisa and Jim Sipe know what he means. The pair launched FoodFu, an interactive cooking competition app at the end of July. This week? Well, they’ll be pitching the app at Google as part of the Summer of Apps Eating & Drinking contest.
Kollective has been in Silicon Valley for more than a decade, but the tech company recently opened an office in Bend. Stay tuned for more on them later this week. The company moved a dozen of its SV employees to a new space in the 1001 Tech Center (and they’re hiring more people here. See our jobs board.)
There are dogs on the blog! It’s the middle of August and I’m not gonna lie: it just feels right. We’re restarting our occasional (and yet incredibly hard-hitting) series called #dogsofstartups.
Do you have a startup that could benefit from a little investment? Or perhaps a big investment? Well you have to apply for the Bend Venture Conference, the state’s largest angel conference, by Friday, Aug. 14. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 16.
G5 announced today that it closed a $76 million investment round, led by Peak Equity Partners, a Pennsylvania-based private equity firm focused on the enterprise software market.