Co-founders of SnoPlanks James Nicol and Ryan Holmes say they’ve been blown away by the support they’ve received from the Bend community, especially leading up to their win at the Bend Venture Conference. The pair’s poetic pitch for their startup earned them the $15,000 Bendbroadband Early Stage Award.
By G. Matt Sybrant
EDCO Key Industry Coordinator
Today could be — no promises — your best day ever. It’s our first Jobs Roundup as StartupBend. It’s a day of unbridled hope and optimism. A day when anything can happen. A day when you feel just like this boy from Neverending Story riding a flying dog. Let’s do this!
Sometimes you don’t need to raise six or seven figures to get your project humming. Sometimes a small amount can lead to big change. That’s exactly what’s happening with one of Bend’s more delightful projects right now, Awesome Bend.
The first question people ask when you arrive in Central Oregon is “what do you do?” because it’s somewhat of a coup to figure out how to live in this singularly beautiful, active, and just urban enough town. Bend is well on it’s way to becoming a mecca for independent workers and startups because many of the people who work here, or chose to start their businesses here, could go anywhere.
The 2015 Bend Venture Conference is a wrap. The big checks have been handed out, the free food is gone and the happily funded startups are probably back to work (hopefully after a lil’ celebrating). So first the big winners, and then some big takeaways.
If the thought of digging endlessly through a stuff sack in search of one specific thing, not finding it and having to dump out everything to do so makes you want to scream, rest assured that Chez Brungraber feels your pain. She finds the general blackholeness of stuff sacks and back packs crazy making, and she founded Gobi Gear as the answer.
The Bend Venture Conference is upon us. For the next two days, our not-so-little mountain town will be brimming with entrepreneurs, investors, startup experts, people who have already made it to the business Big Time and people who are just still working to get there.