Month: January 2016

#50startups: Manzama Pushes into Profitability

If Bend’s newest wave of tech companies were a high school (mascot: The Skiing Geeks), then Manzama would be an upperclassman. The startup, which makes a business intelligence platform primarily for attorneys, won the Bend Venture Conference six years ago and raised $1.3 million in Series A funding in 2014. In the interim, the company has been growing, expanding its product line and experimenting with new verticals. Now CEO Peter Ozolin, who previously founded and sold a company called Legal Anywhere, is focused on profitability. We caught up with Ozolin to learn more about Manzama’s recent progress and future plans.

Total Bend Venture Conference Awards Reach $947,500

Economic Development for Central Oregon announced today that the total awards for last year’s BVC hit $947,500 — up from $620,00, which was awarded at the conference in mid-October.  Odysys and Perfect Company, officially closed at $225,000 and $125,000, respectively, according to the EDCO news release.

Eugene Startup Ecosystem

Hey Neighbor: A Look at Eugene’s Startup Ecosystem

Last week, RAIN Eugene held their “State of the Startup Ecosystem” address, where they highlighted the latest companies emerging from their accelerator program. The event was sold out with nearly 500 people attending, and the startup vibe was contagious. To top things off, our beloved past Venture Catalyst and Tech Alliance president, Jim Coonan, delivered the opening presentation.