Hey startup founders, pitch season is officially here. If you’re planning to pitch at the Bend Venture Conference, at Pub Talk, or even at any of the upcoming angel conferences around the state or to individual VC funds, you’ll want to check out these upcoming pitch workshops.
Most of the time, showing up at tech companies unannounced and hoping for a free beer would be considered tacky. I just learned this. But not on Sept. 8th people. As part of the first-ever Bend Tech Crawl, you can spend an evening touring around participating tech companies, having some apps and maybe a brewski — and then ending up at a party.
Droplr recently raised another $400,000 to grow its team and accelerate its outbound sales efforts, says Gray Skinner, the Bend startup’s CEO. Gray described the round as a bridge between Droplr’s initial seed round (which was about $850,000) and a potential Series A.
Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, has a beloved penchant for taking selfies with entrepreneurs, investors and people of Oregon who support building a strong Oregon through entrepreneurialism. This blog continues a series of selfies + blogs about the amazing people she’s met in the last couple of years. #julieselfie
I love a good metaphor. So when the team at Craft CMS—a tech company mostly new to Bend—compared one of their primary competitors to a chicken nugget (they’re more of a custom sandwich, made on artisanal bread, with heirloom tomatoes and other delicious things) I had to know more.
Do you know what’s a good idea? This: Adventure Code School. Bend web developer Chris Tsongas has created a code school that combines learning to code with all sorts of outdoor adventure and exercise, including rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and daily yoga.
Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), Central Oregon’s outdoor industry accelerator, just keeps cranking out cohorts of outdoor startups. Their next group starts this September and includes Bosky Optics, Fat Chance Bicycles and Zealios.
As you may know, Bend has a brain trust of experienced entrepreneurs and investors, who are often more than willing to share their knowledge with startup founders. And a cool event slated for next Tuesday (8/16) offers a prime example.