After the dust the settled from all the big checks flying around the Bend Venture Conference, I found myself thinking that it seems like quite a few Bend startups raised money this year. So I cracked a beer and made a spreadsheet (because I know how to party).
As part of the #julieselfie project, Cascade Angels Fund Manager Julie Harrelson has been interviewing Bend entrepreneurs and others she meets via her work and travels this year. She’s talked with startup founders, veteran entrepreneurs and community leaders who are working hard to make Oregon a great place to start and grow companies.
Happy Friday! If you’re looking to wrap up 2016 with a new job in tech in Bend, then we may just have a little something for you. Time to power up your bespoke computation machine and get ready to send some resumes through the ether tubes.
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
The 2016 Bend Venture Conference is officially wrapped up and the big headline is $3.76 MILLION in funding was awarded, and Vancouver, Wash.-based Hubb snagged $2.5 million of that. There were big checks flying everywhere, people were crying tears of happiness and the conference set a funding record for angel conferences in the state.
This week is chock full of startup energy and events and parties and pitches. Is it fun? Absolutely. But it’s also more. The Bend Venture Conference announced Monday that it has $1.5 million in investment and awards committed to these year’s conference, setting a record for Oregon angel conferences.
As a self-employed person, I don’t encounter a lot of HR investigations – though I do wonder who ate my Pizza Mondo leftovers (OK, it was me). However, Dana Barbato, founder of InvestiPro has spent nearly 25 years working in HR, with a focus on employee relations and investigations. “I came to be known as the go-to person for sticky employee situations,” says Dana, who was able to transform these challenging circumstances into a workable, repeatable processes.
There’s a lot going on in Central Oregon startupland. The StartupBend inbox is brimming with news and the only way out is a news roundup! So buckle up, because it’s about to get crazy. Here’s what’s happening: