If you attended this year’s unConference, then you probably saw runner-up Tyrone Hazen’s invention, the Fireside Audiobox. Tyrone introduced his wireless speaker with flames that dance to the music at the conference. He was coming off the heels of a successful Kickstarter, which raised $38,000 last summer.
Do you know what’s been fun to watch? Bend’s outdoor product startup community gel and then just take off. No doubt that some fantastic companies including HydroFlask and RuffWear provided a solid foundation for this burgeoning cluster.
Not to freak you out, but the holiday shopping season is … here. Yes, Safeway has had holiday decorations out since the day after Halloween. Yes, some exceptionally organized people actually buy gifts year round so that they don’t face a gift buying frenzy come December. But if you avoid Black Friday shopping like the plague, then Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) offer up a great opportunity to explore gifts from some of Bend’s newest companies.
It’s conventional wisdom that the best products and companies come from people who were trying to solve their own problems. That seems to be the case with Ryan Doherty and Zach Hines, co-founders of Ripclear, a Bend startup that creates (actually invented) adhesive ski goggle protectors.
If you’ve wanted to work in tech in Bend — or know someone who does — then we have some real opportunities for you. G5 has posted nine open positions in the job board, ranging from Chief People Officer and VP of Client Success to a Test Engineer and Creative Accounts Manager.
Tom Gonser, founder of DocuSign, announced earlier this week that he’s joined Seven Peaks Ventures as a partner. Not only is Gonser keen on helping founders launch and grow their startups, but he told GeekWire that he specifically liked the Bend-based VC firm’s geography and ‘rise of the rest’ approach.
This December 11, Mountain View High School is hosting a LEGO robotics tournament. More than 20 teams of students from across Central Oregon will compete. But to pull off this awesome event, the organizers need sponsors and volunteers.
Tend.ai, the Bend-based robotics software startup, announced that it has raised a $2 million seed round, notably all from one Bay Area-based VC. Tend.ai made a big splash a few months ago when the startup announced that it was developing software that allows a robot to monitor multiple 3D printers and other machines in a dynamic fashion.