Month: March 2017

E::SPACE and COCC Offering Intro to Linux Course, Starts Next Week

As part of their ongoing tech training partnership, E::SPACE Labs and COCC are offering a Linux course that begins April 6.

According to E::SPACE, the course will help you get more from technology “and remove the mystery of the operating system that powers everything from Internet services to Android devices to Raspberry Pi.”

This comprehensive class includes how to install programs, networking, scripting and lots more. Experience the freedom user-friendly Linux provides with instruction from an expert in Linux embedded systems. Learn how you can develop an embedded Linux device and get familiar with Linux behind-the-scenes. A combination of classroom and hands-on experience will give you an understanding of the functions, advantages and uses of the Linux Terminal, as well as the Graphical User Interface.

Hey Mt Bikers! BVC Winner CushCore to Demo Its Inner Tire Suspension System Saturday at Maston

The team at CushCore certainly caught a lot of people’s attention with their startup pitch last fall for an innovative inner-tire suspension system for mountain bikes. The perks: Better traction, improved stability and ultimately fewer flats. It was an easy sell to a town that spends a lot of time on singletrack trails.

The company won the Bend Venture Conference $15,000 BendBroadband Business Early Stage Cash Prize last October and officially launched their product last month. Even more exciting: You can try out CushCore’s patent-pending inner-tire system this Saturday. Head to the Maston Trailhead — details below — and they’ll have wheels fitted with the system that you can put on your bike. Then just, you know, ride like a bat out of hell. See what happens.

EDCO PubTalk Features Tom Gonser, Founder of DocuSign and Partner w/ Seven Peaks

This month’s EDCO PubTalk, scheduled for Thursday evening, should be a good one. The keynote speaker is Tom Gonser, the founder of Seattle-based DocuSign, and new partner with Seven Peaks Ventures. He will be interviewed by his Seven Peaks colleague Corey Schmid. Gonser knows a thing or two about growing startups; he helmed DocuSign through its explosive growth and raised hundreds of millions in funding for the industry-leading electronic signature tech company.

The evening will also include pitches and updates from:

The Water Kefir People
Jacinda Swan, CEO and Co-Founder of The Water Kefir People, has been brewing and fermenting Water Kefir in Hawaii since 2015. She and her partner created a handcrafted dairy-free probiotic beverage line. Recently relocated from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Swan is excited about the business climate and potential to expand the business in Bend.

Cairn Co-Founders on the Secret to Their Successful Partnership #julieselfie

Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, loves 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

Cairn believes that being outside replenishes the soul. The company was founded with the goal of creating meaningful ways for people to feel connected with the outdoors in their everyday lives. Their monthly subscription box service introduces people to innovative new products and gear that inspires them to get outdoors and try new things, go new places, and share the experience with others.

In the fall of 2014, Cairn was a member of the first class of Bend Outdoor Worx, an accelerator for Central Oregon outdoor-product companies. At the start of 2015, the company, founded by Rob Little and Jared Peterson, had two employees and approximately 500 subscribers. Today Cairn has 14 employees, ships products to over 15,000 subscribers each month, and sources products from over 100 companies. Cairn, based in Bend, was chosen among all development stage companies in Oregon as the winner of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Entrepreneurship Award in 2015.

So Many Jobs: Developers, Sales and More! Take Our Proprietary CAN MY LIFE BE MORE AWESOME Quiz, See if One is Right For You

We’ve had a minor avalanche of job postings here at StartupBend. First off, everyone is ALRIGHT. No one was crushed under the pile up of really great openings right here in Bend, Oregon. Now it’s like a beautiful powder day. The jobs board is basically two-feet of seriously quality openings and you and your friends need to shred through them. Still on the fence? Don’t take my word for it. Instead take this quiz to discover whether you should apply.


1. Does your commute to work look like this?


2. Does your current job involve a lot of this?


3. Are you under-appreciated?


4. Do you want to do the things you love more?


5. Do you like beer, good people, sunshine, snow, scrappy startups, great tech, outdoor and biotech companies? Also beer?

Startup Veteran Robert Pease Joins Cascade Angels Team

The Cascade Angels team is growing. The Bend-based angel fund announced today that startup veteran Robert Pease will be the fund’s community advisor as well as a member of the investment committee.

From the news release:

Pease currently leads the Pipeline Performance group at Seattle-based B2B sales and marketing consulting firm Heinz Marketing, helping companies improve execution and accelerate revenue. He was previously CEO of LoopFuse, a marketing automation software company acquired by Salesfusion, Vice President of Marketing at Gist, a social CRM software company acquired by BlackBerry, and has held a variety of senior marketing and product roles in four other venture-backed technology startups.

Pease began his career as a management consultant with Accenture’s Global Communications and Technology practice based in Washington, DC. He holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. Building Dev and Sales Teams, Outgrowing Offices

For the past 18 months, the team at Shape has been all about the hustle. Co-founder and CEO Jon Davis notes that since they received seed funding in July 2015, the company has hired several people, rapidly expanded its product, rebranded under a new name that better reflects the company’s mission, reconfigured its pricing, explored new potential markets and spent about fifty thousand hours trying to find office space. (At a later date, we need to discuss the lease requirements that make it very challenging for startups to find office space).

That sounds like a lot of stuff. Unless you work at a startup. Then it sounds like Tuesday. Jon notes that there’s more growth and changes coming soon. A G5 alum and veteran pay per click consultant, Jon started Shape as an app to help PPC analysts better manage their PPC budgets. Now the Shape platform does that and much more, including:

Tech Alliance of Central Oregon Rebrands, Refocuses as BendTECH

The Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, the nonprofit charged with developing and supporting Bend’s early-stage entrepreneurial ecosystem, has rebranded as Bend Technology Entrepreneurial and Coworking Hub (BendTECH). The name matches the noprofit’s flagship coworking space, BendTECH, and better reflects its mission.

“There’s a real need for support, resources, connection and events that help entrepreneurs go from idea to launch,” says BendTECH board president Taylor Mahony. “We wanted to deepen our focus and efforts in those areas, which seamlessly dovetail with our coworking initiative.”

Full disclosure: As a member of the BendTECH board and the coworking community, I find this news particularly exciting. At the least, it eliminates confusion around who/what the organization does. BUT beyond a name change, the BendTECH organization is now dedicated — and fired up about — being a resource for budding entrepreneurs via events, information, connections and flexible, affordable work space.