By Julie Harrelson, Fund Manager for Cascade Angels
Bend-based Seven Peaks Ventures recently announced that they’re raising a second fund of $30 million to invest in up to two dozen startups around the Pacific Northwest. The VC’s first $7.4 million fund backed 20 companies, including Bend startups Droplr, Manzama and Amplion, as well as startups in Portland, San Francisco and Boulder. In a story in Geekwire today, general partner Dino Vendetti says:
I’ve been wanting to learn more about Kevin Hoffman’s startup, Vector Remote Care, since he moved into BendTECH a few months ago, and I recently had the chance. As it turns out, Kevin comes to Oregon from Los Angeles, and brought his company with him. Even better: He actually started his company so that could move here—but more on that in a minute.
Ignite TAO: Bend, a high-energy evening of 5-minute tech-related talks by locals, is currently accepting proposals from speakers. The event, scheduled for Thursday, August 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will feature fun presentations on all things tech-related, including new products, services, research or just generally interesting ideas.
Are you finding yourself less than engaged with your work lately? Spending way too much shopping for sandals online instead of being productive? Maybe — just maybe — it’s time for a new J-O-B.
Remember when we reported that new Bend startup Tribe Pilot had been selected as one of three early stage companies to pitch at the OUTFOUND festival in Hood River last weekend? They won. Matt Smith, the company’s founder, snagged the popular vote for his early-stage startup, a social app that helps plan group adventures.
If you’re a startup looking for money, then you have plans Tuesday. What are they? Glad you asked. The Technology Association of Oregon is hosting a panel discussion on funding and fundraising featuring experts from right here in Bend.
Hood River will be hosting an adventure sports and outdoor innovation festival next week, and a host of Bend speakers, startups and business leaders are participating. The inaugural OUTFOUND Series, slated for June 9 through June 11, combines an outdoor business expo and startup competition with social and recreational activities. According to the news release: