By Sean Leslie
If you have the chance to attend last year’s Bend Venture Conference, then you probably saw the wonder that was LuDela candles — smart, real-flame candles that you can turn on with a remote (or with your Alexa). Well the company also caught the attention of Techstars Boulder, and will be joining the accelerator’s 13th class in Colorado.
The state’s Office of Economic Analysis put out some interesting research this morning that concludes that Bend is the “Work from Home Capital of America.” According to economist Josh Lehner, 12.1% of people living in Bend report that they work from home. Medford comes in at number 4 and Portland ranks 21st.
A Bend-based robotic sex toy startup Lora DiCarlo won a CES Robotics Innovation Award — only to have it rescinded a month later. As the tech show kicks off in Las Vegas today, founder Lora Haddock is “calling out the organization for gender bias and inconsistency in addressing sex-positive women’s products versus male-oriented devices,” according to a story in Venture Beat. The story notes that one of the most puzzling aspects of the situation is that sex toys are not actually banned at CES.