Author: James Gentes

Want to Own a Startup? StartupCommunity.org is Up for Grabs

If you’ve been looking to build your own company, why not take over one that’s already successful?

I’m working on another VC-backed startup, so I’m offering my previous startup to an aspiring entrepreneur.

StartupCommunity connects entrepreneurs with mentors, investors, and other founders. It’s used by economic development organizations, investment groups, and academic institutions. The platform is often embedded in websites as a resource to search for people in the community based on skill or experience.

The platform is built with Angular and NodeJS with a noSQL backend, hosted on Heroku. If you’ve got the skills to maintain this stack, then this opportunity is for you.

With multiple cities on board and a fair number of daily active users, this is an active business ready to take off.

Bill Moseley Bend City Council

Meet Bill Moseley, the Bend Tech Entrepreneur Running for City Council

It’s not every day that we have a CEO from our local tech community run for public office. If you’re interested in learning more about Bend’s leadership, or have opinions about changes that you would like to see in our fair city, now is your chance to meet Bill Moseley, of software company GL Solutions, in person to share your thoughts.

Best of all, the event will be at the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, which is a great venue for a meet and greet. It will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 6pm, and it’s free to attend, but you do need to register.

From the official event page:

Join an informal gathering to encourage and support Bill Moseley in his run to bring leadership back to the Bend City Council. Bill wants to hear from friends and the broader community about the problems and solutions we face. Housing prices, streets, council antics? Bring your hot topic. Donations are suggested and appreciated. Pick up a yard sign or literature to share. The event is informal – arrive and depart as you like. Room and beverages are being generously hosted by another of Bend’s business success stories — Deschutes Brewery. Drop in and have fun while supporting Bill Moseley, CEO of GL Solutions, in his bid to make a positive impact on Bend!

Free 1-Month Startup Accelerator Starts May 3

Mark and Karl from the OSU Advantage Accelerator program stopped by yesterday to fill us in on their new program now available in Bend.

It’s called ‘Iterate’ and it’s an introduction to problem/solution fit for entrepreneurs who are interested in learning the basics of how to build a product or service that aligns with the problems it is expected to solve. It is the first of 3 available accelerator courses, which are the next steps in the program as companies successfully complete the Iterate curriculum.

Iterate runs for 1 month, and includes four two-hour sessions, running every Tuesday from 4:30 – 6:30pm, so it’s very practical for anyone who’s working full time to participate in. And since there’s no cost, it’s the best deal in town. If you move on to the ‘Accelerator’ program, there are costs, although they are very reasonable and mostly success-based, so you only pay if you reach a certain revenue threshold.

Eugene Startup Ecosystem

Hey Neighbor: A Look at Eugene’s Startup Ecosystem

Last week, RAIN Eugene held their “State of the Startup Ecosystem” address, where they highlighted the latest companies emerging from their accelerator program. The event was sold out with nearly 500 people attending, and the startup vibe was contagious. To top things off, our beloved past Venture Catalyst and Tech Alliance president, Jim Coonan, delivered the opening presentation.

An interesting aspect to RAIN is that they support a wide range of industry segments. Startups included everything from bicycles (bikefriday.com), to margarita mix that was really damn good (lolasfruitshrubs.com), distilled spirits (swallowtailspirits.com) and fancy leather notebooks (bullandstash.com).

On the tech side, they showcased a biotech firms NemaMetrix (nemametrix.com) and Miracle Query. Software included a restaurant rewards program called KlubHub (klubhub.com), a restaurant employee training product (waitrainer.com) and on the hardware side, a product that helps students learn STEM using a really compact all-in-one electronics / oscilloscope kit (lumidax.com).

2015 BVC unConference

6th Annual BVC unConference Adds Speed Networking Event

If you’ve been craving to connect with people in the outdoor, bio-science, tech, brewing, or food & beverage industries, you’ll want to take part in our new unConference event: speed networking sponsored by OSU Cascades.

Or if you’re trying to win a wild-card concept spot at the Bend Venture Conference (a $15k award) then this is the place for you.

Did we mention it’s free? And no BVC ticket required.

BendTECH is proud to host the 6th Annual Bend Venture unConference on Thursday, Oct 15 at 1001 SW Emkay Dr.

The highlight of the evening is the pitch competition: it’s an open opportunity for anyone (seriously anyone) to pitch their business in 3 minutes (no slides) and vie for a wildcard spot in the BVC concept stage competition the next day. The unConference attendees will vote to decide which presenter moves on.

Oregon House Bill 2275

Sign This Petition to Support Oregon Startup Infrastructure Bill

We are entrepreneurs. We are investors. We are mentors. And we are employees. We are Oregonians. And we are those who recognize the unique opportunity that now stands before this incredible state. Together, we have actively supported and contributed to the growing momentum of Oregon’s nascent startup community — and the sustainable increase in economic development it portends.