Author: Kelly Kearsley

Startup GoGetter Building a LinkedIn for Skilled Trades

If you’ve ever worked in construction, agriculture, manufacturing or any other skilled trade, then you’re likely familiar with the struggle that companies have finding workers. I say this as someone who spent her formative years helping sweep and clean my dad’s construction sites, usually for the grand payment of a Papa Joe burger.

Bend Outdoor Worx Taking Applications for BreakOut, the Only Funding Event Specifically for the Outdoor Industry

Do you have an outdoor industry related startup? Are you looking for investment? Our friends at Bend Outdoor Worx are now taking applications for the 2018 BreakOut (which was previously known as Venture Out). The event features early and growth stage outdoor startups pitching their ideas and companies for the opportunity to win various awards and investments.

Death by Coffee Meetings? Keeping Our Startup Community Generous Even as it Grows

One of the best things – perhaps maybe the best thing – about Bend’s startup culture is how willing people are to donate their time, advice, contacts, resources and more. When my husband and I first moved here, we noticed this right away—you would email someone to ask a question, and they’d happily meet for coffee, give you their time, and connect you with another helpful person.

Have You Heard About One Tech Meetup to Rule Them All? It’s Gonna Be BIG … Scheduled for 5/7

Sometimes someone gets a crazy idea and then that crazy idea becomes the coolest thing ever. That’s the case with the upcoming One Tech Meetup to Rule Them All, presented by the Technology Association of Oregon and hosted by BendTECH. The idea came out of a discussion about how to connect all of the growing tech meetups, find their overlaps and share some resources. The result is a BIG meetup scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 7th.

PubTalk is Chock Full of Bend Startups: Hear from Red Duck, Hyperdrive, KidRunner AND Oregon Sports Angels

The EDCO PubTalk this Thursday features three startup founders who all happen to be BendTECH coworking members, and an angel funding group focused on sports products and services. If you’re not going you should. I’ll be there in the front row, possibly ringing a cowbell (I WON’T, BUT I’LL BE RINGING ONE IN MY HEART) because I’m such a fan of these founders. So who are they? Here’s the lineup, courtesy of the EDCO news release: