Author: Kelly Kearsley

BendPoly Rebrands, Expands as GreenFig University in Multiple Cities

The founders of BendPoly debuted GreenFig University, an expanded version of the two-year-old digital marketing school, today at the Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco. GreenFig University will offer micro degrees in digital marketing related topics and more, including customer success, product, sales and finance.

From the news release:

GreenFig University is the outcome of a highly successful two-year pilot program called BendPoly (www.bendpoly.com), located in Bend, Ore. More than 40 students participated in the BendPoly program with Marketo as a major sponsor and supporter. To date, more than 80 percent of the BendPoly graduates seeking roles in digital marketing have found positions in industry and government.

Bruce Cleveland, founding partner of Wildcat Ventures and co-founder of GreenFig University, says the first two years with BendPoly confirmed the demand from companies wanting qualified people to run Marketo and other digital marketing applications.

EDCO PubTalk Thursday Fea. Doug Layman w/ Arve Capital, Manzama, ColorKitchen and CEVA Bike Fit Systems

It’s EDCO PubTalk week! Join a whole bunch of people for beers, networking and entrepreneurial-focused speakers this Thursday at 5 p.m. at McMenamins in downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

This month’s lineup is a fun one. First, the keynote is Doug Layman, managing partner of Arve Capital LLC, and former founder of Kadix Systems. From the news release:

Doug Layman is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in strategic consulting, technology, entrepreneurship, and investment in both Fortune 500 companies and startups. Layman was founder and President of Kadix Systems, an information technology and security company serving the Intelligence Community with clients including the NSA, DHS, FBI, and Department of Defense. Layman’s keynote will explain how starting with an initial investment of $100, over the course of seven years, Kadix Systems grew to four locations, 350+ employees, and over $50 million in annual revenue.

Meet Startup and Tech People, Eat Tacos: Taco Tuesday is Tomorrow!

Taco Tuesday is once again upon us. If you want to meet and mingle with the fine people working in Bend’s tech and startup community, then join us for tacos at BendTECH tomorrow at noon. The program? Eat tacos. Talk to people. That’s literally it.

Non-BendTECH members are welcome; just sign up so the organizers know how many tacos to get and make a donation of $5. Best day ever.

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Calling Techies, Makers and More: Partner with Students for Central Oregon’s First Make-a-Thon

If you love technology and learning and kids, then you’ll want to check out this awesome event happening next week. High Desert Career Technical Education is partnering with Skyview Middle School to launch Innovate Oregon’s Make-a-Thon program in Central Oregon. And they are seeking community professionals to participate on teams with students to make the event a success.

Make-a-Thon details:

What it is: At the Make-a-thon, teams comprised of a middle school student, an educator, and an industry professional will learn about and collectively create solutions using an electronic circuit board. No experience (or expertise) necessary! All materials will be provided; fun is guaranteed! This video from Yamhill County shows more about what the event will look like.

Looking for Funds? Apply for Cascade Angels Investment by May 1

Does money buy happiness? No, people it does not. But it can get your startup another developer or fund a production run of your product, and sometimes, that’s just what you need. And if you happen to be looking for investment, then consider applying for Cascade Angels’ second funding round of the year.

From Cascade Angels:

Entrepreneurs seeking investment capital have an opportunity to present their early stage businesses for growth to Cascade Angels. Cascade Angels Fund 2017, LLC (“Cascade Angels Fund 2017” or the “Fund”) has opened up its second application period, which runs from April 4 to May 1, 2017. Entrepreneurs interested in applying can do so via Gust.com.

The Fund anticipates additional application rounds in the coming months and investing in 4-7 companies in 2017. Typical investments are made in early stage, Oregon-based companies from any industry. Investments are anticipated to range from $100,000 to $250,000.

Apptoto Founder Relocates Tech Startup to Bend, Now Hiring Engineers and a Designer

Founder of Apptoto Frank Cort long thought that he’d move back to Bend. The 1995 Mountain View High School grad headed off to Oregon State for college and then finished his Masters in Computer Science at Stanford.

Frank dove into the Bay Area’s tech community, working as a software engineer for Xobni and then Yahoo, and founding his own startups on the side. The one that took off – Apptoto – he’s recently brought back to Bend. “Bend is all about lifestyle, which we wanted, but then there’s lots of people to talk to about startups, lots of people willing to help and offer advice,” Frank says. “It’s been really good.”

A fateful convo

Apptoto is an automated appointment reminder app. Frank developed the first iteration of his product after talking with the guy who cuts his hair about the money he lost every time someone missed an appointment. “He booked his appointments months out, but if he didn’t call people to remind them the day before, they’d often forget,” Frank says.

Jobs! New-to-Bend Startup Apptoto is Hiring and More

Today is a glass half full kind of day. The sun is out. (Yes, it’s still 30 freaking degrees, but we’ll take it and we’ll like it). Our growing startup community has been filled with events and news and things needing to be blogged. For instance:

So get out there and make something happen people.

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Which brings us to our jobs roundup. Apptoto, a small SaaS startup that recently relocated from Silicon Valley to downtown Bend is hiring. So is G5,  and more. Here’s what we’ve got.

Apptoto

Software Engineer
UX/UI Designer
Sales Engineer

G5

Senior Financial Analyst
VP of Product Management
Technical Product Manager
Associate Technical Business Analyst
Digital Advertising Specialist

Cairn Hires Former Cascade Designs VP Mona West as New Chief Product Officer

Our friends over at Cairn continue to grow, moving into new digs and hiring rock stars. Most recently, the Bend startup announced that it’s hired Mona West to be the company’s new Chief Product Officer. In this newly created position, Mona will oversee the strategic direction of the company’s product offering and relationships with brand partners, according to a news release.

From Cairn:

West comes to Cairn with an impressive background in product management and marketing. She joins Cairn from Cascade Designs, where as Vice President of Emerging Brands she spearheaded the growth of numerous brands including Platypus®, SealLine®, and PackTowl®. Prior to that she drove marketing strategy for Therm-a-Rest® and MSR®. West combines this deep outdoor industry experience with expertise from leading consumer product and retail brands at Fortune 200 companies including Ste Michelle Wine Estates, where she oversaw the significant expansion of their wine subscription box programs, Amazon.com, and General Mills.