Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com. You can reach Kelly by email at [email protected].

Bend Robotic Sex Toy Startup Wins CES Award, Then Gets it Taken Away. Startup Pens Open Letter to Call Out Gender Bias.

A Bend-based robotic sex toy startup Lora DiCarlo won a CES Robotics Innovation Award — only to have it rescinded a month later.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.

Save the Date: Inclusive Design Talk Features Microsoft Team That Created the Adaptive Xbox Controller

There is a really great event on Wednesday night at Seven Peaks School that you don’t want to miss. Bryce Johnson, Microsoft’s inclusive lead for product research and accessibility, will be discussing inclusive design and how the company created the Xbox Adaptive Controller. This new controller will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.