While most of us think about self-driving cars as something we might acquire in the far-off future, Mark Silliman, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Tend.ai, has been driving (riding?) one around town for the past couple of months.
Today we are thankful for a job board that is packed with tech jobs right here in Bend. Many startups are hiring and they’re in need of sales, customer success and onboarding, developers and more.
Bend’s own Rita Hansen, head of OnBoard Dynamics, has been selected to be part of a delegation of U.S. entrepreneurs, investors and more headed to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the end of this month. The eighth annual summit with take place in Hyderabad, India, and highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All–focusing on supporting women entrepreneurs and economic growth.
Eleven out of 10 people agree that hot sauce typically makes everything better. But what could make your hot sauce better? What if it was an new take on taco sauce (for instance, Korean taco sauce anyone?) that was also organic and made in Oregon?
This is a cool thing. Yong Bakos, CS professor at OSU Cascades, has organized a local event to celebrate the global Day of Coderetreat. On Saturday, Nov. 18, student developers and professional software developers of all skills levels will convene at the Bend OSU campus for a “fantastic, focused day of code.”
If you attended last week’s OEN awards, then you likely saw Bend’s own Chris Vlessis win the organization’s Wyatt Starnes award, which honors the region’s most promising young entrepreneur. Vlessis is CTO of Shape Integrated Software, a Bend startup that offers PPC management software, and he’s also finishing up his CS degree at OSU-Cascades.
If you are a woman founder in the midst of fundraising–or an aspiring entrepreneur who may fundraise in the future–then we’ve got a cool event for you. The Technology Association of Oregon, BendTECH, Oregon BEST and this very blog are teaming up to host an evening talking about funding opportunities, challenges and resources available to startup women.
The end of this year’s Bend Venture Conference looked a lot like last year—lots of big checks, surprises, cheers and even a few happy tears. Between equity investments, cash awards and revenue-financing, the region’s largest angel conference doled out $1.65 million in funds after one-and-a-half days of founder pitches.