Author: Kelly Kearsley

Sign Up! TAO Kicks Off Diversity and Leadership Series Next Week w/ Unconscious Bias Workshop

The Technology Association of Oregon is launching its Diversity & Leadership Series next week. The series to help employers, business leaders, startups and students understand the actions they can take to create diverse and inclusive business places. The impressive series of 10 workshops starts on Tuesday, March 27 with a seminar on Unconscious Biases, Stereotype Threat and Microaggressions. You can attend classes one by one (they’re $20 to $40 a session) or register for the whole series–the courses are open to the public.

Check Out the Bend Startups Selected to Pitch at TechFestNW

TechfestNW is fast approaching and Bend startups are ready to make a strong showing. The conference, which runs April 5th and 6th in Portland, includes a pitch competition aptly named PitchfestNW. More than 80 founders will pitch their startups, including at least six from Bend. Who are they? Glad you asked. TechfestNW attendees and the esteemed judging panel will get to hear from:

Cascade Angels New Fund Co-Manager Robert Pease Talks Startup Success, Failure and the Trouble with Ping Pong

Cascade Angels, Bend’s own organized angel fund, has been growing since its inception in 2014, both in the dollars it has to invest and the number of companies in its portfolio. To date the organization has invested $2.7 million into 17 Oregon companies. Most recently, the fund expanded its leadership team to include Robert Pease, who will join the organization’s co-founder Julie Harrelson. They will serve as fund co-managers.