Niki Singlaub came up with the <a href="http://www.hydawaybottle.com/" target="_blank">Hydaway bottle</a> concept while traveling as a freelance product developer in 2012. "Trying to stay hydrated in different countries, climates, and elevations, while spending time both in business meetings and in the mountains inspired this water bottle concept. I was looking for a durable, stable, fully-functioning water bottle that collapsed enough to fit in my back pocket. I was really surprised I couldn't find anything like the Hydaway bottle out there." His <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/291569621/hydaway-a-collapsible-water-bottle-fit-for-every-a" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> reached 25% in just the first week.

Niki Singlaub came up with the Hydaway bottle concept while traveling as a freelance product developer in 2012. “Trying to stay hydrated in different countries, climates, and elevations, while spending time both in business meetings and in the mountains inspired this water bottle concept. I was looking for a durable, stable, fully-functioning water bottle that collapsed enough to fit in my back pocket. I was really surprised I couldn’t find anything like the Hydaway bottle out there.” His Kickstarter campaign reached 25% in just the first week.

If you’ve been to a Jack Johnson concert recently, you may have heard that he bans plastic bottles at his events. The need for portable, refillable containers continues to grow in demand, and while Hydroflask is our local favorite, it’s a lot to lug around before and after a run, hike, or outdoor event. That’s where Niki’s Hydaway bottle comes in – tuck it in your pocket at just over an inch thick and it’s there when you need it.

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Hydaway resists tips and spills, fits in most cup holders, is dishwasher safe, and just plain looks cool.

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More than an inventor, Niki is a ‘product guy’ and lives for designing, developing, building, and launching new products into the world. Niki’s expertise stems from almost twenty years in design, development, and management of consumer products in multiple industries. His background in engineering and business has prepared him to problem solve at all stages of the product launch process.

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James Gentes

CEO at Tend.ai
James is a huge fan of Bend's startup scene. He is responsible for creating the BendTech coworking space at 1001 SW Emkay during his many years as board member and president of the Tech Alliance of Central Oregon.

He loves to write code, is passionate about design, and runs StartupCommunity.org as a side hobby. He sold his previous company that he started in Bend, 'The Social Business' to Innovation Garden in New York.

You can reach James by email at [email protected].