What could make your Friday even better? Pictures of Bend startups with rock stars, that’s what. Rob Dumas, founder of whurk, recently connected with Jerry Harrison, of the Talking Heads.

Rob Dumas, found of whurk, and Jerry Harrison, of the Talking Heads.
Rob Dumas, founderof whurk, and Jerry Harrison, of the Talking Heads.

Harrison paid a visit to the whurk office in Bend to explore how whurk’s platform could help Harrison promote RedCrow Crowd, a crowd funding platform for early stage companies. While there, Dumas ran an instant whurk poll for Harrison, asking the startup’s network of thousands of college students if they knew the song Burning Down the House (they did).

The meeting spurred new ideas about how whurk could help promote bands and music. And in fact, because the world is small, Harrison introduced Dumas to members of the band Live* (hang there for three minutes while I sing Lightning Crashes), who now have a company that produces various artists. So whurk is going to help distribute flash drives with music from their bands to campus radio stations, as well as promote band merchandise.

In related news, Dumas says whurk is nearing profitability and may consider another round of funding. See? Isn’t your Friday that much better now?

* Some people may have snuck out of the house in high school to see a Live concert. Those people were subsequently grounded until Thanksgiving, but they think it was still worth it. 

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.

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