This month’s PubTalk has something for everyone–a pitch from an exciting Bend startup, updates from your favorite tea company, resources for business funding and a keynote from David Gooder, the former guardian of Jack Daniel’s brand. That’s right, whiskey.

If that’s not enough, then consider the potential for tater tots. Which, not to overstate it, make the world a better place to live.


You’re welcome for that. Moving along …

From EDCO:

For over 20 years, David Gooder has made a name for himself as the guardian of the Jack Daniel’s brand. As Chief Trademark Counsel, he protected over 30 distilled spirit and wine brands owned by Brown-Forman, including Jack Daniels. The success rate of his philosophy has put him at the forefront of global trademark creation, acquisition, licensing and branding protection.

This global leader in intellectual property protection will discuss key points every business owner should know, how big brands think and how smaller brands can respond when faced with legal action.

The company pitches include:

Amy Stahl, Founder, Metolius TeaBased in Bend, Oregon, Metolius Tea sells organic, loose leaf tea and liquid Metolius Chai. They use high-quality, organic ingredients, support local agriculture while avoiding synthetic natural and artificial flavoring. 

Austin Anderson, Founder & CEORupie Rupie is a community-focused talent-job matching platform for building video games, and the first residents of BendTECH’s Startup Founders Office. Whether you are an individual or a full studio, Rupie will connect you to vetted talent and gigs, facilitate project negotiation and coordination, and handle all the back office legwork so you can focus on doing what you do best: creating incredible game experiences.

And an update from …
Jeff Baker, Vice President, Business LenderCraft3Craft3 is a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. Since 2017, Jeff Baker has been responsible for generating and underwriting new mission-based commercial loans focused on small- and medium-sized businesses, primarily those owned by women, immigrants, veterans, and entrepreneurs of color.

Here are the details:
EDCO PubTalk
5 p.m. on Thursday, April 25
McMenamins in Downtown Bend
Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker