This month’s EDCO PubTalk, scheduled for Thursday evening, should be a good one. The keynote speaker is Tom Gonser, the founder of Seattle-based DocuSign, and new partner with Seven Peaks Ventures. He will be interviewed by his Seven Peaks colleague Corey Schmid. Gonser knows a thing or two about growing startups; he helmed DocuSign through its explosive growth and raised hundreds of millions in funding for the industry-leading electronic signature tech company.

The evening will also include pitches and updates from:

The Water Kefir People
Jacinda Swan, CEO and Co-Founder of The Water Kefir People, has been brewing and fermenting Water Kefir in Hawaii since 2015. She and her partner created a handcrafted dairy-free probiotic beverage line. Recently relocated from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Swan is excited about the business climate and potential to expand the business in Bend.

Kami Semick, Co-Founder & CEO, helped establish Food4All, a farm-to-table commerce and business management platform creating a dynamic online marketplace for selling, buying, distributing, and delivering local food. Food4All supports sustainable, healthy communities by making it easy to find and buy fresh food from local farms and artisan food producers. Simply browse the app, locate farms in your area and place an order for local products.

Justin Johnson, CEO of LeadMethod, will give an update on the Bend-based channel revenue optimization software company that helps businesses that sell through partners better engage leads, track opportunities, and manage quotes.

Get your tickets soon. PubTalk seems to be selling out regularly.

EDCO PubTalk
March 23
McMenamins St. Francis School in Bend

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 Presentation

Register here

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, 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, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

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