You may be familiar with many of Bend’s tech startups, but have you ever wanted to see how their products actually work? Then join us for StartupBend’s first-ever Demos and Drinks night, sponsored by BendBroadband Business, starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 24.

The idea is to give you an insiders’ look at the software and hardware being created by some of our most interesting tech startups. We’ll dig into the technology and offer the chance to ask questions. We’ll also hang out and drink beer and give away a few presents. Best night ever? Probably.

This month we’re featuring the founders of CodePen and Garmin/Pulsed Light (Garmin acquired this Bend startup last month).


Co-founder Tim Sabat will show off the benefits of the robust online community and code editor that CodePen provides to hundreds of thousands front-end developers all over the world. More from their site:

Need to build a reduced test case to demonstrate and figure out a bug? CodePen is great for that. Want to show off your latest creation and get feedback from your peers? CodePen is great for that. Want to find examples of a particular design pattern for your project? CodePen is great for that.

CodePen PRO takes things further with features like Collab Mode which allows you to pair program in real time and Professor Mode for allowing a group of students to follow you as you teach code and chat with each other.

Garmin (formerly PulsedLight)

Bob Lewis, co-founder of PulsedLight. The startup creates small, low-cost sensors that make high performance distance measurements. Its flagship product, LIDAR-Lite is an optical sensor that does just that. In Lewis’ and co-founder Dennis Corey’s words:

Our system is a hybrid between standard “time of flight” sensors, and technologies used in radar. In contrast to conventional systems, we use software for signal processing instead of relying solely on hardware. The LIDAR-Lite sends out a series of up to 255 pulses every second and each pulse is encoded with a random code, in essence a fingerprint. We can then find that signal in the noise to produce accurate measurements from a 0 to 50 meter range. A lot of other rangefinders don’t work at close range because they have to wait for signal return. LIDAR-Lite and our other products in the pipeline can transmit and receive at the same time.

Does that whet your appetite for some serious geeking out? BendTECH and the 1001 Tech Center are graciously hosting us. And we’re aiming to make this a regular event. We’d love to see you. Register here. Note: Member of BendTECH coworking get 50% discount.

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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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