The upcoming EDCO PubTalk (May 26th) is chock full of friends of the blog, or FOBs as I like to call them as of three minutes ago. The two companies pitching are none other than DohJe, founded by Amanda Krantz, and Zealios, co-founded by Austin Britts.
DohJe means “Thank You” in Cantonese and is a gratitude platform that makes it easy for patients to thank nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers. Sidenote: You might have seen Amanda pitch DohJe at the unConference prior to last year’s BVC. At that point she was contemplating moving here and checking out the community via the conference. Now she’s a Bendite and we’re pumped about it.
The second company, Zealios, is a personal products company that targets the triathlete market. Not to give away the farm, but the products are zinc-based and made for high performance. Britts, too, is a recent addition to our fine city — and also my neighborhood. Because small town.
But there’s more. It’s like a Bend startup-palooza. Dan Hobin, co-founder and CEO of G5, will deliver the keynote address. Darren Powderly, co-founder and VP of business development for Crowdstreet, which was a 2014 Bend Venture Conference finalist, will provide a company update. They just closed a $3.5 million Series A round.
And Shannon Keith, CEO and co-founder of Sudara, a Bend based women’s clothing line made by and benefiting Indian women, will also give a company update. If you haven’t checked out Sudara: Do it. So many cute pants plus an awesome cause. I haven’t had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon yet, but I’m hoping to soon.
So per usual, PubTalk will probably sell out. And you don’t want to be that sad person at the door, just hoping to get into DA CLUB only to be bounced out onto the sidewalk. (I go to a lot of dance clubs, as you can tell). Don’t be that person. Buy a ticket in advance.
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