The co-founders of CodePen started their community for front-end web developers as a side project: They wanted a site that let them share their work with others, but still retain control of the code they wrote. Three years later, the site they built over a weekend has become a full-fledged business, offering free and paid features to its more than 260,000 users, garnering 3.3 million unique visitors monthly and hosting meetups around the country. BendTECH sat down with co-founder and Bendite Tim Sabat to learn more about CodePen, the community they’ve created and what the future may hold for this startup.
Alex Eakin, founder of Party Gorilla, has always traveled a lot for work. He often finds himself in new cities, looking for a restaurant or bar that offers a good vibe and lively crowd in addition to great food and drinks. Sure, there’s apps that review restaurants and others that tell you the nearest happy hour. But Eakin realized he wanted a real-time assessment of the fun being had at any given establishment. That idea was the beginning of Party Gorilla, an app that tells you where everyone is hanging out right now. BendTECH sat down with Eakin last week to learn more about Party Gorilla, what it does and … why a gorilla.
The founder of whurk Rob Dumas said recently that the Bend-based startup has been moving at “startup pace” since we last spoke with him. And Dumas (previously w/ Internmatch, Dice and Monster) is not joking. The company’s platform, which connects brands to an ever-ready college “whurkforce,” introduced the first version of its mobile app this week.
If your small business was a pair of shoes, would it be more like hiking boots, loafers or pumps? If your business was a vehicle, would it be an old-fashioned wagon, speed boat or an adorable scooter? The questions may seem far-fetched, but answer a dozen of them using PrestoBox’s Brand Genie tool and you’ll end up with a brand personality, business logo, business card and even website to call your own.
Bend-based PulsedLight’s first product is LIDAR-Lite, a small sensor that makes high performance distance measurements at low cost. If you’ve heard of LIDAR before (it’s short for “light radar,” a method of measuring distance by illuminating a target and analyzing the reflection), it might have been as the robust mapping sensor on the top of Google’s self driving cars that cost as much as the car itself, or as an often used tool at NASA.
If you’ve ever tried running (or yogging) with a child in a stroller, then keep reading. Because this next #50startup company might just blow your mind. Bend-based Kidrunner is aiming to change how people run (and ski and bike and explore) with their kids with its hands-free, pull-style running stroller.