If you’ve ever had a loved one in the hospital, then you know the overwhelming gratitude you feel toward the doctors and nurses that cared for them. And you may have also experienced the frustration of finding the right way to thank them. Amanda Krantz — a Bay Area startup veteran and new Bend resident — has devised a solution in DohJe, a gratitude platform that provides an easy way to say thanks to health care providers. We recently talked with Krantz about how DohJe (pronounced Doe-Jay) is actually a retention tool, her personal experience that inspired it and … that one time she was a drummer in a touring band.
The founders of Cairn announced today that they raised $1.7 million to further the growth of the startup, which is innovating how outdoor gear companies introduce products to consumers and receive feedback.
The founding team of AirFit has gotten a lot done since presenting as an early stage finalist at the Bend Venture Conference just three months ago. The startup, which aims to operate gyms inside of airports, opened its prototype facility here in Bend, is planning for a first location in New York’s JFK airport and began raising a Series A round of $2 million. We caught up with AirFit’s Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Jenna Dodge recently to learn more about the company, what travelers want from airport gyms and AirFit’s plans for the future.
Our next #50startups founder has been a steady supporter of Bend tech startups for years, from managing one of the first coworking spaces to putting together startup weekends to co-founding this very blog. In the meantime, James Gentes also started — and sold — his own company. And all of his t-shirts say startup on them. Needless to say, he is passionate about the topic.
It’s suddenly the holidays. And in the theme of ringing in good cheer, HYDAWAY has announced that its Kickstarter backers should begin receiving their collapsible bottles as early as this week. They’re now also for sale on the company’s website.
As Eating Season — otherwise known as the holidays — rapidly approaches, it seems only fitting that our next #50startups incorporate both food and technology. Lisa and Jim Sipe created the FoodFu cooking competition app after playing their own version of Chopped with their family over Christmas. The app launched in August and now the Sipes are focused on expanding the FoodFu brand with new cocktail and plating apps.
If the thought of digging endlessly through a stuff sack in search of one specific thing, not finding it and having to dump out everything to do so makes you want to scream, rest assured that Chez Brungraber feels your pain. She finds the general blackholeness of stuff sacks and back packs crazy making, and she founded Gobi Gear as the answer.
Want to see Bend’s fledgling startup ecosystem working? Keep reading. We resume our #50startups project with SteadyBudget, a budgeting tool for PPC analysts, started by former G5 staffer Jon Davis. That’s alum from one startup starting another. Like they do.