Category Archives: General News

EDCO PubTalk Thursday Fea. Doug Layman w/ Arve Capital, Manzama, ColorKitchen and CEVA Bike Fit Systems

It’s EDCO PubTalk week! Join a whole bunch of people for beers, networking and entrepreneurial-focused speakers this Thursday at 5 p.m. at McMenamins in downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

This month’s lineup is a fun one. First, the keynote is Doug Layman, managing partner of Arve Capital LLC, and former founder of Kadix Systems. From the news release:

Doug Layman is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in strategic consulting, technology, entrepreneurship, and investment in both Fortune 500 companies and startups. Layman was founder and President of Kadix Systems, an information technology and security company serving the Intelligence Community with clients including the NSA, DHS, FBI, and Department of Defense. Layman’s keynote will explain how starting with an initial investment of $100, over the course of seven years, Kadix Systems grew to four locations, 350+ employees, and over $50 million in annual revenue.

Meet Startup and Tech People, Eat Tacos: Taco Tuesday is Tomorrow!

Taco Tuesday is once again upon us. If you want to meet and mingle with the fine people working in Bend’s tech and startup community, then join us for tacos at BendTECH tomorrow at noon. The program? Eat tacos. Talk to people. That’s literally it.

Non-BendTECH members are welcome; just sign up so the organizers know how many tacos to get and make a donation of $5. Best day ever.


Cairn Hires Former Cascade Designs VP Mona West as New Chief Product Officer

Our friends over at Cairn continue to grow, moving into new digs and hiring rock stars. Most recently, the Bend startup announced that it’s hired Mona West to be the company’s new Chief Product Officer. In this newly created position, Mona will oversee the strategic direction of the company’s product offering and relationships with brand partners, according to a news release.

From Cairn:

West comes to Cairn with an impressive background in product management and marketing. She joins Cairn from Cascade Designs, where as Vice President of Emerging Brands she spearheaded the growth of numerous brands including Platypus®, SealLine®, and PackTowl®. Prior to that she drove marketing strategy for Therm-a-Rest® and MSR®. West combines this deep outdoor industry experience with expertise from leading consumer product and retail brands at Fortune 200 companies including Ste Michelle Wine Estates, where she oversaw the significant expansion of their wine subscription box programs,, and General Mills. Building Dev and Sales Teams, Outgrowing Offices

For the past 18 months, the team at Shape has been all about the hustle. Co-founder and CEO Jon Davis notes that since they received seed funding in July 2015, the company has hired several people, rapidly expanded its product, rebranded under a new name that better reflects the company’s mission, reconfigured its pricing, explored new potential markets and spent about fifty thousand hours trying to find office space. (At a later date, we need to discuss the lease requirements that make it very challenging for startups to find office space).

That sounds like a lot of stuff. Unless you work at a startup. Then it sounds like Tuesday. Jon notes that there’s more growth and changes coming soon. A G5 alum and veteran pay per click consultant, Jon started Shape as an app to help PPC analysts better manage their PPC budgets. Now the Shape platform does that and much more, including:

Let’s Hang Out! Tech Talk Happy Hour Launches Tuesday

It seems like startup events are cropping up weekly, and we are especially excited for the first of many Tech Talk Happy Hours, slated for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.

Presented by the Technology Association of Oregon in collaboration with BendTECH, the Tech Talk Happy Hours aim to bring to together tech professionals to learn about new ideas in technology. And also drink beer and generally chat, like we do.

This Tuesday’s Tech Talk features Matt Abrams, who will be discussing Machine Learning. Matt Abrams, Investment Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, has 20 years of experience in the analytics and performance management space with emphasis in Analytics, Machine Learning and Enterprise Software engineering.

The event will be at Thump (formerly Stackhouse) inside the 1001 Tech Center. It’s sponsored by the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board.

3 Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs from OSU Cascades Biz Instructor Kim Vierra #julieselfie

Julie Harrelson, CEO of the Harrelson Group, Fund Manager of Cascade Angels, has a beloved penchant for taking selfies with entrepreneurs, investors and people of Oregon who support building a strong Oregon through entrepreneurialism. This blog continues a series of selfies + blogs about the amazing people she’s met in the last couple of years. #julieselfie

Kim Vierra is a world traveler, entrepreneur, instructor at OSU Cascades and a kind and engaged community member. I had the chance to visit Kim and her class in Tykeson Hall. The class had small teams of students, all engaged in creating a company. Having a four-year university in Central Oregon is a great thing and Kim has done a great job encouraging connection between the business community and OSU Cascades.

Have an Event? Want to Go Awesome Startup and Biz Events? Check Out Our Events Page

If you’re looking for something to do — or wanting to get some eyeballs on your upcoming event — then head over to the StartupBend Events page. This calendar is currently filled with events as well as courses that interest entrepreneurs, product people, tech types and more.

Much like our jobs board (For some reason I envision Melissa McCarthy yelling out JOOOOOOBS BOOOOAAARD), it’s free to post on our events board. So by all means, post away events that are of interest to the startup community here in Bend. Simply click the ‘post event’ button at the top of the page.

Lastly, here are some upcoming events that might pique your curiosity:

See you around town startup friends 🙂


Looking for Funding? Cascade Angels is Taking Applications from Startups

If you’re an Oregon-based early-stage startup, then this news is for you. Cascade Angels, the Bend-based angel fund, is accepting applications for investment from startups. Entrepreneurs can apply on beginning Monday through March 6.

The fund expects to invest in four to seven companies in 2017. The typical investments range from $100,000 to $250,000. Now in its fourth year, the fund’s mission is to create opportunities for investors and businesses in and with connections to Central Oregon to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity in Oregon, according to a news release.

Since 2014, Cascade Angels Fund has committed almost $2 million in 13 companies, which employ over 100 people. In Bend, those companies include Amplion, Droplr, Manzama, Zero Transform, LeadMethod and Odysys.