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Cascade Angels: 7 Lessons Learned at the First BendTECH Startup Resource Fair

By Julie Harrelson and Natalie Dent, Cascade Angels

Last week’s BendTECH Startup Resource Fair drew a crowd of nearly 200 enthusiastic entrepreneurs, not to mention more than two dozen well-prepared exhibitors. There was much conversation, lots of energy and — we hope — business ideas that may transform into Central Oregon’s next startups.

Our Cascade Angels booth drew a crowd, thanks to virtual reality demos from Zero Transform and samples from the Water Kefir People. We also learned some important lessons as we took time to tour the fair. Here are seven bits of wisdom we gained from exhibitors and attendees:

  1. There are a lot of people out there with good ideas. If you are just starting a new business and need some direction, contact COCC’s Small Business Resource Center. They can help you build a solid foundation and avoid costly mistakes.
  2. Wear many different hats, not many different job titles.
  3. You are what you tweet. When pitching your business to an investor, be able to explain what you do in as few words as possible.
  4. When it comes to hiring for your company, put an organizational chart together for what you need now, six months from now and three years from now.
  5. Creating a plan that describes the business vision, plus annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals that are revisited often can accelerate progress.
  6. Want to know what resources are available to you? Check out Business Resources of Central Oregon, a new directory of our region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  7. Some of the most amazing people in the world live and work in Central Oregon.

May PubTalk Showcases Startups Locals Compass, DubsLabs, Odysys and Oregon Angel Fund’s Scott Sandler

There’s lots to love about Thursday’s EDCO Pubtalk. First we are excited to see many friends of StartupBend presenting including Zilaida Salgueiro, founder of Locals Compass, Eric Dubs, founder of DubsLabs and inventor of Versafit headphones and Bedphones, and Kent Schnepp, founder of Odysys.

The keynote speaker is Scott Sandler, fund manager for the Oregon Angel Fund.

According to EDCO:

OAF aims to invest $100M in 100 local startups that create 10,000 jobs in Oregon. As OAF’s Fund Manager for the past five years, Keynote Scott Sandler has been an integral part in making that happen. He also knows a thing or two about what makes a successful investment. This keynote will guide startups and entrepreneurs through different strategies for funding and how to choose the most optimal path to securing investment.
Here’s a bit more about Locals Compass:
With their official launch just last month, travel marketplace Locals Compass has started to offer personalized itineraries for travelers in their first market: Bend, Oregon. The startup taps into local’s knowledge using personalized itineraries that meet traveler’s interests. Traveling with kids in tow? An avid outdoorsman? A foodie with dietary restrictions? They’re all covered.
If you’d like to give Locals Compass a try, they’re running a special for StartupBend readers this month. You still have a few days! Eric, from DubsLabs, always inspires us with his inventions and general life hacks (ask him about his no email quest). According to EDCO: DubsLabs created the world’s thinnest headphones, perfect for wearing to bed to drown out that snoring partner. Their next product will utilize the same technology, giving athletes that use headphones a much safer option.

Headed to Bend? 50% Off Locals Compass Travel Itineraries for StartupBend Readers

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and what better way to kick-off the unofficial start of the summer season than with a travel itinerary from Bend-based startup Locals Compass?

We are teaming up with Locals Compass, a travel marketplace that connects travelers with locals for personalized travel itineraries, to offer special discounts for StartupBend readers. Simply enter the discount code startupbend at checkout to receive 50% off your itinerary purchase.

Locals Compass is also offering free itineraries for three lucky winners! If you want your chance at a free two-day personalized travel itinerary, all you’ll need to do sign up for the Locals Compass newsletter here.

Whether you live in Bend and need help planning your weekend, have friends or family visiting this Summer, or don’t live in Bend but will be making your way here soon, a personalized travel itinerary is a great way to maximize your time and navigate Bend from a local’s point of view. The Locals are experts in outdoor, adventure and family travel, and can design an itinerary based on your interests, travel style and even food restrictions!

Bend Declares First Innovation District (We’re in it! Woohoo!)

The City of Bend has named the area between OSU-Cascades Graduate and Research Center and the main OSU-Cascades campus the “Innovation District.” That area happens to include the 1001 Tech Center, all the companies and organizations inside including BendTECH, StartupBend, FiveTalent, Kollective, Seven Peaks Ventures, Pneuma33 and many more.

Preston Callicott, Five Talent’s CEO told KTVZ that the moniker helps highlight existing companies and entrepreneurial efforts, as well as attract new ones.

“We’re already innovative,” Callicott said. “This is not something we’re bringing in as a concept. We’re proving that we’ve been innovative since the pioneer days.”

The spirit behind the district is to give people the opportunity to experiment and try new things, whether you’re starting a business or working in government

The Future is Finally Here: Uber Launches in Bend on Thursday

Many Bendites have been anxiously waiting for a ride sharing service to come to Bend, and this week those big city dreams are coming true. Uber officially launches in Bend on Thursday. As one friend joked on Facebook: Welcome to 2009! The car service kicks off its Central Oregon debut with a ceremonial ride on Wednesday.

The Bend Chamber reports that new local Uber driver, Betsy Littlefield, will give a ceremonial ride to Casey Roats and George Endicott, the mayors of Bend and Redmond, respectively. That ride starts and ends at Deschutes Brewery this afternoon, according to the Chamber. Then on Thursday, the service is open for anyone who needs a ride.

Because Bendites tend to take things to the next level, we’re curious to see how the town will put Uber to good use. There will definitely be the expected convenience of getting rides home from downtown after a fun night out or a lift to the airport. But other ideas that pop to mind: Getting an Uber to pick you up and take you back your car or house after a river float, using an Uber to shuttle you out Century so that you can ride the trails downhill back into town, taking an Uber to Mt. Bachelor so that you don’t have to park. Co-Founders Discuss Industry 4.0 @ Next Tech Talk

Next week’s TAO Tech Talk will feature a presentation on Industry 4.0 from two of the founders of Robert Kieffer, the company’s CTO, and James Gentes, Tend’s Chief Product Officer (and co-founder of StartupBend) plan to discus the incoming wave of automation and how Tend is creating an OS to power the next generation of robots.

Pretty cool stuff. We’ll be there. You should too. The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 at Thump Coffee inside of the Tech Center. Register before you go.

This is not Industry 4.0, but it is a robot dance party.

Here’s a bit more about Robert and James:


As CTO, Robert is tasked with weaving together the worlds of robotic automation, cloud infrastructure, and modern web development.  His career spans three decades as software engineer and architect in aerospace, academia, and the private sector.  Tend is Robert’s fifth startup (fourth as cofounder), with previous startups resulting in acquisitions by Sun Microsystems, AOL, and most recently, Facebook.

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.