A Bend-based robotic sex toy startup Lora DiCarlo won a CES Robotics Innovation Award — only to have it rescinded a month later. As the tech show kicks off in Las Vegas today, founder Lora Haddock is “calling out the organization for gender bias and inconsistency in addressing sex-positive women’s products versus male-oriented devices,” according to a story in Venture Beat. The story notes that one of the most puzzling aspects of the situation is that sex toys are not actually banned at CES.
If you’re looking for funding and resources for your startup, are interested in cleantech, or simply want to be inspired by great founders, then check out the BadAss Women Entrepreneurs event on Jan. 10.
If you’re looking for a reason to be optimistic, then yesterday’s BendTECH’s unConference is a great place to start. The first-come, first-serve group of entrepreneurs was certainly one of the strongest cohorts we’ve seen pitch at the event. The pitches were polished and in most cases, the founders had already launched.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the BendTECH unConference tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the 1001 Tech Center. This year promises to be a fun-filled event with cash prizes for winning founders, and free drinks and fun for everyone else. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:
Last night the first cohort of the BendX Women’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp pitched their startup ideas to a packed room at the Deschutes Brewery. The evening represented the culmination of eight classes that advised 15 early stage entrepreneurs on the first steps needed to transform their ideas into a tangible endeavor.
Just this week, my office mate devoted multiple emails and two frustrated phone calls to an unsuccessful attempt to cancel a subscription box. The process was hard to navigate, and ultimately left her infuriated and not only unlikely to recommend the company, but also probably apt to actively campaign against it.
The Technology Association of Oregon will host its annual tech tour in Bend on Monday, Sept. 17. The unique events offers job hunters, tech enthusiasts and students the chance to tour several of Central Oregon’s tech companies, see what they’re working on, and network with potential employers. The Bend event is part of a statewide week of tech tours, with TAO hosting similar events in Portland, Eugene, Vancouver, and Hood River.