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.
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.
Next week’s TAO Tech Talk will feature a presentation on Industry 4.0 from two of the founders of Tend.ai. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.