Angel Investment Opportunities in Oregon

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Entrepreneurs and startups in the Northwest, especially in Oregon, should be aware of several angel investment group investment programs coming up in the next few months. The new Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network , based in Medford, is running a $125,000 investment competition whose deadline for submission closes this coming January 7 (although you apply for $99 until this Wednesday; it’s $149 after that). Here’s a list: Angel Oregon

Calling For Oregon Angel Investment Candidates

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Is your company in Oregon? Is it a startup or early-stage company looking for angel investment? Does it have the kind of team and growth prospects that can make money for investors? If you answered yes to those three questions, please go to the Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) website and submit your company for WAC 2010 this May in Eugene. Yes, it will cost your company $199 to submit a plan. (


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Random Blog Recommendation: Crater Lake, Oregon

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[link]. WordPress has a great opening page “Freshly Pressed” where I found this.

2016 Portland Marathon

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I can now check Oregon off the “marathon in every state list.” Running marathon oregon portland shobe” After a four year hiatus, I ran marathon #24 in Portland today. My official time was 5:38 but there are some caveats that bring it down almost 20 minutes (to around 5:20). More on that in a bit. Once again I ran it with my running buddy Matt Shobe. This is the fourth marathon we’ve done together (Portland, Detroit, St. Louis, and Huntsville).

Microbrews and business plan competitions?

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At Bplans, we’re proud of our home state of Oregon. Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software (Bplans parent company) recently wrote about Oregon’s unique startup culture on her blog MommyCEO at ForbesWoman : “What is exciting for Oregon companies is that these conferences and angel groups have given Oregon high-growth companies an avenue to get funded, and stay in Oregon. Business Planning business plan competition Oregon Oregon Business

One Little Ice Cream Cart That’s About to Have Big Growth

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Beginning as a small red cart in Eugene, Oregon, today Red Wagon Creamery has a downtown storefront, local retail distribution, and online ordering. We wanted ice cream that we make from scratch,” Emily says, “to showcase local, Oregon dairy, and using local, seasonal fruit, berries, and produce.”. We wanted to start a business where we could work together, and that allowed us to highlight the local food bounty that we have in Oregon,” Stuart explains.

Reflection on Local Angel Investment From Inside Out


I just finished with the fourth of our annual angel investment event for my local group based in Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon. We now have an investment in Cascade ProDrug, using technology developed at our own University of Oregon (based in Eugene, where I live) to help people fight cancer by reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy. Invested Interests convertible note Oregon State University University of Oregon Willamette Angel Conference

Do You Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready?

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I was there last Thursday to hear these two pitches , two of the best from 16 one-minute pitches at the University of Oregon’s New Venture Championship. The first, from Visiray , a team representing the University of Oregon: And the second one, KarmaGoat , from UCLA. He has an MBA from Stanford and degrees with honors from the University of Oregon and the University of Notre Dame. Tweet Could you describe your company in 60 seconds?

Leaders: Don’t Try to Do Everything — You’ll End Up Accomplishing Nothing

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Business Management leadership Management oregon daily emeraldThe hardest lesson for a leader to learn, is when to leave something to someone else. The pressure of being in charge can cause them to think they need to be god’s gift to everything under the sun. Sometimes, that pressure can even trap them in cycles of hyper-managing, just to prove to their employees that they are worthy of their title.

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The Problem of Redundancy in Business Plan Documents

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This happens every April as I read business plans for my angel investment group in Oregon and for business plan competitions held this month by University of Oregon , Rice University , University of Texas , and the University of Notre Dame. Business Planning business plan Moot Corp New Venture Championship RBPC Rice Business Plan Contest University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Texas Venture Labs Willamette Angel Conference

Rice Business Plan Prize Money Hits $1 Million

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I’m delighted to be a judge at both of these contests, as well as the University of Oregon New Venture Competition later this week in Portland, OR. I’ve already read my four plans for the Oregon contest, and just finished six plans for the Rice one. Tags: business plan contests Moot Corp New Venture Competition Rice Alliance Rice Business Plan Contest University of Oregon University of Texas

A Good Answer in a Business Plan Contest

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It happened last Friday in the semi-final round of the University of Oregon’s New Venture Competition, which was eventually won Saturday by a University of Louisville company named NanoMark Therapuetics. I didn’t see the winner or the second-place team ( Mosaic Genetics from the University of Oregon) do their pitches, but they had to have been excellent. Scene: two MBA entrepreneurs in an almost-empty room, pitching to five judges in an MBA-level business plan contest.

How Facebook is helping corporate IT

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I wrote in my last book about Facebook’s massive efficiencies in its data center in Prineville, Oregon and how it had started to share specs. Facebook and corporate marketing, for sure but helping IT? Yes, and not charging for it. Industry Commentary Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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Interactive Map: Where We Move When We Move

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current affairs trends America moves California interactive map Lane County Oregon Santa Clara County Silicon ValleyThis is cool, and maybe even useful. I caught Map: Where Americans Are Moving yesterday on The map is interactive, so you can click on any county and see movement in and out during 2008.

Interactive Map: Where We Move When We Move

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current affairs trends America moves California interactive map Lane County Oregon Santa Clara County Silicon ValleyTweet This is cool, and maybe even useful. I caught Map: Where Americans Are Moving yesterday on The map is interactive, so you can click on any county and see movement in and out during 2008.

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

Dino and I kept in touch as he moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 1: Bend, Oregon Ecosystem and Entrepreneurs. Bend, Oregon is an ideal case study because of its size, location and entrepreneurial characteristics. ——— Let’s get right to the point… I fell in love with Bend, Oregon, once a sleepy logging town, now population 79,000.

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Willamette Angel Conference Invests More than $450K

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Yesterday’s Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) 2013 event invested more than $465,000 in four Oregon startups, highlighted by more than $250,000 in Portland-based Sonivate , which has developed a fingertip-mounted ultrasound probe that enables imaging while leaving both hands free to do work with simultaneous tactile feedback. . This year’s event was held on campus at Oregon State University.

Making Elections Resilient Against Pandemics

David Cohen

Included were a former Director at the NSA, a County Clerk in Utah, a State Election Director in Oregon, and the first woman state treasurer and a former nominee for Governor in Massachusetts. Conversation: Making Elections Resilient Against Pandemics. COVID-19 is impacting everything — even elections. I’ve always been genuinely puzzled why so many people are against online and mobile voting.

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Supporting the $1K Project

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Jasmine Family (Oregon) Kristen Family (Pennslyvania) Colleen’s Family (Not Disclosed) Cristina Family (New Jersey) Theresa’s Family (Texas). A month ago, Alex Iskold emailed me about a new initiative that he started with Minda Brusse and a group of 20 volunteers called the $1K Project. The mission of the $1K Project is to help families impacted by the pandemic by connecting them directly with sponsors who are willing to gift them $1k a month for three months.

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What Are The Statutes Of Limitations And Why Are They Important? 


2 years – Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado (3 years for car accidents); Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Minnesota; Nevada; New Jersey; Ohio, Oklahoma; Oregon; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; .

Girls Are Getting Into Programming

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Palo Alto Software’s very own Lara Fields was recently interviewed by KLCC (Eugene, Oregon’s NPR affiliate station) for a segment on women in programming. The story—titled “Women Are Missing in Eugene’s Tech Community”—aired this morning, and can be found here.

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 1: Bend, Oregon Ecosystem and Entrepreneurs. But it’s easy to get drowned out by the noise from Silicon Valley and other cities in Washington and Oregon. The state of Oregon is also making funds available to invest in and support the formation of venture funds within the state.

4 Reasons Why Credit Unions Are Better For Your Business

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My mentor was my dad, who owned a small business in Milwaukie, Oregon. Today I’m CEO of Oregon’s second largest state-chartered credit union, and I love going to work every day, making a difference in the lives of our members, employees and the communities we serve. At Oregon Community, we helped more than 500 members in 2012 alone with special workout loans that adjusted rates or payments on auto loans and mortgages.

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Austin Loses $50 Million Smart City Challenge to Columbus


Columbus beat Austin, Denver, Portland, Oregon, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh and San Francisco to win the first […] The post Austin Loses $50 Million Smart City Challenge to Columbus appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin lost its bid to become the winner of $50 million in prizes in the Smart City Challenge from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to Columbus, Ohio, according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch.

moovel Moves Austin Team to Portland Headquarters


And on Wednesday, moovel announced plans to consolidate its operations and house everyone at its Portland, Oregon headquarters. In April, Austin-based RideScout and Portland-based GlobeSherpa merged and re-branded to form moovel North America, a subsidiary of Daimler. All of 36 employees in the Austin office are being offered a full relocation package to move to […] The post moovel Moves Austin Team to Portland Headquarters appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Technology For Scaling Your Real Estate Company


It’s best to work with a local lender if you want to get the best rates in your area, so be sure to head to your favorite search engine and type in “ bridge loans Oregon ” to find a good fit for you and your real estate company.

ProfessorVC: Man Camp

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Just returned from a golf trip to Bandon Dunes , Oregon. And even if he built it, would anyone come to this remote Oregon outpost?" Manage seasonal demand through pricing - Weather on the Oregon coast can range from gorgeous to downright nasty and can change from one of the other in a matter of minutes. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, November 13, 2008. Man Camp.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 1: Bend, Oregon Ecosystem and Entrepreneurs. The Oregon startup scene today looks very different from what it did 10 years ago. Over the years Dino and I brainstormed about how Lean entrepreneurship would affect regional development. I visited Bend last year and caught up with his progress.

The Secret To Successful Startup Teams


Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, was a runner at the University of Oregon under the famous coach Bill Bowerman, who later coached the US Olympic team.

Growing Your Business While Growing as an Entrepreneur

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from 2012-2015, Oregon Business Magazine ‘s 100 Best Companies in Oregon from 2010-2017, and the Portland Business Journal ‘s Most Admired Companies. from 2012-2015, Oregon Business Magazine‘s 100 Best Companies in Oregon from 2010-2017, and the Portland Business Journal‘s Most Admired Companies. Growing Your Business While Growing as an Entrepreneur written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Jill Nelson.

Why are local businesses so good for the economy?

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Congressman Peter DeFazio (Oregon, D) stopped by the Palo Alto Software office yesterday and discussed the important role small businesses play in their local economies. While many cities and regions spend time and resources trying to attract and convince large corporations to relocate to their area, DeFazio says a focus on the local businesses can be a better fit. If you can’t view the video above, click here to view it on YouTube.

Today From 9am–10am PDT: #askadeveloper Your Programming Questions

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in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon. In honor of National Programmer’s Day, we invite you to join us on Twitter with your computer programming questions today for the first-ever Bplans #askadeveloper Tweetchat. Simply tweet @bplans using the hashtag #askadeveloper between 9 and 10 am PDT , and our team of professional software and web developers will respond in real-time.

#askadeveloper Your Web and Programming Questions

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in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon. Are you looking for resources to build your app, or your website? Do you need help expanding the functionality of your website, or improving the design? Are you wondering which web hosting service to use, or which programming language you need to learn, or what’s important to look for when hiring a software or web developer?

Ithaca Has Arrived – Ithaca Tech Meetup


For me, the comparison of Bend, Oregon to Ithaca is dramatic. Last night the Ithaca startup community held one of its periodic Tech Meetups. It was by far the best one yet in my mind for the simple reason that there were a lot of engaged people there! The energy in the room was incredible. My VC partner Jennifer and I are really proud that CVF sponsors these events. We were really thrilled with the conversations. The event put a big smile on my face.

Ask Me Anything! (Well, Almost Anything)

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Palo Alto Software HQ in Eugene, Oregon. I’m Noah and I’m COO here at Palo Alto Software. In case you didn’t know, Palo Alto Software is the great company behind Bplans. Our goal has always been to help entrepreneurs succeed in business. In addition to making business planning software , we also try and help by providing all of the articles and advice that you find here on Bplans.

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Your Brand’s Tone of Voice: Why It Matters and How to Craft It

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Let’s think about Nike: Phil Knight was a track runner at the University of Oregon. Together with Bill Bowerman, the track coach at the University of Oregon, they created the famous “waffle iron” sole. Photo courtesy of Oregon Live. Crafting and identifying your brand’s tone of voice is essential to engaging your customers in a meaningful way. In fact, it’s the foundation for all of your marketing communications.

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Running From Aspen to Basalt

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So, I’m in significantly better shape, which makes me happy since my October 2016 Marathon in Portland, Oregon was a debacle. I’m running my 25th marathon in South Dakota on 10/8/17. My training has been going well and I’m now in a zone of 30+ miles a week with a long run once a week in the high teens. Today’s run from Aspen to Basalt was the best run I’ve had in over a year. Just under a year ago, I did this same run in 4 hours.

Looking Forward to Bend Venture Conference

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If you’re an Oregon company looking for angel investment, you should consider applying for the Bend Venture Conference before the Sept. Although Bend is a relatively small town in central Oregon, it’s also relatively sunny for Oregon, has great outdoor activities, and – here’s what’s relevant in this context – its annual venture competition draws an unusually powerful group of investors from up and down the Pacific Coast.

What are the top VC firms and angel groups in Seattle/Portland/Vancouver (or Pacific Northwest area)?


Oregon Angel Fund – Portland, OR ( [link] ). The Pacific Northwest has some of the best and most active angel groups in the country (and I say that coming from New York!) Check out: Alliance of Angels - Seattle, WA ( [link] ). Bellingham Angel Group - Bellingham, WA ( [link] ). Boise Angel Alliance – Boise, ID ( [link] ). Eastern Idaho Angel Group – Rexburg, ID ( [link] org/idah… ).

Does Your Small Business Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance?


by Veronica Baxter. Perhaps. Statutory workers’ compensation laws are particular to each state, but in general, businesses having employees that are not large enough to self-insure must carry workers’ comp insurance. The number and type of employees triggering the workers’ compensation insurance requirement varies, and each state has different exceptions to that requirement. The Number of Employees You Have Matters.

Michigan Small Biz Giveaway … and Why Not Your State and Mine Too?

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I wish we could do this in Oregon. OK Oregon? I recently found out about this very interesting Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. And you probably wish you could do it in your state too. If I read this right, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is going to give half a million dollars in real money to the Michigan company that wins its grand prize at the November event.

The High School Handbook For Young Entrepreneurs


Although it was fairly run down and located on a reservation town in Oregon, I worked at it. by Joe Edgar, CEO of TenantCloud. The tortoise and the hare is a great bedtime story, but also proffers some advice to every young business owner and entrepreneur alike. The egotistical rabbit takes on a race of which they consider themselves to be the best and take no mind of their opponent. The CEO of Blockbuster, John Antioco, said in 2000, “Redbox and Netflix aren’t even on the radar.”.

Entrepreneurial Journey Takes Melvin Brewing To Denver’s Heights and Beyond

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Their beer is currently shipped to Portland, Oregon, Denver, Boise, and Seattle. Jeremy Tofte’s family background in the beer business shows through in his work with Melvin Brewing. As an entrepreneur in the crowded craft brewing business, his company’s dedication to quality has fostered its popularity among the beer-drinking public.