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By Erika Gebow
When things aren’t going right, take a left. I saw this on a t-shirt once. My left hand turn was Bend. There wasn’t a single moment when I realized that I needed out of Seattle; it was more a series of moments, accrued over 15 years of living and working in the Emerald City. It’s the same thing you hear from every Seattle expat to Bend: bad weather, horrific traffic, and the general need to get more out of life than mailing-it-in in a cubicle for some obscenely rich guy.
Bend-based Manzama announced today that it has raised $1.3 million to help expand its cloud-based software from its key market of law firms to consulting and financial services.
If you were at the April PubTalk, then you heard Rob Little’s presentation about his startup Cairn, an online subscription box service for outdoor enthusiasts. Since then, Cairn has hit a few milestones including being accepted into inaugural class of the new Bend Outdoor Worx Incubator. (More that program to come).
With its first fund launched last March, Cascade Angels plans on making a $120,000 investment in the upcoming Bend Venture Conference, says Julie Harrelson, the fund’s manager. The angel fund made its first investment in May, funding Droplr with $100,000.
After a few folks pointed out that we lacked a proper guide for how entrepreneurs could get their business concepts funded, I created this infographic to help visualize our ecosystem. We were coming up on the Bend Venture Conference in 2013 and had an exciting array of companies exiting FoundersPad and entering the competition.
For Bend-based Droplr, maker of an online file-sharing service, the last year has been a whirlwind of fundraising, change and growth. Co-founders Josh Bryant and Levi Nunnink raised more money, graduated from the Portland Seed Fund accelerator and established a presence in the state’s biggest city.
If you’ve ever watched The Shining (I actually get scared just typing it) then you know how that old adage ends. All work and no play makes Jack Nicholson chop down your door with an axe. Fortunately Bendites are pretty good at playing. Alright back to work. This startup revolution isn’t going to run itself.
Are those not three of your favorite things? Because they should be. If you’re not already going, motor yourself over to McMenamin’s tonight for Central Oregon PubTalk. The keynote speaker is Jim Huston, co-managing director of the Portland Seed Fund.