BendTECH at Old Mill

Announcing BendTECH @ 1001: A new collaborative workspace for startups

The Tech Alliance of Central Oregon is excited to announce a new, premier co-working space for startups and technology professionals. Formerly Techspace Bend, the new BendTECH facility will add an impressive 3,000sqft indoor/outdoor cafe + bar + event space, bike racks and showers, redundant fibre for best-in-class internet connectivity, tech-related events and worskhops, free beer, and plenty of parking.


All hands on … deck at Manzama

Following the announcement of their $1.3 million in new funding, Manzama held a “Hands on Manzama” work day last week. Employees worked together to build desks and create new work spaces at their downtown Bend office for their growing team.

Erika Gabow

Why I Left Amazon and Started a Company in Bend

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.

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Cairn Headed to Bend Outdoor Worx Incubator

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).

Central Oregon Startup Ecosystem

A Map of the Central Oregon Startup Ecosystem

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.

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Droplr Gains Traction with Team Accounts

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.

Even entrepreneurs need a break. Hosmer Lake, June 2014

Bend Life: All Work and No Play …

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.

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Boosting Bend’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Looking Forward, a nonprofit group with a mission to make Central Oregon a better place to live, has turned its focus toward improving the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. BendTECH recently sat down with Jim Schell and S.J. Camarata, Looking Forward board members, to learn more about those efforts and their take on startup culture here.


Work Here: G5 Seeks Two Executive Leaders

Know any software executives hunting for a new job with a fast-growing company? G5, a Bend-based provider of Digital Experience Management (DXM) software and services for property management, is looking to hire to two executive leadership positions. 


A Place Where You Can Fail

No one starts a company, hoping that it will fail. But chances are that most will. I’ve interviewed several entrepreneurs over the past few years who talk about their failed endeavors as learning experiences necessary for them to eventually find success.