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TiE-Oregon Inspiration 3: Featuring Eric Winquist, CEO Jama Software, James Davies, COO Timbercon

Stoel Rives LLP
900 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 2600
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)



Agenda: 6.00pm to 6.50pm Reception sponsored by Stoel Rives 7.00pm to 7.20pm Presentations by Speakers 7.20pm to 8.00pm Guided Discussion by Bill Kelly 8.00pm to 8.30pm Audience Q&A

Bootstrapping on Steroids: In an interview with USAToday columnist, Steve Strauss, at Pagatim.com, Eric Winquist says that what's most rewarding for him as an entrepreneur is when a customer is successful and he knows that his company has played a role in the process. As a product manager, he was frustrated with some of the enterprise solutions he saw and used his savings to build a beta version of the product. What's unique about him is he turned down outside investment. Meet Eric and find out how he has bootstrapped his way to success.

Two Steps Ahead: The mantra that James Davies has for his company is "Change is Good." Finding solutions through innovative ways is what drives him. In his interview with Steve Strauss, James says that what kept them going when they started Timbercon 15 years ago was niche knowledge in the data storage game. By staying two steps ahead each time in the fiber optics world, they were able to find solutions for customers. The most gratifying aspect of being an entrepreneur for James is " the freedom to try things, to explore and learn from mistakes."

Moderator: Bill Kelly

Inspiration - The bedrock of innovation

Successful entrepreneurship requires several elements - inspiration, innovation and if you are focused on the outcome - sound business strategy. The inspiration series focuses on the driving force behind success. How do you find that spark that drives creativity? . From idea to development, from boot-strapping to growth stage, what guides entrepreneurs as the make critical decisions? Enterpreneurs discuss lessons learned and offer tips for other entrepreneurs. Attend this event to be inspired to deal with the challenges of running your own company.

Speakers: Eric Winquist, Co-Founder and CEO Jama Software James Davies, Co-Founder and COO Timbercon

Eric founded Jama Software with the vision of providing customers a more collaborative way to develop new products and eliminate the common frustrations with traditional approaches to requirements management. Eric is an accomplished entrepreneur and project manager with over 15 years experience working with a wide range of enterprise organizations, teams and technologies. In 2001, Eric founded Redside Solutions, a software development consulting firm. As CEO, Eric grew Redside to a multi-million dollar business with 100% annual growth rates. At Redside, Eric saw first-hand the need companies had for collaborative requirements management which led to the creation of Jama Software and the development of Jama Contour.

Jama: Founded by a team of experienced software professionals frustrated with traditional enterprise tools, Jama has created a powerful Web-based application called Contour that's used by thousands every day to manage billions of dollars in research and development projects. The path from great ideas to great products goes through requirements management, and Jama is dedicated to helping its customers successfully navigate that path.

James Davies:

Mr. Davies co-founded Timbercon, Inc. in 1997 and has served as an executive since its inception. Concurrently, Mr. Davies co-founded Greenspace Candles, with whom he continues to serve as an advisor.

Prior to Timbercon, Mr. Davies spent several years in the telecommunications and data storage industries working with international technology companies.

Mr. Davies received a B.S. in Economics and Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, a Masters in Business Administration from George Fox University, and an Associates degree in Professional Music from PCC.

Timbercon: Timbercon, Inc. is a product development and manufacturing company for fiber optic solutions. Timbercon is an industry leader in ruggedized fiber optic solutions for the defense/government, industrial, data storage, test & measurement, broadband, telecommunications, medical, and networking industries. Headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon, Timbercon has 90 employees with manufacturing, research and development, sales, and marketing activities based at the corporate headquarters.

Pricing: Early Bird pricing until Oct 12: Members $20.00 Non-Membes $30.00

After Oct 12th: Members $25.00 Non-Members $35.

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