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Feb 3, 2009
Clean Energy SIG - Nuts & Bolts of starting a Clean energy Biz
Perkins Coie (PDX)

Join us at this monthly meet to discuss the nuts and bolts of how to start a clean energy business. Bring your business ideas and questions & learn what the opportunities are in this sector.

We will have with us a couple of experienced people from within this sector joining us in a very informal “mini-panel” format.

Feb 5, 2009
Entrepreneurship Forum: Start-up funding ideas for tough times
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Finding the money to invest in your startup is tough even in normal times. With the global economic climate being what it is today this task is even harder. How do you find the right funding in this environment? Join our experienced group of Venture Capitalists Venky Ganesan, Managing Director of Globespan Capital, Carolynn Duncan, Micro-business expert and subject matter expert in VC /Angel funding & Bobby Kandaswamy, Director Strategic Investments at Intel Capital on Feb 5th to discuss the best ways of funding your company in a downturn.

May 14, 2009
Webinar - Understanding Your Sales Cycle, with Andrew Rowe

Understanding Your Sales Cycle

Start-ups often struggle with understanding how to manage the sales cycle in order to achieve their growth objectives. Yet young companies cannot afford to make mistakes in this area: their very survival depends on it.

This webinar will cover a variety of topics that will help you to gain a clearer perspective and control over your company's sales cycle.

Those include:

  • How to define the sales cycle for your business
  • What are the typical stages of a sales cycle?
  • How is the sales cycle influenced by your sales process?
  • Defining your sales process to reduce sales cycle times
  • Sales cycle reduction examples

Location: Online Date and Time: Thursday, May 14, 10 - 11 AM Cost: Free to OEN Members, $30 for non-members

Speaker: Andrew Rowe

Andrew Rowe has 25+ years of progressive experience in leading growth-oriented businesses in the healthcare, technology and industrial sectors. He is an accomplished builder of high performance teams, providing products and services to Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies. His experience is in building companies from start-up to more than $100 million in annual revenues.

Andrew serves as CEO at AllMed Healthcare Management, a national healthcare service company that works with leading hospital groups and healthcare payer organizations, nationwide. Previously he was Managing Partner at Cube Management, a sales & marketing recruiting and consulting firm. Mr. Rowe served as Executive Vice President of Cascade General, which he and his partner acquired and grew to US market leadership in large-scale ship repair. Prior that, he served at Vice President at Adept Technology, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of industrial robots, controls and software, which grew to international market leadership. Mr. Rowe's early career was in international sales and marketing management.

May 20, 2009
XPDX Meeting: The Art of Ware-as-a-Service
CubeSpace [ *sniff* out of business 12 June 2009]

The first wave of Agile software development challenged waterfall project management methodologies and traditional Quality Assurance. The next wave of Agile challenges on-premise software through what is known as Software-as-a-Service (or SaaS).

Using Sun Tzu's timeless classic "The Art of War" as a framework, Founder/CEO of Cubic Compass, Mike Leach, presents principles and practices for creating an Agile SaaS organization that challenges the status quo of software development and delivery.

Pizza thanks to John Wilger at 6:30pm <<<

Nov 18, 2009
Early Stage VC Investing: what can you expect in 2010?
PSU Business Accelerator

Many technology and science start-ups that require outside capital have found investor groups with open doors but closed wallets this past year. But not everyone has struck out. Come hear how two early stage new ventures have closed their Series A rounds and are well on their way with Series B rounds. Also on the panel will be two early stage VCs who have their finger on the pulse of the changing investor market and can give the inside scoop on what to expect for 2010.

RSVP to [email protected] This event is free of charge, bring a lunch if desired.

Nov 19, 2009
TiE Oregon & PSBA presents, How to Fund your Healthcare IT Venture
PSU Business Accelerator

The current economic climate has limited access to capital and has left companies across the healthcare industry struggling to determine the best way to fund and fuel growth. Our experienced panel, drawn from investors & executives with experience in Healthcare IT ventures both from a funding and entreprenuerial perspective, will address questions like:

What products, services, and technology sectors in healthcare are investors most excited about now?

What do investors want to see regarding company growth and exit strategy?

Which investors are best positioned to support my company in this current environment?

How should one approach valuation and other funding strategy discussions?

Our panelists include: William Newman - Managing Director, NW Tech Ventures Jim Plymale - CEO, Clinicient

Panel to be moderated by: John Hull - Managing Director, Marquam Hill Capital

Register at $10/$15/$25 online $10/$20/$30 onsite (student member/member/non-member)

Feb 15, 2012
Innovation Talk - Herb Sorensen
Portland State University Engineering Building

We have a great Innovation Talk coming up on Friday.

Herb Sorensen, who has been a "Fast Company's Innovator of the Year" will be giving a talk on the role of technology in driving innovation in retailing. Find out how Walmart, Amazon, Apple, and Google have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of the industry, and how the new players are transforming the industry.

3pm - Friday - 2/17/12 - EB102 - coffee and dessert following!


Feb 17, 2012
Innovation Talk - Herb Sorensen
Portland State University Engineering Building

We have a great Innovation Talk coming up on Friday.

Herb Sorensen, who has been a "Fast Company's Innovator of the Year" will be giving a talk on the role of technology in driving innovation in retailing. Find out how Walmart, Amazon, Apple, and Google have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of the industry, and how the new players are transforming the industry.

3pm - Friday - 2/17/12 - EB102 - coffee and dessert following!


Jul 16, 2014
OR Angel Fund Fast-Pitch Wednesday
Perkins Coie (PDX) / OAF

Fast Pitch Wednesday July 16, 4-6pm, reception following At Oregon Angel Fund / Perkins Coie LLP 1120 NW Couch, 10th floor No fee.

Registration required as space is limited. In the “message” space, please write the name of your (proposed) business:

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Fletcher: [email protected]

Who should attend? Please come if you are starting a business or thinking about starting a business and would like informal feedback and advice from active members of the Oregon Angel Fund. No business or idea is too early or incomplete for this session.

Learn about the different types of investors and funding that might be available. Find out if you’ve got something that could be fundable by OAF or others. Discover who in town might be candidates to serve as advisors and coaches for your business.

85% of OAF investors have started or run a business at some point in their career and this will be a no-pressure, informal way to get early feedback from these local entrepreneur and tech leaders.

Format: - Beer and wine. - Short OAF overview. - Panel on what OAF and angels look for. - OAF investors meet individually with entrepreneurs at designated stations.
- More beer and wine.

Looking forward to seeing you there. -Eric Rosenfeld

Oct 13, 2014
Quit Your Job and Start A Business

Make the transition and take the leap to starting your own business!

You have an idea, a dream, a vision that you want to pursue. Your heart is ready to take that leap of faith and start that business, but your brain weighs the risks to your career and livelihood and tells you to stay put in your job.

It’s an agonizing place to be.

In this workshop, given by Robin Wang, a seasoned start-up veteran and small business owner, we will help you plan and prepare for that leap by demystifying the entrepreneurial journey, offering tactics to reduce the risks, and showing you the resources that can make the leap more palatable for your brain to follow your heart and pursue your dreams.

Workshop Take-Aways
1. What To Expect: The Life of an Entrepreneur
2. Get a Handle on Personal & Business Finances
3. Discover Business Funding Options
4. How to Manage Your Employer
5. Start a 10 Step Transition Action Plan
plus much more...

Webinar option also available!

For more information and to register visit Email [email protected] to request discount promo-code.

Nov 1, 2014
From Tech Savvy to Social Justice Innovator: How creative problem solvers can apply their skills to progressive change work
Collective Agency Downtown

Portland has long been known as a bastion for creative people and innovative projects. But how might that creative energy be channeled toward social change work and nurturing justice? SJF leaders will jump-start this conversation and you take it from there!


Nov 5, 2014
Website Law Part 3 - Buying or Selling a Website
Tonkon Torp LLP

This session will focus on representations and warranties, assignments of domain names, potential exposure related to open source code in website software, and the IP/website due diligence process.

Oct 14, 2015
Cooperative Workspaces Trending in PDX
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Sick of working out of coffee shops but can't afford your own workspace?

We love coffee shops, but let's face it: launching a startup while competing for electrical outlets and trying to block out the din of coffee grinders is not always ideal. Access to a quiet conference room and your very own electrical outlet are just two benefits of a coworking space. Learn about the other benefits, including what's available here in Portland, at our upcoming PubTalk!

Join us for FREE pizza, drinks and a fantastic networking experience + panel.

Date: 10/14 Time: 5:15-7:00pm Cost: Members: $10

      Non-Members: $20 

(walk-ins welcome!)

May 24, 2016
EMA Trade Talk
Golden Valley Brewing

EMA & ERA Talk Trade on May 24. Join Us.

We are excited to present our first seminar of the year. Join us for a fun, informative evening featuring talks from three industry pros. Their combined topic is from an Idea to a Product: How to Start and Grow Your Business. Take Your Business to the Next Level

This event is geared towards patent based businesses and start-ups, inventors, and people looking at new ventures in electronics manufacturing. The format is casual, with opportunities to network before and after. Hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar are available, so grab a beer and stay awhile. Meet People & Grow Your Network

We expect lots of faces from the electronics manufacturing industry, so be sure to bring your business cards. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new faces and reconnect with colleagues.

Three Expert Speakers

An Introduction to Intellectual Property Dr. Laura Zager, patent attorney (more info)

"I've got a great idea for a business name, and just printed it on 3000 mugs!" "I think I need to get a patent so I'll be clear to make and sell my product." "Of course I own my company's logo—I paid a graphic designer to create it!" All of these statements represent misunderstandings of intellectual property law, which can trip up even the most conscientious of business owners. This talk will give a quick overview of the key areas of intellectual property law in the US, and will use case studies and examples to flag some of the most common pitfalls.

Financial, Business and Estate Planning Strategies for Business Owners Diana Wojcik, patent valuation analyst (more info)

Covering incorporation choices, valuations, tax strategy, and continuity/succession plans, Diana will illustrate different options available to business owners and explain the costs, risks, and benefits of each, to help business owners plan ahead to maximize their gains and minimize their risks. Her talk will mainly address the needs of businesses based on patent or other IP, manufacturing, tech advisory/consulting, and privately owned businesses.

Getting it all Wrong: How I learned to Love the Lean Startup Leo Frishberg, UX strategist (more info)

The Lean Startup takes an "action first" approach to exploring products, markets and business models. In theory this approach makes a lot of sense, but in practice it is fraught with challenges. In his talk, Frishberg leads the group through a couple of case studies in which the business got almost everything wrong, and was all the better because of it.

Jul 27, 2016
Notion's Little Data Happy Hour
Central Office

Summer Orientation starts now! Learn how Little Data can lead to BIG results. For anyone interested in how to manage and align your team with data, learn from product experiments, and answer the questions "How are we doing?" and "How can we be better?"

Notion hosts a Portland-based, quarterly speaker series, and you're invited! Be inspired by leaders who use data to identify bottlenecks and build a collaborative data culture. You'll join members of Portland's vibrant tech and startup communities while enjoying some tasty snacks and beverages.

Many thanks to CENTRL Office for hosting Wednesday, July 27!

RSVP now to reserve your spot as there will be a limited number of tickets available!

Dec 10, 2020
Supporting Entrepreneurs & Ventures in Washington County
Online Webinar

Have an idea for a new venture, or need help growing your existing venture? Want to learn more about equity financing and the options available in Oregon? Join Laura Kubisiak and Ana Chaud for an interactive session on resources available to entrepreneurs looking to start a new business, as well as existing ventures looking for higher growth.

Laura Kubisiak is the Venture Catalyst for Washington County and will talk about the services and resources for early-stage entrepreneurs, as well discuss equity financing to raise capital. She will be joined by Ana Chaud, founder of Garden Bar. Ana successfully sold the business in 2019 and is now giving back to the entrepreneurial community in a variety of ways, including as a TiE Oregon angel investor and an Executive Partner in Elevate Capital. She’ll share her experience as an entrepreneur, as well as her thoughts on working with angel investors and venture capital firms.

Topics to be discussed:
• The Venture Catalyst (VC) Network
• The VC Services in Washington County
• Equity Financing as part of the Funding Ladder
• Types of Equity Investors
• Local Venture Funds
• Straight Scoop from Ana on being an Entrepreneur and an Investor

The focus is on traded sector, but all business are welcome!
There will be plenty of time for questions.

Speaker Backgrounds:

Laura Kubisiak serves as the Venture Catalyst for Washington County. She is an “on the ground” resource for helping traded-sector companies start-up and scale-up. She meets one-on-one with entrepreneurs, assesses their business needs, and then connects them to people, programs and financial capital to help fuel their growth. Laura also leads programming to educate entrepreneurs and give them an opportunity to network with others in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Prior to this role, Laura served as a senior executive in marketing, sales and business development at companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500.

Ana Chaud started her career as a financial and business manager in the San Francisco Bay Area. In January 2014, Ana co-founded Garden Bar, the first fast casual, salad concept restaurant in the NW. In five years, Garden Bar grew ~600% in revenue and expanded from 9 to 120 employees. In 2019, Garden Bar was acquired by Evergreens, which provided Ana with a full circle experience – from concept to exit. Ana recently joined the Board at TiE Oregon and will share her insights on being an entrepreneur, as well as investing in new ventures through TiE Angels and Elevate Capital.

Dec 1, 2021
How COVID has reshaped the workplace – Considerations for a hybrid or fully remote workforce
Internet/Online (registration required)

COVID has certainly impacted our lives in many, many ways. After positive experiences from working at home, a number of people are now looking to continue in a hybrid or remote work environment. As an employer, what are the legal implications that you need to consider in these new environments? How do you maintain your culture and sense of camaraderie? As an entrepreneur, what services/products can you offer companies to support their efforts as they struggle with these challenges?

Join us on Wednesday, December 1st to hear from three speakers who are dealing with these changes in the workplace, and learn what they are doing. You will hear from: • A labor and employment lawyer discussing the legal implications of a hybrid or remote workforce. • A Chief Experience Officer who will share culture/team building best practices and how they've changed when teams are remote and/or hybrid. • A CEO of a local, small tech company that has gone totally remote. She’ll talk about how they made that decision, and what they've done to maintain team cohesiveness.

From this Lunch & Learn, you will gain insights, tools and creative ideas on how to thrive in a hybrid or remote work environment.


Tonie Bitseff Special Counsel, Buchalter Tonie Bitseff is a member of the Corporate Law and Labor & Employment Practice Groups in the Firm’s Seattle office. She provides advice on compensation and benefit matters, including assisting clients with design, diligence review, internal audits and many other issues involving employment law. Ms. Bitseff also serves as ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) counsel supporting contract negotiations and business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.

Jen Regan Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer, Morpheus XR As Chief Experience Officer, Jen Regan guides marketplace facilitation and experiences. She has over 15 years of thought leadership in change management, executive coaching, and employee engagement within the live entertainment industry working with over 120 live event venues, 20 sports teams, 10 Fortune 200 companies, 7 music festivals, and serves on the boards of 4 non-profits. Jen graduated from Willamette University and is now living in Santa Monica.

Robin Jones CEO, Monsoon Robin Jones is a startup jill-of-all-trade, having held leadership roles across a broad array of functions. She was formerly SVP Marketing & BD at Socrata, where she grew qualified pipeline coverage by 6X+. She founded and grew the OEM business unit at Esri and co-founded FonJax, which was sold to Keynote Systems. Robin has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BS of from Stanford University. She serves on the BOD of TiE Oregon and TiE Oregon Foundation.


Ernie Bootsma Shareholder, Buchalter As a shareholder at Buchalter, Ernie Bootsma has been actively representing start-up and emerging growth businesses, family businesses, and mature companies, since 1990. His legal practice encompasses company formation, finance, governance, M&A, as well as intellectual

Mar 10, 2022
Westside Pitch Competition
Walters Cultural Art Center in Hillsboro, OR

WHAT: Westside Pitch is a startup competition for Washington County entrepreneurs seeking to showcase their early-stage businesses and pitch their venture concept to a panel of local investors. Plus, thanks to generous sponsors, we are thrilled to offer several cash prizes: • First place $5,000 • Second place $2,500 The team is also seeking offerings of in-kind services provided by local businesses, such as accountants and attorneys.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE: Early-stage business ventures that currently operate or plan to operate in Washington County, Oregon, as well as people living in Washington County, are eligible to compete. Selected businesses will have developed or be in the process of developing a unique, scalable product or service that solves a major industry problem. Apply here:

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro

DON’T WANT TO COMPETE: Join us in celebrating these innovative entrepreneurs! General admissions tickets can be purchased here: Purchase here

KEY DATES: January 5, 2022 — Application process opens February 4, 2022 — Application deadline by 5pm PT February 21, 2022 — Finalist Announcement March 10, 2022 — Westside Pitch Competition

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: • Gold Sponsors: Washington County, City of Hillsboro, PGE • Silver Sponsors: City of Tigard, City of Sherwood, City of Beaverton, City of Tualatin • Supporting Sponsors: TiE Oregon, Buchalter, Vertigo Brewing (providing beer), D’Anu Wines (providing wine) • Appetizers provided by the Latina entrepreneurs who have graduated from the Adelante Mujeres Cocinemos Program