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12725 Sw Millikan Way, Suite 101
Beaverton, OR 97005, US (map)
971-223-4660

Before November 3, 2008, OTBC was located at 15455 NW Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 210, Beaverton OR 97006.

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Past events that happened here

  • Wednesday
    Nov 16 2016
    Startup 411 – How to Start Your Startup

    Got an idea for a startup, but don’t know where to start? This workshop will provide an overview of local resources, along with a checklist of steps to take as you build out your plan.

    This workshop, held jointly by OEN and OTBC, will provide you with:

    • A checklist of where to get started
    • A review of common mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them
    • An overview of startup funding options (and realities)
    • An overview of resources available to entrepreneurs
    • Answers to some of the basic questions that always come up about protecting your idea, co-founders, etc.

    Register here: http://bit.ly/411nov

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  • Thursday
    Aug 26 2010
    Westside Proggers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    We're out on the west side but all are welcome.

    This month there's a high probability of a talk on the R programming language.

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  • Thursday
    Jul 29 2010
    Westside Programmers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    This month we'll be running Rakudo * to get some exposure to the new Perl 6 language features and check out the Rakudo * ("star") release (a Perl 6 implementation on Parrot.)

    The * series is a more featured, predictable, and stable user-focussed release than the git master or monthly development releases of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler. This is less cutting-edge than the current development version, and is intended to give early users a relatively slow-moving target to experiment with language features and use cases.

    Speaking of slow-moving, Rakudo is really, really slow. This is not the production-grade performance you know from Perl 5, this is the westside's MO of oddball programming language geekery and bloody stumps. We're so cutting edge, we might even start the meeting before the release tarball drops. Just in case, here's the instructions for building git master rakudo:

      git clone
      cd rakudo
      perl Configure.pl --gen-parrot
      make
      make install
    
      PATH=$PWD/parrot_install/bin:$PATH
      perl6 -e 'say "hello"'
    

    Perl 6 is a substantially different language from Perl 5. If you haven't kept up with the developments in the last few years, now is a good time to take it for a spin.

  • Thursday
    May 27 2010
    Westside Proggers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    We're out on the west side but all are welcome.

    It seems a lot of regular attendees have OSBridge presentations to do, so this month we'll show our presentation prototypes and get feedback.

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  • Thursday
    Mar 25 2010
    Westside Programmers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    This month we'll have a talk by David Hollingsworth on the Curl language (not to be confused with cUrl the commandline utility).

    Curl is a statically typed object-oriented language that JIT-runs in a browser plugin along with a large number of companion libraries and an IDE. Curl also has an internal tool for compiling to C, so Curl is >90% written in Curl. It is not related to the wget-like-library also called Curl. See http://www.curl.com for more.

    Some of the topics I can cover: * Why we (still) need a programming language for the Internet (and why Flash/JavaFX/Silverlight ain't it). * Mixing text and code: not the heresy XML advocates would have you believe. * Venture Capitalists ate my syntax: switching from Lisp-y Curl to C-y Curl. * Java Generics almost make me pine for C++ templates OR if {Array-of int} isn't a real type, your type system sucks. * Yes, Virginia, non-normalized Unicode means operations are O(n) (aka Strings are not really arrays of chars, but they're closer in Curl). * DSLs in Curl: source-to-source macros ala Lisp. * Refactoring is for wimps: a strong versioning mechanism partially mitigates the need for backwards-compatibility, but not entirely. * Plus the standard "ooh shiny" stuff.

  • Thursday
    Feb 25 2010
    Westside Programmers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    This month we'll have a talk by Eric Wilhelm:

    "Perl 6: What you've missed in the last $n years." I will present an overview of the Perl 6 project, a snapshot of recent development, and samples of what you can do with Rakudo Perl 6 now.

  • Wednesday
    Feb 24 2010
    Predicting if your Startup will Succeed

    How can you better predict if a business will survive or fail? How could that knowledge change your life immediately?

    Thomas Thurston attempted to answer these questions in 2006, while working as a manager in Intel Capital’s internal corporate venturing group. Borrowing from research on “disruptive innovation” by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, Thomas developed methodologies that have since proven to be more than 80% accurate in predicting whether individual ventures will survive or fail. Three years and a Harvard fellowship with Christensen later, Thomas is quickly rising as a global thought leader in venture capital and investment methodologies using disruption frameworks. As President of Growth Science International, LLC he guides Angel, venture capital, Fortune 500 and institutional investors using disruptive methodologies. The author of published and peer reviewed works including multiple Harvard Business School Case Studies, Thomas holds a JD from Santa Clara University, an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from the University of Oregon. He is an inactive Member of the Oregon Bar.

    After the program in Suite 300, we'll meet for networking, beverages and munchies in the OTBC space (suite 101).

    Location: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 300 (reception in Suite 101) Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Time: 4:30pm to 5:30:pm Max: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Driving: Directions Parking: Free parking in the parking garage next door to our building Cost: $15

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 17 2010
    Meet an Investor: Intel Capital

    This program will introduce you to Intel Capital, one of the largest venture capital firms in the world.

    Steve Eichenlaub with Intel Capital will describe their venture investing strategy, investment criteria, and portfolio companies, provide some advice to entrepreneurs who are seeking investment capital, and answer your questions.

    After the program in Suite 300, we'll meet for networking, beverages and munchies in the OTBC space (suite 101).

    Location: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 300 (reception in Suite 101) Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Time: 5pm to 6:pm Max: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Driving: Directions Parking: Free parking in the parking garage next door to our building Cost: $15

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 9 2010
    Managing to a Business Result

    The Program At this program, you'll learn how to structure your start-up or small business processes to meet business goals.

    The Presenter Larry Wasserman, President of Wasserman and Associates, is an experienced start-up executive. Past roles include CFO at Qsent, Executive Consultant at FMA, and CFO at Gentle Dental.

    After the program in Suite 300, we'll meet for networking, beverages and munchies in the OTBC space (suite 101).

    Location: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 300 (reception in Suite 101) Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Time: 4pm to 5:pm Max: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Driving: Directions Parking: Free parking in the parking garage next door to our building Cost: $15

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  • Thursday
    Feb 4 2010
    Bad Patent!

    Slashdotters' outrage meters were pegged again recently when somebody noticed that HP had gotten patent #7,523,150 last April. But what is the patent really about? And how did HP get it?

    IP attorney Dave Madden of Mersenne Law LLC will present a quick overview of the patent process and then discuss the HP patent itself. It's very short (only 5 pages) and it's about an area of technology that's familiar to many engineers (binary representation of numbers in a computer), so it's a good vehicle to get into a discussion about the patent system, rather than the intricate details of a complicated invention.

    Join us at the OTBC offices at noon on Thursday, February 4, 2010, for a brown-bag lunch, discussion and Q&A.

    Location: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 300 (reception in Suite 101) Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010 Time: noon to 1pm Max: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Driving: Directions Parking: Free parking in the parking garage next door to our building Cost: Free (bring your lunch!)

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 18 2009
    OTBC: How to Value Price your Product or Service

    You've defined, sized and segmented your market. You've validated the market to verify that your product or service does serve an unfilled need in the market, and customers are willing to buy it.

    But how much will they pay? Many companies, large and small, set prices by making an "educated guess" based on gut feel and experience. But there's a better way to price: price your product according to the value your customers perceive.

    How do you value price? At this seminar, OTBC executive director Steve Morris will explain how you can use analytical techniques to gain a much better understanding of how customers value your product or service, and how much they are willing to pay.

    Who should attend: any entrepreneur or small business owner who needs to develop a strategy and a plan for launching or growing their business.

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 11 2009
    OTBC: How to Validate your Market

    Your product or service makes sense to you - but will it be compelling to your target customers? Entrepreneurs and small business owners often go with their gut feel - but that can be misleading. Not all of your target customers think the way you do!

    How do you make sure that the demand is there, before you spend a lot of time and money developing and deploying a product or service? Validating the market first decreases your risk, and gives you a much better understanding of how to approach your market with the most effective messaging and marketing.

    OTBC executive director Steve Morris will take you step by step through the process of validating your market, so you can be more confident that you are addressing an unmet need, and that customers will actually be willing to pay.

    Who should attend: any entrepreneur or small business owner who needs to develop a strategy and a plan for launching or growing their business.

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  • Thursday
    Oct 29 2009
    Westside Proggers

    UPDATE: We'll meet in the Training Room on the third floor, room 390. There should be signs to guide you.

    This month Markus will be presenting his response to Matt's programming language presentation from last month. If previous presentations by Markus are any indication, a good time will be had by all.

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    We're out on the west side but all are welcome.

    Sometimes there's beer. Feel free to bring some to share!

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Oct 21 2009
    OTBC: How to Write a Business Plan

    Yes, you've seen outlines for a business plan. But how do you actually sit down and write one? The answer is: you don't. Not as the first step, at least. First, you have a fair amount of homework to do.

    Homework such as defining your target market; sizing and segmenting that market; developing a competitive strategy; validating that your service or product fills an unmet need; value pricing your product. And the list goes on.

    In this seminar, OTBC Executive Director Steve Morris will review the different objectives you might have for writing a business plan, and the homework you need to do before you write the plan - and then will review what goes into the plan. You'll leave with a detailed action plan for preparing to write a business plan -- and with an outline of what should be in the plan. The good news: once you've done your homework, writing a business plan isn't that difficult!

    Who should attend: any entrepreneur or small business owner who needs to develop a strategy and a plan for launching or growing their business.

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  • Monday
    Oct 19 2009
    SAOpdx: The Oregon Smart Grid Startup Project: A 3 Part Meeting Series to Start a Smart Grid Company

    The Software Association of Oregon and Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC), with assistance from TiE Oregon and other supporters are organizing a project to stimulate the creation of a high growth startup company in the Smart Grid domain.

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      Event Details
    
      We are inviting experienced entrepreneurs, professionals and business leaders who have a passion for getting involved in a startup with a focus on smart grid. The goal is to create influential high-growth companies in the Smart Grid domain. This is NOT a project to create a life style company for the founders or to help those seeking a job, consulting assignment or basic education on the Smart Grid.
    
      The project will comprise a series of 3 evening sessions from 6pm to 9pm at OTBC on:
    
      Monday October 19th, Tuesday October 27th, and Tuesday November 10th
    
      Price of admission is $100, a serious interest in starting a growth company, ability to commit time between sessions to research and at least one real business idea in the Smart Grid domain.
    
      Experienced professionals in the technology, energy or related fields are encouraged to participate. Applicants who are chosen to participate will be expected to come prepared to work on smart grid business ideas and attend all three sessions.
    
      Please follow these steps to register:
    
      1. Download Applicant Prospectus
      2. Download Application
      3. Register
    
      Regards,
    
      The Oregon Start Up Smart Grid Steering Committee
      James Mater
      Preston Michie
      Steve Morris
      Roger Hicks
      Sydney Joyner
      Paul Gifford
      Bryce Yonker
      Ted Bernhard
      Wayne Embree
      Mike Hoffman
      Phil Welker
      Steve Jennings
    
    
    
      Sponsors: OTBC, SAO, QualityLogic, TIE Oregon, The Joyner Group
    
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  • Monday
    Oct 5 2009
    OTBC FastTrac TechVentures

    Get your start-up off to a strong start in this 10-week, award winning Kauffman Foundation entrepreneurship program, presented by OTBC. You'll expand you network while working with OTBC coaches, guest speakers, and other participating entrepreneurs to:

    * Explore entrepreneurship (Oct. 5)
    * Define, size, and segment the market (Oct. 5)
    * Validate the market and value price the product or service (Oct. 12)
    * Assess the feasibility of the business (Oct. 19)
    * Develop a marketing and sales plan (Oct. 26)
    * Develop financial projections (Nov. 9)
    * Protect intellectual property (Nov. 16)
    * Build a start-up team (Nov. 23)
    * Understand how to get investor ready (Nov. 30)
    * Set up basic startup operating procedures (Dec. 7)
    * Develop an elevator pitch, investor pitch, and executive summary
    
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  • Saturday
    Sep 26 2009
    OTBC: Startup SpeedDating

    Do you have an idea for a tech startup and you're looking for founders who can get as excited about your idea as you are?

    Or -- are you looking for an early stage tech startup to join - even if the compensation up front is sweat equity instead of salary?

    Then SpeedDating for Startups is for you.

    Website
  • Friday
    Sep 25 2009
    OTBC: An HR Checklist for Startups

    If you're thinking about attending OTBC Startup SpeedDating to build a founding team, start a company, then if all goes well eventually you'll be hiring employees and contractors. There are things you'll want to do -- and things you'll want to be sure to NOT do. At this brown-bag lunch, we'll discuss both. Bring your questions!

    Discussion Leader This brown bag discussion will be led by OTBC coach and Human Resources professional Iris Sasaki.

    Location: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 101 Date: Friday, September 25, 2009 Time: Noon to 1pm Max: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Parking: Free parking in the parking garage next door to our building Cost: Free (bring your lunch!)

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 22 2009
    OTBC: Sales for the Non Seller

    OK, you're not a sales person, you're a founder or early employee at a startup. But in the beginning, before you're ready to hire your first sales person, you are the sales force! So at this early stage, and given that you're not a "professional sales person" there are a few things you need to know to improve your effectiveness. At this lunch and learn, you'll learn some effective sales strategies to help you succeed in working with early customers and potential investors.

    The Presenter Jeff Schneider is President of Schneider Training Solutions, an authorized agent for Sandler Sales Institute. Sandler is the leader for innovative training solutions for sellers and managers nationwide. Jeff has trained groups of people up and down the West Coast, on topics relating to sales, sales management and personal development.

    Prior to starting this company, Jeff spent 18 years in sales and sales management, with most of his experience in media and advertising. Specifically, Jeff managed sales operations for television and radio stations in Spokane, Sacramento, Bend and Portland. He trained and mentored dozens of successful advertising sellers, and earned a reputation as a manager that knew how to take a seller to the next level of their selling career.

    Location: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 101 Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Time: Networking starts 11:30am; program from noon to 1:15pm Max: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Driving directions: http://www.otbc.org/map_and_directions.html Parking: Free parking in the parking garage next door to our building Cost: $15 if paid 24 hours in advance; $20 after that

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  • Thursday
    Jul 30 2009
    Westside Proggers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    We're out on the west side but all are welcome.

    Sometimes there's beer. Feel free to bring some to share!

    Website
  • Saturday
    Jun 27 2009
    OTBC: Startup Cofounder SpeedDating

    Back by popular demand! Do you have an idea for a startup and you're looking for founders who can get as excited about your idea as you are?

    Or -- are you looking for an early stage startup to join - even if the compensation up front is sweat equity instead of salary?

    Then SpeedDating for Startups is for you.

    Post your Idea If you have an idea for a startup and are looking for cofounders post some information about what it is (even if you need to be vague) so people looking for a startup can find you. To post your idea on the OTBC wiki, go to otbc.org/blog. (If you don't want to reveal anything about the idea online, at least consider talking about what skill sets you'd like to add to the team so readers will know whether or not there might be a fit.)

    Post your Skill Set Are you looking for a startup to join? You can post your skill set on the OTBC wiki (so startups can find you) at otbc.org/blog.

    What: Speed dating for startups When: Saturday, June 27, 1pm to 3pm Where: OTBC Cost: Free ($3 suggested donation to help cover costs) We'll provide beverages and munchies

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  • Thursday
    Jun 25 2009
    Westside Proggers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    We're out on the west side but all are welcome.

    Sometimes there's beer. Feel free to bring some to share!

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Jun 9 2009
    OEN - Business Plan Development Seminar

    This seminar reviews all components of an effective, compelling business plan. You'll learn from two seasoned OEN experts why certain information is important and how your audience will evaluate what you present. Besides learning the what is critical to include in an effective business, you'll take away valuable handouts and a listing of key resources.

    Registration is required, and space is limited to 20 entrepreneurs.

    OEN Members: $30 Non-members: $155 (includes a one-year OEN individual membership)

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  • Thursday
    Jun 4 2009
    OEN Workshop - How to cost effectively validate your market

    Founders/CEOs/Business Owners: Save yourself money & time! Whether you're thinking about starting a company, the founder of an existing start-up, or already running a company - something you may want to learn - before you launch the company or a new product is: "Is there a 'there', there"?

    More often than not, entrepreneur's passion and great idea have a lot of momentum - moving companies forward. Unfortunately, these two driving forces conspire to blind entrepreneurs into thinking that their product / company is going to be the best thing since sliced bread.

    If you're wondering how to inexpensively validate your market - in short order - you may want to hear Mark Paul's talk on this valuable topic. He will cover two very important areas [1] understanding true market needs and [2] how they will value your product / service.

    Speaker: Mark Paul, OTBCMark Paul is a Coach at OTBC, an interim executive & consultant for 20 years, with the large-company expertise. He is also author of two business books: The Entrepreneur's Survival Guide and How to Attract Significantly More Customers…in good times and bad, along with numerous other products and services to help business owners grow their companies.

    OEN Member - $30 Non-member - $155 (includes 1 year OEN individual membership)

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 2 2009
    OTBC: How to Get Investor Ready

    If you plan to raise money in the coming year, come to this all-day workshop to learn what it takes to be investor ready. (And yes, it is quite possible for Oregon startups to raise money - but it takes the right preparation!)

    Our presenters will include Steve Morris, Executive Director of OTBC, and Dennis Powers, Chair of OEN's Portland Angel Network. Dennis and Steve have helped a number of Portland-area startups close investment funding. And to give you an extra advantage, you'll meet a number of local investors.

    We'll review the preparation required to get serious attention from investors, and significantly increase your odds of obtaining investor funding. At the end of the day, you will understand how to:

    Verify that your business concept can provide a sufficient return for angel or venture capital investors

    Validate your market - be sure you're building something people want

    Validate your pricing - if you build it, will they pay for it?

    Develop financial projections

    Protect your intellectual property

    Reduce the market, technology, finance and team risk to present a strong investment opportunity

    Develop a concise, compelling elevator pitch

    Late in the afternoon, we'll be joined by several angel and venture capital investors. We'll break up into small groups so everyone has a chance to get feedback from investors on their business concept, ask questions -- and hear the feedback other entrepreneurs receive too.

    And thanks to sponsor Credit Suisse, we'll wrap up with a reception where you'll have more chances to mingle with Portland area investors.

    Increase your odds of getting funded. Join us on June 2 to learn how to get investor ready.

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  • Thursday
    May 7 2009
    Energy Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Join us at OTBC for the live webcast of this MIT Enterprise Forum program. The Energy Industry. An area for growth, a target for stimulus, and innovations that can potentially save money and the environment. Join the MIT Enterprise Forum for a fast-paced and "energetic" discussion of energy that will cover: - which sectors are the current hot trends - what areas are the funders most interested in - what hype to believe and what to ignore - what the government's role is in stimulating growth - what will transpire over the next 2, 5, 10+ years

    You can read more details at this link .

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  • Thursday
    Apr 23 2009
    Westside Proggers

    A polyglot programming group meeting in the heart of The Beave. We seem to talk a lot about oddball programming languages and their features. And the usual geekery you'd expect from a programmer's group.

    We're out on the west side but all are welcome.

    Website
  • OTBC: Merger and Acquisition Myths

    Companies with strategic ("intangible") value—as opposed to financial value—exist in a variety of industries, but they’re predominantly found in today’s ever-growing technology, software, and service industries. Almost every one of these businesses will transfer ownership at some point in time, the vast majority through an outright sale of the company. But those responsible for handling transactions involving companies with intangible value are often faced with a number of hard questions: How will the buyer perceive value? In which sectors can the best buyers be found? Can the right investment banker add value to the transaction?

    Myths regarding the sale of an intangible company are subtle. What we mean by myths in this context are the so-called truths that most people believe about the sale process. We'll examine why these myths are not true and illustrate how they can have a negative effect on the sale process.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 7 2009
    OTBC: Startup CEO Monica Enand of Zapproved

    This lunch program features another Oregon startup that is being successful in spite of the tough economy.

    Monica Enand and her team at Zapproved developed and deployed a product, started generating revenue, and brought Pixelworks founder Allen Alley onto their Board of Directors -- all with very little funding. Come hear Monica talk about Zapproved's product, and about the bootstrapping tactics the team used to make so much headway while keeping expenses very low.

    And - with this event, real time streaming of OTBC lunches returns. If you can't attend in person, tune into the program at http://www.ustream.tv...

    What: Startup CEO Monica Enand of Zapproved When: Tuesday, April 7, 11:30am (program starts at noon) Where: OTBC (directions) Parking: Free, in the parking garage next door MAX: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Cost: $10 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; $15 for late registrations (lunch included)

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  • Monday
    Mar 30 2009
    Startup CEO Sebastian Rapport of Ontier

    Entrepreneur Meetups > OTBC

    In spite of the difficult economy, Ontier CEO Sebastian Rapport recently closed an investment round, launched a product, and added tech heavy-weights Paul Gulick and Les Fahey to the Ontier Board. At this lunch program, Sebastian will talk about Ontier, share some lessons learned, and give attendees a peek at Ontier's Pixetell� product, which provides "The Power of In-Person Interaction and the Convenience of Email". Join us to hear about this local success story in the making!

    Schedule: 11:30am Networking time noon Program begins 1:00 pm Wrap up

    Cost: $10 if pre-paid; $15 at the door (includes lunch)

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    We appreciate the support of our Sponsors and Partners!

    Founding Sponsors The City of Beaverton State of Oregon

    Silver Sponsors: Ater Wynne Perkins Coie Davis Wright Tremaine Coldwell Banker Sonitrol Pacific

    Supporting Sponsors: Alto Law Group PDC Miller Nash

    Event Sponsors: Stoel Rives

    Partners AeA Acumen Financial Group Armstrong Kendall DHX Advertising eROI OBA OEN SAO Techspi White & Lee

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Monday, March 30 at 12:00 PM

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    Attending: 0

    Fee: Price: USD 10.00 per person

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/otbc-events/calendar/9763104/

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  • Thursday
    Mar 19 2009
    OTBC: 7 Issues to Consider for Sustaining and Growing a Business in a Tough Economy

    The economy. The credit crunch. What do you do to protect and grow your business in these economic times? This lunch program will explore seven steps to sustaining and growing your business in a down economy.

    When: Thursday, March 19 11:30am to 1:15pm (program starts at noon) Where: OTBC MAX: Blue line, Beaverton Central stop (one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) Driving: Directions at http://www.otbc.org/map_and_directions.html Parking: Free parking in the parking garage next door to our building

    Cost: $10 if pre-paid; $15 at the door (includes lunch)

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 10 2009
    OTBC Legal Series: Employment Law

    You don't need to be an employment law expert to start a company, but there are important things to know to stay out of trouble. With a startup, you generally don't have an HR department to watch your process, so as an entrepreneur, HR is your job!

    Jenny Mooney with Davis Wright Tremaine will provide an overview of the key issues, and provide some guidelines as to how you can keep out of trouble while you engage with contractors, consultants, and employees.

    Schedule: 11:30am Networking time noon Program begins 1:15pm Wrap up

    Cost: $10 if paid 24 hours in advance; walk-ins welcome for $15 at the door

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  • Monday
    Mar 9 2009
    OTBC: FastTrac® TechVenture® Session 1

    Validate your market and business model. Develop a solid business plan and funding plan. Expand your network.

    You'll do that all and a lot more in the 10-session entrepreneurship program developed by the Kauffman Foundation.

    Get more information on FastTrac® here.

    To join us for the FastTrac® TechVenture® series that starts March 9 apply here.

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  • Thursday
    Mar 5 2009
    OEN and OTBC: FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ info session

    Are you beyond the startup stage - (i.e., you have revenue!) Is it time to revisit your strategy and business plan? Especially given the challenges of the current economy? And are you either a tech company, or NOT a tech company? (OK - yes, everyone qualifies for that last one.)

    If the answers to the above questions is "yes", come learn about FastTrac® GrowthVenture™, a Kauffman Foundation entrepreneurship program that will be offered jointly by OTBC and the OEN to help growth companies.

    Not to be confused with FastTrac® TechVenture®, GrowthVenture™ targets companies that are a bit beyond the startup stage, and into some revenue (a few hundred thousand to a few million). GrowthVenture™ takes you through a process of reassessing and building your strategy.

    And GrowthVenture™ is NOT limited to tech startups.

    In these challenging economic times, it's critical to be sure your strategy fits the new challenges. GrowthVenture™ will help you get there.

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  • Wednesday
    Mar 4 2009
    How to Cost Effectively Validate Your Market

    For Founders / CEOs / Business Owners

    Whether you’re thinking about starting a company, the founder of an existing start-up, or already running a company – something you may want to learn – before you launch the company or a new product is: “Is there a ‘there’, there?”

    More often than not, entrepreneur’s passion and great idea have a lot of momentum – moving companies forward. Unfortunately, these two driving forces conspire to blind entrepreneurs into thinking that their product / company is going to be the best thing since sliced bread.

    If you’re wondering how to inexpensively validate your market – in short order – you may want to hear Mark Paul’s talk on this valuable topic. He will cover two very important areas of [1] understanding true market needs and [2] how they will value your product / service.

    About the speaker: Mark Paul is a Coach at OTBC, an interim executive & consultant for 20 years, with large-company expertise. He is also author of two business books: The Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide and How to Attract Significantly More Customers… in good times and bad, along with numerous other products and services to help business owners grow their companies.

    Price: Free (bring your lunch!)

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 3 2009
    OTBC Legal Series: Closing an Investment

    How does the actual process of closing an investment work? What are the key documents that are involved? What can happen to trip-up the process? Neil Nathanson of Perkins Coie will explain how it all works.

    Schedule: 11:30am Networking time noon Program begins 1:15pm Wrap up

    Cost: $10 if paid 24 hours in advance; walk-ins welcome for $15 at the door

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  • Saturday
    Feb 28 2009
    OTBC: Speed Dating for Startups

    What: Speed dating for startups When: Saturday, Feb. 28, 1pm to 3pm Where: OTBC Cost: Free

    At our "Finding Founders" brown bag lunch, there was a lot of interest in a Startup Speed Dating process. So we're doing it! Do you have an idea for a startup and you're looking for founders who can get as excited about your idea as you are? Are you looking for an early stage startup to join - even if the compensation up front is sweat equity instead of salary? Then this event is for you.

    Send us your Idea If you have an idea for a startup, we encourage you to give use some hint of what it is (even if you need to be vague) so we can post the info and help you generate some interest. Please use the form at this link and we'll read it, maybe provide some feedback, and get your idea posted online. (If you don't want to reveal anything about the idea online, at least consider talking about what skill sets you'd like to add to the team so readers will know whether or not there might be a fit.)

    See concepts others have already posted at this link.

    Agenda for Feb. 28 After some networking time, we'll have each idea person looking for a team give 2 or 3 minute elevator pitch, have each of them head to their own corner of the room, and let people circulate around to check out the startups that sound interesting to them.

    If we get a lot of ideas, we might have to split this up over more than one event and feature a specific list of startups at each one - we'll see how it goes.

    So mark your calendar, RSVP, and start honing your idea. We hope to see you on Feb. 28!

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  • Thursday
    Feb 26 2009
    Westside Proggers: Finite automata in non-deterministic systems, with code examples in RPG II

    We're programmers. We're on the west side. We're awesome. Come join us. Maybe a little awesomeness will rub off on you.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 25 2009
    MIT Enterprise Forum: Avoiding the Financial Beast of Burden

    At OTBC, we'll be viewing live video of this MIT Enterprise Forum program.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 24 2009
    OTBC Legal Series: Term Sheets

    Investment term sheets are full of arcane language -- and some of those terms are critical for the entrepreneur to understand. Todd Bauman with Stoel Rives will explain what a term sheet is and what the major terms mean. He will also talk about what terms he is seeing in term sheets today.

    Schedule: 11:30am Networking time noon Program begins 1:15pm Wrap up

    Cost: $10 if paid 24 hours in advance; walk-ins are welcome for $15 at the door

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  • Friday
    Feb 20 2009
    OTBC - HR discussion with Iris Sasaki

    Bring your questions about Human Resources to this brown bag lunch and join the conversation with OTBC coach Iris Sasaki.

    Cost: free (bring lunch!)

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 18 2009
    SAO Health Care Information Session at OTBC

    You are cordially invited to participate in an informative session for the Software Association of Oregon's HealthCare insurance plans that are available for new enrollment effective March 1, 2009

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  • Thursday
    Feb 12 2009
    MIT Enterprise Forum: The Future of Enterprise Software

    At OTBC, we'll be viewing the live video of this Enterprise Forum program.

    Join President of Oracle Corporation, Mr. Charles Phillips as he discusses, “The Future of Enterprise Software”. Will enterprise software go the way of the buggy whip? We’ve entered Web3.0, where everything is user-centric. But enterprise software continues to thrive. Join thought leaders and rabble rousers as we look into the future of enterprise software, exploring topics such as:

    • Where is enterprise software really going?
    • Where are the big opportunities for entrepreneurs?

    Get more information at the MIT Enterprise Forum site.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 10 2009
    OTBC Legal Series: Top 10 Legal Mistakes to Avoid

    Jon Summers with White and Lee has worked with a lot of startups, and seen a lot of mistakes made from a legal perspective. Come learn about those common mistakes so you don't make them!

    Schedule: 11:30am Networking time noon Program begins 1:15pm Wrap up

    Cost: $10 if paid 24 hours in advance; walk-ins welcome for $15 at the door

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  • Thursday
    Feb 5 2009
    Information Session: FastTrac® GrowthVenture™

    Come learn about FastTrac® GrowthVenture™, a Kauffman Foundation entrepreneurship program that will be offered jointly by OTBC and the OEN.

    Not to be confused with FastTrac® TechVenture®, GrowthVenture™ targets companies that are a bit beyond the startup stage, and into some revenue (a few hundred thousand to a few million). GrowthVenture™ takes you through a process of reassessing and building your strategy. And GrowthVenture™ is NOT limited to tech startups.

    In these challenging economic times, it's critical to be sure your strategy fits the new challenges. GrowthVenture™ will help you get there.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 4 2009
    OEN Business Plan Development Seminar

    This seminar reviews all components of an effective, compelling business plan. You'll learn from two seasoned OEN experts why certain information is important and how your audience will evaluate what you present. Besides learning the "whys," "whats," and "hows" of your plan, you'll take away valuable handouts, a bibliography, and a listing of key resources.

    Registration is required, and space is limited to 20 entrepreneurs. $30 for OEN Members, $129 for nonmembers.

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  • Brown Bag: Protecting your IP

    We'll have had two Lunch sessions on Intellectual Property by now, and you probably have more questions. Join attorney Jonathan Kaplan for an informal discussion and Q&A session.

    Mr. Kaplan runs a small IP law firm, specializing in patents, located just north of Portland in Vancouver, WA. He has substantial experience representing VC‑backed start-ups that have bet‑the‑company technology needing IP protection. The technology focus of Mr. Kaplan’s practice is on inventions that use computing technology (software or hardware) and/or electronic devices. Mr. Kaplan has over 16 years of experience and, before starting his own practice in 2003, was an IP partner with a nationally prominent law firm.

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  • Thursday
    Jan 29 2009
    OTBC Information Session

    OTBC helps tech, biotech, cleantech and opentech startups succeed. Come to this brown bag lunch to learn about the benefits of becoming a member of OTBC. We'll talk about all 3 of our membership levels:

    • Associate Membership: access to the OTBC space

    • Venture Membership: access to the space, coaching and advising, and several other benefits

    • And the new one: FastTrac® TechVenture® Membership, featuring the Kaufman entrepreneurship program (which will begin in early March)

    Come join us on Thursday to learn more!

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 27 2009
    OTBC Legal Series: Patents

    Jim Stewart with Ater Wynne will provide on overview of patents - how they work, when they make sense, etc. This is sure to be an interactive session, so bring your questions!

    Schedule: 11:30am Networking time noon Program begins 1:15pm Wrap up

    Cost: $10 if paid 24 hours in advance; walk-ins are welcome for $15 at the door

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  • Saturday
    Jan 24 2009
    End Joblessness - A Beer and Blog job fair

    [Full details at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1508236/ ] Back in December it was suggested that we should do a mini job fair to help out the local scene during this down economy. So, we’re organizing End Joblessness to give potential employers and job seekers a chance to come together (over beers of course). We’ll be meeting at OTBC on Saturday, January 24th from 12:00-3:00pm.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 20 2009
    OTBC Legal Series: Protecting Your Intellectual Property

    For any business, protecting Intellectual Property is critical. At this Lunch program, the first in our Legal Series of lunch programs, Joe Cohen of Stoel Rives will provide an overview of the many forms of IP protection, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and more.

    Schedule: 11:30am Networking time noon Program begins 1:15pm Wrap up

    Cost: $10 if paid 24 hours in advance; walk-ins are welcome for $15 at the door

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  • Monday
    Jan 19 2009
    OTBC brown bag: Your 30 Second Pitch

    Being able to explain what your startup does clearly, succinctly, and without jargon or acronyms - and in just 30 seconds - is very important for a startup team member to be able to do. At this brown bag lunch, we'll talk with Flora Novarra (Novarra Communications) about how to communicate what you do in 30 seconds, and why it's important.

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  • Friday
    Jan 16 2009
    OTBC Founders Friday

    For startup team members only!

    It's time for another Founders Friday at OTBC. Please join us to network with other startup team members. We'll provide beverages and snacks.

    And please - this is one event we'd like to to startup team members only!

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 14 2009
    Lunch 2.0 at the New OTBC Office

    For the first time, Portland Lunch 2.0 will happen in the 'burbs, Beaverton to be precise.

    The OTBC is moving into new space and partnering with the Beaverton Round Executive Suites.

    So, to showcase their new digs and introduce Lunch 2.0 to the suburbs, the OTBC will be hosting Lunch 2.0 on January 14, 2009.

    The Beaverton Round is right on the MAX line about 20 minutes from Portland. Just jump off the Blue Line at the Beaverton Central stop, and you're 90 feet from the new OTBC office.

    Lunch 2.0 is a Valley phenomenon that you can read about at lunch20.com, and we're putting a PDX stamp on it.

    You can follow all things Portland Lunch 2.0 an the Silicon Florist.

    Are you vegan or vegetarian? Please leave a comment so we can plan food accordingly. Thanks.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 13 2009
    OTBC/SAO/OEN Lunch:Finding Funds & Resources In Any Economic Situation

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    The Program

    Finding money can be a challenge - even more so in tough economic times. And maybe you don't want to use (or don't have a concept that qualifies for) angel investment or venture capital. So in difficult times, how do you finance your startup?

    Presenter:

    Carolynn Duncan, founder at The Hundred Dollar Business. Current projects include CoffeeWithAnExpert.com, the Seattle Startup Wiki. She also consults with entrepreneurs who are prepping for angel/VC funding, streamlining operations, or need to begin generating revenue. Read more about Carolynn at her LinkedIn profile

    Where: OTBC (directions) Parking: free, next door in the parking garage MAX: Beaverton Central stop (Blue line, one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) When: noon to 1pm Price: $10 (includes lunch) if paid by the day before; $15 at the door

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Tuesday, January 13 at 12:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Fee: Price: USD 10.00 per person

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9365382/

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  • Friday
    Jan 9 2009
    OTBC Brown Bag with Iris Sasaki

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    On days when we don't have a Lunch and Learn, we'll be having an informal brown bag lunch at OTBC. Today is an open topic session. Come and chat about whatever startup topic is on your mind! If you're open for lunch, grab lunch and join us at OTBC.

    OTBC coach Iris Sasaki will join us for this brown bag. Iris is an expert on human resources issues.

    Where: OTBC (directions) Parking: free, next door in the parking garage MAX: Beaverton Central stop (Blue line, one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) When: noon to 1pm

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Friday, January 9 at 12:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 29

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9365351/

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  • Thursday
    Jan 8 2009
    OTBC Brown Bag: Finding Founders

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    Do you have an idea for a startup, and you're looking for a team of founders to help you get your idea off the ground? Or do you not have a burning idea, but you'd be interested finding someone with a compelling idea, so you can get in on the ground floor?

    At OTBC, we'd like to find a way for entrepreneurs and prospective founders to find each other. Come join us for a chat about ideas for helping entrepreneurs get exposure for their ideas. How can we help idea people and prospective founders find each other? We'd like to hear your ideas.

    Where: OTBC (directions) Parking: free, next door in the parking garage MAX: Beaverton Central stop (Blue line, one stop west of the Beaverton Transit Center) When: noon to 1pm

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Thursday, January 8 at 12:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9365323/

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 7 2009
    OTBC Brown Bag Lunch - Open Discussion

    On days when we don't have a Lunch and Learn, we'll be having an informal brown bag lunch at OTBC. Today is an open topic session. Come and chat about whatever startup topic is on your mind! If you're open for lunch, grab lunch and join us at OTBC.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 6 2009
    OTBC Brown Bag Lunch - Open Discussion

    On days when we don't have a Lunch and Learn, we'll be having an informal brown bag lunch at OTBC. Today is an open topic session. Come and chat about whatever startup topic is on your mind! If you're open for lunch, grab lunch and join us at OTBC.

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  • Monday
    Dec 15 2008
    (CANCELLED) Westside Programmer's Meeting

    "A polyglot programming group meeting in Central Beaverton."

    Are you a programmer? Are you on the Westside? You qualify! Come on down to OTBC at the Beaverton Round. It's got its own MAX stop. Easy!

    Even if you're not on the Westside you can probably come. :)

    After we're done talking code we may move along to a nearby pub for food and drink.

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  • Presentation Zen webinar viewing

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    If you prepare and give presentations, here's a great free opportunity to learn how to ratchet up your presentation effectiveness. Garr Reynolds, author of the book "Presentation Zen" will discuss some of the topics in his book in a free webcast at 2pm on Monday, December 15. The book is very good. I suspect the webcast will be well worth one hour of your time.

    If you'd like to listen to the webcast in with a group of others, and perhaps discuss and compare notes after the program, feel free to join us for the webcast at OTBC.

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Monday, December 15 at 2:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9298966/

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 9 2008
    OTBC Information Session

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    OTBC Information Session

    About the Program

    This brown-bag lunch program will provide an overview of OTBC and the services OTBC provides to help tech, biotech, cleantech and opentech companies succeed.

    About the Presenter

    The presenter for this program is Steve Morris, the Executive Director of OTBC.

    Tuesday, December 9, 2008 Agenda: 11:30am - Noon: Networking Noon - 1:15pm: Program

    Event Location: OTBC (Directions)

    For more information: 971-223-4660

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Tuesday, December 9 at 12:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9207439/

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 2 2008
    Introduction to Venture Capital

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    OTBC/SAO/OEN Lunch and Learn: Introduction to Venture Capital

    About the Program

    This program will provide an overview of the process of raising venture capital, from preparation through term sheet, due diligence, and the legal documents. If you haven't raised venture capital before, and would like an overview of how it works, this program is for you!

    About the Presenter

    The presenter for this program is Steve Morris, the Executive Director of OTBC. Mr. Morris has helped several companies close investments and has himself closed multiple rounds of venture capital funding.

    Brought to you By: This Lunch and Learn event is being presented jointly by OTBC, the OEN and the SAO .

    Recommended Homework This is strictly optional, but if you'd like to get a head start before the program, here are some suggested sources: How to Fund a Startup (Paul Graham) The Hacker's Guide to Investors (Paul Graham) David S. Rose: 10 things to know before you pitch a VC for money (15 minute video)

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Agenda: 11:30am - Noon: Networking Noon - 1:15pm: Program

    Event Location: OTBC (Directions)

    Lunch provided Registration $10.00 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; otherwise $15 at the door For more information: 971-223-4660

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Fee: Price: USD 10.00 per person

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9207407/

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 25 2008
    OTBC Open House

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    Now that our move is complete, it's time for an open house to invite everyone in to check out the new office. Please join us for some refreshments and snacks, and a tour of the new place.

    Where: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 101 (Directions) When: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 3pm to 6pm

    I hope to see you here!

    Steve

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Tuesday, November 25 at 3:00 PM

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    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9134286/

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  • Monday
    Nov 24 2008
    WestSide Polyglot Programmers

    A programming group that espouses no specific language or methodology. We're hoping for the group to cover a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) software development (desktop, web, other), AI, microcontrollers, robotics, etc. Come add to the discussion.

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  • MIT Enterprise Forum: The Future of Wireless Communication

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    Moderated by Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal

    Smart phones, but dumb approach? When will users have more control over key elements of buying and using their mobile phone? Join moderator Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal, cellular thought leaders and rabble rousers as we look into the future of mobile telephony, asking questions such as:

    Where is mobility really going? Is it a phone or a TV set? What are the limitations of our mobile devices? When will we have more control over the phone/carrier combination? What opportunities still exist for entrepreneurs?

    Complete details may be found at http://www.mitenterpriseforum.org

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Monday, November 24 at 4:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9107423/

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 11 2008
    Your Blog - you built it, now how do you get those readers to show up?

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    Note - as of Nov. 1, OTBC is at a new location, so be sure to check out our new address!

    The Program

    You're writing a weblog or other social networking website. That's good! But who's reading? How do you know? How did they find you? And how do you encourage more people to read it? At this lunch and learn, two experienced bloggers will discuss tips on driving traffic to your blog, and tips on how to monitor who is reading your blog and how those readers found you. This event was inspired by a well attended, similarly titled session at Side Project to Startup.

    The Panel Rick Turoczy publishes the Silicon Florist, a popular local blog that covers web 2.0 and open source startups in the Portland area. Rick is also a writer for ReadWriteWeb, one of the most popular blogs in the world.

    Wm Leler is the CEO of ZAT, and a coach at OTBC. A few months ago, Wm started the political humor blog Political Irony.com.

    Location OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 101 Beaverton, OR 97005

    Time 11:45am Networking noon -1pm Program

    Beaverton, OR 97005 - USA

    Tuesday, November 11 at 12:00 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Fee: Price: USD 10.00 per person

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/9012481/

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  • Thursday
    Nov 6 2008
    Open Source Bridge Town Hall - Westside

    Open Source Bridge will be a completely volunteer-run, community effort to connect developers working with open source. We're having a second town hall discussion and planning meeting on November 6th at OTBC's new location in The Round (next to the Beaverton Transit Center). We'll talk about overall goals for the conference, then break into small working groups to start tackling the event planning needs. If you can, bring an audio or video recorder to help document the discussion.

    Whether or not you'll be attending, you can join our mailing lists to receive announcements and join in the planning discussion:

    osbridge-announce, low traffic announcement list for events like this one!

    osbridge-discuss, possibly high traffic list for discussing anything related to the conference!

    You can RSVP by filling in the form at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=p1ZDddPXGskYFX5NnM9FaXA&hl=en Tags

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 5 2008
    Business Plan Development Seminar

    This seminar reviews all components of an effective, compelling business plan. You'll learn from two seasoned OEN experts why certain information is important and how your audience will evaluate what you present. Besides learning the "whys," "whats," and "hows" of your plan, you'll take away valuable handouts, a bibliography, and a listing of key resources.

    Registration is required, and space is limited to 20 entrepreneurs. $30 for OEN Members, $129 for nonmembers.

    When: September 9th, 2008 4:00 pm Where: OTBC, Beaverton, in "The Round" Details: Date and Time: Nov 5, 2008 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm Location: OTBC Beaverton, Oregon For Purchase:
    Member Price: $30.00 Purchase Non-member Price (includes a one-year Individual OEN membership): $129.00 Purchase

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  • Monday
    Sep 22 2008
    SCORE Business Plan Workshop

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    This full-day business plan development workshop is presented by SCORE.

    To RSVP and Register, click here to go to the SCORE website.

    Beaverton, OR 97006 - USA

    Monday, September 22 at 8:00 AM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/8611730/

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  • Business Plan - Your Roadmap to Success - G 103

    This workshop is designed for those who are ready to start their business plan or who are in business but need to build a business plan. It covers all aspects of building a business plan including: how to get yourself organized, avoiding writers block, required content, focusing on what is important and tips on how to make your plan represent you in the best light.

    Although there is no one way to write a business plan, attendees will be taken through a simple structure for building their plan. In addition, participants will be exposed to business planning software that will assist them in completing the financial portions of the plan.

    Sample Content: * The need for a business plan * The elements of a business plan * Steps in financial planning * Organization and management strategies * Using your plan to measure progress and obtain financing * How your marketing plan fits into your business plan

    This workshop also features break-out sessions for exploring specific topics in more detail.

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 16 2008
    Classic Web Business Blunders

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    Please RSVP and pre-pay here on the Meetup.com site.

    OTBC/SAO/OEN Lunch and Learn: Classic Web Business Blunders

    About the Program

    If you want to succeed using the web, you need to come to this candid, sometimes humorous review of the bad ideas, vague notions, and flat out misunderstandings of what makes a website succeed. Looking at everything from graphic design to programming to Search Engine Optimization, the presentation will shake some of your basic beliefs about what you should be doing with your website.

    About the Presenter

    Michael Bissell, President of Conquent. With a career that has spanned advertising, production, technical services, and project management, Michael is able to articulate the wide range skills and professions that make the Internet work. This eclectic understanding and his desire to shine the light on those hiding behind techno babble has frequently brought success to projects with limited resources.

    This Lunch and Learn event is being presented jointly by OTBC, the OEN and the SAO .

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Agenda: 11:30am - Noon: Networking Noon - 1:15pm: Program 1:15pm - 1:45pm Networking

    Event Location: OTBC (Directions)

    Lunch provided Registration $10.00 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; otherwise $15 at the door For more information: 971-223-4660

    Please RSVP and pre-pay here on the Meetup.com site.

    Beaverton, OR 97006 - USA

    Tuesday, September 16 at 11:30 AM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Fee: Price: USD 10.00 per person

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/8518331/

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 9 2008
    3 Powerful Ways to Differentiate Your Technology Company

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    Please RSVP and pre-pay here on the Meetup.com site.

    This Lunch and Learn event is being presented jointly by OTBC, the OEN, the SAO and SCORE .

    About the Program

    In today's crowded technology marketplace, differentiating your product or service from the competition and establishing a competitive advantage is critical. But many technology products and services (especially web-based solutions) can be quickly copied or reverse engineered. So how do you create a sustainable differential advantage? At this Lunch and Learn, you'll learn about 3 tactics for doing just that.

    About the Presenter

    P. Griffith Lindell, C.B.C. (Certified Business Communictor) is a retired founder, president and Co-CEO of a software startup built around methodologies and processes that were used in his management and marketing consulting practice, Griff is now a SCORE counselor, motivational speaker, management consultant and trainer. He has developed a methodologies to help: a) technology companies successfully launch new products; b) build dynamic customer-centered organizations and, 3) provide recognition of individual contribution, communicating fully (shared vision and values) and promoting teamwork. His senior-level management experiences has lead to insights he developed for his published materials: Pocket Guide to Customer-centric Thinking, Pocket Guide to Overcoming Your Impediments to Success; Pocket Guide to Behavioral Diversity in the Workplace: A New Perspective; Understanding Technology Product Launch Dynamics and a blog - Thoughts on Leadership.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Agenda: 11:30am - Noon: Networking Noon - 1:15pm: Program 1:15pm - 1:45pm Networking

    Event Location: OTBC (Directions)

    Lunch provided Registration $10.00 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; otherwise $15 at the door For more information: 971-223-4660

    Please RSVP and pre-pay here on the Meetup.com site.

    Beaverton, OR 97006 - USA

    Tuesday, September 9 at 11:30 AM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Fee: Price: USD 10.00 per person

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/8553544/

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 30 2008
    Oregon Innovators Forum - July 30, 2008

    Oregon Innovators Forum - July 30, 2008

    Click the following link to register this event : http://www.regonline.com/?641065

    powered by RegOnline http://www.regonline.com/


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  • Friday
    Jul 18 2008
    Founders Friday

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    By popular demand, we're restarting an OTBC tradition: Founders Friday.

    Who should attend: Founders of Startups

    What is it: Food, Beverage, networking time -- and a chance for each attendee to briefly describe their company (and optionally say what kind of help they could use right now)

    This is a great opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs. Please pass the word to other founders you know! And please RSVP here on this Meetup.com page so we have an idea of how many people to expect!

    Suggested donation: $3 to cover part of the food and beverage expense

    We hope to see you on July 18!

    Beaverton, OR 97006 - USA

    Friday, July 18 at 4:30 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/8295240/

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 24 2008
    Lessons from the Wizard of Oz for Startups and Small Businesses: Looking Bigger

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    We invite you to RSVP here (so everyone can see who is coming) but please Register and pre-pay on the OTBC website

    OTBC/SAO/OEN Lunch and Learn: Lessons from the Wizard of Oz for Startups and Small Businesses - Looking Bigger Than You Are

    About the Program

    Larger companies are more comfortable doing business with larger, established companies. So part of the challenge of being a startup or small business is learning how to look bigger, more credible, and more established than you are. At this Lunch and Learn, you'll get advice

    About the Presenter

    David Kellerman is CEO of Northlake Software, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at OTBC.

    This Lunch and Learn event is being presented jointly by OTBC, the OEN and the SAO .

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008
    Agenda:
    11:30am - Noon: Networking
    Noon - 1:15pm: Program
    1:15pm - 1:45pm Networking

    Event Location: OTBC (Directions)

    Lunch provided
    Registration $10.00 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; otherwise $15 at the door
    For more information: 971-223-4660

    We invite you to RSVP here (so everyone can see who is coming) but please Register and pre-pay on the OTBC website

    Beaverton, OR 97006 - USA

    Tuesday, June 24 at 11:30 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/8044093/

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 17 2008
    What Emerging Growth Companies Should Know about Investment Banking

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    We invite you to RSVP here (so everyone can see who is coming) but please Register and pre-pay on the OTBC website

    OTBC/SAO/OEN Lunch and Learn: What Emerging Growth Companies Should Know about Investment Banking

    About the Program

    At this program, you'll learn the role investment banking can play in working with emerging growth companies -- including fund raising and M&A (mergers and acquisition).

    About the Presenter

    Scrates Jimnez is a Senior Vice President at Cascadia Capital, where he focuses on the software sector's financial needs including M&A, private equity and debt placement. Jimnez has over 10 years of bulge bracket and middle-market investment banking experience and was most recently a Director in the Internet and Digital Media Investment Banking Group at Pacific Crest Securities.

    Ted Bernhard joined Cascadia Capital as a Managing Director in January 2008. He came to Cascadia from Stoel Rives, a Portland-based law firm, where he was the founder and Managing Director of the Energy Ventures Group, a member of the Technology Ventures Group and Chairman of the Solar Group.

    This Lunch and Learn event is being presented jointly by OTBC, the OEN and the SAO .

    Tuesday, June 17, 2008
    Agenda:
    11:30am - Noon: Networking
    Noon - 1:15pm: Program
    1:15pm - 1:45pm Networking

    Event Location: OTBC (Directions)

    Lunch provided
    Registration $10.00 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; otherwise $15 at the door
    For more information: 971-223-4660

    We invite you to RSVP in here (so everyone can see who is coming) but please Register and pre-pay on the OTBC website

    Beaverton, OR 97006 - USA

    Tuesday, June 17 at 11:30 PM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/8043799/

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  • Tuesday
    May 20 2008
    Financial Projections from an Investor's Perspective

    OTBC/SAO/OEN Lunch and Learn: Financial Projections from an Investor's Perspective

    About the Program

    Prospective investors will look closely at your financial forecast. What do they look at and why? Come to this Lunch and Learn and find out.

    About the Presenter

    Elia Freedman is CEO of Infinity Softworks and an Entrepreneur in Residence at OTBC. Elia started Infinity Softworks in 1997 as a senior in college, combining his business training and programming ability to build a company that has helped real estate, financial service, math and sales professionals, students and teachers be more successful. Infinity Softworks' powerOne® software has been distributed to over 15 million customers worldwide. He has a technical MBA from OHSU/OGI and a BS in accounting with a minor in computer science from Pacific Uinversity.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Agenda: 11:30am - Noon: Networking Noon - 1:15pm: Program 1:15pm - 1:45pm Networking

    Event Location: OTBC

    Lunch provided Registration $10.00 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; otherwise $15 at the door For more information: 971-223-4660

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  • Tuesday
    May 13 2008
    Making Hiring Decisions: Is there a Secret Formula?

    OTBC/SAO/OEN Lunch and Learn: Making Hiring Decisions - Is there a Secret Formula?

    About the Program: Books abound and the internet overflows with "secrets to successful hiring". Are there secrets? Is there a recipe for a great hire? Are we simply victims of fewer competent candidates? Are search agencies the best way to guarantee you will find the candidate you are looking for? Come spend a lunch hour and explore the questions and answers together.

    About the Speaker: Iris Sasaki brings over twenty years of Human Resources experience in the high tech arena, from hands-on generalist to executive level. Since 2001, Iris has brought her extensive background to her clients as a Human Resources consultant (www.iris-sasakiHR.com), and will provide that same customer-driven response to members of OTBC.

    Agenda: 11:30am - Noon: Networking Noon - 1:15pm: Program 1:15pm - 1:45pm Networking

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 22 2008
    What PR can Do for Your Startup - A Case Study

    Entrepreneur Meetups > The OTBC Meetup Group

    The Presentation

    Title: What PR can Do for Your Startup -- A Case Study

    Public Relations efforts (PR) can be a very affordable method of realizing a number of benefits, including increasing company awareness and brand identity, and can help prospective customers and partners find out about your company. We'll go through a real-life case study of low-cost PR tactics and how those led to new partnering and sales opportunities.

    The Presenters

    David Eastman, OTBC Entreprneur in Residence, and Claudia Jaffe, with OTBC resident venture Lumencor.

    This 90 minute Lunch and Learn event is being presented jointly by OTBC, the OEN and the SAO .

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008
    Agenda:
    11:30am - Noon: Networking
    Noon - 1:30pm: Program
    1:30pm - 2:00pm Networking

    Event Location: OTBC (Directions)

    Lunch provided
    Registration $10.00 if pre-paid 24 hours in advance; otherwise $15 at the door
    For more information: 971-223-4660

    Tuesday, April 22 at 11:30 AM

    Photo: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/f/5/event_1344309.jpeg

    Attending: 0

    Fee: Meeting fee: USD 10.00 per person

    Details: http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/1041/calendar/7653078/

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 15 2008
    How to Attract Significantly More Customers

    Come hear how you can quickly implement secrets others have successfully used to attract more customers - worth millions of dollars - and understand what works best for you and your company. This session is for company founders / owners, presidents and CEOs. Why? Because only you can make the you-bet-your-company decisions - that will come from the information in this seminar!

    Attendees will receive a special price on Mark's new book: How to Attract Significantly More Customers; in good times and bad.

    About the Speaker Mark Paul has more than twenty-five years of executive level leadership-from bootstrapping software start-ups as an entrepreneur, to leading a public telecom company, and building a $50 million technology business unit in two years at a Global 500 company as an intrapreneur. He has 17 years of interim executive and business leadership consulting experience as the president at Phoenix Management, Inc., and currently as Managing Partner at Synergy Consulting Group, LLC. Mark has helped over a hundred clients attract more customers: increasing their revenue, profitability and company value. Mark has built and served on boards of directors and advisors for various companies, and has published several editions to The Entrepreneur's Survival Guide. Visit his website at: www.synergy-usa.com.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 8 2008
    West-side Open Technology Center (WOTC) Reception

    WOTC is a facility at the OTBC in Beaverton (http://www.opentechcenter.com/) for open source and open technology developers to use without charge (i.e., not for proprietary development). We can use it as a quiet work environment or as a meeting place. The OTBC presentation room is also available when it's not scheduled for other uses.


    We are having an organizing meeting for WOTC on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at 6:00pm at OTBC. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Please RSVP so that we will have plenty of that available.


    See http://www.opentechcenter.com/drupal/?q=contact for directions to OTBC.


    Topics for discussion include but are not limited to:


    • name

    • attracting interest/users

    • measuring success

    • usage guidelines

    • access/hours/security

    • what do we need in the lab

    • TBD/other

    Mass transit to OTBC/WOTC:


    Trimet bus 67 travels from Merlo MAX Station to PCC-Rock Creek (by Cornell Oaks business park). Walk from the corner of 158th Ave./Greenbrier Parkway to OTBC (0.1 mile).


    We have a very beginning wiki at http://wiki.cs.pdx.edu/ootc/ . The account creation password (just to inhibit spammers) is portlandia. The mailing list is at http://wiki.cs.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/ootc

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  • Monday
    Mar 24 2008
    FastTrac® TechVenture Information Session

    "If you are thinking about starting a high-tech or biotech company (or you already are in an early-stage startup), come to this brown-bag lunch event to learn about how the FastTrac� TechVenture program..."

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  • Thursday
    Mar 20 2008
    FastTrac� TechVenture Information Session

    "If you are thinking about starting a high-tech or biotech company (or you already are in an early-stage startup), come to this brown-bag lunch event to learn about how the FastTrac� TechVenture program..."

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