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Nov 10, 2009
Venture Capital Update
Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room

A panel of two venture capitalists and two executives from recently funded technology companies will provide an update on the state of venture capital financing and share their experiences relating to Oregon venture capital transactions.

Attendees will gain insight with respect to topics such as:

  • What industries are and are not attracting venture investments?
  • What are the attributes and characteristics of a venture ready business?
  • How has the market changed with respect to valuation, liquidation preferences and other critical terms?
  • How much capital should an emerging company raise?

VC Panelists – Active investors in Oregon: - Gerry Langeler, Managing Director, OVP Venture Partners - Mike Buckley, Managing Director, Intel Capital

Portfolio Company Panelists – Recently funded Oregon technology companies: - Peggy Miller, Chief Operating Officer, PacStar Communications, Inc. - Jim Plymale, Chief Executive Officer, Clinicient, Inc.

Moderator: Eric Rosenfeld, Managing Director, Capybara Ventures

Who Should Attend: Attendees include all individuals who wants to raise capital for an emerging technology company or learn about the state of the venture capital industry.

Apr 22, 2010
True Open Mic Portland

Please join us for True Open Mic Portland!

True Ventures will host open office hours for entrepreneurs on Thursday, April 22nd from 3:00pm to 5:00pm PDT at Urban Airship in PIE at the W+K building. Come pitch us your ideas, tell us your stories, ask us for advice, discuss the state of the economy, or just come for a chat. There will be no projectors or executive summaries. Just 7 minutes of you, your idea, and your story.

The address is 1227 NW Davis Street, Portland, Oregon. Look for the big Urban Airship banner in the window, and you will know that you are in the right place.

Dec 2, 2010
Finance Networking Event: Financing Your Company in the Post Melt Down Era
Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room

We are slowly emerging from the worst financial crisis since the great depression. Providers of business capital, from Wall Street and commercial banks, to venture capital firms and strategic acquirers, are beginning to re-deploy funds that have remained relatively idle for the last 18 months. Are investors looking at their opportunities differently, or is it back to business as usual?

What will you learn? - Are investors investing? - Are lenders lending? - What has changed? - How do I approach a banker, a venture capitalist, a strategic partner? - What should I expect to find? - Who can help me?

Panelists: - Clive Cook, Principal, CCSA, Inc. - As CXO, Clive has raised over $100 million in capital over the past 10 years. Clive has raised funds for early stage ventures as well as growth capital from private equity sources.

  • Mike McConnell, Chief Financial Officer, Digimarc Corporation - Since 1979, Michael has served as a Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and/or treasurer at several private and public companies.

  • Steve Buhaly, Chief Financial Officer, TriQuint Semiconductor - Mr. Buhaly has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations. In 2007 Steve joined TriQuint Semiconductor as Chief Financial Officer.

Moderator: - Norm Duffett, President, Orca Capital Corporation

Event Details: When: Thursday, December 2, 2010 Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and networking, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Program and Q&A) Place: Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room, Portland, Oregon Cost: $35 TechAmerica member, $55 nonmember technology company, $95 other nonmember To Register: TechAmerica Oregon(503) 624-5715

Thank you Perkins Coie LLP and Moss Adams LLP for sponsoring this event!

Feb 9, 2011
OEN PubTalk™ - Seed Oregon Championship Round

Want to learn what it takes to raise capital? OEN’s Seed Oregon PubTalks are for you. This event is for entrepreneurs with companies on the fundraising path. This entertaining and educational competition is the program for OEN PubTalks during October and November of 2010 and then again January and February of 2011. In addition to networking with members of the entrepreneurial community, this event is a unique opportunity to compete for funding opportunities, and learn the rules of the road of effective fundraising.

Companies Competing in the OEN Seed Oregon final: 4-Tell GlobeSherpa Indow Windows

OEN’s Seed Oregon is a competition held during four sessions of OEN’s PubTalk Networking events. It is for Oregon and Southwest Washington companies who are seeking capital within the range of $100,000 to $2,000,000. One winner from each preliminary round will move on to a championship round, where a finalist will earn a coveted presenting opportunity at OEN’s Angel Oregon, the premier angel investing event, held at the Governor Hotel on Wednesday, March 16.

OEN members can register for this event online for $15 or $20 at the door of the event. Pre-register for a savings of $5.

Please note online registration for this event closes Wednesday, February 9th at noon. After that, please register at the door. No discounts will be applied if you miss the noon cut off.

PubTalk is sponsored by Ater Wynne and Comcast Business Services.

Date: Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Location: Backspace 115 NW 5th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 Time: 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
OEN Member registration: $15.00
Non-member Registration: $30.00

Feb 21, 2011
OEN Webinar: How to talk to investors, with Dave Yewman

WHAT'S THIS ABOUT? Picture this: standing up on stage: you, next to a projector screen filled with your slides.

Sitting in the audience: a room full potential investors and influencers who can either help you or dismiss you.

It's showtime. What, exactly, do you say? How, precisely, do you talk to an investor? And can you avoid the oh-so-common mistakes made by dozens of entrepreneurs who've pitched and failed?

If you're someone who's ready to ask for money - or even just someone who wants to get better at presenting - you don't even need to leave your desk. Just grab a cup of coffee and click on the URL that will be sent to you via email after you register for OEN's Webinar: How to talk to investors. Think of it as getting some practical presentation tips while wearing your bunny slippers.

You'll be able to watch presentation coach Dave Yewman demonstrate how to effectively communicate your message, how to get right to the point, and how to avoid common mistakes. You'll also be able to submit questions online.

Sponsor: BrandLive

Date: Monday, February 21 Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Location: Online OEN Member Registration: $0.00
Non-member Registration: $32.00

Feb 22, 2011
OEN CEO Roundtable with Frank Helle: Raising Money in a Difficult Economy
IronStone Bank

Frank Helle, CEO of Axian, Inc., will lead an interactive discussion about the art and science of raising capital. Attendees will learn the do-s and don't-s from some real-world hands-on experiences. Share with other CEOs your experiences, insights and frustrations from past efforts and gain insights for more successful future outcomes.

This session will feature expert content provided by "an old-pro" at raising capital, Spencer Brown, Board Chair of Oregon Aesthetics Technologies, Inc., who has raised over $250,000,000 for a variety of start-up and later stage companies, and by a "first-timer" who has recently raised Angel money for his company. Learn from their successes and frustrations to improve your odds!

Our group will discuss how to attract attention, methods and styles of presentations that are most effective, when and how to adjust to the unexpected, strategies to employ, and tactics of persuasion found to be most effective. You also will receive a high-level recap of the discussion.

Open only to CEOs or Presidents of currently operating companies that have employees. Boxed lunch will be served. This program is limited to 12 participants, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Moderator: Frank Helle, CEO of Axian, Inc. - Content Expert: Spencer J. Brown, Board Chair of Oregon Aesthetic Technologies, Inc. -

Speaker: Frank Helle Frank Helle is CEO of Axian, Inc., a privately-held web-services engineering firm building custom software and data solutions. Previously, he was a senior global leader at Monsanto Company. He lived in Brussels Belgium for 5 years managing manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He then lived in Singapore for 5 years as Asia-Pacific Managing Director for 3 Monsanto Divisions.

Frank's leadership helps organizations realize more of their full potential, and often focuses on turnarounds and turbo-charging growth.

Aside from positioning Axian to be "built to last," Frank mentors and coaches local CXOs to help them compete in the global marketplace and create more jobs in Oregon. Frank is an active Board Director of Oregon's Association for Corporate Growth as Past-President, is an active Board Director of Oregon's high tech trade association, Tech America, is on the Software Association of Oregon CEO Roundtable Steering Team, and is an active volunteer with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network - Chairing the CEO Roundtable.

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Location: IronStone Bank, Conference Room 309 SW 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97204 OEN Member Registration: $46.00
Non-member Registration: $80.00

Mar 9, 2011
Southern Oregon Angel Conference 2011
Rogue Valley Country Club

Connecting early stage and seed businesses with angel and venture investors in southern Oregon. Its mission is to encourage, accelerate and showcase start-up companies. Entrepreneurs and start-ups can submit their business plans for review and coaching, ultimately vying for an estimated $125,000 investment prize. The competition is expected to have real economic impact in southern Oregon, generating new business and jobs using local entrepreneurs, talent and intellectual property.

Event Fee: $99 per person up to February 25, 2011; $149 February 26, 2011 to March 9, 2011

Register here:

Call for Applications Southern Oregon angel investors are calling for the best and brightest start ups to compete for an estimated $125,000 seed capital investment. The award will be announced at the March 9, 2011 Southern Oregon Angel Conference.

Where to Apply early bird $99 application fee by Dec 15, $149 thereafter…DEADLINE JANUARY 7 (plans can be amended so apply now)

Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: Rogue Valley Country Club, 2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford, OR 97504 Web:

OEN PubTalk™ - Raising Money: Casting a wider net

Oregon's entrepreneurial community is growing and thriving. In fact, Oregon entrepreneurs raised more than $200 million last year. Many of these companies have raised money in Oregon, but at some point, also made the decision to cast the funding net outside of the state.

Raising money for your company is never easy and looking out of state inevitably creates some new challenges such as; How do you go about getting connected to investors in other states? Do investors follow a different methodology when investing in companies outside of their state? Are most out of state investments done by VC firms or are there also angel investments?

Join us as we have a panel of experts discussing all aspects of out of state funding.

Event Panelists: Chris DeVore, Founders Co-op (Seattle) Chris Ulum, Agilyx Scott Kveton, Urban Airship

Moderator: Steve Morris, OTBC

Pre-register to Save! OEN members can register for this event online and save $5. Please note online registration for this event closes Wednesday, March 9th at noon. After that, please register at the door. No discounts will be applied if you miss the noon cut off.

PubTalk is sponsored by: Ater Wynne and Comcast Business Services.

Date: Wednesday, March 9 Location: Backspace 115 NW 5th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 Time: 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM OEN Member registration: $15 Online, $20 at the Door Non-member Registration: $30

Jun 15, 2011
Business Plan Development Seminar - June
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Need to learn how to develop a solid business plan? This seminar is for you. Join OEN at OTBC to attend the OEN Business Plan Development Seminar. It 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 what is critical to include in an effective business plan, you'll take away valuable handouts and a listing of key resources.

Registration is required, and space is limited to 15 entrepreneurs.

Presenter: Steve Morris Steve Morris is the Executive Director of OTBC and the Managing Director of He is a veteran of three start-ups, and has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and a Masters of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now The Tepper School of Business).

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Remind Me Time: 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM Location: 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, OR 97008 Web: OEN Member Registration: $32.00
Non-member Registration: $70.00

May 25, 2017
Startup PDX - STARTUP PDX - REBOOT PARTY - Kicking off a New Season!
Centrl Office

Join us as we gather to reboot our Startup PDX community!

We're taking this community from a former place of just beerhall becoming a hub for Startup Professionals and Startup Entrepreneurs to level-up...together! 

Our vision is to support the Portland Startup ecosystem, by being a place for Inspiration, Knowledge, and Networking. We're already lining up some amazing talks and meetups for the next few months.

Come to this first casual kickoff event! Learn more about the vision of this community. Get some FREE beer...and network with other Startup Professionals. Much thanks to Centrl Office for being our new community sponsor, providing our venue and beer!! RSVP soon as there's limited space for this event. 

And, in the spirit of Startup Happy Hour, we'll always be continuing the after party for people wanting to connect even deeper at 10 Barrel starting around 7:45pm.

Make sure to find me and say hello. Short blurb about me: I'm currently a co-founder of both a venture backed startup and a bootstrapped startup. I'd love to hear what you're working on! 

Also, find me if you want to get involved in helping with this community!

Pat Cheung

Jun 29, 2017
Startup PDX - Secrets to Revenue Growth Using Outbound Sales

Join us as 2 seasoned sales experts share the latest trends and tips around outbound sales strategies. Attendees will walk away with a simple, practical framework for knowing how to build your first outbound campaign, when and how to scale your team, and to outsource your outbound altogether.

If revenue is important to your'll want to check out these two talks.

As always, come network with fellow startup professionals. Free beer and bevs. Let's level-up together!


6:00pm - Drinks and Networking

7:00pm - Speakers

Alex Boyd - How to start scaling outbound sales, as a founder

Alex was Director of Sales at inDinero, a high-growth accounting SaaS startup based here in Portland. He is now the founder of RevenueZen, a Sales Development consultancy, where he develops and executes outbound sales campaigns alongside leaders at early stage technology companies. His favorite food is coffee.  

Chris Ortolano - How to qualify with confidence: Account Profiles, Buyer Personas, and Customer Outcomes. 

Chris is currently GM of Knowledge Group, a Division of Cience - a managed services company. Chris helps inside sales reps go from ramp to rockstar using knowledge management, continuous training, and execution analysis. Chris has also developed an online inside sales academy for DiscoverOrg, and served as a Conversation Systems Analyst for Chris also contributes to Outbound Engage, events focused on Growth, Sales, and Knowledge here in Portland. His favorite sales cycle is a bicycle.

Jul 27, 2017
Startup PDX - How to Get Startup Funding in Portland

Join us for a panel discussion with two of the prominent seed/angel funds in town: Portland Seed Fund and Oregon Angel Fund

In this discussion, we'll dive into the nuts and bolts of early-stage funding landscape in Portland, what exactly investors are looking for in a startup, and how to navigate through the local funding process. If you're interested in raising money for your startup...come hear this panel discussion to gain a better understanding of getting funded. 


6:30pm - Drinks and Networking

7:00pm - Panel on Early Stage Startup Funding

Jon Maroney - Partner | Oregon Angel Fund

Jim Huston - Co-Managing Director | Portland Seed Fund


Sponsor Thanks!

CENTRL Office - Best Coworking Space in Town