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|Tuesday, May 29, 2012|
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2009, Kevin Stone decided to invest his experience as a former school board member and founder of a call center solutions startup in a new online education company. “I wanted to make a big impact,” says Stone, 41, CEO of EdCaliber, a Portland-based startup that provides software tools to help teachers and administrators manage resources and track student learning. As state academic standards become more rigorous, school districts are turning to online solutions to help differentiate student instruction more effectively, says Stone. EdCaliber’s multifaceted platform allows teachers to track an individual student’s progress against a specific standard, then quickly re-teach students who didn’t meet the benchmark the first time. The software also allows teachers to access and share resources connected to specific education outcomes. “It helps teachers and principals be more efficient; it helps them focus on the important things,” says Stone. It also gets results. Bardin Elementary, a Salinas, Calif., school that at one point did not meet federal education targets under the No Child Left Behind Act, is one of several struggling schools that demonstrated rapid improvement after adopting EdCaliber. “We have really passionate customers,” said Stone, adding that the company is beefing up its curriculum offerings. “They are saying: you have the key technologies to take us to the next level.”
K-12 Learning Management Software
AT A GLANCE
$350,000 raised from angel investors; actively seeking more funding. Five fulltime employees, multiple part-timers. About 100 customers, mostly high-poverty schools paying about $3-$10 per student per year to use the product.
“There’s a big community focused on supporting K-12 in Oregon such as learning.com, Avant Assessment and Northwest Evaluation Association. There are more established players and then a lot of startup folks, so there is a great network of resources just for information sharing. Hopefully we can leverage the great human capital here to grow the company as well.”
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
BY KEN MAES
A huge migration from Northern California has contributed to average 16% growth per year since 1990.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY DAN COOK
The Affordable Care Act has triggered a rush on health care plan redesign, a process fraught with hidden costs and consequences.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
Oregon is home to an abundance of gritty warehouses reborn as trendy office spaces, as well as crafty hipsters turned entrepreneurs. Does the combination yield an equally bounteous office products sector? Not so much. Occupying the limited desk jockey space are Field Notes, a spinoff of Portland’s Draplin Design Company, and Schuttenworks, known for whittling Apple device stands. For a full complement of keyboard trays, docking stations and mouse pads, check out the GroveMade line, guaranteed to boost the cachet of even the lowliest cubicle drone.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger. About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT
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