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|Articles - June 2013|
|Tuesday, May 28, 2013|
BY BRANDON SAWYER
Venture capitalists pumped $70.4 million into Oregon companies in the first quarter of 2013, a 142% increase over the same quarter in 2012 and equal to 80% of what Washington firms raked in. By contrast, Oregon’s $124.4 million total VC haul in 2012 represented just 14% of Washington’s $907.5 million and 1% of California’s $14.2 billion — more than half of all U.S. venture capital that year. Still, Oregon’s first quarter was the most lucrative since 2000 and involved just seven companies: Puppet Labs and Urban Airship received the lion’s share, $30 million and $25 million respectively, while Trustid, Avnera Corp., Celly, GlobeSherpa and Cedexis divided up the rest. All are in the Portland Metro area and in high-tech fields. So it’s no surprise that, nationally, software garnered the most venture capital by far in the first quarter and in 2012, followed by biotech. The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index, published by the University of San Francisco, has registered three consecutive quarters of increasing VC confidence, so Oregon startups can hope for even more cash infusions this year.
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Monday, February 23, 2015
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Live, Work, Play: Catching up with Chris Johnson.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Founded 12 years ago, Keen Inc. likes to push the envelope, starting with the debut of the “Newport” closed toe sandal in 2003. Since then, the company has opened a factory on Swan Island and a sleek new headquarters in the Pearl District. The brand’s newest offering, UNEEK, is a sandal made from two woven cords and not much more.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Leslie Carlson channels the big idea.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Vacasa may lack the name recognition of Airbnb. But not for long.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY DAN COOK | Photos by Jason E. Kaplan
An alliance of developers, academics and timber industry executives wants to position Oregon as a front runner in the glamorous new world of wooden skyscrapers.
Friday, March 06, 2015
BY JEFF DELKIN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
As a local business owner, I believe it’s important to build our economy on a platform of conservation values.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS, CFA | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Pets.com, GeoCities, eToys, and WorldCom … blasts-from-the-past that all signify the late 1990s Internet bubble. Yet we believe the dynamics of the market, specifically in technology stocks, are much different today than it was during the late 1990s.
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The Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.