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Froelick Gallery's art dealer

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 FOB Art 02One of the city’s iconic gallery owners and former president of the Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA), Charles Froelick caters mostly to individual collectors. But the number of institutional and corporate buyers grows every year.

 

The art whisperer

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 FOB Art 01A consultant targets high performance artwork.

 

Design for change

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 FOB DesignForChangeEric Park is a creative director at Ziba Design, a design consultancy based in Portland. For nearly 20 years, he has helped lead research and design innovation programs in consumer goods, durable products and health care.

 

Positive cash flow

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 FOB ByTheNumber 03Venture 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.

 

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler balances life, work, play

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 FOB TedWheelerTed Wheeler, 50, became Oregon state treasurer in 2010, when the state budget was still reeling from the economic downturn. Despite his busy political career, Wheeler remains a committed family man.

 

Winning display

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 FOB AmorphyxFor the past two decades, the liquid display industry has revolved around thin film transistors: semiconductor devices that are manufactured on one of the two glass panels that make up an LCD display. Now a Corvallis-based startup, Amorphyx, has developed an alternative to the transistor, which acts as a dimmer switch controlling the amount of light coming through the display screen.

 

Reader input: green payoff

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0613 InputSustainability is a mixed bag. That’s the verdict of the 462 readers who participated in our latest poll.

 
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The global challenge

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Friday, June 27, 2014
062714 thumb globalmarketBY JASON NORRIS | OB BLOGGER

Over the last several months we have seen a wave of cross-border acquisitions, primarily U.S.-based companies looking to purchase non-U.S.-based companies. There are a few reasons for this, but the main culprit is the U.S. corporate tax system. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.


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Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


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The Scott Kveton affair

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Updated: Disrupting innovation

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The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.


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OB Video: Building trade ties with the EU

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Monday, June 16, 2014
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The Oregon economy could get a boost from a new trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the European Union.


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Blips and trends in the housing market

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062614 thumb realestateBY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER

Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?


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Risks & rewards of owning triple net investments

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With the increasing retirements of Baby Boomers, a massive real estate shift has created a significant increase in demand for NNN properties. The result? Increased demand has triggered higher prices and lower yields.


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