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|Articles - November/December 2013|
|Monday, October 28, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER
Intel veteran Shashi Jain was at the Portland Digital eXperience conference last year watching speaker after speaker have a tough time connecting their laptops to the projector. He shared their pain. “I was at Intel 14 years, and I had my fair share of blown meetings where I couldn’t connect,” says Jain, 38. Those frustrations came up again this past December during Portland’s Startup Weekend, where Jain was teaching a course on lean startups, with a focus on customer validation and product-market fit. “I started talking about dongles, and how it’s embarrassing to try and sell a product and then have your presentation shut down because you don’t have the right cable.” As it happens, Jain says, “a bunch of people asked me: When is the product going to be ready?” Thus was born DongleKong, a startup that builds adapter kits for computers and mobile devices. Working out of an office in Portland’s Old Town, Jain pulls together dongles — an old computing word that refers to an adapter or security device — for MacBooks and UltraBooks. If a customer has a MacBook Pro, Jain asks what year, then produces a kit specific to that date at a cost of about $125. He also creates kits on a limited basis for phones, tablets and projectors. Early next year, Jain plans to debut an all-in-one product so people don’t have to cart around several cables and connectors at the same time. So far, Jain says, he’s “not seen any competition.” DongleKong, he observes, “thinks about dongles so you don’t have to.”
Product: Adapter kits for laptops
Founder: Shashi Jain
Money Trail: So far DongleKong has only one full-time employee — Jain — and is self-funded. Jain hopes to tap local angel networks for the next product launch and is applying to an incubator program through the Oregon Technology Business Center.
Sales Pitch: DongleKong has about 50 customers, “mostly people who travel a lot, startup entrepreneurs purchasing them for sales teams.” Jain has made a few sales back to Intel and markets through Google AdWords and Amazon.com. “The first half of the year, marketing was word of mouth so I could fine-tune the product,” Jain says. “Now I’m doing a slow marketing push to get the word out.”
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Baseball is returning to Portland and city officials are hoping economic opportunity comes with it.
Monday, March 02, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Portland-based healthcare provider ZoomCare said it plans to “remake American healthcare” by expanding its on-demand urgent care model to emergency, surgery, dental and primary care, among others.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A partnership of a grassroots environmental organization and a youth group is striving to build community and business support for carbon price legislation.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Multilevel marketing, health claims and zyto scanner biofeedback machines: How dōTERRA thrives in Oregon.
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.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Smartwatches are all the rage. But old-fashioned timepieces keep on ticking.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Five years in the making, the Portland Mercado — the city’s first Latino public market — will celebrate its grand opening April 11. A $3.5 million public-private partnership spearheaded by Hacienda CDC, the market will house 15 to 20 businesses in the food, retail and service sectors. It has some big-name funders, including the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and JPMorgan Chase. The project goals are equally ambitious: to improve cross-cultural understanding, alleviate poverty and spur community economic development.
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