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|Thursday, March 27, 2014|
BY ERIC FLOWERS
Whoever said “golf is a good walk spoiled” ought to meet Paul Hodge. Hodge is the 40-year-old CEO of Bend-based GolfBoard, a mechanized personal transport system that is one part Segway, one part snowboard and totally unconventional. The boards, which will debut this spring at 250 courses around the United States, including several in Oregon, are in essence large electric-powered skateboards that allow golfers to surf the emerald fairways rather than trudge across them. A serial entrepreneur who has helped launch half a dozen startups over his career, Hodge is a passionate electric vehicle enthusiast but only a casual golfer. Perhaps that’s why it took him more than a year of riding prototype boards in California and Hawaii before he realized the commercial potential of an electric board. It’s a radical idea, but one, he feels, whose time has come. “We were going to be the rebels of the industry … to fight against the golf-course establishment,” says Hodge, explaining the team expected to be run off the proverbial fairways by tradition-obsessed golf-course managers. What they found was an industry eager to address the sport’s ongoing slump in America, where both the number of rounds played and number of total players is on the decline. GolfBoard has some 800 back orders for demo boards already; the company expects to double sales numbers next year. Says Hodge: “If the industry wants to survive, they need to be innovative.”
A Million-Dollar Idea
Monday, June 16, 2014
The Oregon economy could get a boost from a new trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the European Union.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
BY MONICA ENAND | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Nine tips for building habits among employees to respond when needed.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
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.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
What does it take to launch and run one of these mobile food businesses?
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
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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