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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
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
inDinero, a business that manages back-office accounting for startups and smaller companies, recently announced it would relocate its headquarters from San Francisco to Portland. We talked to CEO Jessica Mah about what drew her to Portland and how she plans to disrupt the traditional CPA model.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY EMILY LIEDEL
Inside the topsy-turvy world of corporate sustainability rankings.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Are we too quick to diagnose corruption?
Thursday, April 23, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
On April 1 I attended a forum at the University of Portland on the sharing economy. The event featured panelists from Lyft and Airbnb, as well as Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Asked about the impact of tech-driven sharing economy services. Hales said the new business models are reshaping the landscape. “But,” he added, “I don’t pretend to understand how a lot of this [technology] works.”
Friday, May 15, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.
Friday, April 24, 2015
BY BEN DEJARNETTE | INVESTIGATEWEST
Timber companies and environmental groups take a stab at collaboration to boost logging and restoration in Oregon fires.
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Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”
One hundred years ago, the Willamette River might easily have been mistaken for a sewer. Unchecked industrial activity and decades of pollution made it unrecognizable compared to the clean river that now flows north for 187 miles from Eugene through the center of Portland.
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) will be presenting its third annual Entrepreneurial Summit on Friday, June 5 at Castaway in Portland, Oregon.
On June 13th Mayor Charlie Hales will attend nonprofit organization Dream Change’s inaugural Love Summit and will introduce one of its keynote speakers, Dan Wieden of Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency.
34 spots for food, 17 places to sip, and 7 sites to choose a brew beckon visitors.