November 2008

Slash and sell

Chris Sherland recognizes trouble when he sees it. “It’s a weak year for the retail industry.”


Small hats win big bucks


Sometimes honesty pays. Midway through his public-funding pitch to a committee of angel investors, Peter Hixson described his company as “a three-man baseball team,” then shrugged and said, "I have no experience with taking a company from $1 million to $5 million."


A good grape harvest


Despite a potentially devastating year for wine grape growing because of erratic weather, early word from Oregon vineyards is that the 2008 crop is shaping up to be better than expected.


Wave energy’s message to critics: You’re wrong


On a windless morning this past September, Oregon State University researchers towed a prototype wave energy buoy off the coast of Newport and dropped anchor.