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|Articles - June 2010|
|Friday, May 28, 2010|
First, to dispel the rumors: Oregon Business’s glamorous editor Robin Doussard has NOT entered rehab. Nor is she planning a return to the Broadway stage — at least not as far as I know. She’s been busy working on a cover story for our July issue, which means I’ve been busy editing the green issue. Part of the job involves continuing Doussard’s proud tradition of waiting until the last minute to write the editor’s column.
We decided to pull the old editorial switcheroo a month and a half ago just to shake things up. Little did we know that our experiment would coincide with a major reshuffling that’s got us changing four key names on the masthead to your right. First, the Boston Globe woke from slumber and ruthlessly snagged our art director, Martin Gee. Then we lost writer Adrianne Jeffries to the Bend Bulletin, online editor Kevin Manahan to digital advertising and web video editor Cameron Asmussen to who knows what. (Cam? Are you out there? Hello?)
That’s a lot of talent to lose in a month. Fortunately (and unfortunately) the pool of talented applicants in this economy is large. On that note, allow me to introduce our new art director, Jon Taylor Carter. Not only does J.T. bring years of magazine experience from Bend Living and Performance Racing Industry, he actually has acted on Broadway. He’s been in a reality show, too. You’ll have to get the details from him yourself.
Thanks to J.T., our second annual green issue looks great. It is also packed with good reads. Jeffries investigates the hidden environmental costs of the digital revolution and what brainiac powerhouses such as Google and Facebook are doing to tread more lightly on the planet. At the other end of the word count spectrum, there’s Amanda Waldroupe’s sharp piece of a PSU professor’s ideas to bring down heating and cooling costs by incorporating wax into walls. That’s right, wax.
Sandwiched in between the deep and the quirky are the second annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon. This year’s list ranges from perennial standouts Gerding Edlen and Sokol Blosser Winery to lesser known but equally innovative newcomers such as Portland YouthBuilders and Research into Action. What are these organizations doing to achieve better workplace sustainability? Read the article to find out.
Whether we’re talking about Intel’s breakthrough research on data farms or Sanding Stone Brewery’s plan to heat a restaurant with waste vegetable oil, the name of the game is steady improvement. Oregon has high standards when it comes to green innovation, but this year’s winners show you can always get better.
Friday, June 27, 2014
BY 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.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Kim Moore | OB Editor
The 2015 survey launched this week. It is open to for-profit private and public companies that have at least 15 full- or part-time employees in Oregon.
Friday, July 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.
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.
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.
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Fifty-one Lane Powell lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Best Lawyers) 2015; of those selected, 23 lawyers are from the Firm’s office in Portland, Oregon.
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