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BY BEN JACKLET
In 2005, a group of 23 investors put $5,000 each into a modest pool with the goal of backing some of the most promising young companies in Oregon. Through collective intelligence and collaborative decision-making, they winnowed 50 good companies down to three great ones: Clackamas-based pet supply wholesaler Pet Appeal, Portland-based e-commerce software developer Monsoon and Portland-based health care billing specialist Clinicient.
Six years later, all three of those companies have created jobs for Oregon and wealth for investors. The group that selected these three companies and nurtured them with early money also has grown — into the Oregon Angel Fund, an increasingly powerful catalyst for finding, choosing and backing hot new businesses. Some of the best minds in the business community are involved in the Oregon Angel Fund, and their results speak for themselves. Since establishing the fund in 2007, the group has invested $7.7 million in 16 companies. These portfolio companies have created a combined 443 jobs and collectively earn $59.6 million in annual revenues. Although angel investments tend to be risky bets, not one of the Angel Oregon companies has failed. Other than one business that was sold, every company in the portfolio grew through the economic doldrums of 2009 and 2010. Many have gone on to bring new money into Oregon, with early angel investing spurring another $46 million in follow-on investments from other sources.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Community college career, technical and workforce programs present an opportunity to bring business and education together as never before.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
BY ERIC FRUITS
Because they have little chance of working for someone else, today’s teens need to be entrepreneurs. But, first, we must teach our teens that entrepreneurship starts small.
Friday, April 11, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.
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