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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.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
Most smartphones come equipped with speech recognition systems like Siri or Cortana that are capable of understanding the human voice and putting words into actions. But what if smartphones could do more? What if smartphones could register feeling?
Friday, October 31, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland? The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented. But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:
The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace.
Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.
This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay.
Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.
New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”
That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Each month for Oregon Business, we assess factors that are shaping current capital market activity—and what they mean to investors. Here we take a look at two major developments regarding possible rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Saturday, December 13, 2014
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