May 2011

Student angels invest with success

0511_StudentAngelsA Willamette University class is the only student-run angel program in the country.

Commercial fishing revenue rebounds

0511_Fishing_DataburstOregon commercial fishermen hauled in 211 million pounds of seafood in 2009, a 3% bump up from 2008, but fathoms below 2005’s 313-million-pound haul.

Ski startup launches in Portland

0511_ON3PSkiON3P Skis builds rocker style skis in Portland.

Hard-money lender takes up coaching

0511_FinanceCoachingHard-money lending can be a hazardous occupation in the best of times. In the worst of times — say, 2008-2010 — it can be a nightmare. Everybody got hurt when property values plummeted and default rates soared during the recession, but few industries took as big a hit as did hard-money lending, the risky act of funneling loans into troubled businesses at high interest rates, using property as collateral.

Folium enhances audiobooks

0511_Audiobook_02Audiobooks have been around for decades, but what recovering Silicon Valley insider John Lee and his colleagues at Ashland-based Folium Partners have in mind is something altogether different. “We’re turning it into an experience; we’re presenting publishers with the opportunity to add games and other features to support the book,” says Lee.

Dealwatch- May 2011

Our roundup of the big business deals of the month in Oregon include Greenbrier and McCormick & Schmick's.