Portland unable to ensure Airbnb rentals undergo inspections | Print |  Email

Records show that only 4% of hosts have applied for an operating permit.

Evergreen Aviation founder dies | Print |  Email

Delford M. Smith first launched Evergreen Helicopter in 1960.

Analysis shows high demand for taxis in Portland on weekends | Print |  Email

In response, the Bureau of Transportation is temporarily easing regulations to make more taxis available during weekend peak hours through December.

Portland startup lands $500K | Print |  Email

GraphAlchemist will use the money from angel investors to spread the word about how data can be used.

Nike drops Adrian Peterson as spokesman | Print |  Email

The sports apparel giant first suspended its relationship with Peterson after he was indicted in Texas on a felony charge.

Portland parents buy neighborhood strip club | Print |  Email

The residents of the Cully neighborhood hope to turn the building into something to benefit the families and children.

Northwest Portland running store sold | Print |  Email

Fit Right was acquired by Alan Rice and Susan Zepernick, who are affiliated with North Carolina-based Fleet Feet Sports.

Puppet Labs settles into downtown Portland | Print |  Email

The fast-growing tech company is now looking to hire 43 new employees.

Eugene real estate firms merging | Print |  Email

John L Scott Real Estate Eugene and Prudential Real Estate Professionals will combine and become the fourth-largest real estate brokerage in Lane County.

Few short-term rental hosts apply for Portland permits | Print |  Email

Only 50 people applied for permits after the requirement took effect on August 30.

Prices for existing Portland homes up 5.5% | Print |  Email

The median price for existing homes in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton region was $291,300, up from $265,500 a year ago.

Pot possession remains illegal until July 1 | Print |  Email

The measure will technically take effect next month, but the sections allowing legal marijuana possession do not go into effect until next summer.

10 Barrel Brewing purchased by world's largest beer company | Print |  Email

The Bend-based brewery was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the makers of Budweiser.

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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
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:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

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!

— Linda


See How They Run

January-Powerbook 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014

Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.


The clean fuels opportunity

Monday, November 10, 2014
111014-dirtyfuel-thumbBY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


Healthcare pullback

Thursday, November 20, 2014
112014-boehnercare-thumbBY 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).


Corner Office: Steve Tatone

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

Thursday, November 13, 2014
carsonstudentdept-thumbBY RYAN CARSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


OB Poll: Wineries and groceries

Friday, October 24, 2014

24-winethumbA majority of respondents agreed: Local vineyards should remain Oregon-owned and quality is the most important factor when determining where to eat or buy groceries.

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