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|Friday, May 04, 2012|
BY LINDA BAKER
In the past six months, the Software Association of Oregon has been trying to shed its stodgy image and become more relevant to the increasingly vibrant — and youthful — high-tech startup community. If last night’s 2012 Member Recognition Gala & Industry Awards is any indication, the organization is well on the way to winning a few hearts and minds.
• Michael Gray, chief technology officer for GlobeSherpa, a “mobile ticketing” startup, with an app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry that lets users purchase and use transit tickets — bus, light rail, trains, waterway — with a click of the button. A member of the Portland Seed Fund's second class of start ups, GlobeSherpa aims to bring "sanity to mobility” in a fractured U.S. transit market, said Gray. The company expects to perform a beta test of the app in June in four yet-to-be named cities. Here’s hoping one of them is Portland, where fumbling for change on TriMet feels so 20th century.
Linda Baker is managing editor of Oregon Business.
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