Portland real-estate firm plans 'crowdfunding' site

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ScanlanKemperBard Cos. will launch an online crowdfunding platform for its real-estate deals.

 

Eugene developer proposes 14-unit apartment building

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Doug Bulski hopes to build a three-story apartment complex intended for people in their 20s and 30s.

 

Startup Weekend Eugene aims to jumpstart businesses

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Friday, November 14, 2014

The third annual Weekend will bring together designers, developers and innovators in an effort to create new companies.

 

Ballmers give $50M to UO

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Connie and Steve Ballmer's donation will help endow scholarships, hire five researchers to study obesity and pay for a marketing campaign to promote the University of Oregon's academics.

 

Monsanto settles GMO wheat dispute with NW farmers

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The St. Louis-based company said it would prefer to settle the case for $2.4 million rather than pay for an extended legal battle.

 

Portland city council to legalize Airbnb in apartments, condos

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Permit applications for multi-family properties would be $100 and no city inspections would be required.

 

Employers adjust for impact of health reform tax

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Workers will see less health care coverage for more money.

 
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Historically, when the leaves fall, so do the markets. This year, earnings, Europe, energy and Ebola have in common? Beyond alliteration, they are four factors that the investors are pointing to for this year’s seasonal volatility.


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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


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