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Columbia Sportswear suing heated-coat partner

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Columbia Sportswear is suing Hong Kong-based Fibretronic Limited for supplying faulty components for electrically-heated jackets.

 

Oregon lawmakers consider taxing e-cigs

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Oregon Legislature is considering taxing electronic cigarettes.

 

Viewpoint Construction Software expands, considers IPO

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Portland tech company Viewpoint Construction Software plans to move into new offices next year after a $20 million renovation.

 

Headquarters Hotel plan heads to Portland City Council

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Portland City Council will consider partnering with Metro on its Headquarters Hotel project.

 

Hemp farming could come soon to Oregon

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A federal decision not to challenge marijuana legalization opens the door for other applications besides drugs, like fiber and textile production.

 

Health plan goes live Oct. 1

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Oregon's health insurance exchange website goes live Oct. 1, and isn't expected to go smoothly due to technical difficulties.

 

CIA backs Portland startup AppThwack

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The CIA's venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, made an undisclosed investment in Portland startup AppThwack.

 
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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


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Corner Office: Pam Edstrom

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.


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Behind the curtain: What students should know about accreditation and rankings

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
120414-edurating-thumbBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

How important are institutional and/or program evaluations provided by third parties in selecting a college or university program?


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Downtime

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Bob Dethlefs, CEO of Evanta, balances work and play.


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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER

Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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

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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.


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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


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