SeQuential lands biofuel deals

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Portland biodiesel producer SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel landed a waste cooking oil recycling agreement with numerous Seattle companies.

 

Jantzen Beach reconstruction begins

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

A $60 million demolition and reconstruction project has begun at Jantzen Beach Center in Portland.

 

Willamette University entrepreneurial team competes

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

A team from Willamette University will participate in the California Dreamin' entrepreneurship competition.

 

Google considers new data centers in The Dalles

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Google is considering a major expansion of data centers in The Dalles.

 

SoloPower CEO says Portland factory has a chance

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SoloPower CEO Rob Campbell said he's working hard to attract capital and restart full operations at the company's Portland manufacturing plant.

 

Brammo raises $4.5M

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Southern Oregon electric motorcycle company Brammo raised another $4.5M in equity funding.

 

More than a third of Oregon counties have double-digit unemployment

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Five years after the economic collapse, high unemployment continues to plague much of southern and central Oregon.

 
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See How They Run

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


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Powerbook Perspective

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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

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


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OB Poll: Wineries and groceries

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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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