CrowdStreet

Launching CrowdStreet

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After a almost a year of product development, marketing and customer development, I’m excited to be launching CrowdStreet, a commercial real estate crowdfunding platform. The $254 billion commercial real estate financing market is ripe for disruption. CrowdStreet is a fundraising platform connecting accredited investors with high-quality, professionally-managed real estate investments. Investors get direct access to [...]

founderspad

Participating in FoundersPad

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Last week at the Bend Venture Conference, Central Oregon’s newest (and only) business accelerator was unveiled. FoundersPad is a business accelerator focused on supporting concept stage startups. The initiative is a program of the Tech Alliance and is committed to Central Oregon’s entrepreneurial community and helping turn innovative product and service ideas into great companies. Although [...]

Bend Venture Conference

Sponsoring the Bend Venture Conference

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Bend has a strong and growing startup ecosystem. The early-stage companies in our community include innovation in software, clean energy, recreation and countless other industries. We even have an active group of angel investors, advisors and mentors that help to shepherd these companies from idea to profitability and acquisition. Perhaps the most well-recognized effort in [...]

Engine Yard Podcast

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Check out the Engine Yard podcast “Cloud Out Loud” interview with Matt and Mike where we talk Aquo, how we work, Ruby on Ales, Bend, Oregon and lots more.

Ruby on Ales!

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Matt and I have been talking about doing a software conference here in Bend for quite some time. After all, there’s a lot of people that have never heard of Bend, Oregon, not to mention the exceptional technical talent that this community has attracted. So while we were in New Orleans at RubyConf, thanks to [...]

Bulletin Article

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Well it must have been a slow news day in Bend, because the Bulletin came through on their threat and actually published a piece on Aquo. Thanks to David Holley for letting us rant about everything but technology and writing a nice piece that covers a lot of ground. If you’re a subscriber, you can [...]

Mapping the Social Graph

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I missed Robert Kieffer’s post back in March on this. And, I find it so interesting that I thought it’d be worth sharing again… Among other things, FanPageAnalaytics.com maps the connections of some 200 million Facebook user profiles and illustrates the “thickness” of those networks between various cities. For example, here is a map of [...]

Central Oregon Economic Forecast

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Aquo is a sponsor of the Central Oregon Economic Forecast project. The group exists to help build a sustainable economic future for Central Oregon, including the development of a cohesive tech community. So, we’re happy to participate and we want to help spread the word about the forecast conference, which is happening next week at [...]

Bend CSA is Live

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File this under “Make Local Habit”… I met a couple of college students that were starting a CSA here in Bend. They were handing out leaflets at the market to build some interest and see if they could get enough families to support a weekly drive over the Cascades to bring back local, organic produce. [...]