Bend Bulletin Article
Cascadian Group has sponsored and volunteered with the Bend Venture Conference since 2007. BVC's 2016 growth-stage fund, managed by Cascadian principal Jason M. Moyer, recently cashed out of RFPIO, adding to BVC's collective returns. Read more here:
Bend Bulletin Article
Cascadian Group has been supporting the Bend Venture Conference since 2007, as it has grown to become one of the more notable events in the country. BVC 2018 is open for companies to apply through August 8th.
A related article includes current perspectives on venture investment, as quoted in the Bulletin.
General information for October's conference appears here.
First, quintessential bay bro hatches unicorn taxi app (all the while emphatically assuring everyone that it isn't a taxi app), thereby securing multi-billion-dollar valuation.
Next, a cloned Uber-spawn launches his scooter-sharing app, "here to disrupt — by any means necessary". A last-mile land grab to blow your VC mind (or, at least your nine-figure investment).
Now, I'm thinking ahead of the curve on last-yard transportation. That's right — Uber can get you across town, Bird can get you around the block, but who will deliver your ass from the front porch right to your couch?
Bunny, the fuzzy slipper-sharing app, is officially coming out of stealth mode. This Olympic-tier problem solving should fetch at least $100M pre-money.
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." — Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
TRENT BANGERTER JOINS CASCADIAN GROUP AS MANAGING DIRECTOR
To lead new Boulder, CO office through expansion into Rocky Mountain States
Bend, OR – March 5, 2018 – Cascadian Group, LLC has selected Trent Bangerter to lead its expansion into the Rocky Mountain States. Trent will join venture development, executive consulting, and M&A engagements across the Western US, with particular emphasis on Colorado and Utah.
Trent is a proven cross-industry executive, further traversing general management, M&A, business development, finance, and consulting. His past roles have included serving on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Care; CEO of Matrix Medical Technologies; Vice President, Acquisitions & Development with Canyon Creek Development; Director with Sierra Consulting Group; and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing with NexTrust, LLC. Most recently, he’s led his own asset management group, 3B Enterprises, pursuing healthcare investment strategies.
Trent earned his BA through the honors program at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, majoring in International Business. He is an Eagle Scout, multi-engine private pilot, world traveler, and business adventurer.
ABOUT CASCADIAN GROUP, LLC
Cascadian Group, LLC (“Cascadian”) is a private firm dedicated to venture development, executive management consulting, and M&A support. We are on a mission to help build better businesses, and believe in reaching beyond incremental improvements to seek crucial opportunities that can substantially enhance a company’s performance and value. Our clients are typically early-stage to mid-cap companies in transition, facing significant challenges and events.
ALEXIS J. MARTIN JOINS CASCADIAN GROUP AS DIRECTOR, SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Addition enhances advisory services provided by the region’s foremost executive consulting group
Bend, OR – January 8, 2018 – Alexis Martin has joined Cascadian Group, LLC, as Director of Sales & Business Development, to augment the firm’s diverse capabilities in executive management. Alexis will join new venture, executive consulting, and M&A engagements across the Western US, and will be focused primarily on strategies to accelerate revenue growth for client companies.
Alexis is an accomplished business development professional who has worked across diverse industries, products, and countries. Her early career included three years with a research sales division at Goldman Sachs in New York City, subsequently supporting more than one hundred NYSE-listed firms as a corporate relations analyst at LaBranche & Co. She later gained advisory experience in startups, turnarounds, and acquisitions. Most recently, Alexis served seven years as Senior Director of Global Business Development at MDF Instruments USA, based in Los Angeles, driving international growth in excess of 40% annually. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University, and her MBA from Pepperdine University.
ABOUT CASCADIAN GROUP, LLC
Cascadian Group, LLC (“Cascadian”) is a private firm dedicated to venture development, executive management consulting, and M&A support. We are on a mission to help build better businesses, and believe in reaching beyond incremental improvements to seek crucial opportunities that can substantially enhance a company’s performance and value. Clients are typically early-stage to mid-cap companies in transition, facing significant challenges and events.
"The first annual Central Oregon Fastest 20 Awards, presented by Cascade Business News (CBN), celebrated the most rapidly rising stars of the increasingly diverse local business scene..."
Cascadian Group came in at #5.
Read more here.
THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE AWARDS OVER $7,600,000 IN LAST FOUR YEARS, WITH $1,650,000 IN FUNDING FOR 2017
Eight Companies Across Three Competition Categories Take Home Investments and Cash Prizes
BEND, OR – October 20, 2017 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd at the Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend. Over the past two days, 14 companies presented their ideas to over 600 attendees in hopes of gaining investments from prominent funds. Of those 14 finalists, eight companies walked away with funding totaling $1,650,000 in both investments and cash prizes. Side investment deals are still being finalized.
Over the past four years, the Bend Venture Conference has awarded more than $7,600,000 million to 30 companies, completely reinventing Oregon’s angel and venture investor landscape. This year’s award breakdown is as follows:
Growth Stage Competition
The Growth Stage competition, which included companies that have a proven concept and initial revenues, had five different winners.
*The investment arm of the conference, BVC, LLC, awarded the Growth Stage investments following considerable due diligence of each of the five presenting finalists. The investment included $10,000 from Oregon Community Foundation and $25,000 from Oregon Growth Account. Investments are still being finalized, with the final amounts to be announced in the coming months.
Social Impact Competition
The Social Impact competition, which included for-profit companies with an integrated social or environmental mission, had one winner awarded by the Social Impact LLC. This is the third award given by the Social Impact LLC in two years.
*The social impact investment arm of the conference awarded an investment following considerable due diligence of each of the four presenting finalists. This investment included $25,000 from Oregon Growth Account and $15,000 from Craft3. Investments are still being finalized, with the final amount to be announced in the coming months.
Early Stage Competition
Over half of the BVC’s presenting companies received funding. The event’s two big winners receiving the most in funding are LeadMethod, walking away with over $485,000, and Handful receiving $400,000.
“The Bend Venture Conference continues to evolve and advance Central Oregon as a great place for startups and entrepreneurs. The quality of companies that continue to apply and present at BVC is overwhelming,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst. “Over the past four years, we’ve announced numerous winners – almost all our finalists are ending up with some type of funding or mentoring as a result of the conference. Our goal is to move all these companies towards the next step in their lifecycle.”
About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 89 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.
Cascadian Group, LLC has selected Stephen King as Director of Corporate Development to augment the firm’s diverse capabilities in executive management. Stephen will join venture development, executive consulting, and M&A engagements across the Western US, with particular emphasis on strategic leadership and corporate growth.
Stephen is a veteran CEO who has produced $5B+ in shareholder value, leading organizations to exceptional performance by engaging teams, transforming cultures, and implementing creative organizational solutions. He served as CMO and head of Europe for a $2B multinational; grew a company from $90M to $300M ($8B market cap on NASDAQ); nurtured a startup to $20M, exiting for $100M; turned around a public company, selling for $400M; and acquired multiple businesses along the way. A strategic visionary, he is nonetheless willing to get his hands dirty, driving rapid expansion through sales and marketing.
Stephen graduated from the London School of Economics, attended Wharton’s executive development program, and embarked on a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology.
The Bend Venture Conference, hosted by EDCO, is the largest Angel Conference in the Pacific Northwest. Last year, over 600 attendees, 50 prominent investors, and 89 companies joined us for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. Investments, awards, and prizes of nearly $4 million opened the opportunity for multiple winners at the 2016 conference!
Cascadian Group has sponsored and otherwise supported BVC since 2007, and principal Jason M. Moyer has managed the annual growth-stage fund(s) since 2014. Organizers just announced this year's top ten companies, outlined here.
I have recently observed a number of social media posts where certain sales reps lament the lack of effort and “courtesy” exhibited by various prospects…
So, essentially, some “sales” person sent email spam, or cold called, or lied about “reconnecting” to hijack a prospect’s calendar, and the half-assed attempt wasn’t warmly welcomed (or *gasp* not acknowledged at all)? Then, they had sufficient time left over to whine on social media. This tells me they must not be very good at selling.
Sales is a statistical process, and those statistics are influenced by the competence of the salesperson.
I’ve worked with real salespeople. Real salespeople take time to thoroughly research their prospects, and their interests, and determine how those interests most likely align with the product or service being offered. This accomplishes two things: (1) it greatly increases the conversion ratio in sales, and (2) it wastes far less of everyone’s time.
You want a respectful response? Put in the work. Don’t tell me you thought that I, along with 20 million other random people, would be interested in a premium subscription to Facebook for Ferrets when I don’t even own a ferret. Don’t tell me you’re planning to reconnect when we haven’t ever met, and you have no idea who I am, or what might interest me. Don’t call incessantly to pitch fleet fueling services when I don’t even operate a fleet. In other words, don’t be a lazy moron – then maybe you’ll get my attention, perhaps earn a bit of professional courtesy, and actually sell something.
We all think about business a lot. Sometimes, late at night, we even write a few things down...