EDCO’s May 25 PubTalk – Speakers Announced

EDCO's Central Oregon PubTalk


BEND, OR (May 4, 2017)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) just announced the speakers for the next PubTalk to be held Thursday, May 25, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas and further local businesses. Where Beers and Business Collide!

Keynote Speaker:
Scott Sandler, Fund Manager, Oregon Angel Fund

Scott grew up in Massachusetts and headed west to Oregon in search of big mountains and to start his career at Intel. He quickly realized he was more of a startup kind of guy, which led him to stints in customer support and marketing at four software startups. Scott then became CEO of Novas Software, which had a successful exit in 2008. Having committed to do “something completely different” after Novas, he joined OAF as an investor in 2010 and became a member of the team in 2012. He is currently in charge of many day-to-day activities, including generating deal flow, evaluating business plans and due diligence management.

This PubTak will focus on the pros and cons of the many different types of funding entrepreneurs have available to them. Scott’s varied experience brings along insights into planning, managing expectations and how to help businesses understand which options can be the right fit.

Company Pitches:

Six years ago Eric Dubs, Founder and CEO of DubsLabs, quit his corporate job as a nuclear submarine propulsion engineer and spent his life savings to start a product development company. Since then DubsLabs launched the thinnest headphones available on the market, Bedphones Sleep Headphones, shipping tens of thousands of units across the globe. They are currently in process to launch their next product, Versafit: sports headphones that allow users to hear their music and their surroundings – the opposite of noise-cancelling headphones.

Locals Compass
Zilaida Salgueiro, Founder and CEO, created Locals Compass, out of a passion for travel and a desire to spend less time planning and more time experiencing destinations like a local. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zilaida moved to the U.S. shortly after graduating college. Since then, she has worked at companies of all sizes and stages: from Fortune 200s to startups. Locals Compass is a travel marketplace that connects travelers with locals who help them navigate their cities through personalized travel itineraries.

Company Update:
Odysys, Inc.
Kent Schnepp, CEO & Founder of Odysys, Inc., will give an update on what the company has been doing since they won the top prize at 2015’s Bend Venture Conference. Kent has over 18 years’ experience in internet marketing with top-tier clients including Vail Resorts, U.S. Bank, and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Odysys, Inc. develops and markets a SaaS marketing and technology platform that helps independent hotels significantly reduce their guest acquisition costs. The platform includes marketing automation tools and private label, commission-free booking technology.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Cost includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda)

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About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.