Jared Cohen hasn’t yet reached his 30th birthday, but he’s been a policy adviser in the Bush and Obama administrations, written two books, and is head of Google’s technology and policy think tank called Google Ideas.
Cohen, based in New York, visited Portland Tuesday as a guest of Portland-based Mercy Corps to share insights about how technology is transforming the world’s security and political dynamics in unpredictable ways, feeding revolutionary fervor in this year’s Arab Spring uprisings and curbing corruption in the delivery of emergency services to refugees.
Long before his employer shut down this summer and left him without a job, Tim Stewart could feel himself pulling away, moving in the direction of making his own way in business.
“There was change in the air,” the 66-year-old Vancouver resident said.
Ken Levy is full of ideas, and the successful entrepreneur appears to be onto something big with his latest business venture.
The Stevenson resident is CEO of 4-Tell, a company he co-founded in 2009, which helps companies boost their e-commerce sales by steering customers to products they might like in addition to what they set out to buy. 4-Tell’s business customers report sales increases of 10 to 25 percent by using the constantly updated software, Levy said.
Is your company ahead of the game or not?
Fail to come up with innovative and original ideas, and your business just might fade away, said Nigel Moore, one of several guest speakers at a Thursday workshop for local businesses. About 35 representatives and owners of small companies showed up at the Business Innovation Workshop, held at Clark College’s east Vancouver satellite campus.
It’s easy to imagine a future in which Reese Holland lands a job with either a high-flying software company or a manufacturing giant.
Yes, the economy remains weak with little improvement on the horizon.
Ryan Moor launched Thursday evening’s Clark County PubTalk by describing his journey from window washer and punk rock musician to founder of a silk-screen equipment business that employs 70 and earns $25 million in annual revenue. He spoke to a record 135 attendees gathered at Fort Vancouver National Site’s E.B. Hamilton Hall.
The evening’s theme at the business networking event was attracting so-called angel investment, a loosely defined category of funding offered by private investors to emerging companies with strong potential for rapid growth. Event sponsors invited Moor to tell the story of his Vancouver-based Ryonet Corp. as an example of an idea turned into a viable business by a creative entrepreneur. Launched in 2004, Ryonet offers screen-printing supplies and equipment as well as silk-screen training.