Hotseat: David Cohen of TechStars

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TechStars, which touches down next week in Portland to team up with shoe giant Nike, is pretty much Harvard for hungry tech entrepreneurs. The Boulder, Colo., based company is one of the world's most successful business accelerators—ventures whose goal it is to link up would-be tech entrepreneurs with "angel investors," free-flowing venture capital and maybe even profits. TechStars runs ...   More
 
Friday, March 15, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Nike-Plus Accelerator Companies Announced

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Beaverton shoe giant Nike today announced the 10 start-up companies taking part in its Portland-based Nike+ Accelerator program. In a format similar to many other business accelerators, Nike provides $20,000 seed funding to each of these companies, as well as use of office facilities in Northwest Portland and access to business mentorship and potential investors (including Nike). Each of the 10 ...   More
 
Monday, March 18, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sneaker Politics

What it means that Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike.


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The state’s most powerful business leaders—if they were listening closely—might have heard the clues from Gov. John Kitzhaber only two weeks ago about his secret talks to give Nike a sweethe   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Dems' Concerns About Nike Bill

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As lawmakers meet today in special session to consider the so-called "Nike bill," the outcome is pretty predictable—the bill will pass in some form. But many lawmakers in both parties have concerns, ranging from tax fairness, to the speed and secrecy with which Gov. John Kitzhaber and Nike developed the concept to how other companies, including Intel, that also might want similar assurance about ...   More
 
Friday, December 14, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Protesters Pledge to Delay Kitzhaber's Nike Vote

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 A coalition of anti-Nike protesters who rallied last night in downtown Portland are in Salem today—pledging to delay and disrupt a vote on Gov. John Kitzhaber's deal with with the sneaker giant to keep its tax status. "I suppose it's possible that we could extend this [session] into the weekend," rally organizer Nicholas Ivan Caleb declared outside the Portland Niketown store. He suggested ...   More
 
Friday, December 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Nike Legislation Would Exclude Intel

Kitzhaber asks lawmakers to amend bill

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When the Legislature meets in special session tomorrow, it will probably pass a bill that benefits Nike, Oregon's marquee home-grown company. But the draft version of that legislation will make it difficult for Intel, the California-based tech giant that is Oregon's largest private employer, to get the same assurance.Nike and Intel both already benefit from Oregon's current approach to corporate income ...   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nike Eyeing Investment in Portland After Special Session

Sources say sporting goods company may invest here

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Multiple sources familiar with the deal Gov. John Kitzhaber and Nike announced earlier this week have indicated there may be a significant, undisclosed subplot to the deal—that Nike is considering a major investment in Portland.  Two sites mentioned as possible locations for expansion are South Waterfront, where big tracts of land exist adjacent to glitzy condos and downtown; and, the ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Goldschmidt Claims he Was Bilked

News that never forgets.


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Ex-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt says he’s been ripped off to the tune of $601,599—the amount he and his wife, Diana, claim in a lawsuit they invested with Arkansas-based Voyager Financial Group. Th   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Kitzhaber Wants Retention Contract with Nike

Deal will extend existing tax rules, create "thousands" of jobs

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Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this morning he will convene a special session of the Legislature on Friday, Dec. 14 (not Dec. 17 as he first announced) in order to cut a deal with Nike. Kitzhaber said today that Nike is planning a major expansion and sought assurances Oregon would not materially change its tax structure in a way that would disadvantage Nike in the future. "They are looking for ...   More
 
Monday, December 10, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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