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The Technology Association of Oregon is the largest professional technology association in Oregon and SW Washington. TAO drives economic development for the region’s technology sector by promoting, connecting, and advocating for thousands of companies involved or affiliated with the software and technology industries.
Healthcare and IT are a big big topic these days - whether it's wearable fitness, the legacy of the Affordable Health Care Act or the numerous startups that are forcing big healthcare companies to change their perspective on the status quo, everyone is somehow involved in healthcare and IT. Max Arbow is at the exact intersection in his position of Product Owner at Cambia Health Solutions. Max shares what he sees as big trends and three recommendations on who to follow.
Paul Smith wrote a guest blog post for Silicon Florist this fall where he interviewed Brian Jamison of OpenSourcery. Brian noted that "People care about being human in Portland", but perhaps this is something that is part of what defines Oregon's business culture...
Bob Wiggins is the Chairman and CEO of Portland software company Site9 , as well as Managing Partner of Mt Hood Equity Partners. Bob has served on more board committees than one can shake a stick at including Routeware, Cerus Industrial, Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, learning.com and more.
How much of what we learn in college or as part of a degree is directly applicable to the skills needed to move into a specific career? Did we really get a robust lesson plan to prepare us for the world of tech, startups, enterprises and beyond? Or is it a simple fact of life that the best training will come from the job experience itself?
Women in the workforce emerged as a prominent issue in the 20th century. With leading women such as Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and author of Lean In) and Marissa Mayer (President and CEO of Yahoo!), women in tech has been gaining mentions in national press. In Portland, Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, Founder and Executive Director of ChickTech, aims to improve the number of women in technology with the mission of ChickTech. Sitting on TAO's Developer's Forum Committee and active in the Portland tech scene, I caught up with Janice to see what's shaking with ChickTech and what to expect in 2014.
As many already know - TAO has moved from our previous downtown location at the PDC to the Eastside Exchange Building. I've seen a lot of Portland tech office spaces as part of my networking - and pretty much all of them offer something special and unique with regards to a working environment.
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