Techlandia Issue 5- 2021/2022 - Page 44

I moved back to Oregon because I grew up here . It ’ s an hour and a half from the mountains and the coast , and my wife and I both spend a lot of time running in Forest and Tryon Parks . Where else can you run in the woods in the middle of the city ? From a tech and business standpoint , the biggest thing for me is the community . The support we received from fellow participants in the Oregon Bioscience Incubator was invaluable . The Portland tech community is a close-knit group that ’ s unmatched anywhere else , and that ’ s why Fundamental Fitness Labs is planning on staying . — André Petett , Founder & CEO of Fundamental Fitness Labs , Portland , OR
We moved our company from Silicon Valley six years ago , and this state was affordable , had a great community , and was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural places in the country . It allowed us to come up here at a significantly lower cost , which was better for our investors and employees . I was pleasantly surprised by how well we could recruit from a technology perspective , and there ’ s been no looking back . Bend is a nicer and more affordable place to live than any of the major metropolitan areas surrounding it . — Dan Vetras , CEO at Kollective , Bend , OR
I like that the local tech ecosystem is increasing in variety , with many starting to focus on social responsibility and giving back to their communities . It ’ s not perfect but , we ’ re moving in a positive direction . My hope for the future of tech in Oregon is to help create a locally trained , highly skilled workforce and tech ecosystem that are good for a vibrant economy and sustainable jobs , happy citizens , a healthy environment , and thriving communities working together for a better today AND tomorrow . — Victor Villegas , Technology & Media Support Coordinator at OSU , Salem , OR