Entrepreneurs perfect their product pitches during 54-hour Startup Weekend

By Sunday evening, Lorenzo Aiello’s eyes were bloodshot and he was ready for a full night’s sleep.
Aiello got four hours of sleep Friday night and three hours Saturday, as he and a team of hopeful entrepreneurs worked all weekend to perfect their pitch for a startup company called Perfect Menu.
“I have no voice, obviously, and I haven’t eaten dinner,” Aiello said. Nonetheless,
and his group were full of enthusiasm, as they pitched their product and cheered on other groups.

The Perfect Menu group was one of seven that participated in a 54-hour event
called Startup Weekend in Bend. The event was one of 125 startup weekends taking place around the world this month.

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Election brings friendly frontyard rivalry

This fall, something new sprouted on the well-kept lawn in front of Rod Kohler’s home on Northwest Broadway in Bend. Kohler, 75, had been a Republican for years but never felt strongly enough about an election to put up political signs.
Meanwhile, his neighbor Ken Cooper, 82, put out campaign signs for Democratic candidates in one election after another.

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