2019 Bend Venture Conference: Growing Fast

Speaker Robert PEase


2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Robert Pease

Managing Director, Cascade Seed Fund

What They Don’t Tell You: Lessons Learned From Growing Fast

Robert Pease is Managing Director of Cascade Seed Fund, an early stage investment fund focused technology and consumer products companies in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, as well as Fund Manager and Venture Partner to the predecessor Cascade Angels Funds. His background includes being a founder, CEO, and go-to-market executive at six venture-backed startups where he has seen success, failure, and everything in between. He began his career as a management consultant with Accenture based in Washington, DC. Pease holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.  He has the privilege of living in Bend, Oregon with his amazing wife and two daughters.


Speaker Kelly


2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Kelly Oriard

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Slumberkins

What They Don’t Tell You: Lessons Learned From Growing Fast

Kelly Oriard is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Slumberkins, a Direct-to-Consumer, e-commerce, children’s brand on a mission to promote emotional wellness and provide tools to help raise caring, confident, and resilient children. The brand is refreshing the plush toy industry, and resonating with parents that find community on social media platforms and seek out modern, new, and intentional products to bring into their homes. Slumberkins is on the forefront of brand building online as they expand into children’s entertainment by bringing the characters to life in a preschool television series produced by the Jim Henson Company.


Speaker Callie Christensen


2019 Bend Venture Conference Speaker: Callie Christensen

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Slumberkins

What They Don’t Tell You: Lessons Learned From Growing Fast

Callie Christensen is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Slumberkins, a Direct-to-Consumer, e-commerce children’s brand on a mission to promote emotional wellness and provide tools to help raise caring, confident, and resilient children. The brand is refreshing the plush toy industry, and resonating with parents that find community on social media platforms and seek out modern, new, and intentional products to bring into their homes. Slumberkins is on the forefront of brand building online as they expand into children’s entertainment by bringing the characters to life in a preschool television series produced by the Jim Henson Company.


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