We are entrepreneurs ourselves. We have experienced both the challenges and rewards that come from starting, growing, and scaling businesses. We put that knowledge and perspective to work for the companies that choose to partner with us.
Julie Harrelson, Managing Partner
Julie Harrelson is an entrepreneur and investor in Oregon’s startup community. She has navigated multiple executive roles in design, technology, and angel investing and co-founded Cascade Angels Fund in Bend in 2013 with a group of entrepreneurs and investors and served as Fund Manager for the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 funds.
Harrelson is invited to speak at industry conferences and events and has presented “Best Practices in Building and Managing Angel Funds and Groups” at the international Angel Capital Association Summit in Philadelphia.
Every month she emcees a popular Pubtalk sponsored by Economic Development of Central Oregon (EDCO) typically attended by approximately 200-300 entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders.
The 2017 Bend Woman of the Year and a 2014 Woman of Influence Award winner, Julie is an active member of the Angel Capital Association and serves on the board of the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, the Board of Advisory Directors of the Central & Eastern Oregon Region of U.S. Bank National Association and is a founding member of the Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University.
Robert Pease, Partner
Robert Pease has over 20 years of experience as an investor, founder, operational executive, and consultant. He previously served as a Community Advisor to the 2017 Fund, assisting the Fund Manager with deal sourcing, due diligence, and fund operations. His experience includes early stage company formation and growth to scaling and exit and has been a seed stage investor since 2011.
He was previously CEO of LoopFuse, Inc. (sold to Salesfusion, Inc.), Vice President of
Marketing at Gist, Inc. (sold to Blackberry, Ltd.), and has held a variety of senior marketing and product roles in four other venture-backed technology startups. He began his career as a management consultant with Accenture’s Global Communications and Technology practice based in Washington, DC. He holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.