Author: Jim Teece
SOREDI published an article about me written by Chris Cook on June 14, 2014. You can find the original article here. I copied it onto my page for convenience and long term storage.
ASHLAND, OR – What brings a software development company to Southern Oregon? After living in California and Arizona, Jim and Dena Teece chose to move their company, Project A, to Ashland, Oregon, for a combination of business and personal reasons: good transportation options, FedEx service, a small college-town atmosphere, a brew pub and it was friendly to small business.
“When we moved here we were blown away at the brilliant people that we kept meeting,” Jim exclaimed. “The quality of life is so high that brilliant people move here on purpose, and when you have this sea of brilliance, you really can do anything.”
That was 20 years ago—before the Internet—and while there are many more benefits for businesses today, not everything has changed. The quality of life and the quality of resources remains central to people’s happiness and success.
As a provider of e-government solutions, Jim and his team developed an easy and inexpensive way for municipalities to develop websites just as the Internet was taking hold. “I was realizing that a lot of the cities were spending a lot of money to get on the Internet and I don’t like that. I like keeping taxpayers’ dollars wisely used,” Jim explains.
Project A created a “Site in a Box” that any city employee could use to build a website that informed and empowered its citizens. It includes everything from news updates, council agendas and minutes to utility bills and traffic ticket payment systems.
After noticing that most citizens who are city council members are not versed on how to manage a city-sized budget, Jim is currently working on a subscription-based model for cities to help citizens, the city council and staff prioritize their budgets. This alleviates the need and expense of hiring consultants with taxpayer money.
“Chief Disrupter and Host” of the Ashland Innovators Conference, Jim has been a lightning rod, bringing simple solutions to complex problems and bringing people together for the common good. When Jim sees a void, he creates a solution. “We’re small, just 14 people, but I like being a SWAT team. Our team is awesome. It’s the right mix of programmers, designers, project managers and support people. We go in, work on a project and when we’re done, we get out,” Jim explains.
“What would I tell any business that was thinking about moving to Southern Oregon?” “Well, I’d say, do it. Go as fast as you can. Hurry up,” Jim muses. “There are organizations here that are set to help you. They’re here to welcome you with open arms to help you thrive.
“What would I say? I would say welcome to Southern Oregon. We’re ready for you. We are developing a wonderfully supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem with Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), the Jefferson Grapevine, Sustainable Valley Technology Group Business Accelerator, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network, among others.”
5350 Hwy. 66
Ashland, OR 97520
PRINT VERSION: Brilliant People: Project A
I was invited to share my education story to teachers, students and administrators of the Medford School District during an inservice day where they met to redesign the future of education.
It’s a crazy story about not fitting in at school and yet somehow finding a way to make a difference in the world.
The segment below is a piece of the whole conversation called “It’s supposed to be hard” – I like it because it’s short and fun and shows off my speaking style.
Here is the full video. It’s long but has many short stories.
Audio Podcast – 30 minute guest on Innovations in Education with Julie Niles Fry 6/16/2018
November 22, 2017 by SOREDI
Thursday, December 14, 2017, beginning at 5:30 pm, SOREDI will offer a LAUNCH|Talk for area start-ups at Climate City Brewery in Grants Pass. The program will feature serial entrepreneur, Jim Teece, founder of Project A, Ashland Home Net, Rogue Broadband and Umpqua Broadband. Food and beverage will be provided at the event. Beer and wine […]
I was invited to speak to fellow entrepreneurs about what it was like to start and grow a business in Southern Oregon. It was supposed to only be 15 tips but in typical Teece fashion I over did it.
Fair Attendance Attracting the Millennials
How do you attract the “Millennial Generation” to the County Fair?
I will share our experiences at the Jackson County Fair and how we turned it around by creating experiences for the next Generation. I’ll also share real world “Millennials” stories and misconceptions and I’ll speak to removing the label “Millennials” and instead focus on “TNG – The Next Generation“
Speakers: Jim Teece.
Moderated by: Mark Koberstein-Josephine County Fair
I have been asked to give a talk at the Klamath Idea on January 23, 2019 – The event runs from 5:30 to 8pm atMC’s on Main is located at 617 Main St. in downtown Klamath Falls and I’m just a small part of it. I’ll be speaking about Project A as well as all my other companies and what it’s like to run them in Southern Oregon.
The Klamath IDEA is a community initiative committed to creating a thriving entrepreneurial culture in Klamath and Lake Counties here in Oregon.
It sounds a lot like the E2E initiative we started here. I’m looking forward to it.
Here is the link to the event info.
I have been asked to give the closing keynote at the 16th annual Rogue Biz Forum. This is a free event for small business owners and dreamers. I am proud to have been involved since the first forum. I also sponsor the after-party. It’s a free event so come down and make sure you don’t miss my closing keynote.
Friday, October 26, 2018 — 7:30 AM – 4:30
I have been asked to speak to the FFA/4H, Staff and Community at large at the Nevada County Fair.