(Photo above: (L-R) Justin Johnson, CEO, LeadMethod; Garret Wales, Cascade Angels investor and co-Founder, 10 Barrel Brewing Company; Julie Harrelson, CEO, Harrelson Group, Fund Manager Cascade Angels | photo by Kameron Neal)
Cascade Angels Fund has invested $100,000 in Bend-based start-up LeadMethod. The company provides channel sales management software to companies that sell through independent sales reps and distributors.
The Cascade Angels investment team was impressed with the LeadMethod team and the company’s product, which has already garnered more than a dozen loyal enterprise clients.
“LeadMethod has targeted an underserved market with a powerful solution that is quickly gaining traction,” says Julie Harrelson, CEO of Harrelson Group, which serves as the Fund Manager for Cascade Angels. “We’re excited about this recent investment, and it’s great to have local capital available to invest in these opportunities.”
The Cascade Angels 2015 Fund grew to $725,000 this year, a 58 percent increase over 2014’s fund. The mission of the Cascade Angels Fund is to create opportunities for investors and businesses in and with connections to Central Oregon to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity across the state.
Cascade Angelsinvestor Garrett Wales, co-Founder of 10 Barrel Brewing Company, says such funds are vital to the region’s economy. “Early financial investment for aspiring entrepreneurs is critical to job creation in Oregon. I’m stoked to be part of this effort,” he says.
Justin Johnson, CEO of LeadMethod, moved his company to Bend from the Puget Sound area.
“It’s great to have the support of local investors as we embark on a period of rapid growth,” Johnson says. “The Cascade Angels Fund investment certainly helps accelerate our efforts and fuel hires right here in Bend.”
Cascade Angels Fund is sponsored by Bank of the Cascades, Jones & Roth, Karnopp Petersen LLP, and Harrelson Group.
LeadMethod is a Bend, Oregon based software company targeting companies that sell through independent sales reps and distributors. The company’s Distributor Relationship Management (DRM) software helps companies automate lead distribution, generate real-time feedback from their channel partners, and make data-driven decisions to increase sales revenue. LeadMethod can be used to optimize existing CRM and marketing automation software or as a stand-alone platform.