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3 Tech Companies That Started in Bend, Ore. Bend, Ore., is a up-and-coming location for young entrepreneurs, here are three companies that got their start in the city.

By Bruce Schoenfeld

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Dan Hobin, CEO of G5
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Breakout business: G5
G5's second-floor office space in downtown Bend looks like the stage set for a sitcom about a postmillennium tech company. There's the cooler stocked with Red Bull, the exposed heating pipes and bare concrete floors, the dartboard for blowing off steam--even the requisite canine trotting between desks in the open-space work area.

"No one works in offices anymore," says CEO Dan Hobin, who founded the company seven years ago. "They all want to work in a Starbucks. So this is like one big coffee shop." At last count, G5 had 130 employees and a 43 percent annual growth rate. Its 2012 billings are expected to top $22 million. From the original concept of providing internet marketing for self-storage facilities, it has expanded its online services to owners of retirement homes and multifamily apartments.

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