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Thank you, Eugene 

When my team and I started our business in Eugene, we were told that start-ups in Eugene are notoriously challenging. Far better, they said, to move to a more fertile city like Portland or Seattle. Funding would be challenging, gathering committed interns and employees difficult, and receiving guidance and mentor support incredibly hard.

However, with the help of my team and the community of Eugene, we have brought our business to a point where we are beginning to nurture relationships with other local business owners and tap into the senses of decency and community that all people in the Eugene-Springfield area know and cherish.

We teamed up with St. Vicent de Paul in early February to sponsor the Truffle Shuffle, a family-friendly race that raises money that goes toward veterans. We have been welcomed into the downtown community and have professional relationships with some local businesses in the area. We have been ably helped by RAIN Eugene and the people we met there. We have been guided, warned off riskier strategic paths,  and included into the fold despite a much lower starting place.

The app we built connects people to locals and their activity groups. So when we think back on it, there is no more poetic a starting place than Eugene, OR.

Thank you,

Ben Nye

Founder, The Kazi App

Top 5 Motivational Speeches

We all have seen some form of locker room speech, the company-wide oration, or motivational monolog that gets us excited for what’s ahead. Sometimes, we even give ourselves motivational speeches to get ourselves off the couch and doing what we know is best for us and others. Some of the best motivational speeches are based on politics; others are based on sports. Many are about facing obstacles head-on with a disregard for the challenges that stand in your way.

Here’s to those speeches that motivate, inspire, and activates something inside to persist in times of struggle, achieve greatness in times of doubt, and ultimately to achieve our goals.

The Top 5 Motivational Speeches:

  1. Sylvester Stallon: Rocky Balboa (2006)

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  2. Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die (2005)

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  1. Charlie Day: Commencement Address (2014)

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  2. Al Pacino: Inch By Inch (1999)


  3. Charles S. Dutton: Rudy (1993)

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Sunday Trivia: Oregon Duck Football


Do you know all the facts about Oregon Ducks football? As the football team is preparing for their first game against UC Davis in less than a week, we’ve created some football related trivia to help you get pumped for the season! Test your knowledge of the Oregon Ducks’ football history and let’s see how you do. We hope you have a great weekend and hope to see you at the fist game in Autzen Stadium on Saturday the 3rd. Go Ducks!

Last week’s winner of Kazi’s Sunday Stumper is Michael C.! Thanks for playing.

Fill out the form below and the winner will receive a Kazi prize!

Why You Need a Hydroflask

(Read to the end for a special offer.)


At Kazi, we are not in the business of endorsing brands. However, this summer we must publicly and genuinely thank our friends at Hydroflask. This is not a water bottle; it is a lifestyle.

How many times have you filled a water bottle to the brim with ice or put boiling hot coffee into a thermos in an effort to preserve the temperature that makes the beverage so much more enjoyable? How many times have you been promised that a device is a solution to these problems only to find out 3 hours later that all your ice has melted and the boiling heat is now just lukewarm?

Dissatisfying. Disappointed. Disenchanted with the product.

The bottles and thermoses begin to take up more and more space in your cupboards like bland pieces of wonder bread with no substance, character, or redeeming quality. Some of them have a logo you like but since when were we in the business of buying products because of the logo? (Actually, that’s a bad question – we do it every day. But you get my point.) The products don’t work.

Until Hydroflask.

The vacuum-insulated stainless steels bottle is truly a marvel. TempShield technology allows cold liquids to remain cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids to remain “steaming” for up to 6 hours. And for once this is a company that makes good on its promises. You don’t get that metallic taste that you get with some water bottles.

For those hot runs and hikes, the Hydroflask has been our trusty companion. We know people who own multiple bottles. And not just two; but three or even four.

So give it a shot; you’ll be glad you did.

And – in our first ever promotion of this type – if you get 15 of your friends to download Kazi, we will send you your own Hydroflask, free of charge.

(Image credit: Hydroflask)

Thursday To-Do’s


Upcoming Activities This Weekend 8/26-8/28

A weekend full of 5k’s is on the way! We have two 5k runs taking place this Saturday, the Salmon 5k in Mapleton, Oregon and the 5k on the Runway at the Eugene airport. If you’re not able to make any of these events, you still have the morning community group runs. Have a fantastic weekend and don’t forget to scroll down for our latest upcoming events.

Group Runs, YMCA Happenings, and Other Adventures

  • Friday, 11am
    • Eugene YMCA
    • YMCA Cardio Tennis
    • See the Kazi app for more details
  • Friday, 1pm, 5:30pm
    • Eugene YMCA
    • YMCA Open Gym Basketball 1pm-3pm, 5:30-10pm
    • See the Kazi app for more details
  • Saturday, 9am
    • RunHub NorthWest, 515 High St. in Eugene
    • RunHub NorthWest is excited to host Saturday morning runs (4-8+ miles)
    • For more information check out the Group Runs page
  • Saturday, 9am
    • Salmon Run 5k
    • 9:00am 5K Run (3.1 miles) and 3K Walk (1.86 miles)
    • Mapleton High School – Mapleton, Oregon
    • For more information check out Eclectic Edge Racing
  • Saturday, 1:45pm
    • 5k on the Runway
    • 1:45pm – Kids Fun Run, 2:00pm – 5K Start
    • Eugene Airport – Eugene, Oregon
    • For more information visit Eclectic Edge Racing

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, September 3rd
    • Hardesty Hardcore Trail Run
    • 8:00am – 14 mile start, 8:30am – 5.5 mile start
    • Hardesty Trailhead – West of Oakridge, Oregon
    • For more information visit Level 32 Racing
  • Saturday, September 10th
    • The 2016 Blast 5k
    • 9:00am 5K (3.1 miles) of color!
    • Stewart Park – Roseburg, Oregon
    • For more information visit Eclectic Edge Racing


How to Watch Football and Appear Smart About It

At Kazi, we know that you’re busy – you might work, go to school, enjoy physical fitness, and take the time to spend with friends. While these are all worthy goals, there can be that time every football season when you just can’t quite get into the game. The vocabulary becomes confusing; the rules are clear as mud, and you find yourself spending four hours on a Saturday or Sunday (or both) completely lost as grown men chase each other around a 100-yd long field.

So without further ado, here is a football how-to guide for the casual viewer:


  • Uniform. This is pretty self-explanatory but can on occasion result in a faux pas if you utter the word “outfit” instead.
  • Yardage. A form of the word “yard”. We still don’t know why we use the term yardage rather than yards, though. Both are nouns that signify what the net gain on the play is.
  • Names of US sport teams. Many other countries keep it simple; the name of the team is the name of the town or city in which the team plays (think Manchester United, Real Madrid, etc.). However, for both colleges and pro teams in the US, you have to be able to go back and forth between the mascot and the city. So just make sure you’re familiar with the mascots of the teams you’re watching. You don’t want to be the person who says “Seattle Falcons” or “Alabama Ducks.”
  • The line of scrimmage. This is where the play begins. Both teams must be on or behind the line of scrimmage on their respective sides of the field.
  • Flag on the play. The referee throws a yellow flag when he sees something worthy of a penalty. This has led to the term “flag on the play”. The implications of this are too numerous to go into today but in some instances, it can lead to a “free play”.
  • Free play. If the defense gets a penalty and a flag has been thrown during the play, the game continues. Often you will see the offense take a big risk with a throw down the field because the worst case scenario is that the play doesn’t work but the defense still gets penalized nonetheless.

How to win:

  • In short, you have four chances to get 10 yards when you have the ball. If the other team prevents you from accumulating 10 yards in four plays, then they get the ball. For example, if you start on the 20-yard line, you have four plays to get to the 30-yard line.
  • Now let’s say you have only been able to get to the 25-yard line after three plays. In that case, you can kick it as far as you can down the field because the likelihood of getting those 5 yards is pretty small. The other team will (most likely) still get the ball, but at least they will be farther away from scoring themselves.
  • Play continues in this manner until some get the ball into the end zone, located at both ends of the field.
  • In some circumstances, teams that are reasonably close to the end zone but too far away to score (say 20 yards) will try a field goal. This is where the ball is kicked between the posts at either end of the field.


  • 6 points for a touchdown (but can become 7 or 8 with the option for points-after-touchdown)
  • 3 points for a field goal
  • 2 points for safety (just don’t worry about this too much right now – it doesn’t happen often)

Something to say to sound like a smart football analyst:

  • “The game is being won at the line of scrimmage right now.”

(Image Credit: Sporting Charts)

The 10 Best Sports Movies of All Time

An incredible summer Olympics have finally wrapped up in Rio. Many of the medals awarded in the last few weeks have come as a result of incredible stories of motivation, teamwork, and perseverance. These stories, while often times overwhelming, are all around us. A great tale of overcoming obstacles, or rising above difficulty always gets us up off the couch and ready to do more. That’s why this week we have chosen to mobilize around the top ten best sports movies of all time.

  1. Rocky (1976)

  2. A League of Their Own (1992)

  3. Rudy (1993)

  4. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

  5. Coach Carter (2005)

  6. Remember the Titans (2000)

  7. We Are Marshall (2006)

  8. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

  9. Hoosiers (1986)

  10. The Blind Side (2009)

If you’re feeling down and want a great motivator, make sure you watch these ten great movies.

Think others should be in the top ten? Let us know by commenting below, or emailing us at