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JULY 2010

Julia Hartz, EventBrite: NCWIT Hero, Bootstrapping
David Cohen, President & CEO, TechStars, Startup Ecosystem
GearBox Adam Wilson & Ian Bernstein, TechStars Boulder Class 2010
Josh Holmberg, BroadSoft, Communication Industry Changes
ISTE Denver Convention Ctr - 18,000 Attendees, Microsoft
Dave Jilk, Ceo & Founder, Standing Cloud, Avoid Lock-ins
Rich Martinez, Young American Center for Financial Education 7/19/10
Larry Nelson, Super Charge Your Business Now 7/26/10
Timothy Rodell President & CEO, GlobeImmune 1 of 3
Timothy Rodell Immune stimulation 2 of 3
Michael Joseph & Tom Feldhusen TechStars 2010

AUGUST 2010
Krista Marks, GM, Disney Online Kerpoof Studio, NCWIT Hero
Timothy Rodell President & CEO, GlobeImmune Part 3 of 3

Boulder has an interesting startup ecosystem
David Cohen, President and CEO, TechStarsenclosure-voice 871_ 7/19/10- Four years ago, Larry interviewed David Cohen about an idea they had just launched. David is the founder and CEO of TechStars. The idea was interesting and exciting but it is very different today. David offers an overview and an update on the TechStars progression. "TechStars is a three month long, mentorship oriented program for Internet startups. We surround them with some of the serial entrepreneurs and investors in the country and we try to help move them from an idea to a business. For the first two years we operated just in Boulder, after that we did expand. In 2009 we expanded the program to Boston. So we operated the program in two places in the summer of 2009, and decided after that experience, running them at the same time was actually sub optimal. So we now run the Boston program in the spring of each year. There was a gentleman, Bill Warner, who is one of the investors in TechStars Boston, who was an investor in one of our companies, EventView in 2007. Bill really understood what we were doing was a mentorship plus community model, where people like him from the community could really get involved with the startups. Then there is Brad Feld. Just finished the second year there and it's gone really well, lots of interested investors, a different set of investors in that community. Then just recently we announced we're also expanding to Seattle, which will run in the fall. we've also been approached by hundreds of organizations around the world, trying to do things similar to TechStars. I've done some consulting on the off season, places like Singapore, Japan, England, Denmark, and Canada, and talked to people about how to do this. Recently we decided to launch the Global Affiliate Program." David and Larry had a very interesting discussion about the challenges entrepreneurs face in Colorado, other states and other countries ...listen for details...
Related Links: TechStars || Brad Feld Blog || SpringStage Colorado || avid Cohen Blog || w3w3.com Blog || Keywords: David Cohen, TechStars, Brad Feld, Entrepreneurs, Bill Warner, Boston, Seattle, Singapore, Japan, England, Denmark, Canada 7/19/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 5558024 Listen to: David Cohen, TechStars

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Small business + Cloud - Avoid lock-ins
Dave Jilk, CEO and President, Standing 
    Cloud enclosure-voice 861_ 7/26/10 - Larry interviewed Dave Jilk, CEO & Founder, Standing Cloud. Larry mentioned it was an interesting name. Dave said, "It has a Native American sound to it and seemed very appropriate for what we were trying to do. Which was, build systems that work in the cloud but don't move around all the time. So, that was the basic idea behind the name, Standing Cloud. Dave said, "The definition of cloud keeps expanding to include essentially anything that is software, internet related, so it's lost quite a bit of its meaning. I think that we're still in the tighter definition of 'cloud', which includes some of the newer technologies. Certainly software as a service is reasonably considered a veteran definition of cloud." Larry brought up one of his favorite topics, "We're experiencing amazing growth with the Internet, web and technology, change is racing at us." Dave replied, "Yes, and that's the whole idea behind what we're trying to do. We're creating a stable platform for applications even though the technology is changing quickly. So for Standing Cloud the idea is you wouldn't need to continue using that server and next time it gets out of date, you don't need to buy one! Larry, you talk to start up companies all over and you're probably very aware that most of them don't buy servers anymore. They fire them up on Amazon or other services. And these on demand servers are always available, you pay by the hour and the hourly rate is in the pennies. So in terms of provisioning a data center, a startup company doesn't really need to buy servers or buy cables, or have a rack. They just fire them up on these services and it's tremendously powerful for a startup because you can scale if you need to, but you can keep it small until you grow. What we're adding to that, for the small business, is the ability to deploy applications without technical skills, but retain the flexibility of modifying it or moving it to a different service, thereby avoiding lock-ins." Listen for more details...he also talks about his strong relationship with Brad Feld.
Related Links: Standing Cloud || Foundry Group || Brad Feld Blog || In the News || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Dave Jilk, Standing Cloud, Brad Feld, MIT, Cloud, SaaS, Server, Entrepreneurs, Small Business, 7/19/10 bytes: 6667705 Listen to: Dave Jilk, CEO and Founder, Standing Cloud

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867_ 7/12/10 - The voice of 18,000 teachers and industry representatives
enclosure-voice Pat, Lary and their daughter Kirsten attended the ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) at the CoDon Field, Microsoft Certification 
        Program, Larry Nelson, w3w3.com & Ray Kelly, Certiport at the ISTE Conference at the Denver Colorado Convention Center, June 28, 2010lorado Convention Center with 18,000 teachers and industry representatives from around the country, and in fact from around the world attended. This is the largest educational conference in the country. Spread over four days with booths, demonstrations and multiple tracks, this conference covered the entire Colorado Convention Center, three floors. We stopped to visit organizations we knew, NCWIT the National Center for Women and Information Technology and then for this interview we went up to the quiet, closed, private interview rooms provided by our guests, Ray Kelly, president and CEO of Certiport and Don Field, Microsoft Certification program. You'll note when listening to this that 18,000 people were not whispering. And indeed, this conference might very well have registered on the Richter Scale, down in Boulder. We interviewed Certiport's CEO Ray Kelly and Senior Director of Microsoft Certification Programs Don Field. Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services which include practice tests via MeasureUp® delivered through an expansive network of over 10,000 testing centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs. MOS 2010 will impact the academic community by: Allowing students to experience greater success in the classroom and enter the workforce with an important advantage over other job candidates; Giving teachers a powerful tool for measuring and developing digital literacy among their students, while earning their own certification for professional development; Strengthening academic institutions with relevant, state-of-the-art learning and cost-effective solutions so students can develop skills they will need in the workplace...listen for more...
Related Links: Microsoft Learning || Certiport || MOS 2010 || NCWIT Home || Keywords: Don Field, Microsoft Certification Program, Ray Kelly, Certiport, NCWI, ISTE, The International Society for Technology in Education, 7/12/10 Chnl: Software bytes: 7831617 Listen to: Ray Kelly, Certiport and Don Field, Microsoft

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Josh Holmberg, BroadSoft 866_ 7/12/10 - Talking about the changes in the communication industry
enclosure-voice Larry interviewed Josh Holmberg, president of Communications Technology Professionals (CTP) and is Regional Vice President of Sales for BroadSoft and represents ten states in the western region icluding companies like Qwest, Level 3, tw telecom, IP5280 and others. Josh pointed out, "The communications industry is changing so rapidly on a number of different levels. Consolidation being one of them and probably getting the most press these days, specifically here in Colorado and how it affects us in relation to CTP as well as software vendors. So Qwest, obviously being in the throes of a merger with Century Link is making a lot of people on the Front Range a little nervous. But, Level 3 seems to be riding the shift and doing some good things up in Broomfield and around the rest of the country, so they seem to be the table stakes now for communications here in Colorado. I think you'll continue to see a lot of consolidation, there have been several others announced recently, they're a little smaller and don't get the press. Another aspect of communications constant change is technology. One of the things in the industry, that's been changing rapidly over the last couple years is the proliferation and availability of broadband. Qwest has put a lot of money into higher speeds to the home, and now we're starting to see higher speeds on wireless devices, whether that's from AT&T or Verizon, some of the wireless providers, or other people like Open Range and WildBlue doing wimax and satellite based broadband access." Larry asked, "Voice Over IP (VoIP), could you define it?" "I like to relate it to the old way of doing things. Where Qwest would come and tear up the ground, put some twisted lines of copper to your house and deliver you 64k of..." Listen for details...
Related Links: BroadSoft || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Josh Holmberg, Communications Technology Professionals, CTP, BroadSoft, communication industry, Qwest, Level 3, tw telecom, IP5280 - 7/12/10 Chnl: ComTechPros bytes: 4881243 Listen to: Josh Holmberg, Broadsoft

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Larry Nelson, Author, Trainer, Speaker, 
        Consultant and Host of the very popular w3w3.com Radio Talk Show 751_ 6/7/10 - The Contradiction of Focus When Building a Business
Mastering Change 
        in the Midst of Chaos by Larry Nelson enclosure-voice When you ask successful entrepreneurs, "What are the keys to building a successful, sustaining business?" Among other words, they'll say, "Passion, A+ Team, Commitment, Innovation, Focus." While all have substance, the successful entrepreneurs have fascinating stories that support those descriptions, I would like to point out that 'Focus' is a double-edged sword. Let’s be clear, focus is a critical element for building a successful business. It's true that if you don't know where you are going any road will take you there. Then again, if you are so focused on where you are going, you could get side-swiped because you didn't see "it" coming. So what does this all mean? In Larry’s book, Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos, Chapter 12, "Ground Swells of Change - Prepare, capitalize or fall victim, he discusses five different examples of landscapes and their ground swells of change. He also writes about trends of both the past and the future. Trends have an impact on the landscape; however it's the groundswell that will often determine the success or failure of an endeavor, personal or professional. ‘The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.’ said Johann Wolfgang Goethe. A ‘ground swell of change’ is never a solo effort; it takes many active forces to build up a head of steam. Examples include: innovations, inventions, laws, events, in/out of favor fads, something that is displaced or replaced, cultural changes, local events, controversy, fiscal changes, mergers, movements, etc. There's more...
Related Links: Amazon || Entrepreneurs Channel || w3w3.com Home || Mastering Change Blog || Keywords: Mastering Change, Chaos, Larry Nelson, Entrepreneurs, Focus, Ground Swells of Change, Landscape, Trends Channel: Change 4014776 bytes 12/7/09; 6/7/10 LISTEN to Larry Nelson, Author, Trainer, Consultant, Keynote Speaker & w3w3.com Radio Host

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Raised about $8 million in a venture round
Dr. Timothy Rodell, President and CEO, 
        GlobeImmune enclosure-voice 872_ 7/19/10 - The GlobeImmune story is interesting both from the perspective of a Colorado creation, a small business job creation and how biotech companies come to be. It was founded by three scientists from the University of Colorado who made an interesting discovery about the interaction of yeast and fungi with the immune system. They filed patents, raised a fairly substantial amount of money through small business innovative research and federal grants and through local and ultimately national venture capitalists. Larry interviewed Dr. Timothy Rodell, President and CEO, GlobeImmune. "We raised about $8 million in a venture round that was lead by Sequel Ventures, a local Colorado firm, and a national VC came into that and subsequently has gotten substantial investment. Not only from a number of VC's in the USA, Asia and in Europe, but also four different large pharmaceutical companies. So we've raised a total of about $150 million." He went on, "The reason why it's important to understand how this works is a prime example of how academic research can ultimately lead to potentially important commercial products that can change the way that medicine is practiced. The grease that makes this happen, the way that this happens in the best sense, is that university scientists can be guided by a technology transfer office. A sophisticated technology transfer office at the University of Colorado, led by Dave Allen, is a classic example of that. I got involved at that point, when I heard the story from the founders, I got excited. We wrote a business plan together, and we put together the initial funding and have been operating independently since about 2002." Then they got into one of their areas of research. "There are now 4 to 5 million people in the U.S. who are chronically infected with Hepatitis C, and 170 million worldwide. it is the primary cause requiring liver transplantation and the primary cause of liver cancer. If you look at patients who are infected with Hepatitis C, there is a very striking observation. If you..." Listen for more...
Related Links: GlobeImmune || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || Keywords: Dr, Timothy Rodell, GlobeImmune, Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) Infection, University of Colorado, Tech Transfer, Sequel Ventures, VC's, Liver Cancer, T Cell, Pharmaceutical Companies, Dave Allen - 7/19/10 - Part 1 of 3 bytes: 5934814
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Dr. Timothy Rodell, CEO, GlobeImmune Immune stimulation: The Holy Grail
enclosure-voice 876_ 7/26/10- "The question is can the immune system be used to fight disastrous diseases like Hepatitis C and cancer? And the answer is it can." Larry continued his interview with Dr. Timothy Rodell, President and CEO, GlobeImmune. Dr.Rodell continued, "People have been trying to do this for 25 or 30 years, what has been missing in all the attempts to stimulate the immune system is the ability to stimulate a T-cell response. Classical vaccines and most of the ways that have been tried generate antibodies. Antibody is important for acute infections, but when we're talking about cancer, we're talking about chronic infections, those are things that happen inside the cell and antibodies can't get inside the cell. T-cells can kill cells that have foreign proteins or malignant proteins in them. Hepatitis is a great example of why this is important. There is a treatment approved for Hepatitis C, which involves using a protein called interferon. But the problem with that treatment is that it only works in about 40% of patients who have the type of Hepatitis C infection that's generally seen in the United States. So we're treating basically 100 patients to cure only about 40 of them. We've just completed a study, I'm looking at 140 patients who have chronic Hepatits C infection. We treated half of those patients with 'standard of care' what's currently approved. Then we treated the other half of the patients with the same thing plus our product, which is called GI5005. What we were able to show, first of all, was we generated immune responses, T-cell responses that looked exactly like you see in that lucky 20% of patients able to clear the virus acutely. This is actually the first time that anyone has ever shown a meaningful clinical impact on a chronic infectious disease using immune stimulation. So this is the Holy Grail." Listen for more...
Related Links: GlobeImmune || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || Keywords: Dr, Timothy Rodell, GlobeImmune, Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) Infection, University of Colorado, Tech Transfer, Immune Stimulation, VCs, Liver Cancer, T Cell, Pharmaceutical Companies, Dave Allen 7/26/10 bytes: 3693508
Listen to: Timothy Rodell, M.D., CEO, GlobeImmune [Part 2 of 3] LINK to Part 3 8/2/10


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You can control physical devices with your phone
Ian Bernstein, CEO, 
        GearBox and Adam Wilson, GearBox enclosure-voice 873_ 7/26/10- "A really interesting thing is we've made the android source code super open, super easy, to where developers who know nothing about hardware can start putting little commands on, like move forward and it does - and that really opens it up to doing almost anything." Larry had a discussion with the leaders of GearBox, Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, which is part of the 2010 TechStars Class. Ian said, "At Gearbox, we allow you to control physical devices with your phone. Over 78% of the apps in the Apple App Store are in the games and entertainment market and we figured that would be a good place to start. What we're doing is building a robot ball that you can control by tilting your thumb. So, just like the iPhone, people can say it's just a phone, but it's not just a phone. You can check your email, you can text, play games, you can do a lot of different things - there are thousands of apps for it. So, we're building this ball, and it's not 'just a ball'. The first app we're coming out with is 'Sumo' and by tilting our phones, we can physically throw a ball, your ball off the table. While we're doing this, there are on screen components, you can have power-ups and other features that wouldn't be possible just in RC play." Adam continued, "We get rid of having to know all the 'blue tooth' and all the hard stuff that goes into controlling a spherical robot. Another app that we're really excited about is the 'Cat Hat'. So now you're going to start buying apps for your cat, right? So the ball can get batted around at home, by your cat and it keeps track of and gives a score that can be posted on social networks, like they do with other games, and people get competitive with cats." ...listen for more...
Related Links: GearBox Home || GearBox Blog || Gearbox's Smart Ball || TechStars || Brad Feld Blog || David Cohen Blog || Economy Builders || Keywords: Ian Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Gearbox, Apps, iPhone, Android Source Code, Entrepreneurship, TechStars, Mentors, Paul Berberian, Network 7/26/10 bytes: 5098478 Listen to: Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, GearBox

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Rich Martinez, President, Young Americans 
    Center for Financial Education

Really understanding the workings of a free enterprise economy
enclosure-voice 871_ 7/19/10- In the recent past we've heard from a number of VC's and successful entrepreneurs that the one thing they wished they would have had was a better financial education.... and Larry wishes he could have had the Young Americans Center in his portfolio! Larry visited with Rich Martinez, President & CEO, Young Americans Center for Financial Education. "Young Americans has been around since the late 80s when Young Americans Bank was founded by the late cable mogul, Bill Daniels, who is well known in this community as a philanthropist. We focus on financial literacy for young people up through the age of 22. We have four content areas that we focus on, banking and personal finance, free enterprise, global economics and entrepreneurship, all for that youth age from 0 to 22. So our flagship programs include Young Americans Bank, of course the world's only bank specifically designed for young people under the age of 22; Our Free Enterprise program 'Young AmeriTowne has been in Colorado schools serving fifth graders for a little over 20 years now. This program is where fifth graders get to run a kid sized town for a day, assuming the roles of consumers and producers, but really understanding the intricate workings of a free enterprise economy. They move on in seventh grade to our Global Economics program called 'International Towne' where those seventh graders get to run the world for a day. Being citizens of 16 different countries and participating in a world economy. Then we have a variety of entrepreneurship programs, starting as young as second grade all the way up through high school. But our flagship program that is embedded in high school, our first non bricks and mortar based program is called "Get Ahead for Business". It is state wide in over 60 schools and just like all our other programs, with a hands-on component where students get to run a real life business in their high school learning those pieces of being an entrepreneur. We serve over 400 schools in the Denver Metro area and throughout Colorado." ...listen for more...
Related Links: Young Americans Center || Daniels Fund || Economy Builders || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Rich Martinez, Young Americans Center, Bill Daniels, Financial Education, Young Americans Bank, Personal Finance, Free Enterprise, Global Economics Entrepreneurship - 7/19/10 bytes: 5162112 Listen to: Rich Martinez, President, Young Americans Center

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Julia Hartz, Co Founder & President, 
        EventBrite.com 868_ 7/12/10 - Bootstrapping: Growing
from 3 to 60 employees

enclosure-voice "We bootstrapped the company, just thre people for two years, very product focused, but she is happy to announce they are now nearing 60 employees, so it's quite a different company now than it was even back in 2008. On the product side we're just really focused on making life simpler for event organizers," said Julia Hartz, EventBrite, Co-Founder & President. Lee Kennedy, NCWIT Board Member and founder of Bolder Search, Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network had a conversation with Julia. She is responsible for the overall vision and strategy of the company. Julia is a reformed Television Network Executive and comes to EventBrite by way of Hollywood. During her tenure in the television industry, Julia was a creative executive at FX Networks and helped supervise The Shield, NASCAR Drivers: 360, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Prior to FX Networks, Julia worked in creative development at MTV Networks where she was fortunate enough to work on several prolific shows such as Jackass. When asked, "Why are you and entrepreneur and what makes you tick?" Julia replied, "I'm an entrepreneur because I think I can change an industry. I also love helping to build something that people want. Being an entrepreneur, for me, I feel like I'm part owner in a movement and there is just something inherently satisfying about working on something you feel such ownership and passion about." Based on her experiences Julia shares a number of ideas and recommendations for entrepreneurs ...listen now...
Related Links: NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || EventBrite || Bolder Search || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Julia Hartz, EventBrite, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Lee Kennedy, Bolder Search, Entrepreneurship 7/12/10 Chnl: NCWIT bytes: 12491967 Listen to: Julia Hartz, President & Co-Founder, EventBrite.com

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