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May 2010
Kelly Burton, InvestorAvenue.com ||
Jim Kidder & Greg Bowlin, CTIR ||
Jeff Hoffman, Keynote - Colo Capital Confernce ||
Jeffrey Pearl & John Scarborough
ML Mackey
, Beacon Interactive Systems ||
Timothy Marquez, Venoco, Inc. ||
Mark McIntosh, Victory Productions ||
Pooja Nath, Piazzza ||
Leonard Nimoy, Press Conf ||
Leonard Nimoy Shares ||
Bob Ogdon, SwiftPage ||
Kathleen Quinn Votaw, TalenTrust ||
Mark Rentschler CU TTO ||
Theresa Szczurek, Radish Comm Sys ||
Brian Tsuchiya, Crowd Funding ||
Mark Weakley, Due Diligence Process ||

847_ 5/24/10 - Leonard Nimoy Media Briefing on YouTube
Leonard Nimoy, Actor, Recipient Space Foundation - Douglas S. Morrow Public 
        Outreach Award 2010 In addition to his appearance as the featured speaker at the Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame® Dinner, actor Leonard Nimoy spoke with reporters at a media briefing during the 26th National Space Symposium. Mr. Nimoy's portrayal of the intense, rational, and emotionally suppressed Vulcan, Spock, on TV’s Star Trek has left an indelible imprint on popular culture, earning him three Emmy nominations. Also a successful movie director, he is responsible for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the most successful of the Star Trek films to date; and numerous films outside of the Star Trek series. Three of his films have been ranked among the top box office successes of all time. Aside from his credits as actor and director, Nimoy has recorded ten narrative albums, authored several volumes of poetry, and his black and white art photography is represented in several galleries nationwide. In 2003, Nimoy and his wife, Susan Bay-Nimoy, founded the Nimoy Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides funding for education and arts programs. At Nimoy's press conference there were reporters from around the world, from TV to print media, from radio to Internet sites. They asked all different types of questions, some were very bizarre. The link below has five segments on YouTube...they are funny, stimulating and informative ...whether you are a Star Trek fan or not...
Related Links: Nimoy on YouTube || Complete Story || Space Technology Hall of Fame || Symposium Videos || Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award || Symposium Breaks Records || Space Symposium Photos || w3w3® Interviews Leonard Nimoy || Keywords: Leonard Nimoy, Space Technology Hall of Fame, Space Symposium, YouTube, Spock, Star Trek, Media Briefing > 5/24/10 Chnl: News Press Conference Video: Leonard Nimoy, Press Briefing

845_ 5/24/10 - Their students learn more about the world
Greg Bowlin, CTIR Board Member Jim Kidder, Exec. Dir, CTIR enclosure-voice The International Studies Schools Association (ISSA) is a national network of K-12 schools dedicated to improving students' understanding of the world. Larry interviewed Jim Kidder, Executive Director for the University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies, Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) and Greg Bowlin a CTIR board member and past chair of the World Trade Center board of directors. Greg is a Sr. VP and Chief Strategy Officer with Jeppesen, a company with worldwide exposure. The interview was conducted at the Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. They were celebrating the winners of the World Affairs Challenge which is an innovative student program that helps middle school and high school students expand their global vision with real-world international issues. The 2010 theme encompasses 'the Millennium Development Goals.' The World Affairs Challenge is an international, academic tournament for middle and high school students. Jim pointed out, "CTIR has been in existence for about 40 years to really focus on K-12 global education. So even though we are affiliated with the University of Denver, we really try to reach out to teachers all across Colorado and even across the United States to help them have their students learn more about the world." Greg said, "What they found is people that come into the business in the U.S. know very little about international business and how to deal internationally. In fact they find with kids and people in general, that they're just not exposed globally, to what's going on in the world. I feel it's just very important that they know this because business has become global." There's much more here so listen now... subscribe to our RSS feed
Related Links: CTIR: Center for Teaching International Relations || World Affairs Challenge || U.N. Millennium Development Goals || Find It || CTIR Event Photos 5/18/10 || Keywords: Jim Kidder, Greg Bowlin, Center for Teaching International Relations, CTIR, International Studies Schools Association, ISSA, University of Denver, International Studies 5/24/10 Chnl: News/Future bytes: 3916071 Listen to: Jim Kidder, Greg Bowlin, CTIR

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840_ 5/10/10 - Leonard Nimoy Shares Views on Creativity
Leonard Nimoy, Views on 
        Creativity An enthusiastic Space Technology Hall of Fame® Dinner Audience Gave Space Icon a Warm Reception as Actor Leonard Nimoy Shares His Views on Creativity. Leonard states his views right up front. "I believe in living a creative life. I believe in bringing more to the party than is required or asked for. I believe in using both sides of the brain." These are the messages that actor, director, photographer, poet, and space icon Leonard Nimoy shared with an enthusiastic audience at the Space Technology Hall of Fame® Dinner on April 15, the final evening of the 26th National Space Symposium. Nimoy's spirited discussion of the creative process and its impact on his life fit the occasion - the induction of two innovative technologies into the Space Technology Hall of Fame®, which honors products originally developed for space that now dramatically improve life on Earth. His remarks followed the formal recognition of Eagle Eyes Optics and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for radiation-filtering technology now used in sunglasses and of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Draper Laboratory, The Boeing Company, and Airbus for fly-by-wire technology that uses electronic pulses to control aircraft. One of the examples of creativity that Nimoy shared was the development of the now-ubiquitous split-finger Vulcan salute he derived from a Jewish prayer ceremony he witnessed as a child. Nimoy played Mr. Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer aboard the Starship Enterprise in the Star Trek television series, which - judging from the crowd's reaction - is much beloved by the space community. .
Related Links: Leonard Nimoy Acceptance-Video || Complete Story || Space Technology Hall of Fame || Symposium Videos || Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award || w3w3® Interviews Leonard Nimoy || Symposium Breaks Records || Space Symposium Photos || Keywords: Leonard Nimoy, Space Technology Hall of Fame, Space Symposium, Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award, Spock, Star Trek > 5/10/10 Chnl: News Listen to Leonard Nimoy

843_ 5/17/10 - The Anschutz Medical Campus and Winners
Mark Rentschler, New Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulderenclosure-voice "The big thing we're really trying to focus on is making really small robots that can move around inside the body." Larry talked with Mark Rentschler; New Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulder, who is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Rentschler’s work is focused on bio mechanics, medical devices and robotics, particularly actuator and sensor design and development for micro-robotic applications. Larry wanted to know What lead up to his involvement with the Tech Transfer Office. Mark replied, "We have a few different projects going on with some different surgical camera devices for cardiac applications but also laparoscopic surgery, and so we've filed a number of disclosures around that. But, a big part of what we're doing is designing little crawler devices that can move around inside the body. And so, sort of this whole scope of things that we're working on with this group of surgeons down at Anschutz led up to this collaboration and that lead up to this award. I understood, based on my past experience, how important Tech Transfer was. When I came to the University of Colorado, contacting the Tech Transfer Office was one of the first things I did. I had a lot of ideas and talking with the surgeons, we had a lot of concepts that we wanted to push forward and I understood, based on my past experience, how important Tech Transfer was. So within the first three months of my appointment here, I had started talking with them and trying to lay this groundwork - they're a great organization to work with and they make it very easy." Mark had some great advice for students." My stance is that I am a mechanical engineer and I'm focused on robotics and control of dynamics of systems and just now I'm applying those to medical devices. So my advice don't get too focused to quickly, get some depth in certain fundamental areas. Keep yourself broad enough that you're marketable, but make sure you're doing what you love."
Related Links: CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || Find It || Keywords: Mark Rentschler, CU Boulder, Technology Transfer Office, Bio mechanics, Medical Devices, Robotics, Micro-robotic Applications > 5/17/10 Chnl: CU TTO - Bytes: 4773723 LISTEN to Mark Rentschler; New Inventor of the Year

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841_ 5/17/10 - Changes in market deals and capital availability
Kelly Burton, Founder and CEO, Investor Avenueenclosure-voice From the floor of the Colorado Capital Conference (CCC), Larry Nelson talks with Kelly Burton, founder and CEO of InvestorAvenue.com. RVC's Colorado Capital Conference is Kelly's favorite. The reason for that is she likes the educational aspect and this year RVC really executed well in delivering a variety of tracks, not to mention the names that they're attracting to deliver the content on some extremely valuable topics. Timely topics, things that I'm thinking about, things that I know my peers are thinking about, things that the entrepreneurs are definitely faced with. Larry asked, "What are some of the changes you've noticed in terms of market deals and capital availability?" Kelly replied, "Investors want to get to a more mature deal. For example in the last forum I looked at ten criteria that I had not looked at as closely and it had to do with maturity. Not only maturity of the opportunity, maturity of the financials, maturity of the product, the entrepreneur. The audience responded to that extremely well because it is what they are investing in. We're not seeing prototypes getting funded like we used to. It is more about how close are they to revenue and/or what are their revenue numbers, burn rates, cap rates, of course. Also looking at the entrepreneur's track record maturity and at the end of the day 'can I hang my hat on that team - the management team, the founder, the CEO'. So I've definitely seen a longer harder look by the investor to the team and also the maturity of the product. We're in the A+ Game now." There's more great advice...
Related Links: Investor Avenue || Colorado Capital Conference || Rockies Venture Club || Mastering Change || Colo Capital Conf Photos || Keywords: Kelly Burton, Investor Avenue, Colorado Capital Conference, Rockies Venture Club, Raising Capital, Entrepreneurs, Investing, Market Deals > 5/17/10 Bytes: 5603163 LISTEN to Kelly Burton, founder and CEO of InvestorAvenue.com

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838_ 5/10/10 - Turning $3000 into a Billion dollar company
Chet Marino, ACG Promgram Chair Timothy Marquez, CEO & Founder, 
        Venco Inc. enclosure-voice "When I first started it took almost two years before we had our first dollar of revenue come in. Too many people expect to get rich quick and have everything work right off the bat. It rarely works that way so it's just a matter of plugging away. I'm not the brightest guy out there but I'm hard working and I'm persistent. I think that's a very valuable asset looking back," said Timothy M. Marquez, Founder & CEO, Venoco. Chet Marino, chairman of the ACG Denver programming committee brings another great speaker for the monthly ACG luncheon meeting. Venoco is a public energy company headquartered in Denver. Founded in 1992, Venoco was one of the fastest growing independent oil & gas producers in the United States with operations in Texas and California. Revenues this year are expected to exceed $300M. The company progressed from a startup with an initial equity stake of $3,000 to a company with a total enterprise value of more than $1B prior to going public in 2006. When asked what advice he would give today for entrepreneurs he said, "This may be a hard time to start, although our business slid through without much of an issue, the oil and gas prices stayed pretty strong. I think now is the time for persistence and tenacity, more than ever. But stick with it, things will get better and then you know, tough times create great opportunities. Tim gave an overview of what Venoco focuses on. "This may be a hard time to start, although our business slid through without much of an issue, the oil and gas prices stayed pretty strong. I think now is the time for persistence and tenacity, more than ever. But stick with it, things will get better and then you know, tough times create great opportunities. Last year, he was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Hispanics in the U.S.
Related Links: Venoco Home || ACG Channel || ACG Denver || ACG Denver Event Photos || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Tim Marquez, Venoco, ACG, Oil, Gas, Public Energy Company, Association of Corporate Growth, Persistence, Vision 5/10/10 Chnl: ACG bytes: 2795418 Listen to: Timothy M. Marquez, CEO, Venoco, Inc.

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834_ 5/3/10 - Profile of a Leader: Persistence and Partners
Bob Ogdon, Founder and CEO, SwiftPage - 
           Profile of a Leader enclosure-voice For the Profile of a Leader Series Larry talked with Bob Ogdon, Founder and CEO of SwiftPage. Larry heard him speak before Swiftpage was launched and knew he was a winner. Bob pointed out how important partners are and highlighted Frank Johnson and Tom Lopez. He went onto say, "I have the philosophy that you can't be an entrepreneur without partners, it's too hard. You need somebody's shoulder to cry on, someone to encourage you and you encourage them and you go fight the battle together. That whole understanding of partnership is what Tom taught me and I really feel lucky that I had him as a partner for so many years." Larry got into: What influenced the formation of your values?; What was a challenge you couldn't overcome and had to live with?; A major turning point in your career? And then he asked one of his favorite questions, "What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?" Bob's reply is very insightful. "I think the biggest advice would be to never give up. What an entrepreneur does and brings to the table is really the energy and the vision but not necessarily the answer. I think people get hung up thinking they have to have the answer when they start. Really what you want to do is get yourself in play, in the market and then let the market tell you your path. You do that, you listen and you live long enough, you'll eventually get a really valuable company. You have to have the legs to live long enough, to have the willingness to listen and, I think if you can accomplish those two things, there's no reason you can't build the business you want." By the way, all three of Bob's children are part of the Swiftpage family. Check it out...
Related Links: Swiftpage || Profile of a Leader Portal || Economy Builders || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Bob Ogdon, Swiftpage, Profile of a Leader, Entrepreneur, Frank Johnson, Tom Lopez, Persistence, Vision > 5/3/10 Chnl: Profiles bytes: 10138439 Listen to Bob Ogdon, Founder and CEO, SwiftPage

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833_ 5/3/10 - Entrepreneurs and a piece of the action
Theresa Szczurek, PhD - Author Pursuit of 
           Passionate Purpose enclosure-voice Adversity spurred Theresa on to start her own business. Larry interviewed Theresa Szczurek, one of the co-founders of Radish Communication Systems, which sold for $40 million. She'd started off as technical staff at Bell Labs and then moved on to International Marketing - "I was living my dream climbing the corporate ladder, I thought to success. But, I didn't realize the price I would have to pay for my position as one of the highest ranked women in my division. The lack of a personal life and the 60 hour work weeks took their toll. Behind my back, it turned out, colleagues resented my promotions, my boss instructed me to act without integrity. I sat back, especially when the company sent that boss and not me, to introduce to the world the product that I had been working on for three years, and I said, Wow! is this what I'm working so hard for?' - My head had dominated my rational decisions up to this point, but finally my heart broke through... and it said, what you really want Theresa is balance in your life!, You want connections with people, meaningful work in an environment where people can contribute and be rewarded to the fullest. I decided if I was going to work that hard, I wanted a piece of the action so that I could establish the values upon which we were going to operate. I wanted to mold the environment; I wanted input on the decisions. So my inner, wiser self said, make the decision Theresa, make the change, follow your heart in harmony with your head, "Pursue Your Passionate Purpose". So that's what I did and started my first consulting company, Technology and Management Solutions." There's more...
Related Links: Pursuit of Passionate Purpose || Technology and Management Solutions || Boulder Business and Professional Women || Economy Builders || Keywords: Theresa Szczurek, Radish Communication Systems, Entrepreneurs, Boulder Business and Professional Women, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose > 5/3/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 9431879 Listen to: Theresa Szczurek, PhD - author "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose"

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848_ 5/24/10 - Integrating roles, values, culture and brand
Kathleen Quinn Votaw, CEO/Founder, TalenTrust - ACG Denver, 
        President enclosure-voice There is so much talk about branding, and yet so many don't really understand what branding really entails. Larry talked with Kathleen Quinn Votaw, after an ACG planning meeting. Kathleen is President of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Denver and CEO and Founder of TalenTrust. In a recent Talent Trust newsletter, 'the people side of branding' was profiled. Kathleen said, "We talk a lot about branding in corporate America, but many times people don't think of branding when it comes to yourself, or the employees that work for you - The employees that work for you are actually the living brand. If they don't have the same values as the company, then you're going to have a disconnect between your overall company and the brand of your employees.' Then they discussed how to get people involved and how to get them to represent your brand effectively. "First and foremost, the company needs to be clear on their brand, and then the directors of the company need to be clear on the brand. What we find within corporate structures, emerging companies and middle market companies is there is a very big disconnect between what the leadership team thinks their brand is and what the employees think their brand is. We call it "Big Culture / Little Culture" (another article written by TalenTrust). We really help companies focus on identifying the values of their company and interviewing for those values. So if you have an existing team you really have to understand what their values are and how they align with your overall brand. If you think of your brand, your brand is your values, right? It's what you value and what you're going to bring to the market place above all else." There's more...
Related Links: TalenTrust || Living Your Brand || ACG Denver Home || ACG Denver Events || M&A Channel || ACG Leadership Planning Event || Keywords: Kathleen Quinn Votaw, TalenTrust, Association of Corporate Growth Denver, ACG, Branding, Values, People, Living Your Brand 5/24/10 Chnl: ACG bytes: 5370256 Listen to: Kathleen Quinn Votaw, CEO/Founder, Talent Trust

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Jeffrey Pearl, Co Founder, IP 5280 846_ 5/24/10 - Transformation in the telecommunication industry
John Scarborough, Co Founder, IP 5280enclosure-voice "The landscape in the telecommunications world is changing so rapidly that it's often difficult to keep up with it." Larry sat down with Jeffrey Pearl and John Scarborough, cofounders of IP 5280, VOIP Specialists. John went onto explain, "The traditional telephone companies are really changing primarily because of two key drivers. One is the change of technology and the second is the change in the cost of infrastructure, of running those types of traditional networks. Jeffrey and I have been in the industry for 20 years, we grew up in these traditional telecommunication networks. It's incredible how much, literally billions and billions of dollars to build these networks out over the last several decades. The reality is though, technology has brought on board so much new capability. Now, most recently the ability for voice transmission to be processed over the Internet..." Jeffery said, "People have been messing around with VOIP for a long time, it was peer to peer on a laptop where they were calling someone overseas for free. It has evolved into a real fun service that people use out of their homes, people use for business. I think the biggest changes really are the high definition voice, just like high definition TV. When you run our phones and our service next to a traditional phone line, there's a huge difference, a huge difference, it's jaw dropping. You've actually got to hear that. We go out and plug in, do test calls and our customers are amazed. the big mover right now is video. We call it the Jetson phone, like the old cartoon. You're going to be talking to a person and looking at them on the video screen - we have that service today." ...Listen for more...
Related Links: IP 5280 || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || Communications Exec of Year & Ascent Awards Dinner Photos || Keywords: Jeffrey Pearl, John Scarborough, IP 5280, VOIP, Telecommunication, Cellular Networks, Phones, High Definition, Video, IP Services, Cloud 5/24/10 Chnl: CTP bytes: 8020012 LISTEN to Jeff Pearl, John Scarbough-IP5280

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844_ 5/17/10 - Making life easier so that we can innovate faster
Pooja Nath, CEO and Founder, Piazzza enclosure-voice What is a term that brings people together in a common place? Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) along with Larry Nelson from w3w3.com interviewed Pooja Nath, CEO and Founder of Piazzza. Piazzza gets students help, fast. Students post questions (anonymously, if they like) and their classmates and professors collectively answer. This online platform gets them high quality answers for even the most specific doubts, sometimes within minutes. When Pooja thinks back to her undergrad days, when everybody would be sitting together in the same lab, mostly because they were not in a financial situation to own their own laptops or computers, the amount of help people got and the ways in which they worked off each other was just so beautiful. That was her inspiration to come up with a term that had the same meaning in her mind. "My inspiration was that I was one of the very few female students in computer sciences in India. There were about 420 boys in my class, we were about 20 girls and in computer sciences. So I'd be by myself on the side, too shy to ask any guy for help and I just wished I had something to connect me to my classmates in a way that I could tap into their collective knowledge." Pooja understands the problems students have studying for assignments or exams. They have specific questions that have a lot of context. She says, search engines can't help much because there's a lot of knowledge out there that's too general. Last summer Pooja built the first prototype herself, then launched to a single class at the University of Maryland where she did her master's degree. When that started to go quite positively, we launched to more classes at Stanford and University of Maryland - Santa Clara, and that went even better.
Related Links: Piazzza || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Channel || NCWIT Blog || Keywords: Pooja Nath, Piazzza, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Entrepreneurship, Students, Computer Sciences 5/17/10 Bytes: 12416421 LISTEN to Pooja Nath, Piazzza

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842_ 5/17/10 - A different way of funding for entrepreneurs
Brian Tsuchiya, Founder, CEO, Startup Guruenclosure-voice "What is the black hole of funding today?" Larry asked Brian Tsuchiya. Brian is known as the Startup Guru, has a Founders and Startup Meetup, and has 800+ people involved. He also has a Social Meetup where they focus more on the giving back component, that's a new Meetup and is growing as well. Brian replied, "there's a gap if you're not VC fundable (which is only one in a thousand businesses, roughly), it's tough to find, if you don't have the assets, banks aren't going to lend you the money - you need 1/2 to two million dollars, angels - most angels don't invest that much. You know the average syndicated investment from an angel group is only a quarter million dollars. What we are focused on is getting that money from a crowd. So imagine 1,000 people, and that's a lot but as an example, and they each gave you $100. Now there's a lot of money in that. Can you find a lot of people that can give you a thousand or a hundred bucks? Well, that's the concept you're getting a small amount of money, that you would typically think of in terms of an investor, but you get a lot more of those people. The cash funding hole is basically this quarter million to two million dollar range, that's just hard to find. However if you can find a big enough crowd that's compelled to invest in your business because either they have an affinity for what you're doing or you have a really large network of people, then if you follow the Security and Exchange Commission rules, you can engage a very large group of people. It's just not something people think of in terms of funding their business, but it is viable." Brian shares some specifics about steps for successful 'crowd funding '...Listen for more...
Related Links: Startup Guru || Startup and Founder Meetup || Entrepreneurs Channel || Podcast Directory || >
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839_ 5/10/10 - "The truth is that I love to ML Mackey, CEO & Co-founder of Beacon 
        Interactive Systemsmake money"
enclosure-voice The company started in a rent controlled apartment in 1992, and over nine years built up to a profitable, self funding business providing software solutions to customers such as MetLife, Olympus, and IBM. Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) along with Larry Nelson from w3w3.com interviewed ML Mackey – CEO & Co-Founder of Beacon Interactive Systems. Ms. Mackey is remarkable because she is a woman technology CEO who has built a successful company first in the private sector, and then again in the public sector. In the crash of 2001, Beacon successfully leveraged its core expertise to focus on SBIR and other government contracts, and has since become a preferred provider to the US Navy for workflow management solutions. Ms. Mackey has earned the respect of many in both private and government circles, and is actively contributing input at legislative and policy levels on how to bring commercial sector innovation to the Department of Defense. At one time in her life she was a ballet teacher. Lucy asked, "How did you get involved in technology?" ML replied, ""I wanted to give a profound answer, but the truth is that I love to make money. I couldn't see supporting the lifestyle I wanted teaching ballet, which I love." So ML applied for an electrical engineering scholarship, because they had the most available. "Turns out, luckily for me, that I really enjoyed what I was learning about. Engineering is a fascinating profession. It's a fun and exciting place to be. So I stumbled upon the place I needed to be." Explaining why she became an entrepreneur, "My partner and I like to do things, we like to make things happen, we like create things and be around smart creative people and we want to make an impact with what we are doing. It seemed like starting a company was a great combination for all these things. Now, I think it is the adrenalin, the challenge, the opportunity, the creativity and it's the great people I get to work with at my company, it's the interesting customers we get to work with, it's never dull."
Related Links: Beacon Interactive Systems || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Channel || NCWIT Blog || Find It || Keywords: ML Mackey, Beacon Interactive Systems, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Entrepreneurship > 5/10/10 Chnl: NCWIT bytes: 14471526 Listen to: ML Mackey, Beacon Interactive Systems

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837_ 5/10/10 - The only thing constant in life is Change
Mark McIntosh, The Comeback Coach enclosure-voice Many know Mark McIntosh as the 'Comeback Coach' but he also founder of Victory Productions. Larry picked his brain a little bit and asked what are the three main things you recommend to entrepreneurs in these challenging times? Mark replied, "While I think this is good solid advice for entrepreneurs, I think it's good for anybody. I'm a big believer in, the venues may change but the strategies pretty much remain the same. The four things that I talk constantly about are: First and foremost, the old saying 'The only thing constant in life is Change.' and everyone agrees with that, right? If the only thing constant in life is change, would it also be true that those who effectively deal with change are the ones who are going to be successful in life? Whether it be starting a business, growing your small business or a successful marriage, whatever. I think that effectively handling change is critical. I think that that's the biggest thing. The first thing I would encourage people is 1.) Be a student not a victim of your experiences. 2.) Never grow weary of doing good things for each other. We've got to keep reaching out. 3.) Life beats us up, but we've got to continually put fear and self-doubt aside and allow wonderment to win. You've got to keep stepping forward and keep dreaming. you can't let fear and self-doubt hijack our dreams. 4.) Make sure you do these things in a way that honors you, nurtures those who are dependent upon you and finally add value to the community you serve. Those are the four foundational bedrocks of how I try to lead my life, how I try to lead my business, how I try to encourage others to lead their lives and run their businesses." There's more great advice...
Related Links: Victory Productions || Mark’s Books || Podcast Directory || Mastering Change || Keywords: Mark McIntosh, Victory Productions, Comeback Coach, Change, Kids Teach the Darndest Things, Entrepreneurs, Lemons into Margaritas, Beyond Run to Daylight > 5/10/10 Chnl: News bytes: 6802811 Listen to: Mark McIntosh, Victory Productions

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835_ 5/3/10 - The value of mentors for entrepreneurs
Jeff Hoffman, CEO of Enable Holdings, Inc. enclosure-voice "We had a startup before PriceLine, that was virtual shopping where - I had the idea, but I wanted to do the plumbing between conventional retailing and Internet retailing and do the middleware. We were a little early in the Internet business, but we got our feet wet in E-commerce. And then of course, I was part of PriceLine at the beginning which was obviously a successful buyer driven commerce model on the Internet that is still doing very well today." Larry interviewed Jeff Hoffman, Keynote Speaker - at the RVC Colorado Capital Conference and presenter of some workshops with the StartUp Guru StartUp program. Larry asked, What advice would you give to entrepreneurs today, given the economic difficulties we've been through? "First of all, challenge means change and change always creates opportunity. So on the one hand while people are saying it's a tough time out there and bad things are happening in the economy, I always look at that as new opportunity. Change in economic conditions or anything in the business world around us always creates an opportunity for something that is needed today, because of those changes, that wasn't needed yesterday. I would encourage entrepreneurs to be really focused on looking at the opportunities that a change presents. Second, as technology continues to advance..." Jeff goes onto say, "During my entire business life, and especially in the early days, I always had mentors. They never monitored gain for helping me, but they helped me anyway, they took their time to counsel me and teach me things that were clearly beneficial to me in my business life. So, I really believe in the way that helps. He shares many other ideas ...Listen for more...
Related Links: Colorado Capital Conference || StartUp Guru StartUp & Founder Meetup || Launching and Funding Your Startup Business || Jeff Hoffman: Mentoring Circle || Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos || Keywords: Jeff Hoffman, Entrepreneurs, Colorado Capital Conference, Mentors, PriceLine, StartUp Guru, > 5/3/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 5040172 Listen to: Jeff Hoffman, CEO of Enable Holdings, Inc.

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836_ 5/3/10 - Due diligence and relationships with investors
Mark Weakley, Partner, HRO, Chair -  
           Colorado Capital Conference May 12, 2010 enclosure-voice" Because if due diligence is left undone, it can undo potential relationships with investors". Larry talked with Mark Weakley, Partner, Holme Roberts & Owen, Boulder about this important and touchy subject. Larry asked, "What are some due diligence issues that could kill a deal? Mark shared what was almost an overwhelming group of points ...important for every entrepreneur to be aware of. "IP ownership, I would say. Just make sure you don't have joint ownership - make sure the company owns it! Often the technology that is developed, has been incubated or developed, then they form a company. So the organization of the company should include an assignment of the inventions; describe what the inventions are and make sure it's comprehensive. That's part of what is the consideration that the founders are paying to receive the shares of stock. Also have an invention assignment agreement and a non-disclosure agreement - most law firms that work with these companies have these as a form document. It's not like you have to pay a lot of money for them - but get one from a firm that does a lot of that work. So make sure that everyone that does work for the company has signed an agreement that says the IP belongs to the company. A contractor working for you has every right to file for a patent, as do you, but dual ownership makes the process of owning the technology, moot. On the cap table side, it is often unclear who owns what. We recommend not only do you document who owns what, issue stock certificates, that's the evidence of ownership." Listen for more how-to steps... Mark also pointed out that this and many other important topics to entrepreneurs including how to raise capital will be covered at the RVC Colorado Capital Conference on 5/12/10. See you there.
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