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OCTOBER 2010

David Allen, CU Tech Transfer Annual Report 10/4/10
NCWIT - Saman Dias, Founder, AIM Computer Training 10/18/10
Brad Feld, Building Entrepreneurial Community 10/18/10
Brad Feld, Do More Faster, by Brad & David Cohen 10/4/10
Mike Fries, Liberty Global, MULTICAST to UNICAST 10/11/10
Mark Heesen, President, Nat'l Venture Capitalists Assoc - BioWest 10/4/10
George Heinrichs, President, Intrado - ACG 10/11/10
Raymond Johnson, Infinite Power Solutions 10/25/10
Greg Maffei, Michael Zeisser, Liberty Media - Entrps Unplugged 10/18/10
David Moll, VC in Green Tech World 10/18/10
David Moll, Founder, Infield Capital, Advice... 10/4/10
NCWIT Hero, Asra Rasheed, CEO, RRKidz 10/25/10
MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh, Social Entrepreneurship 10/11/10
Chris Shapard, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association 10/25/10
Brian Tsuchiya, Coaching, Consulting & Mentorship 10/11/10
w3w3® Media Network, Supporting Biz & Technology in Colorado 10/25/10


w3w3® Media Network Links that will make a difference
914_ 10/25/10- w3w3® Media Network is all about supporting business and technology in Colorado.  We specialize in creating valuable links and relationships to help you grow your company, build your team, get insights to various industries, keep you up-to-date, raise money, increase your income and profits, and so much more...Venture Capital; Tech Transfer; Communications Technology Professionals; Mergers and Acquisitions; It's the Law; Training Trends; Colorado Companies to Watch; Mastering Change; Looking for Money; In the News; and more...Just click on the topic of your interest and you'll find treasure trove of information...
Related Links: Venture Capital || Podcasting Directory || Tech Transfer || Communications Technology Professionals || Mergers and Acquisitions || It's the Law || Training Trends || Colorado Companies to Watch || Mastering Change Blog || Looking for Money || In the News || Keywords: Venture Capital, Tech Transfer, Communications Technology Professionals, Mergers and Acquisitions, It's the Law, Training Trends, Colorado Companies to Watch, Mastering Change, Looking for Money, In the News 10/25/10

Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry 
        Association (CCIA) Cleantech companies on accessing capital
enclosure-voice 916_ 10/25/10- Larry met with Chris Shapard, Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc. (CCIA) and asked her how CCIA got its start. Chris said, "Two years ago a group of venture capitalists and a couple of attorneys realized that Colorado had a lot of strengths in cleantech. Cleantech is not just renewable energy, it's not just wind, power and biofuels, but it's also those technologies that use traditional energy more efficiently. So it's things like advanced transportation technologies, smart grid, energy efficiency building products, materials technologies that go into batteries. So energy storage is one of our sectors that we cover too. And then even advanced water technologies is part of cleantech. If you look across all those categories, Colorado has a lot of assets on the ground. The founders of the association recognized there was not an organization that lobbied on behalf of the industry and that tried to grow the industry. So, we were founded with a focus on economic development, growing jobs, creating companies in Colorado that would increase the tax base and increase jobs in this space." With Chris's background in economic development, it was a perfect fit. She sees the cleantech industry in Colorado as having so much opportunity. Chris said, "We're already one of the top five states in the country for cleantech." Larry asked, "What are some of the challenges your organization is facing today?" She said, "We've just put together a state cleantech action plan. We, CCIA, commissioned Navagent Consulting to do an in-depth analysis of Colorado's core competencies, what the assets are and then what the barriers are for growth. We've put together a 3 to 5 year action plan that's about 19 specific steps the State and all of the stakeholders in the state need to do to grown the cleantech industry. The biggest hurdle for the companies in the state is a lack of financing and even though it is a nationwide issue." Listen for more details...
Related Links: Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc. (CCIA) || CCIA Award Winners || CCIA Award Photos || Conscious Economy Channel || Podcasting Directory || Keywords: Chris Shapard, Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc., CCIA, Wind Power, Biofuels, Transportation Technologies, Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency Building Products, Batteries, Energy Storage 10/25/10 Bytes: 5882151
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David Moll, Founder, Infield Capital Venture capital in the green-tech world
enclosure-voice 890_ 10/18/10- Larry sat down with David Moll, founder of Infield Capital, a 'green' venture capital company based in Boulder. David explained, "We're not backed by hedge funds or big pensions and so forth, those typical financial investors that are in a lot of venture players. Rather our money tends to come from strategic players, companies that have a real interest in the areas that we invest, and that area is a little different as well." Infield is extremely focused on the clean-tech sector, but even more focused on transportation - "where those two, clean tech and transportation bump into each other, is really our space." Stuff like bio-fuels, batteries, new engine technologies and those things that if one were to think about any kind of a vehicle "we would be in what we term, between the key and the wheel". Larry asked, "What is the viability of getting venture capital and how much does one need to start a green business?" David said, "It's tough with low cost energy, coming from our traditional fossil fuel orientation. I think it's the greatest challenge we have to clean tech right now. In the venture community people are scared to death to stroke the check for higher capital, longer range projects that still have technical uncertainty and don't have cost parity. There are countries in this world that have shown the real political fortitude to do it. I look with admiration at Brazil. I don't necessarily like sugarcane as the choice, but hey, they did it. They said we're getting off oil and they did it. It didn't' happen overnight and it took an absolute unified national effort." "We're fortunate here, those of us living in Boulder and trying never to escape the bubble, if I go to Denver, the best way to get there is the bus. I have an eco pass and I take the bus. There are increasing data sets that tell us small things mean a lot. Good examples are some of the things you can do to the car you're already driving. tire tread, what you put in your tires. Did you know if we all put nitrogen in our tires it would be like we've taken a couple million cars off the road in the net result in carbon reduction, some small things. In fact..." Listen for more great tips...
Related Links: Infield Capital || Green Garage || Venture Capital Panel || Venture Capital Channel || Conscious Economy || Venture Capital Panel || BCBR VC Investments Q3 || Keywords: David Moll, Infield Capital, Entrepreneurs, Green Garage, Venture Capital, Startup, Energy Independence, Clean Technology, Rockies Venture Club - 10/18/10 bytes: 10609583
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It enhances and accelerates the entrepreneurial spirit
Brad Feld, Foundry Groupenclosure-voice 890_ 10/18/10- Larry sat down with Brad Feld, managing partner of Foundry Group, to talk about the technology community that has developed here in Boulder and Denver. Larry noted that when he arrived in Boulder back in 1984 this community support didn't exist. Now of course, we have a very strong community with support to and from the University of Colorado and the exemplary Tech Transfer Office at CU, the University of Denver and organizations like TechStars, Boulder Innovation Center, and of course all of this enhances and accelerates the entrepreneurial spirit. The question is, "Can this be replicated in other cities?" If you know Brad at all, you know there was no hesitation in his reply. "Absolutely it can. It's been very interesting to me over the last three or four years reflecting on what drives entrepreneurial communities. I invest all over the country and spend time in different places and I've seen a lot of other entrepreneurial communities ebb and flow. So I see lots of excitement around entrepreneurship, reinvigoration around early stage investing and angel investing, and lots of new companies starting. Those tend to have 3 to 5 year cycles... you know something happened and the momentum stalls out. I've seen this across the U.S., in a number of places, time and time again. When I look at Boulder, I moved here in 1995 so I'm 15 years into living in Boulder. I really believe that Boulder is in a place today where it has a long term sustainable entrepreneurial system and culture." Larry asked, "What is necessary to create or develop this culture?" Brad replied, "You need to be willing to take a 20+ year view vs. Here's something I'm interested in doing for the next 3 or 4 years..." Listen now, there's much more...
Related Links: Foundry Group || Brad's Blog || Venture Capital Channel || Amazon || Mastering Change || Do More Faster Book Home || Venture Capital Panel || Keywords: Brad Feld, Foundry Group, Author, Do More Faster, Entrepreneurs, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, CU Tech Transfer Office, University of Denver, TechStars, Boulder Innovation Center, Culture 10/18/10 bytes: 7340097
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From MULTICAST to Video-anywhere UNICAST
Michael T. Fries, President & CEO, 
            Liberty Global enclosure-voice 908_ 10/11/10- The program held at the Cable Center was called, 'From Broadcast (MULTICAST) to Video-anywhere (UNICAST)'. The Closing Keynote Address was Michael T. Fries, President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Global, Inc. And isn't technology great, especially when you're giving the closing keynote address at a high powered industry conference and the A/V equipment decides to be difficult. Well it was good for us, We got an impromptu delivery from our local global seer. He was funny, direct, poignant and just plain fun. Giving us a view of who Liberty Global is; How they fit in Malone's eco system; Their business in Europe; What's driving their business and Mike put it, "the meat of it, Liberty's view as to how they see this industry evolving... In particular television and Liberty Global's role in television space - the whole down pipe theory. Couple of facts many of you may not know: Liberty Global is the second largest operator in the business today, after Comcast. We've been in this business for 20 years, I (Mike) was the fifth employee back in 1990. We had $20 million and the vague notion that people outside of the U.S. might actually want to watch CNN and MTV and stuff like that. That's pretty much how we got started. Over that period, our industry has reinvented itself, and we had something to do with that. We were one of the first companies on the planet to launch voice and data services over video network. We actually coined the phrase 'triple play' back in 1997; we were taking our European subsidiary public, in the good old days, as you'll remember. Michael also pointed out, "We're helping people fall back in love with television. There's a lot to be proud of in this industry and it's our opinion with this kind of initiative that we can actually get to the point where consumers love us." He also shared some interesting and some startling information about 'From Broadcast (MULTICAST) to Video-anywhere (UNICAST)'. It's information that is interesting to us at a personal level and has a great impact on business as a whole. There's much more...
Related Links: Liberty Global || Silicon Flatirons || Communication Technology Professionals || Cable Center || CTP Channel || Keywords: Mike Fries, Liberty Global, Silicon Flatirons, Communications Technology Professionals, Cable Center, From Broadcast (MULTICAST) to Video-Anywhere (UNICAST), John Malone - 10/11/10 bytes: 20512394
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Brian Tsuchiya, Startup Guru Coaching, Consulting and Mentorship
enclosure-voice 906_ 10/11/10- We're talking with Brian Tsuchiya, many people know him from the Startup Guru Meetup group. One of the topics Brian really believes in and focuses on is mentorship. Brian gave us his definition of mentorship, "It's the act of taking someone under your wing and helping them move through a process, in my case, as entrepreneurs." In Brian's case, "Mentoring is a combination of coaching, which is a skill that helps people get to completion on their own, you know helping you find your path. And then expertise or consulting which is advice, like 'Oh, I've done that, don't do it that way'. Or, 'this is the way you can do that'. So for me mentoring is a combination of coaching and consulting." Larry said, "So you're saying there is a difference between coaching and consulting?" Brian replied, "Absolutely. For example consultants say, here's how you do it, go do it that way, I'm the expert and this is my advice. Coaches really kind of help you find your own answers and they're really there to hold you accountable for that, whereas a consultant might not necessarily do that. Mentoring traditionally has been a free service. You go find someone that's older and more experienced and you want their advice. There are more people looking for mentors than find them. So I felt that in a paid type of model it would be like coaching but more significant. If you hire a coach, it's a very different experience and in mentoring sometimes, I tell my clients, I'm a consultant, here's what you do - coaches don't do that." Brian goes onto the selection criteria...
Related Links: Startup Guru || Startup and Founder Meetup || Entrepreneurs Channel || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Brian Tsuchiya, Mentors, Consultants, Coaches, Entrepreneurs, Startup Guru, Incubator, Startup and Founder Meetup - 10/11/10 bytes: 5803470
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David Moll, Infield Capital Starting a business or expanding a business
enclosure-voice 904_ 10/4/10- David Moll first appeared on the w3w3.com radar a number of years ago. He'd just been appointed president of a small local software company. David took this company from their early Boulder offices (he describes as an original garage startup) with about a dozen people to one of the most successful, a huge, profitable security software company, everyone knows as Webroot. Today David is founder of the VC firm, Infield Capital. With his industrial, high-tech and venture capital background Larry decided to ask him two important questions in these tight economic times. "First, is this a good time to start a business?" David's answer might surprise, so listen carefully. Here we give you a few teasers... David said, "Nope! This is a terrible time to start a business. But, with that said, I think a lot of people don't necessarily have a choice. We know what the job climate is... a lot of people find themselves outside of the workforce and not voluntarily so. With your resume emailed to as many places as you can think of, what the heck do you do then? For somebody who finds themselves in that position it may be more necessity than choice to start a business, and just because it's a bad time doesn't mean it's the wrong time." David continues with challenges facing companies, consumers and job seekers. "Our second question, What about expansion, is it a good time for expansion?" David said, "It's a great time! Where companies need to be careful is that you want to be thoughtful about the risk you take on. Grow from your strength, not from speculation to make sure you're making good decisions. So this is not the time to bet the farm. But I do like this. You, Larry, gave me the really generous introduction and we talked about Webroot. Well, it was a really interesting phenomenon, I joined Webroot in 2002. You know 9/11 and the crash of the Internet bubble and all those things that kind of roiled about in 2001 were still very fresh upon us and venture capital spending didn't really return until about 2003ish... So the little company that I joined, Webroot, we were undergoing an expansion in 2002 and 2003... We thoughtfully increased our expense rate, thoughtfully endeavored into new product development, added staff in our sales, marketing and online channel growth - none of it foolish... But we positioned ourselves for growth when few companies were growing and as a result, when the good times came..." There's much more...
Related Links: Infield Capital || Green Garage || Venture Capital Panel || Venture Capital Channel || Conscious Economy || Keywords: David Moll, Infield Capital, Entrepreneurs, Green Garage, Venture Capital, Startup, Webroot, Rockies Venture Club 10/4/10 bytes: 5072146
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The Year 2020 and the Role of the Venture Capitalist
Mark Heesen, President, National Venture Capital Assoc. enclosure-voice 902_10/4/10- BioWEST 2010 Grand Finale Luncheon - The Year 2020 and the Role of the Venture Capitalist. Mark Heesen has advocated for the venture capital industry, entrepreneurship and innovation for nearly two decades, first as NVCA's head of public policy and since 1999 as the Association's president. Under Mark's leadership, the NVCA has grown in both scope and scale as it relates to its public policy agenda, research initiatives, and member programs. Mark is constantly engaged in legislative and regulatory issues surrounding information technology, life sciences and clean technology investing, providing strategic direction for the NVCA professional staff and managing a board of twenty-six venture capital practitioners. Mark's entire presentation was recorded. Here are a few notes. In the whole scheme of economics, the VC industry is a really tiny portion of what happens in the U.S. today; that small percentage of all transactions for the year involve venture capital. So it is a very small industry. There are only 7,000 venture capitalists in the country. We represent 410 venture capital firms. But it's also important to note that this is an extremely important industry. When we look at venture capital and what it has done to the U.S. economy as a whole, it's actually pretty dramatic. Eleven percent of all people who work in the private sector today, work for a company that was at one point or another, venture backed. One out of every ten Americans, that's pretty amazing, in the private sector. This is the sector that really creates jobs, that really keeps the economy humming. Mark talks about a number of industries, government legislation, Small Business Innovation Grants as well as the good news and the challenges. If you are considering getting venture capital investors, you must listen to this discussion...Thank you CBSA...
Related Links: BioWest Conference || Colorado BioScience Association || National Venture Capital Association || Mastering Change Blog || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Mark Heesen, National Venture Capital Association, Venture Capitalist, Holli Baumunk, BioWest Conference, Colorado BioScience Association 10/4/10 bytes: 27132241
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Asra Rasheed, CEO, RRKidz. NCWIT Hero Interactive content for today’s digital kids
enclosure-voice 917_ 10/25/10- Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network and Lee Kennedy, Founder, BolderSearch.com and NCWIT board member interviewed Asra Rasheed, CEO of RRKidz. This is part of a series of interviews that we are having with fabulous entrepreneurs. Women who have started “IT” companies in a variety of sectors, all of whom have just fabulous stories to tell us, about being entrepreneurs. RRKidz develops and publishes engaging, educational interactive content for today’s digital kids. Curated by Reading Rainbow’s, LeVar Burton, RRKidz brings learning and skill based experiences to children within a safe social environment online and on handheld devices. Asra is an industry executive and accomplished entrepreneur. She possesses extensive experience in interactive media, entertainment, video games, online and offline business strategies and operations. When Asra was asked to define the qualities necessary to be a successful entrepreneur she was very straightforward. She said, "Be committed; Be passionate; Strategize; Have a roadmap; Be driven; Be balanced; Build relationships a network." It's easy to see why she enjoys advising companies. She possesses extensive experience in interactive media, entertainment, videogames, online and offline business strategies and operations. Recently, Asra was President of Thumb Media Group; content publishing platform for mobile and tablet devices. Previously, Asra was President and COO of Gottaplay Interactive, an online videogame rental service; aka: Netflix for games. Prior to that, she was Founder and Director of Interactive Media at Koyo Graphic International where she worked on creating online and interactive experiences for companies such as Bandai Entertainment, Warner Bros., Sanyo, and others." Listen now, there's much more...
Related Links: Asra Rasheed on Twitter || NCWIT Share || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Asra Rasheed, RRKidz, Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton, Lucinda Sanders, National Center for Women in Technology, NCWIT, Entrepreneurs, Lee Kennedy
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Raymond Johnson, President & 
    CEO, Infinite Power Solutions and Governor Bill Ritter at CCIA Award Presentation 10/19/2010 Series A round of $35 million
enclosure-voice 915_ 10/25/10- A day after the Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc. Awards program Larry sat down with Chris Shapard, Executive Director of CCIA and Raymond Johnson, President and CEO of Infinite Power Solutions. Ray was the winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Cleantech industry and is also a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner. After Chris introduced Ray, Larry asked Ray to tell us about Infinite Power Solutions. "The best way to describe Infinite Power Solutions is we are making the world's most powerful battery in a size and format that is almost unbelievable. If you can envision a battery the size and thickness of a postage stamp that will power anything from a wireless sensor to one day maybe an iPod. We do that in a technology that is both clean and green. It's solid state so there's no liquid electrolyte, there's nothing that can burn or gas or leak. You can implant this in your body, you can put it in micro electronics and so it really has become the green and clean battery of the future. And the interesting thing is we manufacture it right here in the USA - made in Littleton, Colorado. As a manufacturer we are the first ever to build a volume manufacturing facility for this technology, it is ISO 9001 certified, and as I said, we beat the Chinese and everyone else, to the marketplace and we have a leadership position. With the support of organizations like CCIA we are really getting the exposure into a lot of different arenas that you wouldn't normally do. Our rallying cry is 'We will see our Infinite Power Solution Batteries in every micro electronics device made in the world today.'" It was September of 2005, there were four employees, Ray was number five, they had burned through some cash from early investors. "We had essentially a prototype in the lab, we had a little pilot line and when I met with the inventor of the technology, our CTO, Dr. Bernd Neudecker we walked through the value proposition. Having been in the semiconductor business for some 20 years, I said, 'Wow, this is a game changer!' So, I joined. They have now raised $80 million. Listen for more interesting details...
Related Links: Infinite Power Solutions || Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc. (CCIA) || CCIA Award Winners || Technology Partners || CCIA Award Photos || Keywords: Raymond Johnson, Infinite Power Solutions, IPS Batteries, Chris Shapard, Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc., CCIA, Dr. Bernd Neudecker, Venture Capital
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Inspired by Bill Gates, Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina
Saman Dias, Founder, AIM Computer Training, Advisor, Astiaenclosure-voice 890_ 10/18/10- Larry Nelson and Lee Kennedy, interviewed Saman Dias, an award-winning entrepreneur who recognized the value of enterprise-scale business technical training when she founded AIM Computer Training... the global company was acquired in 2004 and Saman went on to lead other successful entrepreneurial efforts in real estate and social networking. She is currently staying quite busy as an advisor to entrepreneurs at different companies, including Astia's incubator. This interview is part of NCWIT's (National Center for Women in Technology) interview series with fabulous, successful women entrepreneurs who have started IT companies. Originally from Sri Lanka, Saman studied to become a doctor and was preparing to take the entrance exam for medical college. But she had a hard time passing the entrance exam. Saman was frustrated, she felt as though her sisters would be going into college and she'd still be studying to take the entrance exam. Her uncle came to her and said, 'what about computers'? Saman said, "I had no idea what it meant, it was early in the 1980s, but I said, sign me up. And that's how I got into technology." Lee, founder of BolderSearch and NCWIT board member, asked why did she become an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs will really relate to her reply. "Because, I feel that you can create your own destiny, it gives you the independence and the opportunity to create wealth and be your own boss, I loved that. Looking back, I feel that your contribution really can make a difference not only for yourself, but to the community, the company and from there you make a difference to the world because you are helping to create wealth and jobs and helping to create new innovation." There's much more advice for entrepreneurs as she talks about as Bill Gates, Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina...
Related Links: Saman Dias Linkedin || Astia || NCWIT Share || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Saman Dias, National Center for Women in Technology, NCWIT, Astia, Entrepreneurs, AIM Computer Training, Lee Kennedy, Independence 10/18/10 bytes: 9093332
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Greg Maffei, President & CEO, Liberty MediaVC Entrepreneurs and large organizations
enclosure-voice 890_ 10/18/10- Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and ITP present Greg Maffei and Michael Zeisser as the featured entrepreneurs with moderators Brad Feld, Foundry Group and Brad Bernthal, Clinical Law Professor and Director, Silicon Flatirons. Both Brads asked some intriguing questions and dug deep into the entrepreneurial realm and their relationship with big organizations. Gregory Maffei is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Media Corporation. He leads the team transforming this diversified company with interests in media, technology, and telecom into a more focused operating company to maximize shareholder value and compete in the digital age. Liberty's assets include some of the world's most respected media companies including DIRECTV, QVC, Starz, Overture Films, SIRIUS XM, GSN, Expedia, and the Atlanta Braves. Mr. Maffei became CEO of Liberty in March 2006. Previously, Mr. Maffei has served as president and CFO of Oracle, CEO of 360networks Corporation (a regional broadband carrier), CFO of Microsoft, and chairman of Expedia. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and an AB from Dartmouth College. Mr. Maffei serves as a director of DIRECTV, Electronic Arts, SIRIUS XM, Zillow.com, and 360networks. Michael Zeisser Michael Zeisser, Vice President, Liberty Media Corp.is Senior Vice President of Liberty Media Corporation, a leading media holding company. Michael oversees Liberty Media's activities in eCommerce, interactive gaming and digital media. At Liberty Media, Michael has led numerous M&A transactions and oversees Liberty's eCommerce Group of companies. Michael has served on the boards of IAC/InterActiveCorp.(Nasdaq:IACI), Fun Technologies (TSX:FUN), OpenTV (Nasdaq:OPTV), QVC Inc., Provide Commerce, BuySeasons Inc., Backcountry.com, BodyBuilding.com, CommerceHub, GSN/The Network for Games, GoPets Ltd, and SlingMedia. Prior to joining Liberty Media in 2003, Michael was a partner at McKinsey & Company in New York, where he co-founded McKinsey's Internet Practice, and was a member of McKinsey's Media & Entertainment and Private Equity practices. Fascinating discussion about entrepreneurs and large companies...Listen now...
Related Links: Liberty Media Corporation || Silicon Flatirons || ATLAS at CU || FeldThoughts || Podcast Directory || Entrepreneurs Unplugged Event Photos Keywords: Greg Maffei, Michael Zeisser, Liberty Media Corporation, Entrepreneurs Unplugged, Brad Bernthal, Brad Feld, Jill Van Matre, Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, ITP, CU, 10/18/10 bytes: 32408871
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MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh, CoChairwoman, 
       Daniels Consulting Firm

Cutting edge of business and technology
enclosure-voice 909_ 10/11/10- Can low-income businesses have a high-impact on the triple bottom-line? To answer this question, the Daniel’s Consulting Firm (DCF) has partnered with the Greater Good Academy to begin measuring the impact of a sustainable business plan on fledgling businesses. As co-chairperson of DCF, MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh is leading the effort to develop metrics that track the success of students at the Greater Good Academy, both during and after instruction. The Greater Good Academy strives to incorporate environment awareness, community engagement, financial impacts and over-all company culture into day-to-day business for the students. We're talking with MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh, she is co-chairwoman of the Daniels Consulting Firm which is a spin off of a student organization that allows students to get real world practice doing consulting jobs over an eight week period. MacKenzie says her main goal as chairwoman of the organization is to bring in partners and then staff those partnerships with students from the school and make sure their projects are really complete from day to day and at the end of the eight weeks have a very professional deliverable. Larry asked, "Are there specific types of organizations that you look for?" She said, "Yes, we reach out looking for organizations that are usually in the mid-size range, sometimes startups that need a marketing plan or financial plan. Daniels also has a core focus on sustainability and ethical business practices. So anytime we can bring on a project that focuses on one of those two areas, either a sustainable green business or a business that's really looking to add some ethical components to a business plan, that's where we go to work. MacKenzie went on to define 'Triple Bottom Line'. "The triple bottom line refers to people, planet and profit. So it is taking the typical business function and looking at their output, not only from a profit standpoint, but also how is it affecting the people (in the organization, customers, people in the neighborhood where you do business) and also, how is it affecting the planet? What are your business practices doing to conserve energy, give back?" There's much more...
Related Links: Social Entrepreneurship Channel || Daniels College of Business, DU || Greater Good Project || Mi Casa || Blog || Keywords: MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh, Daniel’s Consulting Firm, Social Entrepreneurship, Daniels College of Business, Greater Good Academy, Triple Bottom Line - 10/11/10 bytes: 5938576 Listen to: MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh

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Going from tough times to winning times
George Heinrichs, President & Co-Founder, 
        Intrado enclosure-voice 907_ 10/11/10- We're at the ACG Denver October luncheon with Chet Marino, Verus Partners and today's keynote speaker, George Heinrichs, cofounder and president of Intrado. Larry asked for an off the cuff piece of advice for our listening audience, in this economic environment. George said, "Well I suppose cash is king, is the simple truth. But I suspect they all get that. I saw something recently on Ted.com that I thought was just stunning. It was a lecture by a guy named Simon Sinek, talking about what people buy. He talks about people don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it. At least at our company, Intrado, where we provide the infrastructure for 911 - we make 911 work across North America - our employees are there because they believe they're making a difference. That's the 'why' and I think it makes a huge difference with our customers. I think Simon Sinek is on to something very real." Chet asked, "How do you keep your employees engaged in the business enterprise?" George replied, "Keeping your employees engaged is about, first of all listening to your employees so they know that what they're doing makes a difference inside, they're being heard. Secondarily, we focus very heavily on promoting from within so that there is recognition for those that really contribute in the form of either vertical advancement within the company. Or if they are an individual contributor, we actually have a separate track. People who are great technicians are not necessarily great managers and we provide tracks for each of those sort of focus points. Intrado is a global provider of emergency communications infrastructure and services. A recognized emergency services expert, Mr. Heinrichs has played a key role in the evolution of the nation’s 9-1-1 network...His parting words of advice for entrepreneurs was, "Don't give up! It takes longer and costs more than you could possibly imagine, and it's people who give up who lose." Listen now...
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CU Technology Transfer, the Challenges and the Choices
BioWEST awards CU TTO, Business Partner of the Year enclosure-voice 905_ 10/4/10- "Over the last seven years we've (generated) 69 companies, and those are Colorado companies, 57 are still around. Last year was though, we lost a couple companies. It's been brutal. Very tough for early stage technology companies. I see the sun shining through the darker clouds of the innovation economy recession." said David Allen, Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer at the University of Colorado. Larry discussed with David the University of Colorado Tech Transfer (TTO) annual report for 2009 - 2010. While there are many challenges, there are a number of very positive aspects. Here's an overview of the TTO Dashboard:
     ~ invention disclosures (respectable year with continued pipeline growth)
     + US patent applications (solid year for both TTO and licensee companies)
     + exclusive deals (good year, especially given the soft economy)
     -nonexclusive deals (most such deals due to one software program)
     ~ start-ups (slightly down, but continued high level performance)
     ~ POC program (strong projects primarily supported by State BDEG)
     -overall revenue (expected low revenue, worsened by recession)
     -liquidations (sitting on ownership interests in 55 companies)
     + financial reserve (recovery of TTO’s Long-Term Investment account)
     -patent reimbursements (shortfall compared to previous years)
     -start-up and early-stage licensee financings (very difficult market)
     + support from the business community (continued strong engagement)
     + support from the CU Administration (strategic importance maintained)
     + TTO personnel (capable TTO staff and collaborative team environment)
     + Net, Net TTO had another solid year except for low licensing revenue In addition here are the TTO stats for IP and Licensing Portfolio at a Glance (as of 07/01/2010): Total U.S. Patents in force : 306 - Total U.S. Patents in prosecution: 309 - Exclusive Licenses in good standing: 153 - Non-Exclusive Licenses in good standing: 209 - Bio Licenses in good standing: 176 - Non-Bio Licenses in good standing: 184.
At the BioWest Conference, CU TTO team was a winner of the 'Business Partner of the Year Award'. Click on the link for a complete report...

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Brad Feld, Co Author, Do More Faster David Cohen, Co Author, Do More Faster Brad Feld and David Cohen:
Do More Faster Book

enclosure-voice 903_10/4/10- Larry sat down with Brad Feld, managing partner of Foundry Group to talk about an exciting announcement. Larry began the interview with, "You know there are a lot of powerful words out there, and three of them are Do, More, Faster, do you have any comments to make on them?"
With a chuckle, Brad said, "Good setup! Do More Faster is the title of a book that David Cohen, the founder of TechStars, and Brad Feld have written." By strange coincidence, this is Monday, October 4th, the publication date! The origin of the book was a phrase thrown around TechStars, Do more faster. If you're not familiar with TechStars, it is a mentor driven accelerator, started in Boulder four years ago. It's a 90 day program, usually 10 companies, usually 25 to 30 entrepreneurs go through the program, full time, extremely immersive. They have about 50 mentors, experienced entrepreneurs that work with them along with those of us in the program. They get a small amount of seed financing at the front end of the program. About a year ago David and Brad sat down and talked about a way they could codify some of the things that they've learned. They settled pretty quickly on having the mentors and entrepreneurs involved in helping create the book. "We looked around and there aren't many books written by entrepreneurs, especially first time entrepreneurs about the experiences they've had creating companies. We then organized the chapters around usually one line phrases like 'do more faster' that have come out of the last four years of running TechStars that David and I sat down and put together with some other people. Then we had a bunch of people write first drafts about which we spent a lot of time on and then David and I organized the book and put some connective tissue between the essays. So very experiential, lots of details from the founders, from the entrepreneur’s perspective, from the mentor’s perspective, about specific things that all entrepreneurs could use, but especially first-time entrepreneurs or perspective entrepreneurs. We were on the verge of self publishing and we got introduced to some folks at Wiley and they took that book on. They were incredibly helpful."...There's more...

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