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APRIL 2011

Nigel Alexander, Lemonade Day - Denver May 22, 2011
Barrett Blank, RVC's Pitch Academy 4/18/11
Thomas J. Byrne, Moody's - Asia 4/11/11
Cathy Edwards, Chomp.com - NCWIT Hero 4/11/11
Brad Feld, SFC/Entrp Unplgd -Featured Guest 4/18/11
Brad Feld, SFC/Entrp Unplgd -the MIT Experience 4/25/11
Laura Fitton, Oneforty.com & NCWIT Hero 4/25/11
Jim Franklin, Founder Institute Applications Due - May 22, 2011
Tom Frey, Futurist, DaVinci Institute 4/4/11
Mike Fries, Liberty Global, Garth Jensen, HRO, LLP 4/11/11
John Hickenlooper, Mayor Denver, Historical 'Green Bite'
J.B. Holston, CEO, Newsgator 4/18/11
Melodie Reagan & Jen Long, Managing Partners, i2i Workforce
Mark Seglem, CEO & President, ADSS, Feberal Budget Crisis
Michael Webb, Aubice, Jim Franklin, Sendgrid 4/11/11
Robert White, Extraordinary Leadership 4/4/11


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Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group Brad Feld: Community college to MIT
enclosure-voice 1004_ 4/25/11 - This is part 2 of Brad Feld's Interrogation. Jill Van Matre, Associate Director of Atlas and co-moderates this last Entrepreneurs Unplugged event for Spring 2011 with Brad Bernthal (BB) who is a clinical law professor at the law school and Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center Entrepreneurship Initiative interviewed Brad panel style. Part 2 begins with Professor Bernthal’s query: "Take us from the community college to MIT and the start of Feld Technologies." Brad replied, "I was your typical high school kid in Dallas, I did well in school, ran track. I was moderately social when I wasn't reading or playing with my computer. I was a pretty good tennis player until, I discovered computers and girls. And those two things ruined my tennis career when I was about age 14. I never really thought about where to go to college." (Here we have the two-and-a-half minute video, View Video- the MIT experience.) It was the girlfriend... in 8th grade - she was fascinated with MIT. and that stuck in Brad's head so he applied. He got in early and threw away all his other college applications. So, he went to MIT and MIT was a fascinating place. Brad says he's glad he went there. It was the right place for him. "Because," he said, "MIT is a daily assault on your self-esteem. You realize there is no such thing as being the smartest guy in the room... forget it, there's just no way that's going to happen. So that dynamic plays forward in your life when you realize you don't have to be the smartest person in the room to be successful and accomplished. But, you have to work hard, you have to be focused, you have to go after something you really care about. and that's how I got to that place where I started what became Feld Technologies. Next week, Jill Van Matre asks Brad to talk about the beginning of Feld Technologies.
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Jim Franklin, Founder Institute Start your dream company in 2011
enclosure-voice 1002_ 4/25/11 - Larry interviewed Jim Franklin the 2011 co-host of the Colorado Founder Institute. Jim joins Jon Nordmark as the co-host. Jim said, "Because I am Boulder-based and also a TechStars mentor, I am often asked about the differences between TechStars and the Founder Institute. The key difference I see between the two programs is the overall goal: at TechStars your team will be in Boulder full-time and demo your work at Investor Day. All TechStars participants form an operating company by the end of the program. With the Founder Institute you will get an education on what it means to be a founder from others who have been there and done that. Most of the participants are operating a new company by the end, or shortly thereafter, but some just keep working their day job until the moment is right for them. In addition to TechStars, we have many resources for entrepreneurs in Colorado, and all of them have their differentiating points. Here’s what I see as unique aspects of the Founder Institute: You can keep your day job. You don’t have to relocate to Boulder. If you graduate you contribute 3.5 percent of your company to a pool that is owned by you and the other graduates and mentors from your class. You are quite literally invested in the success of your peers. The mentors are exclusively experienced CEOs and founders – no service providers. If you are ready to commit 15 hours a week for 14 weeks to get your next business ready to launch, I look forward to helping you.. And whether or not you launch your business, you will be a much better-informed founder when the time is right." Jim should know as he is a successful serial entrepreneur. Application for New Founders is due May 1, 2011 ...There's much more...listen now...
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Barrett Blank & Larry Nelson, RVC's Pitch Academy Key metrics to manage your sales operations
enclosure-voice1001_ 4/18/11 - Rockies Venture Club created the Investor Pitch Academy (Video) as a four-part program to help new and/or growing businesses create the kind of business that is sustainable and attractive to investors. Educational workshops, mentoring, coaching and the 5-minute pitch presentation help business owners. RVC is offering a workshop, Sales Basics for Entrepreneurial Success and Larry interviewed one of the expert panelist, Barrett Blank Principle of Be Inventiv. 50% of new businesses are gone within the first year. And, after five years, only 5% of new businesses are still around. That means that only 5% of entrepreneurs know how to create a sustainable business. As a new entrepreneur, you understand your products and services, but do you know how or where to get necessary funding to get your business off the ground? Once it is off the ground, are you aware of and do you have the knowledge and expertise to deal with all aspects of creating a sustainable business? The RVC has developed the Investors Pitch Academy to fulfill the need in the market place for a broader and deeper depth of service to the new and growing entrepreneur. Barrett talked about some of the workshop details. You will learn how to: Build a repeatable model; Bridge marketing and sales to generate required lead flow for sales; Tap into appropriate sales processes for your business; Utilize sales tools to accelerate revenue generation; and understanding key metrics to manage your sales operations. Barrett has leveraged his 30 years of experience in sales / marketing, technology, process and business operations to take the leadership roles of: BB2e / BeInventiv. Throughout his career with both Fortune 50 and entrepreneurial firms, Barrett has developed a track record of delivering unqualified success in all operational areas of a business. This workshop is coming up April 26, 2011. You'll enjoy watching and listening to this video...
Related Links: RVC: Sales Basics for Entrepreneurial Success || Be Inventiv || Investor Pitch Academy || Rockies Venture Club || Podcast Directory || Colorado Capital Conference || Keywords: Barrett Blank, RVC Pitch Academy, Rockies Venture Club, Be Inventiv, Entrepreneurs, Sales Basics for Entrepreneurial Success, New Businesses - Channel:Entrepreneurs 4/18/11
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Applications: Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In
J.B. Holston, CEO and President, Newsgator enclosure-voice 998_ 4/18/11 - Driven by the popularity of applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In, businesses have been looking for ways to incorporate these tools into the enterprise - launching an entire market space called Enterprise Social Computing. Enterprise social computing delivers the status posts, activity tracking and social bookmarking much like familiar social media tools– and extracts real value from these activities in areas like knowledge management, project execution and sales/service/support. Larry interviewed J.B. Holston, CEO and President of Newsgator. J.B. and Newsgator are also one of the 2009 winners of Colorado Companies to Watch. J.B. pointed out, "The easy way to think of Newsgator today is that we've got enterprise software that allows enterprises to have secure and scaled FaceBook and Twitter for their internal/external constituents. If you use any of those kinds of applications or LinkedIn, and you went through a company that's using our software you would have a similar experience with our company around that software. The company's been around about seven years, funded by Mobius VC, Brad Feld who is on our board. Our client base is the Global 2000, so we tend to have very large organizations as our clients, and we tend to have enterprise wide arrangements with our clients. So we have companies like Accenture and Deloitte which have deployed our technology on an enterprise wide basis and a lot of the technologies and vendors in this space are sort of a point solution. That's one distinguishing factor. Then we have a very close partnership with Microsoft, most of our deployments are related to a Microsoft product called SharePoint. SharePoint's got about 100 million seats worldwide, so we're able to walk in to any company that has SharePoint, any one of those hundred million seats..."
Related Links: NewsGator || Colorado Companies to Watch || Brad Feld Blog || Find It || Economy Builders Channel || Keywords: J.B. Holston, Newsgator, Colorado Companies to Watch, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Microsoft, SharePoint, Social Media > 6/1/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 7397149 Listen to: J B Holston, CEO & President, Newsgator 4/18/11

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The app market is really taking off right now
Cathy Edwards, CTO and CoFounder, Chomp.com - NCWIT Hero enclosure-voice 998_ 4/11/11 - Lucy Sanders, CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network interviewed Cathy Edwards, CTO and co-founder of Chomp.com, a search engine for mobile applications. Lucy loves it saying, "If you're like me, it's difficult to find all the applications that you can have on your mobile device today. Cathy created Chomp's proprietary algorithm that understands the function of each app. So you get to search for applications not just on what they're called, but what they do. For example you can search for puzzles, games, gardening, fitness, etc. It's a great app launched in January 2010 with a platform for the iPhone and just recently for the droid. Cathy said," Things are really going well. The app market is really taking off right now. If you look at the stats, the rate at which apps are growing, both in terms of the number of apps available and the rate of adoption, is very similar to the early days of the web. This is looking like something that is going to be very, very big. And of course as it gets really big people are going to need ways of finding those apps." Cathy was asked, "Why are you an entrepreneur, what about it makes you tick?" She replied, "I feel really privileged to do what I do. I love to get up in the morning and go to work. I really think very few people are in a position where they can genuinely say, I spend a lot of time working and I love every minute of it. To me being an entrepreneur is about two things. The first is about creating and building like really amazing products, the things that people use and that people love. There's this kind of very tangible feeling that goes along with being an entrepreneur of I built that. The second piece is about creating and building an amazing team of people. I really love working with people and I have the most amazing team of people at Chomp." Listen for more...
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Then again, transparency counts for so much
enclosure-voice Thomas J. Byrne, Sr. Vice President, Asia, Moody's Steve Werner 996_ 4/11/11 - Doing business in other countries can be a tricky thing, but it can also be a very valuable resource for large and small companies. We're lucky enough to corral a gentleman who is spectacular as it relates to doing business in China, Japan, Korea and other countries. We welcome back to the show Steve Werner, to introduce us to long time friend and associate Tom Byrne. They served together in the Peace Corps in South Korea many years ago. While Tom is here, Steve asked him to speak to a few groups today, at University of Denver, Rotary Clubs, and the World Trade Center. Tom works for Moody's Investor Services in Asia and he is Sr. VP with the Sovereign Risk Division which means that he assess the political, social and business climate in each country in order for Moody's to give a financial grade to those countries. Larry asked, "What is the business environment like today? How is it impacting international trade?"Tom replied, "My view is the macro view, it's a view that most of the time is about 30,000 feet above the surface. So I don't get into the nitty-gritty aspects of actually doing business deals in these countries. But we do assess the general institutional features of all these countries in Asia, Pacific area which includes Southeast Asia, south Asia and all the way to the Middle East. All sorts of countries in varying degrees of development... What we do find is that there is a positive correlation between so called governance and transparency and credit worthiness. In fact, countries that we worked on in the past like Korea become more transparent, their institutions, particularly their legal institutions, as well as the government itself become more effective but more credible. And this is associated with increased business and increased capital inflows into these countries. This is the time of 'Black Swan' events, referring to of course that famous book that Nassim Taleb wrote, warning us that we shouldn't have biases that under appreciate uncertainty and that rare events could have massive consequences. We've seen a bunch of these rare events and we're still trying to gain our footing from global financial prices, high unemployment in the U.S. as a consequence of that. But what that means now is that..." Listen for more...
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Leaders have unprecedented demands placed on them
Robert White, Extraordinary People - Author, "Living An Extraordinary Life" enclosure-voice 994 4/4/11 - Are you an ordinary or an extraordinary leader? This is going to be a very interesting topic, we're back with Robert White. "In prior interviews we talked about a personal foundation for success, as well as specific attitudes, habits, behaviors, that are really required to lead an extraordinary life. Now it occurred to me, based on what you've said, that we all have to be leaders today, is that true?" Larry is interviewing Robert White, founder of Extraordinary People, author and worldwide speaker. Robert's reply, "I believe so, I think when times were more stable and change was not coming at us at the pace that it is currently coming at us, that we could just manage our lives. You know managers, good managers, can plan, organize and control, whether that be in a family or corporate setting or non-profit setting. But when there is a tremendous amount of change, what is required is to move people. Move yourself and move others, to be able to deal with the change. To innovate, to create and to adapt to the rapidly changing environment that we're all living in. The environment is changing for our families. I mean, the pressures that the average teenager in middle school faces are radically different from when you and I were growing up. We all kind of know that. Of course it's true in organizations, our competitors change fast so we've got to change fast. Markets change, prices change, and everything changes. We have to do more with less, that's pretty constant for the last 10-15 years. And certainly in our civic organizations, politically and other government organizations, there's an awesome amount of change. So what do you need when there's a lot of change? You need someone to lead people through it." "That's a fact, Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos, one of my favorite topics, said Larry. "And a very good book." Robert pointed out. "Leadership is not so much a science as it is art. And the art really functions around relationships. When you're going to be asking people to handle change, which is one of the primary tasks of a leader, the level of relationship is going to determine how effective you're going to be. So my focus is on preparing people to be in better, stronger, deeper, more productive relationships. From my perspective, that's a key aspect of being a great leader, to create extraordinary relationships. Get a complimentary copy of Robert's eBook, The Tipping Point of Success from the link below..
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"Denver takes a big ‘green’ bite!” says Mayor Hickenlooper - History
John Hickenlooper, Mayor Denver enclosure-voice 601_ 1/5/09 Rerun 4/4/11 - "In today’s economy where there is so much fear, people are pulling their money out of stocks, out of their 401Ks, out of money markets and putting it under their mattress," said Mayor John Hickenlooper in his interview with Larry. The Mayor went onto discussing other important topics including entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship Day proclamation, his outlook on the economy, and raising capital. He has the experience in all those areas. "Today, everyone is selling, trying to get their cash out to put under their mattress. You measure risk vs. reward, in times like this is where people can do very well. I would argue that in the next 18 months there will be more money made than in the following decade. People shouldn’t be hiding their money under the mattress; they should be looking for good, long term investments. You’re probably never going to find a better time to buy some of these blue chip stocks. It’s a great time for starting a business. You know, I started the Wynkoop in 1986- it took us two years, we didn’t open until 1988, but our rent for the first part of our lease was $1 per square foot per year, and that’s because the economy was in the toilet. There’s a huge opportunity for people to step back and say ‘things aren’t that bad and even as bad as they are, there are great opportunities now." Hickenlooper enjoyed sharing his 'Green Bite' views. Green Print Denver is trying to look at every single place that city government touches energy, consumption of resources, and how can we be more frugal. Kind of a throw back, you know my mom grew up in the Great Depression; she used to wash Saran Wrap and tin foil and tape it to the refrigerator door while it dried, so she could reuse it. That might be a little extreme but to a certain extent we’re moving back in that direction. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We have to do a lot of little things; just riding a bike is not going to do it." How about planting a million trees? (((Yes, this is a rerun from Jan 2009)))
Related Links: Denver OED || Green Print Denver || Solar Mapping || Bunch of History || Sustainability Channel || Keywords: Mayor John Hickenlooper, Economic Development, City and County of Denver, Economy, Sustainable Opportunities Summit, Green Print Denver, Channels:CEC Bytes: 9200016 >
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Nigel Alexander, Lemonade Day It is a fun, free,
Metro Denver city-wide event

enclosure-voice 1005_ 4/25/11 - What is Lemonade Day? It is a FUN, FREE, Metro Denver city-wide event, where KIDS get to MAKE and KEEP THE MONEY that they earn. Kids of all ages learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, sell a product, provide customer service, and give back to their community. Larry interviewed Nigel Alexander, an owner of Liberty-Bell Telecom who is a big supporter of Lemonade Day. What is it? Lemonade Day is an event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. They will learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, sell a product, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care, and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity. When it is? Lemonade Day is Sunday, May 22nd, 2011. Who can participate? Youth of all ages can participate (with adult supervision!). Not only does Lemonade Day directly affect the participants, but it also affects the entire community. To register for an official Lemonade Day stand and to participate in the event, a parent or guardian must sign a consent form agreeing that a responsible adult will assist and supervise. Who can get involved and how? Anyone and everyone can be involved in Lemonade Day! Young entrepreneurs that have lemonade stands need adult supervision, sponsors, investors, employees, and customers...Listen for more...
Related Links: Lemonade Day || Lemonade Day FAQs || Prepared 4 Life || Liberty-Bell Telecom || CIMCO || Keywords: Nigel Alexander, Lemonade Day, Prepared 4 Life, Metro Denver, Kids, Liberty-Bell Telecom, Kids, Entrepreneurs, 4/25/11 bytes=4637991 - LISTEN to Nigel Alexander, Executive Director, Lemonade Day

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Awesome tools for you and also for your business
Laura Fitton, Oneforty.com, NCWIT Hero enclosure-voice 1003_ 4/25/11 - 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. Lucy Sanders, CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network interviewed Laura Fitton, CEO and Founder of Oneforty.com. Lucy points out that Laura is known as the 'Queen of Twitter'. Oneforty helps people understand Twitter and the exploding ecosystem of applications and services built on it; and Oneforty has been called the 'app store for Twitter' by TechCrunch and others. Back to 2006, Laura moved to Boston, with no business network she's going to start her communications consulting firm there, after nearly 2 1/2 years out of the market. So she gets into blogging, hears about this Twitter thing. She blogs about how stupid this Twitter thing is (March 2007) and then two months later, says Laura, "the nickel drops." Laura realized she could surround herself with successful, interesting people and still be this home-based mom of two kids under two and yet stay motivated and inspired throughout her work day. And that is exactly what appealed to her about Twitter when Twitter finally did appeal to her. Laura tried hard not to be an entrepreneur, she worked for one in her twenties and "the guy was nuts!" You have to be fundamentally out of touch with reality on some level, because otherwise you'd know your idea can't possibly work. You have to have enough detachment from that to go and make it work, which is great!" Laura has a number of valuable tips about using Twitter and then goes onto some great advice for entrepreneurs. Listen for more...
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Brad Feld, Featured Guest at Silicon Flatiron's Entrepreneurs Unplugged April 2011 Brad Feld reveals his true beginning while getting Unplugged
enclosure-voice 1000_ 4/18/11 - Brad Feld was corralled and interviewed by Jill Van Matre, Associate Director of Atlas and co-moderates this last Entrepreneurs Unplugged event for Spring 2011 with Brad Bernthal (BB) who is Clinical Law Professor at the CU Law School and Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center Entrepreneurship Initiative. BB asked Feld, "In terms of getting things started, give us a little background. You have family here, grew up in Texas and some of the more interesting things I've seen in those interviews you've done is a list of influential business people including your grandfather. What did your grandfather do and what kind of influence did he have on you growing up?" (SPECIAL NOTE: Brad is his usual entertaining self - we have a two minute video - please watch. We're sure you'll enjoy!) Brad Feld said, "My grandfather was an immigrant, came here from Austria, (so my father is first generation American). He was an entrepreneur; he had his own clothing factory. The type of clothing that he made is the stuff that has rhinestones on it. The people who carried his clothing were like the knock-off of Marshalls. He had a factory in Florida, this bad, bad, kind of burnt out warehouse in the middle of the worst part of Miami. He was this salt of the earth kind of guy and he didn't believe in anything made after 1950. So every piece of machinery was pre 1950. When machines broke down he'd have to figure out what to do. When friends died, he'd go and buy their machinery for parts and replacements. So I think sort of growing up and watching him sort of make his own way in the world, be completely entrepreneurial was an early inspiration. My dad (Stanley Feld) had his own medical practice that was about a $10 million/year business at the peak. He had four partners and 30 or 40 employees. I remember also watching that grow from one person; he started out in private practice, to a real business. I never really thought hard about not doing my own thing from very early on." Feld shares so much more including in 1978 when he turned 13. "Gold was about $400/oz and Krugerrands were all the rage and when you got Bar Mitzvahed you took your Bar Mitzvah money and bought Krugerrands, that's what all my friends were doing. I thought that was stupid, I wanted a computer. I had about $1,600. a fortune, so I took my dad to a computer store." Part 2 is coming with Professor Bernthal‘s next query: Take us from the community college to MIT and the start of Feld Technologies. Tune in next week!
Related Links: Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and ITP || Brad Feld Blog || Brad Feld Video || Foundry Group || Do More Faster Book || Economy Builders || Entrepreneurs Unplugged Photos || Keywords: Brad Feld, Jill Van Matre, Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons Center, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Atlas, Foundry Group, Do More Faster Book, Stanley Feld - 4/18/2011
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Melodie Reagan, Managing Partner, 
    i2iWorkforce and Larry Nelson Talent recruitment, training, development and retention
enclosure-voice 998_ 4/18/11 - Talent strategy is not just a matter of recruiting people. It has to do with training, development and retention of all types. Today we are lucky enough to Jen Long, Managing Partner, i2iWorkforceinterview the the Managing Partners of i2iWorkforce, Melodie Reagan, Jennifer Long. They pointed out, "Nationally, we finally dipped below 9% unemployment." Larry wanted to know if that meant we are on a path to recovery. Last month alone we had a 216 jobs to the roster and that feels really great. So if you're asking are we on the road to recover, the answer is yes. The predictions this year for unemployment is that it is going to continue to go down. However, the growth is not going to be the big boom that we're used to. It's still going to be in that gradual state. And when we think about job creation, actually more of the jobs are going to be created are for replacements as opposed to new jobs because of new industries or new businesses. But there are going to be more jobs and unemployment is on the downturn. While there was some cautious optimism they pointed out that many employers are getting back to the basics and by asking some very important questions. Larry pointed out, "Employers today are asking a number of very important questions. One question they're asking is, 'What are long term workforce strategies? That is going back to the basics. Second, Is our current talent enough to meet plans for business growth? And third, Where do we go from here?" Their reply, "It's a great opportunity for companies to get focused on where they're going strategically. How they're going to grow, what markets they want to be in, and to come back and look at their workforce and say, Do I have the right talent, of the right type to get where I need to go. Because the largest expense, for most businesses, is their talent. And today, companies can burn between permanent as well as temporary in doing outsourcing of services - and that's something they want to get in front of today. Relative to trends that are occurring in the market place, there are phenomenal studies out there. In fact the Bureau of Labor Statistics has a Workforce Trend Report that goes through 2018. So what can you expect as a business leader on trends in the workforce? One is the graying of the workforce - by 2018 approximately 25% will be 55 years of age and older. Diversity? Our workforce is reflecting our population which is becoming ever more diverse." The i2i Workforce team knows talent recruitment, training, development and retention, and understands the challenges you face in your business and your career. Listen for more...
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Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global and Garth Jensen, Partner, Holm Roberts Owen, LLP Do more of what you do well is a great motto
enclosure-voice 997_ 4/11/11 - We are with Mike Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global, who earlier this year spent some time in Davos at a fantastic, marvelous conference. Also joining us is Garth Jensen a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen. Garth set the stage with some background, Mike Fries runs a worldwide operation, primarily in Europe, "As you see technology bringing the world closer and business becoming more global, what are some of your thoughts as you attended this conference in Davos?" Mike replied, "I've been going every year now for 6, 7 years and what happens is the conference has evolved - but your experience within the conference evolves too. The first year I was there I did spend quite a bit of time milling about, experiencing and enjoying different types of events and speeches and panels. But every year since I've become more and more programmed in the sense that I'm involved in an industry partnership group for the telcos. The quality of people you have is world class, of course. For me to be able to interact in a two to three day period with the CEO of Georgia Telecom, CEO of Google, the CEO of Microsoft, all in a relatively small, informal environment and to understand where we're each coming from, with respect to our businesses and to our challenges, is a positive thing. And I always learn something. I always learn something I didn't know coming in. I'm happy to be, and lucky to go." Garth asked, "How do things you learn actually get translated into your services for your customers?" Mike shared his thoughts. "I would say as a CEO you have to have a vision, a clear articulation of where we're going and what we're doing and so I find, in many ways, I come out of there with a better sense of our direction; I understand better where our competitors are going or what they're thinking. So it helps define and refine your strategic vision of your business and your products and your services. So ultimately consumers benefit. Garth pointed out, "Mike I've known and worked with you for about 20 years and your career has been very impressive. You've worked with a lot of the country's best known and most well regarded business people during your career." Mikes reply, "I have been lucky to work with, of course John Malone, who I think is arguably the best boss you could ever have, from so many different perspectives. And of course, Gene Schneider who was a great mentor to me in many ways. I learned a lot from both of these guys." There's much more...
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Winning Teams, Relationships and the Connection Engine
enclosure-voice Larry Nelson, Jim Franklin and Michael Webb 487_ 4/11/11 - Since May of 2008 when this interview was conducted so much has changed... Or has it? These are the questions you want answered when you search. Today the answers are more readily available if you have the right tools. The Connection Engine like many other search tools has gotten better. What keywords will produce relevant search results? Who are the innovators in a crowd and what are they saying? What new liabilities are emerging? Answering these difficult questions results in great rewards. However, with only search and unstructured text mining tools, people have limited success in capturing those rewards. Michael Webb, Aubice Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of Global Development was interviewed by Jim Franklin, past President of the Rockies Venture Club and the former CEO of Decisioneering. Jim's career path took him from there to Oracle as a VP and now (2011) Jim has been appointed as CEO of Sendgrid. Our guest in this interview, Michael Web was on the "Winning Team" panel at the 20th Annual Colorado Capital Conference, moderated by w3w3-dot-com's Larry Nelson. Michael pointed out that it's all about relationships. It has taken the right people with the right values to grow Aubice. He points out that when it comes to search there is this deluge of information... too much data, and very little relevancy. Another challenge is Understanding how to connect unstructured data to drive totally unexpected high value insights leading to breakthrough discoveries. "Aubice is a connection engine and can operate on the long tail of information where n=1 for advanced sensing of change and trend foreshadowing. Michael has built many successful teams over the years, and that's what it is all about.
Related Links: Aubice || Sendgrid || Rockies Venture Club || In the News || Keywords: Michael Webb, Aubice, Jim Franklin, Decisioneering, Oracle, Rockies Venture Club, Colorado Capital Conference, Teams, Innovators 4/11/11 Bytes: 20583970 LISTEN to Jim Franklin and Michael Webb

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The federal government is extremely hamstrung in its ability
Mark Seglem, President and 
        CEO, Advanced Distributed Sensor 
        Systems, ADSS enclosure-voice 995_ 4/4/11 - . We're talking about the economic times and the different things organizations, public and private sector are going through today, because it has a tremendous impact and frankly, I'm a little worried. We are here with an expert who has some experience on a business level about this issue. Larry interviewed Mark Seglem, CEO of Advanced Distributed Sensor Systems (ADSS). "Mark could you give us an overview of how you're looking at the economic environment right now and what's happening?" "I'd be happy to and pleased to do it because I've been on both sides. I spent 20 years on active duty and I was a senior requirements officer for the Navy - so I've seen it from the side of the federal government. Now I'm a small business, private business owner who contracts with the federal government, predominantly DOD. I think the fundamental message that I would get out is that the continuing resolution that is currently in effect for fiscal year 2011, is killing small businesses that rely on the DOD for their contracts, or in fact any federal agency. In this environment under continuing resolution, the federal government is extremely hamstrung in its ability to let procurement contracts, maintenance contracts - except for the most essential operational type contracts. As a consequence small business that provide support either directly to DOD or to other federal agencies, or to large contractors like the Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, etc., those contracts are basically on hold right now." The trickle down effect is huge. "The big contractors have to support infrastructure on multi-billion dollar contracts that cannot be let right now under continuing resolutions. . It leads to layoffs, a reduction in size of the company and then when the contracts do come through we have to ramp up again. It's an extraordinarily inefficient way to do business. And it has more impact than just on the federal government - it goes right through the private sector and it particularly hurts small business."...Listen now, there's much more, ideas and solutions...
Related Links: Distributed Sensors || Colorado Companies to Watch Home || CCTW Channel || Economy Builders || Keywords: Mark Seglem, Advanced Distributed Sensor Systems, ADSS, Colorado Companies to Watch, 50 Companies to Watch winners, SBIR, Federal Budget - 4/4/11 bytes=5002870
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Pent-up demand for people wanting to start businesses
Tom Frey, Futurist, Founder of DaVinci Institute enclosure-voice 993_ 4/4/11 - You know the future is a very exciting place but not everyone really understands that much about the future. Oh they hope and they wish and they dream - but here's a guy that is 'the future', Tom Frey founder of the DaVinci Institute. Of course, Tom travels all over the world, he gives talks on a variety of different topics, but the future is always part of it. Larry asked, "In this economic environment that we've been experiencing, what are some of the challenges that entrepreneurs and small business owners face today?" Tom replied, "First of all, whenever there's a layoff, there is a percentage of the population that will try to start a business, traditionally about 7%. And there are lots of people that have been laid off work. So we have this huge, pent-up demand for people wanting to start businesses, but the difference this time is there is no money out there, there is virtually no money to access. As a result of that, what we're seeing is people are shifting from trying to start physical businesses to starting digital ones. They're going into the online world and trying to get a toe hold, some way to make money online. And, if they can do that they're going to stay there. So the whole idea of starting businesses is alive and well. People just love that idea of being out from under the thumb of the boss. So we're seeing lots of activity, but it's mostly in the online world. We're seeing a brain drain, people leaving physical jobs trying to get into the digital world. Starting an online business is easier and less expensive. When people are leaving the physical world for the digital world, that leaves some gaping holes in the physical world - that means there are some huge opportunities there. In the digital world there's this category of businesses I call the 'empire one businesses'. This is a one person business with far reaching influence. It can be a one person consulting business, practice or coaching business. But more and more we're seeing things where people are have products manufactured in China or India, central distribution unit in the U.S. or Canada and they have customers in Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, anywhere in the world." There are many other ideas ...listen now...
Related Links: DaVinci Institute || Economy Builders || The Vault || Blog || Keywords: Tom Frey, DaVinci Institute, Entrepreneurs, Inventions, Innovation, Futurist, Digital World, China, India, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany - 4/4/11 bytes=5367748
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