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MAY 2011

Luke Beatty, VP Yahoo! - ACG Case Study 5/2/11
Neal Cohen, Partner, HRO-Boulder 5/16/11
Brad Feld, Entrepreneurs Unplugged Part 3, Video Yahoo
Brad Feld, Entrepreneurs Unplugged Part 4, Audio/LISTEN
Steve Forbes, Colorado and the National Economy
Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid, 5/23/11
Governor John Hickenlooper,Video - Keynote at ACG Corp. Growth Conference
Governor John Hickenlooper,Video - Changing Culture of Entire state (Part 2)
Governor John Hickenlooper,Video - Clearing Out the Red Tape (Part 3)
Saad Khan, Partner, CMEA Capital ($1 Billion Under Management)
Saad Khan,CMEA Capital,Keynote - RVC Colorado Capital Conference 5/17/11
Malik Kahook & Naresh Mandava, Inventors of the Year, Anschutz Med Campus
Sherry Law, Evergreen Communications, Communication Infrastructure
Rich Liner & Pat Maley, June 9th - KidsTek Charity Golf Classic
Michael Meurer & Chris Pelley, Elder Care a Critical Pro bono/Free service
Gillian Muessig, NCWIT Hero aka "Mother of SEO"
Chris Pelley, Managing Partner, CIMCO-Denver/Boulder 5/16/11
John Sanderson, Windwos Azure, Solutions Specialist 5/31/11
Theresa Szczurek, Co Founder, Radish Systems 5/31/11
Chris Wilson, Principal, Fortitude MB 5/31/11

John Sanderson, Windows Azure, Solutions Specialist - May 31, 2011 In the cloud with a solutions specialist
enclosure-voice 1023_ 5/31/11 - So we're going to be open and unstuck right here at the Glue Conference in Denver, Colorado. We've been fortunate enough to talk to a number of heavy hitters, all kinds of areas and now we've cornered John Sanderson from Microsoft. John is a solutions specialist with Windows Azure. While there is a lot of techie stuff here, it's really interesting to see how this gets transferred into business knowledge. Give us an overview. John replied, "Windows Azure is really Microsoft's development and deployment platform in the "cloud". Think of it as Windows server and SQL server available as a service that you write code to. Windows code, Java, PHP, Ruby, whatever you want to write. Deploy it to Windows Azure, we'll run it in a wildly horizontal scaleability aspect, make it big or small as you want and you only pay for what you use. You know my paradigm comes directly from the cloud computing world. I tell people I hate the word cloud. Everybody's got a cloud offering. It really depends on what you're looking for - if you want email in the cloud, if you want an application platform, if you want to collocate material, data, software, whatever, someplace in the cloud. So, I think one of the biggest challenges is understanding what you want out of this new thing called the cloud, and then being able to ascertain who's the right vendor. You know Microsoft has lots of offerings, but we're not going to be right for everybody. Amazon, Rackspace, they've got great stuff, it really depends on what you want. If we're talking about the cloud business, or a new business, I think the key is to ask the right questions. Really understand where you want to be, and talk about the problems that you want to solve, then look for solutions that make sense for the problem that you have." Listen for more now...
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Theresa Szczurek, Co Founder, Radish Systems Do you have a mobile strategy?
enclosure-voice 1021_ 5/31/11 - She sold her company for over $40 million and now she's starting a new one. and she is the CEO and co founder of Radish Systems. Theresa Szczurek is a real entrepreneur. Theresa says, we like to call it Radish '2-dot-0', because they liked the name so much they recycled it from their first venture in the 90's. Larry asked his classic question, "What are some of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs will be facing this next year?" "Big question!" Theresa said, "One of the things I think entrepreneurs face in these times is fundraising. Depending on what technology you are in, we happen to be in the mobile communications / applications space which is pretty hot, so that helps. But in other spaces it's much more difficult for entrepreneurs to find funding, either from friends and family, angels or from institutional investors, venture capitalists. So you have to be very creative - you also have to know your plan and how you're going to make money. So that's one. Another I think is finding the right team, building that team and keeping them directed toward the end goal. That I think is a universal challenge for entrepreneurs from day one. Then two others, I would say keeping on top of the technology, where you have extensive intellectual property in technology based firms, where keeping on top of the technology and how it's moving, making sure that in the flow you are improving and enhancing what's going on. But I think, in terms of the challenges is to stay flexible. You have to stay agile and realize that sometimes you're going to get to a situation where things are just not working like you would like them to be. Realize this is common, be aware and make the right shifts in order to not hit the wall. There are so many examples of companies who have done this, reinvented themselves based on what they are learning from the market." They discussed additional entrepreneurial topics. Radish Systems is looking for more talented people. Much more to listen to...
Related Links: TMS World || Radish Systems || Economy Builders || Pursuit of Passionate Purpose || Podcasting Directory || Keywords: Theresa Szczurek, TMS World, Entrepreneurs, Mobile Communications, App Developers, Cell Phone, Mobile Devices, Radish Communications Systems, 5/31/11 bytes=7605501
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Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets, Patents, Copyrights
Neal Cohen, Partner, Holme Roberts & Owen, Boulder enclosure-voice 1015_ 5/16/11 - It isn't often that we get to share the personal character of an interview but we've decided this was the time to do so. After all that is what w3w3 aims to do, connect people and resources. Neal Cohen a partner at Holme Roberts and Owen - Boulder, is a delightful guy with a great sense of humor and a fun story. Neal grew up in Queens, New York, attended public school and one of the activities he got involved in was fencing, even before high school. He fenced in high school, the public school athletic league, went on to college and got a scholarship to fence in college, and then fenced after college until he was almost 30 years old. All of that predated his legal aspirations. Larry asked for more background. Neal went on, "Well fencing, as you can imagine, does not go a long way to paying many bills. So I had a lot of jobs to support my fencing habit." After college, Neal was a high school English teacher (which also didn't pay very well back then). He was a health club manager and he was a New York City cab driver. (Imagine, a cab driver that speaks English and knows his way around town!). "Which”, Neal said, “oddly enough, was the best paying job of the three, but had its own little challenges. It didn't hurt to have a foil in the front seat...in some circumstances." Larry said, "Mark Weakly mentioned you are a magnificent litigator. Would you mind getting into some of the litigation issues?" Neal told us,when he started out, the firm he was with did a lot of 'securities litigation'. "That", said Neal, "is sort of how I cut my teeth, in securities litigation." Most attorneys don't stay in one area their whole career and so Neal grew into doing 'employment litigation' and employment litigation invariably leads into 'trade secret litigation' because employees will change employers and take trade secrets with them, sometimes. They're not supposed to, of course, and that always leads to 'trade secret litigation', which is one of the areas of 'intellectual property'. Trade secret litigation took Neal into patent litigation and that lead to copyright litigation and other areas like that. This led to Neal's sub-specialty, patent litigation and he's been doing that for fifteen years. "When I was in law school, I met a cute girl who was sitting near me.. .Listen, there's much more...
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Golf Classic for the Good of the Community
Rich Liner, The Liner Group - Passion = KidsTek Pat Maley,Wiegers Capital Partners, KidsTek enclosure-voice 1013_ 5/16/11 - Time for the always great KidsTek Charity Golf Classic - June 9th. This is the 10th Annual and w3w3 is excited to speak with good friends Rich Liner and Pat Maley, founding members of KidsTek. We met back in 2000 thru Cathy Ewing, then president of CSIA and both Rich and Pat were CSIA board members. KidsTek provides cost-effective tuition-free after-school computer education programs to Colorado's disadvantaged youth. Working in partnership with urban public schools and utilizing existing computer labs, KidsTek classes give students, from elementary to high school, the tools they need to succeed in modern life. KidsTek uses standards and project-based lessons that teach "real world" computer skills using the power of the Internet, the most commonly-used productivity software, and multimedia applications that engage students. Programs range from internet basics for elementary level children to a Cisco Networking Academy at Montbello High School in Denver. Thanks to your support, 900 students were served during the 2009-2010 school year. KidsTek continues to expand programs, and will host technology and computer skills classes at 14 sites this school year. We start out with a little recap of who KidsTek is. Rich tells us, "We are primarily chartered with helping under privileged and under served youth in the k-12 space throughout the front range in Colorado, providing cost-effective tuition-free after-school computer education programs to Colorado's disadvantaged youth. Right now we are working with 14 schools in Denver and Aurora public school systems, primarily through after school programs. We're now doing about 170 project based learning programs for the elementary and middle school kids. In the elementary schools we teach the kids to have fun with computers, how to safely use the Internet and get excited about using the technology. Then at middle school we teach them the skills they'll need to get ahead in life such as the Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Word and Excel, primarily. Pat Maley tells Larry, "What we're really trying to do is help high-schoolers develop technical skills that are immediately employable after high school or help them get into a technical program in college. And we're using industry training, so we use the same training that CISCO uses in their academy and the same with Solaris. We have two high schools in Denver, North High School and Montbello High School where we have CISCO classes where the kids actually take the class during the school day and at the end of the year they take the same certification that people take in industry.
    Larry asked Rich about coming events. "My favorite topic is the Annual Charity Golf Classic" said Rich, "which is coming up this year on June 9th with a silent auction and for a keynote speaker we have Dr. Nate Easley who is the president of the Denver School Board and a big proponent of reforming schools and making them better, doing whatever needs to be done to get these kids better schooled and that's why we are really excited about having him as our keynote this year. Much more to listen to...

Related Links: KidsTek Home || KidsTek Charity Golf Classic || Liner Group || Wiegers Capital Partners || ViaWest || Keywords: Rich Liner, Pat Maley, KidsTek, Annual Charity Golf Classic, Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, 5/16/11 Bytes: 6407212
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Steve Forbes: Colorado and the national economy
Steve Forbes, CEO Forbes Media - Press Conference following Keynote address to ACG Capital Growth Conference 2011enclosure-voice 998_ 5/9//11 - While he is not going to run for president, Steve has some very strong beliefs. Steve Forbes, Chairman of Forbes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine was the Day 2 keynote speaker at the 2011 ACG Corporate Growth Conference. After his address and book signing Larry attended a very open press conference with Mr. Forbes. Larry asked, "During your speech you talked about the national economy, what do you see as Colorado's strengths and where you see growth here in our state?" While he was nice enough to say, "Good to see you again, Lord Nelson." he went onto reply, "Colorado has an enormous advantage as we get our economy back on track in the next few years, and that is quality of life. One of the things technology enables you to do is literally put the world at your fingertips. Geography doesn't much matter anymore. So Colorado needs to preserve what it has but I think you're going to see more in the way of technology, you have a business friendly environment. You get a little bit of it now in aviation and aeronautics, you see it in finance. A note of caution in the area of energy, Colorado has a huge future but there will be turbulence in the industry. I think the amount of natural gas will help cushion any fluctuations when the dollar is stabilized again. The good news is the U.S. is going to be a major exporter of natural gas in the next decade. We are the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and the nice thing is you're going to see more and more utilities using natural gas to generate electricity." Larry asked, "Do you think the government, state or local, or business should be responsible for attracting more business to Colorado?" Mr. Forbes replied, "The key thing to remember in attracting business is to put yourself on the other side, and say, 'what would stand in the way of someone moving a business here'? People are looking for a very friendly environment. By contrast California's been very hostile to business which is why a lot of businesses have moved out of California. So put yourself on the other side. What are all the steps to get permits? Are there a lot of things that drag the process out? Try to streamline them so people know if they want to do something here it can be done with dispatch. They can focus on getting it done instead of how many months, how many years, as it does in other parts of the country, before you can get moving." Listen for much more...
Related Links: Forbes || Book by Steve Forbes || ACG: Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || M&A Channel || ACG Denver Home || Keywords: Steve Forbes, ACG, Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, ACG Denver, Capitalism, Natural Gas, National Economy - 5/9/11 bytes=11060770 LISTEN TO: Steve Forbes, CEO Forbes Media

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Gillian Muessig, 'Mom of Search Optimization' It is a fresh Web crawl of the worldwide web
enclosure-voice 1011_ 5/9/11 - We have another in this series of interviews 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 Gillian Muessig, cofounder and president of SEOmoz. She is an expert in search optimization, known as the 'Mom of Search Op'. SEOmoz provides the world's most popular Search Marketing applications. SEOmoz.org serves a community of 300,000 search marketers around the world. The SEOmoz blog is read by 50,000 SEOs each month. She also has a weekly radio show CEO Coach where she covers important entrepreneurial issues around funding, finance, staffing, marketing and branding and brand development. The latest and greatest, well, I guess we're taking social signals much more seriously these days. So we are the creators of LinkScape. It is a fresh Web crawl of the worldwide web. In other words we have code otherwise known as bots that run out along the web and catalog the pages just like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and so on. LinkScape gives us a link graph of the web it's not a full search engine. Now we are taking a look at the social graph... the noise from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo Answers, Cora, just thousands of social media sites show up in the Search Engine Results Pages known as SERP. That's what's new at SEOmoz, we're looking at the social signals and incorporating them into our platform. Gillian had a very interesting take on entrepreneurs, "It is a hereditary disease, not a profession. Entrepreneurship is something you have to want and you have to want it so desperately that you are willing to walk through what I call the dip. So understanding entrepreneurship is: Have a great idea. You decide you want to bring it to the marketplace. But you must walk through this chasm of impediments to success. And, sometimes it gets very, very dark. It is not just that you need financial qualifications... there is much more! "People who say it cannot be done, are often interrupted by those who are doing it." Listen, there's much more...
Related Links: SEOmoz SEO Software Simplifed || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Gillian Muessig, SEOmoz, NCWIT Hero, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Lucy Sanders, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, 5/9/11 bytes=30121381 LISTEN TO: Gillian Muessig, SEOmoz

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 Naresh Mandava, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Inventors of the Year, Anschutz Medical Campus awarded by the University Colorado Tech Transfer Office Dr. Malik Kahook, an associate professor of ophthalmology, Inventors of the Year, Anschutz Medical Campus awarded by the University Colorado Tech Transfer Office Inventors of the Year, Anschutz Medical Campus
enclosure-voice 1008_ 5/2/11 - We are here at Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute to talk with Dr. Malik Kahook, an associate professor of ophthalmology, and Naresh Mandava M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Inventors of the Year, Anschutz Medical Campus awarded by the University Colorado Tech Transfer Office. Malik said, "The award that we received recently centered around work that we are doing jointly using a base polymer for devices that are surgically implanted or injected into the eye to either induce changes that would improve a disease process or introduce medications into the eye that would treat the disease process over time. So a depot of medication, if you will, using a polymer based system." Naresh pointed out, "The exciting thing about the technology is that it's applicable to so many diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, potentially even common things like cataracts. So we're very excited that these polymers that haven't had a place in ophthalmology will have place in treating these troubling diseases. They also have an active collaboration with members in the Department of Bio Engineering. Larry asked, "What advice would you give to researchers and scientists in this coming year or two? Malik, "Growing up, I always got the advice from my mother; In order to be successful you've got to surround yourself with good people. The idea for research, being the baby of the clinicians and scientists is something we should look after with similar advice - Surround your idea with good people. So the No. 1 advice I'd like to offer is, Surround any idea with the right team members and that's going to guarantee success." Naresh, "My advice is along the same lines. I think collaboration is key. I think being passionate about what you're researching is key. Malik and I are fortunate in what we do is taking care of patients every day, we know where the holes are in terms of traditional modalities of treatment we have for diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration and really we are very passionate about what we do. You have to be driven, have a goal in mind and don't be afraid to fail." Listen, there's much more.....
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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...
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Brad Feld before there was wireless networking
Brad Feld, Foundry Group - Entrepreneur Unplugged enclosure-voice 1024_ 5/31/11 - In this 4th Video segment, we get the 'great story teller' and his best friend/partner selling their business. Again Brad Feld is hilarious, we're sure you will enjoy this segment as much if not more than the first three. We will publish the entire two hour audio as we wrap up the five video segments...Brad says, "We never thought about an exit strategy. So we have this business; we're making pretty good money, we were paying ourselves $100,000, so it was pretty high margin for a consulting business. We knew to go from $2 Million to $4 Million we'd still make half-million dollars in profit. So we figured out we hit this inflection scale point that by doubling the business, I couldn't do all the selling - so we'd have to bring in some non-revenue selling people. He couldn't do all the management. We didn't have people in the business that could actually manage upper level... so we're in this kind of what should we do state. One of the companies we did some work with was a cable company. This was back before there was wireless networking. Like coaxial cabling, I mean it was really funny. There might be a problem and you'd tear down the walls in these first class office buildings to figure out where the cable had been chewed threw by a rat that wasn't supposed to be in a first-class office building. We ended up being approached by the people that had bought this cable company. This again not cable TV but cable wiring company. Here's another guy, Len Fassler, he's been an incredible mentor and partner of mine. I remember one day he came to Boston...watch and listen for more...
Related Links: Brad Feld Blog || Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and ITP || Brad Feld Video || Foundry Group || Do More Faster Book || Entrepreneurs Unplugged Photos || Keywords: Brad Feld, Jill Van Matre, Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons Center, AmeriData, Len Fassler, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Atlas, Foundry Group, Do More Faster Book, 5/31/11 Bytes: 5365658
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Chris Wilson, Principal, Fortitude MB Financing in a Tight Money Environment
enclosure-voice 1022_ 5/31/11 - The slow economic recovery makes it challenging for companies to raise financing and continue organic growth, or pursue attractive strategic opportunities. Chris Wilson moderated the ACG-Denver Corporate Growth Conference session 'Financing in a Tight Money Environment'. . This panel discussed creative and new ways companies are raising and structuring financing solutions in this tight money environment. Chris is the founder and principle of Fortitude MB. "We put Fortitude together three and a-half years ago to help companies in special situations. Generally speaking we're looking at raising capital situations of ten million dollars or more, and have some capacity to do that." Listen for more details about the company. Larry asked, "What do you think are the biggest opportunities for companies today?" Chris replied, "That is a great question and frankly that is the area where we are very busy right now. we're seeing companies that are able to take advantage of this market opportunity either by buying competitors or finding ways to improve profitability, or take advantage of the depressed market by taking market share or praying on companies that are weaker... So I think for strong companies that are well run, there is a tremendous opportunity to improve their market position and be even stronger as we continue to grow out of this economic environment that we are currently in." When asked, "What advice would you give to business leaders today in this environment?" Chris said, "Be open and honest! Be open and honest with your employees on where you stand, where things are. And also with your financial partners and your advisors. You heard today, transparency is an important key. You have to be in touch with your risks, and the people that work with you and for you - be open and honest." ...listen, there's much more
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Saad Khan, Partner, Information Technology - CMEA Capital Rockies Venture Club Positioning Your Company for Funding in Today’s Market
5/16/11 - 23rd Annual
Colorado Capital Conference,
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - A Dozen VC's and Angel Investors<<< >>> FREE Book for every paid attendee! Mastering Change In the Midst of Chaos™ Morning Keynote Saad Khan, Partner, Information Technology – CMEA Capital - a VC partner in a firm with $1.2 billion under management – three hands-on workshops by the most knowledgeable experts in their fields – formal networking over lunch – money pitches to a panel of investors – a venture capital panel telling you who has the money and how to get your share – high-powered networking cocktail hour...along with 11 additional VC's and Angels! Check it out Here

Checks for $5,000 to $10,000 a month in college
Silicon Flatirons, Entrepreneurs Unplugged Series: Brad Bernthal; Brad Feld and Jill Van Matre 1016_ 5/16/11 - This is part 3 of Brad Feld's saga,
Jill Van Matre, Associate Director of ATLAS, co-moderates this last Entrepreneurs Unplugged event for Spring 2011 with Brad Bernthal who is a clinical law professor at the law school and Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center Entrepreneurship Initiative, interviewed Brad Feld panel style. Brad started out, "When I was in school, remember I had been tutoring... as a freshman, MIT had this program called UROP, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and basically you can get jobs in research labs. I was in computer science and got a job in Seymour Papert's lab, the guy who created the Logo programming language. I spent a semester helping to put the logo language on a new computer coming out. When I say that, I was kind of the junior grunt on the team that was making sure that things kind of worked. And it was alright, but it paid $6/hr, not quite like my tutoring job. So, somehow, I started doing some consulting, spread sheet stuff... The path to starting my own business was, my senior year in high school I got a job, after tutoring, I got a job working for TechCom. This was an oil and gas software company in Dallas Texas in 1982, husband and wife team. I was their first employee. They grew in 83-84 to about 30 people. I wrote two of their products and got paid $10/hr and I got 5% of gross revenue. While I was a freshman in college, I was regularly getting checks for $5,000 to $10,000 a month." I bet Brad has some other on how to 'Do More Faster'...For more, watch and listen to the video...Next week, "What did you take from Martindale to Feld Technologies?"

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Challenges, Choices and Opportunities for Companies
Chris Pelley, Managing Partner, CIMCO Denver, Boulder enclosure-voice 1014_ 5/16/11 - We are with Chris Pelley; of course Chris captured our attention years ago. He is very active in the community, he's on the board for ACG, and passionate about social entrepreneurship and involved in many outreach projects and programs. He also is Managing Partner of Capital Investment Management Company (CIMCO) an independent financial advisory firm that specializes in wealth management, retirement planning, portfolio management and business transition planning. Having a good bead on the economic environment, Larry asked, "What are the biggest challenges companies face today?" Chris' humble reply, "That might be an easy one because I've heard it from so many people far brighter than I. But it really distills down to one word, uncertainty." Chris points out that we got a bit of a respite from Congress on the tax situation. But if indeed Adam Smith was correct that the wealth of the nation is its people at work, then we need to improve upon employment - most of that will come from small and middle market companies. In fact 65% plus. Whereas in France 15% of the jobs come from small companies. So how do we work together to bridge the uncertainty around tax policy? The cost of healthcare? And even the regulatory environment? Today in Washington DC there's some debate about cutting expenses and/or raising revenue. What about growing the economy? If we grow from a $10 Trillion economy, which we had in the year 2000, to a $14 Trillion economy which we had in 2008... If we can have a 3% growth rate that will more than generate the revenue we need at current tax rates, I believe. That's just my opinion. To improve the employment circumstances and get us back on track." Larry asked, "what do you think are the greatest opportunities today for companies?" Chris said, " Again, taking from some of what I've read in Forbes and the Economist and what have you. I think outcome of the cleansing of the Great Recession of the 2000s is that the weaker companies have been pushed aside so there's not as much competition. The stronger companies, the old Darwin issue around survival of the fittest, I think, creates some, or ought to create some enthusiasm for companies that have made it. I think employees today are more vigilant because they're concerned. No one can afford to be complacent. At the end of the day it's a lot better than it was in 2008-9, so we're headed in the right direction. And corporations have what, $2.5 Trillion in cash and our government has put a lot of money into our economy, so I think that things are looking better." Chris also has some great advice for leaders...listen for more...
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Hickenlooper: Changing the Culture of an Entire State
Gov. John Hickenlooper, ACG Captial Growth Conference 20111012_ 5/9/11 - Gov. John Hickenlooper, was the Day 1 keynote speaker at the 2011 ACG Corporate Growth Conference. In this video segment he has some hard-hitting words about the Colorado culture as it relates to business. "The Colorado culture is 'not in my backyard’, we're not really pro business and in a recession like this you see, in a very sharp contrast, how much that can catch up to you. Right now, in Texas, I can guarantee you there is no such culture. In Texas every single person, if you're a Texan, if you're in elementary school, high school, college or in business - at any level - everybody is pro business, and everybody is pro Texas. Part of what we have to do in this country is make sure that the entire country begins to get that same kind of attitude of trust. I think it's important for us to compete on the international economic stage. So, how to make it happen in Colorado? I think there are three major components of how you begin to change the culture of a state that way. Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric said, "The most important thing that I've learned since becoming CEO is context. How your company fits into the world and how you respond to it." Now he's talking strictly from a corporate perspective, but I think the same thing is true, the context, when you're trying to change the attitude, the perspective of an entire state. I don't mean a few leaders, I mean the people who get paid $10 an hour working in a convenience store or building widgets. How do we get everybody to be more pro business? Part of that, if we're going to be pro business we have to hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards... If we're going to encourage natural gas drilling... we have almost more than any other state in America. If you take Utah Colorado and Wyoming, we have roughly 3/4s of the total natural gas in the country, and it burns significantly cleaner than gasoline in vehicles, it's a third cheaper than gasoline in vehicles and it prevents us from sending billions of dollars to foreign shores. Now, I'm all for drilling for natural gas, but if we're going to do that we better make sure that there are no spills, people aren't putting fills into our surface waters, that we hold ourselves to the highest environmental standards, we must commit ourselves to respecting and protecting our land and water; that those legacy elements that attract so many people here. If we don't have that contextual recognition. We have to define the very high ethical standards, environmental standards if we're going to get people to be pro business. If we don't have that contextual recognition we're going to be bumping our heads against a wall the whole way through. We started and are half-way through what we call the bottom-up economic development planning process - that's not bottoms-up. I don't think any other states have tried this. But we went out to all 64 counties in Colorado and said we want each county to go out and have as many discussion as you can - What do you want your economy to look like in 20, 40 years? And, how are you going to get there? What are your strengths and weaknesses, threats and opportunities? And not just economic development professionals, but also the Rotary Club members, the school teachers and police officers, the mechanic at the garage..." For more, WATCH the VIDEO...

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Elder Care is a pro bono, free service
Chris Pelley, 
    Managing Partner, CIMCO and Michael Meurer, Meurer Law Offices and Elder Care Expert enclosure-voice 1006_ 5/2/11 - Anxious and bewildered, families of veterans and the elderly usually deal with the complex issues of caring for their loved ones after a crisis hits. Because they are unaware of how to protect their personal assets or what benefits are available and how to apply for them, families risk losing much, sometimes all, of what they’ve worked so hard to accumulate. Larry discussed this program with Chris Pelley, Managing Director of CIMCO and his guest Michael Meurer of Meurer Law Offices. Chris' friend at CIMCO Kansas City, explained that Elder Care was a pro bono, free service with a call center in St. Louis, with a number of experts in this wide range of Medicaid, Medicare, Veteran's Benefits, that very few people know about and that it is provided for the community at large. It occurred to Chris that looked a lot like Social Entrepreneurship (as we all know, Chris' great passion). So he listened and he learned that it could in fact help many people in the Rocky Mountain region in terms of addressing the problems for their elderly parents. That's the service and now we are going to help promote that program here. Denver-based CIMCO has joined ElderCareUSA™ to assist in their free program for seniors and their families and caregivers in Colorado. ElderCareUSA is a growing, national network of elder law attorneys and financial professionals who are experts in the field of elder planning and can help with issues related to long-term care. This includes education about a little known VA pension called Aid & Attendance (A&A). CIMCO has been selected as the exclusive Registered Investment Advisory for ElderCareUSA in the Front Range region. Elder Care Assistance is a free program designed to put families in touch with legal and financial professionals that understand all of the rules ...There's much more ...listen now...
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Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper, at the ACG Corporate Growth Conference
1009_ 5/2/11 - When in the restaurant business, Governor John Hickenlooper recalls hearing nearly everyone around him complain about their politicians, local and federal "...senators, state legislators, council members, governors, mayors. I came to this recognition at a certain point “This is the United States of America, right? The government is us. And, we were moving to a place where people were becoming so anti-government, they became almost anti-investment in the community. I think that if people could see the landscape of international economies now, and it's not just China and India... and Brazil, in the next several years probably will be the 5th largest economy in the world. That landscape is moving so rapidly now, the rate of change has accelerated and I don't think we have the luxury of partisan politics and apathy, and downright antagonism to government - and ultimately this is America, the government is us. That's how I was goaded into running for Mayor in the first place. We ran a positive campaign, I wanted to pull people together, I was elected. We haven't had a recession this difficult since the Great Depression. Many of the jobs we lost, as the economy recovers, those jobs are not coming back. We're going to see more and more people that were trained for a career, planned for a lifetime in this occupation - and they don't have a job anymore. I relate to that directly. Part of what we're trying to look out at as the State Government is, what are those elements A.) How do we get the economy back on track and B.) How do we make sure that we're retraining people throughout the State of Colorado to be ready for those new jobs as they become available." This is the first, in a series of video vignettes, taken from the Governor's keynote address. Stay tuned for more ...VIDEO
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Luke Beatty, VP, Yahoo, Inc. Sold it to Yahoo almost one year ago
enclosure-voice 1007_ 5/2/11 - The ACG Corporate Growth Conference Opening session,'CASE STUDY - Associated Content's sale to Yahoo!', with Luke Beatty, VP, Yahoo!; Founder, Associated Content. was engaging,and high energy - w3w3.com's Larry Nelson caught the man whose story was strong enough to open this great conference. And we really mean caught here, as Luke was flying out the door to get back to his office in Denver. He had a brief few moments for this interview. Luke Beatty is Vice President & General Manager of Yahoo! Contributor Network / Associated Content. Contributor Network, an evolution of the Associated Content platform enabling people to publish their creative content on Yahoo!’s media properties. Associated Content – which Luke founded in 2005 and was acquired by Yahoo! in 2010 is known as the Web’s first crowd sourced media platform. Larry asked, "What are the toughest challenges for companies with the environment we've just gone through?" Luke replied, "The biggest challenge is, you know every business has the challenges of growth. I think the biggest challenge is that growth is almost a requisite that it be sort of global and I think that is a huge challenge. To be tasked with the opportunity to grow your company globally is.. There are a lot of things now that make it easy to grow globally, but there's a lot of blocking and tackling that needs to be done in order to do that. And so I think that's hard. No matter who you're talking to, there is no way to snap your fingers and make your company global." "Now what do you think are the biggest opportunities for companies now?" Luke pointed out, " Broadly, I think the biggest opportunities are engagement opportunities. I feel like companies now have, beyond brick and mortar experiences, have the opportunity to reach so many people. And again, that may be the global concept, but the opportunity is reach. Like your Internet Talk Radio show, compare what it is now to what it would have been 20 years ago. You could touch anybody in the world today. I think reach is the opportunity for businesses, but it is hugely challenged." Luke went onto give more advice for entrepreneurs ...Listen now...
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