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They do everything to support the entrepreneur
1204_ 4/30/12 - While he's right here and focused on Colorado, Ray Hutchins works all over the world. One of his global connections is through TiE Rockies which is associated with TiE Global. TiE Global has 57 Chapters throughout the world. We have a very vibrant and fast growing chapter right here in Denver, one of the smallest in the TiE Global network, but it is recognized as one of the most dynamic, fastest growing and most influential chapters. Asked about TiE and its makeup, Ray tells us that TiE stands for the Indus entrepreneur. Eighteen years ago a group of wealthy Indian technology guys put together the organization. The original mission was to build strong relationships between India and the United States. Something they were quite instrumental and successful at. The mission shifted over the years and today is supporting the entrepreneur. So we do everything we can to support the entrepreneur and to create jobs and to grow businesses. That's the primary mission. In order to do that TiE has two levels of membership. One level is the Charter Member and then the other is the general member. Charter members are successful business people usually older and more experienced who have achieved success of one kind or another (various criteria associated with that) and they basically fund the organization. TiE is growing very fast and enjoys a great reputation in the Denver Metro area. Ray said, it's kind of a club of successful men and women having some success and then wanting to help others and wanting to help the State grow. "That's the basic mission and if you're on board with that, then we welcome you. And, we work very hard to form relationships between these people. With us you've got to put an oar in the water and you've got to make a difference. You've got to be part of the organization and help push it forward. That's not only good for us, but it's good for you, that's how you get your pay-back." The last event w3w3 attended was fabulous. That was an event where John Kelley a board member, highly respected businessman from the Denver metro area, past CEO of McData, he is currently raising money for a new company CereScan that is changing the way brain injury and disease is diagnosed and treated around the world. He's raising money for that deal, he's a charter member, a highly respected member of our group and we came together as an organization to support him and help him raise money, and it was a very successful event. Related Links: Denver SEO Services || Denver Cyber Security || TiE Rockies || TiE Charter Membership || TiE Rockies Charter Event Photos || Podcasting Directory || Keywords: Ray Hutchins, TiE Rockies, Denver SEO Services, Denver Cyber Security, Search
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Leadership, Management, Production: Friends or Foes? Most people go through life not ever really understanding their strengths and what they can capitalize on. On the other hand, they don't always understand their personal challenges that often sabotage their potential success. It's all about people. People cause all problems and people solve all problems. Before we try to understand and harness the world, we need to start with ourselves. Here's a program that will help you "Unravel the People Puzzle - It's Powerful • Proven • People-Oriented." All people are part of this equation. 'Quality is the enemy of innovation, innovation is the enemy of quality, and people get in the way of both'. A great organization needs to focus on all three (quality, innovation, people), all the time and a great manager must make decisions based on all three. The 3-Filters Technology offers a way for dealing with these conflicting needs. At a recent Information Technology Leadership Series, Larry Nelson, using 3-Filters Technology specifics addressed these key topics...What you need to know before your next promotion... What you wish you had known before your last promotion...What you need to know to grow your company to the next level. LISTEN to Larry Nelson, Author International Speaker Related Links:Supercharge Your Business|| Unraveling the People Puzzle || Training Trends || Great Graphics || | Keywords: Leaders, Managers, Producers, People Puzzle, 3-Filters, Training Trends, Institute for Change Research, Resources, Understanding People > Channel: Training > 08/27/07
The vision for every child in America
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You know when Chris Pelley brags about this organization and then Forbes names the Playworks Founder to Forbes List of Top Social Entrepreneurs, we had to learn more. We're talking with Jill Vialet, CEO PLAYWORKS and Andrea Woolley, Denver Executive Director, PLAYWORKS. They've been here in Denver for two years and their work has been very successful as you'll hear. First we want to give you an overview of what Playworks does.
Jill started Playworks 15 years ago. The key insight is that play and recess in particular, at schools, is this untapped opportunity of really promoting learning and getting kids moving. Currently Playworks is based in 300 schools across the country full time, and then provides training in 400 additional schools. The vision is that one day, every child in America will have access to safe, healthy play every day. Play creates essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other people and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially. Our experience is that diminishing opportunities for unsupervised play in our society have left kids with a very thin understanding of how to manage their own play and that it is important to have grown-ups introduce some basic rules to make play work. Playworks builds the culture of play at a school so that kids feel safe and included. This means that soccer games aren't running through four-square games, for instance. We also introduce games that that encourage kids themselves to take ever-increasing responsibility for the quality of play and for each other. Ultimately our unique brand of play fosters greater independence and leadership among children. Just yesterday Playworks announced, Stanford University released preliminary findings of a study from the first year - and there were statistically significant findings around reducing bullying...Listen for more, these kids will be your teammates in years to come... Related Links: PLAYWORKS || Podcasting Directory || CIMCO || Social Entrepreneurs || Community Reach || Keywords: Jill Vialet, Andrea Woolley, Playworks, Essential Opportunities, Safe, Healthy
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The answer for the growing shortage of coders
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Major mistakes made in negotiating and the answers
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We're here with a dear friend, that we have done a lot of business with over the years, Dr. Robert Rutherford and we are focused on the NO-to-GO. If you have a question about negotiating, Rob is the guy to go to. He's also a prolific author and Larry suggests you check out his books for answers. Rob tells us he is amazed at the bad rap negotiating has. Most people have an incomplete, inaccurate view of what negotiating is and what it is not. It's not, 'get the last slam dunk... get the last penny out of the person. It is not 'get all you can off the table' kind of thing. Negotiating is an effort to gain an initial agreement that otherwise couldn't be done. There are many things that are negotiable and many things that are not. Rob said, "Personally, I think most things are negotiable and my own personal opinion is, they're not worth negotiating. It's not worth the time, it's not worth the effort, no it's just not worth it. But those things that are worth negotiating - there are special things that should be done in the effort to get the right kind of agreement. Larry asked, "What are some of the most common mistakes made when people think they're negotiating?" Rob replied, "I think one of the most common mistakes made is, 'I don't have to tell the other person what I want, I'm going to hold everything in, I'm going to be secretive.... Let me ask, how in the world are we going to get a win/win, initial agreement if I don't tell you what I want out of the deal? It just totally mystifies me. That's a major mistake. I think another major mistake made in negotiating is seeing the other person as the enemy. Now in some cases it may be. But, what in the heck are you doing negotiating with them to begin with, if they're the enemy? Unless you really have to. Larry asked, "Let's say I have an appointment with an organization and I want to work out a deal. What are some things I should do in preparation?" Rob said, "Well I have a business card, I'm glad you asked. On this business card it has three different categories 1.) Preparing for Negotiation and then it goes through the steps like, Know the purpose; Understand issues thoroughly.... The 2nd part of that is the actual negotiating itself 'in the arena'. You should seek a win-win, mutual gain for an example. Expect to win, manage expectations, not only your own but the other party... After the negotiation. It's amazing to me, there are some people that are really good at negotiating but they're not good at keeping the deal...Listen for more...
No-to-Go Home ||
Rob's Books ||
PodCasting Directory ||
Training Trends Channel ||
Keywords: Rob Rutherford, Negotiating, No-to-Go, Entrepreneur, Training, Mistakes, Purpose, Most Things are Negotiable, Preparing, Win/win - bytes=5513198 LISTEN TO: Rob Rutherford, NO to GO Programs
Strategic growth, marketing, sales and business development
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Here again at this very interesting TiE-Rockies program, we're talking to a newcomer to our community, Robert Smith of Axcelerate Worldwide. Bob tells us, Axcelerate Worldwide does equity based consulting and deals predominantly in the area of strategic growth and marketing, sales and business development. They take on different levels of participation in companies and grow with them. Axcelerate works in about 200 different industries all over the world from Brisbane, Australia to the UK. Bob said, they were invited to TiE to meet some new people and do some networking. Offline while talking, Bob told Larry about a bit of business advice he was once given. It's worth repeating.... this came from a gentleman named Jack Stack in St. Louis Missouri in addition to his business he has a program called the Great Game of Business, and Jack is the 'father of open book management'. The advice he offered to Bob was, "When we're making business decisions about acquiring a business or in the M&A area etc., whenever we make business decisions, always do the right thing in making sure you're taking good care of the people who are in that business. Always do the next right thing because that is where we have the impact on relative not only to the employees and the officers and stockholders, but as it impacts the community." "What are the biggest challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs today?" Bob relied, "I think the biggest challenge is building your strategic growth models - that you actually know how to do that within the financial metrics. Before we had the ability to make a few mistakes here and there, I think it's much less forgiving in this economy right now. The greatest opportunity, to find those niche markets where we can serve, relative to whether it's healthcare or transportation or energy, and really focusing our energies on helping entrepreneurs to grow and expand within those fields."...listen for more...
Axcelerate Worldwide ||
TiE Rockies Colorado ||
Charter Members ||
Entrepreneurs Channel ||
Keywords: Bob Smith, Axcelerate Worldwide, TiE Rockies Colorado, Charter
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Crowd Funding and the Crowd Funding Alliance
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We've been hearing about Crowd Funding from Brian Tsuchiya for a couple of years (May 17, 2010 interview). Brian explained at that time, "There's a gap if you're not VC fundable (which is only one in a thousand businesses that are VC fundable, roughly), it's tough to find investors. If you don't have the assets, banks aren't going to lend you the money - You need 1/2 to two million dollars, angels - most angels don't invest that much. You know the average syndicated investment from an angel group is only a quarter million dollars. "What we are focused on is getting that money from a crowd. So imagine 1,000 people, and that's a lot, but as an example, and they each gave you $100. Now there's a lot of money in that. Can you find a lot of people that can give you a thousand or a hundred bucks? Well, that's the concept. You're getting a small amount of money that you would typically think of in terms of an investor, but you get a lot more of those people. The cash funding hole is basically this quarter million to two million dollar range, that's just hard to find. It's just not something people think of in terms of funding their business, but it is viable." Fast forward to March 2012, and now the excitement has a hit a new high! with the recent passage of the JOBS act (H.R. 3606). We know you've been hearing about this legislation - the news is being reported everywhere. During the process of getting involved Brian has reached out to the industry connectors, Woodie (Sherwood) Neiss, author of the bill with his partners Jason Best and Zak Cassady-Dorion among them. Brian's been reaching out, talking to and getting to know them. They're in the process of creating a self-regulatory organization and they've asked Brian to join them. "As part of the conversation", Brian said, "we're going to talk about Crowd Funding Alliance and see if we have their support." If he has their support, Brian will come back and incorporate. He said, "It is his intention, to create the Cloud Funding Alliance, ideally this will be the global trade association, based in Denver, Colorado. We have Wall Street on the east coast, technology on the west coast and we want Denver, right in the center to be headquarters for Crowd Funding." There's more...
Funding Launch Pad ||
Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act ||
Venture Capital ||
Entrepreneurs Channel ||
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Startups in Boulder, Business is a Real Pitch
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With all the successful startup systems, Boulder is thought of as a "Mecca" and others are in in awe. 25 states plan on sending delegates to Boulder in June to observe and learn how the New Venture Group and others like Foundry Group, Boulder TechStars, etc,. are making Boulder the hotbed of startups. Brad Feld is a well-known venture capitalist and supporter of the entrepreneurs in our area and was very involved with this program. Brad was gratefully thanked for the financial donation he made for a porcelain chamber; a $25,000 donation for the first-floor men's room in the Wolf Law Library building to be named after him. The bathroom inauguration, a gift to the Law School for all they have done for entrepreneurship in Boulder. "I don't like to pay whole buildings as they tend to be too expensive... but bathrooms hold a special place in my heart." Brad joked he has being prodded to change the placard from "Inspiration comes at inconvenient times!" Brad proudly visits his masterpiece of plumbing every couple of months. The money will be used to support the needs of various entrepreneurial group functions at the CU Wolf Library. Baker Hostetler, attorney & registered broker dealer, informed the crowd that the laws on funding have not changed since 1930! Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act (JOBS Act) Not just pennies from heaven – but rules up in the air! The rules were finally approved by Congress this week with much bipartisan support. This includes both how to solicit funds and types of funding methods allowed for early and mid-stage companies. Briefly, Rule 504 allows for crowd-funding and new solicitation rules to include non-accredited investors. The new limit is $1 million dollars per year. There were also five pitches from newer companies. First up was Acadium, presented by Rebecca Wolf. Then Antezen – presented by Shashank Shekha. Then GizMonyx – Where innovation meets inspiration – presented by Nate DeVault. Then Cleverlike.com makes the music better with SmartSound – presented by Brian Dickman. and followed by BlogMutt – We work like a dog to fill up your blog – presented by Scott Yates. *Special thanks to Mike Hamers, founder of Lightspeed Commercial Arts for covering this event for us.
Silicon Flatirons ||
Foundry Group ||
Lightspeed Commercial Arts ||
Keywords: Silicon Flatirons, Brad Feld, Brad Bernthal, Entrepreneurs, Mike Hamers,
Lightspeed Commercial Arts, Foundry Group, Acadium, Antezen, GizMonyx, SmartSound, BlogMutt
FIRST Colorado a competition you won't believe 1188_ 4/2/12 -
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. In January each team receives a 'box' of parts (electronics to metal pieces) to build their robots. This year the FIRST Robotics 2012 Colorado Regional Competition was held at the DU Magness Arena, with 68 teams competing (60 from Colorado plus one from Mexico). Each year there is a different game, always challenging, exciting and amazing. More fun than you can imagine, beginning with the amazingly crazy MC, to inspiring stories from past participants, to the tension filled competition, even the audience gets into the act. You will laugh, and you will cry as you are pulled into this odyssey. FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. We met Dean Kamen in 2002 when Richard Pankoski and CSIA brought him to Denver. FIRST was founded on partnerships with businesses, educational institutions and government. Many Fortune 500 companies provide funding, in-kind donations and volunteers to support the program. The key to FIRST's success is the work of thousands of volunteer mentors, professional engineers, teachers, and other adults working with youth across the country. In addition to the volunteer team mentors, FIRST competitions and other events were organized and staffed by over 5000 event and committee volunteers. FIRST programs are growing rapidly in the United States and Canada, and demand is accelerating in other countries. Watch the short video with six teams competing and click on the event photo link to see all the photos.
FIRST Colorado ||
FIRST at a Glance ||
FIRST Leadership ||
Photo Albums (2) FIRST Colorado Robotics ||
Podcasting Directory ||
Keywords: FIRST Robotics, FIRST Colorado, Dean Kamen, Robots, Competition, Inspiration,
Recognition, Science, Technology, DU Magness Arena - Watch Video - Colorado FIRST Regional Competition 2012
Community Leadership, Educational Leadership, Entrepreneurial Leadership
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We are talking with Brandy Bertram, Executive Director of YouthBiz. YouthBiz is an after school program that is on a mission to increase the economic and social prosperity of our community through our focus on youth leadership. Our after school programs focus on one of three areas, 1-Community Leadership, 2-Educational Leadership and 3-Entrepreneurial Leadership. Brand said, "It is so much fun. Our young people are really the leaders, directors and the drivers of the work that we do. They come to us from all areas of the community - representing 40 different schools - they make their way to us for two hours every single day during the school year as well as summer programming." The progress is evident in the changes they see in the community to make it a safer, more vibrant, more energetic place to be. YouthBiz is celebrating their 20th anniversary. Started in 1992 by a community leader, Brian Barhaugh, who is still engaged in the community. He started it with a group of youths in response to the 'summer of violence' in 5 Points. We lost so many young people. They decided there must be something they could do together to show their community the value of their young people, not the liability. That works remains relevant and needed today. Larry asked, "What are some of the innovations and changes YouthBiz is going through right now?" Brandy replied, "For many years we've stood on our foundations, which will not change, which include peer based leadership - young people teaching young people. We incentivize and pay financial wages to our young people. We understand they are up against the gun when it comes to what they're going to do with their after school time. Economic strife is a very real concern in their community. We combat that by paying them wages for their time and by getting them involved in actual hands-on work. We are realizing our mission by helping those young people, not just learn the skills...Listen for much more...
Community Reach Channel ||
Social Entrepreneurs ||
Keywords: Brandy Bertram, YouthBiz, Youth, Community Leadership, Educational Leadership,
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Critical to serving the small - mid sized business segment 1203_ 4/30/12 - Quite a milestone in the company's history! Here at the ViaWest new offices in Greenwood Village, with Governor Hickenlooper and his Secretary of Technology and CIO of the State, Kristin Russell, coming down to mark the special occasion and help with the ribbon cutting. Nancy Philips, COO and Cofounder, said, "We were very honored to have them join us in celebration of what is obviously a great milestone for ViaWest." As we've all witnessed, ViaWest has been growing - right out of the spaces they had downtown [in various locations]. Nancy said, the Greenwood Village offices have given them the opportunity to consolidate their staff, kind of bring them together. ViaWest started business back in 1999 and w3w3 attended the ViaWest Grand opening downtown Denver. Today ViaWest is at 22 data centers, in 5 states / 6 major markets, so they've been busy since that ribbon cutting we attended June 5th, 2002. Nancy said it a testament to being in a great industry and they give a lot of credit to the employees they've attracted who've really helped grow this organization to where it is today. As a matter of fact, they are now recognized as the largest privately held company in the collocation and cloud services space. Nancy and Roy are very proud of their long tenured staff, very like-minded in terms of the vision for the organization, people that are really committed to the community and the customers that they serve. But they've also been bringing on a lot of new talent from all over the country. Back in November of 2011, at the DefragCon, w3w3 introduced you, the listeners, to Jason Carolan, ViaWest's new CTO who is leading a lot of the cloud initiatives. ViaWest carries a continuum of technology whether it is pure collocation requirements all the way to fully out sourced managed capabilities which is critical to serving the small - mid sized business segment they focus on. Nancy said, "We are very in tune with our customer base and therefore they become the best basis for where we should be developing our technology and product sets. With such an expansion around IT, web presence, the capabilities for flexibility and expansion within not weeks or months, but minutes, the cloud serves the purpose..." Larry asked about the new product offers from ViaWest. Nancy explained, "As we've moved into the virtualized space we're seeing storage and data replication as critical components in terms of what companies are looking for - greater availability, looking for ways to protect their data and being sure it is always available. That's been driven by...There's much more, listen now... Related Links: ViaWest Home || Cloud with Confidence Webinar 5/1/2012 1:00-2:00 pm || NCWIT Home || Photos Ribbon Cutting || Software Channel || Keywords: Nancy Phillips, Via West, Cloud, Hosting, Governor Hickenlooper, Kristin
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534_ Change Is Not an Event, It Is an Ongoing Process
(the Same is true with Chaos) 4/30/2012 Mastering change is one of Pat and Larry Nelson's favorite topics. There's a good reason. They have lived in and owned businesses in five foreign countries stretching from Norway to Australia. They are truly serial entrepreneurs as they have started more than a dozen companies. Some were extremely successful and others learning experiences. One thing that was true in every situation were the rushing changes. At times they were victims and others they were victors. Larry has conducted seminars for numerous companies both large and small, public and private sectors, in dozen countries, on the subject of 'Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos'. In this recorded discussion Larry and Pat discuss the 'Six Truths About Change'. The topic includes; Resistance, Involvement, Making Losers, Vision, Benefits, and Follow up. Like the Nelsons say, "Master Change Before It Masters You." Listen now... Related Links: Beyond the Trends || 3-Filters || Training Trends || Free Newsletter || Mastering Change || Mastering Change - Amazon || Keywords: Mastering Change, Chaos, Pat and Larry Nelson, Involvement, Vision, Benefits,
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Connecting buyers and suppliers in the marketplace
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Talia Mashiach is the CEO and Founder of Eved. Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT, and Larry Nelson, from w3w3.com interviewed Talia. 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. Talia is the CEO and Founder of Eved (Ev-ed), an online meeting and event market place. Eved connects buyers and suppliers in the meeting and event industry through an easy-to-use web based platform. Eved believes the Meetings & Events industry is ready for a transformation driven by technology. Eved did $5.5 its first quarter. Lucy asked, "What got you into technology?" Talia always loved business and her passion has been around automated business processes. She's not that old at 35, but when Talia went to college there wasn't all this excitement about entrepreneurs, there weren't any classes or people wanting to be entrepreneurs. Finally exposed to technology when she launched a company in 2000 - back when people didn't really have business web sites, certainly not ecommerce, it was really just about to start. At that time she sold overstock computers from Dell to small businesses. She was taking orders by phone then faxing them into the warehouse... moving it all around and managing all the clients... and she just thought there needed to be another way to do that, that would be much faster. So, she decided to build a website that would automate this entire process. That was her starting point when she decided she had to turn the process into something on the web. What is really cool around technology today and Talia thinks the future is going to be all around cloud collaboration. Certainly around business software - I think it needs to start looking at the applications people are using in their daily lives like Facebook...There's much more, listen now... Related Links: Eved || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Talia Mashiach, Eved, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information
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Websites that are search engine optimized
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Everyone is doing business on the Internet now days, right? So people want to be found if someone is looking for them. And their choices are to have their website either search engine optimized or to pay for ads with Google. The ads with Google, that's an effective way but it's become very expensive. People paying $6 to $9 per click - that can run up quickly and be very expensive. For people who have the right kind of business, SEO is the preferred route and that's what Ray Hutchins does - founder of DenverSEOservices.com So Ray helps someone with one or more web sites associated with their business rank high. What that means is they want to be on the first page of search results for various search terms related to their business. And that is search engine optimization. Ray points out, with his own domain name, Denver SEO Services - notice the keywords built into the domain name. "That's a nice SEO strategy for any of the listeners, building your keywords into your domain name will make your SEO process so much easier and more effective" said Ray. Larry asked, "When you work with a client, do you help them select these words, define which are the best words to use?" Ray replied, "Yes, these are called Keywords. You have to identify what are the terms being used by the customer when the customer is trying to find you, your product, your service. Trying to find your website, what are the keywords they're using? Ray has quite a few attorney clients. For an example we'll take a criminal defense attorney. Well, keywords for him might be DUI, Denver DUI. Because someone gets in trouble with a DUI, the first thing they do is hit Google with that search engine. They go to Google and they type in Denver DUI attorney or Denver DUI lawyer... Well my client wants to rank very high on that, he wants to be on the first page, for sure, and ideally in the top three search results. So we have to find the best keywords for a client, the terms used most often by searchers / customers looking to find you. And then we have to get them ranked, and that's a complex process involving lots of different steps. Essentially it all revolves around 'gaming search engines'. You are trying to, without violating the rules, without violating their parameters, you're trying to help your client rank higher than the competition. Related Links: Denver SEO Services || Denver Cyber Security || TiE Rockies || TiE Charter Membership || Blog || Keywords:Ray Hutchins, Denver SEO Services, Denver Cyber Security, Keywords, Search
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Construction to Telecommunications to Investing
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We are at the TiE Rockies meeting today, this is a very excellent meeting. We've corralled a couple of people here, charter members and very involved with TiE. The TiE Charter Members: '...network and cultivate relationships with other Charter Members who are successful entrepreneurs, passionate about the mission of TiE, and are keen to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs'. Raouf Abdel has a very interesting background, we'll hear about that, but also get his perspective on some business issues. Raouf spent the early part of his career in the construction world applied in the telecom space. He was with Kiewit Corporation, a very large private construction company out of Omaha, Nebraska. They had two investments in large telecommunication companies, the first, MFS Communications. Raouf spent a number of years there and built telecom networks all over the U.S. and overseas where he built networks in Europe and Asia. Their second investment was in Level3 Communications. They invested the first $2.5 Billion. Not a lot of people actually remember this, but that's how Level3 got it's start. Jim Crowe the current CEO and Founder worked for Kiewit and was also the CEO of MFS Communications. That's what brought Raouf to Colorado, Level3, and he spent eleven years there from the very beginning all the way to where they built a 20,000 mile network. He played a pretty big leadership role in the build out and then went on to do a number of general management, commercial roles, including lots of the M&A work that the company went through. Raouf's last role there was president of the Enterprise Business Unit. Raouf tells us he is now on the hunt for new opportunities, possibly a partnership with a private equity firm, new acquisitions here in town, continuing his ride on the 'entrepreneurial rollercoaster', and also pursuing other potential investments and opportunities here in Denver. "What are the greatest challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face today?" He said, "I think to be an entrepreneur you have to have a lot of gumption, a lot of perseverance and usually some luck. It can be a tough ride, it can be very stressful in the beginning because you never know where it's going to go and whether you're going to actually have a successful venture. They don't all turn into companies or corporations. You have to have a good idea. You have to have the commitment and the perseverance..." There's much more, listen now...
Raouf Abdel ||
TiE Rockies Colorado ||
Charter Members ||
PodCasting Directory ||
Keywords: Raouf Abdel, Level3, Enterprise Business Unit, Telecom, Telecommunications, Investing, Kiewit, MFS Communications, Entrepreneurs, Successful Venture, CereScan
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Today focused on the investor side, more Angel Investment
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We're talking with Rick Fort of The Fort Knocks Company here at the TiE Rockies Charter Members program. Rick's background is as an entrepreneur - he started a company in 1995 called Educational Sales Management. It was an organization that provided educational sales services in particular to colleges and universities, in their admissions process. They would be the out sourced admissions department. Rick grew the company over a 16 year period and last summer sold it to a division of Xerox Corp. We got to about 800 employees and $50 million and had a nice exit. Rick took most of the fall of 2011 off - he and his wife did some traveling, But then toward the end of the year, Rick started leaning more toward the investor side of business and started looking at young companies that needed both capital as well as perhaps some involvement from someone who's had 16 years market experience. Of course, Larry recalls having seen Rick at ACG Denver where he received an award. Rick said, "We did. It was in 2009. ESM was recognized and awarded the 'Emerging Growth Award' so that was a great honor." With all this experience, Larry wanted to know what Rick was focused on today. Today he's really focused on the investor side - more Angel Investment kinds of things, with bio-tech or life sciences. A company that he invested in and joined the board of directors is Cerescan. Cerescan is a brain imaging company. Rick says he is interested in bio science companies that are making a difference, advancing healthcare while using technologies, that may need some business help as Rick has a doctorate in organizational psychology. When asked about the greatest challenges and opportunities coming this year, Rick said, "One of the greatest challenges young companies have, in addition to raising capital, is finding the right people. Identifying the stars that you need to bring on to help advance the cause and grow the company. You really..." There's more about the opportunities...
The Fort Knocks Company ||
TiE Rockies Colorado ||
Charter Members ||
Venture Capital Channel ||
Entrepreneurs Channel ||
Keywords: Rick Fort, The Fort Knocks Company, TiE Rockies Colorado,
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CrowdFunding for Colorado Entrepreneurs with the JOBS Act
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Larry sat down with Steve Reaser, a serial entrepreneur and seed-stage investor who recently came west to join the Boulder startup community. Steve pointed out, "When the legislation included in the JOBS Act (H.R. 3606) eventually goes into effect, crowdfunding will join friends & family, angel funding, and professional lending/investing sources as one more piece of the fundraising ecosystem. The biggest benefits include the ability to reach out to non-accredited investors and the freedom to use the internet to spread the word about your offering... This bill has naturally led to a lot of talk and excitement in entrepreneurial circles and has raised unanswered questions for many business owners... Is this for real? Is crowdfunding right for my company? How will crowdfunding actually work? Having followed this legislation through from the very beginning and having studied how crowdfunding already works abroad, Steve from Vim Funding is here to help bring some clarity to this new capital-raising option. Did you know that you can legally raise up to $1,000,000 from the crowd in the state of Colorado, today? There is no need to wait for the upcoming national crowdfunding legislation. Crowdfunding, at its core, requires two things: 1) The ability to tell lots of people about your offering. 2) The ability to involve non-accredited investors. It is possible to legally do both of these things today, once you have the proper registration in hand." Prior to moving to Colorado Steve co-founded an educational technology company in Raleigh, NC, and helped grow it to 150 employees, over one million users, and solid profitability. Over the eleven years there Steve built several internal teams from the ground up, and was responsible for user-experience design, project management, and executive duties. One of Steve's previous ventures was to co-found Arenal Outdoor Center, an eco-tourism and bungee jumping operation in Costa Rica. Get ready for the money...Listen for more...
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Innovating and motivating around the world
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The monthly luncheon speaker at the Denver Association of Corporate Growth was George Godfrey, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestcom International, a leading international franchiser of management training programs. He joined Crestcom as its Chief Operating Officer in 2008, accepting his current position in March, 2009, when he also became President, CEO and Director of its parent, Crestcom Holdings, LLC. He had previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales for Phoenix American, a provider of insurance vehicle service contracts in Miami, Florida. Before joining that firm, George spent eleven years with General Electric, as a Regional Sales Manager and Senior Vice President. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served five years as an officer in the U.S. Army, where his final assignment was as Detachment Commander. Crestcom poses these questions (and has the answers). How are businesses learning to innovate and motivate in India and Germany? How are executives leading change in Asia? How are managers throughout Africa and the Middle East planning for tomorrow? And how are most admired firms in North and South America making a bottom-line difference through better negotiation and strategy?
In addition to our luncheon presentation, ACG Denver also awarded the annual David Sloan Scholarships as well as the ACG Cup. The Scholarship Program is named after one of our former board members, David Sloan. As a result of MS, David had to leave his job and his work on the ACG Denver Scholarship Program. David was recently featured in the Denver Post and has written a very inspiring book about his journey. Each attendee at the April luncheon received a copy of his book, 'One Day at a Time'...listen for more...
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Raising $21.6 million round of funding
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Introducing the opening keynote speaker for the RVC Angel Capital Summit was Scott Yates, CEO of Blogmutt. The Angel Capital Summit is a three day event designed to connect investors with entrepreneurs while providing valuable workshops, speakers and networking events. Scott said, "It is because of Jim Franklin that I can stand here as the CEO of my third company to introduce Jim Franklin." Scott explained, "Jim knew that what defined me was not my most recent setback, but that I was a fellow traveler on this path called serial entrepreneur ism. He knew I'd bounce back because he'd bounced back."
As an insight, Scott tells us a story about Jim, beginning with the fact that Jim is an ultra-long distance runner. Last August, Jim had successfully completed a 100 mile foot race in Leadville the highest incorporated city in North America. In a rocky place with not much air to speak of, Jim ran for 100 miles. On the Monday following that race, Jim went to work, laying the ground work for a company he'd just taken over to close a $21.6 million round of funding. Tuesday night was the last night for the Founder Institute for 2011. And, on this night the first speaker was Jon Nordmark. Jon doesn't get to come out as often as he once did, and he went a bit long. About two hours. Then another speaker, and then it was Jim's turn. Jim stood in front of this group -- in flip-flops because his feet were battered -- and said, "You know those signs on I-70 coming back from the mountains, the ones that say 'Truckers, you are not home yet!'? Well, that's us, we still have a lot of ground to cover." And cover it he did. I still don't know how the guy could stand, let alone talk, let alone deliver some of the most important content imaginable to people hungry to understand the path that they were on. Delivering in spite of obstacles...
Jim Franklin has a long history with RVC. He moved to Colorado in 1992, with no job, a good education, no money, in debt, and one contact who saw that Jim was young and hungry and ambitious - and he said, "You need to go to the Rockies Venture Club". So Jim put on his suit and tie and went down to Rockies Venture Club, it was September of 1992... Listen to Jim in his own words.
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CEO Environment, Leadership in a Turbulent Economy
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The Corporate Growth Conference in has been very exciting. Here we are talking with Bob Prince who just got off stage from the "CEO Roundtable - Leadership in a Turbulent Economy". We asked Bob for an overview of what his company does. Last February Bob came to Hyperion as it's new CEO and spent the last year changing the company, changing the direction, new leadership throughout the company. And, so today we changed the name to Gen4 Energy. What the company does, we're bring commercial, out of the Los Alamos Laboratory, a new type, more safe, nuclear power plant than has existed. It's really little, about the size of a Mini Cooper. It's a sealed unit and lasts for ten years for 24/7 power. We take it out sealed, we hook it up and you operate it for ten years. Ten years later, we'll come and get it and give you a new one. Larry said, "One of the things you referred to in your experiences along the line were the values established by your people." Bob said, "I think good companies just make money. Great companies make money and do a lot more. I think everybody wants to work for a great company. How do you do that, I think setting up a set of values and then adhering to them and driving them down into your procedures, your methods of operation, your performance appraisals and living those values makes the difference. We developed them over time and there came to be six values. The first was safety (handling radioactive material - they needed to),. The second one was people. You've got to believe in people and the key is what does that mean, how do you implement that and how do you drive that into your business? And how do you show that you value people, because they'll see right through it - if it's just a plaque to put on the wall, they will see that. 3.) Integrity is the next. Bob thinks that is the number one characteristic of a company or a leader.... Next is quality. You do it right because it's right and you want to be the best quality. If you're handling nuclear waste..."listen for more...
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