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Asmau Ahmed, NCWIT Hero - Founder/CEO, Plum Perfect
David Allen, Bids Farewell to CU Tech Transfer
AppliedTrust, Colorado Companies to Watch 2012 Winner
Michael Bristow, MD, PhD, CEO, Chief Science & Medical Officer, ARCA
Roy Dimoff, CEO, ViaWest - Success and Sustainability
Yosh Eisbart, CEO/CoFounder, NIMBL - 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch
Paul Jerde, Exec. Dir., Deming Center for Entrepreneurship
John Kelley, CEO & Chairman, CereScan
Larry Nelson, Ethics: Personal, Professional, Community
Larry Nelson, The Contradiction of Focus
Larry Nelson, Achieving Your Personal & Professional Goals
Bob Newman, ViaWest, Vice President of Services Delivery Group
Leonard Nimoy, Space Foundation Honoree, Actor, Poet, Photographer
Gordon Nuttall, CEO, CourAgent - 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch
Melodie Reagan, Moxie Exchange Movement
Paul Washington, Office of Economic Development - Denver Strategy
Nancy Workman, SoundTraxx, Colorado Companies to Watch


Their focus is to help women up their game
Melodie Reagan, Moxie Executive, Moxie Exchange enclosure-voice 1284_ 9/24/12 - We're talking with a serial entrepreneur, one who has had a very successful career in the corporate culture, and who is also very involved in the community. We're talking with Melodie Reagan. Melodie doesn't just lend her presence and expertise - she get's right in the mix, takes her gloves off and makes a difference. You may remember her tenure as president of TiE Rockies, she founded the Women's Business Executive Network and has a passion for promoting women. Why Moxie Exchange? The reason she loves Moxie is because it's structured and its focus is to help women up their game. It's creating a community between women leaders that are out there, so it's very different in that regard. The other thing that Melodie wants to highlight, because it's really important, is that business really needs women leaders more than ever. Today we're talking about the new Moxie Exchange Movement, a professional organization for women. "Fundamentally it is where business and the women you know collide", said Melodie. It is very unique in that it's not just a networking group - it really is a mastermind organization for women. On top of being a mastermind organization, it gives its members a board of advisors, it also provides you with coaching and new learning. So this is a professional organization for women who want to take their game to a new level - they want to learn. There's more...
RELATED LINKS: Moxie Exchange || i2i Workforce || In the News || Crazy Good Marketing ||
KEYWORDS: Melodie Reagan, Moxie Exchange Movement, Mastermind, CrazyGoodMarketing, i2iWorkforce, Colorado Companies to Watch, Talent Strategy, Recruiting, Jobs, Training, > bytes=4836940
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IT infrastructure solutions for companies of all sizes
enclosure-voice 1286_ 9/24/12 - We are here with a valuable resource, AppliedTrust Co-CEOs/CoFounders, Trent Hein and Ned McClain and winners of the Colorado Companies to Watch 2012. AppliedTrust is an IT consulting firm and we help mostly with IT infrastructure problems for companies of all sizes. They like to say they do the hard IT stuff so you can be awesome! What that really means is they do Internet or network plumbing stuff like performance, security and availability. And Trent points out, AppliedTrust is one of the few organizations that helps other organizations with Open Source technology - so they help them apply, maintain and operate open source technology in their environment. Because of the economy we've asked Trend and Ned what they think are the biggest challenges to entrepreneurs today. Trent said he thought one of the biggest challenges was for an entrepreneur to differentiate their company from the rest of the marketplace. ATE has that challenge and they work with a lot of startups in Boulder, and they have that challenge. There is so much noise out there that it's hard to pick out what are the companies that can really deliver what they say and that there's a need for whatever it is they do. Next question, what are the greatest opportunities. Ned takes this one and said, "In our space it's really exciting, cloud services. Companies can roll out first class infrastructure, first class products without investing millions of dollars in computing infrastructure ...Listen for much more...

          

RELATED LINKS: AppliedTrust || The Barking Seal Blog || AppliedTrust History || Boulder IS || Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || Gala Event || KEYWORDS: AppliedTrust, Trent Hein, Ned McClain, IT infrastructure, Cloud Services, Lowe Foundation, Colorado Companies to Watch, Gala Event, COCTW, Second Stage Companies, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, > bytes=6464055
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Train, provide feedback and deliver services remotely
enclosure-voice Bob Newman, Vice President of Service Delivery, ViaWest1278_ 9/17/12 - ViaWest operates in 5 states around the country with offices in Colorado, Texas, Nevada, Utah, and Oregon and their ability to virtually manage their teams and deliver their services is something they're proud of. With a wealth of experience in high-level operations management and team development, Bob Newman leads ViaWest’s service delivery group. Newman joined ViaWest’s senior management group in the fall of 2010. He said, "We do have a structure on training that enables us to train remotely, to provide feedback remotely and to deliver our services across those states. Our customers expect that the technology will deliver and is capable of delivering the technical service that they expect. But when you overlay the Culture of Service on top of that, which Bob believes is, 'feelings first and facts second' - which has worked for Bob in his career and he sees it here at ViaWest. What that is, you look through the customer's lens and see what are the implications to their business when technology goes awry, and that happens with every customer. When it does go awry how quickly can you assess, isolate and bring that back up - that culture emanates from our senior management team all the way down to the individual contributor. The entrepreneurs roots of Roy Dimoff and Nancy Phillips permeates throughout the organization as well and that is, we know who our customers are. And we don't pull out the contract and beat our customers over the head to deliver on services. We want our customers to be successful." Listen for more…
RELATED LINKS: ViaWest || Software Channel 2012 || Software Channel 2011 || Blog || KEYWORDS: Bob Newman, ViaWest, Hosting, Service Delivery, Roy Dimoff, Nancy Phillips, Entrepreneurs, Training, Feedback, Post Action Auto Review Board bytes=6552662
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Gordon Nuttall, CEO/Founder, CourAgent They bootstrapped the company and came out with a single product
enclosure-voice 1280_ 9/17/12 - Founded in 2010, Gordon Nuttall said, this company was built on Courage and Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation and Care, CICIC and from that came the name CourAgent. They bootstrapped the company and came out with a single product, Flip Pal Mobile Scanner. CourAgent is the innovative maker of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner - a remarkable solution for preserving and sharing memories. No longer will your precious photos, documents and other memories be scattered, lost or hidden. Have fun and enhance your creativity, then share your memories with family and friends. And save time in the process. Take advantage of the patented flip-and-scan technology to scan photos safely in their album or frame. CourAgent was also selected as a 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch Award Winner. Couragent launched the nation’s first equity crowdfunding solicitation for investors using the Small Company Offering Registration (SCOR) procedure to register and legally solicit its intrastate stock offering. The cloud-based campaign’s goal is to raise $350,000 in working capital to accelerate the company’s flagship product, the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, into the national and international retail marketplace, as well as to develop and bring to market additional digital imaging products...Listen for more...
RELATED LINKS: CourAgent || Crowdfunding Launch Pad || Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || PodCast Directory || Gala Event || 2012 Winners List || KEYWORDS: Gordon Nuttall, CourAgent, Crowdfunding, Lowe Foundation, Colorado Companies to Watch, Gala Event, COCTW, Second Stage Companies, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, bytes=6691843
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Compelled to address the problem with technology
Asmau Ahmed, Founder/CEO, Plum Perfectenclosure-voice 1274_ 9/10/12 - Today we are talking to Asmau Ahmed Founder and CEO of Plum Perfect. Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT, with Larry Nelson, CEO, w3w3.com Internet Talk Radio bring us another great woman entrepreneur in this 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. Asmau Ahmed brings over 11 years of experience in chemical engineering, math/statistical data analysis and strategic consulting to Plum Perfect. Her story begins with years of unsuccessfully navigating store aisles in search of make-up and clothing colors to make her look her best. As an engineer, beauty & fashion enthusiast, she was compelled to address the problem with technology. And so she built Plum Perfect, a visual search engine that provides instant personalized recommendations to shoppers using their photos. Plum Perfect is so fantastic because it recognizes that between having a career, a family, and a life, consumers need a quicker and more efficient way to shop. It is a one-stop-shop that allows you to search for and find the right beauty products for you. Asmau said, "What we've really built here isn't just a beauty product or fashion or home product - It is the ability for users to take digital photos [we're really in this culture of photo sharing...] Plum Perfect leverages that culture of photo sharing, and uses that to drive e-commerce, powered by really strong technology." Asmau has always been curious and innovative. At a young age her parents changed the laundry room into a chemistry lab for her. So that was the beginning. In college she became a chemical engineer but, to this day she says, "I love, love, love math. I loved innovating and..." Listen for more…
Related Links: Plum Perfect || NCWIT Home || NCWIT About || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Asmau Ahmed, PlumPerfect, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Visual Search Engine, Photos, Beauty Product, Technology, bytes=22036796
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Success and sustainability through good and bad times
Roy Dimoff, CEO, ViaWest enclosure-voice Larry Nelson, CEO, w3w3.com 1276_ 9/10/12 - bytes=14158265 [Orig. Pub. 9/6/11]
The path to success isn't always flash, bang, big cash and lots of noise. In the long run it is knowing your customer, getting close, staying close, and understanding your customers needs. That's what Roy Dimoff attributes ViaWest’s ‘good luck' to. It was 1999, when we met Roy Dimoff and Nancy Philips as they started ViaWest here in Denver. "Back in the day", money was practically being thrown at companies. Here in Denver we had a number of very large startups going back to '99, a little pre '99. Local competitors had the advantage with 100's of millions in investments.... ViaWest took a different path, kind of low key, if you were watching from a distance. But up close it was action packed, prudent and practical. Back then ViaWest had one office which still exists. Today they have 22 data centers in five states and six major markets. Roy has a habit of checking in with his HR department and they keep adding employees, which is a good thing, especially in today's market, and they're well over 300 people now in those five states. "Knock on wood, Larry. For all the things that happened and we've seen in the 12 years that ViaWest has been around, and certainly living through two recessions is one of them, things are going extremely well. We are part of a great industry. It's nice to be in this position today. To be able to reflect back at those difficult times, knowing that you survived and succeeded in some fashion." In fact ViaWest is in a leadership position today. Looking back we remember favorite words guiding their strategic path, prudence and pragmatism. Larry asked about challenges facing business today. Roy said, "You know, I think similar to the stock market, there are a lot of ups and downs and you have to be prepared to alter your business plan if there's dramatic changes in the economy. We really reflect on our capital investment and our cash conservation and really want to reflect on all the touch points there. And do we want to be a little less aggressive if we see a double dip recession. I think companies should definitely, definitely understand their debt position, their cash position, their growth, and really understand their expense level extremely well - knowing where they can alter if they have to." ViaWest supports the community, sponsors many non-profits and has won many awards...listen for more great advice...
Related Links: ViaWest || Green Solutions || Profile of a Leader || KidsTek || Podcasting Directory || Keywords: Roy Dimoff, ViaWest, Data Centers, Leaders, Team, Management, Green Grid, Computers, Telecom, Canada, Software
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The strength starts with the research enterprise
David Allen and Lindsay Lennox, Marketing Assistant Director, CU Technology Transfer Office enclosure-voice 1271_ 9/4/12 - We're bidding a fond farewell to Dr. David Allen, the Tech Transfer Guru at the University of Colorado. Over the last decade, we've watched Dave Allen lead the CU Tech Transfer Office to soaring heights. He's brought a great team together and feels confident that he's leaving his post in very capable hands. "It's difficult to leave Colorado. Colorado's a great place. I've had a wonderful time here in the last ten years." But he feels it's important to him to be in a position to provide the most value to another major research university - Arizona University. He'll be in the president's office, reporting to the president, part of the cabinet and that is important in that the University of Arizona is making a major commitment for technology commercialization. Dave will be the executive director of the overarching organization called, Tech Launch Arizona, within the Tech Launch is their Tech Transfer Office, an outstanding research park and a business incubator associated with that. They have some very good entrepreneurship programs. They have a business / industry liaison program which is like a front door to the university for people who want to access the university and its resources. But it's bitter sweet, Dave leaves behind a lot of friends, a lot of good memories - "But, I have one more in me and this is where I've chosen to do it", said Dave. "I think I'm lucky this time, like I was when I came here. I have all the support, resources and a good environment." When Dr. Allen came to CU Larry said, "I wonder what this guy is going to do. And over these numbers of years, the team you've built, the successes that have occurred, the impact on the university as well as the community and the state as a whole has been fabulous and Arizona is really lucky." We also talked with Dave about CU's strengths. Dr. Allen recognized Lindsay Lennox, Marketing Assistant Director, for the great job she's been doing for years and said she has helped place CU TTO right below the University of California - and that's a much bigger university system than Colorado. "We've become a place that helps define the practice of technology transfer in American universities." One of David’s key team members, Tom Smerdon has been named interim leader of CU TTO. Listen for more…
Related Links: CU Technology Transfer Office || TTO Blog || CU TTO Channel || CU TTO Awards || Tech Transfer Performance Metric 2011-12 || TTO Strategic Plan || Colorado to Arizona || Keywords: David Allen, University of Colorado, Technology Transfer, Inventions, Tom Smerdon, Lindsay Lennox, Arizona, Energy, Bio Medical, Clean Tech, Annual Report, Decade, Discovery Evaluation, Grant Program, Royalty Stream, bytes=10360270
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Keep at it, eventually there will be a turn around
Dr. Michael Bristow, MDenclosure-voice 1274_ 9/4/12 - [Orig Pub. 01/31/11] ARCA Biopharma, Inc. is a Colorado-based biopharmaceutical company developing genetically-targeted therapies for heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. Larry interviewed Michael R. Bristow, MD, Ph.D. CEO & Chief Science and Medical Officer of ARCA at the CU Technology Transfer Office Awards banquet. Dr. Bristow has been a favorite interview for w3w3® for years. Larry asked him, "Michael what are the biggest changes you've seen in this last year in your industry?" He re[lied, "It's been a couple of tough years, but I think things are starting to turn around and basically the atmospherics have gotten a lot better. Just coming off a JP Morgan meeting, it was, I thought, a completely different tone this year." Dr. Bristow had some interesting insights about funding. "Well, it's sort of like financing of real estate was back in the early 80s when interest rates were 20% - you've got to do creative financing. So, all kinds of vehicles have been used through this period. ARCA biopharma, for instance did a reverse merger, bought a company that was NASDAQ listed, that had a bunch of cash - that proved to be a good move. So people have gotten through this one way or another, but we need to get back to traditional sources of funding." Larry asked, "Is there any particular advice to people in your arena?" Spoken like a true leader he replied, "Yes, don't give up. I mean, tenacity, keep at it, eventually there will be a turn around. Now when things aren't going too well may be the best opportunity there is in terms of acquiring assets. Think ahead. Think positive." Dr. Bristow joined ARCA as one of ARCA’s founders in September 2004, and has served as Chairman and Chief Science and Medical Officer of ARCA until he was appointed to his current position of Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. Dr. Bristow is a Professor of Medicine and the former Head of Cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he has been since October 1991. Dr. Bristow was one of the founders of Myogen, Inc.
Related Links: ARCA biopharma || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || CU TTO Awards || Award Photos || Keywords:Michael Bristow, ARCA biopharma, CU Technology Transfer Office, Biotech, Cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, University of Colorado Cardiovascular Institute - bytes=2927702
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Larry Nelson & Paul Washington, Exec. Director, OED City & County of Denver Jump Start 2012 is Denver's economic development strategy
LISTEN TO PART 2 of Paul Washington Interview > HERE
enclosure-voice 1283_ 9/24/12 - We first met at a very powerful meeting here in Denver, Colorado. We'll talk about that, and Jump Start 2012, with Paul Washington, Executive Director in the Office of Economic Development for the City and County of Denver. As an overview, Jump Start 2012 is the City of Denver's economic development strategy for this year. Based on seven pillars of economic development 1. Business Retention, 2. Small Business Advocacy, 3. Business Recruitment, 4. Sustainable Neighborhood Development, 5. Business Lending, 6. Workforce Development and 7. Key Strategic Projects. Now, in each one of these pillars, there are a number of key initiatives and numerous milestones that need to be achieved in order to meet the strategic initiative. As part of the Small Business Advocacy focus, Paul tells us, they want to make sure they are doing everything to bring attention to the small business community in Denver. The reason this is important is because small businesses represent a huge percentage of Denver's workforce and employment base. As an economic development agency OED wants to make sure they do everything they can to support small business and bring positive attention to our entrepreneurs and then that will lead to more attraction to capital which will result in more employment opportunities, insuring that economic development will remain strong in Denver. One of these initiatives is ...Listen for more…
RELATED LINKS: Denver OED || JumpStart 2012 Denver || Greenprint Denver || Entrepreneurs || KEYWORDS: Paul Washington, Denver, Office of Economic Development, Jump Start 2012, Business Retention, Small Business Advocacy, Business Recruitment, Sustainable Neighborhood Development, Business Lending, Workforce Development, Key Strategic Projects > bytes=7085142
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John Kelley, Chairman & CEO, CereScan Building a successful company by using the latest software
enclosure-voice 1285_ 9/24/12 - Today Larry is interviewing John Kelley, Chairman and CEO, of CereScan. This exciting company is working on ideas that will help tons of people in ways never dreamt of before. Psychiatry and Neurology have been struggling for years with the dilemma of how to accurately diagnose patients with chronic brain disorders. This is particularly challenging when there are multiple symptoms and potentially more than one causation in the patient's brain. CereScan is an exciting new business here in Denver that's in the business of helping patients and doctors sort out the problems that patients might be experiencing with brain disorders. We combine imaging and diagnostics and giving a treating doctor the best possible information in the world, to help their patients. CereScan is just now beginning to gain acceptance with medical professionals dealing with chronic and potentially debilitating disease. Today, CereScan is shedding new light on neurological conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Larry asked, why would someone need a brain scan and diagnostic evaluation at CereScan? John said, "The brain is a very complicated organ and as we've seen with the NFL or the military, it's really hard to start figuring out what's really wrong in the brain. Whether it's children who experience a problem at birth or people in car accidents or people who are experiencing things like ADD and Bipolar ...Listen for much more...
RELATED LINKS: CereScan || CereScan Blog|| Brain Forensics || TiE Rockies || PodCast Directory || KEYWORDS: John Kelley, CereScan, Brain, Psychiatry, Neurology, Chronic Brain Disorders, Brain Imaging, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, Bipolar, NFL, Military, bytes=6068665
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Yosh Eisbart, CEO/Founder, NIMBL Customer Focus is North America, Colorado a Sweet Spot!
enclosure-voice 1282_ 9/17/12 - Here's how a Denver based company became a winner in the Colorado Companies to Watch program, 2012 - Fueling the Economic Fire of Colorado. Find a niche - like an SAP professional services company. That's what Yosh Eisbart and business partner Michael Pytell did. They founded NIMBL about three years ago. A Denver startup with customers from Miami, Florida going all the way up to the northern tip of Canada. They are North American focused but their customers really do run from coast to coast and north to south with clients like ExxonMobil, PepsiCo, Nestle... From a Colorado perspective NIMBL has a very nice Colorado customer base - and they are really growing because there are no SAP specialized, Denver based services firms like NIMBL. Yosh explained, "While SAP, the most widely used business software package on the planet, is dominated by the Big Four, NIMBL is small enough to not be subject to the fiscal constraints of the business model of a big consulting firm. Eisbart says. "There's a trend in the SAP marketplace that organizations are looking for more agile, nimble and flexible consulting firms that are able to react quickly and moving away from the institutional behemoth. NIMBL isn't shackled by the traditional handcuffs of profit margins..."
RELATED LINKS: Home | NIMBL || Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || PodCast Directory || ColoradoBiz || Gala Event || KEYWORDS: Yosh Eisbart, Nimbl, SAP, Lowe Foundation, Colorado Companies to Watch, Gala Event, COCTW, Second Stage Companies, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, bytes=7599650
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Achieving Your Personal and Professional Goals Pat & Larry Nelson - 3-Filters Technology
enclosure-voice 1279_ 9/17/12 [Orig pub 7/9/07] - Don't Let Another Year Go By - The Ultimate Win is Yours Larry Nelson has taught this material in seminars in over a dozen countries, from China to Canada, from Norway to Australia, from Germany to Japan as well as throughout the US. He shares the results of his international research about the Characteristics of an Achiever and then goes on to help you lay out your "personalized blueprint" to personal and professional success. Larry is an internationally published author, has been a consultant to many Fortune 1000 companies and is best known for his train-the-trainer programs.
RELATED LINKS: Training Trends || Ultimate Win Resources || 3-Filters Technology™ || Your Goal || KEYWORDS: Goals, Ultimate Win, Personal, Professional, Success, Trainer, Achievement, Pat and Larry Nelson
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A wide variety of different winning companies Nancy Workman, CoOwner, SoundTraxx
enclosure-voice 1281_ 9/17/12 - The Colorado Companies to Watch program Award Winners program, 2012, has a variety of different winning companies. "This year's Colorado Companies to Watch winners show the impact small business has on our economy and demonstrate why Colorado is one of the nation's leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. "We want to congratulate each of these companies and wish them continued success." "Small businesses are the cornerstone of Colorado's economy and a vital part of our economic recovery," said Ken Lund, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The winners employ nearly 2,000 and had combined revenue of $377 million. We are delighted to be part of the Colorado Companies to Watch program to highlight their accomplishments." SoundTraxx’ corporate entity, Throttle Up! Corp., was founded in 1989 in Pocasset, Massachusetts. Our first product was a powerful little lighting system called the Hyperlight. In 1991, SoundTraxx introduced the SoundTraxx D220-IR Diesel Sound System. This was the first sound and throttle system to incorporate wireless control. In 1994, the company moved to Broomfield, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The DSD-2408 Digital Sound Decoder was the first DCC decoder to be integrated with sound and lighting functions. In 1998 they moved to Durango, Colorado and purchased a new SMT (Surface Mount Technology) line of manufacturing equipment...
RELATED LINKS: Home|SoundTraxx || Soundtraxx Blog || Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || PodCast Directory || Gala Event || KEYWORDS: Nancy Workman, Sound Traxx, Digital Sound Decoder, Lowe Foundation, Colorado Companies to Watch, Gala Event, COCTW, Second Stage Companies, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, bytes=4493377
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The Contradiction of Focus When Building a Business
Larry Nelson, Author, Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaosenclosure-voice 1275_ 9/10/12 [Orig Pub. 12/2009]- When you ask successful entrepreneurs, What are the keys to building a successful, sustaining business? Among other words, they'll say, Passion, A+ Team, Commitment, Innovation, Focus. While all have substance, the successful entrepreneurs have fascinating stories that support those descriptions, I would like to point out that 'Focus' is a double-edged sword. Let’s be clear, focus is a critical element for building a successful business. It's true that if you don't know where you are going any road will take you there. Then again, if you are so focused on where you are going, you could get side-swiped because you didn't see 'it' coming. So what does this all mean? In Larry’s book, Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos, Chapter 12, Ground Swells of Change - Prepare, capitalize or fall victim, he discusses five different examples of landscapes and their ground swells of change. He also writes about trends of both the past and the future. Trends have an impact on the landscape; however it's the groundswell that will often determine the success or failure of an endeavor, personal or professional. "The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them" said Johann Wolfgang Goethe. A ‘ground swell of change’ is never a solo effort; it takes many active forces to build up a head of steam. Examples include: innovations, inventions, laws, events, in/out of favor fads, something that is displaced or replaced, cultural changes, local events, controversy, fiscal changes, mergers, movements, etc. There's more....
Related Links: Amazon || Entrepreneurs Channel || w3w3.com Home || Mastering Change Blog || Beyond the Trends || Keywords: Mastering Change, Chaos, Larry Nelson, Entrepreneurs, Focus, Ground Swells of Change, Landscape, Trends, Channel: Change bytes=4014776
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Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek come to Colorado
Leonard NimoyAmerican actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer enclosure-voice 1277 9/10/12 - [Orig. Pub. 4/26/10] At the 26th National Space Symposium, The Space Foundation Recognized Leonard Nimoy with the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award.      Larry and Pat had an opportunity to have a discussion with Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame. But Nimoy is so much more than that. American actor, film director, poet, musician, and photographer. Famous for playing the character of Spock on the original Star Trek television series and films. They decided to talk about other topics that help us learn more about him and what has shaped his character over the past 79 years as well as understanding his hot buttons. We started out by reflecting on some poetry Leonard read as 'whale song' was heard in the background...that was decades ago but it opened up insights to his current interests and concerns. When asked, Is there something businesses can do to motivate children? Mr. Nimoy's reply was an ouch. "I'm not a sociologist, I'm not a businessman, I can't speak intelligently about that. I'll tell you what I am concerned about; I'm concerned about how much television kids watch that is not uplifting, or educational or inspiring in any way. It's all about celebrity, and if you're celebrity, come and tell us about your celebrity. What have you accomplished? I'm a celebrity - I'm famous for having a lot of children, so I want a TV show - It's crazy. What we have descended to in our education, it's crazy! It's really sad, I could go on about that, I'm not going to." He had a great deal to say about advice he would give to someone following his career path. "The biggest fantasy, myth about my work, about being an actor is people who think a look will get you somewhere, be at the right place and time, that kind of thing - luck plays a big role, but I never believed that, not even as a teenager...Education, it's all about education. Learn, learn, learn and devote yourself to a profession. Be professional about it." Larry asked, "Do you feel the U.S. is losing its position in terms of space?" Leonard replied, "Yes, I don't know to what degree this is true. I don't want to be an alarmist about this, but I do think we've got some work to do." We did end with a Vulcan salute. Listen for much, much more...
Related Links: Space Technology Hall of Fame® || National Space Symposium || Space Foundation || More About Nimoy || In the News || Space Symposium PHOTOS || Keywords: Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek, Spock, Vulcan, National Space Symposium, Space Foundation, Education, Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award - bytes=5458968
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ETHICS: Personal, Professional, Community
Ethics_graphic_9-4-2012 1272_ 9/4/12 - Larry Nelson, producer of the w3w3® Media Network, tackles Ethics. The lack of ethics continues to get a great deal of press. Larry shares a brief "ethics model" (complexities have helped create this swamp). You'll hear the 3 foundational aspects and solutions for keeping us on track. Integrity is about, Honesty, Integrity and Dependability and is supported by Responsiveness, being Proactive and Committed. Ethics is often misunderstood and is so overlooked in today’s society. Listen to this powerful 3 minute discussion…
Related Links: Training Trends || 3-Filters || TRTR Channel || Beyond the Trends || Keywords: Ethics, Honesty, Integrity, Dependability, Larry Nelson, Institute for Change Research, Training
LISTEN to Larry Nelson, International Management Trainer and Executive Coach.

Paul Jerde, Executive Director, The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship Does it have commercial viability and commercial applications?
enclosure-voice 1273_ 9/4/12 - [Orig Pub.-1/30/2012] It's interesting to see how the different departments at CU work together. Larry interviewed
Paul Jerde
, executive director and who has been with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship for 15+ years, and he says he was pretty naive. "I had come to have some strong ideas about the positioning of the value of entrepreneurship education in the university setting. What I found was people lit up at the mention, something exciting about an entrepreneur, I guess. But the tendency is to very narrowly define it. To some people it means just small business. To some it means bleeding edge technology and to some it means insane risk taking. And to some it's only about startups. So, at the core of our philosophy is the belief and the positioning of the way that our faculty work, and we work with faculty and students. The value of entrepreneurship education, at the core, has fundamental value for the students in almost any particular discipline." Paul is often challenged... can you teach someone to be an entrepreneur? Can you teach someone entrepreneurship? Paul says no to the first. I don't believe, nor should you try to teach someone to be an entrepreneur. Other things cause that to come about. But you can absolutely teach the skills. And at the core of entrepreneurship education is teaching our students to answer the question when someone says, 'I have an idea, what do I do with it?' Here's what you do - 'That's an interesting idea. Does it have commercial viability? Does it have commercial applications?' Well, most people in the world don't really know. And that's what we want our students to have. They know what feasibility, analysis and market assessment is all about. They know about doing due diligence, how to go through a really rigorous and in-depth process in determining whether an idea can translatable into a commercial opportunity. The business planning part of this has to do with the integrating of different disciplines... finance, marketing, operations, strategy management, and so forth - bringing those all together. More broadly in our cross campus entrepreneurship program it's getting teams of students to work together to appreciate the ideas may come from the creative departments or from the engineers who can actually build something, or from the scientists who can actually discover something - but often times they don't know what to do with their new invention or new discovery. We try to make these 'productive collisions' of teams of students and in general find people of different expertise's come together around the idea of how do you allow an idea to flourish. There's much more....

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Listen To: Paul Jerde, Exec. Dir., Deming Center

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