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Maker or Hacker spaces are springing up 1445_ 9/30/13 - The Maker Movement is sweeping the United States and the world. Maker or Hacker spaces are springing up for innovators and entrepreneurs across Colorado – several in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Longmont and more. Schools are setting up Maker spaces and Maker Faires are springing up to celebrate making. Come and learn about what this movement is about and how it affects everything from schools to businesses. (See examples on our home page)… Larry interviewed Elizabeth Weiland, Executive Director of Making Progress, L3c producer for Colorado's first Maker Faire, the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, to be held October 5th. Larry asked, "What can we expect from the NoCo Maker Faire? Elizabeth replied, "Oh so many things. We’ve filled over 100,000 sq feet with all kinds of Maker creations. From a statewide youth robotics scrimmage to an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exhibition, a 29 second film festival to a Nerdy Derby, an atomic clock made out of pinball machines to a sound puddle. Advances in 3D printing, arduino electronics and other technologies have removed the “valley of death” between creativity to production. Kids, artists and innovators can bring their designs to life. Maker Faires bring together all the elements of creativity, design, prototyping and production to make those AHA, I can DO THIS moments that make innovation possible." Listen for more and check out the links... RELATED LINKS: NoCo Mini Maker Faire || Makers || In the News || Entrepreneurs || KEYWORDS: Elizabeth Weiland, NoCo Mini Maker Faire, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation, Grants Specialist, State of Colorado OEDIT, > bytes=5374856 LISTEN TO: Elizabeth Weiland, Executive Director of Making Progress
We leverage the organization to support your business growth 1447_ 9/30/13 - Larry's talking with long-time friends Ray Hutchins and Vic Ahmed, president and chairman of TiE Rockies, a chapter of TiE Global. That's one of 64 chapters in 18 countries with over 13,000 members, and its primary mission is to support the entrepreneur, and that's what they do. Ray says they do this through mentoring, networking, education, making introductions for people, helping them find money, helping them to gain access to other organizations in the area and creating job growth right here in Colorado. In the beginning Larry attended the first TiE Rockies meeting, back then they were held monthly, a lot has changed. A very exciting thing for Vic, he recently joined the TiE Board of Trustees, and they are looking at launching some new programs like an education program with Stanford and other universities, a special program around TiE doctors and also looking at a TiE incubator. The organization has grown so large and complex and they are helping so many people accomplish their business objectives and dreams, that it takes the efforts of both Ray as President and Vic as Chairman working together more like co-presidents. They've worked together for some years - both are volunteers and the organization has one paid staff member, their executive director. Vic tells us they have a stellar board with Balan Nair - CTO, Liberty Global; Sureel Choksi is currently Managing Partner of BC Consulting, John Kelley previously CEO, McData which he sold for $1 Billion; Dr. Arlen Meyers is a professor of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado Denver; Carol Kline served as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Teletech; Sam Kumar, founder and Owner of Microtech-Tel... TiE has an interesting two level membership, Charter Members and General Members. The Charter Membership... RELATED LINKS: TiE Rockies Network || Innovation Pavilion || Denver Web Directory || Blog || Entrepreneurs || KEYWORDS: Vic Ahmed, Ray Hutchins, TiE Rockies, Denver, Innovation Pavilion, Balan Nair,
Sureel Choksi, John Kelley, Dr. Arlen Meyers, Carol Kline, Sam Kumar, Entrepreneurs, > bytes=6395510 LISTEN TO: Vic Ahmed, Chairman & Ray Hutchins, President, TiE Rockies
From ideas to implementation to Apex awards
1441_ 9/23/13 - Designed for creative encounter and collaboration, APEX is the Colorado technology industry’s annual conference to celebrate accomplishment and set the direction for the coming year by gathering the community, recognizing excellence, sparking innovation, introducing disruption and proposing opportunity. In 2012, the Colorado Technology Association paired two of its most important and longest-running events — The Apex Awards and DEMOgala — back-to-back for an exciting two days of celebrating the greatest people, companies and accomplishments of the state’s tech industry and looking ahead to the critical issues facing the industry in the years ahead. This year, they were pleased to launch APEX, the evolution of more than ten years of innovative thinking, engaging speakers, phenomenal energy and industry focus. APEX is more than an awards ceremony, conference and tech challenge. APEX is your opportunity to be a part of the conversations driving innovation and technology in the state. The leaders in 2014 will be the people and companies that show up and participate fully. RELATED LINKS: APEX Awards || APEX Sessions || Colorado Technology Association || Podcasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Apex Awards, Apex sessions, Colorado Technology Association See Apex Conference Photos HERE
Seth Godin, Startup Week Luncheon Keynote Speaker
1443_ 9/23/13 - The official kick-off celebration for the week hosted famed keynote speaker, Seth Godin, named the “Ultimate entrepreneur for the information age” by Business week. Seth is an author, entrepreneur, blogger, and marketing guru, above all. He has written 14 bestseller books on various topics, including the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. As an entrepreneur, he’s founded dozens of companies, including his latest internet startup Squidoo.com, ranked among the top 125 sites in the US (by traffic) by Quantcast. The luncheon also boasts vignettes from local Startup leaders, Patrick Quinlan, CEO of Convercent ; Desi McAdam, Managing Director of Thoughbot; Bart Lorang, Co-founder and CEO of Full Contact; and Maddy D’Amato, Founder and Chief Love Officer, Love Grown Foods. This event had over 800 community members attending. RELATED LINKS: Seth Godin || Denver Startup Week || We Are All Weird Amazon || Denver OED || Mastering Change Amazon || KEYWORDS: Seth Godin, Denver Startup Week, Patrick Quinlan, CEO of Convercent ; Desi McAdam, Managing Director of Thoughbot; Bart Lorang, Co-founder and CEO of Full Contact; and Maddy D’Amato, Founder and Chief Love Officer, Love Grown Foods, Michael B. Hancock
Change of course creates need and creates opportunity 1437_ 9/16/13 - Larry is here at the ACG Denver's monthly luncheon and is talking with keynote speaker Charles Fred the group president of Xerox Hospital Provider Solutions (Breakaway Group). In this role, he leads the organization that serves their hospital and physician clients through a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that help healthcare providers apply, manage and use technology that simplifies caregiver workloads. They help doctors and nurses learn software faster and safely. Biggest opportunity in healthcare is change. "Change, of course creates need, and creates opportunity. As a nation we are woefully out of step with technology today in healthcare. We're behind, so technology companies should be able to be born almost instantly to address some of those needs. Our population is ageing quite quickly. Ten thousand people a day turn 65 in the U.S. and that will continue for the next 18 years! That population is living a lot longer than we ever expected and so there are long term care needs." Fred joined Xerox in 2011, when the company acquired The Breakaway Group. During his first 18 months with Xerox, his organization’s revenue grew by 300 percent, while at the same time expanding his operating profit margin to more than 30 percent. Before The Breakaway Group, Fred was CEO of Omega Performance, culminating in a successful sale to IIR, Inc., in 1998. The publication of his best-selling book, Breakaway, in 2002 initiated a 'movement' from the thousands that have read it. Today, many leading universities use the text... RELATED LINKS: Xerox || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || Breakaway at Amazon || KEYWORDS: Charles Fred, Xerox, Hospital Provider Solutions, The Breakaway Group,
Healthcare, ACG Denver, Association for Corporate Growth, Breakaway Book > bytes=2807330 LISTEN TO: Charles Fred, President, Breakaway Group, Xerox
The biggest problem for companies is between the keyboard and the chair 1438_ 9/16/13 - Larry talked with Ray Hutchins, a serial entrepreneur, president of TiE Rockies and has several companies, including Denver Cyber Security, involved in web site development, SEO, and cyber security.
Ray Hutchins said, "If you want to be a criminal, be a cyber criminal - because you won't get caught. And the guys running the business are asleep at the wheel, I'm sorry to say. They don't understand cyber security, they don't understand the process of defending their corporate crown jewels. They don't know how to manage their IT people to get the job done - It is a big problem for the country and for the world. So what to do? Coming from Def Con again, The biggest problem for any company is between the keyboard and the chair. It's your people and these people can be tricked very easily to let the 'enemy' into your network. A hacker can easily attack your network with a fishing attack, with a fake email from the CEO, CFO, CIO... it's going to come from one of the leaders in the company and it's going to go to company personnel. When that email comes in the employees are going to open it up to see what their leaders are saying. But, they're not going to be trained to check and see if it is indeed an authentic email. Once they open that email up and click on the link they've been directed to, BING, the hacker is in and started the journey inside your network." This is Part 2 of 2... RELATED LINKS: Denver Cyber Security || TiE Rockies Network || Denver Web Services || Podcasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Cyber Security, Denver SEO, Ray Hutchins, Corporate Espionage, Hackers,
Def Con 2013, Web Site, Internet, Def Con, > bytes=4860345 LISTEN TO: Ray Hutchins, Denver Cyber Security Part 2 of 2
Terrifying stories of identity theft and cyber security 1433_ 9/9/13 - Larry talked with Ray Hutchins, a serial entrepreneur, president of TiE Rockies, President, Denver Cyber Security, and has more companies involved in web site development, SEO, and cyber security. We are talking with Ray about cyber security today and as you will hear this subject has become an issue that demands every business, large and small, take action now. Recently TiE Rockies began a series, 'Information Assets - Your Corporate Crown Jewels and the Very Real Threat of Cyber Espionage'. We've all heard the frightening stories of Identity Theft, and so much more. Ray became involved years ago because he has two businesses, Denver Web Services and Denver Cyber Security - and he's had a lot of web sites, 600 now. But he had trouble with them being hacked and he was constantly defending them, figuring out ways to keep these people out of his web sites. One thing led to another as he developed his knowledge. A burgeoning interest became a passion and he became better and better at understanding the issues of cyber security and all the various tools and methodologies available to defend web sites and networks and to defend data and the movement of data. His passion continued to develop as the threats have grown more sinister. With a decade of experience, Ray is a recognized expert and in the business of defending people's networks and defending their businesses. Ray tells us the hacker community, worldwide, is in utter shock that the American Business leadership has not gotten their ducks in a row. It is their perception that American business leadership has its head in the sand. That they don't ... Listen, Ray has much more. This is Part 1 of 2.... Be sure to listen next week... RELATED LINKS: TiE Rockies Network || Denver Web Services || Denver Cyber Security || In the News || KEYWORDS: cyber security, denver SEO, Ray Hutchins, corporate espionage, hackers,
def con 2013, web site, internet > bytes=4957730 LISTEN TO: Ray Hutchins, Denver Cyber Security
Specializing in Unified Communications and speech recognition technology
1429_ 9/3/13 -
Larry got some exciting information from Gold Systems CEO Terry Gold. Gold Systems, a Microsoft Corp. Gold Certified Partner specializing in Unified Communications and speech recognition technology, has delivered its Vonetix 7 Voice platform to Microsoft IT. Vonetix 7 Voice will serve as the new platform for Microsoft to develop many of its voice self-service applications, which serve Microsoft customers calling for support on a wide array of Microsoft products and services. Vonetix 7 Voice makes it easy for customers to contact Microsoft, and provides the same great experience customers expect from Microsoft products. By deploying Vonetix 7 Voice as the UC application and IVR platform for these applications, Microsoft now takes advantage of faster application deployment lifecycle on a voice self-service platform running on its Microsoft Lync product line. Terry said, “We have been working for Microsoft IT, the company’s internal information technology organization, for many years creating software that makes it easier for Microsoft customers, partners and employees to get support by calling 1-800-Microsoft and other support numbers. We are thrilled to now be delivering the Vonetix 7 Voice platform alongside the existing Unified Communications applications.” Listen and check their link for more info...
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KEYWORDS: Terry Gold, Gold Systems, Vonetix 7 Voice Platform, Microsoft, Unified
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Advantages to forming your own captive insurance company
1431_ 9/3/13 -
We're talking with Howard Potter Managing Director at ST Consulting, LLC, , a firm he set up in 1996 when he quit the practice of law and also the practice of CPA, and he began consulting, primarily in the area of financial and tax consulting. For the last 13 years Howard's been involved in micro captive insurance companies. The underlying concept is that all businesses have uninsured risks and these uninsured risks are frequently risks that you cannot buy coverage for in the conventional market. Examples might be product recalls, product liability, business interruption, loss of key supplier, loss of key vendor. Howard tells us they set up a captive insurance company for a surgical center up in the mountains. "One of the risks we covered was, loss of income because of reduction of Medicare reimbursements." Howard's challenge is to examine companies, identify these risks so he can actually come up with a premium. The company continues with traditional insurance, but now he pays additional premiums to himself / his insurance company. Last year their company, on a nationwide basis, did 102 of these transactions. The preceding year they did about 60, so this has really caught on. Larry asked if there were limits on the types of companies that could use this kind of insurance. The answer... Listen for the details... Howard is founder of the Cross Networking Event coming up on 9/26/13. The whole event is geared toward networking - no speakers, just great food and the people you are looking to connect with.
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LISTEN TO: Howard Potter, JD, MBA, CPA, S T Consulting
Billions of dollars to help higher education 1444_ 9/30/13 - Larry and Pat were invited to an up-scale event at the Innovation Pavilion by Christopher Pelley, CEO and Private Wealth Advisor of CIMCO Cares. After the eye-opening meeting, they had a chance to interview the keynote speaker, Karan Khemka, Partner, The Parthenon Group, which is a management consultancy - but a big part of their work is in the education sector. Education institutions, whether it's Harvard University or a private school, in the end they function like companies. Larry asked about the U.S. comparison to other countries. Karan tells us, in the U.S. 4% of college/university students are international students, compared to the U.K. which is at 17% and Australia at 28%. This begs the question, why would the U.S. say that this is the correct or acceptable penetration of international students when the U.K. and Australia have maintained very high quality higher education systems with far higher levels of international student penetration. If the U.S. were to double the international student population to 8% that would be an additional 700,000 students, and not all of these would be full fee paying, but let's say half-a-million were full fee paying, and they were coming in at $25-$30,000 a student - that is an incredible amount of revenue - billions of dollars to help balance the books of higher education. To put money into research, funding and scholarships. So there is an incredible opportunity to do good while serving international demand for one of the most desirable products the U.S. has. Your higher education is really the crown jewel amongst the products you can sell to the rest of the world. Listen for much more... RELATED LINKS: the Parthenon Group || Karan || Innovation Pavilion || CIMCO Cares || Podcasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Karan Khemka, The Parthenon Group, Roisin Pelley, Transnational Education,
Boston, London, Mumbai, San Francisco, Shanghai, Southeast Asia, Middle East, China, India, Australia, UK, Western Europe, Latin America, Christopher Pelley, CIMCO Cares, > bytes=6735310 LISTEN TO: Karan Khemka, Partner, The Parthenon Grp.
... steps to take and things to knowPART 2 of 2 1446_ 9/30/13 - Larry is back with Bill Van Orsdel and discussing ePublishing. Bill and his company WaveCloud, talk to a lot of authors, and if you are thinking of writing a book, it's helpful if you have a sense for ... steps to take and things to know. (Check Out Part 1) Larry has published a few books and the last is available digitally - still we learned there are more changes and a lot to be aware of, to have a successful release. Bill explains, before you actually write the first word on your book, there are a couple of things you should do or know before you get there. The first thing is you need to understand who is your targeLt audience. Who are you writing this book for? Target; you need to understand, is my book for people who play tennis? Is my book for people who play tennis left handed? Is my book for people who play tennis left handed on grass? You've got to understand, before you start writing, who your target audience is. The second thing you have to know is the genre or the subject area that you're going to write? Are you writing a science fiction or a how to? The point is you need to understand where in the bookstore your book should appear when it's taken out of the box and put up on the shelf. The next thing Bill would ask you is, to go to the bookstore and go to that genre, that subject area and look at that shelf. And step three is know your competition. There's much more advice, listen now... RELATED LINKS: WaveCloud || Innovation Pavilion || Blog || Mastering Change || eBook Formats || KEYWORDS: Bill Van Orsdel, WaveCloud, Authors, Publishing World, eBook, ePub, Amazon,
Barnes & Nobel, Publishers, Kindel, iPhone/iPad, Android, Sony, Nook. MOBI, > bytes=7889745 Part 2 LISTEN TO: Bill Van Orsdel, CMO, WaveCloud
Publishing World Turned Upside-down 1440_ 9/23/13 - Larry had a discussion with Bill Van Orsdel, Co-Founder & CMO of WaveCloud, tells us that they started WaveCloud with the idea that now there are only two parties left that are important in the publishing world. They are the people that write the books, the content generators and the people that read the books, the consumers. All the other people in the value chain [editors to publishers, book buyers, marketing and PR people] all of those people, they still have a role to play but maybe not in as organized way as they used to. There's been a big separation between authors and readers. That separation is this idea in the past, if you wanted to publish your own book, you had to find an agent that would take a chance on you. You had to find a publisher willing to risk their money to bring your book to market and then that publisher had to help you finish your book - produce it into a saleable product and then they had to convince book buyers at book stores to buy your book who would then stock your book for maybe 90 days. That's the old way. The new way, to write your book, get it formatted, get it into an electronic format in an electronic bookstore like Amazon or Barnes & Nobel and your book has much longer than 90 days to prove itself on the shelf. It can sit there virtually forever. So in this turmoil, it's completely turning the publishing world upside down and... RELATED LINKS: WaveCloud || Innovation Pavilion || Blog || Mastering Change || eBook Formats || KEYWORDS: Bill Van Orsdel, WaveCloud, Authors, Publishing World, eBook, ePub,
Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Publishers, Kindel, iPhone/iPad, Android, Sony, Nook. MOBI, bytes=4860345 LISTEN TO: Bill Van Orsdel, Co-Founder & CMO, WaveCloud
The Cloud, the future, education.... wil.i.am 1442_ 9/23/13 - PART 2 OF 2 ...with Keynote Speaker, Jack Dangermond, president and founder of ESRI . The CDOT was their customer No. 9 - Colorado was always an early leader here in the state for government, but also for business, and utilities. Telephone companies would buy our tools and then develop 'computational geography' as Jack calls it, to help them make maps of their assets and then guide them in their business, and this saves a huge amount of money. Jack said, "What's occurring now is this is going to the Cloud and in that mode is allowing our users in public sector to share with other users, their maps. So they're building shared services and using each others' information - doing integration of these maps, like overlaying but they're digital and they're analytical. So I can do quantitative analysis to bring information together from the private sector and the public sector and make better decisions. This web GIS Cloud is really transformational." Larry asked Jack what he saw as the biggest opportunities and challenges coming in the next few years.
Jack said, "That's the recurring question. I think we as a society need to invest in education of the kids, K thru 12."
Jack told us about his friend, will-i-am, a wonderful, successful musician who is investing into East LA, the high school where he grew up, building STEM Education Centers in the schools and Jack has been helping him with that. Building the future workforce so instead of investing in basketball courts or football stadiums in high schools, but not really allowing kids to have an opportunity - a few make it into the NBA or the National Football. He has the vision of building geek centers where they could actually learn programming because kids in the inner city and the suburbs, they want to have a future, and to have a future they have to have skills. That's one answer to the daunting question of the haves and have-not's. It's also an answer to the 'we don't have enough technical people, we have to go to India or China or outsource stuff'. Listen for much more... RELATED LINKS: ESRI || CTA || Software Channel || PodCasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Jack Dangermond, Esri, The Cloud, Software, Maps, Environmental Systems
Research Institute, Geographic Information System, GIS, Colorado Department of Transportation, bytes=6178589 LISTEN TO: Jack Dangermond, President, Esri
The world's sixth largest privately held software company 1436_ 9/16/13 - Larry Nelson is here at the CTA APEX Conference, where he caught up with Keynote Speaker, Jack Dangermond, president and founder of ESRI (originally Environmental Systems Research Institute) a startup back in the '60s. Jack had acquainted himself with a few ways to do selling, so he sold what he was doing which was making computer maps for people. His business really started out as a service for hire - computerizing maps, overlaying maps, analyzing the information and helping to determine where to buy property, or place a retail store, or what areas ought to go into conservation zones, or support land use planning, and people loved that idea. So over those years Jack grew his company from basically nothing up to about 100 people. Well, people not only loved the idea, they wanted to do it themselves so they asked Jack to sell them his software. So he did, it was open source software at the time. "But," Jack says, "it wasn't very good, frankly." They went on to develop the first Geographic Information System, GIS. It morphed over the decades and today Esri has about 350,000 customers, all over the world, that use this to make their maps or manage their geographic information. These are not consumer maps but enterprise focused where people and companies use the graphic information to make decisions in their company. ...Listen for more details...This is Part 1 of 2. RELATED LINKS: ESRI || CTA || Software Channel || w3w3 Blog || KEYWORDS: Jack Dangermond, Esri, Software, Maps, Environmental Systems Research
Institute, Geographic Information System, GIS, Enterprise Focused > bytes=3933312 LISTEN TO: Jack Dangermond, President, Esri
Colorado disaster… Rainfall records swamped
1439_ 9/16/13 - Thank you to all those volunteers, rescuers, the police, fire departments, National Guard, and thousands of other volunteers.
...continuing heavy rains expected through Tuesday 9/17! Many cities, counties and towns are still in initial rescue mode and have not specifically asked for help. While volunteer efforts are appreciated, at this point we would like to direct everyone to donate cash to the United Way, Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Four days of rainfall across Colorado’s Front Range produced massive flooding that’s marooned thousands of people, inundated many key roads, and damaged countless homes and businesses. (Update: 2000 sq miles flooded in state) The immense amount of water that fell arrived at upper levels via a plume of deep moisture that surged northward from the tropics. At lower levels, the pattern drove moist air from the Great Plains toward the foothills, where it was forced up slope. Together, these features blanketed the Front Range with the soggiest air mass ever recorded at Denver in September. Between Thursday 9/12 and Friday 9/13, a total of 9.08” was measured at the official Boulder site. From 6 PM Monday 9/9 through 6 PM Friday 9/13, the grand total was a whopping 21+” in SE Boulder. At the time of this writing, the atmosphere produced near-constant rain in large amounts for three-plus days across most of the semiarid High Plains and adjoining foothills of the Front Range.
Boulder has the greatest potential for flash flooding of any community in Colorado. If you live, work or play in Boulder, you are at risk. The flood that swept down Boulder Creek was a 1-in-100 year event, The terms "10 year", "50 year", "100 year" and "500 year" floods are used to describe the estimated probability of a flood, meaning this storm was a proverbial 100-year flood.
Before reaching the City of Boulder, the flash floods claimed highways and homes and towns all through the canyons including Jamestown, Estes Park, Lyons, Loveland, and so many others. Marching on it carried the destruction downstream through Longmont, Loveland, Erie,Evans and Weld county. Simultaneously Commerce City and Aurora were slammed - Castle Rock and Colorado Springs - in fact from the state's southern border straight up to the northern border and beyond.
Future forecasts... continuing heavy rains through Tuesday 9/17! Many cities, counties and towns are still in initial rescue mode and have not specifically asked for help. While volunteer efforts are appreciated, at this point we would like to direct everyone to donate cash to the United Way, Red Cross and Salvation Army. The National Guard is amazing and rescued at least 1,200 people on Saturday. More rain is expected, flood danger continues. Be sure to sign up for Emergency Alerts, more information and links below... RELATED LINKS: Emergency Alerts || More Flood Information – City of Boulder || United Way 'Foothills Flood Relief Fund' || Red Cross/Colorado Flood || The City of Longmont is seeking volunteers for various efforts. Call 303-651-8595 to add your name to the list. Volunteers will be contacted as needed.
Path of entrepreneurship, growth and success 1432_ 9/9/13 - It was 2011 and the Denver Post proclaimed, 'Colorado's new pavilion becomes a hub for tech innovation'. The Innovation Pavilion was the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Vic Ahmed, his belief, in an "ongoing shift from corporate America to a country of entrepreneurs". Here we have the product of over five years of global incubator research by founder Vic Ahmed, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and startup visionary. Borrowing best practices from around the country to create an incubator model based on national best practices. As the shift continues, the Innovation Pavilion continues to morph in ways that accommodate the entrepreneurs who now call this 4 story, 80,000 sq ft building home. Today, Vic said that the Innovation Pavilion will be different next month and will continue to grow and change. "There's a groundswell for innovation and entrepreneurship in the country — large towns, small towns, everywhere", Ahmed said. "A wave is coming here, and this incubator will be one of the pieces that's going to help people get on this path of entrepreneurship and hopefully have a better chance of success than they might by themselves." Vic based part of the Innovation Pavilion on Silicon Valley's Plug and Play Tech Center, which features a community of more than 300 startups. In addition to the Innovation Pavilion, Vic is Chairman & Board Member of the Colorado Assoc. of Manufacturing and Technology; Chairman of TiE Rockies, Board Member TiE-Global Board of Trustees, Board Member of IT Economic Development Advisory Council for the Secretary of Technology, Colorado, and CEO of Business Genetics. We did say serial entrepreneur for more details... RELATED LINKS: Innovation Pavilion || TiE Rockies || Economy Builders || Mastering Change || KEYWORDS: Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion, TiE Rockies, Entrepreneurs, Tech Innovation,
Startups, Silicon Valley's Plug and Play Tech Center, Hub for Tech Innovation, bytes=3933312 LISTEN TO: Vic Ahmed, Founder, Innovation Pavilion
Creating a really unfair advantage for startups 1432_ 9/9/13 - TechStars' vision is a reality and they're often credited with being the biggest and best. David Cohen said, "That's awesome. But, we are unique in that we're not in Silicon Valley where all the action is, and we do have geographic distribution - so we look at that and ask, where do we go from here? It's really building this massive, interconnected network that gives these startups the advantage because as you know in business, it's really about the network. We have these really strong centers like in Boston, New York, Boulder, Seattle, Texas and now London. Those mentors and the alumni in New York not only helping those in New York, but also in Boulder. Play that out across the network and it's a very powerful concept. The network becomes a self-sustaining way to provide help to companies. Not just the mentorship and the funding. As an example we've got GoodApril and hope they will come back and make some angel investments. We think in ten years the idea of an entrepreneur walking in and pitching a venture capitalist for seed investment would just be silly - instead they'd rather join a network where they get help and the funding is built into that." David said, "Our mission is as it always has been, create unfair advantage for startups. You know, we win when they win and we think network is the big advantage."...Listen now to part 3 of 3... RELATED LINKS: TechStars || 2007 Interview David Cohen and David Brown || Foundry Group, Brad Feld || Entrepreneur Channel || GoodApril Sold || KEYWORDS: David Cohen, TechStars, Brad Feld, David Brown, Jared Polis, Investing, London,
Startups, Boston, New York, Boulder, Seattle, Texas, Entrepreneurship, GoodApril > bytes=5381541 LISTEN TO: David Cohen, Founder/CEO, TechStars
Investing venture capital in Colorado startups
1428_ 9/3/13 -
Larry interviewed Joe Zell, general partner at Grotech Ventures. As one of the longest-established firms in the venture industry, Grotech Ventures has built a reputation for being a collaborative, long-term partner for CEOs and entrepreneurs by aligning our definition of success with that of their partners. Grotech Ventures, is a team committed to helping creative and driven entrepreneurs build technology companies that last. Their strategy is simple: early investors in high-potential technology companies. Grotech Ventures initially invests from $500,000 to $5 million and looks to continue investing and building value throughout the growth of your enterprise. They have the operational knowledge, personal networks, and industry expertise necessary to support their portfolio companies at each stage of the partnership. They know what it takes and the Grotech team works hard to help make big things happen. Whether you need help building your team, introductions to new business development opportunities, or unvarnished advice on strategic issues, the Grotech team is here for you. They invest to win: expect the collective power and network of all your partners behind you and your vision. Grotech has invested in a number of Colorado companies... Listen for more details...
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KEYWORDS: Joe Zell, Grotech Ventures, Investments, Convercent, Entrepreneurs, Venture
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LISTEN TO: Joe Zell, General Partner, Grotech Ventures
Just 3 months into the life of the company and they got acquired
1430_ 9/3/13 - [Part 2 of 3]
The conversation with David Cohen (TechStars Founder/CEO) continues with what is happening at TechStars today and in the foreseeable future. We start with a new product, the major company branded TechStars program. It is a TechStars program in every sense with the added benefit of also being around that corporation. So taking Nike as an example, if you're building something in health or digital sport, you get the TechStars investment, you get the TechStars Mentor Network, but you also get the hands-on help from Nike and the potential to do business with them, gain distribution or possible investment, and M&A if things are amazing - But there is no obligation to do any of those things with that corporate partner. It's really a magic combination. In the seven years of operation, TechStars has funded around 250 companies and about 120+ per year now, so it's gotten up to speed and they've seen their 24th acquisition. A company called Good April, was presenting at DemoDay made an announcement - at DemoDay... so just 3 months into the life of the company, said 'we've been acquired by Intuit. That was a first, seeing a company being acquired, a positive outcome like that before the program was even over. Looking at what's coming down the road... Listen now to part 2 of 3...
2007 Interview David Cohen and David Brown ||
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KEYWORDS: David Cohen, TechStars, Brad Feld, David Brown, Jared Polis, Investing, London, Startups, Nike+ Accelerator, The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, The Microsoft Accelerator, and R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, Entrepreneurship,
LISTEN TO: David Cohen, CEO, TechStars -[Part 2 of 3]