Social Entrepreneurism and Microfinancing Goes Global
Social entrepreneur, Jessica Jackley Flannery is a co-founder of Kiva with her husband Matt. Kiva is the first peer-to-peer microloan website, demonstrates how the Internet can facilitate meaningful, positive connections between lenders and entrepreneurs in the developing world and even help us all become micro-financiers. Lucy Sanders, CEO and Founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and NCWIT board member, Lee Kennedy along with Larry Nelson interviewed Jessica. She first saw the power and beauty of microfinance while working in rural Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with Village Enterprise Fund and Project Baobab on impact evaluation and program development. Jessica has worked in the Stanford Center for Social Innovation to launch the inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum, and at Amazon.com, Potentia Media, the International Foundation and World Vision. Jessica has spoken widely on microfinance and social entrepreneurship, and has seen microfinance at work in a variety of communities in more than 30 countries. Jessica is an Ashoka Fellow and has built the Kiva budget from a small startup amount to $45 million. She was asked, "What does a $20 donation do for Kiva?" "Any donation helps us cover our basic operational costs--paying salaries, keeping the lights on, etc. In 2007, for every $1 Kiva receives in donations, we raised another $10 online in loans for the poor." Jessica shares some incredible success stories. Listen for more...
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Photonics Experiencing Expansive Growth in the Bioscience Sector 9/29/08
During the recent Photonics Conference (POSSE - CPIA), Stuart Schoenmann, CEO of CVI Melles Griot and Lynore Abbott, Director of Marketing talked about the changes in the photonics sector and their one-stop-shop approach to their business. Stuart was a keynote speaker at conference and pointed out, "Some of the changes in the business particularly around the year 2000 related to telecom business. There was a huge amount of money being spent on infrastructure related to telecom, and that kind of bottomed out in late 2000, 2001 which really hurt the photonics business. Since then, there has been large growth now in using that infrastructure for new applications. These were first and foremost, biomedical and now they’re moving more and more toward solar type applications. Lynore said, "Different markets, different languages, we have to be dynamic, we have to employ people working in those fields. For example, there’s a tendency to talk your own speak in manufacturing. So do we talk in ‘optics talk’ or are we able to bridge the gap in terms of what a biologist needs, versus what we need to know to manufacture the product. As new markets are developed, we have to be sensible in our lexicon." Listen for more exciting details...
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Different Choices and Immediately Available New Technologies
"As we look at statistics, people are making different choices today. They’re parking their cars. As a nation, we’re using less oil. They’re buying different products. As a nation
we consumed fewer cars by maybe 4 million in 2008, projected over 2007, and it looks like China will actually sell more vehicles this year than we do in the US," said David Moll. David is Founder and General Partner of Infield Capital, a Venture Capital firm targeting the Green Tech industry is well suited to do extraordinary things in the industry. He goes on, "Scooter sales are up, it could be as high as 60% over prior the year, and that’s not for everybody. So, as we face higher gas prices people are making different choices. And now they can make decisions not to use gas at all. I’m concerned about our nation’s economy, I’m concerned about what scientists are beginning to understand in detail about global warming – and so I’m like you are, I can be down on these things and really concerned. The thing that buoys me right now is the hope and enthusiasm that I draw from so many entrepreneurs. The stuff I’m seeing just makes me believe all over again, in the entrepreneurial spirit. It makes me believe in the 'technological can-do- attitude' in this country." Listen for more...
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Economic Development Stimulated by Tech Transfer and BioScience
There are amazing stories coming out of CU Tech Trasfer Office and the BioScience sector in Colorado. HB1001 gives a five year pipeline of new Colorado bioscience companies with hundreds of new jobs in the industry as well as increased private capital invested in Colorado companies. With all this excitement, Larry interviewed three key players at Fitzsimons: David Allen, Associate Vice President Tech Transfer Office at the University of Colorado (CU TTO); Denise Brown Executive Director of the Colorado Bioscience Assoc (CBSA); and Dr. Richard Duke, is the chair of the CBSA’s Public Policy and Government Relations Committee, as well as President and CEO of Apoplogic Pharmaceuticals. Denise said, "The ideas for House Bill 1001 started several years ago, and inside the CBSA. We have a Public Affairs and Government Relations Committee and Richard Duke has been chair of the committee over the last five years, since its inception. It was really Rick and his colleagues sitting around that table where they began to define an agenda over several years to identify where we sat with the state, with higher education, to promote the growth of the industry and to accelerate the commercialization of the technologies out of our research and development institutions." Listen for more exciting details...
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554_ India is the first country to setup a National Knowledge Commission 9/15/08
While Sam Pitroda, Chairman of WorldTel Ltd., has an illustrious technical background including patents and founder of multiple high-tech and digital startups in the United States and Europe, Sam spoke about his lifetime passion during his interview. Larry contacted him at his Chicago, IL. office and focused on 'education' and leadership'. This might seem like quite a leap from high-tech background which included founding Wescom which was one of the first digital switching companies in the world. "I spend most of my time these days as chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission. We set up a commission to look at various aspects of knowledge institutions and infrastructure that India will need in the 21st Century. The commission is made up of 8 people coming from all walks of life; academicians, businessmen, professors, economists, mathematicians. Technology has played a very important role in all our development. Life expectancy has gone up, infant mortality has gone down, and communications have substantially improved the world over. We are well connected. But at the same time we are going through turmoil. I believe a lot of this has to do with the fact that technology changed too fast. And the organizations, government, policies, mindset, hasn’t kept pace with it. We have the mindset of the 19th and 20th centuries and we have technology of the 21st century." Sam a has new take on 'leadership'...listen now.
Related Links: National Knowledge Commission || C-Sam || TiE Rockies || Find It || Keywords: Sam Pitroda, National Knowledge Commission,
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551_ Helping Companies Sell their Products and Services Overseas 9/15/08
Paul Bergman is the director for the United States Export Assistance Center based in Denver. His duty is helping companies sell their products and services from Colorado and Wyoming. At the Photonics conference (POSSE - CPIA) he was speaking and moderating a panel Opportunities for selling products and services overseas. Paul went onto explain, "Our main function is to help companies, especially small companies in the industry like Photonics get on the right track and sell their products overseas. Today on the panel we had three men, Nick Traggis, Precision Photonics, Dave Rzasa, ASD Inc. and Greg Meese from Avantes – and all of these companies are heavily involved in exporting – somewhere between 40-60% of their products from Colorado. So, small companies in a land-locked state like Colorado can sell their products around the world. The Internet has opened up the whole world to Middle America." Paul also addressed the challenges companies have and what can be done to overcome them. "There are a lot of people here, like the U.S. Dept. of Commerce here, we work closely with the World Trade Center, with the State of Colorado International Trade Office, we all work together to try to help these new exporters find markets overseas. When they do get the inquiry, we help them through the paperwork, the financing, shipping of the products overseas and to get paid." There's more, listen now...
Related Links: RM POSSE Conference || Export.gov || Buy USA || CPIA || Keywords: Paul Bergman, Denver U.S. Export Assistance Center,
CPIA, POSSE, > > Bytes: 6011405 > LISTEN 9/15/08
550_ I Went from Ready to Give up to Winning in IT 9/8/08
BBC reported, “…reQall is the site that offers to be your constant companion and memory jogger, so you need never forget anything ever again…” Terry Morreale, producer and director of the Women in IT Channel talked to Deb Miller about her extraordinary journey that led to another turning point in her life. Deb said, "I went from ready to give up to winning." Terry (also a winner), is a senior engineer at Applied Trust Engineering and is very interested in the entire journey that young girls go through that eventually lead to a successful IT career. Deb Miller, Vice President, Products for QTech has been reinventing herself for most of her 30 year career. She’s worked in companies ranging from large to small, from high-tech to high-touch, from publicly traded to venture-backed to self-funded. Her previous positions include Global Development Manager for Educational Systems at IBM, Director of Development at Sybase, Vice President of Development at a venture-funded startup, and COO of Performance Velocity, an executive training firm. She was the founder and CEO of Pensieve Software, which developed a voice recognition application that she recently sold to reQall. Ded says that, "It's all about people."Deb and Terry share the same passions and this is an interview you'll want to share with others.
Related Links: reQall || Women in IT || Tech Radar News || Applied Trust || Keywords: Deb Miller, reQall, Terry Morreale, Women in IT,
Applied Trust Engineering, Memory Jogger > Bytes: 10130393 > LISTEN 9/8/08
548_ Supporters of Techstars Come From California to Massachusetts 9/8/08
"TechStars has some great companies here including a hardware company, a software company, tools, and a wide range of different companies." Three ardent supporters from Microsoft commented on the Techstars Investor day and about what lessons were learned by all. Dave Drach, Managing Director, Business Development Team, Denver, CO; Don Dodge, Director, Emerging Business Team, Waltham, MA; Anand Iyer, Evangelist – San Francisco, CA were the three Microsoft champions interviewed by Larry. "There were 150 investors from across all the United States, to see the 10 companies." "So, it’s pretty interesting to see the innovation coming out of TechStars here in Boulder. It’s great to see the passion and sparkle in their eyes when they get up to demo their product and show something that’s never been seen before. So, it’s pretty interesting to see the innovation coming out of TechStars here in Boulder. One company started out with an optical recognition of receipts and evolved into their picture, mash-up, automated demo we witnessed today. So a significant evolution of blending the technology and team into something that’s very impressive now. Any startup company can engage with Microsoft. We have a website called the Microsoft Startup Zone. We're very active in the Boulder/Denver community. We’re active with some of the VCs in the area, like Brad Feld. At Microsoft in the Emerging Business Development Team, our total goal, we want to find startups, help them succeed, and build partnerships with Microsoft and get them the resources they need to succeed. What better place to do that than TechStars.
Related Links: Microsoft Startup Zone || Don Doge Blog || Tech Stras || TechStars Investor Day Photos || Keywords: Dave Drach, Don Dodge, Anand Iyer, Microsoft,
TechStars, Investor Day, Brad Feld, Entrepreneurs, Emerging Business Development > > Bytes: 10403320 > LISTEN 9/8/08
546_ Fast Start Program with Up to a Million Dollars in Early-Stage Funding 9/2/08
"The Fast Start Program has been a part of Meritage’s DNA from the beginning. The Fast Start Program allows us to invest up to $1 million in an early stage idea," pointed out Stephanie Smeltzer McCoy, Managing Partner of Meritage Funds.
The purpose for the fast start program is to deal with the risks; technology risks, market risks, and execution risks, faced by every company we view. Meritage does not take technology risks in our investments, we leverage proven technology. So what we’re really focused on is market risk and execution risks. "When an entrepreneur comes to us with a very innovative idea, often what we’re faced with is market risk and we use our Fast Start program to help both ourselves and the entrepreneur get their arms around that market risk. We combine operating expertise along with venture capitalist expertise. Every portfolio company has two partners on it, an operating partner and a venture capitalist partner. Our operating partners are highly successful entrepreneurs – combined they have founded, built, run and exited companies worth $25 billion." Listen to more in Stephanie's own words.
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544_ Colorado Company Looks at Raising Capital in Silicon Valley and CO 9/2/08
Back in the 'dotcom' era, Matt McAdams raised raised capital. Today, Matt is Founder and CTO of TrackVia and pointed out that in 1999 it was a great deal easier to raise venture capital then it is today. TrackVia is a client of Mark Weakley, Partner at Holme Roberts & Owen, Boulder. Mark and Matt discussed some very important 'do's' and 'don'ts' about raising capital in the Silicon Valley vs. Colorado. Here are a few questions that were covered. How did you go about getting meetings with VC firms? Is it effective just to submit a business plan through the firm’s website, or did it require personal introductions and/or more creative routes of reaching the firm? Does it matter whether you’re meeting with an associate at the firm, or with one of the partners? In other words, should you push to have a partner attend your meeting? What was your experience like in Silicon Valley, as a Colorado-based company? Do you think it’s more effective to identify a list of just a few VC firms that look like a great fit, and really work on those firms, or is it better to cast a very wide net and take every meeting you can get? Matt feels strongly about management teams, personal introductions, persistence and improving what you are selling. VCs currently want to see real business traction from startups, in the form of product users/customers. Listen to Matt's discussion and you will hear some very practical, pragmatic thoughts from an entrepreneur who has raised money recently, as well as back in the dotcom boom days.
Related Links: TrackVia || PodCast Directory || It's the Law Channel || Holme Roberts & Owen || Keywords: Dave Drach, Microsoft, David Cohen, Tech Stars, Microsoft Startup Zone, Investors > Bytes: 8796267 > LISTEN 9/2/08
Photo Albums of Some of the Best September Business Meetings 9/29/08
Larry and Pat of w3w3.com attended a number of Colorado's top business events and captured photos of hundreds of attendees. If you were there, odds are, your picture is on the photo events page. Check these out: Epicenter of Organics Boulder; Sam Pitroda at TiE Rockies; Entrepreneurs Unplugged; Real Estate Investor Forum; DU/ACG Leadership 20; RMIMA Leadership; CPIA Posse; RVC Early Stage Investing; ACG Business Luncheon; Boulder/Denver New Tech Meetup; TiE Charter Meeting: daVinci, Mastering Change. Check out the photos now and see who you recognize. You'll find a Photo Album cover for each event, click on that to see all the photos from that event. For example, above you see the photo album cover for the presentation Larry gave to the DaVinci Institue "Mastering Change" - Hope you enjoy! BTW, we've got some interesting contests coming up - make sure you know your way around the w3w3® website!
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The Coming Demise of the Retail Storefront 9/29/08
Recently, Thomas Fry and his wife Deb were relaxing at a new shopping center in the Denver area. Along the sidewalks a series of speakers cast a rather pleasant musical backdrop to the shopping experience. Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute went onto talk about what he called, 'The coming demise of the retail storefront.' He described what happened next, "
At one point an interesting song began playing. I reached for my iPhone, and used a program called Shazam to “listen” to the music, revealing the name of the song and the artist. I was then able to purchase the song on my iPhone and download it directly to the phone for later use. The nature of this transaction is quite revealing in that it gives us clues as to what our shopping experiences will be like in the future." Tom is a well-known futurist and he makes his point, "Imagine yourself walking through a shop, wanting to know more information on a particular product. You pull out your phone, point it at the product and click a button, instantly revealing a page with product information, links to product reviews, and places to purchase it online. Pressing another button you are given options for purchasing it online and having it delivered to your home. Since you are already in a retail store, you could purchase it there if the price differential isn’t too great. But the shopping experience isn’t necessarily confined to a store." Listen, there's more...
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Shazam, Retail Storefront > Channels: News > Bytes: 9248081 > LISTEN 9/29/08
TechStars Winner Going Global - Australia, UK & Japan
The Wall Street Journal article highlighted this trend of group dating and featured Ignighters as one of the leaders in the market. They threw a party in New York recently which was a great success. Larry did a follow-up interview with the Ignighter cofounders Adam Sachs, Kevin Owocki and Dan Osit. They were one of the top ten TechStars 2008 startup companies. The guys were excited to point out, "It’s funny because group dating is actually a cultural phenomenon in different parts of the world and so we’re discovering there is a lot of interest in group dating in countries like Australia, the UK and other European countries as well as Japan. So right now, Australia is one of our fastest growing markets." Ignighter is group to group dating. What that means is you and your friends create a group profile and then search your area for another group with whom you plan an offline date. It works, in contrast to the conventional dating sites where those sites ask you to create your own one-on-one awkward blind date. With Ignighter you meet people the way you do in real life, which is with your good friends...listen now.
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Virtual Offices and Telepresence Now Joining the US Government
A recent article written by Thomas Frey addresses Bringing the US Patent & Trademark Office to Colorado - Understanding the new realities of economic development. Tom is an internationally known futurist and founder of the daVinci Institute in Colorado. He goes onto explain, “The future is defined by the technologies that are being created and that all ties in with what’s happening at the Patent Office. The Patent Office is doing a lot of hiring. They’re hiring 1200 new patent examiners every year, and they’re having a hard time keeping up with the demand. The number of new patent filings keeps increasing every single year. These are real good paying jobs. Once you’ve been a patent examiner for three or four years, you’re making over $100K a year. Their new ‘hoteling program’ that they have at the Patent Office allows trained examiners to live anywhere in the country. They are running out of room in Washington D.C., to put people, and we are welcoming them to Colorado. A teleprsence room eliminates the need to travel around the world, when you can walk into a room, and it feels like you are with the person you’re talking to but they’re actually on the other side of the world." Listen for more details...
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Environmental Policy and Economic Policy: Choices and Challenges
With 10 years of really solid industrial experience from the shop floor up plus 10 years of high tech, venture backed startups, David Moll, Founder and General Partner of Infield Capital, a Venture Capital firm targeting the Green Tech industry is well suited to do extraordinary things in the industry. David said, "Ask yourself what’s required now that the investment community is looking at new ways to capture and store energy, and revolutionize our energy picture. It’s got equal parts and that was the genesis of understanding how we wanted to approach Infield Capital. Infield has a little different model than the traditional venture capital model. I chose to raise capital from a set of limited partners that are largely strategic investors. They are companies with small vehicle platforms." David goes onto point out, "The reason I chose to raise capital from these guys was that as I looked at early stage companies, particularly in the transportation space, everybody knows that if we could have the best battery, we could sell that to all the automotive companies and make more Prius type vehicles and maybe full electrical vehicles, and wouldn’t that be great! Yes it would – but how hard is that?" Listen for more...
Related Links: Infield Capital || Conscious Economy Channel || CORE || Venture Capital Channel || Keywords: David Moll, Infield Capital, Electrical Vehicles,
Clean Technology, Capital, Automotive Industry - Bytes: 8750710- LISTEN 9/15/08
552_ The Cost of 'Presentism' in the Corporate Work Environment 9/15/08
The cost of 'Presentism' in the corporate work environment is nothing to laugh over. This new buzz word is likely affecting your bottom line. The idea- employees are present, but not able to work efficiently due to physical and mental health challenges. The answer, is an effective corporate wellness program that gets people moving more frequently and much more often. Kari Nelson, interviewed Hiran Perera from WalkingSpree.com and he talked about the effects of corporate wellness programs, keeping people motivated and your ROI. Obesity is growing out of control. And so is weight related diseases – diabetes, heart problems and the like. And that translates into dollars – many dollars – for your company. WalkingSpree is focused on delivering a best-of-breed online wellness program by incorporating the valuable features from online pedometer based programs, online social networking programs and online weight-loss programs. Listen to this interview and for more information, follow the link and think about letting your legs do some walking.
Related Links: Walking Spree || Green Team || Green Source || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Hiran Perera, WalkingSpree, Kari Nelson, Health,
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549_ Building a Successful Online Business for a Female Entrepreneur 9/8/08
Lucy Sanders, CEO and Founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Larry turned the table on NCWIT board member, Lee Kennedy. Lucy, Larry and Lee (the 3 L's) interview successful female entrepreneurs. Lucy and Larry decided to turn the table on Lee, and put the spotlight on this CEO/Founder of TriCalyx, a consulting business focused on helping people build an online business. She has worked with Brad Feld, and had been the CIO at Webroot Software. Lee has been on a number of other startup teams and moved to Boulder from the Silicon Valley. Like so many others, she quickly saw and experienced the entrepreneurial excitement and supportive cluster. She has an interesting makeup of strengths and interests. Lee is very technically inclined and has a marketing background. Her two partners really carry the ball in in the software development and other techie areas...that's building a well-balanced team. TriCalyx does a great deal in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Lee pointed out that 85% of the world’s online population, purchase online! And that’s up 40% over the past two years. Then for people in the 75K and higher income bracket it’s more like 90+%. She has some great advice for parents of young people that can help in supporting their children’s move into IT. In fact, you might want your children to listen to this interview also.
Related Links: Tricalyx || NCWIT Heroes || NCWIT Practice || Find It ||
Keywords: Lee Kennedy, TriCalyx, Lucy Sanders, NCWIT,
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547_ Carbon Nuetral and Some Very Tasty Beverages 9/8/08
The 12th LOHAS conference was held at the St. Julian hotel in Boulder this past June. Kari Nelson, Producer of the Green Team Channel interviewed Gail Plemmons of the Mendocino Wine Company at the event. We have all heard of low sulfate levels in wine and some can even feel the difference, but what does 'carbon neutral' have to do with these tasty beverages? The Mendocino Wine Company, an exhibitor at the LOHAS Forum, makes environment-friendly wines from vine to packaging and is the first carbon neutral winery in the country…Not to mention, these wines are fabulous. The Mendocino Wine Company portfolio currently includes three high quality new brands (with more to come): • Big Yellow • Roselle • Tusk'n Red.that are both friendly to the environment and your wallet. It also includes three established and wallet friendly brands: • Parducci • Sketchbook • Zingaro. In Kari’s words, “All of which are très chic because if you buy these wines you know a thing or two about climate change,sustainability and our environment.” The Mendocino Wine Company wants to make a difference in MendocinoCounty. Paul Dolan, partner wants to make a difference in the world. Paul believes that having the courage to challenge ourselves to do things differently causes change and allows us to make a difference.
Related Links: Parducci Wines || Mendocino Wine Company || Green Team || Conscious Economy || Green Source || Keywords: Gail Plemmons, Mendocino Wine Company, Kari Nelson,
Green Team, Green Source, Parducci Wines, Paul Dolan, LOHAS > Bytes: 3109096 > LISTEN 9/8/08
545_ Using Consulting and Angel Funding to Bootstrap a Vertical Strategy 9/2/08
AWhere (pronounced: aware) was formed as a pure consulting company (GIS: Geospatial Information Systems), discovered a pain point, and built a product to address that pain. Mark Weakley, Partner at Holme Roberts & Owen, Boulder and Larry asked John Corbett, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, President of AWhere along with Jim Pollock, President of Vertical Market Development for AWhere, how AWhere used consulting and later angel funding to build their vertical strategy. They raised better than 600K and talked about what they are doing to secure a 'bigger raise' and other funding issues. They talked about converting the company from a consulting company to a product company. They talked about taking advantage and riding the coattails of larger players: exploiting the hype and educational wave that Google Maps and MS Virtual Earth is creating in the location intelligence and location services market. They showed how this dovetails into multiple possible exit strategies without worrying about the exit. They also described their vertical strategy: dividing their market into a series of vertical industries, then using Angel funding to accelerate their entry into the first two. Once they validated the first 2, they'll have confidence and working business models to more aggressively attack future verticals. There's more...
Related Links: AWhere || HRO Named Go-To Firm || It's the Law Channel || Holme Roberts & Owen || Keywords: John Corbett, Jim Pollock, AWhere, Geospatial Information Systems, Mark Weakley, Holme Roberts & Owen, Boulder, HRO > Bytes: 14159039 > LISTEN 9/2/08
543_ Over 400 People Attended the TechStars Investor Day 9/2/08
"One of the things that is so impressive about TechStars is how the whole community and entrepreneurs here really support the individual companies, really engages with the companies and really helps to mature them very rapidly," said Dave Drach, Managing Director, Emerging Business Team for Microsoft, one of the sponsors of TechStars. Larry asked Dave and David Cohen, co-founder of TechStars some of the stats about this amazing project. The mentorship and other support mechanisms for the participating teams is extraordinary. David pointed out, "They can’t get very far with the $10 or $15 grand we give them at the beginning of the summer, so most of the companies, not all, are seeking a couple hundred thousand dollars up to half a million bucks. What they want to do is use that money to work on their product over the next year to get to a better place and eventually approach VCs when they get there. We work with them after the summer to work through those terms of investors, between them and investors. We had good luck last year, we had 8 out of the 10 companies that did end up doing a seed round."We don’t only support companies on the Microsoft platform; it’s great to see the ideas. One of the companies that we had last year, SocialThing, have now sold the company to AOL. It was a great idea, a great result and they’re all thrilled about it, as are we."...listen now for more insights...
Related Links: Microsoft Startup Zone || Tech Stars || Blog || Colorado Starhannel || Keywords: Dave Drach, Microsoft, David Cohen, Tech Stars,
Microsoft Startup Zone, Investors > Bytes: 8796267 > LISTEN 9/2/08
Lots of Innovation and a 30 Billion Dollar Deal Flow on the Horizon
The venture capital syndication environment is not working for some today, but for others it is taking center stage. Stephanie Smeltzer McCoy, Managing Partner at Meritage Funds discusses their new deal flow with Larry as Meritage Funds recently made two exciting new investments. One thing Stephanie feels sure of is now that evaluations are down compared to 2003 and 2004, it is a great time to invest. With the interesting deal flow today and the tremendous amount of innovation, some are comparing this period to the late 1990s. If the market does experience a significant downturn in the next couple years it will have not impact Meritage Funds' investment because they operate and invest with a five to seven year exit plan. By then, the market will be up. Their investments are in the hundreds of millions in US dollars. While the majority of venture capitalists are very cautious about fundraising, Meritage Funds is well on the way of raising its third fund...and a big one at that. They invest in network-enabled service companies, specifically those that leverage networks to enable communication, deliver content and facilitate commerce. Whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur seeking venture capital, you should listen to Stephanie in her own words. She shares some great insights.
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Capital Syndication, Exit Strategies, Network-Enabled Service > Bytes: 11281870 LISTEN 8/18/08
Colorful Leadership: Skill Set for All Leaders, All the Time
We now live and operate at Web speed. The five year plan is out. If you can plan ahead for five quarters, you're doing well. We must produce more with less. Steve Wille and Bill Kuehn, partners of Tough Teams are also co-authors of Colorful Leadership along with Larry Nelson. When it comes to Leaders, Managers and Entrepreneurs Steve always asks, "Are you looking at the world through rose colored glasses?" Listen to their discussion as it will give specific how-to ideas that can be used right away. Past frustrations will be understood and then dissipated. You will be able to win with any boss, sell more ideas, and get results that exceed expectations. Simply stated, we all see the world through three filters - future, people, and security. We prefer to communicate with one filter. This means, if we communicate through the future filter only people with the exact same filter will receive our message with clarity. To attain total clarity, we must communicate through all three filters all of the time. This also explains why we don't understand other people the way we really want to. If they don’t communicate in our preferred filter we will be confused. Every communication needs to be 3-Filters™ compliant, and there are three simple questions to ask in any situation. 1- What do you think? 2- How do you feel about it? 3- Where can this go? Listen for some great ideas fo all Leaders.
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Ambitious Companies Not Big Enough for an IPO Have Another Alternative
"Entrepreneurial companies tend to put in their financial plan that their first exit is that somebody will buy them out. And if they’re not going to be bought out, then surely they’ll do an IPO. Neither one of those really take into consideration what the real world is," states Leo Solomon, President and CEO of Premier Capital Alternatives. Our deal size is $2.5 M to $10 M. Our funding process is four steps. The first is to have the legal and accounting documents prepared for filing to the SEC for public trading. The second step is file to the SEC. The third step is to use a Private Investment in a Public Entity known as a PIPE to raise the cash. The final step is to secure stock volume through the market makers. Premier Capital Alternatives offers an innovative funding mechanism for the developmental or early commercialization companies. Their areas of expertise are medical devices, alternative fuel (not alternative energy), banks, and proven companies seeking to expand their business. This makes their business unique as they fill the capital requirements for ambitious companies who are not substantial enough to qualify for an IPO (usually $25 M) but who seek a capital infusion and want all the advantages of a public company. Listen, there's more...
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Keywords: Leon Solomon, Premier Capital Alternatives,
IPO, Private Investment, Venture Capital, SEC, PIPE > Bytes: 9770112 LISTEN 8/11/08
HB1001 Provides 3 Different Dimensions or Components of Funding
"HB1001: Delighted that CBSA, the legislature and the governor’s office came
together to pull an integrated program of bio science development and commercialization for
Colorado. We have a 5 year funding, $5.5 mil/year and in almost all cases there will be matching funds, basically $11 million per year program for the next 5 years. It provides 3 different dimensions or components of funding. 1. Proof of concept funding. 2. Matching funding for companies (that’s any kind of non-founder matching. 3. A dimension to infrastructure as concerns University commercialization," said David Allen, Associate VP for Technology Transfer at the University of Colorado. David and leaders from TTO continued to share their insights Kate Tallman, Director of Technology Transfer, Boulder and Colorado Springs Campuses; Tom Smerdon, Director Of Licensing & New Business Development; Rick Silva, Director of Technology Transfer, Anschutz Medical Campuses. To be really successful at Tech Transfer, the organization that does it has to have 5 core competencies. The first is to develop relationships with the faculty such that the investigators will make disclosures to us, in that we can make judgments about a potential asset in that research. Second, Working to protect that intellectual property longer because maturation process is so long. But at the same time, if we get more proof of concept money the maturation period might not be so long. Third is leveraging. Fourth: is the whole notion of the technology maturation, relatively new for us, and we have to rely a lot on people outside. Fifth: The last, we do an exceptional job, compared to other universities.
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Keywords: Sierra Neuropharma, Precision Biopsy, Tissue Genetics, ARCA, Apoplogic, Barofold, Copernican Energy, Dave Allen, Kate Tallman, Tom Smerdon, Rick Silva, Tech Transfer, Boulder Innovation Center > Bytes: 16327892 LISTEN 8/11/08
Ninth Annual IQ Awards, Honoring the “Innovation Quotient”
The IQ Awards are presented by the Boulder County Business Report to recognize innovative products and services developed by companies in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Winners in 10 categories will be announced during an awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug.14 at the Stadium Club at Folsom Field in Boulder. Five judges are assigned to the 10 categories. 2008 IQ judges included Frances Draper, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council; Paul Jerde, executive director of the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business; David Herring, former chief technical officer for Storage Technology Corp.,; Theresa Szczurek, chief executive of her Boulder-based consulting firm, Technology and Management Solutions; Jerry Lewis, former publisher of the Boulder County Business Report and current Business Report contributor. Larry discusses the exciting details with Chris Wood, publisher of the Boulder County Business Report.
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Keywords: IQ Awards, Chris Wood, Innovation Quotient, Boulder
County Business Report, BCBR > Bytes: 5621867 LISTEN 8/4/08
Colorado Success Stories; Industry; Education; Government
In part 2 of this series about the 2007-08 Metrics Report at CU TTO, a number of success stories are highlighted. Listen and you'll hear about Sierra Neuropharma, Precision Biopsy, Tissue Genetics, ARCA, Apoplogic, Barofold, Copernican Energy and more. Four leaders from TTO continued to share their insights: Dave Allen, Associate VP for Technology Transfer; Kate Tallman, Director of Technology Transfer, Boulder and Colorado Springs Campuses; Tom Smerdon, Director Of Licensing & New Business Development; Rick Silva, Director of Technology Transfer, Anschutz Medical Campuses. The transformation into renewable energy economy is having a great impact on CU. There has been some interesting leadership involvement with the Collaboratory. The Collaboratory has been active in the last couple of years in bringing together several research centers among the four institutions (CU, CSU, Mines & NREL). CU TTO has also formed Over the past couple of years we’ve formed a strong relationship with the (BIC) the Boulder Innovation Center. Listen for more details...
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Keywords: Sierra Neuropharma, Precision Biopsy, Tissue Genetics,
ARCA, Apoplogic, Barofold, Copernican Energy, Dave Allen, Kate Tallman, Tom Smerdon, Rick Silva, Tech Transfer,
Boulder Innovation Center > Bytes: 13492039 LISTEN 8/4/08
$100K in Angel Money and an Additional $650K with More to Come
"Here’s a piece of advice, don’t waste your time talking to a lot of west coast investors if you don’t have a pre-existing relationship. Focus your attention on people that know you and have known you in the past, and you’ll find yourself with a lot more traction in a less time,” says Ari Newman and Tom Chikoore co founders of Filtrbox. Mark Weakley, Partner, Holme Roberts & Owen, Boulder has been working with Filtrbox and knew this was the type of story we like to cover. In late summer as TechStars was wrapping up Tom and Ari brought in about $100K in angel money. That carried them through the end of the year when Filtrbox started some serious fund raising for a seed round. "Fund raising takes way longer than most people think, it’s harder than most people think. It’s incredibly stressful and to actually try to run the business and be fund raising – it’s hard to put your head in two places at once. And if you’re a tiny little startup and you have no capital... flying around, trying to meet investors – ooh! Travel and expense dollars can burn your development budget." So far they have raised around $620K. Their investors are both institutional investors and angels. They have quite a story...listen now...
Filtrbox Home ||
HRO Named Go-To Firm ||
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Holme Roberts & Owen ||
Keywords: Ari Newman, Tom Chikoore, Filtrbox, Mark Weakley, Holme Roberts & Owen, Boulder, HRO, TechStars, Institutional Investors, Angels > Bytes: 12801570 LISTEN 8/18/08
A Venture Capital Firm Targeting the Green Tech Industry
Here is Part 2 of 2: New Perspective on the 10 Immutable Laws for Raising Capital. David Moll was the President and CEO of Webroot and still remains on the board. Today he is the Founder and General Partner of Infield Capital, a Venture Capital firm targeting the Green Tech industry. Although David has his focus, his experience in manufacturing as well as high-tech companies guide his current thinking about raising venture capital. He mentioned to Larry and Pat that the 10 Immutable Laws are the same, but there is a new twist with some of them. His fifth law brings up a big question in the minds of many when they first hear it...it is, 'Don't be the first or last investment in a fund' (although there can be exceptions). The sixth is 'Make sure you have a strong bench' (the team will make the difference). The seventh is 'Make your numbers and the milestones while engaged' (have a strong CFO). The eighth is 'Negotiate everything' (valuation is only one thing). The ninth is 'know how much to take' (more is better). And the tenth is 'Think about the morning after (who is in your foxhole and what did you promise in the process?). David doesn't pull any punches...listen now.
Infield Capital ||
Conscious Economy Channel
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Keywords: David Moll, Infield Capital, Venture Capital,
Clean Technology, Capital, 10 Immutable Laws > Bytes: 15472329 LISTEN 8/18/08
on the "10 Immutable Laws
for Raising Capital"
In 2005 when Larry interviewed David Moll he was the President and CEO of Webroot and still remains on the board. Today he is the Founder and General Partner of Infield Capital, a Venture Capital firm targeting the Green Tech industry. During that 2005 interview, David shared his "Ten Immutable Laws for Raising Capital. Now that David is on the other side of the isle, Larry and Pat wanted to ask him how he looked at those same 10 immutable laws for raising capital. Now that he is a venture capitalist, will his take on them be the same or is the new perspective changing his point of view? Infield Capital has built their fund around a model that really addresses some of the huge requirements of early stage clean technology companies. Recognize the nuances of commercialization of industrial products that wasn’t there for software and high tech. Infield Capital is built on the idea that they can provide unique assistance to the companies that are ready to move from the lab to the production floor. David's first immutable law is 'Make sure you need the cash'. The second, 'know what your options are' and the third, 'choose your investor like you choose your spouse' (David is a winner in both areas) and the forth 'check out the references of your investors'. Listen now in David's own words...
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Keywords: David Moll, Infield Capital, Venture Capital,
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Female Serial Entrepreneur Raises Millions of Dollars
536_ Here's a story about a female serial entrepreneur who literally fell into becoming a co-founder of a couple companies. Jean Kovacs has raised tons of money and in 2006 and her company was bought by Sterling Commerce an AT&T company. Lucy Sanders, CEO and Founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and NCWIT board member, Lee Kennedy along with Larry Nelson interviewed Jean who had some very interesting replies to their questions. When they were discussing some of her best learning experiences Jean replied," I learned the most from bad managers." That's another way of learning vicariously. Today Jean Kovacs is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Sterling Commerce, responsible for driving global strategic alliances, including the AT&T strategic relationship, and all corporate marketing and communications. Kovacs has over 25 years experience directing technology companies and a track record of using her strategic business skills and background to deliver exceptional results with growing enterprises. Jean also is Chair of the board of BUILD, a non-profit that gives entrepreneurial experiences to under-served communities - she believes that all students have the same potential and drive to succeed. The reality, however, is that students in under served neighborhoods begin with limited, and sometimes no, motivation or role models. Listen now.
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Keywords: Jean Kovac, Sterling Commerce, Lucy Sanders, Lee Kennedy, NCWIT Practice, National Center for
Women & Information Technology, BUILD - Bytes: 16801857 LISTEN 8/11/08
Change Is Not an Event, It Is an Ongoing Process (the Same is true with Chaos)
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...
Beyond the Trends ||
Training Trends ||
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Keywords: Mastering Change, Chaos, Pat and Larry Nelson, Involvement,
Making Losers, Vision, Benefits, Follow up > Bytes: 8472349 LISTEN 8/4/08
"We Could Change This Industry Forever With the Right Team"
“Our goal was to develop a disruptive technology, photonic integration, and use that to change the fundamental economics of optical communications for our customers. When we started the company, the experts told us it couldn’t be done. We didn’t know if we could do it. But we knew that if we could do it, we could change this industry forever.” That's what Jagdeep Singh, President, CEO and Founder, Infinera said when he received the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for networking and communications in the Northern California program. Prior to founding Infinera, Jagdeep was Co-Founder and CEO of OnFiber Communications, an optical telecommunications carrier. He was also Co-Founder and CEO of Lightera Networks, an optical switching equipment company, which was acquired by Ciena Corporation. Jagdeep was the keynote speaker at a TiE Rockies event held at the Level3 Event Center and there he revealed a number of key strategies for entrepreneurs of all sizes. The focus of these three strategies is people, teams and the need to not be concerned that others don't think you are right. Listen now.
Infinera Home ||
TiE Rockies ||
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Keywords: Jagdeep Singh, Infinera, TiE Rockies, Photonic
Integration, Optical Communications - Bytes: 4450328 LISTEN 8/4/08
Tech Transfer: The Challenges; Choices and the Champions
Every US research university is involved in inventive activity and technology transfer. Licensing new technology to innovative companies also creates significant economic development benefits. Larry has been following the University of Colorado Tech Transfer Office (TTO) for a few years and is extremely impressed with with their track record. This is a follow-up series that focuses on the 2007-08 Metrics Report and the interview includes the challenges, also. Four leaders from TTO shared their insights: Dave Allen, Associate VP for Technology Transfer; Kate Tallman, Director of Technology Transfer, Boulder and Colorado Springs Campuses; Tom Smerdon, Director Of Licensing & New Business Development; Rick Silva, Director of Technology Transfer, Anschutz Medical Campuses. They discussed the revenue challenges, disclosure rate, patent reimbursements, infrastructure building and more. Listen as this is significant information about the future of Colorado.
2007-08 Metrics Report ||
CU TTO Home ||
CU TTO Channel ||
PodCasting Directory ||
Keywords: Dave Allen, Kate Tallman, Tom Smerdon, Rick
Silva, Tech Transfer, Anschutz Medical, TTO - Bytes: 16766331 LISTEN 7/28/08
Brad Feld, Foundry Group, Reporting in
From Homer Alaska
Entrepreneurial challenges started the the conversation Larry had with Brad Feld. Learning more from mistakes than entrepreneurial wins, Brad shares some great advice for all of us. The challenges and the choices he put it this way, "It's summarized in one word...'people'. Whether it was as an entrepreneur or as an investor, I realized at times that I was working with people that had different value systems than I did. Essentially the different value systems and perspectives are helpful, but a lot of times get in the way, especially when there’s stress on the system. Another big lesson I’ve learned is that I really want to spend my time with people I enjoy working with. Spending time, especially when you’re trying to create businesses with people, who get stuck in endless drama because they don’t like you, or you don’t like them, or you don’t like working together is kind of a pointless experience." Brad also adds on the people issue by talking about his partners. Larry asked him if we were heading for another 'Dot Bomb'. "I think there are always cycles of positive time and negative times. While I have no idea what the peaks and the troughs of the future will be, I think it doesn’t matter. What we know is there will be peaks and troughs." Brad went into a deeper discussion on this topic and then went onto share his thoughts on social media and Web 2.0...which are subsets to an overarching movement.
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Podcast Directory ||
Keywords: Brad Feld, Foundry Group, Entrepreneur, Venture
Capital, Dot Bomb, Web 2.0, Social Media > Bytes: 9307013 LISTEN 7/21/08
Brad Feld, Foundry Group, Talks About the 'Change' in the Air
(Part 2 of 2) With all the changes occurring at the fast pace, Larry asked Brad Feld, Managing Director and co-founder of the Foundry Group in Boulder, "If you were giving advice to a roundtable of business leaders and entrepreneurs, what would you have them do to better prepare for change?" Brad was very straight forward and said, "I would tell them not to fight change, to recognize there are a whole bunch of things you can't control and are going to happen, regardless of what you do. My father gave me great advice when I was a kid. He said, 'Find your 2% of the world that you can impact and spend all your time there.' Obviously the 2% is metaphorical. Picture your tiny part of the universe. Try to create something that dominates that area that's your favorite, rather than try to control all of the things that you cannot impact." Brad also talked about the disappearing age breakdown on the Internet, including mobile devices. He also has some interesting views about Google and today's changing search strategies. Brad is a master at entrepreneurial strategies and how innovation impacts business development. Brad said, "Well the way innovation works, especially with information products, is the newer innovation just constantly supersedes the older innovation. So, it's natural that they are popular and critically important for relatively short periods of time. Whenever I hear people talking about innovation slowing in the software/ hardware business, I just chuckle." Obviously, change is in the air. Listen for more insights.
Keywords: Brad Feld, Foundry Group, Entrepreneur, Venture
Capital, Dot Bomb, Web 2.0, Social Media - Bytes: 9307013 LISTEN 7/28/08
The Denver Botanic Gardens Goes High Tech in a Big Way
When you do a Google search for 'botanic garden' or 'botanical gardens' the number one web site is the Denver Botanic Gardens ...beating out New York, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Chicago, Brooklyn...yes all of them including The United States Botanic Garden. But it does not stop there. The visitor experience at the Denver Botanic Gardens is enhanced many ways because of new technology, both hardware and software, that has been installed by a partnership of high tech companies that are part of the CSIA membership. Larry talked with Brian Vogt, Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Botanic Gardens along with volunteer extraordinaire, Michael Vaughn, Director of Customer Relations at TEK Systems. About 20 organizations have been involved with this leading-edge makeover. They have a fully enabled Wi-Fi across the Gardens, re-designed Web site with blogging and video capabilities, HD video conferencing, and much more... The project was started about a year ago and they are going to celebrate by holding a Technology Day event on July 31, 2008. This full-day event includes panel discussions and product demo and information booths..
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Keywords: Denver Botanic Gardens, Brian Vogt, Michael Vaughn,
CSIA, Technology Day, > Bytes: 13521296 LISTEN 7/21/08
Federal Funding Available for Small
Businesses with Innovative Ideas
Many entrepreneurs with innovative high-tech ideas get their start through the federally funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. If their "innovative idea" looks like it has possibilities, that entrepreneur can submit a proposal for Phase 2 and Phase 3 SBIR funds for substantial amounts of money. Larry was introduced to Greg Baxes, President and CTO of TerraMetrics by Russ Farmer, President of PBC and Colorado SBIR expert. TerraMetrics took a very different approach that also works. Greg pointed out that they went commercial first and then as new innovative ideas came up, they submitted technical proposals for Phase 1 SBIR funding and then successfully received a number of Phase 2 project funds. Carefully choosing from a selection of SBIR research topics with an emphasis on collaborating with larger companies has paid off for TerraMetrics. Greg explains how they have collaborated with some of the largest companies to further enhance their growth. We have seen TerraMetrics’ imagery used on Google Earth and many news broadcasts. Listen to Greg as he gives us a glimpse into future applications of aviation synthetic vision and earth visualization tools, as well as providing tips for small businesses interested in exploring SBIR opportunities.
TruEarth® Global Imagery ||
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Keywords: Greg Baxes, TerraMetrics, TruEarth®, Global Imagery,
Google Maps, Boeing, SBIR, Russ Farmer, PBC, Synthetic Vision, Google Earth > Bytes: 11004345 - 7/14/08
518_ Boulder, Epicenter for Organics and Hub for Outdoor Industry
The 12th LOHAS conference was held at the St. Julian hotel in Boulder and was originally created in Boulder. Ted Ning, LOHAS Conference Director shared some very interesting statistics with Kari Nelson that puts Boulder into a whole new perspective. Ted pointed out, "People come to Boulder for the lifestyle, you have nature in your face constantly, which is great. Within Boulder, it’s an epicenter of organics, which is an $11-12 billion industry alone and $1 Billion of that comes from Boulder. Pretty amazing. At the same time it’s also the hub for the outdoor industry, so there are big companies like Nautilus and Giam and Spyder and Warren, Miller & Scott, they’re all here. With the university – scholastic aspect to it as well, it’s very young and just seems like the place to be." Kari attended and said, "If you made it to Boulder for the LOHAS Forum you saw what a booming industry this is. Many also found that once you're exposed to (LOHAS) Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability there is no turning back." Ted expanded on some additional market areas and said, "The conference is really an intersection of a lot of different people from a lot of different sectors that make up LOHAS. Really the conscious consumer has a lot of touch-points throughout their day, different components the Yoga studio, the hybrid vehicle, the organic food company – none of these people really talk to each other and yet they’re targeting the same consumer. So at this conference we bring together all the leaders of these different sectors." Over the next several weeks Kari will be sharing some other insights and exciting ventures that are sure to impact your life and this precious world we live in...listen...
Related Links: LOHAS || CORE Colorado || Conscious Economy || Life Maintenance || Keywords: LOHAS, Kari Nelson, Ted Ning, Lifestyle, Organics,
Yoga, Health, Sustainability > Bytes: 7414912 LISTEN 7/7/08
519_ Women in Engineering are Growing in Numbers, But More Are Needed
In the past 10 to 20 years, everything has changed. "Engineering in general has changed a great deal. We are a lot more aware of how students learn and we realize a lot of learning takes place collaboratively – implementing team based learning. We’re trying to reflect what is happening out in industry", unlike when Bev Louie did her senior design project in isolation… "Women really excel in the team environment," said Dr. Beverly Louie, Director, Women in Engineering Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bev was interviewed by Terry Morreale, producer and director of the Women in IT Channel. Terry is a senior engineer at Applied Trust Engineering and graduated from the CU College of Engineering in 1994. Bev went on to point out, "Everyone needs to know that engineering is broader than just technology. We have all sorts of medical technology developed by engineers from the chemicals used in drugs all the way to the equipment used in diagnoses and surgeries. All that stuff was designed from an engineer’s creative passion to find a better way to do something. We have engineers that are working on tissue engineering, so.. tissue regeneration. We have a group working on growing brain cells that will help address Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. We have folks interested in regenerating cartilage – we know it doesn’t work to just throw cartilage into a joint. It doesn’t work because it doesn’t grow there. So how do you grow it?" Terry is passionate about young people involved and interested in technology and she explored with Bev ways to cultivate that interest. Listen for more stimulating ideas...
Related Links: Women in Engineering || Women in IT || Applied Trust || Engineer Your Life || Keywords: Beverly Louie, Terry Morreale, Applied Trust, Women in IT, Economic Independence, IT, College of Engineering & Applied Science, CU > Bytes: 10435503 LISTEN 7/7/08
Entrepreneurship and Ethics Lead to an Extreme Sport
Today Audrey MacLean is focused on working with the new generation of entrepreneurs. Lucy Sanders, CEO and Founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology with NCWIT board member, Lee Kennedy and Larry Nelson, president of w3w3.com, interviewed Audrey, Co-Founder & CEO, Network Equipment Technologies.
Professor MacLean has a unique track record for entrepreneurial success as a founder, CEO, seed investor, and board member. She has been on the Forbes 'Midas Touch' list and listed by Business Week as one of the 50 most influential business women in America. She was also featured by Forbes in a cover article on Angel Investing. MacLean has over three decades of combined experience in the computer and communications industries. She was a founder of Network Equipment Technologies which went public in 1987 and later co-founded and was CEO of Adaptive which merged with NET in 1993. Building on her own entrepreneurial success, MacLean has been instrumental in helping to launch and grow successful companies through her work as a mentor, capitalist and as a professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She is also an affiliate and advisor to a number of leading Venture Funds. Audrey points out it takes a team, a team you can trust and has a strong leaning toward ethics, entrepreneurship and clean tech...listen now.
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NCWIT Heroes ||
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Keywords: Audrey MacLean, Stanford, Network Equipment
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POP 3 Email Service Has Its Challenges With Expansion
ICON Venue Group is an owner's representative and their specialty is professional stadiums and arenas all over the world. John Krzykowski, General Manager, Denver of Workplace2go interviewed Melissa Heiter, Director of Marketing and Communications for the ICON Venue group. ICON had some challenges along with their phenomenal growth the past 3.5 years. Back then, they were using a POP 3 email service. Melissa went onto say, “We now have 33 people in our organization and with everyone being on the road our main form of communication being email, we had two main challenges. One, with the POP 3 system, we didn't have any data backup. The next challenge was the natural limitations of a .pst file in Microsoft Outlook in that it has a 2 Gigabyte limit. When your main form of communication is email and you're dealing with architectural drawings and pictures that happens to fill up very, very quickly. We needed data backup ability and also flexibility as to how large our data files could be. I didn’t want the added cost of the hardware, I didn’t want to manage the warranties and I didn't want to manage another person. I wanted somebody else to do all of that for me, which is why I looked for an exterior, hosted solution and why I found Workplace2go. Listen for some great lessons for all of us.
ICON Venue Group ||
On Demand Software ||
Workplace 2 Go ||
19 Marketplace ||
Keywords: Melissa Heiter, ICON Venue Group, John Krzykowski,
On Demand Software, Workplace 2 Go, 19 Marketplace, > Bytes: 9143173 LISTEN 7/21/08
What a Bright Idea: LED Light Bulbs Give Off Directional Light
What a bright idea, LED lighting. C.Crane, one of the exhibitors at LOHAS featured a new LED light bulb that is far surpassing its mercury laden counterpart the CFL bulb. Lighting is a hot topic these days as we now know the dollars saved when we use efficient light bulbs. LED bulbs last 300x longer than a regular bulb and anywhere from 3-15 times longer than a CFL, the LED boasts an impressive 30,000 hrs per bulb! These LED’s are sexy too. To find out more about C. Crane follow the link. Kari Nelson, producer of the Green Team Channel interviewed Carlos Perez at LOHAS 12. Carlos is with the C. Crane Company and they have a hometown way of doing business. They take the time to listen to their customers, and appreciate their feedback. Kari says LED is the way to go...listen now...
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Keywords: C. Crane Company, Carlos Perez, Kari Nelson,
Green Source, LED Lighting, CFL Bulb, LOHAS, Sustainable, Earth Friendly > Bytes: 2495950 LISTEN 7/21/08
Women Will Drive Media Revenue Once it is Mainstreamed
&Information Technology and NCWIT board member, Lee Kennedy along with Larry Nelson interviewed Kristin Asleson McDonnell, CEO of LimeLife and serious serial entrepreneur. LimeLife, a company that delivers “fun” right to your mobile device, making women’s lives easier. And, LimeLife is the only publisher of wireless content exclusively focused on the women’s market. The company’s products are forging innovations in the mobile industry based on unique insights about what women seek in mobile entertainment. They entered the market with games. The games include 'Girls Night Out Solitaire', 'Girls Night Out blackjack', 'Hollywood Hangman' and and Lucy's favorite 'Law and Order'. Products include lifestyle tools, entertaining mobile games, Sleek & Chic™ fashion wallpapers and original Daily Dose™ text messages. Lucy, Lee and Larry (the 3 L's) asked Kristen what was on the horizon for LimeLife? She replied, "We are creating 'Lifestyle tools like ‘People Magazine on the phone’. Launching this summer is a web and mobile' community for women centered around shopping, fashion, music – our tagline = “Everything I like, wherever I am.” Kristen has some great ideas for entrepreneurs as well as some motivating thoughts for girls and young people considering high tech. Listen and pass this along to others.
Kristin at Stanford||
Heidi Roizen ||
NCWIT Heroes ||
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CO Coalition for Gender and IT ||
Keywords: Kristin McDonnell, Lime Life, Lucy Sanders, Lee Kennedy,
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Celebration of the Past, Present and Future of Technology
Not too many people know that the world’s first commercial grade, alternating current power plant was built in Telluride, Colorado, in 1891, which was in fact, the launch of the technological revolution. Sarah McClain and Larry got an interesting history lesson from Scott Brown who has lived in Telluride for many years. Scott said, "One of the great historical characters in Telluride was a man by the name of L L Nunn. Nunn was very inventive and well read and had heard, back in Pittsburgh, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla had run some experiments using alternating electrical power. So, L L Nunn took the train from Telluride to Pittsburgh with $100,000." Scott shares many fascinating facts during the interview, and went onto point out, "So these young guys in their teens and early 20's built the 'World’s First Alternating Current Commercial Grade Power Plant', just outside of Telluride. They pushed the button and it worked. It powered the mills, saved the mines and saved Telluride." He also talks about Thomas Edison and JP Morgan. Now the bridge to the future. The Telluride Technology Festival is a Celebration of the Past, Present and Future of Technology. The Tech Fest is based on the historical fact that in 1891, Nikola Tesla, George Westinghouse and Telluride’s own L.L. Nunn built the world’s first commercial grade AC power plant in Telluride. The intimate mountain environment of Telluride, Colorado continues to be an ideal environment for discussion and reflection.
The 8th annual Telluride Technology Festival is August 1st-2nd, 2008!
Telluride Tech Festival ||
Early Bird Tickets ||
Software Channel ||
Applied Trust ||
Keywords: Scott Brown, Sarah McClain, Telluride Tech Festival,
Universal Access to Knowledge, Nikola Tesla, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, JP Morgan, AC Power Plant >
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Recycled, Sustainable and
Earth Friendly: Turning a New Leaf
in Boulder, the LOHAS birthplace. As a sponsor and speaker at the 12th Annual LOHAS Forum, New Leaf Paper’s Jeff Mendelsohn delivered a speech that would enlighten even the most estranged from this eco-movement. Not only can we begin to heal the planet, save trees and reuse materials (that would otherwise reside in our landfills), we can make money doing so. This self made paper empire is just looking into raising capital for the first time. Follow the link to hear more about New Leaf Paper and why they are taking the industry by storm...listen now...
New Leaf Paper ||
CORE Colorado ||
Conscious Economy ||
Green Source ||
Keywords: Jeff Mendelsohn, New Leaf Paper, Kari Nelson, Green Source, LOHAS, Recycled, Sustainable, Earth Friendly
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517_ Renewable Energy and Environmental IT Systems and More
(Part 2 of 2) There are a number of renewable energy and environmental IT systems or green IT systems that CH2M HILL is building with their mapping technology. David Herrmann, VP Sales, CH2M HILL goes onto explain, "One current area of interest is eco or green maps, that include a variety of environmental information. And, it's really targeted at reducing the carbon footprint, whether it be of a person, a building or a city. These include things like LEED Certified buildings, energy efficiency models, where to buy a hybrid car or who owns a hybrid car in your neighborhood, where flight patterns are and really much much more. Each map we build, the information is unique but really the purposes tend to be the same. The cities, which are typically building the eco maps are looking to do three things. One Is to educate the public, and really let them know what green environmental services are out there; two, to provide case studies. Often it is very compelling or at least eye opening to learn that people in your neighborhood are doing some very environmentally sensitive things that maybe you haven't thought about. But thirdly, what these cities are doing with this eco map is accumulating the effect of each of us, individually, doing our part to show the impact that we can make collectively, on the carbon footprint of the city. When you can see the impact of our community overall, it's much more impactful." Listen and you'll hear how we can tapped into this technology with ease.
Related Links: Solar Mapping || Conscious Economy Channel || CORE || Radio Blog || Keywords: David Herrmann, CH2M HILL, Solar Mapping, Energy’s
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