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Sam Addoms On the ups & downs building a business
Allen, Dave Patent Office, CleanTech, Healthcare
Allen, Dave Feds Request for Information White paper
Bauer,Pelley, Nelson Social Enterprise - What is it?
Burd, Margaret, CEO, Magpie - NCWIT Hero
Burnham, Stephanie & Josh Holmberg CTP Evolution
Cook, Guy, Creation Wave |
Fries, Mike, Liberty Global - Profile of a Leader
Hall, Katie , WiTricity - NCWIT Hero Series
Hamers, Michael, LightSpeed Commercial Arts - Logo/Branding
Hoffman, Jeff, ColorJar - Incubator
Holston, J.B., Newsgator - CCTW Winner 2009
Holme Roberts & Owen, Laurel Durham - Grogger
Katsaros, Stephen, Nokero
Keller, Tom, Intense Debate
Mead, Dave, Mead Consulting Group for CO Companies to Watch
Murchie, Steve Changes in angel investing landscape
Nelson, Larry, Building a Business - Contradiction
Paul, Terrance & Judi, Renassiance Learning
Steffens, Stephanie Colorado Companies to Watch

865_ 6/28/10 - Excellent advice and ideas for all entrepreneurs
Dr. Katherine Hall, CTO, WiTricity & 
        NCWIT Hero enclosure-voice “Being stuck with a bad power cable is like being stuck in a bad relationship," said Dr. Katherine (Katie) Hall, CTO of WiTricity. Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network and Lee Kennedy, Founder, BolderSearch.com and NCWIT board member interviewed Katie, the CTO of Witricity and previously Wide-Net Technologies. She is an expert in Photonics, holds eleven US patents got her start at Bell Labs (Lucy is a Bell Labs alum also). This interview is part of the NCWIT Hero Series and Katie shares some great insights for entrepreneurs. She pointed out that a common trait for entrepreneurs is that they 'want to make things better' and work with a team. Katie goes onto say, "Take a risk and don't feel concerned about failing. And don't be afraid to be part of the team...take the leap." She really pushes for, "Care more about the people you work with than what you are working on. When asked, "What personal characteristics do you think have given you advantages as an entrepreneur?" Katie's reply is also excellent advice for all entrepreneurs. She doesn't like to be told,'no' which ties into those advantages. "Persistence, competitive and optimistic." Witricity is working on transferring electric energy or power over distance without wires; it is commercializing technology first invented at MIT. Cell phones, game controllers, laptop computers, mobile robots, even electric vehicles capable of re-charging themselves without ever being plugged in. WiTricity Corp. is working to make this future a reality, developing wireless electricity technology that will operate safely and efficiently over distances ranging from centimeters to several meters—and will deliver power ranging from milliwatts to kilowatts. Listen for more details and ideas...
Related Links: WiTricity Home || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Katie Hall, WiTricity, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Lee Kennedy, Entrepreneurship 6/28/10 Chnl: NCWIT bytes: 17162974 Listen to: Katie Hall, CTO, WiTricity

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863_ 6/28/10 - Turn Your Audience into Contributors
Laurel Durham, Mike Lewis, Toby Murdock and Chris Marks - GetGrogger
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A lawyer and a venture capitalist surround two partners in a new startup. Laurel Durham, attorney at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP introduced her guests for this interesting discussion, "Today we're joined by Toby Murdock, CEO and founder of Grogger. We're joined also by Mike Lewis, another officer and founder of the company, and we're very lucky to be joined by Chris Marks who is with Tango Group and also Invest Colorado Fund1, which recently led an early stage bridge financing round for Grogger." Toby gave an overview of what Grogger does. "Grogger is a publishing service and if you have a website or a blog and you want to open it up so anyone can contribute, we enable that and then provide tools to manage those contributions from the crowd. That's it in a nutshell - we do a lot of services beyond that, but in general if you have a website and you want lots of publishers, we can make that happen." When Chris was asked what made him interested in Grogger he said, “We saw them up at Venture Capital in the Rockies in February and really got interested in what they were doing because we think it represents a big shift in what's going on in media today in terms of contributions from the crowd." There was more discussion about 'crowd sourcing' and TechStars and Chris went onto say, "One of the things we're seeing here in Colorado, which is really positive for our environment, is a lot more out-of-state capital looking for investments here in Colorado. In our first fund which we've been operating for over three years, we put about $15 million to work in Colorado early stage companies. Those companies attracted about $30 million in additional capital from in-state and about $80 million additional capital from out of state." Listen for more...
Related Links: Grogger || Chris Marks Blog || Colorado Fund 1 || Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP || Keywords: Toby Murdock, Mike Lewis, Chris Marks, Laurel Durham, Grogger, Tango Management Consulting, Holme Roberts & Owen, HRO, TechStars, Entrepreneurs, 6/28/10 Chnl: HRO It's the Law bytes:7056094
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Larry Nelson, Author, Trainer, Speaker, 
        Consultant and Host of the very popular w3w3.com Radio Talk Show 751_ 6/7/10 - The Contradiction of Focus When Building a Business
Mastering Change 
        in the Midst of Chaos by Larry Nelson enclosure-voice When you ask successful entrepreneurs, "What are the keys to building a successful, sustaining business?" Among other words, they'll say, "Passion, A+ Team, Commitment, Innovation, Focus." While all have substance, the successful entrepreneurs have fascinating stories that support those descriptions, I would like to point out that 'Focus' is a double-edged sword. Let’s be clear, focus is a critical element for building a successful business. It's true that if you don't know where you are going any road will take you there. Then again, if you are so focused on where you are going, you could get side-swiped because you didn't see "it" coming. So what does this all mean? In Larry’s book, Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos, Chapter 12, "Ground Swells of Change - Prepare, capitalize or fall victim, he discusses five different examples of landscapes and their ground swells of change. He also writes about trends of both the past and the future. Trends have an impact on the landscape; however it's the groundswell that will often determine the success or failure of an endeavor, personal or professional. ‘The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.’ said Johann Wolfgang Goethe. A ‘ground swell of change’ is never a solo effort; it takes many active forces to build up a head of steam. Examples include: innovations, inventions, laws, events, in/out of favor fads, something that is displaced or replaced, cultural changes, local events, controversy, fiscal changes, mergers, movements, etc. There's more...
Related Links: Amazon || Entrepreneurs Channel || w3w3.com Home || Mastering Change Blog || Keywords: Mastering Change, Chaos, Larry Nelson, Entrepreneurs, Focus, Ground Swells of Change, Landscape, Trends Channel: Change 4014776 bytes 12/7/09; 6/7/10 LISTEN to Larry Nelson, Author, Trainer, Consultant, Keynote Speaker & w3w3.com Radio Host

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859_ 6/21/10 - Lessons learned lead to a brand new product
Steve Katsaros, Founder 
        and CEO, Nokero enclosure-voice At the 9th Annual Business Plan Competition Larry interviewed Steve Katsaros, Winner of the 2003 Bard Center Business Plan Competition for Revopower. His latest endeavor is Nokero, which has developed and manufactured a solar light bulb with a price point so low he hopes to improve lives worldwide through safe, solar-powered light that replaces kerosene lanterns used by the world's 1.6 billion people who live without electricity. Steve explained how Nokero's Lights for Life can handle a dicey situation, "We don't think about it much, but kerosene is a very dangerous product and it's used for lighting by 1.6 billion people who live without electricity. The trick with this solar powered light bulb is to make it affordable enough that the 2.8 billion people who live on less than $2 a day, can afford this. It's shaped just like a light bulb, any one in the world can instantaneously know what it is. There are four solar panels around the outside and five LEDs that are all powered by a rechargeable nickel metal hydrate battery - the rechargeable battery is recharged by the solar panels. So during the day this goes out, gets charged up and it comes in to the humble hut or wherever someone is living in India or Pakistan or sub Sahara Africa, and they have light to read by, to cook by, to just conduct general living tasks where they would normally not have light or be using kerosene."
Related Links: Nokero Home || Bard Center || Business Plan Competition || Competition Photos || Find It || Keywords: Steve Katsaros, Nokero, Revopower, Bard Center Business Plan Competition, University of Colorado Denver, Solar Light Bulb 6/21/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 3409191 Listen to: Steve Katsaros, Nokero

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858_ 6/21/10 - Myths and realities of innovation
Guy Cook, Creation Wave enclosure-voice Business Innovation can be a threatening and misleading term for a lot of people because they think to be a great innovator, they've got to be like Steve Jobs. Larry had a conversation with Guy Cook, founder of Creation Wave about business innovation. Guy said many think, "I've got to do something that's going to change the world. I've got to do something that goes from 'horse and carriage' to the automobile. But that's not the way most of us need to think about innovation. All we need to think about to be successful innovators is how to change, how to apply things differently. How do we get outside of ourselves to improve? That's day-to-day innovation business managers need to undertake." They went onto discuss 'Innovation Ideation' and the challenges. Guy's advice for entrepreneurs was, "If you're just starting out, go sell something. People get all wrapped up about processes that don't yet exist; how do I raise capital? People get all wrapped up about issues that do nothing more than hold you back from fundamentally doing what you have to do. What you have to do as an entrepreneur is go sell something. As soon as you do that, your entire world changes. For those who have actually established a business and have it up and running, in terms of innovation, try to put in place a set of tools that will help you think about business problems. So, some operational tools that can serve as a check and balance for every activity that you undertake. It can be very simple, but if you do that it can help keep you out of trouble."
Related Links: Guy Cook Linkedin || Economy Builders || Podcast Directory || Mastering Change Blog || Keywords: Guy Cook, Creation Wave, Innovation, Innovation Ideation, Steve Jobs, Challenges, Sell, Create, Entrepreneurs - 6/21/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 4810399 Listen to: Guy Cook, Creation Wave

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854_ 6/14/10 - From Caterpillar to Advice for Parents
Judi & Terrance Paul, Renaissance Learning enclosure-voice Larry had an opportunity to interview the keynote speaker at an ACG luncheon meeting, Terrance Paul, CEO, Renaissance Learning and his personal and professional partner, Judi Paul. Renaissance Learning has advanced technology which makes the practice component of your reading, math, and writing curriculum more personalized—and effective—than ever before. Adopted by more than 75,000 schools, the computerized assessment tools for 21st Century classrooms help you save time and money as you accelerate learning in every student, pre-K–12. Going back to the beginning Terrance said, "It started with Judi in 1984 when she was trying to help our son read more. She created a paper system that became the 'Accelerated Reader Software' program, which now is the leading reading program in schools today. So it started at our kitchen table and the basement of our home and then grew to a company that has about 900 employees." Larry said, "Judi, we have children and they're always motivating us to do things. I think what you did for your son is fantastic." Modest Judi replied, "Thank you, it was necessary, our son wasn't doing well in school. I knew if he became a good reader, even if he didn't do his homework he would be able to succeed because reading is highly correlated with success, later, in whatever career you choose." They both had advice for parents. Terrance, "Start at birth, reading books to your child and talk to your child. These are the most important things that will get them prepared for school and give them that receptive vocabulary which later leads to long term academic success. Judi agrees and adds, "The more time parents can spend talking with their children, turning off the TV and turning off the computer and engaging in texts (books), the more successful they will be academically. There's more...
Related Links: Renaissance Learning || M&A Channel || ACG Denver || Mastering Change Blog || Keywords: Terrance Paul, Judi Paul, Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning, Parents, Association for Corporate Growth, Denver, 6/14/10 CHNL: ACG bytes: 3270951
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Dave Mead, Mead Consulting Group for Colorado Companies to 
        Watch 853_ 6/7/10 - Backbone of our job growth
enclosure-voice "We like to get involved in a few activities, but we get deeply involved, and especially in activities where we can really make a difference," said David Mead. David formed the Mead Consulting Group in 1981, in addition to that he is past president, chairman and still a board member of the Association for Corporate Growth Denver. "We're talking about this program called 'Colorado Companies to Watch', you're a platinum sponsor and really involved." Dave said, "We like to get involved in a few activities, but we get deeply involved, and especially in activities where we can really make a difference. Colorado Companies to Watch is kind of the answer to something I've been passionate about for well over 30 years and that is, helping Colorado companies grow. In 2008 in the State of Colorado, the companies that comprised the 'Colorado Companies to Watch', which are basically companies from about $750,000 to $50 million in revenue... So the number of companies were 14% of the total number of companies in the state, yet those companies added 40% of the total job growth. This is a very important segment of Colorado's economy and it's one that often is overlooked in the desire to go after large corporations. They get a lot of press, but it's really these niche companies that are the backbone of Colorado and certainly the backbone of our job growth. Larry and Pat will be at their Gala Event on June 18th and are expecting close to 800 people. After the gala, there are a number of events throughout the year for these companies so they can continue to build awareness, continue with education, and they can continue to build the relationships that will be necessary for them to move to the next level.
Related Links: Colorado Companies to Watch || Gala Event || Mead Consulting Group || M&A Channel || ACG Denver || CCTW Channel/w3w3.com || Dave Mead Blog || Keywords: David Mead, Colorado Companies to Watch, Mead Consulting Group, Edward Lowe Foundation, Mid-sized Companies, CCTW - 6/7/10 Chnl: Colorado Companies to Watch bytes: 3895382 Listen to: Dave Mead - Mead Consulting Group

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851_ 6/1/10 - Applications: Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In
J. B. Holston, CEO and President, Newsgator enclosure-voice Driven by the popularity of applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In, businesses have been looking for ways to incorporate these tools into the enterprise - launching an entire market space called Enterprise Social Computing. Enterprise social computing delivers the status posts, activity tracking and social bookmarking much like familiar social media tools– and extracts real value from these activities in areas like knowledge management, project execution and sales/service/support. Larry interviewed J. B. Holston, CEO and President of Newsgator. J. B. and Newsgator are also one of the 2009 winners of Colorado Companies to Watch. J. B. pointed out, "The easy way to think of Newsgator today is that we've got enterprise software that allows enterprises to have secure and scaled FaceBook and Twitter for their internal/external constituents. If you use any of those kinds of applications or LinkedIn, and you went through a company that's using our software you would have a similar experience with our company around that software. The company's been around about seven years, funded by Mobius VC, Brad Feld who is on our board. Our client base is the Global 2000, so we tend to have very large organizations as our clients, and we tend to have enterprise wide arrangements with our clients. So we have companies like Accenture and Deloitte which have deployed our technology on an enterprise wide basis and a lot of the technologies and vendors in this space are sort of a point solution. That's one distinguishing factor. Then we have a very close partnership with Microsoft, most of our deployments are related to a Microsoft product called SharePoint. SharePoint's got about 100 million seats worldwide, so we're able to walk in to any company that has SharePoint, any one of those hundred million seats..."
Related Links: NewsGator || Colorado Companies to Watch || Brad Feld Blog || Find It || Economy Builders Channel || Keywords: J. B. Holston, Newsgator, Colorado Companies to Watch, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Microsoft, SharePoint, Social Media > 6/1/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 7397149 Listen to: J B Holston, CEO & President, Newsgator

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855_ 6/14/10 - Raising Angel Capital and Getting Acquired
Tom Keller, past CEO, Intense Debate enclosure-voice Larry talked with Tom Keller, past CEO of IntenseDebate. He asked, "Tell us how TechStars helped Intense Debate and how they went about it?" Tom replied, "Intense Debate came out of the first class of TechStars. David Cohen, the founder of TechStars, recognized early on that it's all about the people. The Intense Debate guys applied and David was very impressed by what they'd built - gave them suggestions to change. David recognized that he wasn't a fan of what they were chasing at the time business wise, but the technology was interesting in general and the team behind it was really outstanding. David spotted a quality team and brought them into the program with the understanding that with a good pairing of mentors and this talented team a good business would come out of it." Tom went on to explain the fund raising process was like...very interesting. He pointed out, "Brad Feld was one of our advisors. The metrics that he gave me for growth, that I remember to this day, was five percent per week - that was our target growth. It was important because it meant every Monday morning I would put out an email to our advisors of how much we'd grown. And you know, 5% per week, compounded, is actually pretty solid growth, but I remember feeling the pressure if we only had a 3% or 4% growth week, and that's sort of like pulling your hair out Monday morning. That really creates good behaviors within the company because you understand what's driving adoption or maybe what's causing churn. Tom went on to explain the WordPress acquisition. Listen for more eye opening information...BTW, Tom now heads up TechStars Global...
Related Links: IntenseDebate || TechStars || Brad Feld || WordPress || Find It || Keywords: Tom Keller, IntenseDebate, TechStars, Brad Feld, WordPress, Angel Capital, Mentors, Entrepreneurs, TechStars Global 6/14/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 7908104 Listen to: Tom Keller, Intense Debate

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849_ 6/1/10 - Raising money for a very long time
Jeff Hoffman, ColorJar.com enclosure-voice The keynote speaker at the Rockies Venture Club Colorado Capital Conference (CCC) was Jeff Hoffman. There were many venture capitalists, angel investors and other financial sources in attendance. Larry had a discussion with Jeff at the CCC and asked, "What advice do you have for people trying to raise money in today's market?" Jeff's experienced reply was, "There's no doubt that raising money today is harder. You have to keep in mind. good ideas get funded anyway, and people in the money business do not make money if they don't invest in anything. So money is harder to get, but it's out there. That means you have to be sharper, better prepared than the next guy in line when you go after that money." Jeff says he is fortunate in that he's sat on both sides of the table for a long time. He's raised money for all of his startups, during his entire career. But he's also sat on the investment side of the table, and listened to literally hundreds of pitches, PowerPoint's and business plans from people pitching for money, He has personally raised probably over $50 million in venture capital. He would later ask them, 'What did I do right, what appealed to you?' When looking for investment money there are three key points. Let me tell you..." Jeff is currently a founder and partner in ColorJar, a venture accelerator firm that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners launch and grow new business ventures. In this capacity, Jeff works with startup companies all over the country to help turn great ideas into profitable businesses. Hoffman is perhaps best known as a founder and CEO in the Priceline.com family of companies, where Jeff led the development and launch of Priceline’s consumer company. There's much more here so listen now...
Related Links: Jeff Hoffman Website || ColorJar || Jeff Hoffman: Entrepreneurs Bootcamp || Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos || CCC Photos || Keywords: Jeff Hoffman, Entrepreneurs, Colorado Capital Conference, Mentors, PriceLine, StartUp Guru, Raising Money, ColorJar > 6/1/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 9382664 Listen to: Jeff Hoffman, ColorJar

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864_ 6/28/10 - The ups and downs of growing a business
Sam Addoms enclosure-voice The Bard Center Business Plan Competition hit another home run in 2010. Samuel Addoms, former chairman of Frontier Airlines' Board of Directors was the luncheon keynote speaker. He served as executive vice president, treasurer and a director for Frontier during its pre-startup phase from 1993 until 1994. During that period, Addoms provided financial expertise and helped develop a comprehensive business plan for Frontier. From September 1994 until August 2001, Addoms served as the airline's president and, in January 1995, he was named chief executive officer. He served in that role through his retirement in 2002. Prior to his work with Frontier, Addoms served as an officer, director and consultant with more than 15 early stage companies in a variety of industries. In addition, he spent a year as an instructor at the University of Northern Colorado's Business School. Sam said, "In 1985 I set out on my entrepreneurial career, we started modestly and in 1989 I started my first 'at risk venture', the Rio Grande Produce Farm. And really before I tell you about the Rio Grande, I want to tell you my wife and I agreed to live on $25,000 a year, as long as we were entrepreneurs." He also went through some tough financial times. His inspiring story of Frontier Airlines combined intellect, humor and great stories as he shared the ups and downs of growing a business in an industry significantly affected by 9-11, while raising capital along with the real story behind one of the most successful ad campaigns in America. Sam opened up saying, “The Bard Center Business Plan Competition is serious business. I'm here, maybe as entertainment. But I'm about to tell you my personal reflections, over 50 years, on business planning or the lack thereof.” There's much more...listen now...
Related Links: Bard Business Plan Competition || Frontier Airlines || Competition Photos || Blog || Keywords: Samuel Addoms, Frontier Airlines, Bard Center, Business Plan Competition, Catherine Kunst, Entrepreneurs 6/28/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 9415265
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862_ 6/28/10 - Changes in the angel investing landscape
Steve Murchie, Angel Investor enclosure-voice Larry cornered Steve Murchie before he and his wife head out of the country for six months. Steve moved to Colorado four years ago. He started out by saying, "It's been a very interesting community to plug into. There's such a great entrepreneurial environment here. I think we still have a lot of challenges here in finding an ecosystem that works really well in all sectors. In fact the same ecosystem won't work in every sector. We're not as big as the coasts where there are so many people involved in various industries and have success and history in those industries that the ecosystems have evolved themselves. Here I think we have to build them intentionally. I think Boulder has a great model going. TechStars is a wonderful short term incubator. You add to that a couple of smaller, early stage funds that have started working around this, and there are angels working in conjunction with that, and the same people involved. So you've got organized money, you've got organized mentors, and you've got just a ton of enthusiasm around the entrepreneurial process. Steve also talked about the great news and the challenges. "I think there are a number of efforts to build a large scale angel network here in Colorado. There was one in the 90's it had probably a five year run, then CTEK had their Angel Network affiliated with the CTEK program - it probably ran for about five years as well. Then in 2007 I launched a chapter of the Kieretsu Forum. We had a three year run, probably got hit a little harder because of the 2008-09 crisis. And ultimately, last year I shut down the Kieretsu Forum, our membership had grown too small and it's really hard to find funding for companies. It's still hard to raise money today." ..
Related Links: Steve's Blog || Podcast Directory || Mastering Change Blog || Raising Capital || Keywords: Steve Murchie, Entrepreneurs, Angel Investors, Capital, TechStars, Ecosystem, CTEK, Boulder, Colorado, Funding, Kieretsu Forum 6/28/10 Chnl: Venture Capital bytes: 6415049 Listen to: Steve Murchie

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Dave Allen, Associate Vice President for 
        Technology Transfer at the University of Colorado 861_ 6/21/10 - Healthcare, Clean Energy, Carbon Credits, Patent Office Backlog
enclosure-voice Dave Allen hits the nail on the head as he identifies problems facing Tech Transfer at universities. The inability of Congress to handle longstanding, almost criminal neglect of the Patent Office backlog and more comes to light in the Tech Transfer's White Paper responding to a Federal request for information. In this part 2 interview David Allen, Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer at the University of Colorado, discussed issues effecting our economic health. This included Healthcare, Clean Energy, Carbon Credits and the Patent Office Backlog. David started with, "We've just gone through a very long period of discussion, all kinds of right-left-center posturing on healthcare. We ended up with a healthcare bill that has a very interesting aspect to it. Many didn't know about this prior to its actual passage, and that's a therapeutic tax credit. There's been a billion dollars set aside and that's based on this notion of innovation in healthcare. This fund has been broken into two parts, one half is for grants to companies and the other half is in tax credits to companies. In July, the Department of Health & Human Services will be receiving grant applications for basically, pre clinical research projects. This money can be applied to them, to bridge that 'valley of death' that we talk about, from the bench side to get some of this into actual clinical trials. That's a really strong positive. I know that many companies that are licensees, are working on that." He continued, "Another area, unfortunately, in the news of course, is the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That is having an interesting effect as it's playing out in the clean energy legislation, called the 'American Power Act', that was recently dropped. If this were to be enacted, I personally believe, it will have a major impact on a lot of the clean energy technologies. Dave went onto discuss 'grant applications' and 'patent reform'. Listen for more details...
Related Links: CU TTO Home || CU TTO Channel || Available Technologies || CU TTO Blog || TTO White Papers || Keywords: David Allen, Technology Transfer, University of Colorado, White Papers, Healthcare, Clean Energy, Carbon Credits, Patent Office Backlog 6/21/10 Chnl: CU TTO bytes: 6547240 Listen to: Dave Allen, CU TTO

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Stephanie Burnham, Vice President, 
        Communications Technology Professionals CTP) 860_ 6/21/10 - Convergence and shift in the communications industry Josh Holmberg, President, Communications 
        Technology Professionals (CTP)
enclosure-voice Larry sat down with Stephanie Burnham, Vice President of CTP (Communication Technology Professionals) and Josh Holmberg, President of CTP - the Communications Technology Professionals, to discuss how the 'Communication' industry has morphed over these past years. "Well, the initial thought is that it has contracted, that it's smaller, it's not as hot, it's not the cool place to be. But really we have a different view of it at CTP. And it's because of what we're seeing from all the players that are actually working with and needing to be with the communications industry. So what used to be the telco industry were the big telcos, the Qwests, U.S.West, the 'Ma Bell' and all of those, and Denver certainly was the center for all those types of telco professionals. What we've seen is the industry change so that the pipe, the broadband, the delivery of connectivity has become so much more critical and has become available from so many providers, it's no longer a monopoly. In some ways you don't have as big a players, in terms of name recognition, but you have a lot more players that are making more inroads into how we as consumers and businesses use that connectivity." They also talked about about the resurgence of CTP. "Re branding the organization was important. We wanted the group to be more encompassing and more representative of the industry and how the industry was evolving. I've been around and involved, on the board of DTP, for six or seven years at this point, and everything reflects what the market is doing. Whether it's an organization like ours, kind of a general feeling about the industry when you're in meetings or talking to people over 'happy hour'. We wanted to make sure everyone understood that the communications industry in Colorado, and not exclusive to Denver necessarily, is alive and thriving." There's much more ...listen now...
Related Links: CTP Home || CTP Channel || BroadSoft || Blog || Keywords: Josh Holmberg, Stephanie Burnham, Communication Technology Professionals, CTP, Telco Industry, Broadband, Qwest, U.S. West, Ma Bell > 6/21/10 Chnl: CTP bytes: 5686860 Listen to: Josh Holmberg, CTP President and Stephanie Burnham, Vice President, CTP

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856_ 6/14/10 - White Papers, Proof of Concept and Tech Transfer
Dave Allen, Associate Vice 
           President for Technology Transfer at the University of Coloradoenclosure-voice What’s happening at the federal level? Larry talked with David Allen, Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer at the University of Colorado to get caught up on the very important issue of tech transfer. Dave explains, "Overall, we are finally seeing some attention being given to university tech transfer at the federal level. The biggest shift is a realization that the transfer of research from the lab to a company doesn’t occur through checking boxes or filling out forms, happenstance or luck, rather the work of technology transfer is complex and involves many aspects beyond the university. You just can’t take a complex asset and apply simple (non complex) solutions or you’ll sub optimize the system objectives, which is our case is commercialization. Let’s talk about what’s happening in federal public policy related to university technology transfer." Dave went onto explain, "Overall, interest in university commercialization has never been greater. Some universities get it and do well, and some don’t. Overall, the practice has improved and US is the world model and other countries are adopting the US model. The approach was created by the Bayh-Dole legislation of 30 years ago. Over past few years the Kauffman Foundation has taken on the Bayh-Dole model and proposed a “free-agent” type model. About nine months ago a very thoughtful proposal by USC Vice Chancellor of Innovation Kriztina Holly called Impact! was circulating. Based on lots of blogosphere activity and Obama administration interest, a DC meeting involving high level technology and research people was held about four months ago. This culminated in a call for information about university tech transfer effectiveness and proof of concept centers by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Economic Council. TTO responded and our white papers on the two topics are on our blog and website." Listen for more details and an explanation of their white papers...
Related Links: CU TTO Home || CU TTO Channel || Available Technologies || CU TTO Blog || TTO White Papers || Keywords: David Allen, Technology Transfer, University of Colorado, White Papers, Commercialization, Proof of Concept, Bayh-Dole 6/14/10 Chnl: CU TTO bytes:6318187 Listen to: Dave Allen, CUTTO

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857&_ 6/14/10 - Awards for Companies Making a Difference
Stephanie Steffens, Colorado Companies to Watchenclosure-voice Second stage companies are responsible for about 40% of the total job growth in Colorado yet they are only 14% of the total number of companies in the state. Larry talked with Stephanie Steffens, the Director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, also the Business Retention and Expansion Program Coordinator for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, which includes being the Program Director for Colorado Companies to Watch. Larry asked, "Give us an overview, because of the types of organizations Colorado's Companies to Watch focuses on are 'Second Stage' companies. So what are some of their biggest challenges?" Stephanie replied, "It isn't just in this tight economy, it is in general. A second-stage company is defined as a company that is beyond startup. So they've figured out all of those challenges and difficulties of starting a business, and they're growing. Now you're hiring people, figuring out how to get financing. Suddenly you need professional help with marketing of your products and/or services. So all of the things, as an entrepreneur, you may have bootstrapped and done, you had to be a 'jack-of-all-trades" - All of a sudden your business has grown so much and you've had to hire people. Now you really need a management team or resources that can help you do all those different things correctly. So you need resources rather than you just trying to do the best you can. That's the key; these companies are growing like crazy, even in these challenging times." She added, "It's really important to note that Colorado Companies to Watch is a year-round program. The idea is to identify 50 companies throughout the State of Colorado, across all demographics, across all geographic areas of the state, all industries and to get a good representation of what the economy of Colorado is all about. And then to use these 50 companies to understand exactly these challenges and figure out the best way to get the resources to companies like these 50 companies year round, and to work with them. The fun exciting part is that we celebrate these 50 companies at a Gala celebration and awards ceremony, this year, June 18th at the City Center Marriott. It will be an extravagant event, all 50 companies will be saluted, recognized and awarded that evening. Listen for more...
Related Links: Colorado Companies to Watch || Gala Event || ACG Channel || CCTW Channel || Keywords: Stephanie Steffens, Colorado Companies to Watch, Edward Lowe Foundation, Second Stage Companies, CCTW, Gala Celebration 6/14/10 Chnl: CCTW bytes: 5907542 Listen to: Stephanie Steffens, CCTW

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Mike Fries, CEO and President, Liberty Global 386_ 6/7/10 - Liberty Global - Leading-Edge Coupled with Ultimate Integrity
enclosure-voice Michael Fries, CEO and President of Liberty Global grew up with a large family, 7 brothers and sisters. Mike said, “In many ways I think my skills perhaps in listening to people, managing people and having a pretty good EQ or a sense of where people are coming from is partially related to the fact that I grew up in a big family." Mike reflected on his early work career, "I’ve only had two jobs. I’ve been lucky to work for, at least in my cable career, two really fantastic entrepreneurs Sue Wyman, Jivaro Groupand business people. The first was Gene Schneider, really one of the pioneers in the cable industry – just a fantastic individual. A great leader of men but more than anything has great integrity. And of course, John Malone, our current chairman, and I don’t think you could have a better partner or individual to be working with, who is far-and-away one of the smartest business people I’ve ever come across. But on top of that is a great human being, a really nice individual, loyal and generous and really loves and is excited by this business. It’s kind of TCI-2. So I’ve been lucky to work for some really great individuals. Sue Wyman and Larry did some more probing. (Recorded October 2007)
Related Links: Liberty Global Home || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Home || Jivaro Group || Find It || Keywords: Mike Fries, Liberty Global, Leader, Communication Technology Professionals, CTP, Sue Wyman, Gene Schneider, John Malone - Channel: CTP bytes: 21031604 LISTEN to Mike Fries, CEO and President, Liberty Global

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570_ 6/7/10 - “What is Social Entrepreneurship?”
Dr. Paul Bauer and Chris Pelley on Social Entrepreneurshipenclosure-voice Dr. Paul Bauer, Clinical Professor, Daniels College of Business, DU and Chris Pelley, Managing Director, Capital Investment Management Group discuss this social entrepreneurship with Larry. Paul explained, "For me, it goes back to the Entrepreneur part of the equation. Like Einstein said, “We can’t solve the problems with the same thinking that we created them with.” Entrepreneurship is a mechanism that will allow us to address and make some real progress with the challenges we face today. The ‘social’ part for me says what we’re trying to do is create value wealth for the community, not just for the individual. I think business does that and I think business has a definite role to play in that. That’s why I think this is a topic that is very relevant to business today. Chris went on from there, "I come from the business entrepreneurship side of the equation, and yet we see a common path, a parallel direction, in terms of solving many of the world’s problems, whether it’s through business enterprise or social enterprise. My interpretation of their definition of social entrepreneurs is, 1.) It’s people who are going to use creative thinking in solving any problem; 2.) The notion of using real business principals and business drivers for the best results is also an important issue. 3.) Sustainability." There's much more ..
Related Links: Daniels College of Business, DU || Community Engagement & Service Learning || Capital Investment Management || Life Long Learning || Ashoka || America's Family || Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Daniels College of Business, DU, Chris Pelley, Capital Investment Management, Ashoka, Steve Bigari, ACG > Bytes: 10350239 > 6/7/10 LISTEN to Dr. Paul Bauer, Daniels College of Business and Chris Pelley, CIMCO

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852_ 6/1/10 - History of a successful female entrepreneur
Lucy Sanders, NCWIT, Founder & CEOMargaret Burd, President, CEO and a Founderenclosure-voice Does this sound like an entrepreneur: Someone who is optimistic; likes people; likes helping people; likes networking; likes to start things? Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network interviewed Margaret Burd. Margaret is a founder, President & CEO of Magpie, Inc., a software company that offers a full suite of software development and consulting services for the Smart Energy, Telecom, and Healthcare industries. Margaret also is a founder and board chair of Magpie Healthcare, Inc., a software product company that provides hospital caregivers with simple, phone-based solutions for people-to-people and team communications that save lives by measurably improving quality of care. Margaret came to technology in a rather unusual way. Her first career was teaching math and science and coaching lots of different sports in public school in Missouri, for about nine years. In 1983 she was still earning $15,000/year and was pretty bored with the teaching thing. The University of Kansas let you get into their Computer Sciences Masters program if you had a math degree. She applied, they accepted, and Margaret ended up with a Masters in Computer Science. Right out of school she got an offer from Bell Labs, ended up in Denver, and that's how Margaret got into technology. Margaret said, "It was an amazing turn of events in my life, and probably just because. You know one of those things that just happened." Margaret has some great advice for entrepreneurs ...listen for more...
Related Links: Magpie || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Margaret Burd, Magpie TI, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Entrepreneurship, Computer Sciences
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850_ 6/1/10 - Elements of a winning logo design
Michael Hamers, 
        Lightspeed Commpercial Arts enclosure-voice "Before a logo is designed it is imperative that the branding strategy, mission statement and positioning are clear." Larry sat down with long-term colleague Michael Hamers, Founder and CEO of LightSpeed Commercial Arts to discuss the visual aspect of building your business. Mike went onto explain, "I need to understand the human side of the company we’re branding… it’s people. Who is this company, what are their values, what do they think is Important, what is their corporate culture. My logo will be a symbolic expression that will represent the People, the Product, and the Promise." He added, "Brand identity is the visual and verbal expression of the brand. A logo is the shortest, fastest form of communication available. You can see it, hold it, wear it,, watch it move. It starts with a brand name, then the brand mark builds out into the matrix of tools and communications: from business cards, to web sites, fleet trucks to signage, brand identity increases awareness and builds businesses. Next on the list is the tag line. Often I’m involved in creating the tag line as well. The tag line is very important because 75% of the time I am designing to the tag line, or what I often times call a positioning statement. Your company name is who you are (and often is a made-up word anyhow), but the tag line can offer much more information like WHAT you do or HOW you are unique. It’s a slogan, a clarifier, company statement or guiding principle that describes, synopsizes or helps create an interest. Although the brand is much more than a brand mark, the logo is virtually indistinguishable from the brand in the eyes of the consumer. It needs to be unique, memorable and meaningful. The concept needs to be immediately understood. Effective identity is valued because it builds awareness; increases recognition; communicates uniqueness; and expresses a competitive difference ...Listen for more...
Related Links: LightSpeed Commercial Arts || Logo Design || Entrepreneurs || Blog || Keywords: Michael Hamers, LightSpeed Commercial Arts, Logo, Design, Brand, Tag line, Awareness, Recognition, Uniqueness, Competitive Difference > 6/1/10 Chnl: Entrepreneurs bytes: 9385485 Listen: Michael Hamers, LightSpeed Commercial Arts

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