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DECEMBER 2011

Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion, December 26, 2011
Phil Becker, PBL Ventures and CoFounder of Defrag
Ian Brown, Dir. Demand Generation, Mashery @ Defrag 2011
Ron Burton, President Nominee, Rotary International
Laurie Fitzgerald, Focusing on Organization Design & Transformation
Francisco Garcia, Inspiration, inventions & innovation lead to win
Bill Heuston, Building Phenomenal Culture
Governor Hickenlooper, Rotary Club 100 Years Serving Colorado
Kim Jordan, CEO/CoFounder, New Belgium Brewing Company
Bart Lorang, CEO/Founder, FullContact @ Defrag 2011
Dave Mangum, Executive Director, Startup Colorado
Phil Becker, PBL Ventures and CoFounder of Defrag
Nancy Phillips, ViaWest - Entrepreneurs Unplugged
Clara Shih, CEO/Founder, Hearsay Social
Stephanie Steffens, Nominate Now - Colorado Companies to Watch 2012
Brad Feld Moderates, Why Boulder Panel - Startup Colorado


Vic Ahmed, CEO, Plug & Play Colorado, 
        Founder, Innovation Pavilion, CEO - Business Genetics Eco system for people to build and accelerate companies
enclosure-voice 1132_ 12/26/11 - We are here at for an exciting event; the building is fabulous, 80,000 square feet, called the Innovation Pavilion, and we are talking with the chairman Vic Ahmed also CEO of Plug and Play Colorado and President of TiE Rockies. We asked Vic for an overview and he tells us this is a conglomeration of a number of things that form the eco system for people to be able to build and accelerate companies. Vic has formed a partnership with Plug and Play which is the most successful incubator ever, based out of Silicon Valley, started by the visionary entrepreneur, Saeed Amidi. This incubator has helped over 600 companies with over $750 million, and at any one point in time there are about 350 companies they incubate. It is quite a phenomenon and they have unbelievable access to investors, VC's, angel investors and corporate partners to make investments. "So now, said Vic, "with our situation, with investments in Colorado being rather weak, we're going to be able to provide access for Colorado companies to this network. The time has come for innovation, the time has come for entrepreneurship to go mainstream. We have always been innovative, but it has been left to a small percent to carry the burden of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our whole country is becoming a country of innovators and entrepreneurs. The little boy or girl who grows up is no longer looking to join a big corporation, but are looking to start their own company." Vic believes the whole scenario has changed now. Vic is working with Governor Hickenlooper's office and a number of departments and areas within the state. He said he believes Colorado is really fortunate at this critical juncture in time to have a governor who is all about job creation through innovation and entrepreneurship. Vic feels fortunate too, to have the opportunity to work with the governor, his cabinet, Kristen Russell, Ken Lund - Office of Information Technology who heads the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and also TJ Deora, Director of Governor’s Energy Office. Recently the Governor announced the formation of the Colorado Innovation Network [COIN] and Kelly Quann is the Executive Director, a very exciting development as it is the mission of this organization is to make Colorado the most innovative state in the country...There's more...
Related Links: Plug and Play Tech Center || TIE Rockies || BusinessGenetics || Event Photos || Mastering Change Book || Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion Startup Colorado Launch Nov. 2011 || Keywords: Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion, Plug and Play, Entrepreneurs, VC's, Angel Investors, Incubator, Governor Hickenlooper, Kristen Russell, Ken Lund, TJ Deora, Kelly Quann - Bytes: 5698772
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Laurie Fitzgerald, Founder, The 
        Consultancy Focusing on the area of organizational design and transformation
enclosure-voice 1134_ 12/26/11 - We're here today with a person, right here in Denver. However this person goes all over the world, from Argentina to Europe, all over the place. Laurie Fitzgerald, PhD is the founder and president of The Consultancy Inc. Larry loves her website, one of his favorite topics is chaos [author of Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos]. Laurie has, for the past 30 years focused in the area of organizational design and transformation. That is bringing about whole system, profound change in organizations. Laurie's interest is really drawn to those organizations that see a need to bring themselves into the future by changing fundamentally who they are and what they do. Laurie in her own words, "If you recognize as do we the dire necessity of replacing the conventional wisdom with a new and more powerful lens on reality, you will certainly appreciate the fact that a profound shift in our understanding of how our organizations work has been triggered in the 20th century by an astonishing explosion of scientific discoveries culminating in what we know simply as Chaos. We invite you to join us on our mission to make the principles of this so-called "new science" both applicable to and actionable in the design and transformation of the 21st century business enterprise. Laurie goes onto explain the chaos theory, "Formal moniker - the 'Theory of Complex, Dynamical, Non-linear, Far-From-Equilibrium (FFE) Systems' - perhaps you can see why its formulators, a hodgepodge of post-grad students at the University of California at Santa Cruz representing a variety of disciplines ranging from astrophysics to mathematics, chose to speak of it by its nickname instead. In any event, suffice to say that their chaos theory stands right up there along with Einstein's Relativity and quantum mechanics as one of the most paradigm-shattering discoveries of 20th century science. Dr. Fitzgerald has partnered with executive teams in the implementation and management of large system change in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, engineering, retail, service, healthcare, medical, pharmaceutical, banking, insurance & finance, aerospace, mining, and telecommunications, as well as with local, national and international government, and law enforcement. Laurie also shares some insights and experiences with an international client...
Related Links: The Consultancy, Inc || Chaos ThinkSite || Mastering Change Blog || In the News || Beyond the Trends || Keywords: Dr. Laurie Fitzgerald, The Consultancy Inc, Chaos, Theory of Complex, Dynamical, Non-linear, Far-From-Equilibrium (FFE) Systems, Transformation, International - Bytes: 6806363
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He profits Most Who Serves Best, August 1911
Governor John Hickenlooperenclosure-voice 1124_ 12/12/11 - With over 700 in attendance, the Colorado Rotarians celebrate the culmination of 100 years in Colorado at the 6th annual state of the state luncheon. Christy Ramee, President, Rotary Club of Denver Lodo introduces Governor John Hickenlooper. The first motto of Rotary International, "He profits Most Who Serves Best", was approved at the second Rotary Convention, held in Portland, Oregon, in August 1911. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before being elected Denver Mayor in 2003, was elected Governor of Colorado on Nov. 2, 2010. One of the topics the governor talked about is one of Colorado’s challenges. Colorado is ranked #42 out of 50 states on per student costs, speed and access to the internet at our schools. Our neighboring states of Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah offer high speed internet access at one-tenth the current Colorado costs. In 2000, approximately 45,000 classes throughout the US school systems were taken online. In 2009, approximately three million classes were taken online. The expectation is that by 2019, one half of all high school classes will be online. The students of Colorado deserve access to high speed internet at an affordable price to meet the challenges of the 21st century global economy! Here’s the solution. With the support of the three Rotary Districts in the State of Colorado and many current and former Rotarians, the Rotary Club of Denver assisted EAGLE-Net (Educational Access Gateway Learning Environment Network, www.co-eaglenet.net ) to acquire a $100.6 million federal stimulus grant, plus $46 million additional in in-kind services to install high speed internet to 234 community anchor points (CAIs) throughout the State. These CAIs include all 178 school district buildings. The other CAIs are libraries, museums and some colleges and universities not already served. This network is referred to as the “Middle Mile” and construction has already started...get involved and listen, there's much more...
Related Links: Colorado State Web Portal || EAGLE Net || Rotary District 5450 || Rotary Club of Denver Club 31 || CO High Speed Internet Project || PodCast Directory || Keywords: Governor, John Hickenlooper, Colorado, Rotary, High Speed Internet Project, EAGLE-Net, Educational Access Gateway, Learning Environment Network, Community Anchor Points - bytes=18269730
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Clara Shih, CEO/Founder, Hearsay Social Expert advice for managing social media
enclosure-voice 1126_ 12/12/11 - Today Lucy Sanders, CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network are interviewing Clara Shih the best selling author of The Facebook Era and founder/CEO of Sequoia-backed Hearsay Social, one of the fastest-growing and most exciting technology companies in Silicon Valley. Clara is a renowned social media authority and technology leader whose New York Times-featured book has been translated into nine languages and is used as a textbook at Harvard Business School. Hearsay Social develops social media software to enable large franchise brands to create, measure and distribute content out to local reps, agents, and franchisees' Facebook or Twitter pages. Consider insurance agents, financial advisors, coffee houses or restaurant chains. They are part of important corporate brands, but what makes them thrive are local relationships. Social media can help, but it needs to be managed in a way that supports the brand, customer satisfaction and hence the business bottom line. Our listeners are familiar with “customer relationship management” for businesses this is something like, social media relationship management. In 2007, Clara created the first business application on Facebook and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured best selling book The Facebook Era, which has sold over 21,000 copies worldwide. Previously, Clara was a marketing executive at salesforce.com, and held technology and product positions at Google and Microsoft. Clara has a BS in computer science and economics and MS in computer science from Stanford. She is a frequently invited keynote speaker on social media at global conferences including AlwaysOn, Web 2.0 Expo, Enterprise 2.0, CRM Evolution, Social-Loco, American Marketing Association, Toronto TechWeek, and Social Ad Summit. There are a number of learning points for entrepreneurs and leaders offered by Clara...listen for more...
Related Links: Hearsay Social || Find Clara on Facebook || and Twitter @clarashih || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Why Facebook Matters for B2B || Keywords: Clara Shih, Hearsay Social, National Center for Women in Technology, Lucy Sanders, NCWIT, Entrepreneurs, The Facebook Era, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, - bytes=152933443
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Melodie Reagan, Partner, i2i Workforce Fifty-two percent of U.S. employers are having trouble filling jobs
enclosure-voice 1120_ 12/5/11 - Unemployment has been around 9% for some time and it doesn't look like there's any change in the immediate future. We have with us today, an expert in the employment arena, Melodie Reagan, i2i Workforce. Larry's question relates to the employer's view of the dilemma, even with the high unemployment it is difficult to find people for the jobs and yet people seeking employment are having a hard time finding work. Melodie said, "It's a very paradoxical situation, but it is a reality. There are a couple of trends and situations emerging that make it ever more complex." She explains, very simply it is a supply and demand issue. Manpower does an annual talent shortage survey and 52% of U.S. employers are having trouble filling jobs. According to Manpower the top three jobs they're having difficulty selling are skilled trades, sales representatives and engineers. The openings are now in double digits, so it's getting worse. One of the issues they're running into is about fit, it's about having the right skill. What is happening is we have workers with a specific skill set and employers looking for a specific skill set but they're not necessarily coming together. An example, you're not going to hire a sales rep that sells cars to sell software, right? The employer has a list of requirements and it's difficult to find someone who fits all the requirements. Another issue is with employers, once they bring someone, because of longevity. Longevity in the U.S. is actually under three years. Compared to the top 13 industrialized nations, we have the shortest job duration. Consequently employers can no longer afford to train workers unless they come to the job with the appropriate skill sets. Employers are willing to train for job specific skills but not marketable skills. They'll train you if they use a CRM, but they're not going to train you to be a sales person. Consequently what's happening is we are running into skill gaps. Situations that Melodie's company has run into are companies hiring marketing managers - and the marketing manager doesn't know anything about social media; or sales representatives that they don't know how to use a CRM, or Sales Force or an online web tool. They have even seen situations where they've had engineers that don't know how to use computers or automated tools because of the industry they've been in ...listen, there's more detail...
Related Links: i2i Workforce || Colorado Companies to Watch || In the News || Blog || Keywords: Melodie Reagan, i2i Workforce, Colorado Companies to Watch, Talent Strategy, Recruiting, Jobs, Unemployment, Manpower, Training - bytes=6965606
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Dave Mangum, Executive Director, Startup 
        Colorado Increase the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem
enclosure-voice 1122_ 12/5/11 - Recently w3w3® attended the very exciting public launch event of Startup Colorado. We're here now with Dave Mangum, a Silicon Flatirons Research Fellow and the Executive Director of the Startup Colorado program. Dave tells us Startup Colorado is a regional project to increase the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado. The goal, over the coming years, is to build the communal backdrop for new companies to emerge. The national program, Startup America is basically a convener bringing together different startup regions to share best practices, to learn a little big about what they're all doing. So Startup Colorado is really where the action happens for Colorado. As the executive director for Startup CO, Dave's responsibility is to be the driver on the first year goals. Dave says of these goals he feels Startup Summer will have the biggest impact. They will get college students from across the state come to Boulder for a summer, working as interns for Boulder based startup companies. The students will by day work as interns, by night they will have a full range of courses and dinners, through the summer that will help them get a stronger sense of what entrepreneurship is really about. The second example is to expand the very popular and successful community events in Boulder, like Community Office Hours, Open Coffee Club or New Tech Meetup, we want those same events that have the community component to expand outside of Boulder to Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Larry noted it is a grassroots movement. Dave said, "Absolutely. It's not going to work if we don't have entrepreneurs working with us each step of the way ay." There are two ways of being involved. The first is just being cognizant of what's going on and showing up - it's always great to have a strong community spirit at our public events. More deeply, at this stage, they're trying to have as many conversations as they can with people across the Front Range and tell us what they want to do and how they want to get involved. So start the conversation. Listen for more
Related Links: Startup Colorado || Startup America Partnership || Startup Colorado public launch || Silicon Flatirons Home || House of Genius || Entrepreneurs Channel || Photos || Keywords: Dave Mangum, Silicon Flatirons Center, Startup America Partnership, Startup Colorado, Startup Colorado Public Launch, Entrepreneurs - bytes=6652972
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Getting technology to leverage and access what is needed
Phil Becker, PLB Ventures and CoFounder, 
        Defrag Con enclosure-voice 1128 12/19/11 - We're talking to Phil Becker, PLB Ventures, today at the DefragCon 2011. Phil is one of the cofounders of Defrag, although his career began in the aerospace industry [with some pretty impressive accomplishments]. Phil has been in the computer industry since 1967 and has his signature on both the Moon and Mars as part of computer communications projects he built for the Apollo and Viking missions. He has created technology to link computers for both the pre-Internet and Internet eras. As an entrepreneur he has built and taken public companies in the computer communications space. In 1992 he founded ISPCON and grew it to be the premiere Internet Service Provider Trade Show. Phil was the former Editor-in-Chief of Digital ID World and former Managing Partner of Digital Identity World, LLC before selling DIDW to IDG in 2007. Phil tells us that today, that throughout his varied career, he realizes now that what he's always been focused on is the way technology amplifies each of us individually and gives us more autonomy and more control over our world. He said, "I think here at Defrag you're seeing the same thing show up again, sometimes recognized and sometimes unrecognized. That is whether talking about the consumerization of IT in the enterprise, the access to data wherever we are, or whether it's mobile computing - it's really all about how does the individual who is trying to get something in their life, get the technology to help them have the leverage and access that they need. In Larry's latest book, Mastering Change in the Midst of Chaos, he says, "People are the source of all problems and people are the source of all solutions." Phil says, yes and in the end that's what this technology is all for. I mean we aren't building robots to take care of other robots. We're building them to take care of us and make life easier. This conference which Brad Feld, Eric Norlin and Phil Becker put together, is really all about that wave of where it all comes together, what it looks like and to take that next step. What solutions are created by the next step and what new problems are created by the next step. "Every solution is the source of its own problem." There's more....
Related Links: Defrag 2011 || Defrag 2012 || Defrag Photos || Software Channel || Mastering Change Book || Keywords: Phil Becker, Defrag, Accelerating the AHA Moment, Moon, Mars, Apollo, Viking missions, IPSCON, Digital ID World, Digital Identity World, New Wave, Brad Feld, Eric Norlin - bytes=3789534
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Bart Lorang, CEO/Founder, FullContact Couple of years after you start your venture
enclosure-voice 1130_ 12/19/11 - At Defrag 2011 we met and talked with Bart Lorang, CEO and Founder of FullContact. Attracted to his booth by all of the activity, Larry asked Bart to give us an overview of what FullContact was. Bart replied, “FullContact is the API that keeps contact information current. Any software application can 'bake' our capability inside their APP to improve, enrich and de-duplicate their people data.” “That's mailing lists and everything else?” asked Larry. “Yes, emails, phone numbers, titles, photos, addresses, names, all that core contact information that lives inside of software. FullContact's customers are CRM platforms, email marketing tools, marketing automation tools - we work with a lot of people data and make that data better. This is an API for software developers, it's technical, but it's very simple to consume for a developer. It really takes only a few lines of code. Larry asked Bart who runs into many businesses, big and small, entrepreneurs and the like, “What advice would he give business people today?” Bart's reply, "My advice to entrepreneurs is follow your passion, because as an entrepreneur you're facing long odds and if you don't have passion for it, you're not going to love it, and you can't do great work if you don't love it. Most importantly you're going to need persistence to go along with that passion. Because, it really doesn't start kicking in until a couple of years after you start your venture that you really start seeing success. It doesn't ever happen overnight."
Related Links: Defrag 2011 || Defrag 2012 || Defrag Photos || Software Channel || FullContact || Keywords: Bart Lorang, FullContact, API, Defrag, Accelerating the AHA Moment, Digital Identity, API's, Mobile, Social Customer, Platform Shift, Collaboration, Social Networks, Activity Streams - bytes=2760101
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Entrepreneur secrets of the past, present, future
Nancy Phillips, COO/CoFounder, 
        ViaWest enclosure-voice 1131_ 12/26/11 - As co-founder and COO, Nancy Phillips has a vested interest in establishing ViaWest as a leader in the market. Phillips, who has over 15 years of management experience in technology, oversees ViaWest's operations, engineering and technical support divisions. Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and ITP present Nancy Phillips as the featured entrepreneur with moderators Brad Bernthal, Brad Feld and Jill Van Matre as part of their Entrepreneurs Unplugged series. Previously the Vice President of Operations for RMI.net. Phillips was integral in managing the company's network and technical growth. Prior to helping this struggling Internet Service Provider back to profitability, Phillips also was Vice President of Operations for ITC Worldwide (now Genesys Conferencing) and was Senior Vice President of Operations for ConferTech International (now Global Crossing). Phillips has also been a principal, executive and consultant for numerous successful telecommunications companies including France Telecom, MCI and Qwest. She began her career with Teleconferencing Systems Canada as Vice President of Sales and it was in this role that she met Roy Dimoff - the two have been loyal business partners ever since. In addition to being recognized by ViaWest for her outstanding contributions, Phillips has earned a reputation for excellence throughout the industry. In 2010, she received CSIA's prestigious "Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award." She has been named the Denver Business Journal's "Outstanding Woman in Business" in the high-tech category, and...
Related Links: ViaWest || Entrepreneurs Unplugged || Silicon Flatirons || Podcasting Directory || Event Photos ||
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Keywords: Nancy Phillips, ViaWest, Data Centers, Brad Feld, Jill VanMatre, Brad Bernthal Entrepreneurs, France Telecom, MCI, Qwest, Silicon Flatirons, Internet Service Provider - Bytes: 62201420
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Startup Colorado Launch, Why Boulder Panel Moderated by 
        Brad Feld, Panelists, Yoav Lurie, Justin Segall, Alexander White and Dave Wright
Initiative aimed at company creation along the Front Range
enclosure-voice 1133_ 12/26/11 - At the Startup Colorado Public Launch at Silicon Flatirons, University of Colorado Law School in November, Brad Feld chaired the panel titled ‘Why Boulder?’ with panelists: Yoav Lurie, Founder & CEO, Simple Energy; Justin Segall, Founder & EVP, Simple Energy; Alexander White, Co-Founder & CEO, Next Big Sound, Inc.; and Dave Wright, Founder & CEO, Solid Fire. Startup Colorado, an initiative aimed at company creation along the Front Range, publicly launched in Boulder. It is affiliated with the Startup America Partnership, announced earlier this year to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, top-level executives and educators to foster the growth of innovative companies. Startup Colorado is chaired by Brad Feld and Phil Weiser in Boulder and Jan Horsfall in Colorado Springs. Startup Colorado is a regional initiative, with a heavy focus on Boulder, at least initially. In addition to launching in Boulder, the program plans to create an entrepreneurial summer camp in Boulder where college students from throughout Colorado will work as interns for Boulder startups. The New York Times featured the city last year with the headline 'a magnet for high-tech startups.' Phil Weiser, Dean of the Law School at CU and founder and director of the Silicon Flatirons Center has worked tirelessly for years, even serving two years in Washington D.C. at the White House and is credited by many for the federal focus on Boulder. Of course, Brad Feld and the Foundry Group, local Boulder based venture capitalists, along with Tech Stars has garnered much attention for Boulder as well. Vic Ahmed from TiE Rockies delivered opening remarks and represents a strong Denver influence with the Innovation Pavilion and the Governor's initiative called COIN. This panel, Why Boulder, features young Boulder business leaders who have flourished under the mentoring and guidance of local Boulder TechStars. More than 50 companies, including w3w3.com, have committed over $1 billion in products and services to help young companies grow. Brad says...Listen for more ideas and details... .
Related Links: Startup Colorado || Startup Colorado public launch || Silicon Flatirons Home || Economy Builders || Foundry Group || Event Photos || Keywords: Brad Feld, Boulder Colorado, Startup Colorado, Silicon Flatirons, Yoav Lurie, Simple Energy; Justin Segall, Simple Energy; Alexander White, Next Big Sound, Dave Wright, Solid Fire - Bytes: 21608388
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Getting Internet access for the entire State of Colorado
Ron Burton, President Nominee, Rotary 
        International and Larry Nelson, Director/Founder, w3w3.com Internet Talk Radio enclosure-voice 1127_ 12/19/11 - We are at the Colorado Rotary State of the State and Culmination of 100 Years Anniversary Celebration of Rotary in Colorado and joined by Ron Burton, President Nominee of Rotary International. Ron explains the way their system works, he is currently the president nominee, will be elected at the Bangkok convention in May as president elect and then becomes president of Rotary International and serves in 2013-2014. Larry asked Ron, “What's happening in Rotary now?” A very big deal, Rotarians are trying to complete the "End Polio Now" (Polio Irradiation Campaign) which has been going on longer than many would like. (Larry has much interest in the topic of polio, as he had it as a youth.) Ron tells us we are getting very close. There have been about 570 cases in the world this year, which is about 37-40% of what it was last year. "But", says Ron, “we still have to finish the job. We promised the children of the world in 1987 they would live in a polio free world - and we're making progress but we have to finish the job." Rotary has stellar partners in that process. There is the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and of course, the World Rotarians are on that list. There are 34,000 Rotary Clubs in the world and 200 countries and political subdivisions. Every Rotary club is autonomous, so they can pick and choose the projects they want to do. But every Rotary Club does many, many things around the community. One of the big catalysts that occurred here in Colorado is the Internet access for the entire State which puts Colorado in First Place! And, the catalyst for that was a network of 174 Rotary Clubs in the State of Colorado. It wouldn't have happened without them! Rotarians live by the four-way test, Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Does it build goodwill and better friendship? Is it beneficial to all concerned? If you can answer those four questions in a positive way...there's much more to listen to...
Related Links: Rotary International || Global Polio Eradication Initiative || End Polio Now (UN Foundation) || Gates Foundation || Rotary International || Keywords: Ron Burton, Rotary, International, Polio, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Colorado, Global Health Program, High Speed Internet Project, EAGLE-Net, Educational Access Gateway, Learning Environment Network, Points - bytes=5772332
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Ian Brown, Director, Demand Generation, 
    Mashery It's all about the data and how it's presented
enclosure-voice 1129_ 12/19/11 - We're back at the Defrag Conference, lot of great speakers, super booths, lot of executives, some very interesting people and some money walking around too. Based in San Francisco with offices in New York and London, we're speaking with Ian Brown, Director, Demand Generation (for the rest of us, that's marketing) at Mashery. So, what does Mashery do? They help companies with APIs, essentially get those APIs out to developers, whether that be internal or external, but essentially they provide a layer of infrastructure that allows the developers to be able to scale, allows them to analyze who is actually using their APIs. In addition to that Mashery also provide a developers outreach center. At w3w3.com we find this all rather amazing. We started our Internet Talk Radio Show in 1999 and it's changed a little bit since then. Ian agrees, just thinking back to last year, "You would hear API and every once-and-awhile you'd have to throw in what API means [Application Programming Interface], you'd have to actually say that. This year people are throwing API around very nonchalantly assuming everyone knows what that is." On the horizon Ian expects to see APIs forward to individual businesses - more like turning business into a platform. Where now you have individuals accessing data via APIs and to then build other things. Now what's happening is you're seeing a variety of different applications being built based on these APIs and in some cases you're seeing brand-new partnerships being formed thanks to these APIs. It's pretty amazing and from there you can see almost anything happening because it's all about the data and how it's presented. Again, it's up to the smart individuals at Defrag to one day make that happen.
Related Links: Defrag 2011 || Defrag 2012 || Defrag Photos || Software Channel || Mashery || Keywords: Ian Brown, Mashery, API, Defrag, Accelerating the AHA Moment, Digital Identity, API's, Mobile, Social Customer, Platform Shift, Collaboration, Social Networks, Activity Streams - bytes=3100319
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It is more than doing well, by doing good
Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing, CEO/Founder1123_ 12/12/11 - Kim Jordan, CEO, New Belgium Brewing Company shares the story of her journey and that of hundreds of team members in becoming a profitable and socially responsible enterprise. Chris Pelley, Founder and Managing Director, CIMCO, has been encouraging a greater understanding of social enterprise within the Colorado business community for almost seven years. In collaboration with ACG, he was very pleased to announce this year’s 5th Annual Business/Social Entrepreneurship event with keynote speaker, Kim Jordan, CEO and Co-Founder of New Belgium Brewing. Blending business acumen and social needs is something that Ms. Jordan has mastered quite successfully. She’ll share how aligning with social enterprise attracts the best and brightest talent, improves retention and ultimately enhances employee morale. There’s nothing better than having your employees boast with pride in their company’s purpose in the world to help improve your bottom line! Social enterprise is more than merely, "doing well, by doing good." Watch and listen to her message.
Related Links: New Belgium Brewing Home || CIMCO || Community Reach || Social Entrepreneurship || M&A Channel || ACG Denver || Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || Keywords: Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise, Association for Corporate Growth, Denver, ACG, Chris Pelley, CIMCO, Community Reach -
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Bill Heuston, Sr. Account Executive, ViaWest Building a phenomenal culture and a real value proposition
enclosure-voice 1125_ 12/12/11 - We're back at the Defrag Conference, lot of great speakers, super booths, lot of executives, some very interesting people and some money walking around too, by the way. We're talking with Bill Heuston who is senior account executive at ViaWest. We interviewed Bill a few years ago. Bill has been with ViaWest for nine years. Via West is 12 years old so Bill has been around for a good chunk of it. When we last interviewed the co-founder, Roy Dimoff, he pointed out they have a lot of long term employees. Bill adds, "There are. We've got a phenomenal culture - not much turnover, people like to stay here." Larry asked for an overview. Bill replied, "ViaWest, got started in 1999" [Coincidentally that's the same year w3w3.com got started.], "here in Denver, Colorado, slowly growing in the hosting business, and acquiring data centers around the country. And, 12 years later, fast-forward, we are now the largest privately held collocation hosting company in North America." That's quite a success story. Bill's focus is in sales on the entrepreneurial and enterprise space. It's a big gambit, but any company that has a mission critical web application, are the people Bill loves to talk to. He likes to solve problems in a hybrid manner. The thing that ViaWest brings to the table, that's a real value proposition vs. all the other hosting companies that they compete with, is that they have all the core competencies under one roof. They have collocation, dedicated hosting and cloud computing. All three of those are core competencies to ViaWest and value to clients in that they can build solutions that are what Bill calls 'hybrid' and use pieces and parts of each one, all under one roof and cross connected to make it a seamless connection. Larry recalls, way back when ViaWest was first launching there were many other hosting companies that had started but are no longer in business. Bill tells us that seven out of ten of ViaWest competitors when they got started are not longer here. That's 70% and ViaWest continued on to become this super success.
Related Links: Viawest || Green Solutions || Defrag 2011 || Software Channel || Keywords:Bill Heuston, Viawest, Collocation Hosting Company, Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Computing, Green Grid, Defrag, Accelerating the AHA Moment, Value Proposition - bytes=3403340
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Stephanie Steffens, Program Director, Colorado Companies to Watch... Nominate your favorite Colorado Company to Watch for 2012 Recognition program that recognizes second stage companies
enclosure-voice 1119_ 12/5/11 - Colorado Companies to Watch is a business recognition program that recognizes second stage companies in every geographic area in Colorado and every industry across the State of Colorado. Stephanie Steffens tells us, it is very diverse. The important thing is that COCTW is out there looking for companies that are beyond startup but not yet mature. They have somewhere between six and 100 employees - $750K to $50M in annual revenue and they're experiencing growth. They're not just surviving; they are growing, creating jobs and fueling the economic fire of Colorado. On the first week of December every year, Nominations are Officially Opened. It's really easy to nominate a company by going to the COCTW website, click on the link, and provide minimal information about the company you're nominating and why you want to nominate them. From here, the company is sent an email telling them they've been nominated by you (unless you want to remain anonymous) - That it is an honor to be nominated, Who nominated them and asked to fill out an application. So as a nominee you're not asked to have any private information about the company, just a top person's name, email address and why you want to nominate them. Often overlooked is the payoff or benefit to the nominator. Think about this, what better thing can you do for a client or someone you would like to have as a client; for a family member or friends to say, 'Hey, I think your company is so amazing and incredible that you deserve to be recognized in this great program.’ And, it's not only a fantastic program for Colorado but a national program that acknowledges and provides visibility to some of the best companies in Colorado. Even if they don't win or even if the company chooses not to fill out the application (which we hope wouldn't happen) - that's kudos in your cap because you told them you think they're important and valuable and they matter to you. Now they know that. The program as a whole is a benefit to the state and to the local communities those companies are in. When you nominate and bring attention to the companies in your community (or the companies in your industry) you're helping to fuel the economic fire by bringing attention to your community and as a group to Colorado as to how economically vital we are; That this is a place companies want to do business in. We want to start businesses here, grow businesses here and keep businesses here and we want other businesses to come here.
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Inspiration, inventions and innovation lead to winning
Francisco Garcia, Inventor of 
     Klinggonenclosure-voice 1121_ 12/5/11 - Back to the DaVinci Institute Inventor Showcase. This was a tremendous event! We have seen everything under the sun here from Evacuated Tube Transport (ET3) transportation technology for people and goods that is faster than jets, to a connector that allows anyone to easily build a geodesic dome. And, if you want to stay dry, check out NeverWet you will be seeing it in stores soon and possibly spraying it on your shoes too. At this event the public got the chance to see new innovations and inventions as well as interact with inventors on a personal level, a great teaching opportunity for families of wide-eyed children... we saw many and took advantage of the opportunity bringing our own grandchildren, Ahern and Nikaela.
      Now we're going to introduce you to Francisco Garcia inventor of the Klinggon, based in Miami. He and his partner and co-inventor, operate the Mako Design Firm. They are young and active - Francisco is a runner and biker, his partner a skater and musician, and both are part of the smart phone / Apple iPhone generation. Having been frustrated with the tangle of the ear bud cable/cords, they sat down realizing they had a nice idea and began drawing. Definitely burning the midnight oil and cast a vast array of not less than 15 to 20 prototypes. They ran computer simulations subjecting their invention to the stresses and strains just like testing for parts in an airplane. They used all the simulation models to carve around the shape and make a slot that would hold the cable in place. Wow, all of this to hold those pesky ear buds in place, really cool. BTW they also were awarded the daVinci Institute 2011 Consumer Product of the Year! They caused quite a stir at their booth, as so many others did. But Francisco wasn't about to ignore the opportunity for this interview. Listen to Francisco Garcia and see if you don't get just as excited...

Related Links: Klinggon || DaVinci Inventor Showcase || daVinci Institute || Mastering Change Book || Economy Builders || Showcase Photos || Keywords: Francisco Garcia, Klinggon, Mako Design Firm, Ear Buds, DaVinci Inventor Showcase, daVinci Institute, Entrepreneurs, Inventions, Consumer Product of the Year - bytes=4586164
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w3w3® Media Network Links that will make a difference
914_ 10/25/10- w3w3® Media Network is all about supporting business and technology in Colorado.  We specialize in creating valuable links and relationships to help you grow your company, build your team, get insights to various industries, keep you up-to-date, raise money, increase your income and profits, and so much more...Venture Capital; Tech Transfer; Communications Technology Professionals; Mergers and Acquisitions; It's the Law; Training Trends; Colorado Companies to Watch; Mastering Change; Looking for Money; In the News; and more...Just click on the topic of your interest and you'll find treasure trove of information...
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