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Vic Ahmed, Putting together the plan to go to the next level
Vic Ahmed, Plug and Play, Incubator Coming to Colorado
Sarah Allen, CTO, Mighty Verse, NCWIT Hero
Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons, Entrepreneur Initiative
Lauren Costantini, CU Tech Transfer 'Business Advisor of the Year'
Capital Value Advisors, David Tolson & Chris Younger, CCTW Sponsor
Communication Tech Pros, Dave Leonard & Tim Sisneros "Circle back..
Funovation, Erick Mueller, Sr. VP Marketing & Sales - CCTW winner
John Leonard, Adventures of a Global Exec... in Antarctica
John LoPorto, Power Tagging Technologies 2/28/11
Sam Martin, Rebuilding A&P, One Person at a Time, ACG Denver Keynote
Jana Matthews, CEO, Janna Matthews Group
Alicia Morga, GottaFeeling and NCWIT Hero
Leonard Nimoy, 2011 Space Symposium coming...
Page 1 Solutions, Dan Goldstein, CCTW Winner 50 Companies to Watch
Theresa Szczurek, Radish Systems, Boulder Startup Sells $40M


Let's smile, have some fun and make some money
Erick Mueller, Co-founder & 
        VP Marketing & Sales, Funovation - Colorado 50 Companies to Watch Winner enclosure-voice 975_ 2/28/11 - "Well, this is different for us. We're sitting here in a maze with a guy who's started five different businesses over the years. We're with Erick Mueller, co-founder, VP of sales & marketing of Funovation... and in that, there's probably a bit of a hint what this is all about. Let's smile and have some fun. It is easy to understand why Funovation is one of the Colorado 50 Companies to Watch winners. Erick has founded 5 companies. 4 have done OK, 1 was a flaming failure. He believes the past doesn’t matter and lives by “what have you done lately?”. Based on this, he continues to work hard to create value in the world and make a difference. Larry asked, "Today, with all the things we've been through, the economic challenges, what do you think are some of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs today? Erick replied, "One of the first challenges is, we really need to adapt. For a couple of years, my peers and I sat there saying/thinking, it's going change, it's going to get better. Then after a few years in the same environment we realized, no it's different. The business environment has changed. We really need to adapt. Meaning really research what our customers are looking for and change our operations accordingly. To pause and adapt, perhaps quicker than they have in the past. He went onto explaining more about the exciting company. "Funovation was founded to create heart pounding, addictive attractions that require brain and brawn. That's quite a mouth-full, but ultimately we create fun experiences that help people to go play and to have fun, and our first attraction is a laser maze. It's just like in the movies, like Entrapment or Mission Impossible, where Catherine Zeta-Jones or Tom Cruise navigates through the web of lasers to steal the jewel or rob the bank. Larry and Mike Hamers took a turn through the maze and Erick said he was impressed with their technique. We have over 60 locations around the world. One highlight would be right in Times Square, in New York City. So we have a Mission Impossible theme right there is NYC. We have a location in Dubai, which is our second largest maze in the world. They have a pharaoh theme, they do a tremendous amount of business there. One of our newest locations is in Nanjing, China. Roughly 25% of our income is from overseas. We're in ten countries around the world and growing." There are more smiles...
Related Links: Funovation Home || Colorado Companies to Watch Home || CCTW Event || CCTW Gala Celebration ||
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Putting together the plan to go to the next level
Vic Ahmed, Business Process Mapping 
        with Business Genetics, a disruptive technology... enclosure-voice 973_ 2/28/11 - Larry corralled Vic Ahmed, a serial entrepreneur who has helped companies grow along with his many entrepreneurial experiences. Vic is also Chairman and President of TiE Rockies. Recently, he got involved with, Business Genetics, a Colorado company. Vic explained, "I found it by accident than worked with the founders, Cedric Tyler and Steve Baker, helping them put together the plan to go to the next level. One rarely has the opportunity to work with a company that is the best in the world. At first I was skeptical, but doing my due diligence over a number of months, I am convinced. Even Gartner has said on a number of occasions, what they have is not only disruptive, but the best in the world. What they do is a very exciting thing and done in the very traditional world of business and process mapping. This has been around for decades. Typically you write down requirements and business processes or use some fancy software to come up with these requirements. Business Genetics says no. What they do is very business friendly. It's like what/where type of questions that any business person can answer very easily without getting confused, without technical jargon being thrown at them, which has been the case in the traditional methodology. The end result is two things, 1.) The time frame of getting this work done reduces to a fraction because of the way it works. The second is the level of accuracy of your requirements or processes goes up by an order of magnitude. If you look at IT projects as an example, over 60% fail. Research says that 80% of the reason that these fail is because requirements don't map to what they're trying to accomplish, what the user actually wants. It is not easy to conceptualize a data flow diagram and other technical diagrams that traditionally have been produced. So this changes the ball game. I think the level of accuracy is the biggest benefit." Listen to Vic's discussion for some more money saving and money-making ideas...
Related Links: Business Genetics || Plug and Play Tech Center || Blog || In the News || TiE Rockies || BG Overview || Keywords: Vic Ahmed, Business Process Mapping, Business Genetics, TiE Rockies, Entrepreneur, Due Diligence, Cedric Tyler, Steve Baker, Gartner 2/28/11 bytes=7153270 LISTEN to Vic Ahmed, Business Process Mapping

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What we do is oriented around information technology
Brad Bernthal, Silicoon Flatirons Center, Entrepreneurial Initiative, Directorenclosure-voice 971_ 2/21/11 - "We've created a nerve center, where the technologists, entrepreneurs, capitalists, the service providers around them - they've got a home at CU. That's not just the Silicon Flatirons, there are others across campus. There's the Tech Transfer Office, the Deming Center, ATLAS Center, others who are engaged across campus. I think we've done a much better job on that. For instance at SFC we're going to have about 36 programs with 6,000 or more people coming through over the course of the year and on a relatively shoe-string budget. The second thing I think we're doing increasingly well is engaging student interest." We're speaking with Brad Bernthal, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Technology Policy and Entrepreneurial Law. We're asking Brad about Silicon Flatirons, CU and what they're really doing here as it relates to entrepreneurs. Ted Turner at The Silicon Flatirons Center, Entrepreneurs Unplugged 2009"What we do is oriented around information technology", said Brad, "and broadly, when we're at our best, something that matters around IT for the next one to three years. Not where is the ball now, but where is the ball going to be in the near future. That's where we're situated and we are at the intersection of academics, government policy and business. We've got three areas of emphasis, 1.) Telecommunications policy, 2.) IP privacy and security and 3.) Entrepreneurship Initiative". Larry asked Brad about the very popular Entrepreneurs Unplugged series. "It fits into the general goal of the Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) at Silicon Flatirons Center (SFC), to be the API for the campus. So, the point in which the startup community in the Front Range intersects with CU Boulder, especially the geek startup community, software companies, hardware and telecom. Co hosted by Brad with Brad Feld and Jill Van Maetre who's with the ATLAS Center across campus. It's been an amazing series with national figures like Ted Turner, Sam Zell, David Bonderman and Liberty CEO, Greg Maffei."...Listen for the meat and potatoes...
Related Links: Entrepreneurs Unplugged || Silicon Flatirons Center || New Venture Challenge Photo Album || Entrepreneurs Channel || Keywords: Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons Center, Entrepreneurs Unplugged, Brad Feld, Jill Van Maetre, Ted Turner, Sam Zell, David Bonderman, Liberty Media CEO, Greg Maffei > 2/21/11 bytes=7699542
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Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek come to Colorado
Leonard Nimoy, Recipient of the 2010 douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award and Larry Nelson, w3w3.com enclosure-voice 832_ 4/26/10 - At the 26th National Space Symposium, Larry and Pat had an opportunity to have a discussion with Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame. But Nimoy is so much more than that. They decided to talk about other topics that help us learn more about him and what has shaped his character over the past 79 years as well as understanding his hot buttons. We started out by reflecting on some poetry Leonard read as 'whale song' was heard in the background...that was decades ago but it opened up insights to his current interests and concerns. When asked, Is there something businesses can do to motivate children?" His reply was an ouch. "I'm not a sociologist, I'm not a businessman, I can't speak intelligently about that. I'll tell you what I am concerned about; I'm concerned about how much television kids watch that is not uplifting, or educational or inspiring in any way. It's all about celebrity, and if you're celebrity, come and tell us about your celebrity. What have you accomplished? I'm a celebrity - I'm famous for having a lot of children, so I want a TV show - It's crazy. What we have descended to in our education, it's crazy! It's really sad, I could go on about that, I'm not going to." He had a great deal to say about advice he would give to someone following his career path. "The biggest fantasy, myth about my work, about being an actor is people who think a look will get you somewhere, be at the right place and time, that kind of thing - luck plays a big role, but I never believed that, not even as a teenager...Education, it's all about education. Learn, learn, learn and devote yourself to a profession. Be professional about it." Larry asked, "Do you feel the U.S. is losing its position in terms of space?" Leonard replied, "Yes, I don't know to what degree this is true. I don't want to be an alarmist about this, but I do think we've got some work to do." We did end with a Vulcan salute. Listen for much, much more...
Related Links: Space Technology Hall of Fame® || National Space Symposium || Space Foundation || More About Nimoy || ///Space Symposium PHOTOS/// || Keywords: Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek, Spock, Vulcan, National Space Symposium, Space Foundation, Education, Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award 4/26/10 Chnl: News bytes: 5458968
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Tim Sisneros, 
        CTP Board Member (POLYCOM) Winners in the communications industry
enclosure-voice 968_ 2/14/11 - The Communications Technology Professionals (CTP) are gearing up for their annual Communications Executive of the Year Award Dave Leonard, Communications Executive of the Year 2009, Presented March 2010ceremonies April 7, 2011. Board member Tim Sisneros (United Communications Specialist - POLYCOM), joins us to 'circle around' for an update with last year's winner David Leonard. This is such a high honor, Larry asked for a little background from Dave, leading up to his selection last year. Of course, you'll want to hear Dave in his own words, but here, a little summary. "I spent the bulk of his career in the communications industry. Initially with United Cable Television Corp. based here in Denver. As you know Denver was the capital of the cable industry back in the 80's and 90's. Companies like United Cable, TCI, Daniels, Jones Inter Cable, ATC and so forth, so it was very much of a hub for that industry." In 1989 United Cable was acquired by TCI and at that time Dave went abroad and joined United International Holdings and managed their operations in Sweden where they were building cable systems all over the country. From there Dave started and then managed their operations in Latin America, with operations in six countries throughout the region. From there to Brazil in 1998 which was great timing... and then the telecom meltdown occurred. "We exited that investment in 2001 and I joined Liberty Media and oversaw their interests in Latin America for the next several years. I joined Wild Blue Communications which provides broadband communications through satellite to rural areas of North America. I was with Wild Blue until 2009 when we sold the company on 12/15/2009 to ViaSat in Carlsbad California." Dave went on to talking about this year's award winner. "First let me congratulate CTP for a fine selection. Mike is a brilliant executive, I know him well. Actually our paths crossed in United International Holdings, where we both managed separate regions of the company, I was in Latin America, he was in Asia Pacific. He went on to become CEO of Liberty Global. So I think that's a wonderful choice. I think Liberty Global is extremely dynamic and they do the right things all over world. I think their strategy and infrastructure and content based services is brilliant."...Listen for more...
Related Links: Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || Liberty Global || Polycom || Podcasting Directory || Keywords: David Leonard, Communications Technology Professionals, CTP, Communications Executive of the Year Award, United Cable, TCI, Daniels, Jones Inter Cable, Mike Fries, Liberty Global > 2/14/11 bytes=6662585 LISTEN to Tim Sisneros and Dave Leonard, Past Communications Executive of the Year

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Sarah Allen, CEO  & Founder, Mightverse; 
   President & Founder RailsBridge Here it is; say it in any language right now
enclosure-voice 966_ 2/14/11 - Lucy Sanders, 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 Sarah Allen, founder and CEO, Mightyverse and President and Founder of RailsBridge, an inclusive and friendly Ruby on Rails community. RailsBridge guidelines are: First, do no harm. Then, help where you can; Bridge the gap from aspiring developer to contributing community member through mentoring, teaching & writing; Reach out to individuals and groups who are underrepresented in the community; Collaborate with other groups with similar goals. All of this makes Sarah a standout example of women in information technology and an NCWIT Hero. As usual, Lucy checked out the Mightyverse website, played with it and explains, " Basically Sarah created, at Mightyverse, what she is calling a language market place. And you don't just see or hear a pronunciation, but you see people's faces, actually saying the word or phrase. It looks good on your mobile device and you can go anywhere and figure out how to say something." Leave your English/Japanese Dictionary at home, but don't forget your Smart Phone / Mobile Phone with the Mightyverse App. Sarah is primarily self-funding this company through some independent consulting work. Sarah has also started and is president of RailsBridge - free workshops teaching Ruby on Rails aimed at women with the mission of increasing the number of women Ruby developers. The project which has trained almost 600 people, nearly 500 of them women, in five cities in the past year and a half, is gaining speed in 2011. Sarah is quite a technologist, obviously being chief technology officer. She said, "When I was in college, I didn't see the power of computing and how it could be applied to real world problems." Before Mightyverse she worked on a team of four engineers developing Shockwave and Flash software. In 1998 she was named as one of the Top 25 Women on the Web, an amazing technology career. Sarah said, "We're finally approaching what Tim Berners-Lee meant by the semantic web. The notion of having services on the web that you can connect to and machines can connect to and make sense of. So we're starting to be able to assemble fairly complex systems without building every piece ourselves. That's really exciting."
Related Links: RailsBridge || Mighty Verse || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Sarah Allen, Mightyverse, RailsBridge, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Lee Kennedy, Bolder Search, Entrepreneurs, Technology - Ruby on Rails, Lucy Sanders, Larry Nelson, NCWIT Heroes, Shockwave, Flash, mentoring - 2/14/11 bytes=22974696 LISTEN to Sarah Allen, CTO, Mightyverse, RailsBridge, President & Founder - NCWIT Hero

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Dan Goldstein, Page 1 Solutions, CCTW Winner 2010/11 Leads for building your business
enclosure-voice 964_ 2/7/11 - If your potential clients can't find you, that's a problem. Once they get to your website, if they can't understand or get something out of your website, that's a problem. It's amazing how many businesses don't have those and other important marketing things put together - today we're with an expert. We are interviewing one of the Colorado Companies to Watch winners, Dan Goldstein from Page 1 Solutions. Dan said, "With the Internet the one thing he's seen is constant change. When Page 1 was started ten years ago, Google didn't exist. Now, Google dominates the search engines, on the other hand we have Facebook, YouTube, all kinds of other social media and they are actually garnering more traffic than Google now. So, what you need if you want to be active and successful, is you need to be able to look at those changing environments and be able to react to them quickly." Larry asked for an overview of what Page 1 Solutions does. Dan explained, "Page 1 offers a wide range of solutions. Our slogan used to be, 'Page 1 Solutions: dominate the Internet'." When they started that meant dominating Google. But more and more that means you have to have a successful presence on all of the different vehicles - search engines, social media and all the different ways that people can come to your business or your practice. Page 1 focuses primarily on web site marketing for attorneys, doctors and dentists. They also have a subsidiary, Mega Hunter, that does website marketing for businesses throughout the nation. "We really do everything from soup to nuts. We start by designing their website, we write the content, we work on SEO for their websites, so they show up high on Google. We do lobbying for them. We do all kinds of things with content, some of that includes writing and publishing press releases, building links to come back to the website. More and more though, we're seeing a really high demand for video."...Listen for more...
Related Links: Page 1 Solutions || Colorado Companies to Watch Home || MegaHunter || CCTW Channel || CCTW Event || CCTW Gala Celebration || Keywords: Dan Goldstein, Page 1 Solutions, MegaHunter, Colorado 50 Companies to Watch, Search Engines, Social Media, Google, Facebook, YouTube 2/7/11 bytes=6689335
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Selling your business, reactive or proactive
Chris Younger, Managing Partner, Capital Value 
        Advisors David Tolson, Managing Partner, Capital Value 
        Advisorsenclosure-voice 962_ 2/7/11 - Do you know the top five things a business owner should do when preparing for an exit? Well, we're happy to be talking with a sponsor of the Colorado Companies to Watch program. Chris Younger and David Tolson, managing directors of Capital Value Advisors have some great advice for all of us, so listen up and be ready to take some notes. Well the top thing is to be prepared to be put under the microscope. "Due Diligence is a very painful process and most business owners don't think about the process until they get to that point" said David Tolson. "Often times there are things that can be done in advance of the sale. In prepping materials, being prepared to talk about any problems with financials that may have arisen in the prior couple of years, and just be prepared for the questions that you may be asked. The other big issue we see is that most business owners typically will look at an exit as a reactive event instead of a proactive event. If you're proactive about it, it's like any other business process. If you plan for it you can eliminate a lot of mistakes that are potentially made and make sure you maximize the eventual exit." Chris said, "Our view is that risk comes in two forms. You have risk in a business which could be in a number of areas. It could be risking your management team, risking your customer base, or your suppliers. There is also risk in the transaction. So, the ability to plan for that transaction, understand and anticipate those risks, and then develop your game plan for how to address those risks, that's what will lead to a successful transaction. The next big mistake that business owners make is not understanding what they need from the transaction. For example what happens to their employees, to their customers, their strategic relationships, the name of the business is as, or more important than the dollars from the transaction." What is the acquisition market like? "We're seeing No. 1, the credit markets loosen up a little bit. We're seeing private equities getting more interested in transactions. The deals we have at market today, we're getting great reception for. So our view is that the acquisition market has really come back. We're feeling pretty optimistic about 2011." They also wrote a book, "HARVEST: The Definitive Guide to Selling Your Company." ...Listen now, there's much more...
Related Links: Capital Value Advisors || HARVEST: The Definitive Guide to Selling Your Company || Colorado Companies to Watch Home || CCTW Channel || CCTW Event || CCTW Gala Celebration || Keywords: Capital Value Advisors, Chris Younger, David Tolson Colorado 50 Companies to Watch, HARVEST: The Definitive Guide to Selling Your Company, Due Diligence - 2/7/11 bytes=9150696 LISTEN to Chris Younger and David Tolson, Capital Value Advisors

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Smart grids, renewables and alternative fuels
John LoPorto, President & CEO, 
        Power Tagging Technologies enclosure-voice 976_ 2/28/11 - Speaking of the future, the future is now, and we're going to be talking about grid based communications and energy informatics. Larry sat down with John LoPorto, President & CEO, Power Tagging Technologies (big CTP supporter) to talk about a very exciting and emerging area. With John's experience, Larry asked John, "What are the challenges facing entrepreneurs today?" John replied, "it's very difficult to get access to capital. Not impossible. We've actually been very fortunate in raising growth capital. We've raised most of it through strategic investors; we're in the midst of raising another round right now. But something I think has changed over the last number of years is we've got to be able to demonstrate a very solid, very quantifiable business plan. It's all based on economic return. No one is investing in technology for technology's sake any more. Larry asked, "Take out your crystal ball, what opportunities are coming for entrepreneurs in the next decade?" John's insight, "I think this green sector, whether we're talking about smart grids, renewables or alternative fuels, will continue to be an exciting opportunity to generate value and also accomplish something good for humanity. If I were looking forward and advising our grandchildren's generation, I think the major advances to be made are in biotechnology and genetic engineering, things of that sort." John went onto explain the Power Tagging focus. "We developed as a core technology, a technology that allows us to tag or fingerprint power, electrical energy which is something that's never been accomplished before. This really provides a framework to provide data communications directly over the high voltage power grid. This is really the most ubiquitous network on the planet that reaches into every room and every building on the face of the earth with multiple transit access. Most of the promise has been that we're going to make things more efficient and make power more useful to people, that people are going to interact (I don't know that consumers have really demonstrated an interest in interacting with the power grid - they don't want to change their behavior, they don't want to start doing their laundry early in the morning just because the power is cheaper then.)...listen now there's much more...
Related Links: Power Tagging Home || Communication Technology Professionals || Executive of the Year and Ascent Award || CTP Channel || Entrepreneurs Channel || Keywords: John LoPorto, Power Tagging Technologies, Communication Technology Professionals, Smart Grids, Renewables, Alternative Fuels, Entrepreneurs > 2/28/11 bytes=7646461 LISTEN to John LoPorto, Power Tagging Technologies

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Worldwide executives explore the unknown
Dave and Claire Leonard, at CTP's Communications Executive of the Year Awards Dinner 2010enclosure-voice 974_ 2/28/11 -What do worldwide executives do to bring balance into their lives? Join us in listening to Dave Leonard's account of his journey to Antarctica. He paints an exciting word picture. As he says, "Bring a little balance to your life, broaden your horizon and your perspective." Dave and his wife Claire decided to travel to Antarctica after the sale of Wild Blue last year. We had taken an excursion with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions, and we had gone to the Arctic three years ago. We were so impressed with the operation that we decided to do the other end of the globe. I guess you could say, to become bi-polar. This journey was 21 days on a ship. We left from Ushuaia, went to the Falkland Islands, then to South Georgia Island, to Elephant Island and over to Antarctica Peninsula. (same journey, in reverse, that Sir Ernest Shackleton took in 1914 - but we didn't have the same experience - that is one of the most amazing survival stories of all time.) Larry asked experiences that standout. "Well first, I was unprepared for just how staggeringly beautiful that part of the world is. It's not well known because nobody is there. Basically it's whale stations and research stations run by the U.S. and other governments on the Antarctica Peninsula which is governed by an international treaty. Second the abundance of wildlife is astounding. I mean, to be standing on the Salisbury Plain in South Georgia amidst, literally two to three million penguins. It's beyond description, words just can't do it justice. It was the adventure of a lifetime, we're very glad we did. The winds are impressive, called Katabatic winds, that come off the glaciers and blow at 100 to 150 mph. If you've never tried to stand up in a 150mph wind, I'll tell you it's a real experience." There's much more to listen to and check out the links below...
Related Links: Antarctica Cruise || National Geographic Explorer || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || Blog || Keywords: David Leonard, Claire Leonard, Antarctica, Communications Technology Professionals, CTP, 2/28/11 bytes=5425008 LISTEN to David Leonard, Global Executive, R&R in Antarctica

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Target market leads to a big sale and much more
Alicia Morga, NCWIT Hero enclosure-voice 972_ 2/21/11 - She is an example of bootstrapping that few others can match. Lucy Sanders, 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 Alicia Morga, founder and past CEO of Consorte Media, sold in 2010 to Audience Science. Currently Alicia is the creator of GottaFeeling (iPhone App) and the founder of a new (in stealth) startup. Alicia is a remarkable young woman with great down-to-earth advice for other young women wanting to build a life in the information and technology space. She is an example of bootstrapping that few others can match. Her beginnings are humble and we encourage you to watch the 'Professional Bio' video on her blog - it's short (link below... About Alicia). Lucy Sanders wanted to know when Alicia got interested in technology. Alicia points out, "It was a circuitous route for sure." She didn't grow up wanting to be an entrepreneur, nor did anyone think she would be an entrepreneur. Looking back she realizes she had all the entrepreneurial traits that are usually necessary to become an entrepreneur, she was very curious and adventurous. Her first exposure was in high school with a basic programming language class. She built a baseball game and thought that was fun - 'you can build anything you want in this thing called a computer'. She did end up going to Stanford University which plunked her down right in the middle of Silicon Valley. She tells us she heard dribs and drabs about technology and entrepreneurship, but didn't connect the dots until she became a corporate lawyer after law school, also at Stanford University. Take the GottaFeeling App. Alicia had never created an app before, she didn't even own an iPhone or an iTouch. She decided this was something she didn't know anything about and said, "Why don't I just jump in and see what I can create." That's when she created GottaFeeling...listen now there's much more...
Related Links: About Alicia Morga || Consorte Media || Gotta Feeling iPhone App || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Alicia Morga, Consorte Media, Gotta Feeling iPhone App, Stanford, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Lucy Sanders, NCWIT Heroes, Lee Kennedy, Bolder Search, Entrepreneurs, Technology > 2/21/11 bytes=18453214
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Theresa Szczurek, Co Founder & CEO, Radish Systems Boulder startup sells for $40M
enclosure-voice 970_ 2/21/11 - Mobile communications is exploding. We're here with an expert the president and founder of Radish Systems, Theresa Szczurek. While it's talked about a great deal, Larry wanted to know what does mobile communications have to do with business? Theresa replied, "Mobile communications is exploding, millions and millions of smart phones are jumping off the shelves. There were like 166 million smart phones sold in 2009. The projections from a Nielsen study show there will be more smart phones used by the end of 2011 than any other kind of cell phone. So businesses who are thinking ahead should be asking, who are my stakeholders, my customers, my distribution channel, my employees out in the field and are they using a mobile device? And they should be asking, what should we be doing to better serve the needs of those mobile callers? Radish Communications Systems, a fun roller coaster ride. We grew it and sold it in 1996 for over $40 million. It was also in the space of integrated voice data and it became the de facto standard for allowing voice and data to be shared over a plain old telephone line. We were working with small companies like Microsoft, Intel, Rockwell, AT&T." Larry asked, "What are some of the practical points businesses should be considering, having to do with mobile devices?" She replied, First of all know your market. Make sure you're serving the mobile stake holders. What we're finding is that more and more corporations are developing and implementing a mobile strategy. For example do you have a mobile website? Since more and more people are doing business via their mobile device, a mobile website and perhaps a mobile application in order to better serve the needs of your marketplace." Listen, there's much more...BTW, they are looking to hire...
Related Links: TMS World || Radish Sprouts || Software Channel || Blog || Keywords: Theresa Szczurek, TMS World, Radish Sprouts, Mobile Communications, Apps, Cell Phone, Mobile Devices, Radish Communications Systems 2/21/11 bytes=7029554
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Business community helping with technology maturation
enclosure-voice 969_ 2/14/11 - The University Colorado Tech Transfer Office (TTO) works with Lauren Costantini, LCC Consulting, TTO Business Advisor of the Yearacademics at the university who are interested in bringing their technology out into the world of potential licensing to pharmaceutical companies or other types of companies. TTO has done a spectacular job of helping identify the technologies within the university that are important. They protect it with patents and then help these groups with marketing and licensing the technologies out. Larry interviewed Lauren Costantini, who has been honored as the University of Colorado Tech Transfer Office, Business Advisor of the Year. Dr. Costantini has over 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical development and is a recognized leader in the area of central nervous system (CNS). She has led pre clinical development, early and pivotal international clinical trials, and regulatory affairs, and has played a key role in business development activities including licensing, patents, due diligence, and partnering discussions. She was previously on faculty at Harvard Medical School where she investigated mechanisms and treatments for neurodegeneration. For the last two years Dr. Costantini has been a consultant and advisor to TTO and has counseled faculty and TTO on business planning, etc. She has also been involved in advising several biomedical startups from the University of Colorado. Lauren explained, "TTO works with academics at the university who are interested in bringing their technology out into the world of potential licensing to their pharmaceutical companies or other types of companies. TTO has done a spectacular job of helping identify the technologies within the university that are important. They protect it with patents and then help these groups with marketing and licensing the technologies out. Helping those technologies mature is not just taking something from the bench and telling those investigators what may help move them through, but also connecting those investigators with people in the VC world or even the pharmaceutical world, or key opinion leaders."...listen now...
Related Links: CU Technology Transfer Office || Lauren C. Costantini, LCC Consulting || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || CU TTO Awards || Award Photos || Keywords: Lauren C. Costantini, LCC Consulting, CU Technology Transfer Office, Clinical Trials, Regulatory Affairs, business development activities including licensing, patents, Due Diligence, Partnering Discussions > 2/14/11 bytes=6913361 LISTEN to Lauren Costantini, CU TTO "Business Advisor of the Year"

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Jana Matthews, CEO, Jana Matthews Group Leadership in the new economy
enclosure-voice 967_ 2/14/11 - "The very strategies that enabled you to stay alive over the last recession, are not the strategies that are going to enable you to grow in the future." said Dr. Jana Matthews. Larry sat down with Jana, founder and CEO of The Jana Matthews Group, who is an international expert on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. Based in Boulder, Colorado. Jana Matthews believes the economy is turning around. Jana shares some thoughts she thinks CEO's should be thinking about. There's more to be heard in her interview but here are some highlights. No. 1 "It is the leader who determines the culture. Is your's a culture of optimism? To be positive, upbeat, expecting success, or pessimistic and down trodden, that's up to the leader to determine. Optimism suggests a confidence, an ability to think outside the box. Jana said, "We used to say at the Kauffman Center, it's keeping your knees bent so you could go in a lot of different directions, and the willingness to be flexible with a fallback position, and figure out how to make it work." Jana goes on to say, "Optimism is important but, in your heart, in your office, when you look at your financials and your customers, you're realistic. But you project the optimism that it's going to get better as opposed to the pessimism of 'oh my god, we're in free fall'." No. 2 Look at your people. You need to signal to your good people, the ones you want to keep, the ones that you think will help build your company, you need to signal to them that they're really important to your future. Because when this job market opens up, people are going to jump... No. 3 "Look at your executive team. The team that helps you baton down the hatches and get you through, may not be the team that you need to lead you into the next stage of growth, and to the next level. A very successful past client said, "The bean counters were really important during the recession, but we need to have more of those dreamers again." That's one of the most difficult decisions for a leader to make. But it is part of leadership. It is looking at what the company needs for the future."... No. 4 "I would take a look at my customers because we have held onto customers just so we could have revenue. But you and I know Larry: we get about 80% of our revenue from 20% of our customers." In some cases the others actually cost you as they require over servicing, they don't pay on time, they complain, they send products back, custom revisions, etc. So you need to look hard and say..."
Related Links: The Jana Matthews Group || Economy Builders Channel || In the News || Blog || Keywords: Jana Matthews Group, Leadership, Economy, Culture of Optimism, Executive Team, Revenue, Profitability, Next Stage of Growth 2/14/11 bytes=8823434 LISTEN to Jana Matthews, CEO, Jana Matthews Group

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Rebuilding a company one person at a time
Sam and Carina Martinenclosure-voice 965_ 2/7/11 - "When you think about the economy, fortunately for the supermarket industry, people still have to eat. Until that changes, we're going to have some semblance of order. In some cases there's advantage to be taken." We're here at the Association for Corporate Growth luncheon and Sam Martin, President & CEO, Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) is our keynote speaker. Sam's wife Carina attended, she runs a non-profit here in Denver, the name is 'A Precious Child', and she is dedicated to helping children in the Denver Metro Area and throughout the Colorado market, with basic essentials. Last year alone she helped over 26,000 kids. Larry asked, "Sam what advice would you give to executive types running large and medium size companies over this coming year?" Sam replied, "Company culture is important to look at early on and always, so that you don't allow your culture to erode, or change in a dark way and start to take your company down from a results standpoint. It is amazing to me how many companies lose sight of the impact their culture has on the bottom line results. That culture in A&P's example starts back in 1859. One hundred-fifty-one years ago, the culture of the company was one of accountability, trust, a huge focus on discipline and growing the people. They grew the people enough to make a company that had 16,000 stores across the country by the 1930s. If you think about that kind of culture and then you reflect on today on a company that's actually in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, along the way that culture eroded and it brought the results of the company down." Sam feels that the culture is one of the essential pieces in building a team. He said, "If a person doesn't fit into the culture of your organization, and align with your core values, it doesn't matter their skill sets, they're not going to be successful in your organization." It's an important part of recruiting and putting management and leadership in place is to make sure the culture is preserved and the mission of the company, the core values that we stand for are aligned with...listen now
Related Links: Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) || A Precious Child || ACG Denver Rocky Mountain Capital Growth Conference || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || Keywords: Sam Martin, A&P, ACG, ACG Denver Rocky Mountain Capital Growth Conference, Carina Martin, A Precious Child, Company Culture, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company > 2/7/11 bytes=4183252
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Vic Ahmed, President and CEO, Plug and 
           Play Tech Center Incubator that's coming here to Colorado
enclosure-voice 963_ 2/7/11 - We're talking about an incubator that's coming here to Colorado. Vic Ahmed, amongst so many other positions, is CEO of the Colorado Plug & Play Tech Center. We wanted to know what this means, so Larry asked Vic for an overview. Vic is very excited, for himself to be involved personally, but also for what Plug and Play can do for the entrepreneurial system here in Colorado. "So Plug and Play is the most successful, I know for certain, incubator in the U.S. Not just in the U.S., in fact, it's the most successful incubator in the world!," said Vic. A few years ago, as Vic was working on his own virtual incubator, Captain Green, he had incubators researched. He discovered Plug and Play through that research process and discovered this absolutely incredible success. "Now you'll find these numbers amazing, I encourage you to go to the website, plugandplaytechcenter.com. In the last four to five years they've incubated over 600 companies and raised over $700 million for these companies. Right now, we are closing about five new investments a month." Plug and Play has a structured relationship with over 140 VC's, that come regularly to Plug and Play, look at the deal flow, and make various investment decisions. Plug and Play also has its own fund that they co-invest with these VC's. they have relationships with over 15 universities, including Harvard, Cornell, Stanford... They have programs in 15 countries in which they bring the best companies out of those countries to Silicon Valley for a few months and help them get funded. On top of all that they also have strategic relationships with top companies like BestBuy, PayPal. PayPal in fact has a mini incubator within Plug and Play where they're encouraging companies to build products layered on their platform. Very exciting stuff, and Vic says he is most excited to be working on setting up a Plug and Play Tech Center here in Colorado. They're targeting a Q3 timeframe for that. Vic has been working on this now for 6 to 8 months and has made great progress, meeting a lot of the stake holders in Colorado who are very, very supportive of this concept. There's more advice for entrepreneurs...
Related Links: Plug and Play Tech Center || Podcasting Directory || In the News || TiE Rockies || Rockies Venture Club || Keywords: Vic Ahmed, TiE Rockies, Plug and Play Tech Center, Incubator, VC's, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurs, Technology, PayPal - 2/7/11 bytes=7421181 LISTEN to Vic Ahmed, President & CEO, Colorado Plug and Play Tech Center

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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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