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FEBRUARY 2012

ACG, Rocky Mtn Corporate Growth Conference - Carley Fiorina Keynote
Alpine Waste & Recycling, Emerging Corporate Growth Award - ACG
Paul Berberian, Looking back, entrepreneurship... leadership
CIMCO, State of the Markets - Feb. 2012
Celia Francis, CEO, Wee World - NCWIT Hero
Jim Franklin, SendGrid, Making sure the ecosystem is growing
Terry Gold, CEO/CoFounder, Gold Systems
Mike Gordon, Gordon Composites / Polystrand
Michael Hamers, LightSpeed Commercial Art... Logos
Dale Hatfield, Solving problems, multiple disciplinary approach
Paul Jerde, Exec. Dir., Deming Center for Entrepreneurship
David Moll, Future Phenomenon, Transportation, Fuel & Efficiency
David Moll, Infield Capital - About Early Stage Capital
Kirsten Nelson, Founder, C3Writing
Schomp Automotive, Outstanding Corporate Growth Award - ACG
Stu Stern, CEO, Gorilla Logic


The daily struggle of creating something out of nothing
Celia Francis, CEO, WeeWorld and NCWIT Heroenclosure-voice 1167_ 2/27/12 - Lucy Sanders, CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network interviewed Celia Francis, CEO of WeeWorld. WeeWorld is social network for tweens and teens, one of the top ten sites for that age group in the United States and they spend their time visualizing and playing games and expressing themselves and being creative. We really are focused on an idea of personalized entertainment with the idea of thinking about more ways that you can get people in that age group involved in design, creativity and self expression. We've moved over to the mobile world on both iOS and Android, it's called the Weenie Avatar Creator - very popular, top 100 apps. She offers a great deal of useful entrepreneurship advice. Celia says her story begins when she was a kid. Growing up as a first generation American. Her German mother complained about how all the American products were not high quality, not beautiful, and how she wished she had more long lasting, beautiful products from Germany. Celia felt sort of a nationalistic pride and that started her on this journey of wanting to create great products for consumers. She spent a lot of her time as a student thinking about design and technology - and studying product development. w3w3® Media Network is proud and honored to bring another NCWIT interview to our audience. We've long since recognized the need for education and support for our youth and particularly for young women, in math and science, engineering and technology. The women we interview are bright guiding lights for the future of our youth, generously sharing their experiences - challenges and all. They are inspiring, often humorous and motivating. This series is a real jewel and a valuable set of tools for the future of young women and everyone who has the good fortune to listen...there's much more, listen now...
Related Links: Wee World || Wired Magazine Article || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Celia Francis, WeeWorld, Social Network, Tweens, Teens, iOS, Android, Weenie Avatar Creator, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, w3w3® Media Network - bytes=22096982
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Essential elements of a winning logo design
Michael J. Hamers, Founder/CEO, LightSpeed Commercial Artsenclosure-voice 1169RR_ 2/27/12 - 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 unto 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 brandmark builds out into the matrix of tools and communications: from business cards, to websites, fleet trucks to signage, brand identity increases awareness and builds businesses. Next on the list is the tagline. Often I’m involved in creating the tagline as well. The tagline is very important because 75% of the time I am designing to the tagline, 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 tagline 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 that 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, Tagline, Awareness, Recognition, Uniqueness, Competitive Difference - bytes: 9385485
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Winner of the Emerging Corporate Growth Award
John Griffith, founder and president, Alpine Waste and Recycling 1164_ 2/20/12 - For the past number of years we've covered an important conference here in Denver and we are looking forward again to the ACG Denver Corporate Growth Conference coming next month, March 13-14th. Larry corralled John Griffith, the founder and president of Alpine Waste and Recycling, recipient of the ACG Emerging Corporate Growth Award. Of course, it's great to be a winner but more than that, John tells us that they see it as a real validation for the investment in innovation and more than that the buy in of their employees in those innovations and their ability to implement those things. "So, in short, it's a real thrill for all of us at Alpine." Alpine was founded in 1999, a one-man, one-truck operation started with the premise of offering a better level of service than their competition. Since those early years they have grown to 60 collection vehicles, 108 employees, operating the second largest recycling facility in the state, they operate the only privately held landfill in the state and they also run a compost facility. They've had a lot of growth and breadth of services to offer their customers. Asked about his corporate strategy, John tells us that Alpine has never been hesitant to invest heavily in innovation and that's been the key to their growth. Investing $4.5 million...watch and listen for more interesting ideas...
Related Links: Alpine Waste & Recycling || ACG Denver || M&A || Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || CoBiz Article Alpine || Video on YouTube || Keywords: John Griffith, Alpine Waste & Recycling, ACG, Denver, Leading Resilient Growth Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, Association for Corporate Growth, Emerging Corporate Growth Award -
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Early stage capital and other challenges for startups
David Moll, Founder, Infield Capitalenclosure-voice 1166_ 2/20/12 - While talking with David Moll, founder of the VC firm, Infield Capital, he offered ideas (based on challenging experiences) that are seldom addressed when people are raising capital for their new venture. David said, "If an agreement is important to somebody than do it right, do it with an attorney. It's important if it's a patent number one. It's important if it's an investment - that's what somebody is expecting a return on. It's important if it's an employee or their options or a customer. These things are all fundamental and can't be done on cocktail napkins or self-lawyered agreements. It is fundamental for entrepreneurs to take the necessary time and money and get these things built right the first time. It can save you a whole lot of heartache, a lot of money and in the end may actually save your company because the tragedy avoided... those are really heartbreaking stories in our space." He offers numerous examples. David brings up a number of other points. Here's the one. In a deal they did not do, where understandably an entrepreneur was doing everything he could do to stretch cash, he decided to file the IP, the patents around his invention, on his own, without council. And there is no greater travesty in David's mind, "because this was a fabulous invention, absolutely mind bending to see it and watch it work and understand it. But the reality is that when you file a patent - you've scrambled an egg that won't easily unscramble. Patents that are filed for and not granted, not continued become prior art and confuse the opportunity for you to ever file again in the space. Patents that aren't artfully authored can create real problems with ultimately trying to get protection for an invention. And, venture investors, as a category tend to be technology based investors taking a lot of risk and expecting that innovation is the thing that we have found that wouldn't happen somewhere else... So when something like that happens, it's really sad because it's too late to undo what's already been done. So, I know cash is always so precious, especially when it's your own and that of family and friends, and in the earliest of days it is hard to spend on pricey attorneys. But, if you were only going to spend it in one place..." Listen for more important ideas...
Related Links: Infield Capital || Venture Capital || Entrepreneur Channel || Blog || Keywords: David Moll, Infield Capital, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, Entrepreneurs, Early Stage, Patents, Legal Council, VC Firm - bytes=8428881
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When writing be Clear, Concise and Compelling
Kirsten Nelson, Founder, C3 Writingenclosure-voice 1160_ 2/13/12 - With the ubiquitous blog and posts on Facebook etc. Larry wondered about our writing skills. After all, we're sending and receiving important messages. We contacted Kirsten Nelson, founder of C3 Writing. Larry loves her tag line, Clear, Concise and Compelling. First thing he wanted to know was what were the most common mistakes made when people are trying to write their blogs, brochures, websites and whatever. What are the biggest mistakes? Kirsten said, the biggest and most common mistakes we make when we set out to write something regardless of what it is, internally we know what we want, we know that we want it to look good and we want it to say something. But we really need to dig deeper and ask ourselves some questions. When I sit down with people I ask them to look at, what is it that you want your writing to do? You're writing because there is an end-goal in mind, something you want to cause or affect, and you're using the power of your voice in a written format to reach that goal. If I'm not intentionally specific, if my client isn't intentionally specific about what they want to create, chances are the writing is not going to carry that impact. Equally important to that is who is going to be reading this writing. Who is your audience? We have to be really specific, I don't just mean 'my customers' - Who are your customers? What group or groups of people are we talking about? the reason this is so important is, we have a message we want to get out, how is that message going to be received? What's going to touch on the information my customer needs? What are the emotions that are important to them, the things they like to hear. Again, if you don't do that you're not going to reach the reader emotionally and you're not going to reach your goal. Kirsten also addresses; Being Specific, Knowing Your Intended Audience, Researching Your Industry, Planning Your Presentation, and of course, Being Clear, Concise and Compelling. Whether you are developing a new website, writing a proposal, creating a new ad or brochure, you'll want to listen this interview...
Related Links: C3 Writing || Clear, Concise, Compelling || Startup Colorado Public Launch || Blog || In the News Channel || Keywords: Kirsten Nelson, C3 Writing, Clear, Concise, Compelling, Blogs, Brochures, Websites, Written Format, Your Intended Audience, Your Industry, Your Presentation - bytes=6123000
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The greatest challenge, close those deals, and it looks good
Mike Gordon, Gordon Composites / Polystrandenclosure-voice 1162_ 2/13/12 - We are here at ACG Denver that's the Association for Corporate Growth and this month we're talking with Mike Gordon of Gordon Composites / Polystrand. Think economic recovery and you will understand that this audience is happy and excited to hear Mike today. Continuing in his father's entrepreneurial path, Mike, a second generation owner, is opening a new plant right here in Denver and his son will be running that plant. But wait until you hear, they are expanding a brand new thermo plastic composite business to a plant they're building in Centennial. One hundred and twenty-five thousand square feet with all new technology is coming to Denver. It is what they call a 'zero waste' plant. There is no waste - any production waste can be recycled and put into other products. Mike's son will be the vice president of operations at the new plant in Denver; he went to CU and also CSU - two degrees - so he's ready for his next assignment here. Currently he is running this part of the business in Montrose and will be expanding to his own plant here. Larry asked Mike what he thought the greatest challenges were for this year. Keeping his eye on the ball, Mike said, "The big challenge for us in this business is getting that plant going. It's a large expansion for our business, it's actually doubling the size of our business (square footage). We have a great demand for our new product. I think the greatest challenge is to close those deals and make sure that demand is there so we can meet our commitments that were made to build this plant. It looks very promising. We're opening that plant and it should be operating by August 1, 2012.
Related Links: Polystrand.com || Reinforced Plastics || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || Keywords: Mike Gordon, Polystrand, Gordon Composites, Thermo Plastic Composite, Zero Waste Plant, ACG Rocky Mountain Capital Growth Conference - bytes=2812345
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Dale Hatfield and Phil Weiser, Silicon Flatirons Center, The Law School, University of Colorado - Boulder

Solving problems often require a multiple disciplinary approach
enclosure-voice 1158_ 2/6/12 - Larry is up at the University of Colorado, in the Wolf Law building, to meet with long time favorites Phil Weiser (Dean of the Law School) and the enigmatic Dale Hatfield. We're talking about some acknowledgement coming up for Mr. Hatfield. It's all about the spirit of giving. That philosophy is what Phil Weiser associates with Dale Hatfield. And, one he feels he has learned a lot about from Dale who is, as Phil tells us, incredibly generous. Being such a humble man, it took cunning and skill to bring Dale here to share with us what motivates him and how he operates. To begin with Dale says, "It makes me feel good... when you're helping people - especially when there are challenges and people are dealing with difficult policy issues." The second thing Phil associates with Dale, after his spirit of generosity and giving is inter disciplinary analysis. Earlier Larry jokingly referred to Dale as a lawyer, and Phil points out, Dale knows more about telecom than the lawyers he work with... "Your career as an engineer and telecom technologist have added a lot to the world of telecommunication policy and business. When did you get this appreciation for inter disciplinary problem solving and what would you share with people about why that matters so much." (If you know Dr. Weiser, you recognize how he pulls information to help teach the rest of us, from the wise and experienced souls he regularly brings to his students and community, people like Dale Hatfield.) Dale said, "I began to learn fairly early in life that solving problems often required a multiple disciplinary approach. Decisions are just better when you have people from different backgrounds contributing to it. Especially in today's world where so many issues are not just technical but they have privacy implications, all these other things, economic implications for our economy..." Phil pointed out, "We are now receiving a very generous gift from Dale - the Hatfield Professorship, to someone who will teach, in the spirit that you embody of public service. This is going to be another legacy of what Dale has helped us build here at the University of Colorado. We also have a Hatfield Scholars and Research program that helps students do stints in public service as an intern. That is a program that Dale has shaped and just underscores his spirit of generosity. In the process of making this very generous gift Dale has alluded to what his next gift is going to be in supporting international education and engagement." There's more...
Related Links: About Silicon Flatirons || Dale Hatfield Profile || Phil Weiser Profile || Communication Technology Channel || Digital Broadband Migration conference || Mini-roast while Passing the Baton || In the News Channel || Keywords: Dale Hatfield, Phillip Weiser, Silicon Flatirons, Executive Director, Interdisciplinary, Law School, Internet's Ecosystem, Passing the Baton, Multiple Disciplinary Approach - bytes=7460888
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Carly Fiorina, 2012 Keynote Speaker ACG Rocky Mtn, 3/13-14, 2012 Women and Leadership: How the Soft Stuff Can Lead to Hard Results
enclosure-voice 1160/RR_ 2/6/12 - ACG Denver 2012 Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference is right around the corner - March 13 and 14th. Keynote Speaker - Carly Fiorina.
Her unparalleled record of hard work and success includes more than two decades at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she led the largest-of-its-time IPO of Lucent and became President of its largest business. In 1998, she was first named as Fortune magazine's most powerful female American executive and continued to top this list throughout her tenure at HP. Carly has led profound change and transition within her companies, and she will share her insights on how she was able to lead organizations that could capitalize on opportunities and always stay adaptable.
      This conference offers an opportunity to learn from some of our cultures great leaders. It certainly is exciting so at w3w3.com, we looked to past ACG Conferences and Colleen Abdoulah, CEO/Chairman, WOWdecided to share our experience of 2008 with the conference and speaker Colleen Abdoulah. Titled BUILD, BUY or SELL... The ACG Corporate Growth Conference exhibited a culture of innovation from the start... I loved the registration process; In a private room, spacey, organized, friendly and efficient! From there we ran the gauntlet of booths and industry leaders to a fine sit-down breakfast and the first morning keynote Colleen Abdoulah - WOW - blew our socks off! Energetic - enthusiastic - fun and funny, she approached her presentation with zeal and enthusiasm. Colleen asked, “What is leadership? It is bringing out the best in ourselves and others. Don’t tolerate bad behaviors from anyone, male or female.” The day continued with excellent panels, sparking creative, innovative, enthusiasm and a desire to get back into the action – glad the conference was interactive. Tidbit: How to determine the value of your business to others: Colleen says, 1) Consistent Improvement of Cash Flows; 2) Your Growth Story; 3) Capable Management Team; and 4) Solid performance history.

Related Links: 2012 Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || WOW Home Page || ACG Denver || M&A ACG Channel || Keywords: ACG Rocky Mountain Capital Growth Conference, Carly Fiorina, WOW, Colleen Abdoulah - bytes=25719016
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Understanding the State of the Markets
Chris Pelley and Chad Williams of Capital Investment Management with the State of the Marketsenclosure-voice 1163_ 2/20/12 - We're here at the offices of Capital Investment Management Company, or CIMCO as many of us know them, with Chris Pelley, Managing Director and Chad Williams, Managing Partner because they have some really important information to share. Chris and Chad are going to give us the State of the Markets. Chad says their goal is to educate us on some of the factors they've been watching lately. Larry said, "It has been a real roller-coaster ride for equities." Chad commented, " While we're still down 11.8% from the peak of the market in 2007' it makes us wonder if we're finished advancing, or if there is more to come. If we look at the factors affecting the stock market and the economy, we will break them up into two categorizes: headwinds and tailwinds. It goes without saying that Europe's debt crisis created significant headwinds last year, and it is unlikely that this problem is going away quickly. There has been no definitive solution to the crisis, and it is one we will be monitoring, though we do expect Europe to muddle through without creating major drag on the U.S. Economy." Chris added, "Employment is one factor that could be a headwind or tailwind, depending on how you look at it. Moody's Analytics expects the U.S, unemployment rate to remain above 8% through 2012. In its latest report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5% in December, continuing the downward trend started in September. We truly hope this positive trend will continue. We do believe home prices have stabilized and that we have probably seen the worst of it, and will continue to monitor this situation going forward. The national deficit is projected to increase. The White House's own numbers show the national debt exceeding $26 trillion 10 years from now. Obviously, this is something that concerns us. Larry said, "Hopefully, it's not all bad news out there!" Chris pointed out, "There are some positive tailwinds propelling us forward. Our first tailwind is Optimism. In fact, nearly half of the investors are bullish on the stock market. That's well above the historical average. Americans have stronger household balance sheets. Right now, corporations are more profitable than they have been in over 40 years, which we believe will translate to increases in hiring and strong equity valuations. Analysis shows there is a favorable indication that this bull market is not out of steam yet and there is still potential for further economic expansion." Larry asked, "What are the experts predicting?" Chad replied, "Wall Street's top strategists forecast calls range from bold to conservative. Most" ...there's much more, listen now...
Related Links: 2012 State of the Markets PowerPoint || CIMCO || ACG Denver || Community Reach Channel || Social Entrepreneurship || Keywords: Chris Pelley, Chad Williams, Capital Investment Management Company, CIMCO, State of the Markets, Economy, Europe's Debt Crisis, S&P 500, Moody's Analytics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Headwinds, Tailwinds, bytes=6980234
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Really interesting phenomenon coming in transportation
David Moll, Founder, Infield Capitalenclosure-voice 1168_ 2/27/12 - Take a look into the future phenomenon of transportation fuel and efficiency. Last week David Moll shared some important information relevant to early stage companies looking for capital. His past experience and success as Webroot CEO is enough to perk the ears of most folks. But there is much more to David than that. Today, we know David as the founder of Infield Capital a Boulder based venture capital fund that is focused on the clean technology space for the transportation industry. To David Moll, that's really important "...because as a smaller fund, and because it's our first fund, we wanted to make sure we had a high degree of focus to make sure we were deeply educated in this space." Today they have ten companies in their portfolio and are happy with nine. "I think we have as tight a focus as you're going to find for venture capital." A couple of weeks ago, David attended the Detroit auto show. It is such an important event... This year's show was really the 'foot forward show' in Dave's mind. What he saw this year, "first the feeling of the show was much more electric and second the offerings at the show were also more electric. It was fun to see that basically every auto manufacturer had a production electric vehicle on the floor." That speaks volumes to the new CAFE standards which push requirements into 54.5 miles per gallon, really do have an impact. Consumer voice is being heard, over one million Prius' have been sold worldwide. We're seeing, the hybrid is really the first wave, but it's definitely a consumer priority. We see a lot of smaller cars. We think there is a really interesting phenomenon coming in transportation. Cars for sure, but on a worldwide basis you can't help but look at motor cycles, scooters, rickshaws and cars as where the conversation is. We're seeing more and more emphasis around emissions around the world, and in North America the conversation around efficiency and that's going to continue." Listen for more...
Related Links: Infield Capital || Venture Capital || Entrepreneurs Channel || Podcast Directory || Keywords: David Moll, Infield Capital, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, Entrepreneurs, Early Stage, VC Firm, Fuel Efficiency, CNG, Compressed Natural Gas, Detroit bytes=6647957
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Audio, video and Web conferencing market will grow
Paul Berberian, CEO, Orbotix - 2002 Profile of a Leader Interview on w3w3.comenclosure-voice 1170/RR_ 2/27/12 - In this interview (ten years ago, 2002),
Paul Berberian, was CEO of Raindance Communications - a Louisville, Colorado-based company at the forefront of the burgeoning Web and audio conferencing industry sector – he will examine Web conferencing and explore how, more than phone, fax and even email, Web conferencing and collaboration technologies are becoming he next evolution of essential business communications, transforming the way the business world conducts day-to-day meetings. Paul Berberian, Co-founder, President and CEO of Raindance Communications is an expert in network development and multimedia applications, Paul is responsible for developing Raindance' vision for using multimedia technologies and the Internet to enhance business communications. Paul co-founded LINK-VTC in 1993. Under his guidance as president, LINK-VTC was sold to ConferTech International in 1995, for $16 million. Upon the sale of LINK-VTC, Paul became director of a new ConferTech division called ConferLink, where he created the next generation of information systems. Paul is a 1989 Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he received his BA in Management. Over the past year, the current state of the economy coupled with recent world events have prompted companies of all sizes to seek tools to help streamline operations and cut costs, while increasing overall workplace productivity. To save money on travel and increase efficiency, companies are quickly turning to web conferencing vendors to provide effective and high quality business communication solutions via audio and web capabilities. As such, web conferencing tools are helping to reshape the way businesses conduct meetings and provide training and communications with customers and partners. Listen for more important ideas...

Related Links: Raindance 2002 Portal || Raindance (InterCall) || Profiles of Leaders || TechStars Mentors || Keywords: Paul Berberian, Raindance Communications, Audio, Video, Web Conferencing, Profile of a Leader, LINK-VTC, ConferTech, ConferLink, bytes=11601609
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Winner of the Outstanding Corporate Growth Award
Aaron Wallace, Owner, Schomp Automotive1165_ 2/20/12 - Today we're talking about Leading Resilient Growth. We are here with a winner whose being honored at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference. Schomp Automotive is receiving the Outstanding Corporate Growth Award at the conference, that is over $100M in annual sales. We here with Aaron Wallace, Owner of Schomp Automotive. We asked Aaron to tell us about their business. Aaron replied, "We are a family business, in the automotive industry - sales, service and parts. In May it will be our 71st year in business and we are fourth generation Colorado business, my great-grandfather, grandfather, mother and me and my siblings. Schomp is a Honda, BMW and Mini dealership. They also have nine lines of motorcycles - and that's who we are. When asked about corporate growth strategies for the next year, Aaron told us that they are focusing on the changes their customers have experienced in their lives. The customers behavior is different, they don't have as much time, they're busy and in between things. And people have more information, they're shopping online, when they come to the dealership we have to adjust to the changes the customer has made. Change is difficult." Larry asked, "With the turbulent economy we've experienced the past number of years, how do you prosper in times of uncertainty?" He said, "During the good times or bad times you have to know what you're doing is right. In the good times you can't do a bad job or make stupid decisions just because they're good times. You have to run during the good times knowing that..." Watch and listen for more...
Related Links: Schomp Automotive || ACG Denver || M&A || Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || CoBiz Article Schomp || Keywords: Aaron Wallace, Schomp Automotive, ACG, Denver, Leading Resilient Growth, Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, Association for Corporate Growth, Outstanding Corporate Growth Award,
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Creator of open source mobile testing programs
Stu Stern, CEO, Gorilla Logic and Colorado Companies to Watch 2011-12 Winner enclosure-voice 1159_ 2/13/12 - You'll likely recognize this next Colorado Companies to Watch 2011-12 winner as we featured them on w3w3.com about six months ago. We're here again, with Stu Stern, CEO of Gorilla Logic and the creator of a couple of open source mobile testing programs. Stu tells us Gorilla Logic has two lines of business, the primary line of business is enterprise app development for web and mobile for large and small companies around the U.S. and our other line of business is around testing tools. They make some of the most widely used testing tools for mobile testing for android and IOS. They are open source, completely free and very, very popular. When Larry interviewed Stu six months ago, they'd just gone through a bunch of expansion, new development, upgrading and so much else. Surprise, surprise, there's more... They've just moved to Boulder, down on Pearl Street, Stu said, "which is something of a hotbed of local technology companies. It's nice to have lots of company, a thriving community, lots of collaboration among the various firms down here." With the space, they've built out quite an attractive design studio where customers can come in and work with Stu and his team to design web mobile applications. Additionally they've opened an office in New York City as well as an office in Bangalore, India where they're doing general enterprise application development and that is their testing center where they provide testing services for Gorilla Logic customers. (Debra Langer gave us a heads up.) They expanded their service offering QaaS, that is Quality as a Service, so in addition to the tools themselves, Gorilla Logic is now offering to use the tools on behalf of their customers, to automate testing of their systems, their mobile applications. And down in India they have telephone engineers that develop the tests and then run the tests on a continuous QA Cloud. So they're not only developing the tests but will run and manage that suite of tests on an ongoing basis - so it's a turnkey quality assurance for mobile testing. The w3w3 listener's may remember the FoneMoney App - Stu tells us they're just releasing FoneMonkey6 which is being renamed MonkeyTalk... they're setting the stage for testing more than just phones, and it is a major evolution of the product...there's much more, listen now...
Related Links: Gorilla Logic || FlexMonkey || FoneMonkey || CO Companies to Watch Channel || CO Companies to Watch Home || Keywords: Stu Stern, Gorilla Logic, FlexMonkey, FoneMonkey, Open Source, Rich Internet Applications, Source Code, Edward Lowe Foundation, Colorado Companies to Watch, Quality as a Service, Cloud - bytes=5023768
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A different way of looking at opportunities in business
Paul Jerde, Executive Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado, Boulderenclosure-voice 1161_ 2/13/12 - We're looking at and talking about the Deming Center's unique approach. Immediately Paul Jerde hits us with a disclaimer... "You know, you're talking to somebody who thinks entrepreneurship is the answer to almost every question. It's fun to try it sometimes, how are we going to solve the challenges of poverty and economic development around the world? How are we going to address healthcare around the world? Entrepreneurs are going to do that and I could go on and on. But I find that people tend to narrowly define what entrepreneurship is and I've talked to you about the value of education in the context of higher education not only for business students but for engineers, technologists, for arts and humanities... but bottom line of all of this, realistically most of our students are going to need to get jobs in companies to get experience. So it's in our best interests, and best interest across the campus for companies to have a reason to be connected with what the university is doing. So we've done this around building industry sectors. And what we believe we do by teaching entrepreneurship to our students - they come out having graduated with an interest in finance or in marketing, operations, systems integration, whatever the skill set is, we add something which is an integrated way of looking at the way all the parts of the business work together. We think it's a differentiator for students, they’re willing to; when they go out, learn the lexicon of other areas of specialization even though they'll get a job in marketing or finance. So entrepreneurship is not just about starting companies, it's a set of tools. By doing that we find that companies are more interested in becoming engaged and connected through the things that we're doing in the school of business but broadly across campus. Because by developing relationships, they develop a reputation within the university. You know students don't read the websites of companies; they socially connect on which companies are great companies to go to work for. And this allows the companies to learn earlier, connect earlier with the best and brightest talent that we have, build relationships, and test them in internships, mentorships and other relationships. I like to say, we like to connect with companies that are entrepreneurial. That doesn't just mean they're startups, that have a strong local, regional presence but a national or international reach. Those are our target companies that are so good for us because it opens up a rich field of opportunities for students ...listen for more...
Related Links: Deming Center for Entrepreneurship || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || TTO Blog || Award Photos || Keywords: Paul Jerde, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Leeds School of Business, Robert H. & Beverly A. Deming, Entrepreneurs, Teams, Developing Relationships, Companies - bytes=6069083
LISTEN TO: Paul Jerde, Executive Director, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship


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Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid Making sure the ecosystem is growing
enclosure-voice 1157_ 2/6/12 - For the many years that Larry Nelson aka, w3w3.com has been talking and working together, Jim Franklin says the ecosystem for Boulder/Denver has been awesome for startups, and continues to be. It's from that ecosystem that companies like SendGrid come from. And, they are very involved in that ecosystem and making sure that it's growing. There are a number of great things happening, in particular with the Founder Institute, which Jim has been a part of for the past three years. They'll be hosting another class this spring starting March 19th, applications are open for that. Also, TechStars is now a 24/7 operation, TechStars Cloud in San Antonio, and Boulder TechStar for a Day coming up in the first week of March, and we'll have other events as well. If you're interested in TechStars Boulder, there are a lot of ways to get involved with a mentor. SendGrid came out of the '09 Class of Boulder TechStars. There are tremendous happenings with the Silicon Flatirons group out of the CU Law School. SFC puts on a variety of events that help entrepreneurs and they're also supporting the Startup America / Startup Colorado Initiative that SendGrid and others are working on to host interns over the summer. We'll have a drawing for interns. They will have meaningful experiences shadowing executives and founders in leading tech companies like Simple Energy and Tendril and Team Staff here in the Front Range, like TechStars, with events in the evenings. It will be an awesome experience for them and we hope to host a couple of those interns here at SendGrid. Silicon Flatirons also puts on the Entrepreneurs Series [Jim is the featured entrepreneur on March 5th]...there's much more, listen now...
Related Links: SendGrid || TechStars || Foundry Group || Startup Colorado || Boulder Beta || Founder Institute || 500 Startups || Highway 12 Ventures || SoftTech VC || Angel Capital Summit || Venture Capital in the Rockies || Open Angel Forum Boulder || SF Entrepreneurs Unplugged || Entrepreneurs Channel || Keywords: Jim Franklin, SendGrid, Founder Institute, TechStars, Startups, Colorado, Startup Colorado, Foundry Group, TechStars, Boulder Beta, Founder Institute, Open Angel Forum Boulder, Entrepreneurs Unplugged, Boulder Beta, Venture Capital in the Rockies, Ecosystem, Boulder, Denver - bytes=5520303
LISTEN TO: Jim Franklin, SendGrid


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From a $10,000 investment to millions in business
Terry Gold, CEO/CoFounder, Gold Systems enclosure-voice 1159_ 2/6/12 - It's been a couple of years since interviewing the CEO and co founder of Gold Systems, Terry Gold. They're celebrating their 21st year in business - Terry said, “We had no idea when we started this company that we would go 20 years. Plus, and we're still going, even better!" In fact, they've launched some new things and that's what we want Terry to tell us about. Two years ago Terry was working on a new product, Vonetix 7 Voice, a product that they licensed and sold to Avaya and Cisco. Gold Systems uses Vonetix 7 Voice to create enterprise class interactive voice response (IVR) and speech recognition applications and incorporate them with an organization's unified communications (UC) environment. Vonetix 7 UC includes a development environment to create Communication-Enabled Business Process (CEBP) applications that add value to an enterprise's UC tools and infrastructure. But this is a brand new product and it's targeted at Microsoft, a partner that we've been working with for seven-eight years now. We realized there was a piece missing in their product line that we could fill with our product. Not only are we a partner, but now they are a customer of ours as well. So if you call 1-800 Microsoft or Xbox, the Gold System software is underneath all of that. "In fact", Terry says, "they tell us that we handle about 95% of all the inbound calls to Microsoft in the U.S. and about 50% worldwide. Now as a result of working with Microsoft Gold Systems are also able to work with some smaller organizations. "We started out working with the big phone companies. These were pieces of hardware that enterprises would buy and they'd spend millions of dollars on their phone systems. That's changing radically... In the beginning Terry and Jim Fudge, co-founders and good friends, had $10,000 between them, and they bootstrapped for the first nine or ten years. Brad Feld invested in Gold Systems during the dot com boom. Terry says he wants to go on record, "I think Brad probably holds the world record for most patience. Now here we are in another upswing." Larry asked what Terry saw for Gold Systems in the coming year. The prognosis is good - after a tough year. "Last year started out not so good, in fact pretty badly. The year before.." .listen for more...
Related Links: Gold Systems || Vonetix 7 Voice || Microsoft || Feld Thoughts || Communication Technology Channel || Keywords: Terry Gold, Gold Systems, Vonetix 7 Voice, Microsoft, Xbox, Skype, Communication-Enabled Business Process, CEBP, Brad Feld, Phone Companies - bytes=5435039
LISTEN TO: Terry Gold, CEO/CoFounder, Gold Systems


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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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