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You don't have to be a geek to use the cloud. But... 1239_ 7/9/12 - It's been two years since we last interviewed David Jiilk, Founder and CEO of Standing Cloud a Boulder based company. Standing Cloud offers a service that helps people manage applications on top of this new thing called Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Amazon didn't invent the idea but they were the first to successfully promote the idea of renting computer servers on the Internet by the hour. This is at least one definition of 'cloud computing'. And, this is one of the things that created this idea of cloud where you can actually rent servers. The thing is if you do rent servers from Amazon or one of the many other providers out there, all you get is a computer server and most people don't really know what to do with that. What most people want is an application, a piece of software running on that server that they can actually use for some business or personal purposes. So, anything from storing photos to a Customer Relation Management system to a blog, to a web site. Those kinds of things are what you want to put on computer servers and use them for. What Standing Cloud does is make it really easy for anyone, including end users to manage their infrastructure as a service... cloud servers, but with an application on top of it. Standing Cloud initially tried to be a consumer web site where they would sell this online service to everyone - and they have a fair number of customers using it that way. But, they found that they didn't understand their various markets that well and were not particularly skilled at selling that way. So, Standing Cloud changed their business model to be one of selling through resellers. These resellers understand their individual markets very well. Now Standing Cloud's service is used by people in a wide range of company sizes and types - but Standing Cloud interacts with the companies selling services to them. You won't see Standing Cloud's name on these web sites but that's what is driving it behind the scenes. Standing Cloud has grown since the last time we spoke when Dave had 8 to 10 people, about 50/50 gender ratio. There's more here from Boulder... Related Links: Standing Cloud || Foundry Group || TechStars || FeldThoughts || Entrepreneur Channel || Keywords: Dave Jilk, Standing Cloud, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, IaaS, Amazon,
Customer Relation Management, Cloud, Software Providers, Independent Software Vendors - bytes= 5741403 LISTEN to Dave Jilk, Founder/CEO, Standing Cloud
7/24/12 This is a time for all Coloradans to come together ...and help our community. w3w3.com joins Colorado Technology Association and others, appealing to the generosity of the technology community to donate money to the "Aurora Victim Relief Fund” through a collaborative effort through GivingFirst.org in partnership with Governor John Hickenlooper. There is immediate need to raise money for the burial costs and medical bills for the victims of last week’s deadly shooting on July 20th at an Aurora Cinema.
Medical bills are adding up into the millions for the victims of last week's shooting and some families can’t afford the burial costs of their loved ones. Thank you for your generous support.
The horrific tragedy in Aurora
While this is a time of such great sorrow, it is also a time of great pride in all of our support services in Colorado. Especially the Aurora Police who were on scene within 90 seconds and quickly recognized the perpetrator. Proud of the brave souls in the theatre who acted to protect others, of the fire department, the police rescuers and emergency medical teams [EMS], the hospitals, doctors and nurses who tended the wounded.
It is hard to admit the fact that there is more than a signle guilty party. But, our culture and society show a lack of personal responsibility and integrity, coupled with arrogance, greed and corruption on so many levels. We cannot begin to understand the mind of anyone capable of this horror. But we can work to change the environment that created the opportunity for this evil to grow. What can you and I, the individual people do to prevent this type of event from ever happening again? We think it begins with ourselves. Demanding honesty, compassion and understanding in our personal and professional dealings. We must serve as models - on an everyday basis for what we want to see in others... We have witnessed great courage and wisdom from the many heroes and they have inspired us here during this tragedy. The greatest journey begins with a single step…
Connecting opportunities with money
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Quick overview of MSF Enterprises, Michael Fields, the managing partner, tells us at MSF Enterprises "We connect opportunities with money." They have four practice areas in their business: investment banking, merchant banking, capital raising for alternative investment firms and an advisory service practice for family offices. Larry recommends, if you haven't listened to part 1, go back and catch that. Larry's first question here is, "How long do you believe it will it take to achieve the $5 Trillion goal?" That is one very big goal. Michael explains this is the Galt's Gulch Initiative to really build the asset management community here in Colorado, so that we have better resources for capital, across the board. Michael said, “We currently have about $8 Billion here in Colorado. We think we can get to $5 Trillion, done in a proactive stance, by attracting firms and also building firms, within four to five years." With technology today and just the ability for people to talk globally you can be anywhere. Colorado just has wonderful assets for quality of life that can attract very good people. In the past seven years, 700,000 people have moved here for 425,000 jobs. When you realize people come here without jobs because they want to be here, that's already a great motivating factor. We have a great talent pool to draw from. Larry asks, what steps so you plan on taking in order to attract all these different people and organizations? "We're working on the Galt's Gulch Initiative, which is really working on a three legged approach in terms of the government, universities as well as the private sector..." Listen for more.
MSF Enterprises ||
DBJ Article ||
In the News ||
Venture Capital ||
Keywords: Michael Fields, MSF Enterprises, Multinational Strategic Financing, Investment
Banking, Merchant Banking, Capital Raising, Galt's Gulch Initiative > Channels: VC - bytes=4964835 LISTEN TO; Michael Fields, MSF Enterprises
Subject Line Text (or Lack of It) Drives Nelson Nuts
1249_ 7/23/12 - [Pub: 3/14/09]
Unwanted email is bad enough. How do you like to receive emails that have nothing, nada, zero on the Subject Line? That tugs on Larry Nelson’s nervous system. But just as annoying are people who use an [unrelated] 3-month old email, return it to you with the old Subject Line but a completely different topic. Larry recorded this short but poignant video three years ago in the Broadband Video studio. Since w3w3.com has grown since then and there still is a BIG need for these thoughts, we thought we should run it again. Enjoy his two-minute rant.
Colorado Rising Videos ||
Entrepreneur Channel ||
PodCast Directory ||
Mastering Change ||
Keywords: Larry Nelson, w3w3.com, Media Network, Email, BroadBandVideo, Subject Line
3/14/2009 Watch Video: Larry Nelson, President, w3w3.com Internet Talk Radio
Expanding opportunities presented in the cleantech arena
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Formed back in 2009, the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association has been extremely busy. Last week we told you about the CCIA Fellows Institute focused on bringing in seasoned executives to be trained in the expanding opportunities presented in the cleantech arena. Completing this 17 week program, it is hoped that these seasoned executives will come out running a new company spun out of the university systems here in Colorado. But, Chris Shapard, executive director for the CCIA tells us there is much more going on. The last time we spoke with Chris is when CCIA introduced the CCIA Action Plan to the state and they've been furiously working to attain the goals and objectives from that plan. They've worked on getting the Fellows Institute up and running and worked on legislation that supports the industry. In addition to the Fellows Institute, the second initiative for the year is to raise funds for commercialization activities within the universities. CCIA in conjunction with CU, CSU and Mines are out and approaching foundations and they're going after an I-6 federal grant to bring money into that commercialization side. To grow the industry we really need resources put to creating companies and giving them a leg-up. CCIA had a very successful legislative session. They were one of the only organizations that got cleantech legislation passed. The CCIA piece, signed by the governor, is making it easier for third parties to put charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Colorado, so they're not treated like utilities and not regulated. CCIA works with all kinds of businesses, there are about eight different sectors that are considered clean technology. Chris gets into more detail ...listen now...
CCIA Cleantech Fellows ||
Cleantech Fellow Application – Due 7/27/12 ||
Colorado Cleantech Industry Association ||
CU Technology Transfer Office ||
CU TTO Channel ||
Keywords: Chris Shapard, Wayne Greenberg, CCIA, Fellows Institute, Colorado Cleantech
Industry Association, NREL, CU TTO, Commercialization, Renewable Energy, Wind, Solar, Bio Fuel Technology -
bytes=4260574 LISTEN TO: Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association
Here, and here, and here is money to grow your business 1248_ 7/23/12 - We're going to do some interesting linking with money today. We're talking with Dave Milliken, COO at Funding Launchpad. Dave tells us that Funding Launchpad starts off with the concept of crowd funding. "We're all familiar with today's environment. So, instead of trying to get one or two wealthy individuals to give big chunks of money - you're able to go out to the general public and get smaller amounts of money from a lot more people. That's money to grow your business, but also a loyal ‘fan base’ at the same time. Not too long ago this would have been illegal. Dave tells us that has both changed and is changing. Earlier this year a bill was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, called the Jobs Act. This is one of the bills allowing individuals to do exactly what we're talking about here. Interestingly enough, here in Colorado and actually in several other states, there are state regulations that do allow people to partake in such activities today, state's securities laws. Dave said "There is a process to get going. But once you do, you are allowed to tell anyone and everyone that you are raising money. And, of course, you're allowed to take their money and put it in the bank and start using it to grow your business. This is important to business because it is really tough to get money now. The venture capital industry has been shrinking consistently for the last ten years. But more important than that, only certain types of businesses are even considered for bank loans or for institutional money. You have to be in the right geography in some instances, the right industry, the right stage of development... A lot of times they're looking for teams that have done it before. It is really hard for a lot of companies to get started." There's more details... Related Links: Funding Launch Pad || StartUpGuru || Venture Capital || Entrepreneurs Channel || Keywords: Dave Milliken, Funding Launchpad, Steve Reaser, Brian Tsuchiya, Startup Guru,
Crowd Funding Alliance, Entrepreneurs, CrowdFunding, Vim Funding, Jobs Act, H.R. 3606, Advisor, Colorado, Entrepreneur, bytes=4900052 LISTEN TO: Dave Milliken, COO, Funding Launchpad
Phishing. Will you be a victim? 1241_ 7/16/12 - A stunning statistic, "Last year, the cost to the global economy of cyber crime exceeded that of the global cost of the illegal drug trade" said John Bennett, Ph.D., P.E., the Institute Director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Archuleta Professor of Computer Science. The number, including lost time, is $334 Billion, so it's not an insignificant figure. You know we all receive the spam which is just irritating by virtue of the volume. Some of what we get is phishing, trying to get your personal information... your name, social security number, your birth date, credit card numbers - those kinds of things. That kind of information is used to steal your identity, your digital identity. When that's done someone can go get credit cards in your name, loans, basically spend money they don't have.” John has actually had his identity stolen by some person in Florida. He got a call from a credit card company asking why he'd made all these charges in Florida. John hadn't been there and it turned out that someone had obtained John's credit card number and used that to obtain other information. These people are pretty good at this. The odds of this happening, of having your identity stolen in your lifetime, in the U.S. are about 1 in 100, and about 1 in 10,000 this year. Larry asked, “Logging in, is that a dangerous thing?” John says it can be. "I think we've all learned not to enter your user name and password on the internet if you don't see that URL beginning with https, which indicates it is a secure link between the browser [the software running on your machine and the server that is serving up this page ." Listen for much more... Related Links: ATLAS Institute, CU || Software Channel || NCWIT Heroes || PodCast Directory || National Cyber Security Partnership || FBI Cyber Crime || Keywords: John Bennett, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, Cyber Crime,
Phishing, Credit Cards, Social Security Number, User Name, Password, > bytes=5176741 LISTEN TO: John K. Bennett, Institute Director, ATLAS Institute
Feld and Mendelson - How venture capital deals work 1243_ [Orig.Pub: 1069_ 8/29/11] 7/16/2012- At GlueCon this past May 2012, Jason Mendelson told us about a sequel to "VENTURE DEALS". When Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson sat down to write their book the goal was to aim it at every entrepreneur, to really help them understand how venture capital deals work. Brad Feld in Tuscany, Italy talks with Larry Nelson via Skype to tell us about his newest book, "Venture Deals...Be smarter than your lawyer and venture capitalist". The inspiration for the book came from the Term Sheet Series that Jason and Brad wrote about five-six years ago. This is a particularly valuable book for entrepreneurs looking for money... You'll get an insider's view of the venture deal process, the different players involved on the deal side including how venture firms are setup. And, they talk about how an entrepreneur should think about the fund raising process. The term sheet is a very complicated document and there are a lot of things that people negotiate. But there are essentially only two things that matter which are economics and control. Here they've spent a lot of time helping the reader understand which terms related to economics and which terms were related to control and how and what that meant. It's meant to be a guide not a text book with material that can be very dry and boring. They've made fun of lawyers, venture capitalists and themselves along the way, but there goal was to write something significant and enduring. Comments from readers include..."For a first time entrepreneur, it's a completely enlightening book." Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO wrote a very nice forward to the book where he talks about how useful it would have been to have this book at the beginning of his career, and throughout his career, to look back and reflect on all the deals he's been involved in. Brad tells us how his blog, Ask the VC works with this book. Number one piece of advice for a new entrepreneur from Brad is, "Pick something that you're incredibly passionate about. The thing you want to create, the business you want to start should be something that you're in love with. It's going to be hard. You're going to have lots of ups and downs, there will be lots of things that don't work. If the thing you're working on 18-20 hours a day isn't something you're incredibly passionate about, what's the point?" Second is surround yourself with mentors." ...don't miss the rest of Brad's advice, listen now! Related Links: Venture Deals - Amazon || Ask the VC || Feld Thoughts || Mendelson's Musings || Foundry Group || Feld-Weiser One-on-One || VC Channel || Keywords: Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson, Venture Deals, Venture Capitalist, Foundry Group,
Entrepreneur, Mentors, Dick Costolo, Twitter, Tuscany, Italy, Foundry Group’s Series A Documents - Bytes: 13588587 LISTEN to Brad Feld, Author, Venture Deals
Here is some good news for Colorado 1238_ 7/9/12 - Here is some good news for Colorado. We are talking with Michael Fields, managing partner at MSF Enterprises, a multinational strategic financing company and recent emigrant from New York. A quick overview of MSF, Michael said, "At the end of the day what we really do is connect opportunities with money and money with opportunities."The four major areas of their practice are, investment banking, merchant banking, capital raising for alternative investment trends and advisory services for family offices, working with a broad range of people and organizations, globally. Michael moved to Colorado about 18 months ago from New York after doing his research and recognizing a number of Colorado assets. We have a strong higher education network, multiple infrastructures from downtown, DTC, commercial buildings, a national / international airport as a hub and Colorado has a growing population of people that have been moving here, that choose the lifestyle and choose the assets that only Colorado has. What attracted MSF to Colorado is the fact that there really is a backbone to the asset management industry here and a lot of good talented people. All of these were critical factors in the decision to move the firm here. Now, Michael and MSF Enterprises based in Denver and New York has launched what it's dubbed "Galt's Gulch Initiative" aimed at attracting more asset managers and capital to the state. It's really a pet project and they're trying to get the local community involved, including government, universities and the private sector, working together to build the community here. Galt's Gulch mission statement is to build a consortium of business leaders that set the goal to attract, build & grow the asset management Industry in Colorado to manage $5 TRILLION by 2016. The increase of AUM to Colorado, will create a long term industry growth cycle that could contribute to as much as 20% of revenue to the annual budget. Listen for much more... . Related Links: MSF Enterprises || DBJ Article || In the News || PodCast Directory || Venture Capital || Keywords: Michael Fields, MSF Enterprises, Multinational Strategic Financing, Investment Banking, Merchant Banking, Capital Raising, Galt's Gulch Initiative > Channels: VC - bytes= 4933256 LISTEN TO Michael Fields, Managing Partner, MSF Enterprises
Challenges and solutions for the Bio and Life Sciences industry
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The Bio and Life Sciences industry faces huge challenges raising venture capital in a difficult economy. Investing in an industry that takes ten to twelve years and over $1.3 Billion to bring a drug to market just might shift the action to some widget or a software program that can be flipped to realize a return in just six months. That's the challenge facing the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) and president/CEO, Holli Riebel. "Also", she said, "venture capitalists reside more on the coasts, and so we're always having a more difficult time attracting venture capital out here in the middle of the country." Coming up this month September 21st and 22nd we will witness the first "Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference" with the Opening Night Reception at the Governor's Mansion. It's really a venue to bring some of our top technologies and companies from Colorado and some of our surrounding states, to present their technologies to VC's and strategic partners. This is very different this year. Strategic partners are the pharmaceutical companies that are divesting themselves from their R&D departments. Now instead, looking at investing in many small biotech and device companies at earlier stages, in addition to research institutions. So we're seeing closer partnerships with companies at an earlier stage. Relevant right now, "The flu season is coming up" Holli said, "and there is a company that has actually developed a universal flu vaccine, making the annual, sometimes failed flu shot unnecessary. Another company has developed the first FDA Approved lymphoma drug for dogs. There's also a really interesting device company and they've developed a new heart valve for younger people." Listen for more... Related Links: CBSA Home || RM Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference || CBSA Annual Awards Dinner || BioSciences Channel || Keywords: Holli Riebel, CBSA, Colorado BioScience Association, Life Sciences, Medical
Device, Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical, Health Care Providers, Research Institutions - bytes=5144558 LISTN To: Holli Riebel, President/CEO, CBSA
There are many industries under the banner of cleantech 1237_ 7/9/12 - The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is creating some big waves. We're talking with Christine Shapard the executive director of CCIA and she's brought a guest today, Wayne Greenberg,
Director of the CCIA Fellows Institute. CCIA is developing this institute to help train executives from other industries on what the opportunities are in cleantech. Chris said, "We felt it was so important, to bring in executives to run our companies - there are so many technologies coming out of the universities and NREL. And we have a good contingent of executives, but we need more." Cleantech is an amalgamation of industries - there's not a cleantech industry out there - there are many industries under the banner of cleantech. Most of them are difficult industries. They have high barriers to entry, they have high capital costs, the products and services you have to build have to last in the field for many, many years. And so the difficulties in taking those technologies and creating companies is significant. The CCIA Fellows Institute mission is to attract executives who have already done those things who now want to turn their skills to a clean technology or renewable energy company. There are strong opportunities within the cleantech industry. The Fellows Institute is a unique program in that it identifies one of the true missing pieces, executive leadership. We will focus on the differences in this industry and the industries from which they've come and we're going to introduce them to the key players in this industry. We will introduce to the fellows and entrepreneurs in the program and they will do a capstone project around one of those selected technologies. Our hope is at graduation in early January we will have some companies formed at that time. The institute is selecting between 12 and 15 individuals, from a national pool, to come to the institute and spend 17 weeks in this program. The program begins July 27th 2012 - graduate in January with, potentially a company at that time...listen for more details... Related Links: Cleantech Fellows || Cleantech Fellow Application – Due 7/27/12 || Colorado Cleantech Industry Association || CU Technology Transfer Office || CU TTO Channel || NREL || Keywords: Chris Shapard, Wayne Greenberg, CCIA, Fellows Institute, Colorado Cleantech
Industry Association, NREL, CU TTO, Commercialization, Cleantech - bytes= 7661326 LISTEN to Chris Shapard & Wayne Greenberg, CCIA
What a difference eight years can make…we are taking you back to 2004. We all know that the Internet and Web have changed a great deal in this past decade. When we launched w3w3.com in Jan 1999, we used to ‘brag’ about the fact people could listen to our material using a 28K modem.
Businesses and leaders of business have changed a great deal too. The recording of Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, was at a press conference. His focus hasn’t changed but his career has. In Larry’s book, ‘Mastering Change in the midst of Chaos, Larry writes about some interesting comparisons between Alexander Graham Bell and Vinton Cerf. Brad Feldis one of the most well-known Venture Capitalists as well as an author and one of the founders of the famous Tech Stars. When Larry and Pat first met Brad, he was a leader in Softbank Venture Capital. Today he is the founder and managing director of the Boulder based Foundry Group. Art Rancis is a well-connected business leader, entrepreneur and is an international business consultant that really helps companies grow. Art is one of the featured dancers in the Boulder ‘Dancing with the Starts’ event on 10/18/12.
In April 2004 Pat and Larry attended an event hosted by DU, honoring H.E. President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. There were hundreds of people in attendance with many heavy hitters. They also attended a private event at the Phipps Mansion where we interviewed Eugene Nyagahene, founder and CEO of Rwanda’s first radio station since 1994 and the genocide that the world turned its head away from.
Listen to these interviews as that will give you a different perspective of the past and the future. Check out the links too as they will give you an update of what these leaders are doing today. You will find these and many more interviews from 2004 LINK HERE
Over the last few years it's been the social network -
that's coming to an end... 1246_ 7/23/12 - We're talking with what we would call a very successful serial entrepreneur, David Jiilk, Founder and CEO of Standing Cloud a Boulder based company. We have a series of questions we regularly put to entrepreneurs, like what is the greatest challenge faced today? Dave says, “For entrepreneurs generally, if you take it more broadly than the IT industry or the software industry, the usual problems are applied to most business, right? So, the economy is certainly not in a state where people are spending freely. When times are good, of course, people spend easily and they're willing to take chances. That's more important, they're willing to take chances and spend the money. That gives very new businesses and innovators the ability to get started with those early adopters. Today those early adopters might be more sensitive to spending. And, something I see all the time, the increase in regulations and taxes and other expenses definitely get in the way. Almost more, the regulation than direct costs. The various rules you have to follow just overwhelm the business that should be paying attention to building valuable products and services for their customers - and finding customers. So, that kind of gets to being a big distraction. You know the legal system is kind of a mess, the patent system. But, the answer I really want to give for the IT and Software industries, no surprise, is - hiring great talent is the biggest challenge.” Dave talks about the opportunities we have today, "Over the last few years it's been social network type things. That's probably coming to an end..". Listen now... Related Links: Standing Cloud || Foundry Group || TechStars || FeldThoughts || Entrepreneur Channel || Keywords: Dave Jilk, Standing Cloud, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, IssA, Amazon, Customer Relation Management, Cloud, Early Adopters,
Regulations, Taxes, Wireless Frequency Spectrum, Wave Technology > bytes=5845475 LISTEN TO: Dave Jilk, CEO/Founder, Standing Cloud
Keep at it, eventually there will be a turn around
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Story: Originally published 01/31/11...check out their progress now...
ARCA Biopharma, Inc. is a Colorado-based biopharmaceutical company developing genetically-targeted therapies for heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. Larry interviewed Michael R. Bristow, MD, Ph.D. CEO & Chief Science and Medical Officer of ARCA at the CU Technology Transfer Office Awards banquet. Dr. Bristow has been a favorite interview for w3w3® for years. Larry asked him, "Michael what are the biggest changes you've seen in this last year in your industry?" He re[lied, "It's been a couple of tough years, but I think things are starting to turn around and basically the atmospherics have gotten a lot better. Just coming off a JP Morgan meeting, it was, I thought, a completely different tone this year." Dr. Bristow had some interesting insights about funding. "Well, it's sort of like financing of real estate was back in the early 80s when interest rates were 20% - you've got to do creative financing. So, all kinds of vehicles have been used through this period. ARCA biopharma, for instance did a reverse merger, bought a company that was NASDAQ listed, that had a bunch of cash - that proved to be a good move. So people have gotten through this one way or another, but we need to get back to traditional sources of funding." Larry asked, "Is there any particular advice to people in your arena?" Spoken like a true leader he replied, "Yes, don't give up. I mean, tenacity, keep at it, eventually there will be a turn around. Now when things aren't going too well may be the best opportunity there is in terms of acquiring assets. Think ahead. Think positive." Dr. Bristow joined ARCA as one of ARCA’s founders in September 2004, and has served as Chairman and Chief Science and Medical Officer of ARCA until he was appointed to his current position of Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. Dr. Bristow is a Professor of Medicine and the former Head of Cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he has been since October 1991. Dr. Bristow was one of the founders of Myogen, Inc. He is also a guy who lives his talk…listen for more… ARCA biopharma ||
CU Technology Transfer Office ||
CU TTO Channel ||
TTO Blog ||
CU TTO Awards ||
Award Photos ||
Keywords: Michael Bristow, ARCA biopharma, CU Technology Transfer Office, Biotech,
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LISTEN TO Michael Bristow, MD at TTO Awards
"Master Entrepreneur" Ernst & Young creates special award to honor Mike Fries
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"You will not get anywhere without a committed, focused management team that cares about each other. It's really about being warriors together, and all the great camaraderie and joy and pain that comes with being warriors." Michael Fires - Honored with a special award for entrepreneurial excellence by the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program - . EVENT PHOTOS
If you look at the cable industry, it's reinvented itself many times. Fifty percent of our revenue today comes from products and services we didn't have ten years ago, so we have definitely evolved. Having said that...
Mike Fries is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global (LGI). A 20-year veteran of the cable and media industry, he has spent nearly his entire career building international distribution and programming businesses. Today LGI is the second largest cable TV operator in the world and the largest outside the U.S. with over 26 million video, voice, and broadband Internet subscribers, operations in 14 countries and $11.3 billion of annualized revenue.
LGI was created through the combination of Liberty Media International and UnitedGlobalCom in June 2005. Prior to the formation of LGI and his appointment as CEO, Mr. Fries served as president and chief executive officer of UnitedGlobalCom (UGC), one of the first companies to expand into international cable TV and programming. He joined UGC shortly after its formation in 1990 and spent five years as senior vice president, business development during which he spearheaded its early expansion into Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1995, he became president of the Asia/Pacific region and launched LGI's current business in Australia as well as several other markets. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer of UGC in 1998 and chief executive officer in 2004.
Mr. Fries is a member of Liberty Global's board of directors and its two-person executive committee along with the company's chairman, Dr. John C. Malone. He is an active industry partner at the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Presidents Organization. He also sits on the board of a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including CableLabs, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Alliance for Choice in Education and Graland Country Day School.
Mr. Fries holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. This interview (From March 2011 - Communications Technology Executive of the Year Award)
Liberty Global, Inc ||
Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship ||
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program Mountain Desert Region ||
PodCast Directory ||
CTP Home ||
DBJ Mike Fries article ||
Keywords: Michael Fries, Liberty Global, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program, The Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship, E&Y, John Malone, CTP Exec of Year, Communications Technology Professionals, Cable Industry, Ascent Award, Liberty Media, UIH, United Cable, TC - bytes=765607 LISTEN TO: Mike Fries, President & CEO, Liberty Global (From March 2011 - Communications Technology Executive of the Year Award)
Leonard Nimoy, way above and beyond Spock
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In April 2010, 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 noise' 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 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...
Space Technology Hall of Fame® ||
National Space Symposium ||
Space Foundation ||
More About Nimoy ||
Keywords: Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek, Spock, Vulcan, National Space Symposium, Space
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LISTEN TO: Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock
Only 12% of graduates are women - huge segment of the population needed to be involved 1234_ 7/2/12 - The first annual NCWIT Symons Innovator Award was presented to Anousheh Ansari on May 11, 2009 and it was a remarkable event. We stood 100 strong in the foyer of Heidi Roizen's home as Jennie Symons, the orphaned 9 year old daughter of Jeanette Symons, presented the award to Anousheh Ansari, the first woman private explorer in space, the first astronaut of Iranian descent and with her family, title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize. She is Chair, CEO and Co-founder of Prodea Systems, and formerly Chair, CEO and Co-Founder of Telecom Technologies, Inc. a technology company sold for $750 million.
These men and women, gathered here, are outstanding examples of the promise and the future for 'women and information technology'. We begin this story in Atherton, CA, to celebrate one woman's success and to work on preparing the road for future young women and for the competitive advantage of our country... Statistics show that better than 50% of new entrepreneurs are female. They receive 3% of the VC investments and only 5% of the Federal funds set aside for new businesses. It is a gender issue to be sure. While many women of varying ages and interests are taking the entrepreneurial plunge, Lucy Sanders points out another big issue, not so readily recognized, is the Global competitiveness of our country so adversely affected by a subtle gender bias. Today the numbers of students going into computer science studies are plummeting. As this workforce dwindles, the best job opportunities grow. While attending the NCWIT Conference hosted by Google, Jeff Huber, Sr. VP of Engineering at Google said, "It's a critical problem! A crisis for the industry, for Google." Only 12% of graduates are women at a time when we need a huge segment of the population to be involved. Is the study of math and science important to our collective future? We certainly believe so and the National Center for Women and Information Technology is making the difference. Related Links: NCWIT Home || NCWIT Symons Innovator Award || NCWIT Programs and Campaigns || NCWIT Channel || Reception Photos || Google Campus || Keywords: NCWIT, Lucy Sanders, Women in IT, National Center for Women & Information
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Bytes: 6525913 > 5/18/09 LISTEN TO: Lucy Sanders, CEO/Founder, National Center for Women In Technology
Green is a business case for sustainability 1236_ 7/2/12 - Back in 2010, André Pettigrew, was the executive director of the Office of Economic Development for the City and County of Denver, he coined the phrase, "It's where the Green suits and the Blue suits come together" Today André said it is really speaking to the business case for sustainability. He went onto point out, "We’ve seen companies from DuPont, IBM, local companies like WhiteWave and Dean Foods, including the Wells Fargo Bank, have understood and begun the business model that talks about using resources efficiently and effectively reducing their costs. That's really where we are now in the sustainability movement. It has been proven that the companies who are adopting energy efficient programs, time and action plans, have found a way to reduce their costs and thus be more competitive at a price level; they've also been able to brand their companies in terms of companies that are the most sustainable in our country - and that helps them get market share, it also helps them attract a new labor force. The 'gen Xers and Ys' are all over this, sustainability is important to them. So the business case is being made for sustainability. Of course it requires some investment and everyone is minding their dollars given this economy, but like I said, it is irrefutable that by making these sorts of investments, reducing the dependency on foreign oil consumption, retro fitting your lights, building Leeds Certified buildings, all of those things are paying out for companies, and we're just beginning to understand how this is affecting our overall economy and productivity of our businesses." The City of Denver and André are very involved with the Sustainable Opportunities Summit & Expo on March 2-4, Our theme this year is "A Time to Accelerate"...we'll see you there. Related Links: Mile High OED || GreenPrint Denver || CORE Home Page || Sustainable Opportunities Summit & Expo || Conscious Economy Channel Denver OED Channel || Keywords: André Pettigrew, Denver, Office of Economic Development, OED, Sustainable
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