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MARCH 2012

Todd Roebken & Norm Thiele, ACG Corporate Growth Conference 2012
Steve Foster, CTA, C-Level @ Mile High
Peter Adams & Kirk Ryder, Rockies Venture Club 2.0
Joe Assell, Pres/CEO/CoFounder, GolfTEC 3/19/2012
Sam Bailey, Program Director, Colorado Companies to Watch
Nancy Bigley & Ginger Jones, Franchising a whole new perspective...
Entrepreneurs Unplugged, Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid, Inc.
Garmat USA - Colorado Company to Watch Winner 3/19/12
Greg Greenwood, President/CEO, comCables, Inc. - COCTW winner 2011-12
Tom Krekel, CEO of Full Sail Strategies [Mastering The Rockefeller Habits]
Rebecca Woulfe, CEO, Acadium - Adapting cell phone use....
Michelle Zatlyn, CoFounder, Cloud Flare & NCWIT Hero

HISTORY WEEK at w3w3®
Boulder BPW, 80th Anniversary
David Leonard, Where in the world...
Lucinda Sanders, Getting Women into Technology
Michael Webb, How goes your global networking?

Lucinda Sanders, CEO/Founder, National Center for Women and Information TechnologyLucy Sanders makes it her business to get women into technology! Lucy is the CEO and Founder of the National Center for Women and Tecthology. With a huge gap in our talent pool, we are facing a national crisis... and women can help save us... The Trend is Changing, statistics show that better than 50% of new entrepreneurus are female. NCWIT regularly introduces us to fabulous, successful women and technologies - Krista Marks, NCWIT HeroListen to her interview with Krista Marks, a Colorado Hero!...

Amazing story: Boulder to Disney
enclosure-voice 871_ 8/2/10- Lucy Sanders, Founder and CEO of the National Center for Women in Technology describes Krista Marks as, "A rare blend of technical accomplishment and social passion and entrepreneurial spirit. You cannot spend more than five seconds with Krista without getting all kinds of great information and energy and passion!" Krista is the co-founder of Kerpoof Studios which was acquired by Disney in 2008 and Krista is now the general manager of Disney Online Kerpoof Studios (and still based in Boulder). Lucy asked, "How did you get interested in technology?" Her interesting reply, "My entry into technology was not so smooth. When I went to college, I didn't even know about technology or pursuing a career in technology which for me, was electrical engineering. [But obviously there are a number of careers in technology.] For me, in high school, I gravitated to mathematics, science and problem solving, these were the areas I liked. Fortunately when I got to orientation for college, I sat next to a student who said they were going to major in electrical engineering. I didn't know what that is. "What is that?" And she said, 'I know that if you really like math and physics, it's the best major to have. I said, "Oh my god, those are my two favorite things. "So I fell into it. This is why NCWIT and the things you're doing, Lucy, is so critical, so important. I would like every student to be aware of the available opportunities when they're choosing a career. I did end up there and loved technology. In fact, from that point on I really wanted to be involved in designing technology. I spent the first eleven years designing custom electronics, and got to work around the world." In the first of many future integrations of Kerpoof technology, Disney.com has launched new features on its popular Characters portal (www.Disney.com/Characters). Now, when guests visit pages for characters such as Mickey and Friends, they will be able to create their very own customized pictures using an intuitive graphical interface. There's more...
Related Links: NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || ATLAS || Kerpoof Studio || Disney.com/Create || Entrepreneurs Unplugged || Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Krista Marks, Event Photos || Keywords:Krista Marks, Kerpoof, Disney, Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, ITP, Lucinda Sanders, NCWIT, Small Business Innovation Research, Grant, Entrepreneurs Unplugged > 3/8/10 Bytes:45382115  Chnl: Entrepreneurs LISTEN to Krista Marks, Entrepreneurs Unplugged

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How goes your global networking?
Michael Webb, aka Michael Moto and Michael Moto Japan work with their partners and clients to build global strategies to repositiono their portfolios in Japan and the USA... Two years ago w3w3® introduced you to Michael Webb aka Michael Moto.
802_ 3/8/10 - Some high growth areas throughout Asia
Michael Webb, Profile of a Leader enclosure-voiceLooking at 2009 and going forward - Michael Webb, founder of Michael Moto said "Like everyone we've been hit by the sluggish economy but we are actually picking up very, very well. We reported a profit for 2009, and a lot of that was through our operations in Japan. As you know the Yen to Dollar valuation, with the Yen being pegged about 90 yen to the dollar, has really changed the balance of trade that's going there. So for someone in Japan to buy from the U.S., their currency has never been stronger. Looking to the future, part of what we do is try to understand what the valuation of the dollar is going to be, how we can take advantage of that and how we can move into some high growth areas throughout Asia to leverage the currency market in our favor. During this 'Profile of a Leader' interview Larry discussed with Michael a number of foundational aspects of a successful leader: Influential people in his life and what that translates in today's world; Development of values and beliefs; challenges he had to learn to live with that could not be overcome; The turning point in his career learned experience; Larry also asked what advice this serial entrepreneur would give to a new entrepreneur; How does he bring balance to both his personal and business life coupled with the fact his businesses require a great deal of travel; Larry wanted to know how he wanted to be remember (his legacy)? Michael replied, "I'd love to be remembered as someone who gave back, someone who had convictions about he wanted to accomplish, and someday when there is a Eulogy, hopefully, that they would say, 'You know he was a really good guy and he helped others'. If that's all it said on my tombstone, I'm a happy man!"
Related Links: Michael Moto || Entrepreneurs || PodCasting Directory || Mastering Change Blog || Keywords: Michael Webb, Michael Moto, Profile of a Leader, Japan, Yen, Entrepreneur, General Motors, Boeing > 3/8/10 Bytes:9767918     Chnl: Profiles LISTEN to Michael Webb, Profile of a Leader

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Happy 80th Anniversary Boulder BPW!
Established in 1931, Boulder Business and Professional Women is a local membership organization. Their mission is to build full participation, equity, and economic self-sufficiency for working women. "Together we are powerful: professionally, politically, and personally."
enclosure-voice803_ 3/8/10 - Networking in these economic times
Nancy Chin Wagner and Bonni Doherty, Boulder Business & 
           Professional Women The first piece of advice Bonni Doherty offers in these challenging times you want to be focused first, on your health, believe it or not. When you go out to present to a company, presenting yourself, company or service, you want to look and feel your best. If you exercise, mediate, do yoga, eat right you're going to naturally feel more relaxed and shine. Bonni Doherty is the 2009 BPW Young Careerist Winner. Bonni's been involved in health care for 15 years now and within in BPW and the promotion of legislative issues as it relates to women, she focuses on the promotion of positive healthcare for women and the education around that. Larry interviewed Bonni and Nancy Chin Wagner who is the president of BPW. Nancy explained, "Boulder Business & Professional Women BPW, is an extraordinary group of people. What we do is promote participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency for working women. We have programs that are educational and informative that builds leadership and self-confidence. We're part of a national organization that was established in 1919." Bonnie went onto say, "Another thing, focus on what you want. If you go off on a tangent or anything like that people recognize that, you have to focus on what you want. As an entrepreneur you want to keep your overhead low. Especially today there are so many resources in the community that you can access. Networking groups where they can meet people that probably have an opportunity to be hired for a specific job - even if it's short term. In these economic times, we feel that you need to be working and doing something, it's really hard out there for everyone." Nancy was happy to announce two programs coming up, Celebration of Women, 3/18/10 and the Young Careerists Program, 4/15/10. Listen for more...
Related Links: Boulder Business and Professional Women || Celebration of Women || Blog || Economy Builders || Keywords: Nancy Chin Wagner, Bonni Doherty, Boulder Business & Professional Women, BPW, Celebration of Women, Young Careerists Program > 3/8/10 Bytes: 7454200   Chnl: News LISTEN to Boulder Business & Professional Women

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Where in the world is David Leonard now? He is the CEO at WildBlue Communications. Two years ago he was Executive of the Year... Learn more about the leaders in your community!
enclosure-voice804_ 3/8/10 - We're looking at an environment of chaos today
David Leonard, Communications Executive of the Year for CTP Learn some insights from a seasoned-pro. Stephanie Burnham, Vice President, CTP (Communications Technology Professionals) joins Larry in this pre-award interview with David Leonard, CTP's 2009 Executive of the Year. This is the tenth annual Stephanie Burnham, Vice President, CTPCEY celebration and Stephanie is anxious to share David Leonard's exemplary career accomplishments with our listeners and the many reasons he has been selected to receive this prestigious award. Recently David negotiated the sale of WildBlue to ViaSat. Stephanie asked, "Can you give us an understanding of some of the factors that impact the network infrastructure business today and in the future?" Dave's reply really made us take another look. "There are a whole host of factors that impact the network infrastructure business. We're looking at an environment of chaos today - in terms of Internet evolution and development. Compounding that is the evolution of broadband consumption on the Internet which is growing at an annual compound rate of - blended over all formats of use, is about 35% per year. But when you look at the individual components, video for example is growing at over 100% per year. I think a real challenge in that environment is how do you build a robust network infrastructure that will be there for the long term. The long term being from 5 to 25 years down the road. Added to that would be the developments we see in computing power, storage. Bill Gates likes to use the analogy, 'If you applied the same cost curves to the airline industry that you see in the storage industry, you'd be able to buy a 747 for the price of a pizza'. And this is true." Listen for more...
Related Links: Communications Executive of the Year || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || Find It || Keywords: David Leonard, WildBlue, ViaSat, CTP, Executive of the Year, John Malone, Liberty Media, Liberty Global, Communications Technology Professionals > 3/8/10 Bytes: 7346367 Chnl: CTP LISTEN to David Leonard CEY Communications Executive Year 2009

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Providing innovative and cutting edge technologically
Debbie Teter, Marketing Director, Garmat USA 
           a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner enclosure-voice 1182_ 3/19/12 - And yet another COCTW winner. In and amongst the selection criteria to become a Colorado Company to Watch is community involvement and philanthropy. With that in mind, we introduce you to this week's Company to Watch, Garmat USA, represented by Debbie Teter. Debbie is Marketing Director for Garmat USA, a Colorado based manufacturer of paint spray booths and equipment. In her role Debbie wears many hats from in-house agency to event management. In addition to her role with Garmat USA, she also serves as VP of Operations on the Colorado AMA (American Marketing Association) and also as board chair on S.W.A.G. (South Westminster Arts Group) a community based arts initiative. Debbie holds a B.S. in Marketing from Metropolitan State College located in Denver Colorado. Garmat® USA's mission is to provide innovative and cutting edge technologically advanced products that enhance your facility's productivity and profitability, while providing an environmentally safe atmosphere for the refinish technician. When asked what advice she would offer an entrepreneur in today's market, Debbie said, "Go work hard". She further explains that she's never worked for a company with more dedicated individuals than Garmat. While they're salaried, they put in long hours, much longer days because they just believe the customer needs to get what they want. While they work through a distribution network, and often they are the ones dealing with the end user to make sure that everything they need in place is there. The phone are open for them to call anytime to check on their order or just check on how something works, etc. Debbie tells us they have booths that have been in the market for over 24 years - and there is a young lady in the office, if you need a part, she can still tell you the part number for that booth that's 24 years old, and she doesn't have to look it up. She knows where the booths are and can tell you the specifics on any of those booths. She amazes us and the clients too. All Garmat® USA cabins and mechanical units are designed and manufactured at our Englewood, Colorado facility. Each unit is built for the client's specific application...
Related Links: Garmat USA || Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || w3w3 Blog || Gala Event || Keywords: Garmat USA, Debbie Teter, Lowe Foundation, Colorado Companies to Watch, Gala Event, COCTW, Second Stage Companies, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade - bytes=5667425
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Peter Adams, Co Exec. Director, Rockies Venture Club Balanced community: entrepreneurs, Kirk Ryder, Co Exec. Director, 
        Rockies Venture Clubservice providers, investors
enclosure-voice 1172_ 3/5/12 - Taking it to the next level, that's what co-executive directors, Peter Adams and Kirk Ryder plan to do with the Rockies Venture Club. The RVC 2.0 concept embraces the great 26 year history of Rockies Venture Club as an organization that supports Entrepreneurs in their search for capital to grow their business. RVC 2.0 takes that history and adds some new twists to make the process more effective and more fun. Larry asked them, "What are some of the new things we can hope to see from RVC 2.0?" Here are a few points about RVC 2.0. 1 Interactive: Audience Response System 2) “Venturetainment” 3) Balance Entrepreneur/Investor Focus a. Balance the Community: entrepreneurs, service providers, investors b. Programs to CREATE more investors i. Angel Bootcamp ii. Investment Advisor Recruitment and training 4) Focus on Results: Investor Forum a. Metric Driven 5) Connecting the players in Colorado’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 6) Removing Friction: Education Entrepreneur, Education Investor, Connection, Investor Forum 7) Elevating the Quality of investment Opportunities and Presentations: Pitch Academy. Larry asked, "What new concepts can we expect to see at the Angel Capital Summit?" They replied with excitement, "The first day is comprised of a new Angel Investor Bootcamp where uninitiated investors can learn all of the fundamentals from analyzing deal quality to term sheets, syndication and portfolio strategies. The second day is filled with high quality pitches where each presenter has had between four and eight hours of one-on-one pitch coaching. The third day will be for accredited investors only, Angels and Venture capital firms. This is where experienced and new investors can work together to analyze deals, work out due diligence, negotiate term sheets together and make great investments. We’re providing professional facilitation services to help make this process work. Throughout the event we’ll have interactive features such as audience polling and a new concept called 'Venture Bucks' where each attendee gets $100, 000 to “invest” in the companies they like. The winners with the most investment will receive valuable prizes. Listen for more...
Related Links: Angel Capital Summit || Venture Capital || Rockies Venture Club || Entrepreneurs Channel || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Peter Adams and Kirk Ryder, Rockies Venture Club, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, Entrepreneurs, Bootcamp, Investment Advisor, Colorado’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Pitch Academy - bytes=6861952
LISTEN TO: Peter Adams & Kirk Ryder, Co Exec Dir, RVC


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Franchising a whole new perspective for fun and profit
Ginger Jones, Owner, Bottle Bottega Denverenclosure-voice 1174_ 3/5/12 - The company's vision of inspired success and Nancy Bigley, Co Owner, Bottle Bottegacreative expression highlights changes in today's culture. Nancy Bigley, CEO & Co-Owner and Stephanie King-Myers President/COO & Co-Owner both made the transition from corporate America to launch Bottle & Bottega and franchise their concept across the country. A month later, in December 2011 they sold their first franchise to Ginger Jones a former pharmaceutical business development manager in Denver, CO. Ginger opened the first Bottle & Bottega franchise in Denver in January 2012. With a high focus on giving back and working within the local community, Jones has in a short amount of time partnered with many wonderful local business owners within her territory to bring inspiration, joy and new business to the Denver community. Larry interviewed Nancy and Ginger about this new franchising opportunity. The owners of Bottle & Bottega, an interactive painting and wine party business for the non-artist, are passionate about a lot of things these days. Primarily though, they are passionate about giving other executives across the country the opportunity to hang up their corporate hats and take the leap into business ownership and become passionate about work again. With 20 years of franchise experience with companies such as Dunkin’ Brands (Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins) Nancy knew a solid and successful business model when she saw it. Partnering with King-Myers in February 2011 the duo refined King-Myers original business model and strategy started in 2009, built their solid infrastructure and launched their franchise offering in November 2011. Bottle & Bottega’s vision for both their guests and their franchisees is to inspire success through creative expression. Inspiring people to push beyond their limits and take that leap of faith and try something they have never tried before is what Jones looks forward to creating at each of her Denver events. “The look of surprise and accomplishment on everyone’s faces as they leave with their new creation really makes what I’m doing worthwhile”, says Ginger. Bottle & Bottega’s vision for both their guests and their franchisees is to inspire success through creative expression. Inspiring people to push beyond their limits and take that leap of faith and try something they have never tried before is what Jones looks forward to creating at each of her Denver events. “The look of surprise and accomplishment on everyone’s faces as they leave with their new creation really makes what I’m doing worthwhile”, says Jones. Listen for more ideas...
Related Links: Bottle & Bottega Home || Denver Bottle & Bottega || Franchise || Crazy Good Marketing || Podcasting Directory || Keywords: Nancy Bigley, Ginger Jones, Bottle & Bottega, Franchise, Art, Wine, Interactive, Creative Expression, - bytes=5856342
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Looking for ways to adapt the use of the cell phone
Rebecca Woulfe, President/CEO, Acadiumenclosure-voice 1173_ 3/5/12 - We've corralled a very important person, as it relates to the meeting tonight, here at the Rockies Venture Club - we're talking to Rebecca Woulfe, President and CEO of Acadium. Acadium is focusing on cellular technology, looking for ways to adapt the use of the cell phone to encourage people to use it for education, for conferences, for meetings like this evening's. So we are really taking advantage of what the cell phone has to offer. Her companies first solution that they've come to market with is a product called mClick. We put audience response functionality onto the cell phone. So, people don't have to have hand held devices or remotes to respond. You don't have to purchase clickers/remotes or hand them out and deal with all of that, everyone simply pulls out their cell phones. Larry asked Rebecca to share some of her thoughts about wireless and the marketplace today. Rebecca shared some interesting statistics "One of the facts is how the younger generation has adopted the cell phone and driven the technology. As of Q4 2008, as a country, we actually send more text messages than we do voice calls with our cell phones. In fact there are over 150 million text messages in the United States every single month. The average 17 year old is going to send over 2000 text messages. We are really seeing a shift in how we communicate. It is one of the more surprising trends and it is why mClick uses SMS for text messaging because any phone can be used - you don't have to have a smart phone or data plan, it's all SMS or text messaging based. We are also seeing a fast adoption of smart phones; really people are turning their phones into their computer. Rebecca said, "I believe it's 56% of all executives do most of their computing work on their phone vs. laptop."
Related Links: Acadium, Mobile Feedback and Data Collection || Rockies Venture Club || Communication Technologies Channel || Blog || Keywords: Rebecca Woulfe, Acadium, Cell Phone, Mobile Feedback, Data Collection, Rockies Venture Club, Wireless, Text Messages, Smart Phones - bytes=3252874
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Tom Krekel, CEO of Full Sail Strategies Execution, the difference between success and disappointment
enclosure-voice 1179_ 3/19/12 - It is interesting when speaking to many successful business leaders, we find a lot of grads from the 'school of hard knocks'. We are speaking with Tom Krekel, CEO of Full Sail Strategies. He says he learned the hard way, he started his first business back in 1983, which they grew and developed. Over the last 30 years he has run and developed business that ranged in size from the startup that he had to companies that had a couple hundred employees. He wishes he had had access to the kind of resources out there that he now brings to companies through the Mastering the Rockefeller Habits seminar and workshops, they will be conducting in Denver on April 24th. Larry asked, "with the economy we've been through the last few years, with the challenges we've been through, what are the biggest challenges coming up this year?" Tom replied, "It's interesting, we talk about what's happened with the recession, new technology impacting businesses. If you go back to the early 90's, Fortune Magazine does a cover article, "Why do CEO's fail?" They looked at strategy, access to resources - cash? No, it was really all around execution. In their study, what they found was the ability to get people rowing in the same direction, at the same time, whatever you want to call execution, that really was the prime area and that's still true today. You see people who start businesses, thankfully because most of our new jobs come from small business startups. But regardless of the business type, they soon learn to grow they have to change from being a functional specialist to becoming a leader of other people. That's not an easy transition. What I try to do is have them focus on a couple of disciplines. Establish priorities, and btw Tom says he's gone into companies, "...and they pull out their 12 priorities - Tell you what, any more than five, those aren't priorities, that's a checklist." 1.) No more than five priorities and one has to be the top. 2.) You've got to have some metrics so you can see what's happening on a contemporaneous basis. Not things that look backward, but things that will help you predict the future. And 3.) You've got to put in communication rhythm to keep that pace going, make sure everyone is aligned around what the goals are. And you drill it right down to every member of the team." Listen for more great ideas...
Related Links: Full Sail Strategies || Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Workshop || Gazelles || Entrepreneur Channel || Podcast Directory || Keywords: Tom Krekel, Full Sail Strategies, Entrepreneurs, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Workshop, Gazelles, Leaders, CEOs, Fortune Magazine, Metrics, Predict the Future - bytes=4775500
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The dot bomb that became a worldwide winner
Joe Assell, CEO/CoFounder, GolfTEC enclosure-voice 1181_ 3/19/12 - The Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference in Denver was kicked off with a great breakfast and as always smothered in comfortable, natural, awesome networking. No one was at a loss for words. Then the program began with the open fireside chat with guest, Joe Assell, Co-founder, CEO, President of Golf TEC. Larry interviewed Joe - 17 years in business & 148 locations. If you want to play better golf, you have come to the right place. For more than 15 years, GolfTEC has been helping golfers of all skill levels play better and enjoy the game more. Larry asked Joe to share some of his many experiences. "When you start up with an idea that's never been done before and you have to innovate along the way, there are trial and error and we certainly had a roller coaster in our business. The hardest part was the late 90's when we were navigating through the dot com days and we were really a service business, a golf lesson business, but all the investors wanted us to be a dot com. We tried to be a dot com but it led us to be a dot bomb. We ran into some severe problems and it was almost the end of our business. Joe was dating his future wife at the time and Joe told us she believed in him so much and encouraged him to stay with it, stating that she made enough to support both of them. In the meantime like so many startups have stated, Joe cleaned the bathrooms, gave golf lessons, did the marketing and anything else that was needed. "But we persevered and found the right partners and then from there road a really significant up where we partnered with a private equity fund. We partnered with Golf Smith to collocate and open our GolfTEC in their centers and we started franchising. Those three things... in 2007-08 we opened a new GolfTEC every nine days, 77 improvement centers in a two year period, and really cemented GolfTEC as the market leader in the United States for golf instruction." It took Joe/GolfTEC three years to hit their first million dollars. "Then it took another six or seven to do a million in a month. Then last year we did a million in a day. It's been fun to watch it grow" said Joe. Now they are in Mexico, Canada and...listen for more...
Related Links: GolfTEC || ACG Denver || M&A || Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || Event Photos - Corporate Growth Conference 2012 || Keywords: Joe Assell, GolfTEC, Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, Denver, Golfer, ACG, Denver, Leading Resilient Growth, Association for Corporate Growth - bytes=2856649
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Helping existing businesses grow and expand
Sam Bailey, Program Director, Colorado 
         Companies to Watch enclosure-voice 1180_ 3/19/12 - We're talking to a very popular guy, he works for the Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade as a relationship manager. That means he primarily works in business retention and expansion, helping existing businesses grow and expand their businesses, but also working to keep businesses here in the State of Colorado. In addition to this, Sam Bailey is also the program director for Colorado Companies to Watch. Sam says they're really the sales team for the State of Colorado, selling Colorado, promoting and really making this a great place not just to live and play, but also to conduct business. Larry asked, "Sam you run into and see all different kinds of businesses not only with CCTW, but obviously with OEDIT. With all the things we've been through in the last couple of years, can you give us a handle on the challenges businesses might be facing this coming year?" Sam pointed out, "One of the big issues that we're seeing is access to capital. Companies want to grow, but they are really looking for that backing to help them grow, grants, small business loans, venture capital. Banks are still at that point where they're still evaluating the risks, are not lending as much as they used to. So companies are really struggling to find that liquidity or access to capital to help expand, make capital investments in their company, acquire new equipment - So that's one issue that we've seen. Another issue is workforce, and that's throughout the state. Issue that there is a skills mismatch. We've got jobs here in the state, but having a trained, skilled workforce to fill those jobs is hard. So we're working with local institutions, higher education, community colleges, other industry associations to identify how can we be better at training our workers here in the state of Colorado so they can fill those positions with workers here in the state. Sam described the focus of Colorado Companies to Watch. "We're focused on second stage companies. In Colorado these are privately held, headquartered in Colorado, have between six to 99 employees, and have revenues between $750k to $50M. These are full startup companies, so they're really set to take off. The reason we focus on these companies is they make up roughly 8% of Colorado's economy, yet they account for almost 35% of all the jobs created." There's more...
Related Links: Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || PodCast Directory || Gala Event || Colorado OEDIT || Keywords: Sam Bailey, Colorado Companies to Watch, Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Edward Lowe Foundation, COCTW, Nominate, Second Stage Companies - bytes=5377779
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Steve Foster, President/CEO, 
    Colorado Technology Association The opportunity lies in the technology itself
enclosure-voice 1176_ 3/12/12 - We caught up with Steve Foster, President/CEO of the Colorado Technology Association, aka CTA. Steve is new to a number of people in the community, Larry asked Steve for a little overview. Steve said he came into the technology world about 11 years ago. Prior to that Steve was a police officer and prior to that he was a security expert in the USAF. He started a small company called Business Controls, a SaaS model software company and services behind it that helps organizations manage employee misconduct through the use of technology. "The company's been very successful. We're very happy. It's grown dramatically over the years. We now manage about 23,000 locations in 130 countries." They were a Global Microsoft Award winner in 2006 at the Worldwide Web Conference in Boston. Larry asked about C-Level at Mile High, coming up this Thursday (online registration closes at noon, Tuesday, March 13th). "This is a unique event and an opportunity to connect some very high level CIO's, CTO's and those very high level decision makers in those organizations that need help getting projects completed. They need to connect with vendors and vendors need to connect with them. So we built C-Level at Mile High to do just that. It's evolved to an event for everyone to connect." Steve gives more details. Larry asked, "What are opportunities and challenges facing business owners today?" Steve replied, "I think the challenge is the economy itself, and over regulation of the business community. I tend to be someone who wants to allow the business community to grow and prosper without too much dabbling into it from the government. I think that's a bit of challenge, but I think you have to be able to strike a balance there. One of the things I've said, I know I'm successful if I'm paying taxes. I like paying taxes because I know I'm making money, I'm doing well. And that's the way we should think. But I think the opportunity lies in technology itself, innovation, entrepreneurial ism, and Colorado is positioned very well..." listen for more...
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Routed through a members only intelligent network
Michelle Zatlyn, CoFounder and Head of User Experience, CloudFlareenclosure-voice 1177_ 3/12/12 - Lucy Sanders says, "It's quite an accomplishment to be named the most innovative network and internet technology company in 2011 by the Wall Street Journal, that's a huge accomplishment!" Our listeners will want to check into this. Lucy Sanders, CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT along with Larry Nelson, Director of w3w3® Media Network interviewed the CloudFlare co-founder and Head of User Experience, Michelle Zatlyn. Cloud Flare is an infrastructure based business that is really making performance, security and access to the kinds of features that web sites need, much more accessible to all types of web sites, not just the high end web sites that can afford this type of infrastructure. For every extra hundred milliseconds it takes a site to load, you lose 2% of your visitors - that's a really big problem for web site owners. The Internet is made up of 250 million web sites around the world, from blogs to business websites, to national governments. Michelle said when they first started the question was how can we make a service that really makes speed and security accessible to the entire internet, and that's what we've done. Launched over a year ago, live for 15 months, they went from very little traffic over their network around the world to 430 million web surfers every month, that's a really big number. We do more traffic than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, AOL and Bing combined.
      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.

Related Links: Cloud Flare || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Michelle Zatlyn, Cloud Flare, Innovative Network, Internet Technology, Security, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, w3w3® Media Network, Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, AOL, Bing - bytes=20760767 LISTEN TO: Michelle Zatlyn, CoFounder/ Head of User Experience, CloudFlare

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Carly Fiorina, Keynote Speaker at 
    ACG Corporate Growth Conference 3/13-14/2012 The focus is on networking, content and thought leadership
enclosure-voice 1175_ 3/9/12 - We're checking in at the ACG Denver's Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, a very special and lovely event as always. We managed to get ACG President, Todd Roebken, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle and Norm Thiele, Managing Director/Founder, Emerging Global, to talk to us about the upcoming Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, being held next week, March 13th and 14th here at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center. This conference Todd Roebken, President, ACG Denveris the largest of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region. The conference focus is on networking, content and thought leadership for the mid market business community across all industries. Norm said they spoke with Carly Fiorina the keynote speaker, "Who is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard and former senatorial candidate from California. Norm Thiele, ACG Denver, Conference ChairNorm said he picked up a couple of things from the conversation, one she is a super nice lady but more importantly she's a very astute business woman, obviously." 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. Listen for the details...
Related Links: Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference || Jones Lang LaSalle || EMERGENT Global || ACG Denver || M&A || Keywords: ACG Rocky Mountain Capital Growth Conference, Carly Fiorina, Todd Roebken, Norm Thiele, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, IPO
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Venture capital and software where technology intersects
Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid, 
    Inc.1178_ 3/12/12 - Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, ITP, and the Boulder Software Club present Jim Franklin as the featured entrepreneur with moderators Brad Bernthal and Jill VanMatre. The unplugged series was designed for the function of bringing together people with a diverse set of backgrounds to learn more about and engage in entrepreneurship. Jim Franklin is the CEO of SendGrid, Inc., a Foundry-backed infrastructure applications company. Prior to his tenure with SendGrid, Jim was the Vice President of Enterprise Performance Management and the General Manager of the Crystal Ball Global Business Unit of Oracle Corporation. The Crystal Ball Global Business Unit was formed in 2007 as a part of the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions. At Hyperion, Jim served as VP and General Manager. Jim had held the roles of Decisioneering's CEO, CFO and VP of Sales prior to Decisioneering's acquisition by Hyperion. Decisioneering was the maker of the Crystal Ball brand of software. Mr. Franklin was also the founder of webfamilies.com and the CFO of Vericept Corporation. Jim serves on the board of aWhere, Inc., Denver Software Club and Querio. Jim has also been a mentor for Techstars and the Founder Institute. In this part 1 of 4 video, Jim talks about his early beginnings that lead into business. Jim loved school but had it in his head that he wanted to be a businessman. He took accounting not to be an accountant, but a business person. He graduated with an accounting degree - but what do you do with it? Well he thought, accounting taught you to add and subtract and Law school would teach him to read and write, to be that well rounded person. So he went to law school...watch and listen for more...
Related Links: SendGrid || Silicon Flatirons || RVC Angel Capital Summit || Blog || Keywords: Jim Franklin, SendGrid, Silicon Flatirons, Entrepreneurs Unplugged, Decisioneering, Foundry Group, ATLAS, ITP, Boulder Software Club, Brad Bernthal, Jill VanMatre - Watch Part 1 of 4: Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid, Inc.

Greg Greenwood, President/CEO, comCables - 
    Colorado Companies  to Watch Winner! The secret weapon is good old fashioned customer service
enclosure-voice 1171_ 3/5/12 - It is a pleasure to introduce you to another Colorado Companies to Watch winner, Greg Greenwood, President and CEO of comCables. They are a manufacturer and distributor of cables and connectors for Ethernet and fiber optic networks, low voltage, surveillance and security systems. Structural cabling products are really the 'information highway' connecting all the IP systems. They also have a distribution division which is low voltage systems, so fire alarms systems, security surveillance, call access... They started their business, inside another business in April of 1999. comCables has been an asset to the Colorado community and continues to build its brand and product line expertise. With 5 locations to foster its national presence and a location in Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico, comCables continues to grow and expand in its current market place. Larry asked, "Greg you run into all kinds of businesses and individuals and you're very active in the community... What are some of the challenges entrepreneurs will experience in the coming year?" With experience on his side, Greg replied, "What we see in our industry is the big are getting bigger, and the smaller need to be more nimble and focused. I would suggest to figure out what your really focused on and stay there, be really good to your customers. Opportunities? With larger companies getting bigger and unstable markets, we've found the secret weapon is good old fashioned customer service. Not just that you're handling a customer well, but you're creating an experience with the customer that they're not getting somewhere else. For us it's the keystone of our business. We are serving them and empowering them with the knowledge and the products that we provide, and I think that is a long term strategy for any business."Greg and comCables is very active in the community adopting the Sun Valley Youth Center [the poorest zip code in all of Colorado] there is a very special need for the families there. "We've taken our clothes, our resources and our customers, and engaged all of our relationships in the support of that community there. Since 2011, we offer a scholarship to an inner city college student." He believes that income creates an ability for impact and so our obligation and responsibility to the community is not just to take from it, but to provide back to it. There's much more entrepreneurial advice...listen...
Related Links: comCables || Colorado Companies to Watch || Colorado Companies to Watch Channel || Sun Valley Youth Center || Gala Event || Keywords: Greg Greenwood, comCables, Lowe Foundation, Colorado Companies to Watch, Gala Event, COCTW, Second Stage Companies, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Sun Valley Youth Center - bytes=5032545
LISTEN TO: Greg Greenwood, President/CEO comCables


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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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