The biggest challenge to an entrepreneur today 1610_ 9/22/14 - What is the biggest challenge to an entrepreneur today? Larry asked our expert Brad Bernthal, Director of the Entrepreneurial Initiative, Silicon Flatiron Center and Clinical Law Professor, CU Boulder - Law School. His reply... "The biggest challenge I'm seeing today, is often competing with the noise. So, in broad strokes, the democratization of entrepreneurship in just the last ten years has been amazing. The fact that, especially in Information Technology, startup costs have dropped so dramatically, has leveled the playing field. That's a great thing in terms of giving innovation opportunities to a wider group of entrepreneurs. But, I think it also introduces a lot of noise into the system. In terms of competition for angel funding, but especially venture capital funding and most importantly market share. Getting attention, showing traction, it's always been a challenge, but I think it may be even more challenging today." And, we couldn't be more proud and humbled to hear Brad as he gives a shout-out to w3w3.com "If you look back over the 15 years of Silicon Flatirons, nobody has been more present at events and getting the word out and doing the kind of community building that you do Larry, than w3w3 - So thanks for all you've done to build the entrepreneurship scene!" ...There's more... RELATED LINKS: Silicon Flatirons Center || SFC About || Economy Builders || PodCasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado, Entrepreneurs Unplugged, Digital Broadband Migration,, bytes=4465792 LISTEN TO: Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons
Mash up of people, different viewpoints and ideas 1610_ 9/22/14 - The ATLAS Institute at CU Boulder, over the years, has evolved and Jill Dupre, Associate Director said, "...it continues to evolve. A constant is that we are a home for 'creative trouble makers'. We're a home for intrepid inventors, people who want to change the future! ATLAS is interdisciplinary - we work with people from all over campus." ATLAS is housed within Engineering but their faculty and students come from all over, from arts, theater, English, journalism, business, engineering, computer sciences, law... At ATLAS, they like the kind of ideas that come from that intersection and that mash up of people, different viewpoints and ideas. ATLAS Institute's belief is that combining that mix in a creative way and in a fun environment is how you change your world and how you make it better. Of course, it's not all fun and games. ATLAS has three core academic programs. At the undergrad level; technology, arts and media - that promotes creative work and research and information technology and digital media in an interdisciplinary environment. RELATED LINKS: Atlas Institute || Silicon Flatirons || CU Technology Transfer Office || Entrepreneurs 2013 || Blog || KEYWORDS: Jill Dupre, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado, Collaborative Multidisciplinary Partnerships, Silicon Flatirons, CU Technology Transfer Office, Core Academic Programs, bytes=5185518 LISTEN TO: Jill Dupre, Associate Director, ATLAS Institute
Forbes Top 20 Universities for Entrepreneurship List... CU-Boulder 1607_ 9/15/14 - "The Entrepreneurship Initiative is entering its seventh year - an interesting trajectory for us in terms of what we've done around entrepreneurship in particular. And, this is year 15 for Silicon Flatirons overall, and of course, Phil Weiser the Executive Director and Dean of the Law School" pointed out Brad Bernthal Clinical Professor of Law at CU Law School and the Entrepreneurship Initiative Director for Silicon Flatirons Center. Brad said they got a real shot in the arm this summer, Forbes listed the top 20 universities for entrepreneurship and CU Boulder was ranked in that top 20..."There is much discussion about, 'what would it look like for us to truly be a Top Five public university for entrepreneurship... We've done two things right, one missing. We've brought the innovation community to the campus on a regular basis. Silicon Flatirons did over 40 events last year that had an entrepreneurship orientation, over 6000 attendees - a high velocity of interaction between campus and community. Second, our students across the campus are engaged. We have the New Venture Challenge that's for anyone with a CU ID - faculty, staff, student from any discipline across campus. Anybody can get involved, we will help them build a business; we'll give them mentors who are the best and brightest in the community... RELATED LINKS: Silicon Flatirons Center || SFC About || Entrepreneurs || PodCasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Brad Bernthal, Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado, Entrepreneurs Unplugged, Mentors,, bytes=6910435 LISTEN TO: Brad Bernthal, Professor, Law School, CU Boulder, Director Entrepreneur Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center
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What do Leonard Nimoy, Krista Marks, Vinton Cerf, have in common 1600_ 8/11/14 - [archives/2010-09-27] ...Celebrity status in the realm of science and technology; business, commerce and community, creators, educators, visionaries, philanthropists, leaders, adventurous, courageous people! You will find them and many more stand-out-leaders from actor, astronaut, genius to outspoken critic. Visit the w3w3 Podcast Directory for a comprehensive collection of our most important business leaders over the past eleven years. You won't find all these celebrity interviews any place else. Ask Google: Mike Fries, Lucy Sanders, Ted Turner, Dan Caruso, Larissa Herda, Steve Bigari, Jim Crowe, Denise Brown, Ping Fu, Mark Endry, Kathleen Quinn Votaw, Heidi Roizen, Seth Levine, Jon Nordmark, Nancy Phillips, Stephanie Smeltzer McCoy, Donna Auguste, Sam Addoms, Helen Greiner, Roy Dimoff, Greg Maffei, Vinton Cerf, Guy Kawasaki, Jay Walker, Sam Pitroda, Rick Patch, Terry Gold, Michael Powell, Richard Truly, J.B. Holston, Holli Baumunk and 1000s of more interviews can be heard 24/7 at w3w3.com. We have been doing this since January 1999. Check it out...our Podcast Directory makes it easy... RELATED LINKS: About w3w3.com || w3w3.com Sponsors || w3w3.com Blog || Podcast Directory || KEYWORDS: w3w3® Talk Radio, Leonard Nimoy, Krista Marks, Vinton Cerf, Mike Fries, Lucy Sanders, Ted Turner, Dan Caruso, Larissa Herda, Steve Bigari, Jim Crowe, Denise Brown, Ping Fu, Mark Endry, Kathleen Quinn Votaw, Heidi Roizen, Seth Levine, Jon Nordmark, Nancy Phillips, Stephanie Smeltzer McCoy, Donna Auguste, Sam Addoms, Helen Greiner, Roy Dimoff, Greg Maffei, Vinton Cerf, Guy Kawasaki, Jay Walker, Sam Pitroda, Rick Patch, Terry Gold, Michael Powell, Richard Truly, J.B. Holston, Holli Baumunk
Changing Telecommunications Environment 1586_ 7/21/14 - This special, interdisciplinary course provided students with an opportunity to join international managers and policymakers from around the world in an intensive seminar focused on the challenges of managing in a telecommunications environment in an era of technological change. Larry Nelson was the opening keynote speaker with a popular topic, "Mastering Change" and Dale Hatfield, Adjunct Professor in the Future Disciplinary Telecom Program, headed up the entire project with his team. There were 25 USTTI participants (from 13 different countries) along with 5-10 CU students. RELATED LINKS: Program Info || Mastering Change || KEYWORDS: Telecommunications, Managing Effectively, Changing Environment, Interdisciplinary Course, USTTI, Mastering Change, Dale Hatfield, University of Colorado, Ruscha Bellefleur Cohen, Larry Nelson,
Colorado impacting global food movement 1549_ 6/2/14 - We interviewed Krista Roberts, the Director of Slow Food Denver, a local chapter representing a global food movement called 'Slow Food'. It started in Italy initially as a reaction to the fact that a fast foods hamburger stand was being constructed at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome. But it has evolved a lot since then and is founded on the premise that everyone should have access to food that is good, clean and fair. There are chapters all over the world and we are one of the most active in the United States. In the Denver community, they have two main areas of programming. The 'Seed to Table School Food' program works directly with schools educating children about where their food comes from, how to cook and just the pleasure of enjoying good food. They also support about 50 school garden programs. The other area of work they do is their Community Table Programming. Here they do a lot of outreach and education to the general public helping connect them with local food producers, farmers, ranchers - getting more information about their food and building community through all these outlets. Coming in June, and this is a first of its kind, Slow Meat will focus on meat - and we're excited that it's in Denver - this is the first hosted in the United States! The idea is to gather a group of people who are all involved with meat in some way - ranchers, processors, chefs, consumers - to really consider meat and how we can create a more sustainable meat system in our country... RELATED LINKS: Slow Food Denver || Community Reach || CIMCO || Podcasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Krista Roberts, Slow Food Denver, Global Food Movement, Community Table Programming, School Garden Programs, CIMCO, Community Reach Channel, bytes=7120251 LISTEN TO: Krista Roberts, Slow Food Denver
Crowd funding with a business and academic blend 1551_ 6/1/14 -" We’re excited about the prospect of using crowd funding to jumpstart promising projects developed by students, faculty and staff," said Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "For our initial pilot we looked for projects across a range of academic and research disciplines, as well as for projects that provide outreach." Larry interviewed Ray Johnson, CU-Boulder Crowd funding Pilot Project Lead from the Leeds School of Business, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. CU-Boulder Crowd funding is a pilot online fundraising platform (launching May 2014) that allows CU-Boulder individuals and organizations to create and share fundraising campaigns with an engaged community. Our tools empower the CU-Boulder community to come together and create lasting impact on things you care about. Through the platform, you can: Explore eight exciting pilot projects led by CU-Boulder students and faculty, from engineering to archival work to film; Spread the word about projects that inspire you to help generate interest and enable project teams to reach their goals; Make tax-deductible contributions using a convenient online interface; Keep up with project developments and outcomes as the projects move toward completion. Plans are in progress to refine and expand CU-Boulder Crowd funding once the initial pilot concludes, so we welcome any feedback that can help us improve the platform. Listen for more details... RELATED LINKS: CU Crowd funding FAQs || CU LEEDS School of Business || CUTTO Channel || Silicon Flatirons Center || Entrepreneurs Channel || KEYWORDS: Ray Johnson, CU-Boulder Crowd funding Pilot, Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, Leeds School of Business, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Fundraising Platform, Crowd funding, bytes=5874732 LISTEN TO: Ray Johnson, Crowd funding Pilot Project - Leeds School of Business