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
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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1606_ 9/8/14 - Since 2012, the most creative and well-connected innovators from Colorado and beyond have come together for a week of learning, discussion, networking, and more. In 2013, 5,500+ startup community members and over 650 companies engaged in over 125 community-driven events all with the goal of celebrating everything entrepreneurial in the Mile High City. Seth Godin told the 2013 crowd that Denver Startup Week is incredibly unique. "This event is pretty rare," he said. "It's not just rare for me; it's rare for the world." And from Eric Mitisek, CEO, CTA "At the speed of startup, celebrations do not happen often enough. So next week, immerse yourself in this free week of 150+ events and meet, support and cheer on our innovators building the companies that will define the Colorado of tomorrow." RELATED LINKS: Denver Startup Week dot org || Registration || More from Eric Mitisek ||
Corporate partners, mentors and investors 1599_ 9/2/14 - This is part 2 of Larry's interview with David Brown, President, TechStars. Larry asked, "A group, a startup, they think they should get involved with TechStars, what should they be doing?" David replied, "They should go to www.TechStars.com/apply, that is our gateway to getting into the program. There's a comprehensive questionnaire there that allows us to get to know you pretty quickly as individuals and your idea to get to market, your product and from that process we select approximately ten companies from each of the thirteen locations to go through this 3 month program that then culminates in DemoDay. When we started back in 2008 we brought in a lot of mentors to provide advice the companies. And I think one of the things we've learned over the years is there is so much more to it than that. Although it's great to provide advice and it's great to provide investors at DemoDay to fund the companies, there is a real network effect here. There are 400 companies that have graduated, 1200 founders, 1200 or so mentors in the system, investors"...listen for more ...David's latest book is 'No Vision All Drive'... RELATED LINKS: TechStars || TechStars Blog || No Vision All Drive || Entrepreneur Channel ||KEYWORDS: David Brown, TechStars, Disney Accelerator, David Cohen, Brad Feld, Jared Polis, Nicole Glaros, Boulder CO, Entertainment, Walt Disney Company, Technology Startups, Europe, bytes=6201159 LISTEN TO: David Brown, President, TechStars [Part 2 of 2]
Game changing technologies coming to your ride 1597_ 9/2/14 - We're talking with David Moll, venture capitalist and founder of Infield Capital. We asked David to tell us about their work. He said, "Infield Capital. is a fund that invests in early stage technologies for the transportation industry. In particular we are interested in those things that improve the economy and emissions profile for vehicles. That stuff is between the key and the wheel." So they really like things like new advanced combustion engines and new systems like air handling your fuel injection for those engines. David says they love batteries and power electronics and electric motors and they've been looking again at fuel cells - all of those technologies are within their purview. "If we get jargony," he said, "we invest in the things that store and convert energy for mobile applications." Now half-way through their fund, with 15 investments and a couple of exits, David tells us they've seen the landscape around the companies in their portfolio change dramatically. He thinks about the relatively new phenomenon of abundant, low cost natural gas, domestic natural gas. That certainly wasn't something they saw coming in 2007. RELATED LINKS: Infield Capital.com || Venture Capital || Mastering Change || Institute for Change Research ||KEYWORDS: David Moll, Infield Capital, Power Train, Transportation Industry, Emissions, Batteries, Power Electronics, Electric Motors, Domestic Natural Gas, bytes=7455454 LISTEN TO: David Moll, Infield Capital
Looking for companies that can have national or worldwide reach 1593_ 8/25/14 [Part 1 of 2] - Larry interviewed David Brown, President, TechStars. They have grown so much over the past seven years and Larry was seeking an update. TechStars funds technology oriented companies, typically these are web-based or other software companies, but they’ve funded companies that don’t quite fit that mold as well. They are also looking for companies that can have national or worldwide reach. Specifically, they don’t fund biotechnology companies, restaurants, consultancies, or other local service oriented companies. "How much funding do Techstars companies receive?" You get $118,000 in seed investment upon acceptance into Techstars for 7-10% equity in your company. You also have access to great perks such as free hosting and services, sponsored meals, office space with the other teams, and more. There is immeasurable value in the connections and advice that you’ll receive when you start your company with...listen for more ...David's latest book is 'No Vision All Drive'... RELATED LINKS: TechStars || TechStars Blog || No Vision All Drive || Entrepreneur Channel || KEYWORDS: David Brown, TechStars, Disney Accelerator, David Cohen, Brad Feld, Jared Polis, Nicole Glaros, Boulder CO, Entertainment, Walt Disney Company, Technology Startups, Europe, bytes=5892287 LISTEN TO: David Brown, President, TechStars
Guy Kawasaki: The art of changing hearts, minds and actions 1601_ [archives 2011-09-12] - Three years ago when I last interviewed our guest, Guy Kawasaki, managing partner of Garage Technology Ventures and founder of Alltop.com, we were going through some tougher times, I asked Guy, how do you think this will play out? Guy replied, "I'm not a visionary or an oracle, but I'll tell you what I'd tell an entrepreneur, which is... "Plug your ears and keep going!" Guy's latest and tenth book is, 'ENCHANTMENT, The art of changing hearts, minds and actions.' Guy's unique style, he replied, "The word is purely a marketing thing. You know, I wanted to own a word, like Tom Peters owns excellence... and I wanted my word to be enchantment. And I wanted the image [from the book cover], the butterfly to be recognizable as enchantment. So that's why the particular word, in a marketing sense. In a philosophical sense, I think people can aspire to a higher relationship than simply closing sales. So this would be enchanting people, getting people to believe in your dream as much as you do." Larry asked what motivated Guy to get on this topic. Well, he's been enchanting and evangelizing people for the about two-and-a-half decades now. It was time to collect all his lessons and put it out there so people could achieve more success with their new products, new services, new companies, new ideas. "I think if you enchant your customers you'll have a much better relationship with them, you'll have a longer relationship with them, probably a more profitable relationship and they too will be happier. I think it will help people have better relationships with their customers, and their prospective customers, which will in turn, lead to success. It's very difficult to foster this kind of relationship, particularly in a time when people are so skeptical about others and pessimistic. If you wait for the turnaround to occur and everybody is all happy and things are going honky-dory again, it may be too late." ...listen for much more... Related Links: Buy Enchantment and get Presentation Zen for free || Garage || AllTop || Guy's Blog || Venture Capital || Keywords: Guy Kawasaki, Enchantment, Garage Technology Ventures, Alltop.com, Relationship, Customers, The art of changing hearts, minds and actions - bytes=9751722 LISTEN To: Guy Kawasaki, Author, Enchantment