Going from co-founder and CEO to angel investor 1618_ 10/6/14 - Terry Morreale, Associate Director and CTO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT and Larry Nelson, from w3w3.com. are interviewing an entrepreneur with 35 years experience in the startup community. Carol Clark, the co-founder and CEO of Mindleaders Inc. since its formation in 1981, until Mindleaders was acquired in 2007. Carol has more than 35 years of management experience as well as an extensive background in computer programming, software development and education. Carol currently serves on the Board of Directors of EdMap Inc., Sealund and Associates Corp. and Ecolibrium Solar Inc.; on the Investment Committee for the Patient Capital Collaborative ’13 Fund; and on the Executive Committee of the Ohio TechAngels Funds. An active angel investor in Golden Seeds, the Ohio TechAngels and Investors’ Circle, Carol is a founding member and Manager of the Columbus-based X Squared Angels Group. In addition Carol provides business consulting for growing businesses and is a member and past President of WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development), a non-profit organization that works to increase the number of women in leadership positions. RELATED LINKS: Carol Clark LinkedIn || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Podcast Directory || KEYWORDS: Carol Clark, Mindleaders, Angel Investor, Terry Morreale, National Center for Women in Technology, NCWIT, EdMap Inc, Sealund and Associates Corp, Ecolibrium Solar, Patient Capital Collaborative, Ohio TechAngels Funds, bytes=14558670 LISTEN TO: Carol Clark, Angel Investor and NCWIT Hero
Amazing Successful Female Entrepreneurs 1615_ 9/29/14 - [1408_ 7/18/13] - Lucy Sanders, who is CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), has received a U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame award. Sanders co-founded NCWIT in 2004 to significantly increase women's participation in technology and computing. NCWIT, headquartered in the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado - Boulder, helps companies, academic institutions, and K-12 organizations recruit and retain girls and women to technology and computing fields. The award was presented at the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 National Conference June 19, 2013 in Austin, Texas. RELATED LINKS: NCWIT Home || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || Podcast Directory || KEYWORDS: Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women in Technology, NCWIT, STEM Solutions, U.S. News, STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Award, ATLAS, Women, Girls, Technology, Computing Fields
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
Don't get distracted by the executives or mobile devices in the room 1609_ 9/15/14 - Mike Hess doesn't get distracted by the executives in the room or mobile devices in the room, or the pretty girls in the room - He just focuses on content. Mike, who is legally blind, is the founder and executive director of the Blind Institute of Technology. And now, he teaches his Sightless Principles of Communication to teams and companies, large and small (Google, DaVita, and Gates Rubber), about the real importance of actually listening. They've done amazing things. Year to date the Blind Institute of Technology has already placed 12 people. Mike said, "One of our latest candidates, an MBA with a vision impairment out of Fort Collins, Colorado, just got placed at DaVita (a Fortune 300 company) - and we just keep rolling Larry. It's so exciting!" Mike credits his board of directors for much of the great success. Mike and the Blind Institute of Technology (BIT) have an Easy Button for the companies looking for talented employees. RELATED LINKS: The Blind Institute of Technology || Podcasting Directory || CIMCO || Community Reach || KEYWORDS: Michael Hess, Blind Institute of Technology, BIT, Visually Impaired, Project Management Institute Mile Hi, CIMCO, Community Reach, DU, Social Entrepreneurs, , bytes=5848819 LISTEN TO: Mike Hess, Executive Director/Founder, Blind Institute of Technology
These resources are not only free, but also adaptable to your needs (Facts from NCWIT, Your Way) 11602_ 9/8/14 - Why spend hours searching for stats and graphics for an upcoming presentation about women in technology when NCWIT has done the hard work for you? Whether you're heading to the boardroom, the classroom, or a conference center, you can drag and drop graphics and slides into your own slideshows and proposals. Has anyone ever asked you why diversity in computing matters? With NCWIT's first mobile app, PockIT Facts, you can get stats about women in computing on the fly and share them throughout your social networks.
PockIT Facts: Shake your phone, and view colorful graphics containing statistics about girls and women in technology. Search the Apple App Store or the Android Apps on Google Play for "NCWIT" or "PockIT" to discover and share best practices for improving gender diversity in computing. www.ncwit.org/pockitfacts
NCWIT Scorecard (updated!): View trends in girls' and women's participation in computing and computing-related professions in the U.S. over time with one of NCWIT's most popular resources. Available files include JPGs, PPTs, and a PDF. www.ncwit.org/scorecard
Girls in IT: The Facts Gain a clearer picture of the current state of girls in computing, including key barriers to girls' participation, and what you can do to advocate for and implement change efforts. ("Girls in IT" is sponsored by NCWIT's K-12 Alliance.) Available files include JPGs, a shareable infographic, and a PDF. www.ncwit.org/thefactsgirls
Women in IT: The Facts View a coherent story about women in technology, one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S., including data and tools to identify barriers to women's participation and promising practices to support your company's efforts to improve conditions for women in technology. ("Women in IT" is sponsored by NCWIT's WA Alliance.) Available files include JPGs, a PDF, and an animated slideshow. www.ncwit.org/thefacts
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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 ||
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
Gaming company focused on teaching critical technology skills 1581_ 7/14/14 - This is Lucy Sanders, the CEO for the National Center for Women and Information Technology or NCWIT, along with Larry Nelson of w3w3.com Media Network. We are interviewing a company in the 'gamification space', sort of the culmination of the education and gaming field and also an NCWIT member company in our entrepreneurial alliance. Moira Hardek is the president and CEO of Galvanize Labs a hybrid gaming company focused on teaching critical technology skills. They have produced a number of educational video games. Most recently a game called 'Taking Charge' that submerges players in captivating, learning stories while peaking on some of the fundamental building blocks of a quality technology education. "This is a key building block for any career. (We challenged the kids to name a career that didn't involve technology - there really aren't any.)" Moira said, "There are four pillars that describe who we are and what we believe, and can very effectively solve any problem. The first is Data: To collect data and information to properly analyze the problem. We believe very strongly in education - you always have to acknowledge your power, so education is big for us. Game theory is what drives everything for us and so that's our 3rd pillar. Game theory is all about creating internal motivation. So it's not just gamification, it's not just having fun, but creating motivation for your user. Then the fourth pillar being a great user experience." listen for more... RELATED LINKS: Galvanize Labs || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || KEYWORDS: Moira Hardek, Galvanize Labs, Hybrid Gaming, Taking Charge, Gameification, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women and Information Technology, NCWIT, Entrepreneur, bytes=18114249 LISTEN TO: Moira Hardek, Pres/CEO, Galvanize Labs
Technology and media and successful entrepreneurs 1575_ 6/30/14 - JB Holston has run a wide range of technology and media enterprises over the last two decades. He served as founding CEO for NewsGator (now Sitrion) from 2004 through 2012. We spoke to JB at the CTA Public Policy & Legislative Session Celebration where he updated us on his role at Sitrion and the exciting developments there. Next he slipped in a big piece of news for the entrepreneurial community in Colorado... Maybe you've heard of BEN Colorado, JB Holston is the executive director. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has selected the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado (founded by Phil Weiser, Dean of the Law School at CU) to host its first expansion of its innovative Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. Through a gift of $4 million, the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado (BEN Colorado) will strengthen and grow the networks across the aerospace, bioscience, digital/technology, energy, and natural foods sectors. BEN Colorado will initially focus on the Boulder and Denver Metro Area regions. BEN Colorado will work with Master Entrepreneurs and Advisors to open up important networks of influence to a select number of companies on the verge of rapidly 'scaling up'. The goal is to extend, expand, and connect the networks of experience and expertise in and outside of Colorado. Be sure to listen to this interview and check out BEN Colorado.. RELATED LINKS: Sitrion || Colorado Technology AssociationBEN Colorado || Economy Builders || Mastering Change || KEYWORDS: JB Holston, Sitrion, NewsGator, BEN Colorado, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Entrepreneurs, Phil Weiser, University of Colorado Law School, Silicon Flatirons Center, bytes=4876228 LISTEN TO: JB Holston, Chairman Sitrion; Executive Director, BEN Colorado