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February 2012 CSE Group Meetup:  SaaS/Cloud/Internet Cluster
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To our CSE Group Members and Local "Invited" Software Companies:
It's "Leap Time" for Venture Development:

An exciting Meetup is planned this month on Wednesday Feb 29th (That's right "Leap Day") at the Penrose Library downtown, as we begin to start putting together the raw materials, people, and funding models for our proposed SaaS/Cloud/Internet Venture Development Cluster for Colorado Springs.  This is where we effectively "glue" together our local Internet, Software Development, SaaS, and Cloud-based developer community, with our emerging business development and seed angel community that is interested in plugging into real companies with real investment strategies that have "legs" and "teeth".  No "handouts" or "government cheese" allowed here !

Local, Loud, and Leveraged:

This is a local grassroots effort that is performance based and high-speed, and is not for the faint of heart.  We are not asking anyone for permission.  We are moving out and executing a well thought-out strategy that is supported by numerous venture accelerators across the country who have taken a "differentiated" and "direct" approach to building companies quickly and efficiently.

At our Feb 29th Meetup we will be "Filling in the Blanks" on SaaS/Cloud/Internet.

VDC + 3Ci = R E S U L T S

What is the formula for success ?  We believe it's not a top-down-command and control approach that's for sure... We are not interested in using old, to build new.   It's grass roots and bottom up, that means we create both a VDC, (Venture Development Cluster) focused on a specific vertical market model, (as in SaaS/Cloud/Internet), including start-up entrepreneurs and operating company entrepreneurs in the same space integrated together with mentors and advisers and investors who "get" software development, and the Internet to create a dynamic venture development environment.  These companies work and support the efforts of the others in the cluster.  Each have unique markets and products and services, but share a legacy of operational needs and challenges that they will be able to help support as an eco-system.

Match this with a specially developed Collaborative Community Capital Investment Fund, (3Ci) that raises and invests exclusively in the SaaS/Cloud/Internet cluster companies, and you have an explosive combination.  We want to raise between $3M to $5M for this fund initially, with the potential to grow this to $10M annually so we are not messing around.

This Month's Speakers for our SaaS/Cloud/Internet Meetup:

This month we have invited a number of local software developers who are already developing SaaS/Cloud/Internet solutions, or those companies that are on the edge or considering development solutions in this area to make presentations at our Meetup.

Our "QuickPitch" Marathon will include the following presenters and companies who will be showing a wide variety of innovative SaaS/Cloud/Internet solutions:

1. Jeff Thomas, COO/Co-Founder - Invertual.com

Web Site: http://www.invertual.com

About Jeff:

Jeff Thomas founded 30dps (short for 30 dreams per second), a full-service agency, in 1989. Under his leadership, 30dps has established a sound reputation for excellence in branding, creative, customer-centered marketing, effective user interface design, new media consulting, and sophisticated website development. While 30dps has served a diverse client base across the country, from California to Washington D.C., it prides itself in being local at heart.  In 2007, Jeff also co-founded Winged Dreams, a Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Advertising and Internet Marketing firm.   Prior to starting 30dps, Jeff served for ten years at FedEx, providing award-winning management of the team that developed the highly acclaimed COSMOS package tracking and customer service system that processed 30 million transactions daily, with 99.99% accuracy, availability and sub-second response time.

About Inventural:

In October 2010, he co-founded Invertual, Inc., an online global investment matchmaking community that matches Investors' interests with Member Companies looking for capital.  Primarily a social networking, investor relations and communications portal, Invertual.com will provide businesses seeking the attention of investors with access to a large investor base and information they need to effectively communicate their message and help land deals.  The website will also give these companies the tools to manage and self-police their SEC and Blue Sky compliance.

 

2. Jay Brooks, CTO, Co-Founder - VoltaMedia, Simian

About Jay Brooks:

Mr. Brooks holds a BS in Computer Science and a MSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has extensive experience in network application development, embedded systems and solution architecture. Mr. Brooks has worked in the Automotive, Computer and Consumer products industries, developing both internet solutions and application software. Mr. Brooks has worked for Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation and most recently Fluke Networks. Mr. Brooks brings in-depth experience in software engineering and complex system design.

About Voltamedia:

Founded in 2003, Volta is comprised of a close-knit team with over 20 years of combined expertise in web development, software engineering, graphic design and marketing for the beauty, fashion and entertainment industries. All of Volta's solutions are developed in-house which eliminates integration and communication problems caused by outsourcing. The company believes in creating the absolute best user experience and takes pride in building close client relationships to truly understand their business. Current clients include: Prettybird, Wild Plum, Tria Beauty, Freedom Films, Simply Organic, Photogenics, and Moxie Pictures.

About Simian:

Having already designed hundreds of custom web sites using their own unique web application platform, the veteran software developers at Volta saw a unique opportunity to respond to a new demand in the entertainment marketplace. Among their production company clientele, there was an outcry for the need of an online workflow tool that simplified reel presentations, for both the user and the client.  Over the course of the last 18 months, and working closely with video producers and editors, Volta developed Simian. An online showcase tool that streamlines media presentation for commercials, music videos, and web or print advertising. Simian is a powerful web-based SaaS Solution that gives creative teams the power to share reels, build presentations, and coordinate project workflow.

 

3. Matt Troyer, Founder, President - ColbaltIP.com

Web Site: http://www.cobaltip.com

About Matt:

Matt is the President of CobaltIP and one of the founding parters.  After spending 15 years in ecommerce, founding companies such as Firesale.com and Techforless.com, Matt moved on to software development in the intellectual property marketplace.  Matt spent three years in the intellectual property industry where, he led efforts for several different software applications including patent review workflow, patent charting, and intellectual property ecommerce solutions.

About CobaltIP.com:

CobaltIP.com is the first of a new class of patent analytics software applications that was announced in March 2011, and went live as a beta in June of 2011 that is a partnership alliance between Free Patents, LLC,, (the parent company of FreePatentsOnline.com) and SumoBrain.com.  The technology Cobalt has developed, and deployed is unlike any other patent searching and analytics platform in use today.  Cobalt is targeted at patent agents and attorneys, corporate IP holders, IP consulting firms, university tech transfer and M&A professionals.  The company offer several memebership levels that meet price and feature requirements for all IP professionals.

 

4. James C. Romig
Executive Vice President & Chairman of the Board - MICR Prime Services, Inc.

Web Site: http://www.micrprime.com

About Jim:

Mr. Romig is the founder and Chairman of the MICR Prime companies.  Jim is the inventor of the patented MPM6000 Check Binder, the key component of ChIPS®. From 1985 through 1990 Jim was a sales representative for EG&G in S. California selling high tech glass scale positioning and quality measurement systems to the aerospace and machine tool industry. He has completed post-graduate work in administrative disciplines and has extensive sales and marketing experience.

About MICR Prime:

MICR Prime Services, Inc. (MPSI) has been in business for 9 years. For the last 6 years  the company has worked to bring the Checks In-house Production System, ChIPS, to the financial industry market.   MICR Prime is an outgrowth of Computer Forms (print service brokerage) begun in 1993. Research for a unique product to sell led Jim to a desk top publishing solution for internal bank documents (MS DOS). He purchased the Windows version in 2004. More than 300 customers in 26 states & 2 foreign countries use the package. The patented Checks In-house Production System (ChIPS) is new to the company. Its development and marketing strategies are the direct result of his efforts. ChIPS is a highly specialized system of software, equipment and consumables that dramatically improves profitability for financial institutions and gives them a distinct marketing advantage over their competitors.  Jim will be discussing some of their plans to take their ChiPS software solution to the internet.

 

5. Matthew Coers, President (Ventures Interactive)

About Matthew:
 Matthew Coers is President of Ventures Interactive and inventor of the Vortos Content Optimization System. He has 17 years of Internet marketingand web application development experience in a variety of markets including software, Internet security, healthcare, advertising, publishing, environmental engineering, and data analytics.  His experience working with dozens of organizations and in a variety of markets has given him a comprehensive understanding of the industry's best practices. His articles on subjects such as website development, design and internet marketing are syndicated on hundreds of websites. Through his articles and consulting work, Mr. Coers has helped thousands of entrepreneurs take their first steps online - successfully.  Mr. Coers graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy, and has been working in the fields of web application development, marketing, and advertising since 1995.

 

About Ventures Interactive:

Ventures Interactive is a Denver-based Web Development and Internet Marketing company with a world-wide client-base. The company takes a vendor-neutral approach to each project - finding the best solution to fit the needs of each client, not forcing clients into a pre-determined list of reseller products or solutions.  Ventures Interactive is oriented around developing online solutions that work toward business goals. Every website, regardless of it's tactical goals, has a strategic marketing purpose. Our responsibility is to help clients develop interactive products that deliver on their functional requirements, and serve as a basis for incremental improvement over time.

Mr. Coers will be introducing The Vortos Content Optimization System (COS) which is a machine-learningapplication that records the behavior of visitors to websites. The systemuses the intelligence it gathers to develop statistical probabilities, cluster visitors, and manipulate website content to focus on products andcontent visitors are most likely to view or buy. The information produced bythe system can be further used for remarketing and offline prospectqualification, or to feed into 3rd party CRM or marketing automation.

 

6. Aaron Nielsen, President - Blooco.com

Web Site: http://www.blooco.com

About Aaron:

Aaron is a Colorado native from Littleton. He holds a BSEE from the Colorado School of Mines and has worked in oilfield services, airborne entertainment systems, aerospace, defense, law enforcement, and satellite communications. He has spent most of his career as a software engineer with wide enough exposure to qualify as a “full stack” developer and architect.

 

About Blooco:

Aaron founded Blooco Inc. to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time entrepreneur. Currently in the defining stages of the company, Blooco is serving local businesses with software consulting services. As a bootstrapper, Aaron continues to invest in ideas by building prototypes and promoting further innovation in his community. With the strong R&D emphasis, Blooco is developing SaaS prototypes to serve the data integration and visualization needs of the oil and gas industry. Additionally, Blooco has developed Eyeris, a prototype software system for mobile identity management and authentication. Aaron currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and 4 children. They enjoy most outdoor activities, but especially snowboarding, backpacking, and fishing.

 

7. Janet Corniel, Founder - Movingal

About Janet:

Janet has extensive moving experience, having moved eleven times in sixteen years, which include domestic and international relocations. She also has a Masters Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Michigan State University and is AICP Certified by the American Planning Association.  From this extensive background, she has created MovinGal, a company that is designed to offer calm and reassurance in the chaos of moving by offering extensive information all in one convenient location so that customers can be better prepared to make a decision on their future home.

About MovinGal:

Started as a Blog in September 2010, Janet began writing and posting blogging topics and information regarding moving, (which at one time or another effects everyone).  It became such a great source of information for anyone who has gone through a move and/or about to embark on one.  Her blog also contains some laughs because you will need a few as you unpack your boxes in the middle of the night that becomes morning too quickly!   Then in May of 2011, Janet announced the launch of MovinGal the website.   After a year of development, the website was created to make searches for a new location and move much easier.  For those people who have moved recently or are in the midst of a move know that trying to do research online to find utilities, school districts and other resources can be disjointed and time consuming because individual searches for each category was required.  This is no longer the case.  MovinGal enables searches for these resources based on an address.  It provides all the information needed to decide if this is the right place for you and your family to settle into and presentes it all in one convenient location.  The service is free.

Come out and support our local software entrepreneurs and companies !

This is just the first of six VDC Clusters we are going to launch this year, so it should be an exciting night !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

January 2012 CSE Group Meetup Agenda Update:

Meeting Agenda:

(Hour 1)

6:00PM – 6:25PM – “Gettin’ in the Mood” LiveIntro’s & QuikBio's  (25 Minutes - Group)

Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions…

Sponsored by Ensemble Ventures, LLC  !

6:25PM – 6:30PM – Getting Down to Business

Internet Updates - (5 Minutes - M. Schmidt - Meetup & CSE Site)

Membership Status - Meetup Updates – Web-Site

Update on CSE Group Site:  http://www.colospgsbiz.org

6:30PM - 7:00PM - Guest Business Speaker:

James C. Romig – Executive Vice President & Chairman of the Board

MICR Prime Services, Inc.

About Jim:

MICR Prime is an outgrowth of Computer Forms (print service brokerage) begun in 1993. Research for a unique product to sell led Jim to a desk top publishing solution for internal bank documents (MS DOS). He purchased the Windows version in 2004. More than 300 customers in 26 states & 2 foreign countries use the package.

Mr. Romig is the founder and Chairman of the MICR Prime companies. He has completed post-graduate work in administrative disciplines and has extensive sales and marketing experience.

The patented Checks In-house Production System (ChIPS) is new to the company. Its development and marketing strategies are the direct result of his efforts. ChIPS is a highly specialized system of software, equipment and consumables that dramatically improves profitability for financial institutions and gives them a distinct marketing advantage over their competitors.

The company is seeking to raise operating capital to launch ChIPS into the healthy part of the banking industry, community banks and credit unions. Their quest includes two very novel initiatives -- "crowd funding" and a Direct Public Offering.

About Jim's Talk:

MICR Prime Services, Inc. (MPSI) has been in business for 9 years. For the last 6 years we've worked to bring the Checks In-house Production System, ChIPS, to the financial industry market.  But, wait a minute, does anybody use checks these days? Absolutely, and they will for the next 20 years! The FDIC says more than 30 BILLION paper check transactions occurred in the US last year. That's a lot of checks!

We've done the product development in Suite B (the basement of our home here in Colorado) and tapped out every available resource to do it -- part time jobs, savings, inheritance from my preacher father's estate, family, friends from church, everything. At long last we have a ready to go system but we ran out of funds to do the marketing. That's where you can help.

We are doing a "CROWDFUNDING" Raise !  - Come and hear more about this unique way to raise capital !

(Hour 2)

7:00PM – 7:15PM (Bio Break) – 15 Minutes

7:15PM – 8:00PM– Overview of VDC & 3Ci Programs– 45 Minutes

Mike Schmidt, CEO - Ensemble Ventures, LLC

What is a Venture Development Cluster: ?

With a major need to create an entrepreneurial "eco-system" in Colorado Springs that transcends traditional economic development activities and instead focuses on developing local small businesses that fosters innovation and encourages creativity and collaboration, it's time to create a new kind of local economic development model that puts the entrepreneur at the center of attention and action...

Much like what TechStars has done in Boulder, Boston, and San Francisco with their software-oriented technology incubation concept, or Y-Combinator with their innovative software company entrepreneurial funding strategies, Ensemble and the CSE Group is interested instead in developing a robust " Venture Development Cluster" model for Colorado Springs that focuses on the "The Enterprise", "It's Entrepreneur(s)" and the force multiplier of active Mentoring and advisory support "Execution" services coupled together with high-velocity capital and proven business process optimization that can provide companies with a competitive advantage and increase their chances for success.

Overview of First "Sports/Wellness Cluster" Initiative:

The Center for Mild Hyperbaric Research in partnership with Pikes Peak Hyperbaric

Developing the First Sports/Wellness Business !

 

 

 

 

8:00PM - 8:45PM - 45 Minutes of Networking and Open Forum Discussions

8:45PM – Close

9:00PM – Library Closes

Hope you can make it and participate in Colorado Springs most engaging monthly Entrepreneurial meetup in town !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

Monday, 02 January 2012 11:38

Revenue North Small Business Growth Summit

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Attention CSE Group Members:

As you know, the CSE Group is officially participating as a "Community Partner" with Revenue North in supporting the upcoming Revenue North Small Business Growth Summit, being held in Colorado Springs in January 2012.  We are excited about this unique conference opportunity for local small businesses to attend a two-day training and education conference (over a Friday and Saturday) that consists of a wide variety of presentations and educational topics presented to help you grow your business.  The 20 topical areas covered are:

  1. Prospecting

  2. Brand Development

  3. Internet Outsourcing

  4. Developing People

  5. Effective Offers

  6. Word of Mouth Marketing

  7. SEO

  8. Strategic Alliances

  9. Lead Conversion

  10. Measuring Systems for Marketing

  11. Google Ad Words

  12. Cash Flow Essentials

  13. Sales Training

  14. Social Media Marketing

  15. Public Relations

  16. Retention Economics

  17. Lead Generation

  18. Video Marketing

  19. Keys for Effective Hiring

  20. Exceptional Customer Service

This two-day conference is being held on January 20 & 21, 2012 in Colorado Springs at the Antlers Hilton Hotel and will feature over 60 sessions providing actionable information to help your business grow and thrive.

Most speakers are drawn from the Pikes Peak and Denver Metro regions – all of them have in-the-trenches experience and knowledge to share. You’ll walk away from the conference ready to implement tried and true marketing and sales strategies that work in our local market.

 

A Real Educational Value !

Not only is the content quality unbeatable, so is the price. Attend the conference for only $99 or bring up to five staff members for $299.

Registration is open on the Revenue North website now – or you can connect with Revenue North via your favorite social media channel:    FacebookLinkedInTwitter

About Revenue North:

The main website for Revenue North is here:  http://www.revenuenorth.com/

The idea for Revenue North was developed by Chris Coughlin who has been operating a very successful conference and training venture called Glazier Clinics--a no-nonsense, no-frills conference business that trains the best football coaches in the world (www.glazierclinics.com).  They have proven experience offering 100 unique, high-value training sessions at each event for an unbelievably low price of $99 for an individual or $299 for an entire staff. They have accomplished this through a relentless focus on high-quality content combined with stringent cost controls.  So after Chris considered taking his marketing staff to a business conference in Seattle a year ago... he realized that his four-person team would need to spend over $7,000 to cover registration fees, travel, lodging and all other expenses.  It was then that the idea for Revenue North was born.  Let's bring the conference to our local community !

Why This Conference is a Great Opportunity:

I will be moderating a number of educational sessions during the summit so you will see me there on both Friday and Saturday.   I encourage you and your business network, clients, friends and associates support this local Small Business event by purchasing a ticket to attend as I believe this summit represents a great collection of professional speakers and relevant topics for your business that you can immediately benefit from.  I know the CSE Group will be doing all it can to help support the Summit and make it a success.  We want to see it back here and repeated again in 2013 !

So mark your calendars for January 20 & 21, 2012 !

Opportunity for Sponsoring a "Small Business NetMixer" Saturday Night:

Also, to celebrate the Entrepreneurial Community here in the Springs in support of the Revenue North Summit, I'm interested in proposing to interested CSE Group member companies or individuals the opportunity to join me as a Co-Sponsor with my company (Ensemble Ventures) to help support a Saturday Evening Small Business "NetMixer" Hospitality Event that would be sponsored by The Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group at a local restaurant/pub downtown that would start right after the January 21st Saturday sessions are completed and run from 3PM to 6PM. We could also schedule our January CSE Group Meeting at this event as well and make it a dual purpose meeting.   If you are interested in helping to support this unique NetMixer event, send me an e-mail and let's talk.   E-Mail me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Let's Support this unique and local Small Business Training Event...

I would like to see the CSE Group members take advantage of this great first-of-its-kind event and to benefit from the amazing array of business training being offered, and to support the wide variety of local businesses and professionals who are being engaged to contribute their expertise and experiences for your benefit.

Remember to register today...   Registration is open

Looking forward to seeing you at the Revenue North Summit !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

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bellsColorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group December 2011 "Holiday" Mixer

 

 For our final meeting of the year at THE EAST LIBRARY on Union Blvd, we will be holding our annual Holiday Mixer Pot-luck Meetup.  For those of you who will be home for the holidays during Christmas and New Years, come join us for some fun at our Annual holiday pot-luck meetup where we challenge our members to bring their favorite dishes and layout a spread that is fit for a king.

Schedule your calendars for Wednesday December 28, 2011 at 6:00PM

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Pot Luck Reservations:

We are posting our Food R Us ! Pot-Luck Reservation Form here on the CSE Group .ORG Web Site:

http://www.colospgsbiz.org/holiday-mixer/food-reservation-form

Here you can post your favorite dishes on an online form so we can coordinate and schedule the holiday fest with other CSE Group Members and your guests.  It worked really well last year!  You can participate and contribute your favorite holiday main course or desert using this handy form and database that immediately posts and presents the menu as it is being developed.  We had such a good response with this last year (and an amazing array of food) that we are bringing it back for a second encore !

 


Agenda:

 

Hour 1

1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Holiday Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes (Group)
-- Food Sponsors - CSE Group Members Food R Us POTLUCK !  - Get your logos to me for your business and we will feature them on screen to some holiday music during our opening segment.
 
2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes
-- Org Site, Meetup Happenings, Policies/Procedures, Blog Posts, Profiles

 

3. Guest Business Speaker:
Mr. Karl Dakin, Executive Director, Sullivan Chair for Free Enterprise, Regis University

About Karl:

Karl Dakin is business start-up veteran with 30 years of experience acting as consultant, advisor, legal counsel, expert witness, investor, principal investigator, educator, officer and director to a large number of private businesses, educational organizations, professional associations and government agencies. Mr. Dakin has served as an executive in many leadership positions pursuing business opportunities in multiple markets. Working with cutting edge technology and programs for commercialization of innovation, Mr. Dakin has brought to bear his own creative and communication talents. He has shared knowledge gained through these experiences through extensive writing, speaking and instruction.  This year Karl took on the position as the Sullivan Chair for Free Enterprise at Regis University and has been quite busy putting together the new Colorado Capital Congress initiative.

 

About the Colorado Capital Congress:

Problem

The current scarcity of capital within Colorado is harming local businesses, slowing economic recovery/job creation and impairing innovation.

Mission

In response to this problem, the Institute on the Common Good and the Sullivan Chair for Free Enterprise of Regis University will hold a series of forums with the objective of developing new legislation, regulations, public/private partnerships and private sector projects that will expand and ease access to capital for Colorado businesses.

Process

The Congress will engage in a process leading to identification and detailing of proposed changes that will be voted upon by Representatives of the Congress. All citizens of the State of Colorado will be invited to participate as Representatives in the Colorado Capital Congress

About Karl's Talk:

Karl will be providing the CSE Group members with an update on the progress of the Colorado Capital Congress, with ideas and strategies on how local Colorado Springs companies and individuals can get involved and sponsor the process.

BREAK (5 Minutes)

Hour 2

4. "QuickPitch" - "Off The Floor and Off the Cuff" Entrepreneur Sales Pitch - 1 Minute Each
-- Volunteer Pitches from Members who are seeking capital, seeking help, seeking customers, etc.
-- No reservation needed. If you want to make a "QuickPitch" - Bring it On !
5. 1st Guest Start-up Entrepreneur - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A
Mr. Aaron Nelson - CEO and Founder of BlooCo.com

About Aaron:

Aaron is a Colorado native from Littleton. He holds a BSEE from the Colorado School of Mines and has worked in oilfield services, airborne entertainment systems, aerospace, defense, law enforcement, and satellite communications. He has spent most of his career as a software engineer with wide enough exposure to qualify as a “full stack” developer and architect. In the fall of 2011,

Aaron founded Blooco Inc. to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time entrepreneur. Currently in the defining stages of the company, Blooco is serving local businesses with software consulting services. As a bootstrapper, Aaron continues to invest in ideas by building prototypes and promoting further innovation in his community. With the strong R&D emphasis, Blooco is developing SaaS prototypes to serve the data integration and visualization needs of the oil and gas industry. Additionally, Blooco has developed Eyeris, a prototype software system for mobile identity management and authentication. Aaron currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and 4 children. They enjoy most outdoor activities, but especially snowboarding, backpacking, and fishing.

 

6. 2nd Guest Start-up Entrepreneur - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A
Mr. Charles Mason - CEO and Founder of HTML5.COM

About Charles:

Charles is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in a wide variety of start-up ventures here in the US and internationally.  He has developed a number of "Geo-Domains" over the last several years creating destination web-sites for large cities and communities, and has been involved in a number of technology ventures over the years.

Charles will be introducing the CSE Group members to a new start-up he is working on called "HTML5.COM" which is going to become a major destination web-site to support the growing HTML5 marketplace.  Charles is at the early phase of development of this new exciting web-site so come and hear Charles talk about some of the early steps and stages he is going through to create this company and site.

 

7. Update on the L3C Legislative Initaitive in Colorado - 5 Minutes
Mike Schmidt, CEO Ensemble Ventures, LLC and Chair of the CSE Group
 
8. InSide/OutSide Your Business - 5 Minutes
-- Tips and Techniques
-- Mike's Stack-O-Stuff

Final Hour:

Formal Meeting Ends (8:00PM) - Holiday Mixer Re-Starts !
-- Food and Refreshments, Socializing
-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings/Holiday Mixer

-- Final Wrap at 9PM !

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East Library
5550 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-531-6333

Hope you can make it and participate in our Annual Holiday Pot-Luck Meetup !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

November 2011 - Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup - Final Agenda !

This month we are back to our home meetup location... THE EAST LIBRARY on Union Blvd.  Schedule your calendars for Wednesday November 30th at 6:00PM

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Meeting Agenda:

(Hour 1)

6:00PM – 6:25PM – “Gettin’ in the Mood” LiveIntro’s & QuikBio's  (25 Minutes - Group)
Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions…
Sponsored by Ensemble Ventures, LLC  !

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OR IF YOU AND YOUR COMPANY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SPONSORING OUR REFRESHMENTS THIS MONTH LET ME KNOW.  NOMINAL EXPENSE, FOR GREAT EXPOSURE TO OUR LOCAL ENTREPRENEURIAL GROUP !

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6:25PM – 6:30PM – Getting Down to Business
Internet Updates - (5 Minutes - M. Schmidt - Meetup & CSE Site)
Membership Status - Meetup Updates – Web-Site
Update on CSE Group Site:  http://www.colospgsbiz.org

6:30PM – 7:00PM – Revenue North Small Business Conference Overview

30 Minutes
Mr. Frank Rudy - Revenue North Representative

The Revenue North Small Business Growth Summit is 100% focused on helping small businesses increase their profitability through revenue growth in the most cost-effective manner possible.  To that end, we have gathered experts in sales, marketing, customer retention, customer service, planning and personnel to share proven ways to grow your business—all for only $99 per person or $299 for up to 5-member staff.

I have asked Frank Rudy to drop by this month to give us an advanced "sneak peak" at the upcoming Small Business Conference that is being held here in the Springs in January.  We have already created a Meetup Schedule Event for the Summit so that you can add it to your calendars.

(Hour 2)

7:00PM – 7:15PM (Bio Break) – 15 Minutes

7:15PM – 7:45PM– “Guest Business Speaker” – 30 Minutes

Mr. Matt Troyer - Founder - CobaltIP.COM

About Matt Troyer:
Matt is a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate with a BA in Biochemistry in 1988. And what did he do with this Biochemistry degree... he became and Entrepreneur ! - Matt was a founder and partner in Firesale.com which today is known as TechforLess.com. He helped grow the company to 80 employees in size and sold out his interests in 2000. Matt has a number of start-up companies under his belt...

For the past several years Matt has been the VP of Online Innovation at Taeus International Corporation where he was responsible for several of TAEUS' online products that help intellectual property executives manage their patent portfolios including TAEUSportalware, TAEUSreports, TAEUSworks, Patent Attorney Tracker, and PTO Gazette. Matt also managed the technology of the TAEUS.com website and the online marketing functions at TAEUS International Corporation.

Well Matt has now formed a new company...  COBALTIP.COM (http://www.cobaltip.com) and is destined to shake up the patent searching and analytics market...  And CSE Group members are in for a treat because he is going to provide our group with a "Sneak Peak" at CobaltIP 24-hours before his official public launch (Dec 1st).  Matt has already been online and in beta testing trials, but he is launching publicaly on Thursday !!!


About Matt's Talk:

In fact, Matt first talked about his new IP searching and analytic project over a year ago back in August 2010 when he gave a talk on his plans for developing a patent data analytics solution.  At our November meetup Matt will "unveil" some of the insider challenges he faced in bringing this product to the marketplace !!!

So this is your second chance to "sit at the strategic planning table" with Matt has he formulates his roll-out plan for CobaltIP !

7:45PM – 8:00PM - Update on Colorado Capital Congress and L3C Legislation

8:00PM - 8:45PM - 45 Minutes of Networking and Open Forum Discussions

- Topics:  Revenue North Small Business Conference, L3C Legislation, etc.

8:45PM – Close

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Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:04

Godspeed Steve Jobs

Steven P. Jobs  (1955-2011)

On behalf of the members of the The Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group we extend our sincere condolences to the immediate family of Steve Jobs, his close friends, acquaintances, business partners, and the staff and employees of Apple Computer who are today deeply saddened by the passing of a leader, a legend, an innovator, a giant, and a friend....  Steve was a true, 21st Century Renaissance Man.    - Godspeed Steve

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Visionary ? Are you Kidding... Absolutely...

(Here is what he said 26 years ago) !

“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network.  We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people––as remarkable as the telephone.”  [Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

ALMOST A DECADE BEFORE THE INTERNET BECAME THE WEB AS WE KNOW IT  !!

 

Tribute:

In my own small way, I wanted to post this page on the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group web-site as a small tribute to Steve Jobs as he had a tremendous impact on my career (as well as the careers of millions of others around the world I would assume). The simple images of the logos that were developed for Apple through the decades (from the 1970's through the 1990's) showing the innovative progressions of the company and its products, and Steve's bold and insightful leadership that allowed him to keep re-inventing the company, adapting to the marketplace, and delivering "insanely great" products.

He was without question, one of the "Giants" in the High Technology Field which emerged from Silicon Valley in the 1970's. At the same time that Apple started, I was growing up in the shadow of Apple living in Sunnyvale, and attending De Anza College, (just down the street from Apple's headquarters). Since the early 1980's as I began my professional career, I have always felt a "connection" to Apple and other Silicon Valley companies like Intel, (which I worked at in the early 1980's in the new fab engineering group). As I began to pursue my own life as an Entrepreneur I drew tremendous inspiration and motivation from Steve Jobs and Steve Wozinak who together build a power house computing company on a solid technical foundation and who systematically designed, developed, and delivered some of the most elegantly designed and expertly engineered products in history.

Steve was an iconoclast, an individualist, a free thinker, and an innovator that set the pace, established the ground rules, and defined the boundaries. I reveled in watching him set-up and "spin" his "Reality Distortion Fields" as many used to call them. An artist at work, who refined the "science" of copying... and did it so well, the “originals” could not hold a candle to his new creations, (Sorry Xerox Parc !).

Where Where You in 1984?

And like the moon landing, (where I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I watched Apollo 11 land on the moon), I can remember exactly when I first layed my hands on a Macintosh, and the “instant ethereal effect” it had on me as I realized I had just walked up to a personal computer with no prior training or experience and began doing productive work almost immediately. It was at the Office Automation Conference that was being held in Los Angeles at the LA convention center in February 1984, just a few weeks after the pubic launch of the Macintosh by Apple in January 1984.

OACLA1984smI was attending the conference as I had just started my first Consulting company at the time and was on my own for the first time in my life looking for new business and opportunities. Apple had a large presence at the show with hundreds of Mac's in a demo area where people could walk up and start using them. Unfortunately the lines were 10-20 people deep waiting to get their turn. Instead I was fortunate to find a Mac at the show by just walking the expo floor and came across a Macintosh that was sitting on a table at the back of a vendors trade show booth. It was not being used, and I asked the booth personnel if I could “try it out”. Well about an hour and a half later, (after being immediately “mesmerized” running through all the Mac programs on the system, and being “flabbergasted” as the ease of use and power of the Mac compared to all other PC's that I had used before). I was pulled into a “Graphic User Interface Nirvana”. I was hooked, BIG TIME. To this date, I have never had this type of “complete” technology introduction experience again.

For those of you who were not alive in 1984 or were not able to attend the Macintosh unveiling by Steve Jobs in Cupertino on January 24, 1984, you can click the video below at the left for the public unveiling of Macintosh that was captured by Andy Hertzfield, (one of the lead Developers on the Macintosh Team) .  It was in a word... Pure Magic.  I was 24 and realized that I had picked the right industry, the right technology, and the right time to be an entrepreneur. 

Also below is one of the InfoWorld Magazine Covers from February 1984 with a confident and proud Steve Jobs showing off the Mac.  It was distributed at the show.  To read it online at Google Books, Just click on the cover and go back in time.  Steve was WAY AHEAD of everone else...  Like usual.


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YouTube Video Above:  This was the public demo of the first Apple Macintosh by Steve Jobs, on January 24, 1984, in front of 3,000 people at the launch of the Macintosh in Cupertino.  Andy Hertzfeld captured the moment quite well in his retelling: "Pandemonium reigns as the demo completes. Steve has the biggest smile I've ever seen on his face, obviously holding back tears as he is overwhelmed by the moment. The ovation continues for at least five minutes before he quiets the crowd down."


Launching a Career in Technology:

In fact, once I was able to “glimpse” the future, I became an Apple Developer years later, (with a new company I had formed called Software Applications Group) to pursue development of Hypermedia solutions with the Mac.   My new company was listed in the Apple Developers Directory starting in 1987.   I even met Bill Gates in 1988 in an elevator at the Joint Apple/Microsoft CD-ROM Conference that was held in Seattle.   Becoming an Apple Developer, led me to new customers and clients, and software tools like HyperCard, that allowed me to begin development of advanced multimedia and non-linear educational and software solutions that dramatically expanded my business opportunities,  that ultimately led to new clients and technologies, and professional relationships and friends that I have to this day.  It literally turbocharged my career.  Thanks again Steve.

A Gracious Geek and a Gentleman to the Core:

And almost a decade later in 1993 when I was developing my Data Broadcasting company in the UK, (Mosaic Development) to develop FM-SCA Data Broadcasting Solutions over FM-Radio sub-carriers, and creating wireless credit card fraud systems and information services for the UK banking market, I had approached Steve Jobs as a possible investor while he was at NEXT... Even though I was not able to meet Steve personally regarding my inquiry or receive funding from him for my business,  I got a personal letter back from Steve wishing me well.   I realized today just how important this "touch" with Steve was.  And even though while working at Intel in the early 1980's I was able to personally meet the founders of Intel, (Bob Noyce at the closing of Fab 2 in Mountain View as well as Gordon Moore while working for the new fab engineering group in Sunnyvale), I truly wished I could have met Steve personally.   He was a "Gracious Geek and Gentleman to the Core".

Two of Steve Jobs best quotes, (and my favorites)...

 “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.”    [1982, quoted in Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, 1987]

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”    [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]


Steve – Thanks so much for being your own man, for charting your own course, and not listening to everyone else tell you why you could not do or achieve success.  You did it anyways despite all the roadblocks and detractors you encountered along the way. You always knew at your core that you were right, over and over again.  You will be SERIOUSLY missed, but your vision and vigor for life will remain in the hearts and minds of us all who continue to use and benefit from your Insanely Great products and services.  -  Godspeed Steve.

 

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Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group


To CSE Group Members:

THSLogoToday (June 3, 2011) on the Tonya Hall Show at 11AM (MST) the interview that I did earlier this week with Tonya Hall will be aired on KCSF AM 1300.

Here is the URL if you would like to listen live:

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Tonya will be publishing a link to an archive of this interview if you are interested on her site:

http://www.tonyahall....

Enjoy,

Mike Schmidt

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