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Monday, 02 January 2012 11:38
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:
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.
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:
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 !
Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group
Friday, 23 December 2011 21:44
Colorado 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
Pot Luck Reservations:
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 !
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
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:
The current scarcity of capital within Colorado is harming local businesses, slowing economic recovery/job creation and impairing innovation.
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.
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)
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
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
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
Formal Meeting Ends (8:00PM) - Holiday Mixer Re-Starts !
-- Food and Refreshments, Socializing
-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings/Holiday Mixer
-- Final Wrap at 9PM !
5550 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Hope you can make it and participate in our Annual Holiday Pot-Luck Meetup !
Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:32
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
6:00PM – 6:25PM – “Gettin’ in the Mood” LiveIntro’s & QuikBio's (25 Minutes - Group)
6:25PM – 6:30PM – Getting Down to Business
6:30PM – 7:00PM – Revenue North Small Business Conference Overview
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.
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:
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 !!!
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
9:00PM – Library Closes
Hope you can make it and participate in Colorado Springs most engaging monthly Entrepreneurial meetup in town !
Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 20:04
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
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 !!
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.
I 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.
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.
Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group
Friday, 03 June 2011 08:05
To CSE Group Members:
Today (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:
Tonya will be publishing a link to an archive of this interview if you are interested on her site:
Thursday, 25 August 2011 19:12
Sunday, 29 May 2011 19:11
Sunday, 29 May 2011 19:08
Sunday, 29 May 2011 14:26
Welcome to the "Sizzlin Summer 2011 Shirt-Sleeve Workshop Sessions"
Each Month through the summer with the help of both CSE Group members and local small business experts, we are going to take 2 hours out of our normal CSE Group Monthly Meeting, to present a specific area of skill sets and techniques that are of interest to our members that will take you through the process of creating a product or service, building a business around your idea, and then enabling it for success.
June 2011 Workshop:
Next month in June we are going to start off our series and present some unique tips and techniques for "Envisionerring" that will allow you to brain-storm, brand, and build an innovative product or service idea from scratch so that you can take it to the next step in the process. This will include brainstorming strategies, branding techniques, competitive market analysis, pricing tips, and market positioning ideas.
We will then follow-up in July with the "Engineering" Workshop which will help you build a business around your idea, and then in August we will finish with the "Enabling" Workshop to show you how to put all the pieces together. (More about these other workshops in upcoming event and schedule posts).
Summer Meetup Formats:
I have already posted the three Meetup Dates with a preliminary agenda that goes into more detail about these meetings and workshops. Below are the links to each of the monthly meetups from the meetup site:
Support Web-Page and Forums:
We will also be posting these schedules and agenda here on the CSE Group .ORG site where we will be creating a special support web-page and forum that will support the workshops before, during, and after the events so that you have a complete resource of information to draw from after the workshops are complete.
Business Speakers and Entrepreneurial Presenters:
So, come to our three "Sizzlin Summer 2011 Shirt-Sleeve Workshops" as part of our normal Monthly Meetup and make your summer count!
CSE Group Chair
Sunday, 22 May 2011 00:40
If you would like to join the CSE Group and Register to Attend this meeting use this URL: http://www.meetup.com/ColoSpgsBiz/ Thanks!