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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


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:

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 which today is known as 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 website and the online marketing functions at TAEUS International Corporation.

Well Matt has now formed a new company...  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

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

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




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]




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.


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

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:


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



Mike Schmidt


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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.

We will post the workshop leaders on the meetup and CSE Group .ORG site as soon as they are confirmed.  If you are interested in participating as a workshop leader please feel free to contact me at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

Workshop Leaders:

We are in the process of developing our workshop agenda's and speakers so if you are interested in participating and contributing as a workshop speaker, leader, or panel participant, please feel free to contact me:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   I'm interested in speaking with you if you would like to lead the complete monthly workshop in terms of managing the main theme and pulling together all the guest speakers and workshop leaders, or if you are a subject matter expert in a specific area and would like to speak, participate in a panel or lead a session.

Business Speakers and Entrepreneurial Presenters:

Also, to support our ongoing Monthly Meetup Format, if you are interested in being one of our monthly business speakers, (for a 30 minute speech on a topic of your choosing that would be of interest to our group) or would like to make an entrepreneurial presentation, (5 minutes with a 5minute Q&A) let me know as we are now beginning to schedule speakers for the summer.  Just send me an e-mail and let me know you are interested.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

So, come to our three "Sizzlin Summer 2011 Shirt-Sleeve Workshops" as part of our normal Monthly Meetup and make your summer count!


Mike Schmidt

CSE Group Chair


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Volta Delivers Simian 2.0 - The Next Generation Multimedia Platform for Creative Companies

Volta, a local Colorado Springs-based software development client of Ensemble Ventures we have been working with in our "Venture Ventilator" has utilized its groundbreaking Media Management Platform called "VoltaMMP", to enable the fast-track development and deployment of Simian 2.0. The eagerly anticipated update and refresh to Volta's innovative Simian 1.0 Video Collaboration and Advanced Workflow Solution for the Video Production and Creative Communities.

A Big day for Volta as they have been working on this for months...

Great job to Jay Brooks and his Partner Brian Atton in California, and the entire Volta team as they have reached a significant milestone in the development of their company and this unique software platform.

Hopefully we will have Jay drop by the CSE Group soon and share some of his experiences with the CSE Group members !

Here is the Press Announcement that was published today:

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