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September 2014 - CSE Group Meetup

Ok, for tonight's Meetup we are going to be focusing on one of our other Venture Development Cluster Themes...  and that is Healthcare. 

Specifically our Healthcare IT Cluster.

We will be exploring a couple of online healthcare improvement and communications initiatives that are currently underway locally that you may not have been aware of...

The Colorado Healthcare CORE

This is the Colorado Healthcare Community Online Resource Exchange or (“CHC”) is an innovative new community-based healthcare information exchange concept being developed by a small group of local business and IT professionals in Colorado Springs, along with a number of healthcare non-profit leaders. This team of professionals desires to create an interconnected, innovation-driven, and results-oriented collaborative healthcare information exchange with a responsive web design and mobile interface to support both local healthcare organizations as well as citizens in the community.

The grassroots vision of CHC is to effectively integrate and facilitate access to a wide spectrum of community provided and coordinated healthcare services, with particular emphasis on the following areas of interest:

•   Providing a comprehensive and searchable localized healthcare services directory that is desktop, tablet and smartphone enabled.
•   Creating a comprehensive profile directory and services portal for existing and emerging medical services businesses, non-profits, and local aid and charitable agencies
•   Promoting local healthcare services available to communities and its citizens throughout Colorado
•   Offering public healthcare educational programs
•   Creating, storing, and accessing individual healthcare and electronic medical records that can be shared across healthcare service providers


Agora Colorado Springs - Gregory Sharp MD

Dr. Greg Sharp’s exposure to medicine started early, growing up in his father’s family medicine home-office in rural New Jersey.  Greg studied biology, chemistry and mathematics at Hope College in Holland, Michigan then went on to Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine where he met his wife Heather Sharp MD. He trained in Family Medicine at the Univ. of Missouri-Columbia where he served as Chief Resident. Following residency he worked for a year as an Emergency Room Physician in small communities around mid-Missouri and as a locum tenens physician in the coastal town of Sitka, Alaska. After the birth of their first child and upon completion of Heather’s residency training in family medicine, they took a position in private practice within a multi-specialty group in Alamosa, Colorado.

In 2004, Heather and Greg established Ideal Family Healthcare in Woodland Park, Colorado, a town of 7000 people, west of Colorado Springs.  The practice has been a pioneering endeavor in a low-overhead, high-tech model of care inspired by other “IMPs” around the country.  This model has focused on using technology and redesigned workflows to allow for longer visits with patients and a more enjoyable pace of work for the doctors. 

The practiced was recognized by NCQA in 2009 and again in 2012 as a level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. In 2012, Greg completed a Masters Certificate through the University of Colorado in the Leadership Track of its Health Information Technology program.

In January of 2013, Ideal Family Healthcare moved to Manitou Springs, CO “at the foot of Pikes Peak”.  He currently serves on the board of Ideal Medical Practices.

In September of 2014 he founded Agora of Colorado Springs, a nonprofit that is creating a new marketplace for healthcare to address the problems of patients foregoing care due to the dysfunction in the current system and working to heal the doctor-patient relationship.  Greg’s interests broadly encompass getting out into Colorado’s wonderful outdoors and the use of technology in medical practice.



TEDx Colorado Springs is Coming Next Month!

Also we will have a program update on the TEDx Event that is being held next month at StarGazers Theater.

For more information go here:


Open Mic Night!

We will also provide more time for our always favorite "Open-Mic-Night" where you get to "Take the Mic From Mike" and come-up and present something that is on your mind, something bugging you, a new product or service you want to launch, a legal challenge you are facing you need some help on, etc.

If you have some successes you want to report on, some challenges you are facing, or want to find out more about some of the other Entrepreneurs and Companies in the CSE Group, now is your chance ! Looking forward to seeing you tonight !

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup - August 2014 - Updated Agenda

Updated Agenda & a TEDx Colorado Springs Introduction:

Ok, CSE Group members, we have a jam-packed evening this Wednesday night (August 27th @ 6PM at the East Library in the Large Meeting Room) as we update you on some exciting CSE Group company achievements made this past month, and an announcement about the upcoming TEDx Conference coming to Colorado Springs in October.

NewStart Solutions, L3C:

First off, I will be providing an update about NewStart Solutions, L3C (The developer of the CrimeSuspect.NET solution for Community Policing) that is fresh from its USA and International Trade Show introduction in Fort Worth, Texas last week at the IAATI conference, (International Association of Auto Theft Investigators).

We were introducing our new Exclusive USA Personal Property Asset MicroDot Distribution program and some innovative solutions for tagging and tracing personal assets and vehicles with our TAGnTrace and CSN PropertyVault Solutions.  Exciting things are happening with this new Colorado Springs-based company, so come and see what we have accomplished in the last several months.

If you would like more information about NewStart and CrimeSuspect.NET please visit the website:

Accinctus, LLC

We will also be hearing from Brian Siravo from Accinctus who will be introducing a new service offering from his company called "EAP Workshop".  These are the development of OSHA required Emergency Action Plans (EAP) to educate your employees on their actions and responsibilities during an emergency or unforeseen accident or critical incident.   As many of you know, Brian has over 20 years of experience in business continuity, contingency planning, and preparedness functions and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP).  Brian is an ex officer in the US Air Force after graduating from the Air Force Academy. 

If you would like more information about Accinctus please visit the website:

TEDx Colorado Springs is Coming in October !

And finally, I have the pleasure of introducing the exciting news that TEDx is coming to Colorado Springs !

After reading about the upcoming event being planned for the Springs several weeks ago in the local media, I reached out to Managing Director Dan Cichello to see if I could help and assist the volunteers that have come together to help plan, organize and host the event.   And after a few emails, calls and meetings I'm happy to say... I have volunteered to be part of the team!   We are also actively looking for additional Sponsors and in-kind Support services so if you are interested in supporting TEDx in Colorado Springs, contact me. 

So, come by Wednesday night and will fill you in on the details !  In the meantime here is a recent press announcement that just went out this week:

For Immediate Release
August 25, 2014

TEDx Comes to Colorado Springs - Choose To Start!

Colorado Springs, CO: On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Colorado Springs, for the first time in our history, will host an extraordinary gathering of world visionaries, advanced thinkers, and creators to the first annual TEDx Colorado Springs. The event will take place at Stargazers Theater, 10 S. Parkside Drive, and will feature fifteen groundbreaking lectures from opinion leaders in many diverse fields discussing topics ranging from eating healthy in a toxic world, to downsizing your lifestyle, and the experience of competing in the toughest bicycle race on the planet.

“These incredible speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.” Dan Cichello, Managing Director TEDx Colorado Springs. The event theme of “Choose To Start,” will bring together speakers who have taken personal initiative, faced incredible challenges and chosen to start something incredible.

About TED and TEDx:

TED is an annual event where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, three broad subject areas that are, collectively shaping our futures. The ideas showcased contribute on matters from any intellectual discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa.” In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program independent from TED Talks. Created by local, self-organized people brought together to share a TED-like experience with their communities.

If you would like more information about this topic, please visit the website:


Looking forward to seeing some of our new members who have joined over the last several months...


Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

June 2013 Virtual Meetup - COIN Glorious Failure Opportunity

Welcome to our First "Virtual Meetup".  Unlike a live video conference or webinar, the "Virtual Meetup" we are going to be experimenting with is an online forum and blog based approach to bringing our members together around a topic of shared interest.  In this case the filing of an application and the participation in the Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Challenge that is being promoted by COIN, (Colorado Innovation Network) that is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Here is a quick overview for those members who have not yet been introduced to the concept:

Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Challenge

Calling all innovators who have embraced the concept that failure can be a catalyst for success. We want to hear from you!


Beginning May 23, 2013 through July 3, 2013, we are launching the Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Challenge designed to showcase and accelerate innovators with high-growth potential ventures who are willing to share their lessons learned from obstacles and adversity. Five finalists will be selected to pitch at the COIN Summit on August 29, 2013, including a finalist selected by the community, and four finalists will be selected by a selection committee, The overall winner will be selected by the COIN Summit delegation and will receive $50,000 cash and other in-kind prizes.



Support for CSE Group Members:

Right now we are working with a handful of CSE Group members who are intersted in apply to the COIN Glorious Gailure Innovation Challenge and want to use the power of the web to communicate with you and contribute help and assistance where ever possible to help you apply and particpate.  So, right off the bat here is what we are doing to help create a sense of "community" for our members to allow 

CSE Group Community FORUM:

You can dive right into a community forum that we have set-up specifically for the COIN Opportunity.  You can either access it under the Forums menu item at the top of the page, or directly access it here:

This will take you to the main category page where you will see a series of posts from CSE Group Members that are actively participating in the COIN opportunity or members who are just lending a hand and advice to others.

Comments on the Blog Page:

If you like you can input your comments and suggestions on the main blog page which is located here:

Resources on FileStor:

And starting on Monday July 1st we will be posting a number of resource files and tips and techniqures on our built-in FTP download area to help you in filing your application.  When the FileStore is ready we will send out an email to all the members with a direct link to the FTP download area.

Interested in Helping Out ?

If you are interested in helping to support our members in this effort please contact me through an e-mail through the meetup site.


Looking forward to working with on your COIN Applications !

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group



Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group - March 2013 Meetup


Afternoon UPDATE: 3/27/2013 (2)

Just got word that Jay Brooks of VoltaMedia will be stopping by and giving us an update on his recent Simian ( exhibition at SXSW in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago. Was a successful showing for this local SaaS/Cloud/Internet success story... Come and hear about the exciting developments at this fast moving local Colorado Springs Company.

And Jay's kicking in as our refreshments sponsor for tonight's Meetup !

Thanks Jay !!  :)

Meeting Agenda:

As indicated below we are going to be "re-visiting" our SaaS/Cloud Internet Venture Development Cluster initiative with some updates on local companies and their progress over the last year that will include MICR Prime, and Simian, as well as some updates on some new SaaS/Cloud companies that have emerged and are in development now including CrimeSuspect.NET.

Announcement of the SaaS/Cloud/Internet Collaboration Center:

I will be making an announcement about a joint business development initiative between Ensemble Ventures and VoltaMedia for the creation and launch of a SaaS/Cloud/Internet Collaboration Center that will be based at our Van Dyke Lofts building location in downtown Colorado Springs.

This is the first step in the process for the development of the first of six Venture Development Clusters in Colorado Springs that will be focused on the Software As A Service, Cloud Solutions, and Internet Applications marketplace vertical.  We will be describing the facilities we are making available, the services offered, and the flexible Connector and Collaborator service packages that we will be offering initially.

Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night as we resume our monthly meetup schedule after our hiatus last month as we paid tribute to Carol Romig of MICR Prime Services who passed away in February from a sudden medical condition.

We will miss you Carol !


We will also open the schedule for an extended "QuickPitch" session for impromptu company, product, and service pitches from our members...  Normally this is a 10-15 minute segment for updates from members... This month we will devote a full half hour to our members to "Take the Mike away from Mike" and allow for a spirited exchange.

See you tomorrow night !


Mike Schmidt, Chair

January 2013

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup


Alternate Energy Cluster


This is a follow-up meeting in our Venture Development Cluster Meeting series...

Our Meetup this month is scheduled for Wednesday January 30th at the East Library downtown at 6PM as we continue to develop our Venture Development Clusters in specific vertical markets.  This month we are again focusing on Alternate Energy, the people, the companies and the funding models for our proposed Alternate Energy Venture Development Cluster for Colorado Springs.

As many of you know there are a number of interesting Alternate Energy companies here in Colorado Springs that we have talked about before, and have had make presentations at previous CSE Group Meetup's.

So instead of "a rapid fire gauntlet of presentations"...  let's "Focus on Once Company" this month and see how we can help one of our own local entrepreneurs get to the next step...

This month we are going to follow-up on one of our favorite local entrepreneurs, James Culture, who has been working on his Hydrogen Processor solution for over 20 years at H2Hypod.

Over the course of the last several years James has experienced a number of challenging situations both personally and with hurdles and challenges at his company as he is attempting to raise capital, develop a production platform, and build up his marketing and sales efforts to put H2HyPod on the map.

Come and meet James, hear his story, and participate in the process, as we collectively meet to see if we can help him along his critical paths.

James Culture, Founder - H2HyPod


About James Culture:

James is a life-long entrepreneur and inventor, who in addition to his the development of Hydrogen Generation technology and the creation of the H2HyPod company, he has pursued a wide variety of careers and professional accomplishments and excelled in a number of real estate, finance and telecommunications professions along the way.  James is currently in Europe pursuing some strategic funding opportunities and was not able to make it back for our meeting this month.

About H2HyPod:

In August of 2006, a high efficiency, fully-scalable hydrogen generating technology was developed by H2HyPod after decades of R&D and Trial and Error manufacturing, fabrication, design engineering and field testing.  The core technology renders a larger amount of H2 from water through a more efficient use of electricity than previous methods, and is virtually pollution free.  This proprietary, licensed technology is the heart of the H2HyPod.

The size of a dictionary in the average passenger vehicle, although fully scalable for uses other than automotive, the H2HyPod can be installed in under one hour, making it practically plug-and-play for the 700 million vehicles currently in operation worldwide, a staggering number of prospective consumers.  Starting in the Canadian and US markets, H2HyPod, the company, plans to market and license the product worldwide.

As the world makes the transition from fossil fuels to green energy, H2HyPod is positioning itself to be the forerunner of retrofit transportation applications.





Drake Power Plant Discussion: "Go Pro, or Go Home":

As many of you know our town is currently "embroiled" in a major knock-down drag-out battle between Colorado Springs Utilities, the City, and an innovative local company named Neumann Systems Group who has built and installed a very sophisticated emissions control solution as a prototype at the Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs.   Here is a quick overview of NSG:

Neumann Systems Group, Inc. (NSG) designs and builds emissions control systems for power plants and other industrial applications. NSG’s principal product line, NeuStream™, is a suite of emissions control systems that removes harmful pollutants from emissions sources like coal-fired power plants and industrial sources that contribute to ozone, acid rain, respiratory diseases and climate change. TheNeuStream™ systems are based on an advanced gas-liquid contacting device invented, developed and manufactured by NSG.

Open Forum Discussion:

I would like to lead an open-forum discussion about this situation as an "open-invitation" to all sides of the debate to come to the CSE Group Meetup and discuss the pros and cons of this "debate".  I know where I stand... "Go Pro".  We need to support innovative companies like this locally and innovative entrepreneurs like David Neumann to create a world-class technology solution for the reduction of emissions and pollutants from coal plants world wide.  What we don't need is "small town" politics and "turf wars" getting in the way.   We need to break through the log-jam of accusations and threats of lawsuits, and ethics violations and get down to the basic brass-tacks... Economic Development.  And folks, we have a MAJOR OPPORTUNITY right in front of our noses that requires "level-headed" and "smart business people" to rally to the defense of NSG and CSU.

If you have something to say or contribute about this "embarassing" situation that should have never happened in the first place... Come and join in the debate !

Should be a fun and Lively night !


Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs, Entrepreneurs Group

To our CSE Group Members and Local Cyber Security and Homeland Defense Companies:

It's another Venture Development Cluster Meetup this month...

Following on our series of Venture Development Clusters we are planning one of our first Cyber Security VDC Meetups this month to see if we can start generating a local Venture Cluster in the Area of Cyber Security, Homeland Defense and Space Commercialization.

We will be meeting next TUESDAY the 18th of December, (rather than during the last week of the month as it is a holiday break for many of you hard working Entrepreneurs !



Featured Business Speaker:

DePeppeProfPic2Mr. Doug DePeppe, Managing Principal, i2IS Corporation
Providing Cyberspace Solutions
 Co-Founder, The Western Cyber Exchange (WCX) and the Center for Information Age Transformation

Doug DePeppe has fashioned a niche expertise as a cyber-risk adviser with i2 Information Security Corporation (i2IS), where he is the managing principal.  Doug helps businesses design and implement commercially reasonable security practices to mitigate the growing liability exposure from cyber-security threats.

 Doug draws from experience as a cyber-attorney serving in the Lawyers Working Group for the White House 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review. His work as Subject Matter Expert was also highlighted in the White House-directed, Energy Department report: Electricity Subsector Cyber Security Capability Maturity Model (ES-C2M2) released in 2012.  Previously, Mr. DePeppe was the legal advisor to US-CERT and the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security, and also supported the newly created NCCIC (National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center).

i2ilogoHe retired from the Army JAG Corps in 2008, and served as legal advisor to the Army Network Operations Security Center, Army Knowledge Online (AKO) portal, and as operations counsel supporting cyber, space and missile defense operations at Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces STRATCOM. He has served in support of computer network operations and space operations functioning in support of a command in a theater of operations.  He also has extensive experience related to all facets of Defense and Homeland Security programs and initiatives to integrate cybersecurity efforts across the interagency, state and local governments, the private sector and critical infrastructure. As such, he is well-versed in the privacy, constitutional, and role of government issues that permeate the emergent cybersecurity challenge facing government and society.

wceLogoHe also functions as a cyber security professor at  several universities, and has developed cyber security education and training curricula.  In addition to his cyber security practice with i2IS, Mr. DePeppe co-founded the Center for Information Age Transformation (CIAT), and is leading community cyber security efforts with the Western Cyber Exchange (WCX) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



Enterepreneurial Speaker:

Meeting Adam:

i had the pleasure of meeting with Adam, (an ex Army Soldier and Police Officer who is on a crusade to create new Crowd Sourcing Tools to fight Crime.  I am working with him in a professional capacity as a Business Development Adviser and he is going to be doing an "In-depth" presentation of his business concept with us next week.

In fact, on Tuesday Dec 11th he will be making his first local pitch at the PVG Pitch night so if you want to get a quick 5 Minute introduction stop by and meet Adam at the PVG Pitch night...

If you want to do a "deeper" dive and get a chance to see behind the curtain and explore his platform and concepts in more depth you ar welcome to come join us:

Adam Leonard, Founder and CEO 

I am a former infantry Marine and a decorated Police Officer of ten years. I resigned after a tragedy took the lives of my entire patrol squad 11-29-09. I will be presenting my ideas for a two prong crime fighting software/website that will greatly improve the world of crime fighting and safety for both citizens as well as law enforcement.




About CrimeSuspect.NET

Why we are needed...

Local Law Enforcement Lacks an “integrated” database to search and share crime data from both public, and private sources… Why ?

Citizens do not have access to and are not encouraged to contribute to the database of wanted suspect information… Why ?

There are 223 million computer users and 337 million cell phone users in the U.S and we still use outdated crime fighting techniques…  Why ?

Why CrimeSuspect.NET is Different …

We build “Smart” Web based Alerting and Notification Solutions
We deploy Crowd Sourcing citizens utilizing State of the Art Cloud Technology to Integrate All Pre-existing Databases.

Value Propositions for Law Enforcement:

We brings the “Community” back into Community Policing.
We reduces Administrative Costs with More Efficient Use of Manpower.
We use State of the Art Technology with Maximum Information Sharing and Offender Accountability.

Value Propositions for The Public
We use Real Time Data from Web and Mobile Platforms.
We Use Crowd Sourcing to Give the Public Ownership of their Communities.
We offer Free and Instant Access to Offender and Mapping Data, Tips and Alert Solutions, Shopping Awards Program and Complete Anonymity!

So mark your calendars... TUESDAY next week Dec 18th...












Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group


To our CSE Group Members and Local Software Companies:

It's another Venture Development Cluster Meetup this month...


Following on the success of our first SaaS/Cloud/Internet Cluster Meetup back in February 2012, (CSE Group February 2012 Meetup) we are planning our second this month on Wednesday November 28th at the East Library on Union Blvd.

As many long term CSE Group members know we are starting to put together the raw materials, people, and funding models for our 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".  As I said before earlier this year...

No "handouts" or "government cheese" here !


Local, Loud, and Leveraged:

To help provide a "response" to some recent articles about software developers and companies "leaving" the Springs for Austin, Texas, or Boulder, Colorado... we would like to propose that this local grassroots effort be seriously considered as a viable alternative. We are moving out and executing our 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.

Business Speakers Confirmed:

So, I am pleased to announce that we have confirmed our two business speakers for this month and they are Mark Geene, and Gary Gaessler of Cloud Elements from Denver.  A recently developed Cloud Services company.

I had the chance to meet with Mark and Gary at their inaugural SaaS/Cloud Meetup launch in Denver earlier this month at the Denver Innovation Pavilion.   Mark explained to me that Cloud Elements builds open cloud applications. They extend the industries’ leading open cloud platform, Cloud Foundry, with re-usable Elements and cloud-centric product development solutions providing a unique blend of technology and application development skills that accelerate the development of highly functional, supportable cloud-optimized applications.

Mark Geene, Co-Founder

Mark Geene is a Co-founder of Cloud Elements a company that accelerates the development of cloud computing applications by combining open cloud platforms with our reusable technology elements and cloud-optimized application development services. Prior to founding Cloud Elements Mark was the Chief Executive Officer of InfoNow a company that he transformed into two industry-leading cloud companies, Channelinsight and Locationinsight.

Mark has more than 20 years of experience in sales, consulting and product management including executive positions at IBM and Oracle, and senior executive positions at Tenfold Corporation and Dorado Software.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Software Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Gary Gaessler, VP Sales & Marketing

Gary is a Sales & Marketing leader with early stage software & Internet ventures. VP Sales/Marketing Cloud Elements. Previously VP Sales StreamStep, acquired by BMC Software. Co-founder VoipReview 8 million+ visitors, acquired in 2008. Founders Institute mentor. "

Masters of Telecommunications (MTEL), Telecom at University of Denver



       We will be announcing our local 5-minute Entrepreneurial Speakers this week so STAY TUNED !



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

What is the formula for success ?  We believe it's a grass roots and bottom up process, that means creating 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 "SERIOUS".

So, Stay Tuned for out updated Agenda...



Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group


To CSE Group Members, (Friends & Guests)...

Have we got an EXCITING meetup planned for you this month... !!



Featured Business Speaker:

Fresh after my "Celebrity Judging" role this past Saturday up in Denver at the DaVinci Institute's Inventor Showcase in Denver, (where I was fortunate to join a distinguished group of local business, media, publishing, academic, and entrepreneurial judges) to help judge the inventions and identify this years roster of innovative companies, (which by the way was a great success for Thomas Frey and the entire DaVinci Institute team), I had the opportunity of meeting the CEO of one of the many exhibiting companies at the Inventor Showcase, Mr. James Moseley who is the Founder and CEO of Sun Seeker Enterprises, Inc., a California-based company that is bringing to the market an innovative product called "The Home Fire Blanket", which is a unique fire protection technology that has its origin in the Space Shuttle Program.

The Fire Blanket formally was used on Space Shuttle Missions and in the Military, is now available for commercial and residential use. It doesn't burn, it's melting point is over 3000F, it produces no smoke or fumes and is water resistant.  It is comprised of Silica, Alumina and interwoven sintered ceramic fiber cloth.  Some of the components of the blanket are also used in the ceramic tiles for top-secret military use.

The SunSeeker Home Fire Blanket product also has excellent sound insulation qualities as well and will be tested in the same way as the Orbital blanket for commercial applications, floor ceiling assemblies, walls, steel beam with and w/o concrete.  The SunSeeker Fire Blanket has a unique blend of air seal properties, firewall and acoustic applications that are waterproof and durable.  Through a exclusive agreement with Rye Canyon Products, SunSeeker Enterprises, Inc. is bringing this product that has been subjected to Aerospace application to a commercial application by introducing the blanket to a public market.

I Invited James to Join us this month...

After seeing the product up-close and personal at the Inventor Showcase and realizing the impact that this product can have on future re-building of the homes in the Waldon Canyon Burn Area here in the Springs, and for future home repair and roof replacement opportunities, and hearing about the "back-story" about how James came across this amazing technology, and how he and his small team at Sun Seeker are implementing and executing a strategy to monetize and bring this amazing technology to the marketplace... It was worth inviting him to speak at our meetup this month.  He has an amazing business story to tell and he has graciously agreed to join us this month at our CSE Group Meetup.

About James Moseley:

But, that's not all... James is also an accomplished Jazz Musician and Grammy nominated Trombonist who is known as "The Bone Man" and who has played with a wide variety of Jazz Greats, as well as with Roger Williams, and members of the London Symphony Orchestra.

IN FACT, JAMES HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE A LITTLE ENTERTAINMENT FOR US AS WELL...!! - This is a First for the CSE Group where our Business Speaker will also provide Entertainment.

Mixing a Business and Entrepreneurial Career with Jazz !

By age 16 James Moseley was sitting in at jazz clubs in Kansas City.  By 18 he was sneaking out to play at The Blue Note Foundation with the acclaimed black musicians of the area. “It helped me a lot because these guys played a whole different kind of jazz.”   In the mid-80s’ Moseley was considering a career in music.  He graduated from Columbia State College in Missouri and then earned a scholarship to the local conservatory of music.

One night the legendary trombonist Bill Watrous came into Kansas City to play a gig that Moseley attended.  “I went backstage with some friends to meet Bill,” Moseley remembers. “He was the lead trombonist on ‘The Merv Griffin Show.’ I told Bill, ‘I can play a lot of the stuff you play because I listen to a lot of your records.’ ‘Yeah? Lets hear it,’ and he hands me his trombone. He was a real technical player. He heard me and said, ‘You’re sitting in tonight.’

Moseley subsequently relocated to Westminister, California to study with Watrous as well as take music courses at Golden West College and Orange Coast College with noted instructor, Doc Rutherford. “Bill took me to recording sessions. My reading chops came from the colleges. Everyday for two-and-a-half hours you did nothing but sight-read. But studying with Bill was a whole different thing.” Moseley was also influenced by another trombone legend, Carl Fontana.

Moseley started performing around Southern California, backing the likes of Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra, Jr and Toshiko Akiyoshi. A turning point was reached when he took vocal lessons with Seth Riggs. “He was Michael Jackson’s vocal coach,” says Moseley. “And, through him, I met choreographer Fatima Robinson. She helped me learn to dance and play the trombone at the same time. I wanted to do something different. She later choreographed a video that Herb Ritz shot of me at his studio.”

Taking Care of Business...

While he continued to explore his musical opportunities, Moseley smartly diversified his career portfolio; he built a thriving life insurance company that subsidized his musical and recording pursuits.  “I wasn’t a ’Let’s stay broke music guy,’” observed Moseley. His business acumen landed him on the 100 Young Entrepreneurs list, right below Bill Gates, Steven Jobs and Mark Hughes of Herbal Life.

“I wanted to do music and always wanted to be successful and approach music as an entrepreneur would. What trombonist was looking to put the London Symphony Orchestra together on his own recording?”   When he wasn’t out bustling on behalf of the insurance company, he began playing trombone in the fledgling Crystal Cathedral Orchestra, initially to offer piano and trombone lessons to the congregationalists.

Moseley enthuses over his role as one of the founders of the Crystal Cathedral Orchestra, under the direction of arranger Johnny Carl. “Rev. Robert Schuller was the most positive motivational speaker in the country,” he volunteers, “and a big mentor to me. And there were musical challenges; I had to master the tenor clef while performing in front of 3,000 people each Sunday, and being viewed by millions on the weekly ‘Hour of Power’ television show. “

During that weekly stint, Moseley and his trombone backed Henry Mancini, Grover Washington Jr., John Tesh, Della Reese, Amy Grant and Sly & The Family Stone.   It was also at the Crystal Cathedral where Moseley met pianist Roger Williams, who scored international acclaim with his rendition of  “Born Free.”

“Roger asked if anyone in the band could come up front and play jazz to this packed house,” recalls James. “Roger is an interesting piano player, not really a traditional jazz player but he plays some cool licks. He’s a fancy player. We clicked on stage. Johnnie Carl told me after the show that, ‘I blew Roger away at that jam.’”

Local Colorado Springs Connections...

It seems that James already has some "connections" with some business people here in the Springs, (who I have recently met) and I have asked James if he and his team would be willing to speak to our group and demonstrate his innovative new product... The Fire Blanket.  He has agreed to stop by and be our Featured Business Speaker this month as well as provide a little fun and entertainment.

In fact, James will be in town for the rest of the week as he is preparing to exhibit an the upcoming Home Remodeling & Landscape Show that is being held this weekend (Oct 19th-21st) at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center.  Sun Seeker Enterprises will have a booth and you can see their product upclose and meet their entire team, (including their Colorado Springs team).  Here is the web-site URL if you are interested in attending this weekend:

or if can't make it to the CSE group this Wednesday night...  However, you might miss James playing Jazz Tronbone if you do not come to the meetup this Wednesday !!



Featured Entrepreneurial Speaker:

Also, I had the chance on Saturday to meet a very dynamic technology Entrepreneur named Neil McClure who has over 25 years of professional product related experience in hardware and software that ranges from technology discovery to product end-of-life – retail to aerospace.   In his long career he has developed a number of innovations in our nations Electronic Voting Systems, and has recently formed a company named TKO Enterprises, Inc. to create a line of image processing, detection and security solutions.

At the Inventor Showcase he demonstrated an innovative Image Processing System and Alerting solution called Goose Guardian that was tailored to repel Canadian Goose's in a unique perimeter detection and alerting system using advanced image processing and computing power encased in a stand alone "Green" enclosure. Goose Guardian is the first ever Canada Goose deterrent to include animal behavior modification using demand performance for wildlife control – meaning it only goes off when geese approach. The Goose Guardian scares geese away using an integrated hazing device designed for wildlife damage management. Unlike goose dogs, the Goose Guardian needs no supervision. No repeated applications of expensive, ineffective chemicals are required. Goose poop creates a mess and health hazard and the Goose Guardian prevents geese from loafing or nesting in undesired areas by repelling them away.

Neil has a number of other "Vertical Markets" in mind for his image processing technology, and you will find his story about innovation and inspiration, and the challenges he faced in forming his company compelling.  I sure did !

Neil McClure
President and Chief Executive Officer
TKO Enterprises, Inc.

Neil McClure has over 25 years of professional product related experience in hardware and software that ranges from technology discovery to product end-of-life – retail to aerospace. He has held various engineering, management and executive positions through his career, the latter half focused on business development, end product delivery and intellectual property.  Neil was the founder of Worldwide Elections Systems, a start-up company focused on the development of an electronic voting system that was purchased by Hart InterCivic in 1999, where he continued as the head of technology and business development.  Hart InterCivic’s eSlate voting system severed over 15 million voters in the 2008 Presidential election.  After leaving Hart in 2008, Neil went on to launch TKO Enterprises in 2010, whose core technology is a patent pending object recognition image sensor system that has a variety of applications in different industry segments.  Neil has a Masters in management, B.S. Physics and Electronic/Electrical Engineering and holds 15 patents and 5 pending applications.

TKO Enterprises, Inc.

TKO Enterprises, Inc. (TKO) is a start-up technology development company located in Boulder, Colorado, and is dedicated to pioneering new image-based sensor technology.

The first application is an automatic, viable and persistent goose deterrent device.  Using its patent-pending sensor technology to trigger an electro-mechanical deterrent (either moving or audible or both), TKO is able to precisely target the geese in a non-repetitive manner. Thus, when one or more geese enter the sensor’s field of view, the deterrent is triggered, humanely scaring the geese away. However, when any other animal species (including golfers) enters the same field of view, no deterrent action is triggered. TKO provides a further advantage by utilizing multiple, electro-mechanical deterrent devices that are plug-and-play so they may be varied by location to minimize the possibility of the geese habituating to the hazing method.

TKO has added wild turkeys to its detection capability and is evaluating markets for other animal detection and deterrent, including deer and elk for highway traffic safety.  The company has also invested in the specification and market assessment for a bed exit detector to be used by hospitals and nursing homes for providing early warning of at-risk patients attempting to get out of bed unassisted.  Unassisted bed exits are the leading cause for falls resulting injury in health care facilities.



Challenge to CSE Group Members:

This month I want to challenge our CSE Group members to make this a memorable meetup and let's see you come and bring a friend to this fun night celebrating the "Full" entrepreneurial lifestyle with James Moseley, who is living out his dream as a Small Businessman, Jazz Musician, Entrepreneur and Father, (yes he is bringing his kids with him on this trip) as well ! - and the down and detailed process that Neil McClure took to put his company TKO Enterprises, Inc. on the map with his innovative technology.

I want to see us "Fill-up" all 100 seats this month !!

Bring it on Colorado Springs, let's welcome James Moseley and Neil McClure to town in a big way with a big bash... !

Be sure to RSVP for this meetup as we are expecting a large crowd.


Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup
Agenda Update 2: (Sept 18, 2012)

Our September 26th, 2012 Meetup is shaping up to be a busy Fall Meetup with lots of moving parts and exciting announcements...


Colorado SCOR (Small Company Offering Registration) Overview:

At our September 26th Meetup this month, in addition to our entrepreneurial speakers, (See below), we are going to have a presentation on SCOR (Small Company Offering Registrations) as a follow-up to some of the comments I made at the recent Crowd Funding Seminar that was held by Senator Benett's office earlier this month where the issues and challenges of the upcoming Crowd Funding bill were debated.

Until the SEC finalizes the Crowd Funding rules and regulations, the jury is still out on how effective this approach will be for entrepreneurs, but there are some signs of innovation occurring in the market with a number of portals emerging to help fill in the operational and deployment gaps.  (As you know Jeff Thomas of 30dps here in the Springs is developing the web-site solution to address a number of needs in this area).  More on Invertual's presentation to the CSE Group back in our Feb 2012 SaaS/Clound Internet Meetup HERE.

But you don't have to wait for the SEC to complete their rulings...

You can do a Colorado SCOR offering now...

This Month's Business Speaker:

Brian Tsuchiya, Business Building Expert

StartUp Guru and Vim Funding.

Brian started his entrepreneurial journey 18 years ago and has since launched ten startups. Startup Guru is the culmination of this extraordinary journey. He has openly shared for the first 40 years of his life he primarily served himself and lived a life without purpose. Then in June of 2006 he read a book that would change his life forever. He embarked on a journey that connected his life purpose with his entrepreneurial career. Through this work he understood his patterns and defined his life in a way that revealed his purpose. Forged in him was the way of the entrepreneur. Now through the ESP assessment he guides others to genius.


"Crowd Fund Your Colorado Business NOW!"

The JOBS Act will allow national crowd funding in 2013 or later. However Colorado already has two statutes that upon registration will give you the same ability to generally solicit in CO only. Come learn about these options from Brian if you are seeking capital this year.   Brian will be covering the inn's and outs of the SCOR offering process at the state level and will be providing an overview of the Service they have created to help Entrepreneurs through the process.


This Month's Entrepreneurial Speaker:

Charles Mason, CEO

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.

Business Update on

Charles will be updating the CSE Group members on the progress he is making with his new SaaS/Cloud Internet Platform called "HTML5.COM" which is going to become a major destination web-site to support the growing HTML5 developer and consumer electronics device manufacturer marketplace.  The company has been working on the development of its new web-site and setting up technology and third party alliance partners that will be part of the overall platform, so come and hear Charles talk about some of the challenges he is going through to create this company and service.  Also he will provide a "first look" at the web-site that is currently under development.

Note: Ensemble Ventures is working with through its Venture Ventilator Program, and we would like to encourage you to come take a serious look at the "Updated" business model and technology platform that has been in planning and development phases over the course of the last 4-5 months.

You will be amazed at the progress that has been made! The company has much more work ahead of it, but they are making gradual progress.


Sneak Peak & Demonstration of the Business Experts Network !

Come for a "Sneak Peak" into a unique "Strategic Marketing Alliance" the CSE Group is developing with Denver-based CTEK in the launch and promotion of their new  Business Experts Network !

This is a new online forum enabling business professionals to anonymously ask operational, management, or other questions to a network of business experts along with a unique opportunity to rate the value of the answers and advice provided by these experts, and the opportunity to engage or employ these experts as they may desire.

The site is under development by a technology team at CTEK and is currently in Beta, and we will be encouraging our members to join as both businesses seeking answers to challenges you have in growing your business, as well as for local professionals who would like to help and assist local entrepreneurs with some of the answers and solutions to their problems.  We will be issuing a special "Promo" code at next week's meetup that will help enable discounts to the site in the future for CSE Group members.


Colorado Capital Congress Update:

In addition, we will cover some of the updated information and presentations made by the team at Colorado Capital Congress which has held a series of meetings over the last several months.  This group is actively moving the bar forward for seeking out and identifying creative funding and capital sources for Colorado business.  The CSE Group has been participating in this congress since its inception as one of the representatives from Southern Colorado.

SO GET THE REAL SCOR ! - At the CSE Group's September 26th, Meetup:

Obviously there are multiple ways to source capital for seed and development stage businesses, (including donation-based crowdfunding models like Kickstarter, and traditional Private Equity and Seed Angel Investment through Private Placement Memorandums with Accredited Investors), but what a lot of small business people don't know is that since the late 1990's in Colorado it has been possible to raise up to $1M in a SCOR offering in Colorado from Colorado Investors (which can be from both accredited and unaccredited investors) using the Small Company Offering Registration process that is registered at the State Securities office.  And you can advertise your capital formation campaign as well !

So be sure to come to this month's meetup to learn more about this great capital formation tool for Colorado Small Business.

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

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