Archives / April, 2009

Videos From My Talk in Vancouver

The videos from my talk in Vancouver last week are up on the Bootup Labs Entrepreneurial Society web site.  They are embedded below – the first one talks about entrepreneurial communities and the second talks about the dynamics between VCs and entrepreneurs.  There’s also a throwaway line about my mom, a reference to the smell…

The Best Entrepreneurs Know How To Fail Fast

Last night at the TechStars Boulder Mentor dinner I got into a conversation about what makes a better CEO of a new startup – an experienced entrepreneur who’s last company was a failure or a big company executive with a stellar pedigree who has never worked in a startup. Give me the experienced entrepreneur whose…

Don’t Confuse a Conference and a Trade Show

Eric Norlin has a great post up this morning titled A conference is about community.  In it, he describes clearly the difference between a conference and a trade show, what makes a great conference, and what you’ll get at a great conference. Having been involved in Defrag since it was a germ of an idea…

Transforming the State of Colorado’s Information Technology Services

After Bill Ritter was elected governor of Colorado in 2006, I was asked to be a member of the IT transition team.  We had about a month to review the current state of affairs with regard to broadband, the Colorado IT structure and strategy, and to recommend a CIO candidate.  I’d never been on a…

Foodzie and Brightkite Make Businessweek Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 2009

My friends at Foodzie (TechStars 2008) and Brightkite (TechStars 2007) were both recently named Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs of 2009.  There are a bunch of neat links up on the Businessweek.com site: Foodzie Overview Brightkite Overview Foodies Will Welcome Foodzie article Foodzie video Congrats guys.  You make me (and everyone at TechStars) proud!  We’ll be…