Boulder Startup Week 2016

Fresh off a week of vacation, I’m rolling into the annual joyful madness that is Boulder Startup Week. If you don’t know the history of Startup Week (now owned by Techstars), it was founded by Andrew Hyde in Boulder in 2010 and subsequently begat the overall Startup Week program (powered by Chase) happening all over the world.

The schedule begins Monday morning (5/16) and continues through Friday night (5/20). I’m speaking at / co-hosting the following events.

Tuesday, May 17 – 10:30am – 11:30am: It Takes Two To Tango – The Working Relationship Between Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors

Tuesday, May 17 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Why and How we Invest in Women

Thursday, May 19 – 11:00am – 12:15pm: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Startup Realm

Thursday, May 19 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm: CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary

Friday, May 20 – 10:00am – 11:00am: The Birth of BB-8

Friday, May 20 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm: FounderFights – The Struggle Is Real, You Might As Well Hit Something!

While there are many great events, I think one of the best is going to be my partner Seth’s on Thursday, May 19 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm titled Seth Levine: Let’s Get Real About Angel Investing In ColoradoI’ve seen the slides and if you are an angel investor or a founder raising an angel round, this is a must attend event.

Enjoy the week! I hope to see you around.

  • Tabitha Farrar

    Really looking forward to BSW.

    I notice a growing number of talks on the Women in Tech and gender gap topics. As a woman, I have to say it all irks me somewhat. For one, I want to be hired because I am good at my job—not because someone is trying to fill a quota. There is a lot of talking about all this in Boulder, but the everyday—unrecognized— sexism still persists even within those companies that make special efforts to hire women.

    I think I would like to see more discussions addressing everyday sexism in the workplace, so that the factors that inhibit women can be outlined and understood. I’m talking about addressing the fact that a man is more likely to blatantly interrupt a woman who is speaking than he is another man, just for an example. I was once hired by a CEO who told me that he favored women over men, then continued to cut me off after three words for the rest of the interview like any loyal male chauvinist should.

    • The example of a man blatantly interrupting a woman is a great example something that happens all the time.

      We’ve spent a lot of time working on understanding the root cause of this dynamic at NCWIT (www.ncwit.org).

      Unconscious bias is at the core of this. There are some great resources on NCWIT’s site, including this very useful background on unconscious bias.

      https://www.ncwit.org/unconscious-bias-and-why-it-matters-women-and-tech

      and this overview.

      https://www.ncwit.org/resources/how-can-reducing-unconscious-bias-increase-women%E2%80%99s-success-it

      I’ll make sure to try to bring this up in my conversation on Tuesday

      • Tabitha Farrar

        Thank you. Thrilled you have some understanding of this.

        I tackle it by continuing to talk when interrupted until the interrupter gets the point. Or by simply stating “I haven’t finished talking.” Some get it sooner than others. Some never seem to get it and think me rude—I don’t really mind that, what’s important is that if I have a valid point that it is heard.

  • Brent

    Brad – Can you post Seth’s slides for those of us that cant make the event?

  • This one looks like it has a lot of great topics. A lot of these things miss the mark because there are so many of them. Thanks for posting Seth’s slides. Always interested in how people view different ecosystems.

  • jkostecki

    Brad – thank you so much for speaking at the It Takes Two To Tango event. It was great and appreciated. Seth’s overview of the angel investing landscape was also wonderful. I’m so glad the two of you and the other active investors in town and in the area (including Elizabeth Kraus, Kate Shillo, David Cohen and David Gold) could participate in the Investor Track. Thanks again!