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Michael Fields, Managing Partner, MSF Enterprises Here is some good news for Colorado
enclosure-voice 1238_ 7/9/12 - Here is some good news for Colorado. We are talking with Michael Fields, managing partner at MSF Enterprises, a multinational strategic financing company and recent emigrant from New York. A quick overview of MSF, Michael said, "At the end of the day what we really do is connect opportunities with money and money with opportunities."The four major areas of their practice are, investment banking, merchant banking, capital raising for alternative investment trends and advisory services for family offices, working with a broad range of people and organizations, globally. Michael moved to Colorado about 18 months ago from New York after doing his research and recognizing a number of Colorado assets. We have a strong higher education network, multiple infrastructures from downtown, DTC, commercial buildings, a national / international airport as a hub and Colorado has a growing population of people that have been moving here, that choose the lifestyle and choose the assets that only Colorado has. What attracted MSF to Colorado is the fact that there really is a backbone to the asset management industry here and a lot of good talented people. All of these were critical factors in the decision to move the firm here. Now, Michael and MSF Enterprises based in Denver and New York has launched what it's dubbed "Galt's Gulch Initiative" aimed at attracting more asset managers and capital to the state. It's really a pet project and they're trying to get the local community involved, including government, universities and the private sector, working together to build the community here. Galt's Gulch mission statement is to build a consortium of business leaders that set the goal to attract, build & grow the asset management Industry in Colorado to manage $5 TRILLION by 2016. The increase of AUM to Colorado, will create a long term industry growth cycle that could contribute to as much as 20% of revenue to the annual budget. Listen for much more... .
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Keep at it, eventually there will be a turn around
enclosure-voiceMichael Bristow, MD, Ph.D., CEO & Chief Science & Medical Officer, ARCA 1240_ 7/9/12 - Story: Originally published 01/31/11...check out their progress now... ARCA Biopharma, Inc. is a Colorado-based biopharmaceutical company developing genetically-targeted therapies for heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. Larry interviewed Michael R. Bristow, MD, Ph.D. CEO & Chief Science and Medical Officer of ARCA at the CU Technology Transfer Office Awards banquet. Dr. Bristow has been a favorite interview for w3w3® for years. Larry asked him, "Michael what are the biggest changes you've seen in this last year in your industry?" He re[lied, "It's been a couple of tough years, but I think things are starting to turn around and basically the atmospherics have gotten a lot better. Just coming off a JP Morgan meeting, it was, I thought, a completely different tone this year." Dr. Bristow had some interesting insights about funding. "Well, it's sort of like financing of real estate was back in the early 80s when interest rates were 20% - you've got to do creative financing. So, all kinds of vehicles have been used through this period. ARCA biopharma, for instance did a reverse merger, bought a company that was NASDAQ listed, that had a bunch of cash - that proved to be a good move. So people have gotten through this one way or another, but we need to get back to traditional sources of funding." Larry asked, "Is there any particular advice to people in your arena?" Spoken like a true leader he replied, "Yes, don't give up. I mean, tenacity, keep at it, eventually there will be a turn around. Now when things aren't going too well may be the best opportunity there is in terms of acquiring assets. Think ahead. Think positive." Dr. Bristow joined ARCA as one of ARCA’s founders in September 2004, and has served as Chairman and Chief Science and Medical Officer of ARCA until he was appointed to his current position of Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. Dr. Bristow is a Professor of Medicine and the former Head of Cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he has been since October 1991. Dr. Bristow was one of the founders of Myogen, Inc. He is also a guy who lives his talk…listen for more…
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Anousheh with Jennie Symons and Lucy Sanders Only 12% of graduates are women - huge segment of the population needed to be involved
enclosure-voice 1234_ 7/2/12 - The first annual NCWIT Symons Innovator Award was presented to Anousheh Ansari on May 11, 2009 and it was a remarkable event. We stood 100 strong in the foyer of Heidi Roizen's home as Jennie Symons, the orphaned 9 year old daughter of Jeanette Symons, presented the award to Anousheh Ansari, the first woman private explorer in space, the first Anousheh Ansari, First Female Commercial Astronautastronaut of Iranian descent and with her family, title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize. She is Chair, CEO and Co-founder of Prodea Systems, and formerly Chair, CEO and Co-Founder of Telecom Technologies, Inc. a technology company sold for $750 million.
      These men and women, gathered here, are outstanding examples of the promise and the future for 'women and information technology'. We begin this story in Atherton, CA, to celebrate one woman's success and to work on preparing the road for future young women and for the competitive advantage of our country... Statistics show that better than 50% of new entrepreneurs are female. They receive 3% of the VC investments and only 5% of the Federal funds set aside for new businesses. It is a gender issue to be sure. While many women of varying ages and interests are taking the entrepreneurial plunge, Lucy Sanders points out another big issue, not so readily recognized, is the Global competitiveness of our country so adversely affected by a subtle gender bias. Today the numbers of students going into computer science studies are plummeting. As this workforce dwindles, the best job opportunities grow. While attending the NCWIT Conference hosted by Google, Jeff Huber, Sr. VP of Engineering at Google said, "It's a critical problem! A crisis for the industry, for Google." Only 12% of graduates are women at a time when we need a huge segment of the population to be involved. Is the study of math and science important to our collective future? We certainly believe so and the National Center for Women and Information Technology is making the difference.

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Larry Nelson and Andre Pettigrew, EOD, City & County of Denver Green is a business case for sustainability
enclosure-voice 1236_ 7/2/12 - Back in 2010, André Pettigrew, was the executive director of the Office of Economic Development for the City and County of Denver, he coined the phrase, "It's where the Green suits and the Blue suits come together" Today André said it is really speaking to the business case for sustainability. He went onto point out, "We’ve seen companies from DuPont, IBM, local companies like WhiteWave and Dean Foods, including the Wells Fargo Bank, have understood and begun the business model that talks about using resources efficiently and effectively reducing their costs. That's really where we are now in the sustainability movement. It has been proven that the companies who are adopting energy efficient programs, time and action plans, have found a way to reduce their costs and thus be more competitive at a price level; they've also been able to brand their companies in terms of companies that are the most sustainable in our country - and that helps them get market share, it also helps them attract a new labor force. The 'gen Xers and Ys' are all over this, sustainability is important to them. So the business case is being made for sustainability. Of course it requires some investment and everyone is minding their dollars given this economy, but like I said, it is irrefutable that by making these sorts of investments, reducing the dependency on foreign oil consumption, retro fitting your lights, building Leeds Certified buildings, all of those things are paying out for companies, and we're just beginning to understand how this is affecting our overall economy and productivity of our businesses." The City of Denver and André are very involved with the Sustainable Opportunities Summit & Expo on March 2-4, Our theme this year is "A Time to Accelerate"...we'll see you there.
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There are many industries under the banner of cleantech
Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Associationenclosure-voice 1237_ 7/9/12 - The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is creating some big waves. We're talking with Christine Shapard the executive director of CCIA and she's brought a guest today, Wayne Greenberg, Wayne Greenberg, Director, CCIA Fellows InstituteDirector of the CCIA Fellows Institute. CCIA is developing this institute to help train executives from other industries on what the opportunities are in cleantech. Chris said, "We felt it was so important, to bring in executives to run our companies - there are so many technologies coming out of the universities and NREL. And we have a good contingent of executives, but we need more." Cleantech is an amalgamation of industries - there's not a cleantech industry out there - there are many industries under the banner of cleantech. Most of them are difficult industries. They have high barriers to entry, they have high capital costs, the products and services you have to build have to last in the field for many, many years. And so the difficulties in taking those technologies and creating companies is significant. The CCIA Fellows Institute mission is to attract executives who have already done those things who now want to turn their skills to a clean technology or renewable energy company. There are strong opportunities within the cleantech industry. The Fellows Institute is a unique program in that it identifies one of the true missing pieces, executive leadership. We will focus on the differences in this industry and the industries from which they've come and we're going to introduce them to the key players in this industry. We will introduce to the fellows and entrepreneurs in the program and they will do a capstone project around one of those selected technologies. Our hope is at graduation in early January we will have some companies formed at that time. The institute is selecting between 12 and 15 individuals, from a national pool, to come to the institute and spend 17 weeks in this program. The program begins July 27th 2012 - graduate in January with, potentially a company at that time...listen for more details...
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You don't have to be a geek to use the cloud. But...
enclosure-voice Dave Jilk, Founder/CEO, Standing Cloud1239_ 7/9/12 - It's been two years since we last interviewed David Jiilk, Founder and CEO of Standing Cloud a Boulder based company. Standing Cloud offers a service that helps people manage applications on top of this new thing called Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Amazon didn't invent the idea but they were the first to successfully promote the idea of renting computer servers on the Internet by the hour. This is at least one definition of 'cloud computing'. And, this is one of the things that created this idea of cloud where you can actually rent servers. The thing is if you do rent servers from Amazon or one of the many other providers out there, all you get is a computer server and most people don't really know what to do with that. What most people want is an application, a piece of software running on that server that they can actually use for some business or personal purposes. So, anything from storing photos to a Customer Relation Management system to a blog, to a web site. Those kinds of things are what you want to put on computer servers and use them for. What Standing Cloud does is make it really easy for anyone, including end users to manage their infrastructure as a service... cloud servers, but with an application on top of it. Standing Cloud initially tried to be a consumer web site where they would sell this online service to everyone - and they have a fair number of customers using it that way. But, they found that they didn't understand their various markets that well and were not particularly skilled at selling that way. So, Standing Cloud changed their business model to be one of selling through resellers. These resellers understand their individual markets very well. Now Standing Cloud's service is used by people in a wide range of company sizes and types - but Standing Cloud interacts with the companies selling services to them. You won't see Standing Cloud's name on these web sites but that's what is driving it behind the scenes. Standing Cloud has grown since the last time we spoke when Dave had 8 to 10 people, about 50/50 gender ratio. There's more here from Boulder...
Related Links: Standing Cloud || Foundry Group || TechStars || FeldThoughts || Entrepreneur Channel || Keywords: Dave Jilk, Standing Cloud, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, IaaS, Amazon, Customer Relation Management, Cloud, Software Providers, Independent Software Vendors - bytes= 5741403
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Michael Fries, President & CEO, Liberty Global 
        - E&Y Entrepreneur Excellence 2012 "Master Entrepreneur" Ernst & Young creates special award to honor Mike Fries
enclosure-voice 1233_ 7/2/12 - "You will not get anywhere without a committed, focused management team that cares about each other. It's really about being warriors together, and all the great camaraderie and joy and pain that comes with being warriors." Michael Fires - Honored with a special award for entrepreneurial excellence by the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program - . EVENT PHOTOS
      If you look at the cable industry, it's reinvented itself many times. Fifty percent of our revenue today comes from products and services we didn't have ten years ago, so we have definitely evolved. Having said that... Mike Fries is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global (LGI). A 20-year veteran of the cable and media industry, he has spent nearly his entire career building international distribution and programming businesses. Today LGI is the second largest cable TV operator in the world and the largest outside the U.S. with over 26 million video, voice, and broadband Internet subscribers, operations in 14 countries and $11.3 billion of annualized revenue. LGI was created through the combination of Liberty Media International and UnitedGlobalCom in June 2005. Prior to the formation of LGI and his appointment as CEO, Mr. Fries served as president and chief executive officer of UnitedGlobalCom (UGC), one of the first companies to expand into international cable TV and programming. He joined UGC shortly after its formation in 1990 and spent five years as senior vice president, business development during which he spearheaded its early expansion into Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 1995, he became president of the Asia/Pacific region and launched LGI's current business in Australia as well as several other markets. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer of UGC in 1998 and chief executive officer in 2004. Mr. Fries is a member of Liberty Global's board of directors and its two-person executive committee along with the company's chairman, Dr. John C. Malone. He is an active industry partner at the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Presidents Organization. He also sits on the board of a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including CableLabs, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Alliance for Choice in Education and Graland Country Day School. Mr. Fries holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. This interview (From March 2011 - Communications Technology Executive of the Year Award)
Related Links: Liberty Global, Inc || Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship || Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program Mountain Desert Region || PodCast Directory || CTP Home || DBJ Mike Fries article || Keywords: Michael Fries, Liberty Global, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program, The Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship, E&Y, John Malone, CTP Exec of Year, Communications Technology Professionals, Cable Industry, Ascent Award, Liberty Media, UIH, United Cable, TC - bytes=765607
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Leonard Nimoy, way above and beyond Spock
Leonard Nimoy with Larry Nelson - LN Meets LNenclosure-voice 1235_ 7/2/12 - In April 2010, at the 26th National Space Symposium, Larry and Pat had an opportunity to have a discussion with Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame. But Nimoy is so much more than that. They decided to talk about other topics that help us learn more about him and what has shaped his character over the past 79 years as well as understanding his hot buttons. We started out by reflecting on some poetry Leonard read as 'whale noise' was heard in the background...that was decades ago but it opened up insights to his current interests and concerns. When asked, Is there something businesses can do to motivate children?" His reply was an ouch. "I'm not a sociologist, I'm not a businessman, I can't speak intelligently about that. I'll tell you what I am concerned about; I'm concerned about how much television kids watch that is not uplifting, or educational or inspiring in any way. It's all about celebrity, and if you're celebrity, come and tell us about your celebrity. What have you accomplished? I'm a celebrity - I'm famous for having a lot of children, so I want a TV show - It's crazy. What we have descended to in our education, it's crazy! It's really sad, I could go on about that, I'm not going to." He had a great deal say about advice he would give to someone following his career path. "The biggest fantasy, myth about my work, about being an actor is people who think a look will get you somewhere, be at the right place and time, that kind of thing - luck plays a big role, but I never believed that, not even as a teenager ...Education, it's all about education. Learn, learn, learn and devote yourself to a profession. Be professional about it." Larry asked, "Do you feel the U.S. is losing its position in terms of space?" Leonard replied, "Yes, I don't know to what degree this is true. I don't want to be an alarmist about this, but I do think we've got some work to do." We did end with a Vulcan salute. Listen for much, much more...
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