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Eric Norlin, Founder, Defrag, blur and Glue conferences Advice for an aspiring entrepreneur
enclosure-voice 1309_ 11/12/12 - As anticipation grows, we're quickly closing in on the start of DefrageCon 2012. Getting a few minutes for this interview with Eric Norlin is an accomplishment in itself. And, it is our last chance because he immerses himself and his team in the detailed, constant activity of putting on a conference that continues to live up to and supersede its reputation. While talking with Eric, he did say, "When you work on anything for twelve years you kind of figure it out eventually - or you go broke. One of the two, right?" We are talking with a guy that has tremendous contacts with all kinds and sizes of organizations and we wondered what are the biggest challenges, today in our environment, for technical companies. Eric said he thinks we're leaving the phase where consumer facing companies are all the rage, and entering a phase where enterprise tech companies are becoming hot again. But you still have to do the normal blocking and tackling of landing customers - and then somehow find a way to rise above the noise. Because, throughout the recession we've seen in the last few years where there has been some slow down, it really has been a lot less severe than any other sector. Greatest opportunities? Eric points to some fairly big technical trends everyone is familiar with - Cloud computing, big data and even the mobile wave. What advice do you give an aspiring entrepreneur? "First of all if you've got an idea and you've got a team and you've got some prototype built, the first piece of advice is, if it's something you really want to do - Go do it. Don't let anyone tell you not to do it. Because being an entrepreneur is one of the most exciting decisions you can make in life. It's a terrifying decision to make - there's a lot of fear associated with it, but at the end of the day, it is so fulfilling that whether your company succeeds or not, it's entirely worth it...Eric has more to say... ***Join w3w3® at Defrag and Blur
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Spending a lot of time here with the tech scene in Colorado
Daniel Feld, Serial Entrepreneur, TechStars Mentor enclosure-voice 1305_ 11/12/12 - Who is Daniel Feld? His background as an entrepreneur, in venture capital, as an investor, a business founder, a business exec - he's worked with all kinds of organizations... we wondered who really knows Daniel Feld? and what is he doing today? Daniel said, "So I have had a variety of roles and responsibilities in my career, varying from consumer products and services to technology products and services - enterprise as well as consumer." He started out in the advertising industry in Dallas and worked with some of the nation's largest consumer packaged goods brands on go-to-market strategies and full service advertising solutions for them. So, TV, radio, print, new product blowout, branding, packaging, anything to do with traditional consumer packaged goods. Sales and distribution, he's had a chance to experience that too. About 15 years ago, he moved to Boulder, Colorado and started a company working with technology startups on channel development services. Helping those companies with go-to-market strategies typically through third parties, as a way to expand their distribution beyond their immediate reach. That lead to working with a venture capital firm, Mobius Venture Capital as they were looking to expand their business incubator [Hot Bank] to Colorado. They had one up and running in California, wanted to expand that to Colorado and Daniel came on as a co-founder to run that operation and create that for the business here. That was in conjunction with Mobius. That lead to working in a deep operating role with one of our portfolio companies, Still Secure. It's a network security company, still operating and based in Superior, Colorado. These are just some of the things Daniel's done. Most recently he's spent some time as a partner in a web design firm, Slice of Lime - an award winning web design firm and a really talented group of people working on the graphic design side of things, a high end web design and web application shop. The other thing Daniel has fun with is mentoring with the TechStar's companies...
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Entrp-HEROES1305_ 11/05/12 - Ever wish you didn't have to deal with the hassle of collecting money from friends or family, when making a group purchase of tickets or gifts? Ever wonder where kids too young to use Facebook can hang out safely, online? Ever think how much easier shopping for makeup online would be if you could get personalized recommendations based on your photo?
        It just so happens that entrepreneurs already have created startup companies that make these online experiences better, and it just so happens that all three of these company founders are women. We've interviewed these founders and picked their brains about business, technology, entrepreneurship, risk-taking, funding, networks, the work/life juggle, and more. Listen up now.

Brandy Alexander-Wimberly, Founder and CEO of Buyvite - NCWIT Hero Brandy Alexander-Wimberly, Founder and CEO of Buyvite, a group purchasing platform that allows many users to contribute money towards a group transaction


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We started our Entrepreneurial Heroes interview series in 2007 because we didn't believe there are "no women technical founders" … but we did believe that women founders weren't getting the attention they deserve. To-date NCWIT has completed more than 70 interviews with successful women entrepreneurs in tech for the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Heroes series. We hope these women will inspire you, motivate you, and surprise you as they describe how they first got involved in technology, what characteristics they think are vital to being a successful founder, and what advice they would give to young people interested in technology or entrepreneurship

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Building and expanding a business in the West
Dave Leonard, Sr. Vice President, Data Center Operations, ViaWestenclosure-voice1308_ 11/12/12 - As the senior vice president of data center operations, Dave Leonard directs all of ViaWest's day-to-day facility operations and procedures, as well as expansion projects and future data center builds. We're at ViaWest headquarters, to get the skinny on the expansion at this dynamic Colorado icon. Very unique and, another company that launched in 1999 (like and Defrag...) We are talking with Dave Leonard, ViaWest Senior Vice President of Data Center Operations - well known to Frontier, United and Southwest Airlines - as he visits all the ViaWest Data Centers so often. Dave has two separate teams, one that operates the data centers (there are 23 data centers). The second team builds data centers and they are building a new, very large data center in north Las Vegas to compliment their two existing data centers in Las Vegas. So, the expansion is very aggressive and keeps happening throughout our service territory - and coming soon, outside of our service territory. But, Las Vegas is a great example where we are very successful in Las Vegas filling up the existing data centers that we had and demand led us to build a large new data center which will be going online at the end of December. Larry wondered what challenges ViaWest faces in this expansion? "You read about organizations like Facebook and Google building data centers out in the middle of nowhere, where there is very cheap power and very good conditions for free cooling, for instance. We don't site data centers that way. We put data centers where we believe our customers are going to be. There are two things happening in the data center industry, if Dave were wearing his construction hat, that building new data centers have been a good opportunity for ViaWest in two aspects, the green aspect, and the other is the quality of the data centers... Listen for more...
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Dr. John Sullivan, President and CEO, Mesa Laboratories with Chris Pelley, Managing Director, CIMCO at ACG Denver November Luncheon Be very methodical in growing your company
enclosure-voice 1305_ 11/12/12 - At the ACG Denver November meeting, Chris Pelley introduced us to our speaker, John Sullivan, Ph.D., President and CEO of Mesa Laboratories. Todd Roebken ACG Denver president, joined the discussion, asking Dr. Sullivan what was the greatest challenge facing him in trying to grow his company. Interestingly John said it was twofold. They've experienced a lot of growth in recent years "... and just reorganizing the company to deal with all that growth has really been a challenge. With new positions and recruiting the right people, getting the right infrastructure in place - things like that, that's been quite a challenge. The other is just continuing to go through acquisitions. We've had a lot of success in that regard. In the last few years several acquisitions have been completed. And, just finding the right company that fits in well with our culture, our product lines and financials has been a challenge. But so far so good, and we just hope to continue on in the future." Todd wondered about the success of finding talented people here in Colorado. John's response, "Absolutely. Quite a bit. We've gotten several people here in the Denver area. They've come on board with Mesa and we've gotten some good people here locally, absolutely!" If you're not familiar with Mesa Labs, John said, they make products for quality control applications, both instrumentation and consumable. They have several different product lines that came to them through acquisition in the past few years and they're all doing quite well. Another favorite question we put to Dr. Sullivan was what advice would he give to businesses here in Colorado for the next year? With a chuckle John said, "Be patient! You know we are very methodical in growing the company. We're very conservative and that patience has really paid off. We don't want to make any mistakes in our growth plan."
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Eric Norlin 2012 Defrag Conference and Blur Conference - November 14-16, 2012  Use w3w3 Discount Code - Save BIG! 25% Off It's about the next generation-edge of human computer interaction
enclosure-voice 1304_ 11/05/12 - Always looking for the connection... Back in 1999 was launched; that same year Eric Norlin launched his business 'organizing great technology conferences'. We're familiar with Defrag but this year we're treated to an overlap and peak preview of the Blur Conference. While some of you are familiar with Blur, we were not and we asked for an overview and how the two differ. "Defrag is a little bit different beast. When people say technology conference, they think we're going to be focusing in on really hard core technology - but what Defrag tries to do is be a strategic conversation that's looking out at a time horizon of 18-24 months. And then, through the prism of technology, looking at different issues. You might get everything at Defrag from about how social business technology or big data technology will impact corporate IT in the next two years - to a talk about how technology is disrupting community management or financial services sector, or healthcare, all the way down to what it means to be a woman in an emerging IT field and the kinds of challenges associated with that. It really tends to be a pretty far reaching discussion tied together by this future looking focus. Someone described Defrag to Eric as the 'poor man's Ted'. One site, Two shows, Three days. Blur, another conference Eric runs, is about the next generation edge of human computer interaction. Think any interaction with a computer that doesn't involve a keyboard or mouse. That could be anything from robotics, 3D printing, to augmented reality - a wide range of truly futuristic technology that people are working on. For the first time ever, we're running Defrag and Blur in conjunction with each other. Practically, that means Defrag runs on the 14th & 15th and Blur runs on the 15th & 16th, where the last three or so hours of the day on the 15th, the two shows overlap. So if you're registered for Defrag only, for those three hours you'll see some Blur keynotes. Which you'll find incredibly interesting... Join w3w3® at Defrag and Blur - Save BIG - Use the 25% Discount Code!
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Our education system is ignoring a vital segment
Ruthe Farmer, Director Strategic Initiative, NCWIT & 2012 Chairperson, Computer Scinece Education Week enclosure-voice 1306_ 11/05/12 - After hearing this, you will be scratching your head and wondering what the heck is going on in education and who establishes the STEM standards. STEM is known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math standard in education. Next, you will realize a greater appreciation for the work of our own NCWIT. This is really important! We often talk about preparing our workforce for the jobs of the future, but our education system is ignoring a vital segment and failing to prepare our young students for the jobs that are waiting for them. We are talking to Ruthe Farmer of the National Center for Women & IT. This year Ruthe is the chairperson for the Annual Computer Science Ed Week. CSEd Week designated as the second week of December to honor Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a visionary in the field of computer science. "We're going to be doing an event in Washington DC, on the Hill, with the STEM Education Caucus on December 12th; We're getting some national attention. We've got a goal of about 7500 pledgers (We reached 3700 last year, so we're doubling every year) to demonstrate to everyone at the policy level, that parents, families, employers, want computer science education in the schools. NCWIT is a partner in the CSEd Week, along with a number of other organizations and companies, working to get computer science education into the core curricula in the K-12 space in the U.S." Go to the website and there are a bunch of activities for everyone to get involved in, individuals, and businesses, universities everyone along the pipeline. The goal is to demonstrate a grassroots interest in computer science education to drive demand so that at the national level policy makers will understand that computer science education is important. "Most people are unaware of the fact that the bulk of high schools do not offer anything that would be considered rigorous computer science. Many schools instead are offering word-processing, using spread sheets or using PowerPoint. Not that those are bad skills but they're not computation. They're not teaching that you should be a designer of innovation. It's like taking drivers ed - it doesn't teach you to be a mechanic. We're really trying to get computer science into... Listen for much more... CSEdWeek 2012, December 9 to 15, 2012, is a highly distributed celebration of the impact of computing and the need for computer science education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to shed light on the vital importance of computer science education for all students.
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