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Venture Summit | West: Wrongly Charging Entrepreneurs to Pitch VCs

What is old is new.  Entrepreneurs  are stil being asked to pay to pitch.  It’s WRONG. Two and a half years ago, I wrote a post about a Boston group trying to charge entrepreneurs $4500 to pitch venture capitalists at an event.  Many in the startup community were appalled by this especially folks like Jason Calacanis who created…

Sympoz Launches Programs on Starting Companies

One of our portfolio companies, Sympoz has announced the launch of their programs targeting startup entrepreneurs.  Even better, the series stars some of my favorite people in startup land:  my partner Brad Feld, along with Brad Bernthal of the University of Colorado Law School and Mike Platt , partner at Cooley LLP.  We teach you everything that…

New Colorado Meetup for “Infopreneurs”

As the knowledge economy grows, there is a new breed of information entrepreneurs or “infopreneurs” that is emerging.   The Internet is really just one big platform for creating these new information-based businesses.  And there is very little upfront investment or infrastructure needed.  Unlike any time prior in history, entrepreneurs can create multi-million dollar businesses just…

Outside Counsel Attendance At Board Meetings

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about lawyer attendance at board meetings.  Normally, most venture-focused law firms attend board meetings free of charge.  And like most things in life, people value things by how much they pay for them.  (If you don’t believe me, check out the healthcare and education industries, to name a few)….

Zayo Group is Hiring

My friend, Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo is hiring.  And unlike many companies, he is looking for recent college grads.  Dan is a great guy and the folks that I’ve meet at his company are as well.  In his words: “Amazingly, in this economy it is hard to fill key positions.  Zayo occasionally looks to fill…

A Sure-Fire Revenue Raiser (Tax Increase) That Everyone Will Love

In this day and age where Democrats and Republicans both do their best to distort any real facts in the tax and deficit debate, I think that I’ve come up with a way to increase revenues (yes, increase taxes) that everyone should love. Kill IRS Section 409(A) and allow companies to issue stock to employees…

Really Cool Data About Merger Economics

For anyone not familiar with mergers, if you sell a company, you rarely get the full purchase price at the closing. Some of it is usually held in an escrow account for a year or so to allow the buyer to see if there are any issues related to the acquired company that would entitle…

Techployment – A New Boulder Resource for Tech Hiring

Two local entrepreneurs I know just started Techployment, which is a simple idea, but goes after a growing problem in the local tech arena: tech companies finding great tech professionals, and vice versa. Techployment helps solve this problem by vetting the best local tech opportunities and and sending a daily email highlighting them in a…

Call For All US-based Open Coffee Clubs

About 4 years ago, I founded the Boulder Open Coffee Club.  It’s been a massive success with about 50-70 people attending each event.  The popularity of it, in fact, has led to the creation of a Denver Open Coffee Club by local entrepreneur Michael Sitarzewski. The Coffee Club has become a real local hub where…

Marketing 2.0 Bootcamp. In Boulder. And It’s FREE

For all of you out there interested in metrics-based marketing (and if marketing is your thing, you should be interested), here is a must attend event. Sponsored by Trada, Silicon Flatirons, CU Marketing Department and SendGrid, this event promises to share their collective knowledge along with a host of great speakers. Tickets are limited to…