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Monday, January 9, 2017

Startup Show Guests

Yes, Tweet your 140-character startup story, but before you are interviewed for the Startup Show we ask you attend our LoDo Denver Group Sampler. It's free. Check it out on our Meetup site,

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Business in One Lesson.

What is the lesson?

Fred Beisser:   Pilot ejecting from a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Flying Team F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Mountain Home AFB. One has to know when to pull the plug and get out; similar to recognizing a failing business.

Here's the same lesson in song:

Friday, December 30, 2016

Time to bail?

For over 20 years IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops have been a place to go when we weren't sure what we were going to do Monday morning. Time for emergency corrective actions? 

Join us for (the last?) IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop special meeting this afternoon at 3 pm and/or open house from 4:30 until they kick us out at 5 or so. (Panera closing early today) for more and optional rsvp for IDECafe today or next Friday (if we still are meeting) at and for more about what possibly happens Monday morning for me (and you if you RSVP there, yes or no) see 

Startup Show today (Fri, 1/30) will have the topic of "emergency measures" listen live an noon on the Startup Show Facebook Page or anytime after via recording, Judy Google John Wren Startup Show. 

If you'd like to start a transpartisan Caucus Club in your neighborhood just do it! Start right now! For help, or to share about your new Caucus Club on next week's Startup Show call John Wren (303)861-1447.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Turning data into dollars.

College professor lecture: What is Entrepreneurship? DANGER!

John Wren's comment on this video's YouTube station:

WARNING: This short lecture is very much in line with what is taught in college classrooms across the country now, the startup approach first promoted by the Small Business Administration in 1953 and repeated by them ever since.

Problem is, it is not the way new businesses actually start. If it was the wealth of nations would benefit more from a planned economy that a market economy, lots of data to prove this just is not the case.

 For a more helpful way to think about start up see Amar Bhide's The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses, , Oxford University Press. Bhide's book provided the uncited theoretical underpinnings for the very practical and useful Harvard Business Review Press's book a few years back Just Start by Len Schlesinger and Charlie Kiefer.