IdeakickDenver #1, Jun 23rd, 6:30 PM

Here’s a short notice of Ideakick.org, city of Denver version, of an event that will happen Jun 23rd. Here’s the link and here’s the when and where, ensure you register to get a ticket, even though it’s free:

Jun 23, 2011
Creative Density
1719 Emerson Street
Denver CO
6:30 – 9:30 PM
@ideakickDENVER

 

“Ideakick is a community that springboards budding entrepreneurial ideas and concepts.

Think of Ideakick as a thinktank for your business ideas. You can pitch a business idea that you’ve been thinking about or are currently working on. Gain valuable feedback, industry insight, and/or connect with someone interested in working on the same idea.”

Over 20 people are showing up, register at http://ideakickdenver1.eventbrite.com/ so you can get in and spout your idea out.

Check out my Coworking blog post.

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Startup Weekend Denver, June 3-5th, 54 hours of effort

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Any startup entrepreneur needs to make connections with others, primarily because they can’t do it all themselves, but it’s best they don’t do it all themselves.

Startup Weekend Denver occurred this past weekend at WorkBrite’s Coworking location. I’ll go into what happened and what I saw.

Purchasing a ticket to attend pays for food and drinks for the weekend. Great for those that “need to get things done” in starting up a business.

Friday Night’s agenda:

  1. Network – meet and greet with 52 Denver and the surrounding area attendees from all backgrounds and skill sets. One was even on his vacation and from out of state to join in the fun since there is not a SW in his area. Maybe he’s looking to start one? You just never know.
  2. Icebreaker – get your body moving and interactive with others in a Rock, Paper, Scissors game to win $50.
  3. Pitch – you have 60 seconds to explain your idea with 30 seconds of Q&A.
  4. Vote – everyone gives their vote to the project that they would like and narrow down the field to 4-8 teams around an idea. You choose which one you want to provide assistance to. Some required coding help, others did not, but most did.

Saturday’s Agenda:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – continental breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinks to keep you “fueled up.” Coffee and soda drinks included where and anything caffeinated was the drink of choice.
  • Build out your business – work toward the Sunday’s goal of presenting your efforts to the judges.

Sunday’s Agenda:

  • Continue to build out the business.
  • At 4 Pm a final push and at 5 PM the last pitch and selection of the finalists.

Overall Friday night is the most hectic as you’re determining the idea to follow and how you can contribute to it. On Saturday it came down to doing the work so it was gelling time, finding out where you fit into the team that you have selected to help out and then getting productive.

Clothes of choice were varied. Short, especially cargo shorts and flipflops were abundant, though, so you’d say it was Saturday casual wear, a notch below casual Friday. Coders usually had laptops and earbuds or headsets to keep focused on their tasks. Of course, laptops where all around.

As a Mac entrepreneur the one thing that I did see was about a 2 to 1 use of Macs over PCs for those attending. Startups know the right hardware/software combinations. So if you want to start a business, Macs are the computer of choice. Smart people use them.

Overall if you have any reason to start a business and have a weekend to learn, Startup Weekend is the place to be to get your feet wet learning about startups. Nothing like getting a baptism of fire for the newbies.

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Fundraiser: A.C.T.S. Resource Center/Ferrari join forces Nov 17th, 6-8 PM

Next week in Denver, Nov 17th from 6-8PM A.C.T.S. Resource Center is having a fundraiser with Ferrarai of Denver to help elevate homeless people. Visit the A.C.T.S. web site for more information and join the festivities to help others.

My wife and I will be attending, so stop by if you have never seen a copy of my book, How to Start a Business: Mac Version, I’ll have one with to show others how easy it is to get it done. You’d be surprised at how just sharing my book with others has inspired others to “get ‘er done.” If you’re coming, let me know you saw the link here.

Denver Startups, why start now?

For those that live in Denver there are a number of organizations that can facilitate you starting up your business. Denver has 8,000 new startups each month, or about 80,000 per year. If you look at a conservative estimate that at least 10% of them own a Mac that’s 8,000 new companies that use Macs. Woo Hoo!! But that’s beside the point, here are some web sites to find out more about Denver Startups:

  • Denver’s Brand New Startups – check them out for networking opportunities
  • Meetup – is also a place to find networking opportunities for whatever type of organization you are looking for whether you are in Denver or not.

In this tightening economy most people are looking for jobs, but you know that this can be a very tough way of getting to earn a paycheck or earning a living. One thing I would suggest is that you look at starting your own business. Why? Because those jobs that have been lost in the last 6-12 months may not come back for another year or so and if you start a business now and it succeeds during a recession, then you’ll be golden during the recovery period.

And, there is nothing better than starting a business during a tough economy because you won’t blow through a ton of money like in a robust economy which means that you’ll learn to be frugal in your startup mode, and that’s a good thing. While it may be tougher to start, if you succeed you’ll be even better prepared for the recovery.

What are your favorite hang outs for startups?