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Wednesday May 13, 1015 This afternoon I went up to Spark “a Boulder co-working space designed to connect students to the startup community.“ At 1:00 p.m Fabien Dodard and Sara Smith from Victor & Spoils were next on deck. Victor Spoils is another ad agency off shoot of Crispin, Porter + Bogusky. Yesterday I wrote about Made. Smith and Doddard gave a talk titled, Content Marketing and What it Can Do for You.
In a world where everybody and their mother has a blog website, facebook page, and twitter account, standing out with a creative, provocative story is difficult. While the idea of going viral might seem impossible to the up and coming blogger, Fabieng Dodard and Sara Smith brought the concept back to its basics. This talk was based around the idea of creative marketing, and how the best way to stand out in the incredibly competitive world of creative story telling in the chaotic internet, is by sticking to the basics.
The talk was centralized around 5 main characteristics of how to tell a great story: Theme…Plot…Characters…Details…Tone.
Using the example of the viral story, “Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job to Move to an Island and Scoop Ice Cream”, Dodard and Smith gave us the breakdown.
Theme “If you are constantly thinking you need a vacation, maybe you need a new life?”
Plot: Leaving a successful job to work as an ice cream scooper.
Characters: Islanders, Parents, Herself, and a Chicken.
Details: Chicken casually in her bathroom during a morning pee, the view, the beach, the lifestyle.
Tone: Humoristic and Genuine.
Sure, the concept is very basic. Anyone who has been through a middle school English class could roll their eyes and sarcastically repeat this outline. But Dodard and Smith’s point lifted the veil on the confounded chaos of the media. Though going viral may seem like magic, it is based around the same key characteristics that we have always been taught. In some ways, it is better not to try and re-invent the wheel. Smith and Dodard haven’t.
George Hardwick is blogging for Boulder Channel 1 from Boulder Startup Week invite him to parties
Made is an offshoot of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, by Dave Schiff “where his unique talent and unbridled passion quickly led him up the agency ladder.” Made is another one of Boulders new Ad Agency startups, like Victor spoils.
With a cool atmosphere, clients like Harley Davidson, and segments of employees that have the title of “hive” this is one of the coolest new startups to be made on boulder. I went there today for the party.
One of their most interesting features: a catapult that launches old, biodegradable food off of a balcony, for the benefit of animals and unpaid interns living in the woods.
George Hardwick is blogging for Boulder Channel 1 from Boulder Startup Week invite him to parties.
#BSW15 George Hardwick is blogging for Boulder Channel 1 during Boulder Starup Week. Look for George on Twitter @BoulderCh1News #BSW15 . Also on Facebook Boulder Channel 1. Follow George all day right here for his reports. He is a creative writing student finishing his degree at University of Colorado at Boulder. He loves being outdoors, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and just about anything else that involves a lot of adrenaline. And he is a home brewer. Call George for an interview: 518-649-6446 C1N.TV’s StartUp TV series serves the International Startup community. We focus on Start-Up entrepreneurs and new technology coming in the local business community as well we visit events and meet-ups where we not only write and promote but we also take part of. On top of that we also produce videos to spotlight your business in our Start-Up TV Special which plays on cable broadcast and online here.
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- Happy Birthday New Tech – 7 years ago this month 40+ people got together at the Me.dium offices on Pearl street in Boulder.
- Membership is now 9,614
- We’ve had 141 New Tech meetings
- We host 3 meetings a month (Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins)
- Over 700 companies are mapped at bdnt.org (if you’re not on the map, shame on you, go do it now)
- We help 100′s of companies find employees up and down the front range
- Wish yourself a Happy Birthday fellow New Tech member, you are AMAZING.
- August in Boulder means TechStars and we have 2 nights of presentations. August 5 and 6. Monday the 5th is oversold, but Tuesday the 6th has a few open seats. (http://bdnt.org)
- September 16-21 is Denver Startup Week ( a celebration of all things startup) and New Tech has decided to blow it up and I mean blow itttttttt up. Stay tuned as our New Tech hosts plan the biggest New Tech Ever and celebrate, shall i say it, 10,000 members.
- We get tons of requests from the community every month, but these 3 always outnumber the rest:
- How do I present my company (fill out this form)
- Do you know where i can find a full time developer/designer/admin/BD/sales (http://bdnt.org/hiring)
- Do you know where I can find a freelance developer/designer (I am so excited to announce our Freelancer Availability Search Engine, stay tuned and constantly refresh your browser at http://bdnt.org for more details….)
Job highlights from the job board (to see more jobs: http://bdnt.org/hiring):
- A hitchhikers Guide to Boulder
- Boulder Startup Center
- Startup Colorado
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Technical Integrity (http://technicalintegrity.com/)
We’ve created a better way to help employers and highly skilled technologists connect. It involves critical elements that so many people forget: a focus on a two-way cultural matching for both our clients and candidates, as well as engaging with and giving back to the community. This is part of our DNA, and as a result we’ve changed the way technical placements are done. We are highly selective and only work with the most interesting and well-respected startups and mid-size employers in Boulder, Denver, and around the nation. These are companies who treat their employees with respect, have fun, and understand that valued employees = happy employees . We also take pride in representing only the best Engineers and Executives. We emphasize quality, honesty, and integrity in everything we do. Over the past two years we have given back more than $20,000 to charities and non-profits in Boulder and beyond as we believe it’s the right thing to do. We are proud to be sponsoring Boulder Denver New Tech Meetup. Additionally, over the past few years we’ve helped our community bring together like-minded folks regularly at Ignite Boulder and BoulderBeta and various Women in Technology groups, to name a few. Please drop us a line to say hello and let us know how we can be of assistance to you or your organization.
Silicon Flatirons (http://www.silicon-flatirons.org)
CU-Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons Center is a donor-supported entity which helps connect the fabric of the Front Range’s software, Internet, and telecom entrepreneurship scene. SFC’s objective is to help catalyze startups by connecting CU to the Mile High Tech emerging company community. In addition to the Meetup, SFC’s Entrepreneurship Initiative includes the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, the Entrepreneurs Unplugged series, Crash Courses on entrepreneurship, and our annual March entrepreneurship conference. SFC additionally works closely with partners across the CU campus to present the New Venture Challenge. SFC is delighted to serve as a Meetup sponsor since 2007.
Mode Set (http://www.modeset.com)
More than just developers, we want to understand your business model, your risks, blockers, opportunities, and market advantages. We’re here to build you a viable, releasable product you can take to customers, investors, and stakeholders. Whether that product is a web application, mobile application or social application, or purely architecture, infrastructure or optimization, we can help. We bring with us extensive knowledge and years of experience working with clients ranging from early-stage startups to large global brands.
SOURCE : Robert Reich
Some of the more serious presentations for entrepreneurs are held by Metzger and Associates and the Boulder Chamber who bring in qualified mentors to actually assist aspiring Start Ups. Yet the week is an overt promotion to attract tech companies to Boulder. Look at the schedule of events and much of it partying drinking. Boulder has a huge rep for drinking drugging and partying in the start Up scene and for those looking for that, you won’t be disappointed. Yet, the schedule has tons of events and with a discerning eye you are bound to find something useful.
“What is Boulder Startup Week?
Each May, we throw a 5-day event that showcases the unique startup culture of Boulder. No registration required. You’ll find meetups, coffee shop pow-wows, the largest Ignite in the world, parties, drinks, food, hikes, bike rides, sun, and good people.
Wednesday is the official launch of Boulder Startup Week 2013. People from across the Front Rage will be flocking to Boulder to get a taste of the entrepreneurial culture and what it means to get an idea off the ground.
Here is Boulder start Up week Schedule
Maybe you’re in search of a co-founder. Maybe you need workshops to help your ideas to take shape.
Maybe you just need beer.mWhatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it over the five-day span of this year’s Boulder Startup Week. We’ve created a dang-near definitive go-to guide to help you get the most out of the week. Buckle up and let’s go.
Looking for a gig? There’s an entire listing of who’s hiring.
Need the schedule? You can access each day’s events right here.
Want to attend an event? Each event on the calendar has an Eventbrite link. BE SURE TO REGISTER. Many events are beyond full at this point. While some don’t have max capacities, some do. Be sure to check the Eventbrite link on each event before you just show up.Going to Ignite Boulder on the 15th? It’s sold out. Be glad you scored tickets. If you need tickets, sending out a tweet can sometimes help as can standing in front of the Boulder Theater to snag a spare from people who have already bought tickets and have a spare.Need to get to Boulder Startup Week? Catch the Uber Express Bus. The bus schedule is right here. Buses are running multiple times per day between Denver and Boulder to make it easy.Have you registered to attend Boulder Beta? Well, why not? It’s kinda the big shindig of the whole week. Tickets are $15 and available here.Need to feed? Nearly every day features breakfast and lunch sessions, sponsored by some of the coolest startups in Boulder. Be sure to say thank you as you breeze by and grab that pancake, breakfast burrito, or lunchtime taco-and-beer.For more information, stop by the Boulder Startup Week popuptent on Pearl Street. See you there!
some information was gathered from Erica Napalatono and Boulder Startup website
The Resort at Pikes Peak was never going to open. According to the state of Colorado John C. Ball tried to sell securities illegally. They put a stop to him on the Pikes Peak Deal.
In his previous most recent deal gone bad, Ball also managed to skim all of the money out of Eller Industries, a Boulder based broadband company according to two of it’s main stock holders. That company was a pink sheet penny stock company which never produced anything, yet took investors for millions according to sources close to that company. Ball came in to help raise money for a second round, but sunk Eller further in debt. “He got paid, we lost everything” they said.
Pink Sheet stocks are notorious shells used to defraud investors. Companies like Eller were made famous in the movie Bolder room.
There are also questions about John Balls credentials not only as a businessman but as an engineer. Local media have covered this story with a lot of high hopes failing to see that the Pikes Peak Ski resort is just another stock scam.
There have been anonymous posts put up about Ball concerning another Ball company called Running Eagle. According to Scam Book Ball has taken loans out for this company and not repaid them.
Some Eller Industry Boulder stock holders who wished to remain anonymous told Boulder Channel 1 news on Friday that ” John Ball is a fake”. Much of Balls Linked in information could not be verified either.
Boulder Police, District attorney and Colorado Attorney General refused to comment on their investigations into John Ball fraud allegations, but one assistant AG did say “Our office gives theses kinds of cases the highest priority. It is the Lions share of our work. You would be amazed at the number of shady investment deals our office see.”
Actually, we wouldn’t. Boulder has been notorious for scams since Horace Greeley pitched a handful of bad investments concerning railroads in the 19th century. Boulder has seen its share of Gold and coal mine investments go bust too. We’ve had Oil well dusters for over 100 years. The Penny Stock scams of the 1980′s saw companies like NBI go bust. We had huge banking scandals in the 90s. The 2000′s saw Dot bomb busts such as Jared Polis billion dollar loser Blue Mountain Arts on line. It was sold to EXcite but 1000′s of small investors lost millions to Polis in the Excite stock deal. Polis walked away clean, even a hero, but Excite stock holders were ruined.
Some Boulder Billionaires scoff at Polis stock deals including Bob Greenlee former city council member and investor of numerous successful media ventures. Greenlee started the famous KBCO 97.3 in the 1980s. He sold it and then started other Radio stations, bought and sold media properties as well as restaurants and casinos. He has made a lot of people rich and has few losses in his portfolio. He happens to be a conservative Republican compared to Polis radical leftist leanings. Does this suggest that all leftists are crooks and republicans are ethical ?? Not by boulders standards. Leftists can do no wrong in Boulder. Alls fair in Startups and Stock scams There seems to be an ethics difference between those who run successful thriving companies Like Greenlee and Boulderites who create bad stock deals from the beginning.
Jo Pezzillo lost investors money in Go GaGa an ill conceived internet radio station. Pezzillo still prances around Boulder like a God, but he’s another guy with a losing track record with other peoples money. In his case he took some of Greenlees money as well as other VC money, but Go Ga Ga was a dud from the beginning. It is when the public is duped that scammy investments hurt most. Pezzillo still pushes himself in social media as a successful entrepreneur, but his records show a list of Start up failures including Metafly. Pezzillo represents hundreds of scammers who hustle money in Boulders coffee shops
VC’s can weather losses. But not everyone with money should be a VC. Current Start Ups pushed by Tech Stars have had their share of dry holes too. It is always the investors, the little guy, the husband and wife who put their hard earned money in these companies with hope of riches only to lose it that makes us wonder about Boulders start up craze.. Right now Brad Feld and David Cohen are Boulder darlings in the tech startup world. They are worth millions, but their high risk startups are funded by investors. Investors that Feld and Cohen have groomed into becoming Venture Capitalists. It is all a bit quirky. Will Tech Stars blow up too leaving investors burned?? The odds are in that favor.But Boulder always loves a good financial scandal and we never learn from them.
Our advice is watch your wallet and open investment accounts only with the most conservative of houses. Most of Boulders rich use Well Fargo Brokerage at the main branch on the Pearl Street mall. They have been in business there since the gold rush days and they don’t make wild investments.
In the end John Ball is in good company here in Boulder. He is just less skilled at conning investors.
“This symposium provides the CU community with an excellent opportunity to explore new political and cultural terrain opened up by digital media,” said symposium organizer Andrew Calabrese, a professor of journalism and mass communication. Among the speakers will be Columbia University Professor Todd Gitlin, who will present “Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street: Why 2011 Was Not 1968” on Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 150 of the Eaton Humanities Building. Gitlin’s upcoming e-book, “Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street,” looks at how that movement differs from the uprisings of previous eras. Mark Briggs, who coined the term “Journalism 2.0,” will talk about a new breed of ‘journopreneurs’ who are launching startups that break from traditional advertising models to find new sources of revenue for delivering news and information. Briggs is the director of digital media for KING-5 TV in Seattle and the Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute. His session is on Feb. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 150 of the Eaton Humanities Building. Experts at the conference also will discuss new ways of archiving digital records and how these collections are being used in places such as libraries and museums. Librarians and archivists are looking for new ways to preserve such records, according to symposium organizers. The symposium runs in conjunction with an effort to create a new interdisciplinary school or college at CU-Boulder that may include studies in communication, technology, multimedia storytelling, commercial design and the digital arts and humanities. The effort is called the Information, Communication, Journalism, Media and Technology, or ICJMT, initiative. Journalism and Mass Communication is sponsoring the symposium in support of the ICJMT initiative, with additional support from CU’s Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment, the Department of Political Science, the English department, the Film Studies Program, the Center for the Humanities and the Arts, CU Libraries and the Advertising A2B certificate program. For more information including speakers and event locations visit http://www.icjmtsymposium.org/.
Albeo’s High Bay LED Lights provide up to 95% energy savings compared to fluorescent or metal halide (HID)
BOULDER, CO — February 6, 2012 — Albeo Technologies, a leader in solid-state industrial and commercial lighting solutions, announced today significant sales growth in 2011, making it the company’s most profitable year to date. Total company revenue increased 50 percent from 2010 and sales for retrofit and renovation grew 300 percent. All in all, Albeo shipped 26,675 fixtures in 2011 and added 10 new engineering jobs.
Albeo LED fixtures currently light over 7 million square feet of space, the equivalent of 121 American football fields. Much of Albeo’s success in 2011 comes from the company’s ability to offer a wide range of LED lighting solutions that are flexible enough to shine the exact right amount of light in variety of applications. Albeo LED Lighting systems are cost-effective, energy efficient and feature ROI as short as one year. Strong markets for Albeo in 2011, included Fortune 500 data centers, cold storage facilities, parking structures, schools and large manufacturing facilities.
“We are thrilled to be demonstrating such strong and continued growth,” said Jeff Bisberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Albeo Technologies. “Few cleantech startups are growing exponentially. In 2011, our 50% increase in revenues resulted in 10 new “green jobs” in engineering and we expect continued job creation in 2012. We have been profitable for two years now and are grateful to all of our customers who are supporting our success.”
The popularity of Albeo products comes from the ability to fully customize each LED fixture before and after installation. Such modular innovations help architects, facility managers and lighting designers to maximize both energy savings and functionality, while minimizing lighting maintenance costs. In addition, Albeo’s motion sensors and other power saving controls help facilities reduce lighting energy use up to 95%. The average return on investment (ROI) for Albeo products is one to three years. The spectrum of Albeo products range from high bay, low bay and surface mount fixtures, to display cabinets and task lighting.
ABOUT ALBEO TECHNOLOGIES
Albeo Technologies is a leading LED Lighting manufacturer for industrial and commercial buildings, such as cold storage, data centers, retail, schools and businesses. The Albeo products range from high bay and low bay solutions, to linear, surface mount and under cabinet fixtures. The company has lit over 7 million square-feet of space to date and have won 14 independently-judged awards, including 5 from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Albeo’s fully customizable, reliable and low-maintenance LED lighting products offer energy savings up to 95% and an ROI of 1-3 years. For more information, go to www.albeotech.com.
Jann Scott, host, takes you through a TV journey of Boulder over the past year in our Look Back at 2011 on 22 Boom. News, Music, Fireworks, Little League, Big Head Todd at NASA, the Left Hand Canyon Fire, Boulder Creek Flood, Four Mile Mudslides, Homeless Freezing in Boulder, Thursday Night Cruisers, Valmont Bike Park Grand Opening, Airport Day 1940′s WWII Ball, Occupy Boulder, Vintage Bike Swap, CU Football Cheerleaders, Alzheimers Polar Plunge, E.F.A.A., Bag Monster, ACLU of Boulder County, Boulder Jewish Festival, Colorado Cat Fanciers Show and of Course Dogs.
Videos in this Episode
22 Boom Intro
4th of July Fireworks
North Boulder Little League, Colorado State Champions 2011
Big Head Todd – Wake Up Call at NASA
Left Hand Canyon Fire
Jann Scott Live – Boulder Creek Overflow
Jann Scott Live – Four Mile Mudslides
Jann Scott Live – Homeless Freezing in Boulder
Thursday Night Cruisers
Valmont Bike Park Grand Opening Day
Airport Day – 1940′s WWII Ball
Jann Scott Live – Occupy Boulder
14th Annual Vintage Bike Swap
CU Football Cheerleaders Stampede
Annual Alzheimers Polar Plunge
Emergency Family Assistance Association – E.F.A.A.
ACLU of Boulder County
Boulder Jewish Festival
World News 1 – Cybertech
Boulder Channel 1 Social Media
The Cadillacs – Speedoo
That 80′s band
Ryan Gosling’s GF freaks out
3OH3 – My First Kiss
Colorado Cat Fanciers Show
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Dog Cam – How to Be a Dog in Boulder