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Bootstrap, Debt, PE, Venture

You’ve got a great business idea (or even a business that already has traction). It’s time to start thinking about adding capital in order to acerbate the business. But, how do you choose what type of capital to pursue. In this panel discussion we had a banker, a venture capitalist, a family fund, and an entrepreneur discuss the advantages and disadvantages of finning your business.
Questions this panel strived to answer:
• When should a company raise capital?
• When should a company not try to raise capital?
• Debt finance – when do you use that? Isn’t it personally risky?
• Angels, PE and Venture – when is the right time?
• How about friends and family – should you ask rich Aunt Jody help you start your business?
Panelists included:
Raymond Burrasca
Ian Kuliasha
Mike O’Donnell
Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares
Be sure to visit our Meetup Page to attend our next shoot!

Talking Offline

Denver, CO
98 Guests

At Talking Offline, we endeavor to bring technology leaders together to educate, inspire, and nurture the next generation of creators so that they build technology that advanc…

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Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

Bootstrap, Debt, PE, Venture 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

“Death, Divorce, and Disaster”

The things no founder ever wants to talk about – What happens if one of your co-founders dies? What happens to your ownership if you are going through a divorce? In this panel, we talked to lawyers and founders that have seen disaster strike companies and have figured out the path through to survive and thrive.
Questions this panel strived to answer:
• Can you share a story where an outside, personal disaster has crippled a company you were involved in?
• What are the unforeseen impacts?
• Is there anything you can do to protect the business from being impacted from a personal disaster?
• Disaster strikes, what are the first things you should do from a business perspective?
Panelists included:
Marc Kaplan
Louisa Ritsick
Doug Parker
Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares
Be sure to visit our Meetup Page to attend our next shoot!

Talking Offline

Denver, CO
98 Guests

At Talking Offline, we endeavor to bring technology leaders together to educate, inspire, and nurture the next generation of creators so that they build technology that advanc…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

“Death, Divorce, and Disaster” 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

Teaching Soft Skills

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic – the standards, right?

Times and standards have changed, but are we doing an adequate job preparing students for how people interact and collaborate in the 21st century?

Questions this panel endeavored to answer:
– Let’s define what we mean when we say ‘soft skills’?
– Do people agree with the premise that we should be teaching soft skills in the classroom?
– Are there any standards teachers can access when trying to incorporate soft skills learning in their classroom?
– What are some simple tips and tricks teachers can remember when teaching these skills?

Panelists include:
Kathy Higgins, Lead Instructional Consultant, Office Depot
Charlie Coglianese, CEO, School Runner
Amy Anderson, Teacher, Brown Elementary

Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares

Be sure to visit our Meetup page to attend our next shoot!

Talking Offline

Denver, CO
88 Guests

At Talking Offline, we endeavor to bring technology leaders together to educate, inspire, and nurture the next generation of creators so that they build technology that advanc…

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Denver Start-Up Week 2016: “You Don’t Need a UX Person…Yet…

Monday, Sep 12, 2016, 8:30 AM
3 Attending

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Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces.
mcsquares.com

Teaching Soft Skills 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

The 21st Century & “The Age of Information Jobs”

It has been said recently that every student should learn how to code – that we need to be doing a better job preparing our students for the next four decades of digitization and automation. But how do we go about preparing our children for the future without a crystal ball?

Questions this panel endeavored to answer:
– First things first, should we be teaching every student to code?
– How do we prepare students today for the jobs that will exist in 2020? 2030?
– How do we prepare students for technology jobs when technology is progressing at such a rapid pace?
– Is there core curriculum taught today that is obsolete?
– What core curriculum is taught today that will be obsolete in 5 years?

Panelists include:
Anastasia Miliano, Director of Operations, Bitsbox
Paul Kim, Co-Founder, Fleissig Design
Noah Giesel, Co-Founder, BadgeChat K12
Michael Cammilleri, First Grade Teacher, Ashley Elementary
Kyle Coberly, Lead Instructor, Galvanize

Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares

Be sure to visit our Meetup page to attend our next shoot!
http://www.meetup.com/Talkling-Offline/

Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

The 21st Century & “The Age of Information Jobs” 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

Districts vs. Teachers: Who holds the power?

A very common topic for politicians and parents alike is that we need to improve our educational system. But are there ‘magic wand’ policies that government and district have created in order to improve our education system or is improvement done at the ground level; classroom by classroom?

Questions this panel endeavored to answer:
– As educators, how much autonomy do you have with how you teach?
– Is it enough? If not, what would you like to see change?
– Who holds the ultimate power for curriculum management?
– At what point does standardization get in the way of experimentation and innovation?
– Is the power structure right? What would you change?

Panelists include:
Judy Perez, CEO, eLearn Collaborative
Michael Cammilleri, First Grade Teacher, Ashley Elementary
Brian Costello, Educator, Southern New Jersey
Ryan Clark, Educator, DPS
Doug Robertson, Educator, Northern Oregon

Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares

Be sure to visit our Meetup page to attend our next shoot!
http://www.meetup.com/talkingoffline

Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

Districts vs. Teachers: Who holds the power? 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

Collaborative Learning

Education has transitioned away from front-of-the-classroom lectures and towards one-on-one learning. But there is a new trend towards Collaborative Learning – what is this trend and how can teachers take advantage of this trend in their own classrooms?

Questions this panel endeavored to answer:
– Let’s define what collaborative learning is, and what it is not.
– What are some good techniques for engaging a class in collaborative learning?
– Are there any existing models teachers can use when trying to engage their class in this way?
– Imagine the idea collaborative classroom, what does it look like?

Panelists Include:
Kayla Deltzer, Second Grade Teacher, North Dakota
Brad Waid, Co-Founder, AR Detroit
Mandi Leigh, Academic Educator, Lotus School of Excellence

Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares

Be sure to visit our Meetup page to attend our next shoot!
http://www.meetup.com/talkingoffline

Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

Collaborative Learning 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

When is Technology in the Classroom a Distraction?

iPads, Chromebooks, Smartboards, and students’ own phones and laptops. ‘Screen Time’ has become the norm in many educational settings. But when is enough enough? How does an educator know when to pull the plug and engage their students away from the pixels?

Questions this panel endeavored to answer:
– Can you share a personal story where tech was a bad thing in your classroom?
– How does an educator effectively compete with the attention students give to their devices?
– Strike the balance for us – brass tax, what percentage of a student’s time should be spent away from the screen?
– What are some good techniques to engage students away from technology?

Panelists include:
Tom Thorpe, Co-Director, REDI Lab at Colorado Academy
Jalali Hartman, Chief Human, ROBAUTO
Sheri Shea, Lead Instructional Consultant, Office Depot

Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares

Be sure to visit our Meetup page to attend our next shoot!
http://www.meetup.com/talkingoffline

Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

When is Technology in the Classroom a Distraction? 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

The Best Technology for Classrooms

Educators have thousands of options to help them collaborate and teach their students. We talked about some of our favorites and some criteria for teachers to use when choosing tools for their classroom.
Questions this panel endeavored to answer:
– What are some of your favorite ‘technologies’ to use in the classroom?
– What’s your ‘secret weapon’ go to when all else fails?
– How do you evaluate new tools before you bring them in the classroom
– How do you continuously evaluate that tool’s effectiveness?

Panelists:
Jeffrey Bradbury, Creator, TeacherCast
Mandi Leigh, Academic Educator, Lotus School of Excellence

Moderated by:
Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares

Be sure to visit our Meetup page to attend our next shoot!
http://www.meetup.com/talkingoffline

Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

The Best Technology for Classrooms 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

Startup Your Startup – at Denver Startup Week

In this interactive session during DSW, we selected audience members who chose to “pitch” their startup idea, in 5 minutes, to a panel of successful entrepreneurs. Panelists offered on-the-spot critiques and helpful advice on the pitch, the business, and obstacles the entrepreneur will need to watch out for.

 

Panel:

Lizelle Van Vuuren @lizellevv
Entrepreneur, Growth Marketer, Community builder

Jon Nordmark @Jon_Nordmark
Iterate Studio co-founder – 10 years as eBags’ CEO & co-founder

Bob Ogdon @BobOgdon
Chairman and Founder at Swiftpage

John Funk @johntfunk
TechStars, Network Effects Capital, TrashCo, Inc.

Anthony Franco @anthonyfranco
mcSquares, EffectiveUI, UX Magazine

 

be sure to visit our meetup page to attend our next shoot
http://www.meetup.com/Talking-Offline/

Sponsored By:
mcSquares: collaborative workspaces
www.mcsquares.com

 

Startup Your Startup – at Denver Startup Week 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

From Want-repreneur to Entrepreneur

Have an undeniable business idea that you think will make millions? Looking for tips to go from being a dreamer to a builder of a business? This panel will discuss the promising characteristics of a “want-repreneur” and how to turn those traits into real action.

What are this distinguishing characteristics of a dreamer that can push their vision into action?

How can ‘ego’ play a role in going from dreamer to creator?

How do you balance between just ‘winging-it’ and ‘perfection-paralysis’

Does a business plan help or hurt?

Who should you ask for help and whom should you absolutely not ask for advice?

What are your first three steps?

Panel:

Chris Franks @cefranks

Chief Growth Officer, SchoolRunner

Chris Onan   @chrisonan

Galvanize Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Ellis Blevins   @ellisblevins

Principal / Founder, Fluid Consulting Services

be sure to visit our meetup page to attend our next shoot
http://www.meetup.com/Talking-Offline/

Sponsored By:
mcSquares: collaborative workspaces
www.mcsquares.com

From Want-repreneur to Entrepreneur 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00