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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
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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

Start-ups and the Enterprise – What Enterprise CIO’s Look For

This was a discussion for Startup Founders that are building Enterprise Products. It was focused heavily on Q&A that engaged Enterprise CIO’s in discussions about what they look for or consider when entertaining the potential of working with a startup solutions organization.

Panelists:

Rob Bennett, VP of Software Engineering, Dish Network

Jeffrey Grayson, CIO, Intrawest

Jon Nordmark, CEO, Iterate

Andrew Kershaw, VP of Strategy, Wayin

Moderator:

Anthony Franco, CEO, mcSquares

 

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

Sponsored by:
mcSquares, creative workspaces
mcsquares.com

Start-ups and the Enterprise – What Enterprise CIO’s Look For 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

Is your Business Disruptive or Evil

One entrepreneur’s innovation may be another person’s unemployment – Are your company policies fundamentally “evil” or are they “disruptive” and how do we tell the difference?

Should a leader be concerned how his company’s innovations impact other competitive industries?

Why are some companies (like Uber) often described as ‘evil’, while others (like Apple) are considered disruptive?

Do some industries demand aggressive behavior in order to have innovation take place?

Draw a bright line for us – what behaviors would you consider being aggressive to the point of being called ‘evil’?

What moral standards should all companies follow?

Are there any current moral standards that need to be sun-setted?

Panel:

Maryanne Rose @SpenDifference

CEO/President SpenDifference LLC

Andy Brandt @brandtroo

Co-founder at SQFT Mobile Application

Paul Farnsworth

Technology Executive (CIO,SVP,VP)

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

Is your Business Disruptive or Evil 2018-04-23T12:29:53+00:00

Culture, Clique, or Cult

Creating a company culture with positive longevity is one of the most complicated aspects of organizational leadership. The panel this week will discuss some of the bad and good cultures they have worked in, how they foster a great culture, and how to evolve as organizations change.

What culture efforts have you seen that have had positive cultural results?

What culture initiatives have you seen completely fail?

The ultimate cultural conundrum: How do you deal with great talent that is a negative impact on culture?

Do team building exercises work?

Are company “clicks” a sign of a good culture or a bad one?

Have you ever encountered a company culture that could be better described as an organizational cult?

Panel:

Richard Coyte @rcoyte
Director, Growth Management Practice Group at Chromedia

Whitney Walpole @myCOREgames
Owner & President at Culture Counts

Natalie Baumgartner @ask_dr_nat
Founder + Chief Psychologist at RoundPegg

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

Culture, Clique, or Cult 2018-04-23T12:29:53+00:00

Are Women Damaging Their Brand?

For the last few years, businesses have focused to improve women’s workplace status to ensure they receive equal compensation, respect, and opportunity. Hallelujah!

But many organizations, with good intentions, are starting to take pro-women policies too far; policies that may ultimately hurt the women they are designed to help and worse, alienate the other 50% of their workforce.

Hosted by Anthony Franco, this panel of prominent women leaders discuss their experiences with “Leaning-In” and how organizational attitudes are helping, and often hurting, gender relationships in the workplace.

 

Have you ever been a victim on gender-bias at the workplace? If so, how did you lead through it?

How do you distinguish between gender bias and just regular bad behavior?

Have you ever played the gender card to your advantage?

What gender-based organizational policies work? What ones don’t?

 

Panel

Krystal Covington @KrystalGoLead

President & Founder of “Women of Denver”

Andrea Young

CIO/CTO BI Incorporated

Judy Batenburg

SVP/IT, Starz

Tosha Zeitlin

Director – IT Service Management at Dish Network

 

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

Are Women Damaging Their Brand? 2018-04-23T12:29:53+00:00

Innovation, Execution and the Art of Fooling Your Boss

Our inaugural shoot!

Hosted by Anthony Franco, this panel of 3 Colorado technical leaders discuss the differences between innovation and execution.

This weeks panelists are:

Molly Rauzi, CTO Gagen MacDonald

Danny Newman, CEO Roximity

Paul Farnsworth, SVP Level 3 

We discuss:

• How does your organization distinguish between innovation and execution?

• How exactly does innovation implemented ?

• How do you turn an innovation into action ?

• Is there a point where it is destructive to continue practicing “innovation”?

 

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

Innovation, Execution and the Art of Fooling Your Boss 2018-04-23T12:29:53+00:00