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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

Are Marketing & User Experience Compatible?

Based on Anthony Francos’s popular article in the SoDA report, this panel will discuss the widening divide between marketing initiatives and creating great product experiences.

How should Marketing and Product Development collaborate?

Should marketing “own” UX? If not, who should?

Where can Marketing damage UX

Can good UX overcome bad marketing? How about visa-versa?

Which is more important?

Panel:

Brett Schklar @digitalbrett

CEO, The Market Creation Group

Todd Cameron @redfoxstrategy

Head of Content and Strategy, TapInfluence

RJ Owen @rjowen

Director of User Experience at Universal Mind

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 Marketing & User Experience Compatible? 2018-04-23T12:29:52+00:00

Collaboration VS. Consensus

There is a difference between collaboration and consensus building. This panel discusses the core differences between gaining team alignment and making everyone happy.

What is the difference between consensus building and collaboration?

Does it make sense for a leader to make decisions without consensus?

In what circumstances is total team consensus critical?

When can consensus building be damaging?

When can collaboration be damaging?

What are some practical tips for creating a collaborative environment?

How can you collaborate with setting the expectation that every idea will be executed on?

Panel

Jeff Macco @jeffmacco

CEO at SeedPaths

Michael Simpson, @PairinCEO

Co-founder and CEO at Pairin, Inc.

Rob Novick @rob_novick

Managing Partner, Envision Business Consulting & Capital

Jim Franklin, @jimfranklin

Board member at Fluorofinder.com

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

Collaboration VS. Consensus 2018-04-23T12:29:53+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