July 26, 2010 - Monday
Pedaling Your Way to Success, and Getting Lucky Along the Way
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As one of Colorado's most successful entrepreneurs, Steve Meyer, the founder of Main Street Pedicabs has often heard people comment about “how lucky” he has been. And, he has been indeed lucky:
His pedicabs were featured during the first season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice"
In the recent movie "Bounty Hunter," Jennifer Aniston hijacks one of Steve's pedicabs and turns it into a key part of the plot
Google uses his pedicabs to make their famous “Street View Trikes”
But building a world-class business around bicycles takes more than luck. Yes, luck has a role, but there are interesting ways to make yourself lucky and Steve will explore some of the techniques he uses.
Like many other entrepreneurs, Steve was a little rough around the edges until he found his true calling.
He’d been fired a number of times, once with a boss shouting, “Meyer, what do you think this job is, a hobby?” Although these incidents seemed as setbacks at the time, they eventually proved fortuitous.
In addition to his other challenges, Steve is one of those afflicted with ADD. And, although this condition causes significant problems, it is also a common trait among entrepreneurs. One of the benefits is that it has made Steve take stock of his strengths and weaknesses. Rather than dwelling on the things he has done wrong, Steve regularly takes stock of what he has done right – and then tries to do it more often.
Join us on Steve Meyer's incredible life journey to build North America's largest pedicab manufacturing company based on the power of the pedal.
EVENT: Startup Junkie Underground
DATE: July 26, 2010 - Monday
LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions
COST: $20, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free
TOPIC: Pedaling Your Way to Success, and Getting Lucky Along the Way
SPEAKERS: Steve Meyer, Larry Nelson, Michael Sitarzewski, Mike Cote, Yvonne Lynott, Brian Tsuchiya
SPEAKER: Steve Meyer
Founder and CEO of Mainstreet Pedicab
Steve Meyer is the Founder and CEO of Mainstreet Pedicab in Broomfield and has worked most of his professional life self-employed, interspersed with periods of employment.
He attended the University of Colorado from 1972 trough 1979 getting both a BA in Environmental Biology and an MA in Economics. He spent more than a year of this time traveling in S. America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
For many years, Meyer worked in the real estate industry doing economic and market research for real estate developers. His interest in the redevelopment of downtown areas and his experiences in Asia were key factors in his development of Main Street Pedicabs. Main Street was founded in 1992 and is the largest manufacturer of this type of vehicle in N. America.
MODERATOR: Larry Nelson
Founder of the Institute for Change Research and co-founder of w3w3 ® Talk Radio
Larry Nelson is the founder of the Institute for Change Research and co-founder of w3w3 ® Talk Radio has more than three decades of experience as an entrepreneur in six countries. Larry is the producer of w3w3.com, a published author, trainer and most notably a business development architect. He co-authored a book, “Colorful Leadership” that was released in Aug 2008 and in Sept 2008, “Mastering Change: Challenges, Choices and Champions” also written by Larry will be released.
w3w3® Talk Radio is a blend of Internet talk radio, an online business magazine and an aggregator of business development strategies. Although it has a worldwide reach, w3w3® is community focused, in Colorado, the first of many state bureaus. w3w3.com has launched both a PodCast Directory and multiple Blogs in 2006.
PANELIST: Michael Sitarzewski
Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute – President HyperSites – CEO Callisto.fm
Michael Sitarzewski is a Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute and veteran entrepreneur with a specific focus on web based software and services. His internet startup career began in 1994 by co-founding an internet apartment search product, and continues today with companies in the web based website development and podcast streaming spaces. He understands the intricacies of the technology industry and considers helping people understand and leverage that technology his life's work. Michael is currently President of HyperSites (winner of the 2006 Colorado Inventor Showcase Software Company of the Year Award), and CEO of Callisto.fm. He also hosts several podcasts on technology and social media. You can find Michael at http://msitarzewski.com.
PANELIST: Mike Cote
Editor of ColoradoBiz Magazine
Mike Cote is the Editor of ColoradoBiz Magazine. He has spent more than 20 years in the media industry as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida and Colorado, and now at ColoradoBiz magazine in the metro Denver area. He has also taught reporting and editing at the University of Colorado, where he earned his master's degree in journalism.
Before joining the team at ColoradoBiz, Mike served as both the City Editor and the Business Editor at the Boulder Daily Camera.
PANELIST: Yvonne Lynott
Co-founder and Partner in Lynott & Associates
Yvonne Lynott is co-founder and partner in Lynott & Associates, a public relations firm specializing in technology, sustainability, business innovation and circuses (!). She has worked with high profile companies including Celestial Seasonings, Apple, Hewlett Packard, Cirque du Soleil, whenever they are in Colorado, and Cavalia.
Prior to founding Lynott & Associates in 1986, Yvonne served as Director of Marketing and Client Services at PRX Tech and as Director of Northern California Operations for Simon-McGarry Public Relations. She began her career in media relations with Regis McKenna in Silicon Valley where she worked on the Apple and Intel teams. Yvonne is a former 8-year advisor for CTEK Venture Center and is a long-time board member of the Boulder Software Club. She created a PR training program for small companies called, PR for the Rest of Us © 2000 which she has taught through CU Boulder, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and CTEK.
HOST: Brian Tsuchiya
Founder of Startup Guru
Brian Tsuchiya is an authority on crowdfunding, after spending the last 8 years researching a variety of methods he has unique experiences with crowds. Including having a company entirely funded with "sweat equity" from over one hundred people. Managing that many shareholders is unique for a privately held startup. Brian also has raised over $2M of private equity.
Brian is the founder of StartUp Guru and started his entrepreneurial journey 18 years ago and has since launched ten startups. Startup Guru is the culmination of this extraordinary journey. He has openly shared for the first 40 years of his life he primarily served himself and lived a life without purpose. Then in June of 2006 he read a book that would change his life forever. He embarked on a journey that connected his life purpose with his entrepreneurial career. Through this work he understood his patterns and defined his life in a way that revealed his purpose. Forged in him was the way of the entrepreneur.
6:30 - 7:00 - Registration and networking
7:00 - 7:15 - Announcements and introductions
7:15 - 8:00 - "Pedaling Your Way to Success, and Getting Lucky Along the Way" - Steve Meyer
8:00 - 8:45 - Panel discussion
8:45 - 9:00 - Networking
9:00 - Thank you for coming