January 24, 2011 - Monday

Top 10 Entrepreneurial Trends for 2011

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2011 is here! What you need to know NOW as an entrepreneur!

Starting a business in 2011 will be vastly different than even five years ago. Many things have changed, but it becomes critically important to focus on the right changes.

Join us for this amazing event as Brian Tsuchiya and Thomas Frey do a tag-team presentation, with each sharing their top five entrepreneurial trends for 2011. This is critical information that every entrepreneur needs to know.

Get the new year started off on the right foot by paying close attention to future.

After this illuminating presentation, a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs will weigh in with their own thoughts for 2011. Join us for this powerful evening as we officially kick off the Startup Junkie series for 2011!

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — Alan Kay


EVENT: Startup Junkie Underground
DATE: January 24, 2011 - Monday
TIME: 6:30pm-9:00pm
WEBSITE: http://www.startupjunkieunderground.com

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: $0

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: Top 10 Entrepreneurial Trends for 2011
SPEAKERS: Brian Tsuchiya, Thomas Frey, Mike Cote, Barbera Aimes, Jeffrey Samson, Rob Smith

SPEAKER: 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.

SPEAKER: Thomas Frey

Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come.  His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists."  Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.


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: Barbera Aimes

CEO and Founder ImagiPLAY

Founder and President Barbera Aimes offers children toys that represent her true passion: our planet. After studying languages and music in Japan and across the US, this nurturing earth mother explored ways in which she could communicate her desire to make the world a gentler, move loving place. In her mid thirties, she found that the natural beauty of Boulder, Colorado was the ideal place to call home, establish her business, and create a positive change amongst the people around her. "All my life I've wanted to leave this earth with some kind of beneficial legacy," Barbera explains, "If there is one thing I can leave on this earth, it would be to help children appreciate our world." Through the language of play, Barbera and ImagiPLAY have inspired children across the globe to discover the world on their own terms and communicate with the environment. With ImagiPLAY's child safe and earth safe toys, games and collectibles, children enrich their ability to count, learn the alphabet, and identify different animals while gaining a true sense of the world's beauty and diversity of species.

PANELIST: Jeffrey Samson

Founded Samson Design, a product design and development firm

Jeffrey Samson has been involved in product development for 35 years, working on large systems like mass transit vehicles to micro-precise surgical scalpels and instruments.  In 1984, Jeff founded Samson Design, a product design and development firm, specializing in product solutions for the medical, consumer and high tech industries.   His firm’s clients include 3M, Medtronic, Emerson Process, Coleman, Pelco Security Systems, Lund, Gates, Coors, IBM, HP, Agilent, Ingersol-Rand, Sartorius, ADAC Laboratories, Valley Lab and Becton Dickinson. Under Jeff’s direction, his team has launched over 40 medical products including electro-surgical generators, sterilizers, a kidney dialyses machine, infusion pumps, an EKG harness, recyclable medical waste handling equipment, an intra-venous catheter, disposable surgical pencils, a closed chest heart by-pass surgical device, a vessel-clamping ligature, an ostomy pump and nozzle system, an inferred mammography machine and two nucleo-medical imaging machines.  The products have been recognized for design excellence, including the prestigious Medical Design Excellence Award in 1999.

Jeff received his masters' degree in Industrial Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and completed post-graduate work in Design Management at Harvard University.  In addition to his corporate and consultant R&D experience, Jeff served on the faculty of RIT, the University of Colorado, and the University of North Carolina.  He serves on several design and corporate advisory boards, has hosted a radio program on Advanced Materials and Technology, and facilitated special product innovation sessions nationally.


Executive Director/Co-Founder Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

Don’t hold it against him, but Rob Smith is originally from New Jersey (exit 142).  Rob moved to Colorado in 1988 to attend the University of Denver and has been here ever since.  Rob’s educational background is in finance, management, and information technology and prior experiences include banking, management consulting, coffee roasting, and microfinance.  Rob serves on the Board of Directors at the Colorado Alliance for Microenterprise Initiatives and on the Advisory Board for the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center.

“Growing up in a small suburban town of a major city puts everything into perspective.  Commerce was driven by the local entrepreneurs, from the book store on Main Street to the local butcher shop down the street.  These entrepreneurs knew what community was all about and supported the needs of the families that lived there.”  This is why Rob stays involved in microenterprise work; for him it’s about reconnecting our community with the talents and skills of local entrepreneurs.

Quote to Live By:
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” 
- Thomas A. Edison

6:30 - 7:00 - Registration and networking

7:00 - 7:15 - Announcements and introductions

7:15 - 8:00 - “Top 10 Entrepreneurial Trends for 2011" - Brian Tsuchiya and Thomas Frey

8:00 - 8:45 - Panel discussion

8:45 - 9:00 - Networking

9:00 - Thank you for coming