April 13, 2013 - Saturday

Startup Bootcamp for Idea-Architects

Being an idea person is relatively easy, but moving from the idea to a working business requires much more. This workshop is all about the "much more" piece of the equation.

Inside every successful venture are lessons to be learned, and we have assembled an elite team of serial entrepreneurs to help you focus on what's truly significant.

CIO and co-founder of custom software development firm Amadeus Consulting, John Basso, alongside Rob Carpenter, Co-founder and CEO of Appit Ventures and Larry Schwartz, small business lawyer, will host the "Startup Bootcamp for Idea-Architects" to provide insight into how to launch and sustain a successful MicroCorp. John will draw from his personal and professional experience to discuss what is possible for Idea-Architects, that is, innovative, flexible, and results-oriented individuals looking to transform their passions into tangible products and services.

Key points will include:

Larry Schwartz will compliment and expand on John's advice by offering audiences steps to take to identify the best business structure, and Rob Carpenter will close the loop by helping Idea-Architects learn how to get in front of and secure funding from venture capitalists.

EVENT: Startup Bootcamp for Idea-Architects
DATE: April 13, 2013 - Saturday
TIME: 08:30am-12:30pm
WEBSITE: http://www.davinciinstitute.com/events/645/startup-bootcamp-for-ideaarchitects-saturday-april-13-2013

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

COST: $69, Members: $49, SuperMembers: Free

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: Startup Bootcamp for Idea-Architects
SPEAKERS: John Basso, Larry Schwartz, Rob Carpenter

SPEAKER: John Basso

Chief Information Officer, Amadeus Consulting

Amadeus Consulting Chief Information Officer John Basso is a veteran business technology consultant who has been leading technical teams and implementing leading-edge custom application development solutions for over 15 years. His dynamic spirit and enthusiasm have helped Amadeus Consulting build exceptionally close relationships with many long-term clients.

Prior to Amadeus Consulting, John was a senior technology practice consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Chicago, where he spent five years delivering enterprise software solutions to Fortune 500 companies. John managed large-scale projects across the U.S. and Europe, developing technical architectures to link legacy and client server systems.

John's demonstrated ability to manage complex custom software development programs has led to senior executive positions with several Amadeus Consulting clients from start-up through venture funding. As the Chief Technology Officer of PlanetOutdoors.com, John led the development and technical operations of a major e-commerce retailer.

At Circadence, a network communication and infrastructure company, he led corporate strategy, product marketing, advertising and research. John currently sits on the board of advisors of iSatori Global Technologies, where he helped establish key processes for sustained business growth. As the Chief Strategy Officer of iSatori, John managed the technology group and the design, development and implementation of an advanced technology platform.

In addition, John has extensive experience with venture capital funding and was a key contributor to equity investments deals for three different promising startup companies of over $20 million each. John is an active participant in many up-and-coming companies and organizations including sitting on the Board of Advisors for Denver University Business Intelligence Master’s Program, Board of Advisors for Outdoor Prolink, and Board of Advisors for Lefthand Designs. John has taken his extensive knowledge of the entrepreneurial space and wrote his first e-book, titled Micro-corps: Rise of the Idea Architect (A New Generation of Entrepreneurs).

John was named a "Forty under 40 Business Leader" by the Denver Business Journal in 2005, named Boulder Eco Hero in 2011 by the BCB, and was recognized as a 2012 finalist for Top CIO by the Denver Business Journal. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with Departmental Honors from Illinois State University.


SPEAKER: Larry Schwartz

Attorney, Larry Schwatz, PC, ESM

Larry Schwartz has been providing legal advice to corporate and business clients for nearly 30 years.  After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1983, he joined the Denver-based law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen, practicing in the firms business and real estate department.  He was named a partner in the firm in 1991.     

In 1992, Mr. Schwartz became Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel for Evolving Systems, Inc., a high-growth telecommunications software development company.  He built and managed Evolving’s legal department and served on the company’s executive committee.  He negotiated software development agreements with telecom providers, including Lucent, AT&T, GTE, and Bell South.  He also advised the company on real estate, human resources, and a wide variety of other legal and business matters.

In 1997, Mr. Schwartz co-founded Peak Software Solutions, Inc., a software development company.  He managed finance, legal, HR, and administration at Peak, where annual revenues grew to $10 million in three years.  In 2000, he guided Peak’s merger with Clarent Corporation, a VoIP technology company based in the Silicon Valley.  Mr. Schwartz served as associate corporate counsel for Clarent after the merger, negotiating customer, supplier, real estate, and other agreements for the company.  When Verso Technologies, Inc. acquired Clarent in 2003, Mr. Schwartz became legal counsel for Verso.  Verso named him Vice President of Legal in April of 2005.  He was responsible for drafting and negotiating all of Verso’s supplier and customer agreements, and managing Verso’s intellectual property portfolio.

In April of 2008, Mr. Schwartz returned to private practice and formed Larry Schwartz, PC.  His practice focuses on providing “in-house” style legal services to small and mid-sized businesses.  His recent clients include a communications provider that was acquired by Comcast and education services provider acquired by Xerox.

Mr. Schwartz received his BA in economics and political science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1980. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1983. He is a member of the Colorado and Douglas/Elbert County Bar Associations.


SPEAKER: Rob Carpenter

Co-founder and CEO of AppIt Ventures

Rob Carpenter is the co-founder and CEO of AppIt Ventures, a mobile application development company in Cherry Creek. Their first app, Business Plan Premier, broke even in three weeks and has gone on to sell over 12,000 copies worldwide. They were the 2012 winners of the Bard Center Business Plan Competition and the OED JumpStart BizPlan competition. Rob was a student advisor on the Rutt Bridges Venture Capital Fund at CU Denver while he worked on his MBA. He has a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship and is the published co-author of the HR Analytics Handbook.


8:00 - 8:30 am - Registration

8:30 - 9:00 am - Welcome and introductions

9:00 - 10:00 am - John Basso - How to transition from "idea person" to "idea architect"

10:00 - 10:15 am - Break

10:15 - 11:15 am - Larry Schwartz - Idea Architects - Part 2. Finding the core business inside your startup 

11:15 - 11:30 am - Break

11:30 - 12:30 pm - Rob Carpenter - Startup funding and venture capital. How to prepare your business to move to the next level

12:30 - 12:02 pm Thanks for coming