Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ideation is a PROCESS

Fantastic talk, based on Steven Johnson's book, "Where Good Ideas Come From," explaining why ideas come to fruition over a period of time, rather than as an instant "eureka" moment.

Bootstrappers, linger in the Ideation Stage as long as you need to!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Meet World Famous Author and a Global Business Leader Gurcharan Das

I thought I would pass this unique event along. If you have not heard of this author/speaker, you should look for his books as they are very insightful.

Exclusive Dinner & Networking Opportunity with World Famous Author and a Global Business Leader - Gurcharan Das

Author of "India Unbound" and "The Difficulty of Being Good"

Venue: Clay Pit Indian Restaurant & Grill
1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas, 78701
Date: Monday, 25th October 2010
Time: 6.30 PM -8.30 PM

Topic: India vs. China: Diverse paths into the future
Register at: Become a TiE member today and the event is FREE!

Come hear and interact with Gurcharan Das, a globally renowned writer, journalist and business leader. Hear him discuss business insights and philosophies about the rise of the two big world giants India and China. Additionally he will share his journey in the corporate world and outside, the lessons he picked along the way in search for a more meaningful life. This will be an experience unlike anything before.

Known for his flair, wit and effortless erudition Gurcharan examines hard hitting questions for the present times. In his recent book, 'The Difficulty of Being Good', Das turns to the epic, Mahabharata, and sheds light on the central problem of how to live our lives in an examined way and reclaim a meaningful ideal of civic virtue. He is also the author of the much-acclaimed 'India Unbound', which has been translated into several languages and filmed by the BBC.

The main talk topic for the evening is India vs China: Diverse paths into the future.
06:00 PM Registration, Networking & Cash Bar
06.30 PM Seated Dinner
07:00 PM Opening Remarks
07:15 PM Keynote by Gurcharan Das
8.00 PM- Q&A/ Book Signing
8.20 PM- End

Register at:

Author biography:
Gurcharan Das is the author of the much-acclaimed India Unbound, which has been translated into many languages and filmed by the BBC. He writes a regular column for six Indian newspapers, and occasionally for Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. His other books include the novel A Fine Family; a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm; and an anthology, Three English Plays. He graduated from Harvard University in philosophy and was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning) before he took early retirement to become a full time writer.

TiE Austin Members: $35
TiE Austin Charter Member- $35
TiE Austin Student Member: $25
Non Member: $45 (Become a TiE member today and the event is FREE!)
Member Couple: $60
Non Member Couple: $75
Table Booking (8 Seats) - $250
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Limited Seating! Please register early!
Attendee fee includes a three course dinner.
For more information contact Binitha Surendran, Executive Director, TiE Austin at

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Evangelizing the Austin Entrepreneur Scene

I've been sharing the Austin Entrepreneur Scene around town and will be doing so again at public events in November:

1. WILCO Entrepreneur Community (11/11)
2. Metropolitan Breakfast Club: (11/17)

I will also sharing the scene in other forums:

1. Leadership Austin Experience (11/9)
2. National Black MBA Conference (11/12)

This talk has emerged from mapping the scene and convening the leaders of the scene each month in 2010.

Friday, October 08, 2010

FREE BioTech Forum on October 12th

I thought this was an event worth sharing.

According to the United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity, biotechnology is "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives, to make or modify products or processes for specific use."
What role is Austin playing in the biotechnology industry and what is the economic impact on jobs and business opportunities?
Join us as we learn from the experts the effect that Biotechnology has our community and the potential growth of this industry in Austin.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy George, Medical Director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center of Central Texas at Dell Children's Hospital.
Daniel Kainer, Director, LSC Biotechnology Institute for Lone Star College-Montgomery, Houston
Terry Hazel, Entrepreneur in Residence at Texas State University
Tamara Atkinson, Deputy Director of External Affairs at Workforce Solutions - Capital Area
October 12, 2010
8:00-11:30 a.m.
Seton Family of Hospitals, Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge
1400 N. IH 35
FREE to the public - Limited seating
Register at

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Last Call for Understanding the Consumer and Retailing

Hey Bootstrappers,
Sorry if I have bombarded you, but I am just learning this email campaign business ... the hard way. And the seminar business ...
One thing's for sure about bootstrapping, you don't have time or energy to lose sleep worrying over stuff! Just do it ... did someone already think up that line?
If you want to come to my seminar on Saturday (October 9), you will learn a LOT, I promise. Really about business and industry in general. I view retailing as the most fundamental form of commerce, the root of it all.
And if you go to the event brite link, you can enter the discount code BOOTSTRAP to get the low, low, low price of $199. You can also show up on Saturday, but I can't guarantee we will have a set of the printed materials ready for you.
Here's a little home video to tweak your interest
Hope to see you there,
Gary Hoover
( is the fastest way to reach me)