Thursday, November 10, 2011

Panel Discussion on the Future of Mobile

Event Information
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 9:00PM
Location: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue at MLK/19th, Austin, TX 78705

Registration Fees (which include refreshments & garage parking)
Pre-registration: $25.00 (Deadline to pre-register: November 11th at 5:00 PM)
Walk-Up registration: $30.00 (space permitting)
Student pre-registration: $5.00 (with a valid student ID)
Student walk-up registration: $10.00 (with a valid student ID)

Background and Panel Discussion
Over the last few years, the mobile industry has emerged and evolved in ways none of us could have imagined a decade ago. Just as the web opened up countless opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation, so too has the mobile industry. From hardware to connectivity to applications, mobile is increasingly becoming the platform that we rely on for work, play and everything in between.This panel discussion will feature different Austin technology professionals with unique perspectives on mobile trends and what’s in store for us as innovation continues in this space at a breakneck pace. Panelists will present perspectives on application development, mobile commerce, mobile investors and investment, mobile gaming and more. We’ll look at critical innovations that have shaped this industry, challenges that still need to be overcome and opportunities. We’ll also explore whether Austin has the right combination of creative genius, technical talent, entrepreneurial know-how, and access to capital to contribute in a meaningful way to the evolution of the mobile space.

Josh Jones-Dilworth, Founder and CEO of Jones-Dilworth, Daily Dot and Totem, and Slashy
The founder and CEO of Jones-Dilworth (and the Daily Dot and Totem and Slashly), Josh helps bring early stage start-up technology companies to market. Previously a leading member of Porter Novelli’s digital practice, he's a prolific blogger (on Mashable's 'Top Bloggers' list and Robert Scoble's 'Top Tech Blogger/Friendfeed/Social Media List') and social media expert with a tremendous amount of knowledge of and understanding of the changing landscapes in the mobile industry. He's a go-to source for everyone from the Associated Press to Mashable, and he is currently an advisor to Buzzstream, MakeMeSustainable, Startup District, Ice Cream Man, GoTime, Plerts, and the SXSWi Accelerator.

John Arrow, CEO of Mutual Mobile
John Arrow is a veteran of entrepreneurship with a passion for harnessing disruptive and emerging technologies. His ability to combine market vision with methodical execution has propelled Mutual Mobile, Inc. to become the world’s largest and most called-upon mobile consulting company. Over the last ten years, John founded successful businesses in the online payment processing industry and the consumer and enterprise software spaces. He also created one of the first site targeted PPC advertising networks. An adventurer and an innovator, John founded Mutual Mobile with the vision to unite the best minds in emerging technologies to pursue world changing endeavors.

Rudy Garza, Partner at G-51 Ventures
Rudy started G-51 Capital in 1996 and has served as an investor and board member for >20 companies, selling many to publicly traded acquirers including SAP, ADP, Prudential, and Cisco. Rudy has demonstrated success in seed-stage business identification and development across the country, leading to the firm’s nationally ranked return performance. He is also an active leader in the venture community. Rudy received his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and his BBA from St. Edwards University. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the University of Texas Alumni Association and is a lifetime honorary trustee of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

Dave Sikora, CEO of Digby
David founded Digby in 2006 with a goal to accelerate the convergence of mobility and electronic commerce. A veteran of the software industry, he was previously CEO of several successful public and venture-backed private companies during his 25 year business career. He has served as the CEO of Pervasive Software (NASDAQ: PVSW), Question Technologies, Ventix Systems, and Forefront Group (NASDAQ: FFGI, acquired by NASDAQ: SKIL). He has also served on the boards of several companies, including TippingPoint Technologies, Motive, AG Tech, ClearOrbit, Troux Technologies, and Powered, Inc. Sikora has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Hoan Vu, CTO of Digital Harmony Games
Hoan is a software systems engineer with a passion for gaming. Previously, he co-founded two GPS telematics companies in which he developed and integrated systems that network remote devices via cellular networks. Fearless and innovative, he has a knack for delivering solutions through conventional and innovative approaches. Hoan oversees Digital Harmony's revolutionary new network architecture called "Harmony" that provides a 'Harmonious' cross-platform environment where iOS, Android, and Browser players can play together in one world in real time.

Register -

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Negative Networking: and Early Warning System

Negative Networking:

An Early Warning System

by Jan Triplett, Ph.D.

CEO, Business Success Center

Networking is about both giving and taking. It is not, however, only to be used to provide positive information to your network or those you want to add to your network. There really is something that I call “Negative Networking”. I have seen many people use it very effectively, even if they did not have a name for it.

To improve your Networking Success Ratio, you should also be on the lookout for negative information. This consists of any information that can warn you and your network of what or whom to avoid. It is not gossip. It is an "early warning system" that allows you and them to avoid costly mistakes of time, effort and sometimes money.

The members of your network should be on alert, too. If they aren’t this tells you something. Either they are not aware of the value of this to you or they don’t want to or think it’s right. This is a great way to help you evaluate how good your network is.

Negative Networking warned me about a potential client who does not pay his bills; a hotel that turns the lights out on meetings when the hotel personnel feel it is time for them to leave; and a vendor who can't deliver what he promises.

Other examples of Negative Networking might include telling people in your network about:

• A restaurant with bad service or food;

• A company which mistreats its employees or vendors;


• Someone who is not a "networker", but is just out for what he or she can get.

Without this information, you could ruin your meeting with a client or a "special someone" by taking them to that restaurant. If you took a job with that firm, you might pass up a job with a better company. If you provided goods or services to them, you might not get paid. All of us get "used" by others sometimes. If you know what to expect ahead of time, you can decide how much time and effort you want to give someone who won't "give" you anything in return.

What are some examples of Negative Networking that have helped you? What have you done to protect your network? Can you think of examples of Negative Networking that would benefit your network or individuals in those networks now?

It’s good to keep a current “Alert” list to know what to watch out for and to encourage members of your networks to do so, too. This is best if it’s based on your knowledge of their goals and their knowledge of yours.

(from A Networker’s Guide to Success, 3rd Edition, by Jan Triplett)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gary Hoover classes etc.

Hi Bootstrappers,
(I am one of us now, my 5th startup the Hoover Academy is my first bootstrap!)
I do not want to burden the main email list with promotions, so if you want to be alerted to my upcoming classes, please email me at and I will add you to my mailing list.
I just don't want to miss anyone who might benefit from my 10-week course in entrepreneurial thinking (next class starts early September, 2011), my new 4-hour class for high school and other students, my new video blog, or my pending entrepreneurial very small group tours to interesting places (likely starting with Mexico City). Details on current programs show up at my blog and website,
Thanks for all your support,

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The People Side of Engineering

Product development and design projects are among the most difficult projects to successfully manage. The knowledge workers on these teams are subjected to enormous stress and often the projects still miss their goals. Doug Russell will share his successful approach, used in three corporations, to lead knowledge worker teams to success while not burning the team out (thus allowing them to do “well work”). Doug peppers his talk with real-world stories and anecdotes and presents the information in an interactive and high energy way. Doug will present insights from his recent book, “Succeeding the in Project Management Jungle: How to Manage the People Side of Projects.”

Also, the Harvard Business Review published a timely article, “Why Men Still Get More Promotions than Women,” discussing the ideas of “mentorship” and “sponsorship.” Would your organization be interested in piloting a program that has been shown to be successful in helping more women advance their careers? Leslie Martinich and Donna Imam will announce plans for a new initiative for IEEE Women in Engineering.

Time: Thursday June 9, 6-8:30

Location: El Gallo, 2910 S. Congress.

Register here

Monday, June 06, 2011

Work Space Matters: Tips for Small Businesses

Today's workspaces are changing. New technology, higher real estate costs, and work environment expectations are just a couple of the demands that change the way people work. As a result, start-up companies and small businesses face complex challenges as they attempt to move into their first space, update an existing space, or invest in a new space to create their brand.

Space Matters. It can inspire people to do great things: To engage one another; to think more deeply; to innovate and make a difference.

Turnstone, S. Tipton Studio, HPI Corporate Services, and Link Coworking have created a forum to provide you with insights into our research. This discussion will help you answer key questions on how your space can help you achieve your business goals, attract the brightest talent, and save money and time.

Visit our website at for more products and information on space, and be sure to connect to the EventBrite link to register for this opportunity to network and learn more.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What if Artists Were Trained as Entrepreneurs?

Our current standard of American arts education is one of “all arts technique and no real business skills”. Graduates often know how to create works of art, but not necessarily how to make a living from their art. This standard causes widespread unemployment for an extreme majority, leading to the starving artist stereotype and “actors really being waiters”. Our standard approach is an antiquated system. We need a new standard. Entrepreneurial training needs to become a central part of arts education, as it can help create jobs, with artists creating opportunities for themselves.

To read more, CLICK HERE

Jim Hart

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bootstrap B2B — Contracts & Rescue Pricing: How Not to Give Away the Farm or How to Get the Farm Back

When: Monday, May 23, 2011 7:00 PM

Where: Business Success Center
Chase Bank Tower 7600 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

Title: Contracts & Rescue Pricing: How Not to Give Away the Farm or How to Get the Farm Back

Speakers: Jeanine Lehman, Attorney & Jan Triplett, CEO, Business Success Center

This has become a huge issue. If you are thinking about using Groupon, Living Social, or any other kind of mass couponing or discounting, watch out for traps. There are lots of horror stories out there about businesses cutting prices to get customers and then customers expecting that price regularly. Business Attorney Jeanine Lehman will walk you through contract basics so you'll know what you are signing and what you're promising. She'll talk about what you can do legally when you get overwhelmed without finding yourself in violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other laws. Jan Triplett, CEO, Business Success Center will talk about the repercussions of getting caught in these situations and lead the discussion on "Rescue Pricing", how to regain the value-based pricing you need to have to stay profitable and keep the best customers.

This Meetup repeats on the 4th Monday of every month.

For more details, see the full listing:

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Are you one of Austin's Fittest Entrepreneurs?

With all the pressure of being an entrepreneur, growing a company, managing employees, generating new clients, and burning the midnight oil to stay on top of everything, is it possible to still prioritize health and fitness in your life and with your employees? The answer is not only is it possible, it is imperative for long-term entrepreneurial success!

In 2005, the Journal of Small Business Management completed a study with 366 entrepreneurs and concluded that there was a positive relationship between exercise frequency of the entrepreneur and company sales volume, along with extrinsic and intrinsic rewards*. In addition to this study, many interviews and articles have been written to attest to a positive relationship with an entrepreneur’s health and fitness regimen and their longevity, energy level and success as an entrepreneur.

This month, EvoTrain has partnered up with the Texas Entrepreneurs Network to host a competition to find Austin’s Fittest Entrepreneurs. The mission of the competition is to identify, reward, and promote those entrepreneurs that prioritize health and fitness in their lives and at their organizations. These entrepreneurs are leading the workforce health movement and are creating a better work environment, healthier employees, and reducing healthcare costs for the future by creating a culture of preventative care in the present.

We believe that the fittest entrepreneurs are not necessarily the ones that can do 500 push-ups, have 3% body fat, and run a mile in under 4 minutes. To be a leader in the workforce health movement requires the entrepreneur to lead by example and be physically fit, but also be able to influence their employees and community to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. If that’s you or someone you know, be sure to go to where you can register (registration ends May 10th!) and nominate someone you know to compete. The competition takes one hour to compete and we offer multiple dates and times throughout May where competitors complete a 20 minute interview and 30-35 minute fitness evaluation. See Cole Harmonson, CEO of Far West Capital, and Robin Thurston, CEO of MapMyFitness complete their fitness test and interview on our site at

For all of us out there who want to prioritize health and fitness in our lives, but can’t seem to find the time, be sure to follow the competition on Facebook and twitter as we’ll be posting videos, pictures, and results of Austin’s Fittest Entrepreneurs. We hope these entrepreneurs will inspire all of us to make health and fitness a priority and at the same time giving some great tips on how to accomplish that.

We all know Austin’s fitness & entrepreneurial scenes rival any city out there, now it's time to show everyone what we got!

To your entrepreneurial success & health,

Brian Kelly
Director of PR for Fittest Entrepreneurs & EvoTrain
800-939-1056 ext. 504

To learn more about the competition and EvoTrain – Check out a recent article in the Austin Business Journal here.

*Entrepreneurship and Fitness: An Examination of Rigorous Exercise and Goal Attainment among Small Business Owners by Michael G. Goldsby, Donald F. Kuratko, and James W. Bishop, Journal of Small Business Management 2005 43(1), pp. 78-92

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Citywide Internship Fair for Students, Start-ups and Small Businesses

Want an intern this summer? Its not too late and campus2careers can help!

campus2careers has partnered with the Mayor's office, all local chambers, all schools, and more to launch InternInAustin (, the nation's first citywide internship program. InternInAustin provides start-ups and small businesses with the content, tools, and templates to create an effective internship program, like a Fortune 500. In addition, the program includes training sessions by the SBDP and a citywide internship fair on May 15th at the AT&T Conference Center. This fair is planned and priced for small businesses including:
1. $25 admittance fee will give you access to an estimated 600 students from 8 area colleges looking to intern with a small business this summer
2. The fair is on the weekend so you don't have to take time during your busy workday
3. Speed networking/interviewing (instead of booth discussions) with students (and even other companies), organized by industry
4. A brief training on how to use your intern to manage your social media and other tips to get the most out of the experience

If you are interested in attending the fair, you can sign up at If you are looking for best practice content on how to build an internship, click And if you are looking for interns before or after the May 15th event or entry-level new hires anytime, check out to get matched with top talent from over 4k students and recent grads. We hope to see you on May 15th.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Work Space Matters: Tips to Help You Plan Your (Next) Space

Space matters. It can inspire people to do great things - To engage one-another, to think more deeply, to innovate and make a difference. That's what inspires us at Turnstone.

Turnstone is a brand of Steelcase Inc, which is the largest global furniture manufacturer and space provider. Turnstone’s focus is on small companies, and we support small businesses by providing knowledge, services, and products when it comes to their workspace.

There have been many changes in the office world - especially over the last 20 years. Technology, globalization, 24/7 competition and immediate communication capabilities. All of these elements have affected the demands required of today's office space. Our research has enabled Turnstone to help small businesses when it comes to thinking about their office space needs. We’d like to share some of our research with you around "why space matters".

  • What prevents you from being productive at work?
  • How does technology help and hinder productivity?
  • How do mobile workers stay connected and productive?

On May 4, we have scheduled an event at Link Coworking to provide a panel discussion to dive deeper into our research for small business owners. In addition, we have included two other local companies to share their knowledge and expertise as it related to space: HPI Corporate Services and S. Tipton Studio. These companies will be discussing the details to take into consideration as you research the space for your office, challenges you may face, and to help you simplify the process.

  • What type of office space is best for your company?
  • How can a designer help a small company?
  • How much square footage is really necessary?
  • How do you effectively convey your image?
  • What about future company growth?

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for an open discussion to help your business spend your dollars wisely as you plan for your next office space.

Monday, April 11, 2011

BB2B: 150 Monkeys in Cyberspace

Where: Business Success Center, 7600 Burnet Rd., Austin
When: 7pm, April 25, 2011
More info:

Regardless of your industry, product or service, sales and marketing is all about people and relationships. In this presentation, Chad Peevy applies research theorem to sales and marketing with an emphasis on the science of building relationships.

Based on current scientific research we know that . . .
• We spend 60% of our conversations talking about gossip and personal experiences.
• Time and brain power limit the number of relationships we can maintain at one time.
• Narrative psychology suggests that stories are the most effective and natural human way to communicate.

This presentation answers the questions . . .
• How can I reach and maintain ‘top of mind’ status amongst my clients?
• How do I recognize important relationships and maintain them?
• How do I most effectively communicate my sales messag?
• How can technology / social media keep me relevant?
• How has Oprah used television to build relationships?

Chad Peevy wants to help you have a better business. As a small business advisor, Peevy has worked with hundreds of small businesses in the US and Mexico who all shared a common objective - to get more business. It may be the word ‘practical’ that sums up Peevy’s approach to help his clients realize their goal. As a champion of smart marketing investments and careful evaluation, Peevy understands the essential need for businesses to consider metrics over hype when making marketing decisions. He has worked with established and new businesses to help them realize their goals through strategic marketing solutions. His portfolio of clientele is eclectic, ranging from mortgage brokers to musicians.

Monday, April 04, 2011

ATX Style Presents - Local Fashion Showcase

Join your friends from a few of Austin's emerging (and completely bootstrapped) clothing brands @ Molotov Lounge! Grab a drink, hang out, and enjoy exclusive discounts on our watches, polos, tshirts, dress shirts, and boots.

Your first drink is on us!

TIKKR Watches - watches with personality
Criquet Shirts - organic polos that feel like heaven
StripedShirt - striped t-shirts for every sports fan
5th & Lamar - super slim fit mens dress shirts
Helm Boots - ridiculously good looking boots

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Mobile Monday Austin, April 4

A reminder that the next MondayMonday Austin event is on April 04, 2011 at Buffalo Billiards.

Please arrive by 5:30 PM as we will begin 6:00pm - 8:00 PM.

This is the first of a five-city tour sponsored by Cisco and MobileMonday Americas. The Enterprise App Demo Night events begin in Austin, TX on April 4th, followed by San Francisco, CA & Boston, MA on April 11th, Seattle, WA on April 18th and New York City, NY on April 25th.

Cisco and partners, including local companies Ringful Health, Appconomy, Phunware, Proximity Matters, and others will be demonstrating their new cool mobile apps.

If you have a mobile enterprise app that you would like to demo, please email the organizer.

==> The event is FREE. Food/drinks will be served.

Raffle! We are giving away a free pass (valued at $1,000+) to the Breaking Development mobile design & development conference in Dallas on April 11-12; great lineup of speakers. This is a superb conference for those involved in mobile web app development!

Please Register here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

High Tech Meets High Fashion Happy Hour

I’d like to make you an offer and request you help me with a social-media experiment. You can give me some data and I can give you some knowledge. If you believe (as do I) that data->information->knowledge->wisdom: then you come out two steps ahead on this trade of time.

Here is the set-up –

We build a very high-tech $45k medical type device (lasers, pulsed magnetics, computers, and software) that dermatologists use to stop hair loss. Ours is the state-of-the-art unit, uses multiple technologies and is over 93% effective at stopping hair loss and regrowing hair (ok in geekspeak, it is cool)…

We decided not sell our machine to Doctors in the mature Medical Market. We wanted a clean new market so we decided on the VANITY Market where no such product / service exists. We sell what the machine does as a transformational service directly to retail customers. We engage in partnering with very high-end salons to do the fulfillment. Two years later we have the formula down and are ready to expand to Houston.

Never heard of us? That is the effect of precision high-efficiency marketing. We developed an input filter that finds only ready customers, no energy is spent on those not interested in what we do or what we offer. The web and its social fabric is an integral part of making this all work. We did it in a completely different way; created a new go-to-market niche, pretty neat?

I don’t want your money! If this service can do you any good then, you come out ahead (pun)… what I do want to know is will you respond to this plea, I will trade you that for any questions you want to ask.

….But that opportunity will only last for 3 hours on Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7. One of our high-end Salons is doing a wine and cheese, and we are promoting our tech through education to their clients. I want you to come and learn how we did this and to tell my why you reacted to a social media contact, specifically this one. You see, what I get out of this is the results of what I call a probe, I have a pet social-media marketing idea that I am testing and tuning, your presence and what I learn from you will help me do my next experiment as well as in a totally pragmatic way gain a greater sense of intuition about the dynamics. Everyone has theories, I am actively testing mine using the scientific method as done by an anthropologist.

So come and have a glass of wine, some cheese, catch the vanity world front row - stage center. Meet a bunch of people that you would never get to, look vanity in the face (ho-ho). Get Jeffrey, Michael, or I to explain how we bootstrapped funded our way into existence and how our retail gorilla marketing philosophy successfully works. Come by, sip, learn, tell us, and have a great evening.

Barry Thornton

12400 Highway 71W
Ste 350-256
Austin, TX 78738
512-366-3935 (Main Office)
512-284-8831 (FAX)
512-266-7142 (Direct)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let's Play! A Conference on Corporate Citizenship

March 31 @National Instruments
Register at

Let's play! Learn from corporate citizenship experts, share best practices and engage in meaningful dialogue with Austin's best companies around topics of corporate citizenship and community engagement.

7:00 - 8:30am Breakfast served

8:00- 9:45am Welcome and Keynote address

9:45- 10:00am Break

10:00-11:15am Breakout session #1

1A: Strategic Industry Partnerships in Education

Susan Dawson (E3 Alliance), Shirley Heitzman (AISD,) Michele Walker-Moak (Applied Materials),Ray Almgren (National Instruments)

1B: Making Good on Doing Good: CSR Communications

Paula Ivey (The CSR Group), David Modigliano (Flow Nonfiction)

1C: Krista Bauer (General Electic)

11:15-12:45pm Lunch panel

Employee Volunteers & Social Media: Best Practices in Storytelling

Chris Jarvis (Realized Worth)

12:45 -1:00pm Break

1:00-2:15pm Breakout Session #2

2A: Making the Business Case for Community Involvement: CEO Perspectives

Jon Armstrong (Adlucent), Bill Bock (Silicon Laboratories), Mark McClain (SailPoint Technologies), Eugene Sepulveda (Entrepreneurs Foundation)

2B: Survey the Playground

Beth Atherton (Caritas), Sue Carpenter (United Way Capital Area), Frank Fernandez (Green Doors),Susan McDowell (LIfeWorks), Meg Poag (Literacy Coalition), Patsy Woods Martin (I Live Here I Give Here)

2C: A Game-Changing Experience: How Nurtition Education Can Drop Your Company's Healthcare Costs

Rip Esselstyn (Engine 2)

2:15- 2:30 Snack Break

2:30-3:35pm Breakout Session #3

3A: Fireside Chat with Seventh Generation: CSR Frameworks that Outlast Transitions

Chris Miller (7thGeneration), Diane Solinger (Entrepreneurs Foundation)

3B: Greening Up Buildings & Behaviors: Real World Ideas to Profit Responsibly

Justin Murrill (AMD), Mark Vickers (Dell), Kurt Wilkin (Business Earth)

3C: Connecting to the Non-Profit Community: Embracing Social Entrepreneurship

Linsey Bullock (LiveStrong), Kevin Brodwick (thinksport),

Neil Goldman (Hotels for Hope), Allison Wright (LiveStrong)

3:45-4:15pm Closing

Thursday, March 03, 2011

RISE Austin: learn from Bootstrappers!

There will be no March Bootstrap Austin Meeting. Why? RISE, the "SXSW" of Austin's Entrepreneur Scene (#ATXentScene), is happening March 7-11! (followed by SXSW)

There is a Bootstrap Track, which you can search for using the drop-down menu on the left of the Sessions Page.

And you can learn from fellow bootstrappers. Here are the Bootstrap Austin members hosing sessions through the week:

Sunday, February 27, 2011

March WILCO Entrepreneur Community events

Networking Meetings
3/3 Bart Loeser
- Managing Attitudes and Enhancing Results with Emotional Intelligence
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00
  • Location: Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, 212 East Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
  • Tutorial Summary -Emotional Intelligence is the key to success business and personal effective. In this brief session you will better understand the import role of emotions in productivity, communication and motivation. You will learn to how to develop strategies for maintaining positive attitudes and achieving more effective results in your life
  • Cost: Free – open to public
  • Speaker Bio - A professional educator, coach and trainer for over 22 years, Bart has a myriad of experiences in non-profit and for-profit corporate arenas. His passion is to help build effective management and productive teams with vision, clarity and enthusiasm. Raised in Houston and settled in Austin, Bart is a specialist in Organizational Psychology. His career has spanned many fields including investment banking, health care, education and advocacy, fund-raising, event/project management, community planning and staff development, forming his own company in 2004, as an executive coach and corporate trainer.
3/10 – Car pool to Rise events.

3/17 – No meeting (spring break)

3/24 –Trey Gramann-Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00
  • Location: Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, 212 East Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
  • Tutorial Summary - It is one thing to “invent a better mousetrap”, it is quite another to sell it to Wal-Mart. Trey Gramann’s presentation will focus on the descriptions, characteristics and actions of successful innovators and entrepreneurs as well as address the issue of what it takes to turn a successful innovator into a successful entrepreneur
  • Cost: Free – open to public
  • Speaker Bio - A Trey Gramann has cultivated his passion for technology for almost two decades. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Houston where he also did graduate level work in Analytical Chemistry, Space Physics, Solid State Physics, and Nonlinear Dynamics. After graduating, he found that, along with technology, he had a knack for business development as well. Trey currently serves as CEO in three ventures. Trey’s latest venture, Panidea, beats at the heart of his interests in technology evaluation and advancement. The goal of Panidea is to “discover, define and develop” a valuable service or product that provides a significant return for investors and employees, while providing tangible benefits for society through the application of “conscientious capitalism” worldwide.

3/30 –Robert Felps – Banter of vi3Tech
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00
  • Location: Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, 212 East Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
  • Banter Overview: vi3Tech is a Waco company that is expanding in Austin. IT services including private cloud hosting and disaster recovery solutions. Robert will banter their business, so you can learn about cloud options and help them better market their offerings. Questions from vi3Tech:
  1. Who is the best target market or how do we find that out?
  2. How would you promote our business to find the best leads?
  3. Would you be interested in a Lunch and Learn or round table discussion on "What's the Cloud and why should I care?"
  • Cost: Free – open to public
  • Speaker Bio: Robert Felps is the Founder and Director of Wilco Entrepreneur Community. He is also the CTO/VP Consulting of WWW Third Rock, Inc. Robert has the ability to understand the business, envision the solution, and then collaborate across all teams to implement the solution for less money and time.

Special Event - WEC Talent Connect & Entrepreneurial Exchange

Who: Businesses and Jobseekers
What: WEC Talent Connect
Why: Give start-up companies and businesses a chance to meet skilled local job who “speed pitch” to promote themselves. Based on what they learn, the businesses have the option of offering individuals a chance to volunteer, work on short term projects, or possibly full time employment.
Where: Hill Country Bible Church, 12124 RR 620 North, Austin TX 78750
When: Monday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, with sign in beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Free to job seekers; suggested donation from companies.
More Information about speakers and agenda:

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey passed away on Feb 21, 2011 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Ever since Steve and his wife, Debbie, moved to Austin from Dallas, he was actively involved in the Austin Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Scenes. At Bootstrap, he led our Sustainability Subgroup from 2008 to 2009. Steve's presence was a gentle and supportive one, always encouraging bootstrappers on their ventures.

He will be missed!

Here is Steve's journal during his struggle with cancer.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Electric Vehicles Workshop

We'll be exploring the challenges and opportunities of electric vehicle transportation, charging stations and more, Friday, March 4 at the Renaissance at the Arboretum.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Austin Entrepreneurs Intellectual Property Blog

Villard Patent Group has launched a new IP blog.

This blog serves the entrepreneur community by providing a forum in which to discuss general intellectual property (IP) issues affecting entrepreneurs. However, please note that the information provided should not be considered legal advice.

Bootstrap members are invited to "follow" this blog and to participate in the discussions. Initial consultation fee ($100) is waived for any member who follows the blog.

Monday, February 21, 2011

NASA Director, others, speaking at E-Week Events

We have some GREAT events this week and next, and I encourage you to come and to pass this along to your friends! Most of these events are free of charge and include refreshments.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, John Weil of Freescale will talk about “"Energy Efficient System Design. It’s more than a power budget…" 11am – 1pm at Freescale on Parmer Lane. Register here.

Wednesday, Feb 23, I will be talking about understanding your strengths and where they play best in an innovative environment, “What is Your Role in Innovation?” from 6-8pm at the AT&T Research Labs on Arboretum Blvd. Register here.

Thursday, Feb 24, 5:00 -7:30 pm Happy Hour, Westin Hotel at the Domain, program sponsored by the UT Cockrell School of Engineering Center for Lifelong Engineering Education

Monday, Feb 28, Jim Kennedy, the MOST INSPIRING speaker I have ever heard and the former Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, will speak at UT’s Avaya Auditorium, 5-7pm, on “Lessons in Life and Leadership…As Inspired by True Stories of Space Exploration.” More information here.

Thursday, March 3, Jim Kennedy, will offer more “Lessons in Life and Leadership…As Inspired by True Stories of Space Exploration” from 11am – 1pm at National Instruments. Register here.

Thursday – Sunday, March 3-6, IEEE USA 2011 Annual Meeting, includes Don Shafer on “Taking Responsibility for Technology, and Jim Kennedy again speaking. Register here.

Friday, March 4, IEEE Electric Vehicles and Personal Transportation Workshop at the Renaissance Hotel, Register here.

I hope I will see you at these events; I especially encourage you to bring teachers, young aspiring scientists and engineers to hear Jim Kennedy. He will inspire them to greatness!

RISE – the UnConference for Entrepreneurs

By Rick L'Amie, founder Moxie Marketing

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner in Austin, don’t miss this year’s RISE conference the week of March 7. Created originally in 2007 by Roy and Bertrand Sosa as a week-long, free “un-conference” for- and by- entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas, RISE has now grown into an ongoing annual program that leverages its proprietary web interface to provide one-of-a-kind resources and experiences to entrepreneurs worldwide for free.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Monday March 28 3rd WEC Talent Connect Entrepreneur Exchange

Businesses and Job Seekers Mix For Unique Networking Opportunity at wec talent connect

The “speed dating” model matches employers with potential employees

Round Rock, Texas (Feb 10, 2011) – The 3rd Wilco Entrepreneurs Community (WEC) Talent Connect gives start up companies and businesses a chance to meet skilled local job seekers and offers the job seekers a chance to “speed pitch” to promote themselves. Based on what they learn, the businesses have the option of offering individuals a chance to volunteer, work on short term projects, or possibly full time employment.

Ideal for companies (talent seekers) who need help but cannot afford full time employees, this job fair “with a twist” allows businesses to quickly find great talent with flexible arrangements. Job seekers have the opportunity to create a position for themselves for a company in need. In addition to networking, attendees will have the benefit of listening to Mr. John Garrett, CEO of Community Impact Newspapers, and to an economic development panel representing 4 Wilco cities.

The cost is free to job seekers and a small donation of $50 per table is suggested for participating companies. Online company registration is available here. The agenda is available here.

The WEC Talent Connect will be held at the Hill Country Bible Church, on Monday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, with sign-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The mission of the Wilco Entrepreneurs Community (WEC) is to develop a community of networking, support, talent and funding to more entrepreneurs and small businesses from idea to profit and encouraging local economic development (which creates stable, local jobs).

For more information please see the website.

Contact: Mary Hengstebeck

Telephone: 512-983-7009


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

February BB2B "Finding a Friend: Making the Right Strategic Alliances"

When: 7 pm February 28, 2011
Where: Business Success Center, Chase Bank Tower, 7600 Burnet Rd., Austin

There are different kinds of strategic alliances from the very formal and legal joint ventures to less formal cross marketing, co-branding, and even the use of channel partners. Which strategy makes sense to meet your business goal? Get familiar with how to create a workable plan and process that would help you find the best partners for a strategic alliance and how to avoid the worst.

Jan Triplett, Ph.D., CEO of the Business Success Center (BSC), is the author of A Networker's Guide to Success, and co-author of Thinking Big, Staying Small. The BSC provides owners with strategy and advice to stabilize and grow their businesses by finding the best way to manage sales, marketing and financials. It was named a top 20 Management Consulting firm by the Austin Business Journal and has received numerous awards and recognition including a national award from the Small Business Administration. Besides running a family business with husband Dan Diener for over 25 years, Triplett considers herself a parttime family counselor and full time small business activist writing and testifying before the legislature and local government. She is a guest blogger for the Business Bank of Texas and has her own blog. She has been the keynote speaker for trade associations and chambers of commerce and led two international trade missions — one to Japan and one to Ecuador. She was recently profiled by the Austin Business Journal. She helped found the Women's Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Literacy Council.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Ethernet Inventor Robert Metcalfe Speaks on the "Enernet"

Texas Enterprise Speaker - Robert Metcalfe-Ethernet Inventor and Professor of Innovation at the Cockrell School of Engineering. Feb 23 11:30-1. "Enernet" What 65 years of Internet can teach us about understanding and soliving our energy problems. ATT Center. Lunch $20. Parking $4.

Register on

Texas Enterprise ( is a new online business publication focusing on UT faculty research related to business and expertise/experience/opinion blogs by business professionals.

Monday, January 31, 2011

IEEE + UT Upcoming Events

IEEE and UT have some great events coming up, many associated with Engineering Week and with the IEEE USA Annual Meeting.

Here is a quick list:

17-18 February Engineering Leadership Institute: Leading Innovation

22 February, 11-1 Energy Efficient System Design. It’s more than a power budget…

23 February, 6-8 What is Your Role in Innovation?

3 March 11-1 Lessons in Life and Leadership, as Inspired by True Stories of Space Exploration. Jim Kennedy, former Director of NASA Kennedy Space Center, provides the most inspiring lecture on leadership

3-6 March, IEEE USA Annual Meeting: Engineering in Motion.

4 March, IEEE Electric Vehicle and Personal Transportation Workshop.

More information and registration links are here .

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hulsey Law 2011 IP Series

Hulsey Law is doing a series of lunch talks in 2011 on current IP Law cases. The next one is on Friday, Jan 28th. on Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems.

The talks are free and an RSVP is appreciated so they can order lunch!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Texas CEO Highlights Austin Bootstrappers

The cover story and main feature of the Jan|Feb issue of Texas CEO highlights 5 successful bootstrappers from across the state. Each story offers a different perspective on bootstrapping and zeros in on that critical point in which the CEOs realized they had a viable business.

The Serial Bootstrapper-- Clayton Christopher, CEO, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, Austin

The Family Bootstrapper-- Mike Novak, CEO, The Novak Group, San Antonio

The Gen Y Bootstrapper-- Shama Kabani, CEO, The Zen Marketing Group, Dallas

The Innovator Bootstrapper-- Dan Graham, CEO,, Austin

The Next Stage Bootstrapper-- Dr. Willis Pumphrey, CEO & Founder, Clear Correct, Houston