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.

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