Saturday, February 07, 2009

How do you get your hockey news?

Interesting column in the Rocky Mountain News this morning comparing the various ways to get news about a recent hockey game. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/07/kopel-dying-newspapers-vanishing-coverage/

This is the comment I posted:

The fax machine brought down the Berlin Wall, it looks like the Internet is bringing down major newspapers that don't change.

The Rocky Mountain News doesn't have to die, but it must change. Joseph Shumpeter called the process of economic adjustment to accomodate technological change creative destruction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Schumpeter

What if the Rocky became more like Wikipedia, with reporters being editors of the "citizen" journalists.

I'm going to make newspapers, changing technology, and creative destruction the focus of an upcoming meeting of the new Denver Startup Forum. Join us (free) to get an announcement of the meeting. http://DenverStartupForum.ning.com


And what about all the other games? I get much better news about the phenomenal University of Denver basketball program in places other that the major newspapers right now.

Friday, February 06, 2009

I've just posted a video and an audio recording of Joe Sabah on the Denver Startup Forum. http://DenverStartupForum.ning.com On the online "Forum" there I just posted this question for Joe:

Joe: You recently had a stroke. How has that changed your thinking about business?

Joe is a stroke "thriver" not just survivor and a real inspiration. He shares with us how he's turned data into dollars, continuing to be a great service to people who want to get a better job, make a living from public speaking, or promote their product, service or cause on radio talk shows.

Watch the video, burn a CD from the audio and listen to it in your car, then pass the CD along to a friend who is struggling with finding a new direction with their work life, OK?

Another resource for people starting a new career, campaign, or new business is my weekly Denver IDEA Cafe. It's for people who aren't sure what they are going to do Monday morning. If that's you, join us! More info and RSVP at http://ideacafe.meetup.com/1

Finally, what do you think of the new Twitter Google gadget I'm using here now? Each morning a read several online newspapers, then post items that seem most helpful. If you see things I've missed, post them here as a comment or email me about them, OK?

This life is short, let's get started!

John

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

I just sent out this media release:

FUELED BY FINANCIAL CRISIS, 100th MEMBER IN LESS THAN A MONTH EXPECTED TODAY OR TOMORROW FOR NEW DENVER STARTUP FORUM. Starting something new?

DENVER--John Wren announced today the 100th member of the new Denver Startup Forum is expected today or tomorrow. (The 98th member joined yesterday, Feb. 3). The new group has been formed to connect people and exchange ideas and experience about how to start a new business. For more information contact John Wren at John@JohnWren.com or (303)861-1447.

“When I announced this new group January 6, I said that no one starts a business without help. More people than ever before are now starting a new business, which has fueled our growth,” said Wren. “We should be able to recognize our 100th member at the luncheon meeting this Thursday with Joe Sabah.” Joe Sabah www.JoeSabah.com is the speaker this Thursday (Feb. 5). Speakers at the first two meetings were John Brackney, President of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, and “Citizen” Dave Lewis.

Free membership in the new group is open to all entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs as well as certified public accountants, lawyers, consultants and representatives from organizations such as: chambers of commerce, schools, colleges and government programs that have a special interest in entrepreneurship and startup.

The group has a free weekly luncheon meeting that serves as a forum for sharing startup experience, information, and research. Attendance is limited to the first 12 to RSVP each week. A video the speaker from each meeting, and an audio of the speaker and follow up discussion will be posted online for members each week at http://denverstartupforum.ning.com/

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Fred Brown in the Denver Post writes about “Journalism on a Shoestring.”


I posted this comment:

Fred Brown, I've heard knowledgeable and experienced newspaper people like yourself complain that corporate owned newspapers such as the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News were forced to cut back on reporters and good coverage of local news while profits of their corporate owners increased.

Is it possible that the real problem with newspapers today is global capitalism, what Irving Crystal called "socialism in sheepskin."

We've got a great chance to find out here in Denver. Either or both of the papers need to be set free of their corporate master to operate as a free, independent business.

Where is the oversight of the Joint Operating Agreement the corporations entered into to preserve competition? Seems to me that under the terms of the JOA the debt that has been incurred by the corporations should go to the corporations, and that the debt not be allowed to be used to bury the competitor by the surviving paper.

Set the papers free: Sell the name, URL, and archives to entrepreneurs and/or a community group, for an example of how this is done, take a look at the community ownership of the Green Bay Packers.

The accumulated debt? The JOA should force the corporations to eat it as their just reward for the damage they have done to the papers and our community. The Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post are dead! Long live the new Rocky Mountain News and the new Denver Post!