Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Follow Small Business Chamber on Twitter in 2004

Amar Bhide: In Defense of Human Judgment



Get ride of old mistaken ideas "root & branch," would be for the best, and an examination of why it does not happen in modern finance.

Charles Murray at Boulder



Last month (November 2013) Murray talks in Boulder about dramatic changes in characteristics founders felt essential for self-government (marriage, industriousness, honesty, and religious) separating between working and upper classes, leading to America coming apart (title of his recent book.)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Book TV: Edmund Phelps, "Mass Flourishing"

Book TV: Edmund Phelps, "Mass Flourishing"

The Startup Show, today (Mon, Dec 30), 5 p.m. Mountain.



We're live by 5 p.m. Mountain time, Monday thru Friday on YouTube Live Events, Google+ Live Hangouts, or here on JohnWren.com. You are welcome to share this any way you'd like with friends who might find what we are doing helpful.

 If you'd like to be a guest on an episode of the new SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show we'll be doing after the 1st of the year, call and leave a complete, confidential message about who you are and what you'd like to share, and when a good time for me to get back with you via telephone in the next couple of days. It's ok to email me, but chances are I won't see it unless you've called and left a message, too. Call me at (303)861-1447

 Join us this Friday, or any Friday, for our Denver IDEA Salon, open discussion meeting about startup, and our Denver IDEA Cafe startup workshop. Also contact us if you'd like help starting similar groups in cooperation with your local chamber or other group. For more information and optional RSVP see link to Meetup.com on our Small Business Chamber site http://www.SmallBizChamber.org or call John Wren (303)861-1447. It's later than you think! But it's only too late if you don't start now! Just start!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Top Ten Tweets for 2013



Are you using Twitter? I'll talk about Twitter on The Startup Show tomorrow, here live by 5 p.m. Mountain. Scroll down to see last Friday's show, I talked about the grassroots, why this is such a critical time in business and politics.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Review: Just Start. Future best seller?

Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the FutureJust Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future by Leonard A. Schlesinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations took 8 years to become a best selling book. I expect the same thing will happen with this ground breaking book.

The conventional wisdom is that business startup depends on market research and careful, formal planning.

Every college and university teach those working with startups to ask, "Have you written a business plan?"

If this conventional wisdom was valid we'd have a planned economy, not a market economy.

What's driven the phenomenal growth of this country until the early 70s was the fact that nearly all startup were boot strapped, there were not written business plans.

That fact was clearly demonstrated with the research of Dr. Amar Bhide, documented in a series of articles in the Harvard Business Review and culminating in his book "The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses" in 1994, at which time the publisher of Inc Magazine said it was the most important book about startup ever written.

He was also influence by the first hand experience he had growing up with a successful entrepreneur, from how he could observe what he calls in the book "opportunistic adaptation." We spent a day on the University of Denver campus talking with instructors and visiting classes, the way he would explain the process, "you don't want to buy this lamp, here, how about this rug."

Bhide's book was well researched, well documented, well written, but still it was ignored by the Small Business Administration, the tax-funded mechanism set up in 1953 by big businesses with the intention, I believe, to snuff out the entrepreneurial spirit of America, along with the entrepreneurship educational network across the country.

More recently Sarah Sarasvathy has reached similar conclusions to Bhide using a different research methodology.

The authors give credit to Sarasvathy, but not to Bhide. When I asked them about this on a webinar, Len admitted he knew Amar, had taught with him at Harvard, he was very much aware of his insights, and that it was a mistake not to have given him any credit at all.

What are the Bhide/Sarasvathy insights that are incorporated into this book? That in past years when the USA economy was flourishing, successful business did not start the way the SBA has said since 1953 that they should start. This SBA drumbeat has been picked up by every college and university entrepreneurship program. Show me one that requires Bhide's book to be read. Outrageous!

Insights include the fact that successful entrepreneurs in the past did not do formal market research or engaged in formal planning. The business plan competitions are an enormous was of time and money, and they teach the wrong lesson.

Insights include the fact that successful entrepreneurs bootstrap, they don't try and borrow money. As Mark Cuban has said, "only a fool would borrow money to start a business," yet students of startup today are being taught about how to impress venture capitalists.

Insights include the fact that successful entrepreneurs don't think long range, they for sure don't have an exit strategy when they are just starting. Recently a survey found that 87% of business owners do not have a exit plan.

So where does Just Start fit in? This bold book is a radical attempt to right the wrong, the festering wound that erupted in 1970 when Nixon went to China, the culmination of the disease that was spread by the SBA, that was perhaps was first allowed to infect this country in 1910 when Harvard awarded the first MBA.

And it has been virtually ignored. It should have been at the top of the best seller list, and in my opinion, as I said earlier, I believe that could still happen.

What will bring that about would be a changing of the guard at the Kauffman Foundation. Marion Kauffman was an entrepreneur very much in the classical mold, starting a very, very successful business out of the trunk of his car. He died, and it appears his well intentioned widow, now deceased, was misled, and a mechanism for pouring gasoline on the academic approach to entrepreneurship that is killing startup in this country just as surely as some see the academic approach to poetry is killing of real poets and poetry (see Epstein's column in last April 1st Wall Street Journal.)

There is hope. Steve Blank and his student Eric Ries have moved away somewhat from the academic approach to startup, at this point it's hard to tell if Startup Weekends, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Tech Stars, etc etc are helping or hurting.

What is clearly the major problem is the Small Business Administration. When I asked Steve Blank what he thought of the SBA startup efforts, the whole complex of activities from SCORE (I've suggested they should change their name to SQUASH), SBDCs (Small Business Development Centers) across the country that disseminate the SBA research/planning propoganda, a network created by virtually bribing local chambers of commerce. Blank has told me that from his perspective at Stanford, he didn't know anyone who has anything to do with the SBA.

That may be true for the Stanford crowd, but the deadly network is having an impact, it is clear.

For proof of the deadening effect, the smoking gun, the statistics that show our stagnations, see Nobel economist Edmund Phelps recently published, very fine Mass Flourishing. When Phelps was introduced at Oxford, it was said the book will, "transform economics." Some have said it's the most important book since The Wealth of Nations.

Phelps effectively demonstrates that what he calls corporatism combined with socialism have just about killed off the new economy that build this country, research and planning have choked off the vitalism and dynamism that we saw from about 1840 or so to 1970.

Phelps offers some remedies worth considering, for one thing study groups in Washington DC that would take up his book, and I'd suggest they also read Bhide and this book that is under consideration here, Just Start.

As a matter of fact, I suggest that the DC study groups start with Just Start, or at least read the one page summary in the back. What do we want? To restore vitalism and dynamism into our economy. What are the smart steps we can quickly take in that direction?

The first thing let's do, let's kill the SBA!

If you are serious about startup, skip the SBA. Instead buy this book, take an afternoon and digest it, then the next morning Just Start!

The book suggests bringing other people along. I always suggest that those starting check with a good CPA before investing a lot of time or money. A good CPA will help you quickly see the financial implications of what you are considering, and they will make sure that you can skip going to a lawyer until you are further along.

But don't expect encouragement. For that attend one of our Small Business Chamber IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops. Or at least watch The Startup Show, live by 5 p.m. Mountain each day on my JohnWren.com or YouTube Live Events or Google + Live Hangouts.

This life is very short, so Just Start!

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change



View all my reviews

"The Worldly Philosophers" Robert Heilbroner 1999 interview

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Startup Show Grassroots Friday

The Startup Show
Starting in a new direction?
Career + Project + Campaign + New Business
Start, grow, flourish!
Each day Monday thru Friday, 5 p.m. Mountain






Interested in the spirituality of startup?
http://Meetup.com/Jesuit-Guide-Sharing-Groups


Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Startup Show: Evaluation and Action

The Startup Show, live by 5 p.m. Mountain each day Monday thru Friday, sponsored by the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. "We help each other create a Good Living." Question? Request for a SPECIAL REPORT interview with a guest? Call me (John Wren) at (303)861-1447.

On the startup show today both Evaluation and Action from our IDEA Model.

How do you know when you are ready to start? What can you do to help yourself as you take those first few steps? Who can tell you?






Tomorrow, Friday (Dec 27) Denver IDEA Salon & Workshop. Free! Join us to help get 2014 off to a good start. Contact us if Denver's too far, we'll help you start a new group in cooperation with your local chamber or other group. More info and RSVP at http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber 

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS, THEY WILL THANK YOU AND SO WILL I IF YOU'LL LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU'VE DONE. :-)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Startup Show iDea Develop Alternatives

Christmas Eve, 5 p.m.

We'll talk about what to do once you have an idea. There is more than one way to go forward, taking a pause to think of alternatives can often yield big rewards. These moments in life, turning points, don't come every day. Which roads are possible now?




Join our Small Business Chamber of Commerce Meetup.com site, I'll go overboard to delight you. For details see http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber  or call me (303)861-1447. But do it now, I'd hate for us to miss this opportunity to work together. We are going to close memberships when we reach 100.


Only $1.50 right now, and that's guaranteed.

We'll be taking a new direction with the Small Business Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Media release will be made Thursday. In the mean time, you can get a hint by checking out our See http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber  site, where we are doing something very unusual.

For many reasons, we are going to start charging a monthly membership fee. If you are the first paid member it will only cost $1.50. Then $2.50 for the second membership, $3.50 for #3, etc. And the small fee is guaranteed, your money back if you are not satisfied for the first 30 days.

I'll be knocking myself out to delight these first few paid members. Check it out, if it looks like it might be helpful to you, give it a try, ok? See http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber 

John Wren
Founder & CEO, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc
IDEA Salons & Cafes * The Startup Show * Consulting & Coaching.

Consulting & Coaching practice limited to startups: 1) individuals starting
a new career, project or campaign, or new business; and 2) corporations, chambers of commerce, service clubs and other groups who want to encourage employee or member creativity that leads to inspired action-- reactivate inactive customers/members; new customers/members; introduce new products/services to existing customers; collect past due accounts. Ask me to speak at your next event. Free or negotiated price invoiced in advance.

For more see http://www.JohnWren.com or call (303)861-1447

Noticing miracles, powerful form of economic development?

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Startup Show

Inspiration Tuesday. What if your not inspired? 4-phases of business startup (for detail, Google "John Wren Daring Mighty Things" 99-cents on Amazon, $1 back if it's not helpful.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show: The Toy Business

Les Cosby shares how he and his wife have opened their new toy shop. Let me know if know anyone who'd be a good guest. (you) John Wren (303)861-1447

https://plus.google.com/events/c44u55mp8bndevfbrsbsnfdbluc

Friday, December 20, 2013

Release: : Mass Flourishing Point of Plan.

From:  Small Business Chamber 
            of Commerce, Inc.
            960 Grant St. #727, Denver, CO 80203
            www.SmallBizChamber.org 
             (303)861-1447

Contact:  John Wren 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Friday, December 20, 2013

MASS FLOURISHING IN COLORADO AND BEYOND POINT OF DYNAMIC PLAN.
Group to start study groups using Edmund Phelps’s new book. Mass Flourishing and James Martin’s Jesuit Guide.

Denver— At an IDEA Salon today, longtime community activist and adult educator John S Wren announced the preliminary 2014 plans for the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc, a Colorado non-profit. Everyone is invited to comment on the dynamic plans at the free IDEA Salon open discussion meeting, each Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, Denver. Free. For more see http://www.SmallBizChamber.org or call (303)861-1447

“Since 1727 our mission is to strengthen the grassroots in business and politics through adult education,” said Wren. “When people ask me who is our other co-founder, I tell them it’s Ben Franklin. He founded the first startup group in America, he called it the Junto.”

“We’ve now joined the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry and will be reaching out to the 70 or so local chambers in Colorado who are members of it and others, helping where we can to provide more real help to startups and small businesses, and helping to educate everyone in the community about the realities of the new economy, the return to the vitalism and dynamism that Nobel economist Edmund Phelps talks about in his new book Mass Flourishing, in light of James Martin’s Jesuit Guide, thinking in line with my Daring Mighty Things—The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business, and with what Ben Franklin advocated.

“To promote the study groups, next week we’ll announce a contest we believe will result in more media interest in the Colorado Caucus, the best chance for the common person to serve in elected public office, than we’ve seen in the past. More informed participation from those who are new to Colorado or just new to Colorado politics in our unique, wonderful neighborhood system for nominating to the primary ballot is needed if the grassroots is really going to be restored.”

Wren www.JohnWren.com (303)861-1447  attended Denver Thomas Jefferson High School, Cornell College, the University of Denver (BA’69, MBA’80) and Regis University where he studied adult learning with an education grant from Charles Schwab. He has been trained as a Great Books Discussion leader, and he is one of the founders of Denver Socrates Café, the IDEA Café Startup Workshop, Franklin Circles, and the Jesuit Guide Faith Sharing Groups. He is the co-founder & CEO of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. whose purpose is to help people create a Good Living—a useful and necessary product or service, an adequate income, and personal growth. Edmund Phelps, Mass Flourishing, Princeton University Press, 2013.  James Martin, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, HarperCollins, 2010. John Wren, Daring Might Things, Creative Space, 1994.


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Plan to Flourish will be announced in an hour.

Small Business Chamber Plans announce this afternoon at Denver IDEA Salon, http://Meetup.com/Small-Business-Chamber. This is how media release starts. Check back here later for more, or join us this afternoon, 2:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, Denver. 

At an IDEA Salon today, longtime community activist and adult educator John S Wren announced the preliminary 2014 plans for the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc, a Colorado non-profit. Everyone is invited to comment on the dynamic plans at the free IDEA Salon open discussion meeting, each Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, Denver. Free. For more see http://www.SmallBizChamber.org or call (303)861-1447 

The Startup Show

No broadcast yesterday or today. See you Monday!

Frequency of the use of the term "Alcoholics Anonymous."

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Startup Show idEa Evaluate Wednesday

The Startup Show Each day we talk about IDEA business creativity model. Inspiration (Monday), Develop Alternatives (Tuesday), you get the idea. Watch recording later if you can't stick around now. Usually 5 or 10 minutes. Here's today's show: Join us for an IDEA Salon, new open discussion meeting about startup. Here in Denver or we'll help you start one near you with others. http://www.SmallBizChamber.org
Google searches this past year on "build a website", "telemarketing", "public relations", compared to "recovery" (#1 most popular) and "coaching" which is #2 most used, compared to these other terms. What does this mean? Using the words coaching and recovery hits consumer hot buttons. We know what to do, we just aren't doing it, that the help we are looking for now. At least, that's what this trend analysis seems to be saying to me, what do you think?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Developing Alternatives

The Startup Show-- iDea Developing Alternatives Tuesday
What's next after you have an idea, when you want the idea to become a reality?


Join us in Denver this Friday, IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops and Denver IDEA Salon Discussion Group. http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Saturday, December 14, 2013

We need return to what built this country, vitalism and dynamism. How can we best bring about the return. First, take a look at this short video, consider buying a copy of Mass Flourishing if you haven't done so already. It's in all the book stores, Amazon, etc.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

David Allen: Getting Things Done



ideA Act is our topic tomorrow on The Startup Show.

The Startup Show idEa Evaluation Wednesday

The Startup Show Each Monday thru Friday, 5 p.m. Mountain

Michael Porter at Babson: Role of Business in Society.



I hope Pope Francis finds 20 minutes to watch this. What is the role of business in society?

Action Trumps Everything - CreAction

Watch and learn how the power of CreAction can transform you into an entrepreneurial thinker who will make the right decisions in an increasingly chaotic world. Action Trumps Everything by Babson College President Leonard A. Schlesinger and Innovation Associates President Charles Kiefer with writer Paul B. Brown can be downloaded free at: www.actiontrumpseverything.com. Great 3-minute video that explains CreAction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZkaZYYxF_A&feature=share

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Startup Show iDea Develop Alternatives Tuesday





Join us Friday here in Denver or start your own IDEA Group with the
cooperation of your local chamber or other group. See Meetup link:
http://www.SmallBizChamber.org 







New (at least to me) video series, The American Mind.
Looks great!
http://www.theamericanmind-claremont.org/index.php?action=home






Pope Francis Announces Global Campaign Against Hunger



I hope Pope Francis remembers the farmers who grow the wheat, the millers who make it into flour, the bakers who make it into bread, the wholesalers and retailers and restaurant owners who get it into the mouths of hungry people. Seems to me this process, year after year after year, is just as big of a miricle as Jesus feeding the 5,000 when he took the loaves, blessed, broke, and gave them. Only communist propaganda can blind us to this every day miracle.

"(Economic) production is essentially a form of cooperation among free individuals whose self-interested labor serves the best interest of all. The greatest “culture war” in history is to re-establish the moral significance of economic activity in the consciousness of modern political and cultural elites." 

Andrej Rapaczynski, The Moral Significance of Economic Life. Capitalism and Society, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Article 1, 2013. http://ssrn.com/abstract=2364655

Monday, December 09, 2013

12-9-13 The Startup Show Idea Inspiration Monday

We are here each day Monday thru Friday, live by 5 p.m. Mountain, or anytime via recording.
The Startup Show will be broadcast momentarily, or come back here for the recording any time.

SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show: Denver Speakers Bureau, Salute to Local Authors, Karen Loucks Rinedollar

Unfortunately we had a Google+ problem, couldn't get connected. So here's what we would have talked about: Karen is Executive Director or Denver Speakers Bureau (see web address on flier below) has a monthly speakers showcase on various topics, this month instead of the showcase they are having this book fair. This Saturday afternoon 10 authors (or more, call if you want to participate) will answer question, have books with free gift wrapping if you bring a can of food for the charity drive. Karen will talk about her book "Working for Peanuts: The LINUS Project. LINUS is a five-step guide for achieving success, Karen will decode for you Saturday and share her experience. Chris Natzke is a 7th level black belt Tae Kwon Do who has a studio in Aurora. He's written a book applying the lessons of Tae Kwon Do to achieving your goals no matter what they are. More information below and on Denver Speakers Bureau website.

Pope Francis Announces Global Campaign Against Hunger



My comment: BREAKING NEWS: POPE ANNOUNCE NEW CAMPAIGN TO END HUNGER

My comment you'll see under his announcement video:

The Pope draws attention to this important problem. God has given us the means to feed all people, right now we aren't using what we've been given. "Mass Flourish" by Nobel economist, just published by Princeton University Press, clearly shows exactly what the problem is and what needs to be done.

I hope Pope Francis and his advisors read this new book, or at least watch the lecture at Oxford University on YouTube, see link to it and other info below.

When there are dead bodies in the river it's not enough to just remove the bodies, we go up stream to see what's the root of the problem. That's exactly what Nobel economist Edmund Phelps does with this new book: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10058.html 

Sunday, December 08, 2013

When the Bell Telephone System was broken up, in my opinion most of us didn't think fast or slow, we were just led by the nose to those in contol, some who ended up in jail.

Thinking, Fast and Slow is book I wish I'd read a year ago when it first came out.

Seems to me it's directly relevant to how ideas, usually the result of fast thinking, in my experience, actually get started, which involves lots and lots of slow thinking.

IDEA is the acronym for the four-step creativity model I've been using for decades since one of my former professors at the University of Denver and myself developed it when I was working for Mountain Bell, which became US West, eventually what we have now, Century Link, back then we were the local operating company for the Bell Telephone System which was broken up.

Back then most of us paid a very small amount of money for local telephone service, and it was predicted that long distance would soon be free.

Some of those who pushed the breakup went to jail, or should have, now telephone service costs an arm and a leg. Clearly phone service was and is a natural monopoly and should be regulated. Will we ever have political leadership who has the guts to take on putting the genie back it the bottle?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Startup Show ideA Action Thursday

We've had an inspiration, explored the alternatives, made a decision, now what?
Join us tomorrow? http://www.SmallBizChamber.org 
TECHNICAL PROBLEM-- REDOING SHOW-- STAND BY

Birth of a Business: Infinite Buyer SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show

In this 40 minute video I talk with Anthony Sanchez and Brian Grega, co-founders of a new business that launched this past Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, 2013. On the video below they talk about their backgrounds, how they got together and developed a friendship, and how they went from inspiration to launch with Infinite Buyer.

Brian and possibly Anthony will be with us tomorrow for our Denver IDEA Salon discussion group at 2:30 p.m. and our IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop at 3:45, both at the same place, Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, just a block from the Colorado Capitol. For more and to RSVP for either or both of the meetings see link to our Meetup.com site at SmallBizChamber.org (click)

Here's Anthony and Brian:



Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Startup Show idEa Evaluation Wednesday

The Startup Show, dedicated to helping you start in a new direction with your work, starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business. Broadcast live by 5 p.m MST Monday thru Thursday on YouTube Live Broadcasts and Google+ Live Hangouts and here on JohnWren.com

If you'd like to be on the show or if you have suggestions of who we should invite, call John Wren at (303)861-1447 or post your suggestion as a comment here.

Now here is today's show:





Join us Fridays for an IDEA Salon for open discussion about startup and/or an IDEA Cafe startup workshop. Information about existing groups and how to start a new one in cooperation with your local chamber or other group can be found via our Meetup.com site, see link on http://www.SmallBizChamber.org.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Startup Show iDea Develop Alternatives Tuesday

Tonight! 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. free! best Denver event, Integrated Alliances (click here.) More info, address, optional RSVP, just come! You'll be glad you did!

Today we discuss what to do with the initial inspiration, the I in our IDEA model.

D is Develop Alternatives, there is more that one way to skin a cat, so we let our mind and the minds of others help us see potential next steps, people we might bring along, etc.

Some call this green light thinking, chunking up, we think more and more. Might not take lot, but we consider our options. Trick is to not get stuck on this stage, paralysis from analysis is deadly to new ideas.






Join us Friday? http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber  To far away? Call and we'll help you start a new group in cooperation with your local chamber of commerce or other group. Call (303)861-1447.

Considering an MBA? Or DBA? Get paid to learn.

If you are considering going back to school for an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) or a DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) I hope you'll watch this, then give me a call if you are interested, call me at (303)861-1447.  John Wren


What is an angel investor?

Part of an interesting online interview today:

http://sprc.st/f1tFe

Monday, December 02, 2013

The Startup Show Inspiration Monday

We are here Monday thru Friday (usually), on live by 5 p.m. Mountain Topic is startup, career, project or campaign, or a new business. Join us at an IDEA Cafe or Salon, if there's not one near you start one, we'll help you. See link to our Meetup.com site on http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Sunday, December 01, 2013

1st MBA, Harvard, 1910. That worked out well.

I say I'm a recovering MBA.

Much of what I learned in business school has to be overcome for me to be helpful to people who are starting something new.

The more planning was mentioned in the literature, the less other approaches were discussed. 

Methodology used to create this graph explained in this Wikipedia article (click here.)

Friday, November 29, 2013

I just emailed this to the 600 people who have joined our Small Business Chamber Meetup site. If you haven't yet, join now, whether you can attend this afternoon or not. See http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber

HELP OUR ECONOMY! PLEASE FORWARD TO A FRIEND WHO IS STARTING IN A NEW DIRECTION WITH THEIR WORK. BETTER YET, CALL AND INVITE YOUR FRIEND!


Friday, November 29, 2013

Life is too short for any of us to learn from just our own experience!

Join us this afternoon for the Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop at 3:45 p.m. or the Denver IDEA Startup Salon at 2:30 p.m., both at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant.

Our Small Business Chamber IDEA Cafe is the workshop that I've led here in Denver for nearly 20 years. 5280 Magazine says it's infused Denver with an entrepreneurial spirit. Join us for it any time you're headed in a new direction with your work. We say if we're successful you'll be too busy to come back the next week.

Our new IDEA Startup Salon is an open discussion meeting, we share startup experience about topics that are brought by those attending. Join us anytime you have a problem with your work as you start in a new direction, starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business. Most who attend have already attended an IDEA Cafe, but that is not a requirement.

Right now we also have meetings in Englewood and Boulder County here in metro-Denver, we are getting more serious about getting groups kicked off in other parts of Denver, across Colorado, and possibly beyond. If you'd like our help getting a new group started in cooperation with your local chamber or other group give me a call.

For more information and to RSVP for an upcoming meeting, see http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber

See you this afternoon?

John

John S. Wren, MBA+++
Co-Founder & CEO, Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
www.SmallBizChamber.org   *  John@SmallBizChamber.org
960 Grant St. #727 * Denver, CO * 80203

Call 24/7, I'll get back to you ASAP (303)861-1447


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Professor Edmund Phelps & Professor AC Grayling talk on 'Mass Flourishing'

Mass Flourishing came out in the fall, there was a review of it in the Wall Street Journal October 18, and the author has this talk and a similar talk that preceded it that he gave at Google Author Talks on YouTube. It should be on the best seller list by now, in my opinion.

Why do Seth Godin and Daniel Pink get so much more press? This is a real heavy weight in economics making some hard, insightful comments that should shake the world of economics to it's foundation, it should "transform economics" as mention in the introduction here:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Startup Show

iDea Develop Alternatives Tuesday
Live by 5 p.m. each day Monday thru Friday.



Join us for a meeting, or ask us to help you start a new group:
http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Startup Show Inspiration Monday

The Startup Show Live by 5 p.m. Mountain, Monday thru Friday
Today: Inspiration, the I in IDEA-- How to get an inspiration.

 

 Join us for an IDEA Cafe (workshop) or Salon (discussion group), contact us if you'd like help starting one with your local chamber of commerce or other group. http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Startup Show Grassroots Friday

The Startup Show, live by 5 p.m. MST each day Monday thru Friday,
except for the days we just can get r done. Then we suggest you check
out our past shows. :-)


Small Business Chamber of Commerce Inc

Website http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Facebook Page http://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Startup Show Cancelled for today

Sorry, no startup show today. We'll be back tomorrow.

In the mean time, take a look at past shows here, see Page tab "The Startup Show."


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

11-20-13 The Startup Show idEa Evaluation Wednesday

The Startup Show
Each day Monday thru Friday,
A few minutes reflection on startup.


Join us this Friday here in Denver, or start a group near you.
For more information, see http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber 

See tabs above, new highlights of past editions of The Startup Show.
What SPECIAL EDITION would you like to see?

If you'd like help with your startup give me a call!

John Wren
(303)861-1447

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Startup Show iDea Develop Alternatives Tuesday

Each Tuesday here on The Startup Show we talk about what to do after the 1st A-ha!, after you've been inspired with the thought of a new business, project, campaign, or career. IDEA is our four-step process, after nearly 2 decades of use, I've never found a better model for creative thinking, if you have one let me know. We are also going to talk about the Wall Street Journal's CEO Forum online today, you can see the video's of two of the speakers, Gov Chris Christie and President Obama below, I'll use them as an excuse to talk about some of my thoughts on education as a business opportunity today. I'd be very interested in your comments here below or call me any time (303)861-1447. In Denver? Join one or both of our self-directed learning groups this Friday, the Denver IDEA Salon and the Denver IDEA Cafe, more info and RSVP at http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber If you'd like to start a group with your local chamber or other group, give me a call (303)861-1447

Education in America

Wall Street Journal CEO Forum
Gov Chris Christie
We'll discuss on The Startup Show today:


What if the crisis in education today was viewed as a business opportunity rather than as a political problem? I'm not saying that's what motivated this proposed new school, but it might have been. http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/23282/20131119/alternative-school-in-canton-recruiting-for-pilot-program

What does the President think? Live interview:

Here's my question: The Small Business Administration was started in 1953 by President Eisenhower, many think it actually works against small business, especially startup of new businesses. Your view

My question on the Wall Street Journal interview, we'll talk about on The Startup Show today, live by 5 p.m. Mountain time.


Monday, November 18, 2013

How do you get inspired? Watch, then comment here.

The Startup Show
Inspiration Monday:
"How do you get inspired?"




Join us for a live meeting this Friday if you're in Denver, or contact us about starting one near you in cooperation with your local chamber of commerce.

John Wren
(303)861-1447

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Start now! Call (303)861-1447

In a market economy the market picks the winners. 


For more Google "John Wren Daring Mighty Things" e-edition 99-cents, I'll give you $1 back if you don't find it helpful. 


If you want my help starting or growing your business call me, I'll be taking calls today, no cost to you.


 If you get my confidential voice mailbox leave a complete message, and let me know the best time to call you back.


Call now, (303)861-1447


Friday, November 15, 2013

The Startup Show ideA Action Friday

The Startup Show, today we'll talk about taking action, actually doing what you've decided to do.
We'll keep it short.





  SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show Click
Stever Robbins talks with us about Internet lies, why he's stopping free work.


John Edgar Wren, Junior
February 10, 1924 to November 15, 1979

When pop was only 8 years old his dad died. In just about the last conversation we ever had, I asked pop why he never talked about his dad. "I resented him dying so young. My life would have been a lot better if he'd fought it a little harder." Pop's last words to mother: "Don't worry honey, we'll whip this."

Pop told me once he didn't want to give me his middle name Edgar because that would have made me a Junior, and his nickname growing up was Junior and he hated it. I imagine it stirred that resentment.

He and mom met at Amarillo High School. At one of their reunions dad answered the question "What is your proudest accomplishment" with the fact that he started a successful business, which mom didn't like.

He and mother moved to Colordo in 1949, I was 2 years old, my earliest memory was him calling me to the front yard there in Loveland to go to the warehouse with him. I worked for him full time my last two years in college, and we sold the business the summer of 1969, his friends who didn't see the fact that chain stores had changed distribution economics didn't make out nearly so well. That summer he changed his will to make me the executor and trustee of his estate if mother ever wasn't able to do it when he passed on. We had no idea he'd be gone only 10 short years later.

I grew up working each summer for dad, yard work and warehouse work. Driving to the warehouse was like going to a business training seminar. "Every morning you have to give yourself a pep talk." "Stay busy, there is always something to do." "Don't ever make jokes about money, employees never find them funny." "The price you sell for is based on what people are willing to pay, not what it cost you." "You can't sell from an empty wagon, always have plenty of inventory." "People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care." "You wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you knew how little they did it." "The best is just barely good enough." "Whatever you do, be in business for yourself, even if it's just to have a pop corn stand." "Every home should have a Montgomery Wards catalog, when kids look through it they learn how to dream." "Every thing you see once started as someone's idea." "The definition of a living wage depends on whether you are getting it or paying it." "The profit in the wholesale business depends on how well you handle the merchandise that doesn't sell. (Bin-X)"

Dad fought cancer for several years. He was mistreated for prostate cancer, caused it unnecessarily to spread. The son of the doctor who treated him came to a meeting I'd organized one time and told me how grateful his family was we hadn't sued. Never entered my mind. Not much did those days, I was filled with grief, youngest daughter Allie was born 10 days after pop died, the pastor at our church who had been so helpful to me moved out of town, and a therapist I'd been seeing did the same thing. What I saw as the solution to my problems turned out to be the biggest of my problems.

Decades later I went to mother's 50th high school reunion with her. I was astonished at how popular she was, she'd been a cheer leader, home coming queen, voted most popular, was awarded a full scholarship to Colorado Women's College, then instead married dad when he was discharged from the Navy. At the reunion I finally understood why it made her so made that pop had thought of his business as his proudest accomplishment. How he ever got her to marry him, charismatic, hardworking, bright, but without owning a car, not even having a job, surely getting her to say yes was the most important sale he ever made. Mother took care of their home, me and my brothers, there is just no way he could have been as successful as he was without her help.

We miss you pop, but none of us who were with you those final years can ever say you didn't fight it as hard as you could. Thank you for all you did for all of us in your short life.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Startup Show ideA Action Thursday

The Startup Show today will focus on action, the fourth step of our IDEA business creativity model. I-Inspiration, D-Develop Alternatives, E-Evaluate Alternatives, and then this forth step, actually getting to work. We take four days to look at these each week, but may just take moments to go through them all when you are in the middle of a battle.


Tomorrow (Fri, Nov 15) 2:30 pm for our Denver IDEA Salon, open discussion group, and then at 4 p.m. our Denver IDEA Startup Cafe, both at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant. More info and optional RSVP on our Meetup site, see link on http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Startup Show idEa Evaluation Wednesday

Here's 5-minutes of startup experience and ideas you can count on right here on my JohnWren.com live by 5 each day Monday thru Friday. Watch, then continue the conversation by posting your comment here or call me on The Startup Line (303)861-1447.

 Today's topic is Evaluation, how you decide whether to go forward or not? Johnny Cash said that in poker you have to "know when to hold em, know when to fold em, and when to run away." How do we decide in startup, especially when it's a big idea. Earlier today, SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show talked with well known executive coach Stever Robbins about Internet Success Myths & How They Are Fleecing You, you can see it right below here on JohnWren.com. Stever is very interesting, funny, it's worth a few minutes of your time, take a look.



  (Click here) for Daring Mighty Things-- The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business by me. 99-cents in the Kindle edition, I'll give you $1 back if you don't find it helpful.

Best book on startup for the person who wants to get going now, Just Start, see http://Just-Start.com

For the business adviser or teacher best book on startup is Amar Bhide's The Origin & Evolution of New Businesses. http://bhide.net

SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show talks with Stever Robbins: Internet Success Story Myths & How They Are Fleecing You.

HELP YOUR FRIENDS, PLEASE POST THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, EMAIL, PRINT & POST.

In this SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show host John Wren talks with Stever Robbins about his recent post on his Facebook Page announcing that he was no longer doing work for free. We called him and asked for this one last free interview, about why the new policy and Stever's views about Internet success stories:



Stever Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded the early internet success story FTP Software, served as COO of Building Blocks Interactive, CEO of JobTacToe.com, and has been an initial team member of ten start-ups, including four IPOs and three acquisitions. He was project manager at Intuit, where he co-led the development of the award-winning Quicken VISA Card. He serves as business plan judge for the Harvard Business School business plan competition, the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards, the William James Foundation social enterprise competition, and the Mass Challenge entrepreneurship competition.
His experience developing organizational leaders began as co-designer of Harvard Business School’s “Leadership and Learning” curriculum redesign, and has gone on to include being an advisor and mentor to senior managers in several high-growth companies.
His Get-It-Done-Guy podcast has spent weeks as #1 in the iTunes business category and has been downloaded more than 17.5 million times. He has been a repeat commentator on CNN-fn’s Entrepreneurs Only and hosted a regular segment on the nationally syndicated radio show Entrepreneurs, Living the American Dream. He is a featured expert in Harvard Business School Publishing’s Harvard Manage Mentor, as well as appearing as an expert in critical thinking and memory in Houghton-Mifflin’s forthcoming Skillbuilders series.
He has been interviewed in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, ABC News Now, MSNBC, FOX News, BusinessWeek Online, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has written for Harvard Business Review, The Boston Business Journal and has had columns on Entrepreneur.com, Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, and the Quick and Dirty Tips network.
Stever holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program, a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP.

How to evaluate a big idea.

This afternoon on The Startup Show I'll be talking about how to evaluate a big idea. What do you do when you are the only one that can see the vision?

The Small Business Administration teaches that you should share your idea with a lot of people, if they don't think what you are doing is a good idea, change your idea. Steve Blank and Eric Rise say pretty much the same thing in that regard.

Is this how most big ideas got off the ground, there was a ground swell of popular support? Watch for the show live today on YouTube Live Broadcasts or Google+ Live Hangouts, or come back here to this site about 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, or any time after that for a link to the YouTube recording.

We'll also be talking about this at our Denver IDEA Salon this Friday, free and open to everyone. No RSVP required, but that saves a seat for you until the start of the meeting, more info at http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber 

Research on principled entrepreneurship undertaken.

...the university will be able to add even more visiting positions and extend the length of the program geared toward exploring entrepreneurship.
“The vision for our school is to be truly person-centered. In pursuit of that goal it is imperative for us to conduct research oriented to the common good and to focus on understanding how business and economics become more effective when they are more humane," Abela added. "That’s the enterprise in which these visiting scholars will engage during their time with us."
http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/all-series/catholic-university-receives-1-5-million-donation/

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Startup Show
Today: Develop Alternatives Tuesday iDea

Join us Friday for IDEA Cafes & Salon, see http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber, and let me know if you'd like help to start a new group in cooperation with your local chamber or other group.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Scott Case (Startup America, Priceline) Learn From Previous Founders

Learning from others who have done it. Best way in my experience, but Assistant-to.

http://www.youtube.com/v/rnKpCMI-nM8?version=3&autohide=1&autoplay=1&showinfo=1&attribution_tag=M4NOD-LFdb6iZNiz_o0FZQ&feature=share&autohide=1

Inspiration Monday

Live by 5 p.m. MST
The Startup Show
I = Inspiration Monday
D= Develop Alternatives Tuesday
E= Evaluate the Alternatives Wednesday
A = Act!
Friday we talk about the grassroots in business and politics.

Sponsored by the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc
We help each other create a Good Living, cooperating with local
chambers of commerce and other groups.
http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Here's today's show:


How do you get the story?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Most popular talk show hosts

What happened to today's broadcast?

The Startup Show, Thursday ideA Act!

It's not here because I didn't. Had an appointment, ran late, just couldn't get it all done. Here's what I would have talked about on today's video:

After we've had an inspiration, developed alternatives, decided which way to go, here's a great way to take action, from the Harvard Business Review:

HBR Blog Network
A 90-Minute Plan for Personal Effectiveness
by Tony Schwartz |

For nearly a decade now, I’ve begun my workdays by focusing for 90 minutes, uninterrupted, on the task I decide the night before is the most important one I’ll face the following day. After 90 minutes, I take a break.
To make this possible, I turn off my email while I’m working, close all windows on my computer, and let the phone go to voicemail if it rings.

I typically get more work done during those 90 minutes, and feel more satisfied with my output, than I do for any comparable period of time the rest of the day. It can be tough on some days to fully focus for 90 minutes, but I always have a clear stopping time, which makes it easier.

I launched this practice because I long ago discovered that my energy, my will, and my capacity for intense focus diminish as the day wears on. Anything really challenging that I put off tends not to get done, and it’s the most difficult work that tends to generate the greatest enduring value.

I first made this discovery while writing a book. At the time, I’d written three previous books. For each one, I’d dutifully sit down at my desk at 7 a.m., and I’d often stay there until 7 p.m.

Looking back, I probably spent more time avoiding writing than I did actually writing. Instead, I spent an inordinate amount of time and energy making lists, responding to email, answering the phone, and keeping my desk clean and my files incredibly well organized.

There were days I never got to writing at all. It was incredibly frustrating.

At the heart of making this work is to build highly precise, deliberate practices, done at specific times, so they eventually become automatic and don’t require much expenditure of energy or self-discipline, akin to brushing your teeth at night. It’s the crux of what I now do at my company, The Energy Project
(http://theenergyproject.com/) .

It was this approach that I applied to the book I was writing, and at other times to whatever I happen to be working on. The effect on my efficiency has been staggering. I wrote my fourth book in less than half the time I had invested in any of the three previous ones.

When I’m not working on a book, I choose the next day’s work the night before because I don’t want to squander energy thinking about what to do during the time I’ve set aside to actually do the work.

I define “important” as whatever it is I believe will add the most enduring the value if I get it done. More often than not, that means a challenge that is “important but not urgent,” to use Steven Covey’s language.

These are precisely the activities we most often put off — in favor of those that are more urgent, and easier toaccomplish, and provide more immediate gratification.

I start at a very specific time, because I discovered early on that when I didn’t hold myself to an exact time, it became a license to procrastinate. “Oh wait,” I’d tell myself, “I’m just going to answer this email,” Before I knew it, I’d have answered a dozen emails, and a half dozen more had arrived, calling out for my attention.

Finding an excuse to avoid hard work isn’t hard to do.

I work for 90 minutes because that’s what the research suggests is the optimal human limit for focusing intensely on any given task. This “ultradian rhythm,” the researcher Peretz Lavie and others have found, governs our energy levels (http://books.google.com/books?

Over the course of 90 minutes, especially when we’re maximally focused, we move from a relatively high state of energy down into a physiological trough.

Many of us unwittingly train ourselves to ignore signals from our body that we need a rest — difficulty concentrating, physical restlessness, irritability. Instead, we find ways to override this need with caffeine, sugar, and our own stress hormones — adrenalin, noradrenalin, and cortisol — all of which provide short bursts of energy but leave us over aroused.

By intentionally aligning with my body’s natural rhythms, I’ve learned to listen to its signals. When I notice them, it usually means I’ve hit the 90-minute mark. At that point, I take a break, even if I feel I’m on a roll, because I’ve learned that if I don’t, I’ll pay the price later in the day.

I don’t get it right every day, but this single practice has been life-changing for me.

Try it for one week. Come back and report here on what you discover. I think you’ll be amazed.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Inspiration into action, developing alternatives.

The Startup Show, Develop Alternatives Tuesday


Join us for an IDEA Startup Workshop and/or Open Discussion Group. More info and optional RSVP at http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber Want help now? Call The Startup Line (303)861-1447

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Startup Show idEa Evaluation Wednesday

Once you've had an inspiration, developed, alternatives, how do you evaluate before taking action.

Often times you don't. That's why the Babson College motto is "Entrepreneurial Thought and Action." The true entrepreneur is inclined to get the idea, then go out and do it.

But there is value in taking a few minutes, any way, to reflect first. That's the topic of our show today:

SBA Councilors Are Standing By To Help You Now:


If you're in Denver, hope you can join us Friday afternoon. 2:30 p.m. IDEA Group Open Startup Discussion, bring a topic or just share about topics others raise. Then at 4 p.m. IDEA Startup Workshop, we share startup experience and brainstorm. Both are free, join us. If you'd like to start similar groups in cooperation with your local chamber or other group, call me any time (303)861-1447

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Startup Show Daily iDea Develop Alternatives

Each Tuesday quick update on one aspect of business creativity and what's happening with startup and small business. Today John Wren will talk about the first SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show and what is planned for the future:


SPECIAL EDITION The Start Show

Today, Tueday, October 29, topic "How
to close sales over the Internet using Google+ Hangouts and the other powerful Internet tools that are now available." 

Join us right here at 10 a.m.Mountain to watch, link will be posted here when the show goes up. Or come back here anytime after the live broadcast, the link converts to connection to the recording.

Or watch live on Google+ Live Hangouts or YouTube Live Broadcasts.


Monday, October 28, 2013

The Startup Show Idea Inspiration Moday

Here's today's 5-minutes on the first step in the IDEA creativity
model. If you're not inspired, what do you do?

What have you experienced? After you watch this, hope you'll
post a comment here, or email me John@JohnWren.com

Here's today's show:


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Do you have friends who talk too much?

Do you know someone who talks too much, never really listens to you?

I know you and I wouldn't be that way, other people just like us to do the talking most of the time, that's why these people are so irritating when they won't listen to us, right?  :-)

Share this with a friend because it's so funny, written by one of the writers for the Simpsons.

Funny, but true and, I hope, helpful.

Below is the article, and here's an interview with the author (click here.)

Hope you're having a great weekend, more later...

John


It's True: You Talk Too Much
How to achieve the optimal 50-50 conversation flow
By ROB LAZEBNIK

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but you talk too much. I know you think you don't, but seriously, you do.

Take this simple test: After your next long conversation with someone, estimate what percentage of it you spent talking. Be honest. No, you're already underestimating. How do I know? Because it's more fun to talk than to listen. Talking is like drinking a great Cabernet. Listening is like doing squats.

Add another 20% to your total.

If you talked more than 70% of the time, you jabber too much. I know, because my son has Asperger's syndrome, and part of his education was learning conversational dynamics.

People with Asperger's tend to give monologues about their obsessions, which can be problematic socially. It's hard to get a date after you've just told a girl all the subway stops in North America.

Dr. Lynn Koegel, who is clinical director of Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says that an optimal conversation flow has each person talking about 50% of the time. This is the Ali-Frazier of good give-and-take.

But, you say, what if your talking partner is just quiet and loves to listen? Stop it. She doesn't. Listening is like reading a corporate report. Talking is like eating a cinnamon bun.

So how do you achieve this 50-50 conversational ideal? Easy: ask questions. But don't think that one "How are you?" is going to turn you into Oprah. Actually listen to what the other person is saying, and find openings.

For instance: Your friend says, "I think that Henry the intern is probably a psychopath."

Now if you're inclined to say, "So's my mother! Yesterday, at the museum, she…" don't. You're talking too much. Instead, try, "Why do you think Henry's a psychopath, and if he's cute, would he be good for my niece?"

Now you're doing great. Your friend will love telling you about Henry. When she's done, if you really must, you can tell the anecdote about your mom. But if you're talking about someone whom your conversation partner doesn't know, especially a mother, keep it short—one minute tops, unless it's a truly fantastic story. And to qualify as such, at least five people need to have said to you in the past, "Wow, that's a fantastic story." Not "a great story" but "a fantastic story."

I can hear you complaining already: "One minute? But I need to include all the details." No you don't. Just get to the part when, on a crowded elevator, your mom turned to you and said, "I wish I could press the up button on your boobs." Your job is to quickly entertain and inform, and then to ask good questions.

Also, let your chattering breathe a little. One dastardly arrow in the big talker's quiver is to slow down in the middle of his sentence, then to blow through the period so that there's no opening for anyone to squeeze a word in. Secretly tape one of your own conversations, and if you realize you do this, stop it or never go out in public again...

So when reading this piece, did you recognize yourself? Did it perhaps make you think of someone else? If so, wouldn't it be great to send it to him? But you don't want to hurt his feelings, so how would you go about it?

Decent questions, right? Now I'll sit back and let you talk.

—Mr. LaZebnik is a writer on "The Simpsons."
A version of this article appeared October 4, 2013, on page C3 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: The Talk, Talk, Talk of the Town.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Grassroots Friday, The Startup Show

No video today.

Grassroots, that's our mission at the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Towards that end, we are trying something new on Monday.

We are recruiting a panel of experts in Google+ Hangouts to talk about how they have used it in their marketing efforts on this first SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show.

We'd love to have you with us if that is you!

Call me at (303)861-1447 and leave a complete message if you get the voice mail. We also want the people who are on Monday to have posted an intro of themself on our Facebook Page, see http://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber

Video returns Monday, live by 5, it's Inspiration Monday.

Hope you have a great weekend. I'm headed for the University of Denver Alumni Weekend, I'll be posting photos and notes on my Facebook wall http://Facebook.com/John.S.Wren

Life is short, let's get started! It's later than you think!

John

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Startup Show-- 5-minutes on ideA Action!

The Startup Show, today our focus is on ideA Action! Creativity means to bring something new into being, so the inspiration, developing alternatives, evaluating none of it means anything without Action!

One way to take action is to be part of a small group you check in with regularly. We are starting to form Go+ Groups on on Google+ Page. The first is a Go+ Group focused on Google+ Hangouts as a tool for starting and growing a business. Join us at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111554292876767753668/111554292876767753668/posts

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Evaluation Wednesday on The Startup Show

http://us.unleashingideas.org/

Above link for Global Entrepreneurship Week. I'll talk about it in a few minutes here on The Startup Show, today is idEa Evaluation Wednesday.

Our Small Business Chamber and our various meetings are part of this, you can see us listed.

Mentioned on today's show:  GEW, see above
Just Start, see http://Just-Start.com
My book on startup, click here. 

Here's today's edition of The Startup Show:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Startup Show-- today's topic iDea Develop alternatives (see video of John Wren below live, then here below as link to YouTube).


Get the book Creative Confidence by the Kelley Brothers, you can see what I'm saying about it and the praise from others on Twitter #CreativeConfinence

If you're in Denver join us this Friday afternoon to discuss Creative Confidence and any other topic about startup you have on your mind at our Denver IDEA Group Open Startup Discussion Meeting, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, just a block from the Capitol. More info and opinional RSVP at http://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber

READ: HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW


“Most people are born creative. As children, we revel in imaginary play, ask outlandish questions, draw blobs and call them dinosaurs. But over time, because of socialization and formal education, a lot of us start to stifle those impulses. We learn to be warier of judgment, more cautious, more analytical. The world seems to divide into “creatives” and “noncreatives,” and too many people consciously or unconsciously resign themselves to the latter category.” —Tom & David Kelley
Tom and David Kelley expand on the concept of creative confidence in this issue of theHarvard Business Review magazine. Read “Reclaim Your Creative Confidence.” Available in German here.

WATCH: DAVID KELLEY AT TED

Is your school or workplace divided into “creatives” versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create.
Watch “How to Build Your Creative Confidence” here.

Monday, October 21, 2013

How do you get a good idea?

5-minutes about how to start a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business, live by 5 p.m. each day Monday thru Friday. Post news about yourself and/or your business on http://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber, hightlighted each day here.

Our topics for each day of the week will be:
Mondays: Idea Inspiration
Tuesdays: iDea Develop Alternatives
Wednesday: idEa Evaluate
Thursday: ideA Action!
Friday: Grassroots in Business and Politics

Here's today's show:

Lack education/opportunities?

See my comment on this news article about youth not in school, unemployed, what did Ben Franklin do? Works for all ages. Just do it, or call me and I'll help you. (303)861-1447 
http://bit.ly/Hag3Xe

Please share! Thanks. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

PLEASE help me help the grassroots

Just posted this on http://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber. Please go there and "Like" if you haven't already, "Share", then be sure to watch Inspiration Monday on The Startup Show right here and encourage your neighbors to do the same with as much social network and personal phone call power as you can.

Here, in celebration of Christopher Wren's birthday, is the message that was posted there I hope you'll "Like" and "Share":

Our vision: A healthy small group in every neighborhood. 

Why? To strengthen the grassroots, the voice of the common person in business and politics, in cooperation with everyone, especially with local chamber of commerce, community newspapers, and schools. 

To join just "Like" this Facebook Page, "Share" with your Facebook friends with your note about why you like what we are doing.

Then watch our weekly broadcast tomorrow or any Monday for our new feature "Inspiration Monday" about how we can each take action locally in our own neighborhood to help accomplish this world- wide vision.

What we are trying to make viral is what was first and best expressed over 2000 years ago: "Love God and love your neighbors, those who 1) live right next door, and 2) those who you are directly helping, as God has loved us. +