Wednesday, August 09, 2017

All hat, no cattle...

The more we talk about business startup, the fewer new startups.

According to the Kaufman Foundation, who's talk about startup is a big part of the problem, the rate of startup is about half of what it was in 1980.

Why? Here's what I wrote in my little book about startup, click Daring Mighty Things:

The world needs your new business!

            To understand my system for starting your new business, it is necessary to first appreciate the nature of business in a capitalistic, free market economy.

            The world will always have government, big-business, and big-labor:  government for those things individuals cannot do for themselves and big-business and big-labor because of certain efficiencies of scale. Unfortunately, the large scale of these three forms of bureaucratic operations leads to problems:

            1) Efficiency comes at the expense of intelligence and creativity. The large organization has a tendency to get better and better at doing what eventually is the wrong thing.

            2) Power corrupts. Governmental corruption is kept in check by our process of representative democracy. Big-business corruption is kept in check to the extent that the free market is allowed to operate. That is why big business hates competition.

            The worldview of the bureaucrat is necessarily different from that of the entrepreneur. The steps recommended here for starting a new business will not make sense to most bureaucrats.

            If you decide to work with a business mentor, it is important that you work with someone who subscribes to the following philosophy of business. This person almost always will be an independent business owner.

            Beware of seminars about how to start a new business; the most deadly advice for entrepreneurs comes from bureaucrats, public or private, active or retired...
            Businesses, like everything else in nature, go through three stages:  inception, growth, and decline. Anyone who has taken a business course is familiar with the sigmoid curve, the s-shaped line that is used to represent this process.

            The key to success in starting a new business is to get to the first sale as quickly as possible. Growth occurs as the methods used to create his first sale are perfected and used as a cookie cutter to create growth.

            Eventually, new technology and new competitors will bring companies to a natural end if they don’t recreate themselves during good times. The key to continued growth is the ability and willingness to reinvent the business. This process can be represented as a second sigmoid. Andy Grove, President of Intel in his book “Only the Paranoid Survive” calls this the inflection point. He says, “A strategic inflection point occurs when change is so powerful that it fundamentally alters the way business is done.” See

           I’ve identified four phases on the path toward starting your first or next business with as little risk as possible, and to then foster your business’s continued success by working with a new entrepreneur to stimulate your own creativity.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Dying words.


Most frequently used words in final statements from inmates in Texas just before execution:

love know family thank sorry want god life hope forgive lord going tell take people one see peace y’all Jesus give death keep done out strong warden pain ask ready heart years find many ‘all father friends through right being home please care stay time back never always christ pray forgiveness way caused everything over good mom loved innocent nothing first today make day heaven world apologize wish bless happened hate support kill sister allah still continue something son feel appreciate think truly help wrong tonight brother again thanks truth down must murder mother thy brothers look spirit doing justice closure remember texas believe last mean against wanted better place die soul

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Teach for us!

Wren College
of the American Dream for Independent Social Learners.
Our Students: Practice, Teach, Start a group, Write a book.
A Project of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
1881 Buchtel Blvd., #501, Denver, CO 80210 (720)495-4949
IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops*Socrates Cafes*Franklin Circles
Teach for us! For more see

Wren College Wants a Learning Campus in Every Neighborhood.
“Experience since 9/11 has helped us discover that adults learn best by being the teacher.”

Wren College is a project of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. It is dedicated to the memory of Randy Wren. For more information call Wren College at (720)495-4949 or see (link above.)

Randy Wren, John Wren’s younger brother, died from a sudden heart attack July 10, 2017 in the lobby of his apartment building. His full obituary may be seen on the website of the Villager Newspaper or via one of the links to it on 

At the reception after his brother’s funeral at Denver’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church John Wren said, “Wren College is the culmination of my work of the last 20 years dedicated to the strengthening of the grassroots in business and politics with the support and encouragement of Randy. He and our after-Easter Jesus will be my companions in its over-due launch.

“I will enlist the help and support of each and everyone of the 35 Colorado State Senators in this effort. The first step will be a tour of the state to speak to the grassroots in each of the 35 Senatorial districts, and I hope each of the Senators will join me. Any who are not against Wren College and preserving the memory of Randy will be considered to be with us."


John Wren is the founder and President of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. which works to cooperate with local community newspapers to strengthen the grassroots in business and politics. The group has formed and facilitated free, independent self-directed learning groups since the Friday after 9/11, and it has formed Wren College with the intention of helping other towns and cities to do the same. For more contact Wren or (720)495-4949.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Peer Led Learning Groups

As the price of higher education skyrockets and the benefits dramatically drop, more and more of us are looking to social learning groups with peer leadership.

Does anyone know if the cost of such groups are tax-deductable? Would they qualify for state 529 savings plan funds?

An article in the Wall Street Journal this morning caught my interest, you can see my comment on it if you click here:

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Political disaster looms.

(Sent to AP, Colorado Statesman, etc.
a few minutes ago. Please share, attend
next Tuesday if you can, ok? John)

John S. Wren
1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501
Denver, CO 80210

July 6, 2017


Political disaster looms in Colorado and 
concerned citizens urged to take action!

Denver--I urge all concerned citizens of Colorado to attend next Tuesday, July 11, from10:00 AM - 12:00 PM the Colorado Secretary of State Election Rule Making Hearing, Aspen Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 1700 Broadway, Denver (may change, check the website again on the 11th.)

Upon adjournment of the hearing, I invite concerned citizens to gather in the front of Aspen Conference Room to explore the possibility of forming an independent political committee. Why consider such a committee?

If you were disappointed with the pathetic, leaderless 2016 Colorado Caucus, derailed by party big-shots who wanted to get rid of the system that was interested in them, wait until you see what’s going to happen 2018 and 2020 if we don’t take action now.

Misguided  Propositions 107 and 108, pushed through with a multi-million dollar ad campaign with no organized opposition, created this mess, some of it already signed into law 1, gives the means for the two major political parties to be transformed back into the Tammany Hall like the political machine we had in Colorado before1912.

Back then machine political was finally cleaned up and replaced by grassroots control of party leadership by the heroic efforts of the then Governor of Colorado, popular John (“Honest John”) Shafroth. How? With our once wonderful neighborhood Colorado Caucus and other progressive reforms.

If the Colorado Caucus killing Propositions 107 and 108 aren’t reversed by the Legislature or stopped with legal action the expensive Presidential Primary and the open voting in primaries that are created can be expected to kill our Colorado Caucus, the best chance the common person has ever had of having a real voice, will disappear and the Republicans and Democrats bosses will say they were forced to re-hire Boss Tweed.”
Wake up Colorado! Meet me in the Aspen Room at noon Tuesday, right after the election rules hearing.If you have any questions before then call me at (720)495-4949.

Footnote 1: “(1) notwithstanding any other provision of law, a political party may choose to change from the nomination of candidates by primary election to the nomination of candidates by assembly or convention for all offices…” Colorado Revised Statutes Title 1 Elections § 1-4-702

How old is the earth? 65 million years? Or 6,000 years?

We will discuss this Saturday at Socrates Cafe at University of Denver, more information and optional rsvp at  Free and open to everyone. Join us!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

New! Science focus of Socrates Cafe at University of Denver

Our new focus on science started last week. Join us! No rsvp is required, but your rsvp, yes or no, will help others who are trying to decide whether to join us.

Please, take just a minute and rsvp. You can easily change it later if your plans change. Thanks!

John Wren