Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thanks to 5280 Magazine for emailing this out
as part of today's 5280 Best Bets email:

What: Every Friday for the last 10 years, local business consultant John Wren has infused the city with entrepreneurial spirit by hosting Idea Cafe, a conversation group for anyone starting a new career, business, or campaign. This week, Wren has a particularly diverse group of participants lined up.
Why: Meet Republican House Representative Don Marostica (Loveland), Alzheimer's specialist Dr. Bill Bergman, Denver Business Journal's Kelly Stangel, and web marketing expert Barbara Bailey.
Bonus: If you enjoy this week's event, pencil it in for every Friday from now on.
Details: Fri, 2 p.m. Panera Bread, 1330 Grant St. Free. For more information, visit

This 5280 email should help boost attendance at tomorrow's IDEA Cafe, so RSVP right now to make sure your get a seat. If you can't make it tomorrow, RSVP No and you'll get an email notice each week letting you know who is speaking. More info and RSVP at

Dan Brogan 5280's publisher shared his startup story with us last week. If you'd like a recording of it, email me at with Brogan in the subject line.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The open society, the unrestricted access to knowledge, the unplanned and uninhibited association of men for its furtherance - these are what may make a vast, complex, ever growing, ever changing, ever more specialized and expert technological world, nevertheless a world of human community. J. Robert Oppenheimer who was born today (New York, 1904 – 1967) father of the atomic bomb, from his book Science and the Common Understanding (1953)

Monday, April 21, 2008

On this day in 1962 the Seattle World’s Fair opened, and I was there. It was spring break, I was a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High here in Denver and had been cut from the baseball team, so going on a vacation with my family was no problem. We were there on the first day, got in the line we thought stretched around the corner to the entrance. After the line failed to move, the 20 or 30 of us found we’d just lined up behind a guy leaning against the wall reading a newspaper! My brother Randy and I went up the stairs to the top of the Space Needle, only to discover we couldn’t get through the locked door and we had to go back down. Recently I revisited with my youngest daughter, who now lives near Seattle.

I was a biology lab assistant for me Mr. Keebler. When I complained before the trip about the anticipated crowds, he said, “the crowds are part of the fun,” which may have been the most important lesson I learned in high school.