Saturday, January 10, 2009

What do you think Mike Shanahan should do now? See my idea in comments on:

I give full credit for my idea to my son John, who gave it to me at last night's very exciting DU hockey game. DU beat Michigan Tech in the last 16 seconds of overtime!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Interesting debate of the question, “Does science make God obsolete?” at
Twitter for journalists:

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I just sent out this release to the media:

January 8, 2009

Contact: John Wren (303)861-1447


DENVER__John Wren announced today the formation of the new Denver Startup Forum to connect people and exchange ideas and experience about how to start a new career, campaign or new business. For more information contact John Wren at or (303) 861-1447. Wren has hosted the weekly Denver IDEA Café startup workshop for over 10 years.

“Successful people like Ben Franklin have always known that it’s impossible to something new without help. For instance, I tell people starting a new business to check out their idea with a good accountant. An accountant can’t tell you whether or not you have a good idea, in our economy the market sorts that out. But he or she can quickly chart the financial implications and let you know if you need to see a lawyer,” said Wren. “This new group will help connect people starting in a new direction with the help they need, when they need it, to be successful in today’s world.”

Free membership in the new group is open to all entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs as well as public accountants, lawyers, consultants, and people who are interested in entering these fields. Representatives from organizations such as chambers of commerce, schools, colleges and government programs that have a special interest in entrepreneurship and startup are also welcome.

The group will have a weekly luncheon meeting for sharing startup experience, information, and research. A video of the speaker each week will be posted online for members at Unlike the Wren’s IDEA Café, members will be encouraged to participate in meetings as often as possible in person or online.

Since 1994, Wren’s Denver IDEA Café startup workshop has met to give a one-time boost to people starting in a new direction. It now meets each Friday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant St. in Denver. It is free and open to all. (More info at or call (303) 861-1447) Wren also organizes closed, confidential business peer advisory groups based on the unique Franklin Circle model, what Wren says “may have been Ben’s best invention.”


“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.” 5280 Magazine

John S. Wren, MBA+ is a business consultant and adult educator. He is the founder of the Denver IDEA Café and he started the first Franklin Circle in Denver in 1996. He attended Cornell College and the University of Denver (BA ’69, MBA ’79) where he was President of the Graduate Student Association. He studied adult learning theory with Raymond Wlodkowski at Regis University, and has been a seminar leader for the American Management Association. He served as President of Colorado College Republicans, the Denver City Club, the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association, and the Denver South Optimists Club. He has started several businesses, which he writes about in his book on startup, endorsed by Dr. Amar Bhide, now available for free on


Please sign up now yourself on and forward this along to anyone you know who might like to join us, OK?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

"Work is love made visible." "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." From The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, who was born on this date in Lebanon (1883). He was and is the third best selling poet, behind William Shakespeare.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

We have a lot of people who have worked very hard passing good public policy and building the grassroots of the Democratic Party for years here (many who are named on the list of aforementioned potential candidates). Looking at this bench, and then selecting a person with almost none of those qualities confirms that what gets rewarded in politics today is not legislative accomplishments nor even political ones - what counts is money, inside connections, Ivy League pedigree and a Beltway-padded resume.
David Sirota
Denver Post article online: Bennet pick shocks some in Colorado.
I posted this comment:

(Do reporters ever enter into these discussions? I'd very much like to hear more about yesterday from Arnie Parnes in response to what's been posted here. If they don't enter into the discussion, why not? Is there a journalistic standard that is violated in their mind?)

I attended the announcement yesterday. Those who spoke, including Ritter, Bennet, Salazar, Udal, talked about the importance of setting party politics aside.

Yet everyone who spoke was a Democrat, Bennet used the occation to announce that he's now a candidate for the 2010 election, and it was clearly a partisian political event. Pat Waak, our State Democratic Party Chair was recognized by Gov. Ritter and thanked for her work, but the very visible Dick Wadhams, Waak's GOP counterpart, was not.

What does it mean in Bennet's mind to be bi-partisan or non-partisan? Does it mean he just does whatever he wants and ignores the grassroots of our party?

Want to take a turn on the soapbox to tell us what you think about Micheal Bennet? Micheal Bennet, will you join us? Each Sunday, 4 p.m., Denver Speakers Corner, Denver Civic Center, North Pavillion on Colfax, right across the street from the Denver Newspaper Agency. More info and optional RSVP at

Hope you can join us this afternoon for Denver Speakers Corner, be sure to wear a heavy coat and your boots!