Saturday, April 18, 2009

Go to 6:00, see me at DEN Tea Party.

Love the CO Caucus? Join us at Denver Speakers Corner, each Sunday afternoon in Civic Center Park. Details and optional RSVP at:

Friday, April 17, 2009

He was the first American! Shouldn't this day be a national Ben Franklin celebration? What do you think?
On this day in 1790 Ben Franklin died. He was 84, back when the average life span was 35. Each year, the Ben Franklin Birthday Committee, part of the Denver Startup Form, will commission a new portrait or icon of Ben. For the first, see yesterday's post here.

Win a free copy! To help remember Ben today, as a comment here post your favorite quote from Ben Franklin or Poor Richard (Franklin's pen name in his almanack). Each entry will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Ben's new icon (see below). The drawing will be held at the Amar Bhide talk at the University of Denver next Friday. For quote ideas, see

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tomorrow (April 17) is the anniversary of the death of Ben Franklin. To remember the occasion, I'm going to start inviting an artist to do a commemorative portrait or icon each year. To get them all, you have to get the first, and here it is! Order yours now, half the proceeds will be donated by the artist to the Ben Franklin Birthday Committee. Thanks Mike!

I was talking with my friend Andy Cleary who does branding about an interview I had with a consulting firm years ago before they hired me and I went to work for them. They liked the variety of experience I'd had even at that time, "you are what we call the beachboy of business" which helps me quickly understand the current situation of a business and what needs to be done, just as a surfer has to understand the ocean.

"That could be your brand," Andy said to me. So I'm giving it a try here on this page. What do you think? Should I start wearing Hawaiian shirts?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Do you know Dr. Amar Bhide? If you don’t now, you will soon. He’s the author of what the publisher of Inc. Magazine says is the most important book ever written about startup.

Dr. Bhide will be in Denver next Friday (Apr 24) to speak about his new book The Venturesome Economy at a breakfast that is free and open to everyone, sponsored by the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. RSVP at

Also, a reception and book signing will be held for Dr. Bhide at the Denver Press Club the evening before, check back here tomorrow for the details.
When people ask me who's behind Franklin Circles, I say "me and Ben".

Ben Franklin started the first in Philadelphia back in 1727. Franklin's group called themselves The Junto, it met each week for over 30 years, and Franklin called it "the best school."

I started the first Franklin Circle here in Denver in 1996, and I've been learning more about small groups and adult learning ever since.

This week I'm starting a new open Franklin Circle, it will give newcomers a sample meeting right after the Denver IDEA Cafe each Friday. Also, a new closed, confidential Franklin Circle is also forming for Denver Startup Forum members. For more info, email me at or call me at (303)861-1447.