Friday, May 08, 2009

Another comment about my post this morning about startup in the Denver Business Journal:

Greetings, John,
I can see the comment... but, "This article is for Paid Subscribers ONLY." (Caps and punctuation courtesy of American Cities Business Journals, Inc., an organization that fails fairly miserably at customer experience...)

I tried to log in using our Phoenix Business Journal account, and the poor customer experience exacerbated itself. We will need to think long and hard about whether the Business Journal is a valuable business tool. Its online exclusion policies stand firmly in the way of business value.

Off my soapbox and on to your comment...

You are spot on, and that is why I am interested in providing Daring Mighty Things to Start Up Now workshop participants. VC is fine for the next Google or the next iPod. Or a cancer remedy that faces a decade of development and FDA approval processes. However, for the majority of entrepreneurs (and the majority of the economic vigor past, present, and future), bootstraps and shoestrings are perfectly adequate funding philosophies.

Similarly as you see in Denver, in Phoenix we see small businesses starting at the pace of about once a week in our Start Up Now workshops. Funding? Well, SBA Express, so up to $25K, but VCs are neither necessary nor appropriate. At least for now.

Kindest Regards,

Jim Graham, MBA
Maximum Business Advantage

I just got this email from my friend Joe Sabah in response to the email I sent him about the article in this morning's Denver Business Journal:


Joe Sabah

On May 8, 2009, at 7:53 AM, John S Wren wrote:

((PLEASE FORWARD to your friends who have an interest in entrepreneurship, OK? John))

Recession can't stop innovation. See my comment, what do you think?

I subscribed to the Denver Business Journal so I could post this comment. Are you able to read it? You are supposed to be able to even if you aren’t a subscriber from a link like this. Please let me know if you can’t read it, OK? Otherwise, hope to see your comment!


Sunday, May 03, 2009

In 1933, the first Comic book, Funnies on Parade, was published by the Eastern Color Co. of Waterbury Conn. Its format , 7 x 9 inches, was determined by the size of a standard American newspaper page: four pages were printed to the page and foilded twice. It was produced in four colours and contained reprints of 'Joe Palooka', 'Mutt and Jeff', 'Hairbreadth Harry', 'Keeping Up with the Joneses' and 'Connie'. It was not sold to the public, but issued as a gift premium by such companies as Procter and Gamble and Canada Dry.. The first to be sold regularly on the news stands and the first to be issued as a periodical was Famous Funnies, published by Dell Publishing Co. at a price of 10 cents in on this date, May 3, in 1934.

The New Shell Book of Firsts/ CBS Sunday Morning
In Blackwater Woods
by Mary Oliver

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

"In Blackwater Woods" by Mary Oliver, from American Primitive. © Back Bay Books, 1983.
Glenn was with us Friday to share about his very interesting new book, to tell his startup story and to brainstorm (thanks Glenn for changing your schedule so you could be with us!), along with Dan and Carol who were both also very interesting. Check out his website,