Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I sent out this media release yesterday:

June 23, 2009

Contact: John Wren cell

Since 1994, help for people who’ve had a bump or a bright idea.

DENVER--Not sure what you’re going to do Monday morning?

Free help is available each Friday afternoon at the Denver IDEA Cafe startup workshop. It meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant in Denver, near the State Capitol. More information and RSVP at or (303)861-1447.

Since 1994, the Denver IDEA Cafe has been helping people who are starting in a new direction with their career by inviting successful people to share their startup experience and then brainstorming to address specific questions or problems.

“We help people find their own path, we don’t give advice,” says John Wren, the founder of the group who still facilitates it most Fridays. Wren’s little book on startup Daring Mighty Things—The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business and links to the Denver IDEA Cafe and other groups he facilitates are on

Wren says the name IDEA Cafe and the brainstorming format is taken from a four-step business creativity model he developed for the seminar “Creative Marketing in a Recession” in the late 70s that was featured in AT&Ts Long-Lines Magazine.

IDEA is an acronym for: I= Inspiration or Identify the Problem; D= Develop Alternatives; E= Evaluate the Alternatives; and A= take Action. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is starting a new career, a new campaign or project, or a new business.

Why does Wren do it? “Speakers are people who I want to hear myself, and then we let others listen in. I tell people it’s a learning group and to not come to just network, but of course it is a networking tool for me,” Wren explained. “Dan Brogan, publisher of 5280 Magazine, says that we’ve infused Denver with a spirit of entrepreneurship over the past decade. I hope that is true, for the sake of my grandkids.”


John S. Wren, MBA+ (303)861-1447 is the founder of the Denver IDEA CafĂ©. He is a business consultant and adult educator. He attended Cornell College and the University of Denver (BA ’69, MBA ’79) where he was President of the Graduate Student Association. He has also served as President of Colorado College Republicans, the Denver City Club, the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association, and the Denver South Optimists Club. He just finished a two-year term on the Denver Lions Club board. He now serves on the board of Colorado Democrats for Life. In addition to his business consulting, he facilitates the Denver Socrates Cafe, the Denver Startup Forum, the Franklin Circle Denver Open meeting and Denver Speakers Corner He is the father of 4 grown children, and the grandfather of 4.
"A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." Jack (the Manassa Mauler) Dempsey, born in Manassa, Colorado on this date in 1895. World heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.