Saturday, October 03, 2009

I'm at the University of Denver Alumni Symposium today, posted about last night's speaker Roger Birnbaum on Facebook. Caught end of Dr. Daniel Lair talking about the importance of dialog and discussion in forming values, and the positive side of social networking in facilitating it. Are you on Facebook? 

More here tomorrow morning about what's new on campus.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

“You can’t. You can never be sure. You die without knowing.” Poet John Berryman's answer to poet W.S. Merwin's question "how do I know if I've written a good poem" when they were both students at Princeton. Merwin was born on this date in 1927.

Is this true for all writing? Will we ever know the true value of a Twitter or a blog post in this life?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I just sent out this release to the media:

September 29, 2009

Contact:  John Wren cell (720)495-4949

Since 1994, free help for people starting a new career,  project, campaign or new business.           

DENVER—The Denver IDEA Cafe startup workshop meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. each Friday at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant in Denver. More information and RSVP at or (303)861-1447.

Upcoming speakers:

This Friday, Oct 2:  Inventors day at the IDEA Cafe. Speakers are both board members of the Rocky Mountain Inventors Association (RMIA). Patent Attorney Roger Jackson  is President of the RMIA; and Past President of the RMIA and President & CEO of Innovative Consulting Group Bonnie Kaake John Wren was recently elected Executive Director of the RMIA by its board of directors.

Oct 9: Reporter, editor and entrepreneur Wendy Norris on journalism and her startup experience.

Oct 16: Author Joe Clark, a former Texas State Trooper, Joe owned a private investigation company for 15 years, now consults with people who are turning 65 about their retirement choices.

Since 1994, the Denver IDEA Cafe has been helping people who are starting in a new direction by providing a free forum where successful people share their startup experience and then brainstorm specific questions or problems.

“We help people who aren’t sure what they are going to do Monday morning to find their own path,” says entrepreneur and long time community-activist John Wren, the founder of the group.

Wren says the name IDEA Cafe name comes from a four-step business creativity model he developed when he was Mountain Bell in the 70's.

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 he do it? Wren explained, “Dan Brogan, publisher of 5280 Magazine, says the group has infused Denver with a spirit of entrepreneurship over the past decade. I hope that is true, for the sake of my grand kids.”


John S. Wren, MBA   is the founder of the Denver IDEA CafĂ©, the Denver Startup Forum, and Franklin Circles. He is a business consultant and adult educator. Wren is also the new Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Inventors Association