Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Denver IDEA Cafe Meetup Group

Starting down a new path with a new project or campaign, a new career or new business? Want to get more involved with grassroots as an entrepreneur or newly-active citizen, or to share your experience with newcomers? Then join us! Each week we invite people to share their career, business, and political startup experience and we brainstorm. Since 1994 we've heard from people such as: Dan Brogan, 5280 Magazine; Jared Polis, entrepreneur and U.S. Representative; Kenton Kuhn, Black-tie; Paul Lewan, Lewan & Associates; John Youngquist, Principal of East High School; John Brackney and Joe Blake from the South Metro and Denver Chambers of Commerce; and hundreds of others. Free and open to all, we just ask that you bring your brain for the brainstorming. Our mission is to help you increase your ROI (Return on Inspiration)! Some of the best networking in Denver almost always takes place right after the meeting. But please, join us to learn, never come just to network. Join us any Friday you need a boost as you get started in a new direction with a new career, new project or campaign, or a new business!
Group PhotoThe Denver IDEA Cafe Meetup
Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:00PM
Today's speakers: Denver City Councilperson Marcia Johnson on “How I started my political career;” and entrepreneur and computer expert Barry Robbins on “How I started by IT consulting practice.”
Since 1994, we help people turn their inspiration into effective action.
Anyone who is starting a new project, a new business, a new career or a new career is invited to join us.
How do we help? We share startup experience and we do brainstorming.
If we are successful, you will be too busy to come back next week!
An RSVP is NOT required, but it's helpful if you do RSVP for a couple of reasons: 1) It reserves your seat; and 2) You'll get a reminder each week you can forward to friends, family, and business associates who you think might find the meeting helpful.
Special speakers are announced each Wednesday, the first 14 to RSVP each week are guaranteed a seat until the start of the meeting at 2 p.m., others are welcome to attend and either take the seat of a no-show or to sit in the
See the full event details, including location, at
Check out what members are saying about The Denver IDEA Cafe Meetup Group:
"The Group was warm,friendly,as well as caring. If you are looking for a group of people that will not only provide excellent business wisdom,and doing while genuinely caring...then this is the place for you!" - Dale Henderson
"We all think we can't take a couple of hours to get and share ideas. If you don't do that the business world will pass you by. This is a refreshing look at new ideas and new energy around start ups." - John Gies
"There is no reason in the world why any of us has to go it alone. The support is completely non-judgmental and I guarantee you will walk away with many many ideas. It's up to you to do the rest." - Melissa Bennett
"It is a good grounding meeting" - Jacqueline Kimble
"You may get an idea that you would have never thought
of before." - John

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Latin, meaning: unconquer, unconquerable, undefeated.
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`Invictus` is a short poem by the British poet William Ernest Henley.
It was first published in 1875.
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INVICTUS: Community Room College Newsletter
Vol I No 1  June 8, 2010
"The human race will prosper mightily in the years ahead—because ideas are having sex with each other as never before."  Matt Ridley, author of  The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.  From an article based on the book (which I've just ordered, I was so impressed with the article, it will be a future featured book with 3 tips) in the Wall Street Journal (click here for article.) 
Today's Featured Book:  Art Linkletter's How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life.
You may have noticed in the new that Art Linkletter passed away last week (click here for obit.)

Linkletter was 97 when he passed on a few days ago, after living a full active life to the very end. For the last 3 years he's been on a national book tour for this book he wrote when he was 94, telling us how he did it. It's a great book, I highly recommend it.
Here are three tips from the book to use now:
1.  Don't stop living and learning.
2.  The only thing you should re-tire is your car. Retirement kills!
3.  It's part of our collective wisdom-- along with eating your vegetables and getting a good night's sleep-- that keeping a positive attitude is good for our health.
The new Community Room College is helping people start Franklin Circles or similar adult self-directed learning groups in their neighborhood. A free meeting, a sample of the Franklin Circle meeting format, is held each Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. right after the Denver IDEA Cafe. For more see
The Denver IDEA Cafe is a free, open startup workshop held each Friday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Speakers are invited to share how they started their career, a project or campaign, or a new business, and we brainstorm. The only cost is your brain for the brainstorming. Speakers are announced each week on Wednesday or Thursday on, you can RSVP now to make sure you get a seat.
My free podcast How to Find a Good Job Fast: You can listen to it via the link on  Please forward this email along to any of your friends who you know are looking for a new job. They will thank you, and so will I if you'll let me know what you've done.
How may I be of service to you?
John S. Wren, MBA+
Life's short, start now!
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