Friday, August 16, 2013

You've seen the Franklin Planner, here's how Thomas Jefferson kept organized.

I've known Thomas Jefferson kept a journal. Until I read this didn't know he kept little notes in his pocket through out the day, then transferred them to his journal in the evening. For years and years I've kept a journal, write mostly in the early morning, I have boxes of them. I'm going to try Jefferson's method and start keeping index cards in my pocket, then copy in the evening. Might take another try at keeping my journal on the computer, print out later, I'm not sure.

Do you keep a journal?
Did you know this about Jefferson?
Do you use a computer for your journal?
If so, have you learned any tricks I might use?

Morning Preparations

Ivory tabs used by Jefferson to keep notesIvory tabs used by Jefferson to keep notes
After his record-keeping, Jefferson started his own fire and soaked his feet in cold water. He maintained the foot bath for sixty years and attributed his good health in part to this habit.
Jefferson's clothes, according to his granddaughter, were "simple and adapted to his ideas of neatness and comfort . . . and sometimes blending the fashions of several periods." In his pockets, Jefferson carried such a variety of portable instruments for making observations and measurements that he's been dubbed a "traveling calculator." Among his collection of pocket-sized devices were scales, drawing instruments, a thermometer, a surveying compass, a level, and even a globe. To record all these measurements, Jefferson carried a small ivory notebook (pictured) on which he could write in pencil. Back in his Cabinet, or office, he later copied the information into any of seven books in which he kept records about his garden, farms, finances, and other concerns; he then erased the writing in the ivory notebook.

From: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc-- Monticello Website 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

IDEA Startup Workshop Online with Debbie Burns

Debbie will be here in Denver at Colorado Free University talking about
how to start a medical transcription business:

 Be at the video roundtable next Tuesday, RSVP at

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Go+Groups, a new program for startups to generate earned income for Small Business Chamber, scholarships based on need will be offered.

This information went out to the local Denver media last
week. I didn't receive any calls about it, we'll try again.
It would be great to have you in a public Go+Group, no
Those in these first public meetings will become our Go+Group
leaders. Call me if you have any questions. John (303)861-1447 

Longtime Denver Community Activist Asks for Volunteers and Donations.

Denver— Community activist John S Wren today asked for help to expand the work he’s been doing for the last 20 years to “strengthen the grassroots in business and politics.”  For more see or contact Wren at or (303)861-1447

            Making the appeal Wren said, “For nearly 20 years my purpose has been to strenghten the voice of the common person in business and politics,  

            “I’ve had a TV or radio show off and on since the early 90s, I’ve just started a YouTube “Channel” where I’ll be posting new episodes and some of the old. I’ve held hundreds of startup workshops that 5280 Magazine says have ‘infused Denver with an entrepreneurial spirit.’ New Go Groups provide consulting for the price of a workshop, and they will be made available for free to as many as possible. For more about the new Go Groups, see

            “The Rocky Mountain News named me in their editorial that recognized Save the Caucus for defeating Amendment 29 in 2002 which would have killed our wonderful neighborhood caucus-assembly system, the best friend of the common person who wants to serve in elected public office.  I continue encourage informed participation with
            “As I have since 1994, I continue to invite you to call me if you want help starting in a new direction with your work. But now also please contact me if you’d be willing to help with this work with startups as a volunteer or if you’re willing to contribute financially,” said Wren.


John S. Wren, MBA+ (303)861-1447 has done business consulting since 1979. He is past President of the University of Denver Graduate Student Association, the Denver City Club, Metro South Optimists, and the founding President of the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association and the new Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Wren has been a candidate and local leader as a Republican and as a Democrat, he is currently registered Unaffiliated, something he rarely suggests for others. He’s an active member of Denver St. Ignatius of Loyola Church and 1311 York Street Club. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Watch now! Starting? Pivoting? Want help?

John Wren's The Startup Show, sponsored by the Small Business Chamber of Commerce is on each Monday, 5 to 6 p.m. Mountain (7 to 8 p.m. Eastern, 4 to 5 p.m. Pacific)

 The Startup Show answers your questions about starting in a new direction with your work, your questions about starting a new career, a new project or campaign, or a new business.

Tweet your questions, right now if you want, and Tweet your answers, to A link to the show will be posted right here just before show time, or watch on Google+ Live Hangouts or YouTube Live Broadcasts. The link here converts to a link to a recording of the show just after the broadcast.

Tweet your answers? Yes. We intend to create a one-hour and beyond on air brainstorming frenzy, join us when we are one live, or join us laster. SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS WHO MIGHT LIKE TO JOIN US BECAUSE THEY ARE STARTING/ PIVOTING OR THEY HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE. THANKS!