Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Peanuts cartoon: Lucy at table with sign "Advice 5-cents."

Blog post here from 2004:

I've stopped daily 5-minute broadcasts, have had no complaints. No complaints = it was a waste of everyone's time. If you want to know what I think about something, pick up the phone and call. :-)  

  Now my plan for my YouTube channel is to do only SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show, post right here on I'm going to view what I'm doing with the videos, Internet, consulting help to find clients more good customers as more like selling cut flowers or fresh fruit, something viewers can watch, enjoy, benefit from, and then move on, calling me if they want to talk more now. 

I need to get over the crazy thought I'm creating this valuable stockpile of wisdom. If I really want to do that I need to write for a newspaper or magazine that has great editors or teach at a great college. Maybe someday... 

I'm standing by my cart offering a flower or an apple, not the old German history teacher I had at Cornell College giving all of us in the large auditorium facts and his understanding of 400BC in Ancient Greece. 

If you want my thoughts or if you want me to listen as you clarify you own thoughts, which is usually much more helpful to you, give me a call. You'll usually catch me from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday to Friday on my cell (720)495-4949.

I'm still experimenting.
Now Startup Show on Facebook.
Live each Friday, noon MST.
John Wren  (720)495-4949

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SPECIAL REPORT The Startup Show Topic: Denver Speakers Corner

Today's Media Release, Denver Speakers Corner

January 23, 2014

For more contact:  John Wren cell (720)XXX-XXXX

“Denver City Auditor to be invited to MC as he did when we started our Civic Center Park effort.”

DENVER— Denver Speakers Corner, open to all, 10:30 to 11 a.m. each Sunday starting January 26. In front of the north entrance to the Colorado Justice Center, 14th & Lincoln. Free, bring your own soap box. Questions, or to volunteer to help, call John Wren at (303)861-1447

Super Bowl Sunday, January 26, has brought back to life Denver Speakers Corner which met previously each Sunday in Civic Center Park. Everyone is invited, it’s free and open to everyone, and it is hoped a vendors will take advantage of the event to sell hot dogs, coffee, political buttons, and other items of general interest.

The restart was announced this morning on a Small Business Chamber of Commerce SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show, it can be seen at

John Wren (303)861-1447 is a long time community activist. He has run for political office as a Republican and a Democrat, he is currently registered as an Unaffiliated voter. He encourages grassroot political participation through his educational efforts, grassroots busness participation through and he is available as a public speaker.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Colorado Establishment Growth Poor


Business births and deaths

Since the recession began in December 2007, business births have experienced the steepest decline in the history of the series. New establishments are not being formed at the same levels seen before the economic downturn began, and the number is much lower than it was during the 2001 recession.  From Bureau Labor Statistics, more at

Chart 5. Quarterly establishment births and deaths, 1993–2010

Decline in self-employed

Series Id:           LNU02027714
Not Seasonally Adjusted
Series title:        (Unadj) Employment Level - All industries Self-employed, unincorporated
Labor force status:  Employed
Type of data:        Number in thousands
Age:                 16 years and over
Class of worker:     Self-employed workers, unincorporated
Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Where do we get our news?

The effect of the Internet:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Broncos Flourish! Are you? Is America?


We'll be talking about Mass Flourinshing with it's author until it hits the best seller list. Watch this short interview, if you agree that's a worthy goal, please share this with your friends, encourage them to watch it and share. Start!: 1-8-14 SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show: Edmund Ph...

May I help you flourish?

If you want to move ahead or start in a new direction with your career, starting a new project or campaign, or if you might want to start whole new career or a new business, call me, there's a good chance I can be helpful even if we just talk once. There is never a charge for the first phone call, and you're never surprised by a bill if we do decide to work together.

If you want help, call now, I'd hate for us to miss this opportunity to work together. Call now or anytime, (303)861-1447,  I want to help you create a Good Living for yourself.

It's only too late if you don't start now!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lessons from a Desperado Poet

Starting? Get this Baxter Black book about how he launched, we hope to get him on The Startup Show. he's at Denver's National Western Stock Show and Rodeo tomorrow (Sun, Jan 19), noon to 3 pm Blue Ribbon Books booth.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hamlet! I'll be at the opening Jan 30.

John Wren's "There are things in heaven and earth that are not...: By William Shakespe are One of the greatest plays ever written, Shakespeare’s signature tragedy unfolds a story of corruption, re...

Thursday, January 09, 2014

1-8-14 SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show: Edmund Phelps, Mass Flourishing.

Watch this short video, one of the top economists in the world, Nobel prize winning Edumund Phelps about his new book. Very interesting, he'll be back with us again at the end of the month after the World Economic Forum.

Join us for the Denver IDEA Salon & Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, Fridays, 2:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant, for more click here. 

Is small the new big thing?

John McLaughlin on his McLaughlin Report last Friday made his New Year's prediction for the year ahead, as he always does.

The prediction this year: Small is the new big thing. Countries are breaking up, USSR is now 15 countries, etc. etc. And within countries tribes are forming.

Tradition does not accommodate this, as Nobel economist Edmund Phelps discusses in his new book Mass Flourishing. Did you get a chance to watch the SPECIAL REPORT The Startup Show with him I posted here yesterday?

Here's a graphic illustration, using Google's very interesting new tool nGram:

Tradition, the way things have always been done is hard to overcome. To me it seems that was one of the primary messages of the carpenter 2000 years ago. He planted seeds that have resulted in this, socialism, a move beyond the tribal way of living that had evolved to the feudal system, even more oppressive, then the merchentile form of socialism, and now the sudden surge in the grassroots,it seems to me, what do you think?:

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Tomorrow! Join us? Socrates Cafe, good conversation about interesting topics. Check it out.

Each Thursday, we choose a topic at the meeting, very interesting discussion if you are interested in what others think, like to express your own thoughts.

 No affiliation, but we meet at Trinity Church just across from the Brown Palace in downtown Denver, on Broadway at about 19th. Lots of free parking, most meters in the area stop at 6 p.m. No reading assignments, we seek truth with our own lights.

No RSVP required, lots don't, but to check it out and get all the info about it, click here: RSVP

Hangouts: Conversations that last, with the people you love

Can you watch this without a tear?

I'm forwarding this to my (adult) kids tonight, starting the family Hangout I've wanted for years. Now.

How about you?

Do not miss this! Watch now! Edmund Phelps, Mass Flourishing.SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show

"Mass Flourishing is what Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations should have been..." Robert J. Shiller, 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics.

"This book will transform economics." Introduction of Professor Phelps at Oxford last month (available on YouTube.)

"John Maynard Keynes intended to re-examine his theory in his next book. He would have moved on." Edmund Phelps, 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Watch this short video, then go to the bookstore or buy it online. Then start a study group using the book, as Professor Phelps recommends, encourage your elected representatives to do the same. If you want help doing this, call me! John Wren (303)861-1447.

If not us, who? If not now, when?


Monday, January 06, 2014

Pope Francis as Economist.

I love Pope Francis, he is my spiritual leader.

But he needs to catch up on economics. I've suggested that he read Edmund Phelps, Nobel economist, especially his new book Mass Flourishing. Who would be interested in a study group using it? Take a look at the book, then call me. We could do face to face or as a Google+ Hangout. Maybe Pope Francis would join us.  Here's the book:

Friday, January 03, 2014

January 3, 2014

For more:  John Wren cell (720)495-4949


Denver—Ben Franklin’s 307th birthday is being celebrated by the Small Business Chamber. William F Robinson III, principle in Robinson & Robinson, oldest law firm in Colorado, will speak on “Franklin’s meeting with Adam Smith, publication of The Wealth of Nations in 1776, and the impact on the US Constitution.”  Free if you join the group in January for just $1.50 per month (to be increased $1 each month)  see:  For sponsorship opportunities call John Wren (303)861-1447


Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Startup Show

John Wren will share ideas for taking action, if you have questions about anything discussed in this 5 minute live broadcast, call John at (303)861-1447, leave a complete, confidential message and he'll get back to you as soon as possible.

The Startup Show is on each day Monday thru Friday by 5 p.m. Mountain time. SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show is produced from time to time on topics of interest to people starting and growing new businesses.

Here's today's show:

Join us tomorrow here in Denver for the IDEA Salone startup discussion group and/or the IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, details and optional RSVP at: 

Free discussion meetings, links to Socrates Cafe, IDEA Cafe, etc. Start!: Links to Socrates Cafe, IDEA Cafe, etc.: Click on name below for more information: Denver Socrates Cafe   Good conversation, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 6 p.m. Denver IDEA ...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Startup Show E & D of IDEA

The Startup Show, live by 5 p.m. Mountain
Five or ten minutes of information, opinion, and inspiration.

Hope you'll share with any of your friends who are starting in a new direction with their work, starting a new career, new project or campaign, or new business.

Sponsored by the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. "We cooperate with local chambers and other groups to help provide more real help for startups."

Join us Fridays in Denver, Colorado for our IDEA Salon open discussion group about startup followed by our beginners meeting for startup, the Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. Not in Denver? Contact us for help starting similar meetings at a time and place that would work for you. More via link on  or call John Wren (303)861-1447

This life is short, let's get started!

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