Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Peer learning groups

Four years ago this article in the Denver Post caught by attention, I was surprised to see it again today and discover my comment was still attached to it.

Want to know more about joining or starting a peer learning group focused on your need or interest? Give me a call at (303)861-1447.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Search for My Grandfathers: What happened in 1932?

Search for My Grandfathers: What happened in 1932?: I'd always been told that pop's dad had died when pop was about 8 years old, but I was never told the cause of death. Then I foun...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Live! John Wren's The Startup Show

Watch live now (10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) or recording later at:

Join us now (10 a.m. Friday) or watch recording by CLICKING HERE.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Join us! Denver Capitol Hill IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops.

Each Friday I personally lead an IDEA Café Startup Workshop.

Free, we just ask that you share your ideas and experience.

We're at Panera, 13th & Grant, just a block for the Capitol.

For more and optional RSVP see

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2016 Colorado Caucus-- Will it be killed?

The Denver Post a few days ago printed a guest editorial from two political science (what an oxymoron, remember scientific management, in politics the ivory tower has maintained the term) profs from local institutions on the topic of killing our Colorado Caucus.

You can read the misguided diatribe, but no comments please, not on the Denver Post's website, they cut off comments because they were so adverse towards building the momentum the newspaper was clearly intending to build for it's editorial that came a few days later endorsing the misguided idea.

So the Denver Post is manufacturing news. This wasn't some grassroots groundswell. But read them both here, the editorial and the poly sci profs party-killing proposal. Then comment here or even better fire off your comments to the Denver Post and encourage them to open up the comment threads on these two pages so this can be nipped in the bud:

Poly Sci Profs Party-killing Proposal

Denver Post Call to Kill the Caucus

Monday, January 12, 2015

Brainstorm vs. Brainstorming

Brainstorm vs Brainstorming
The History of the Words.
The word "brainstorming" did not appear in Webster's Dictionary until the 1954 edition. Previous editions, how far back has not been determined but the 1934 edition for sure, carried the word "brainstorm" but it had a far different meaning than brainstorming as we think of it and as it is defined today.

First used in the late 1800's "brainstorm" originally referred to an extreme mental disturbance. That meaning changed after Alex Osborn, the O in BBD&O the New York advertising agency started using "brainstorming" as a creativity technique. Now the original meaning of brainstorm has been lost, it now means an insight or good idea.

Here's the frequency of use of the two words in the books on Google, which is thought to be a representative sample. (For more about this word frequency technique and to use it on words you are interested in researching, see

Friday, January 09, 2015

Friday, January 02, 2015

The Startup Show Jan 2 2015 Recording

Friday, January 2, 2015

Plus and minus of the Internet
Changes in our IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops
And more.

To be a guest on the show next wee, call us at (303)861-1447

We are on each Friday, 10 a.m. Mountain. Then meet with
John Wren any Friday afternoon, 2 p.m. the Capitol Hill
IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, Panera Bread, 13th & Grant.
More info, optional RSVP at