Monday, May 11, 2020
Come hear about the mental health crisis plaguing startup founders and learn about the tools and techniques founders are using to fight back. Have a technique you rely on to stay healthy as a founder? Bring your ideas and share them with your peers. We’ll be polling the audience for contributions.
Job hunting sucks. It can be time-consuming, repetitive, and soul-crushing - but only if you're doing it the hard way. Whether you're an entry-level, intermediate, advanced, or career-changing marketer, this session offers actionable tips and tools to help you land your dream job. Your instructor, Saylor, has 15+ years of experience in the art of leveling up. With unabashed candor, she'll share valuable job search lessons learned from her epic fails and wild successes, giving you practical takeaways to apply right away.
You'll learn how to:
* Define your personal brand
* Leverage your network and build your own Personal Board of Directors
* Outline your career goals and vet potential employers
* Optimize your search with Account Based Marketing
* Calculate your worth in the market and negotiate with confidence
Coronavirus has nearly halted in-office women's health appointments and care. From IVF clinic closures to maternity visits transpiring via telemedicine, healthy women are being put at risk because of the pandemic. Boulder's robust femtech community has solutions for women to control their own care. Join leaders of Prima-Temp, Mama Mend, MfB Fertility and Babyscripts for an important discussion on the future of women's health during a pandemic.
An informal social hour (BYOB) with the UX Research track event leaders and local UX research community. We welcome all researchers, UXers, research-curious techies and startup founders to join us and expand your network. This is a great time for startups to connect with UX researchers for consulting opportunities.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Programs for entrepreneurship are everywhere, at all levels, to all categories of people. Is this good or bad? What stage in life is most impactful? What is the best pathway? Join us to discuss these topics and more!
As we navigate sudden change to our careers, communities, and beyond, we believe will EMERGE STRONGER through community and connection. Join us for a group mentoring session on emotional intelligence, hosted by the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Council and led by top leadership consultant Andrew Wien.
Want to get better at noticing and managing stress? Or responding thoughtfully rather than reacting emotionally? Or better manage the overwhelm from everything that is happening around us? Then you would be interested in Emotional Intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware of one's own emotions and the emotions of others, and use that information to advance one's goals. It is a key skill in fulfillment and resilience, and could not be more helpful right now. Most of the session will be spent in conversation, so come excited to engage with your top questions.
About Andrew: Andrew founded the Dynamic Leadership Center to help people become more productive at work. He believes that small tweaks in how we use our brain can fundamentally change our work performance, the effectiveness of relationships, and overall fulfillment. (Oh, and make companies more profitable too.)
Have you wondered what doesn't work in nonprofits? Have you thought about how you can be more engaged with the sector? Are you curious about how the current COVID situation is impacting your community, at large? Brittny and Nia know nonprofits inside and out. With a bit of humor and tendency to call out issues, power dynamics, and be real, you'll certainly be entertained while hearing the inside scoop on the sector. This session will be recorded and released live as an episode of The Nonprofit Reframe Podcast
As we navigate sudden change to our careers, communities, and beyond, we believe will EMERGE STRONGER through community and connection. Join us for a group mentoring session on agile marketing, hosted by the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Council and led by marketing expert, Melissa Reeve.
With market conditions changing on a daily basis, gaining the ability to quickly learn, iterate, pivot, or persevere in marketing is more important than ever, especially if you are a startup whose business model has been disrupted. Join this mini-coaching session to see how these practices and principles can help evolve your marketing organization.
Most of the session will be spent in conversation, so come excited to engage with your top questions.
About Melissa: Melissa Reeve is the Vice President, Marketing at Scaled Agile, Inc, the provider of SAFe, the world's leading framework in Enterprise Agility. She leads the marketing team and is evolving the practice of Enterprise Marketing Agility. She lives in Boulder with her husband, dogs, and chickens.
You’ve started a company, and now you need branding. But the process is so intimidating. What does branding mean exactly? How much does it cost? And what exactly do you get when you’re done? The branding process is like an eclair stuffed inside a Fugu blowfish—delicious and fluffy and creamy inside, but you have to cook it right or else it will kill you. This session features two branding experts talking about all the essentials for establishing your perfect brand, life-saving tips and tricks, and guidance on everything from process to finding your perfect match.
Now we want to hear from you! Text us questions at (970) 670-0735 or reach out to speakers on Twitter: @beckherms and @heyyymb.
Tell Me A Story is simply that. Just a story of some lesson you learned, possibly the hard way. The funnier the story, or more bizarre the situation, the better. The lesson is that there's always a solution. Even to the problems you could never imagine.
As our world grapples with the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are promoting efforts to support those most vulnerable throughout our communities. Through that same lens on our own startup community, we envision an incredible opportunity to shift our thinking when it comes to all things hiring and culture-building for businesses across Colorado.
For this year's DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Track, we wanted to help co-create a more inclusive vision for what the future looks like for employees and businesses alike. So we asked our friend and mentor, Dr. Nita Mosby-Tyler, one of Colorado's leaders in the DEI space, "How do we set a new 'North Star' within our ecosystem that is more welcoming/inclusive/better than before?"
Join Dr. Nita Mosby-Tyler with Aaron Clark & Matt Zwiebel for a conversation on building strategies for the new normal. We’ll discuss what each of us can do to better integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into Colorado's startup/business community. After our conversation, your hosts will take live questions from the comfort of their favorite chair at home.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
This event highlights CU-based startups who proved themselves this year by excelling in the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge, working with Venture Partners at CU Boulder, or proving themselves in a startup class.
5 Reasons Your Website Is Scaring Away Your Best Customers (And How To Embrace Them During COVID-19)
Whether your business is currently open or not, this is your opportunity to uncover the 5 biggest website “revenue-drainers” that are scaring away 30-70% of your online traffic.
Discover how you can fix 95% of these problems quickly and cost-effectively so your "post-pandemic" results are even better than before!
If Your Business Is Open: Do everything in your power to optimize your site and maximize your online results (because your competitors are).
If Your Business Is Closed: Embrace NOW as your opportunity to optimize your site (so you can hit the ground running when you reopen).
And whether you are open or not, discover NEW revenue opportunities triggered by COVID-19.
You will also learn: How to transform your site from "just an online brochure" (that's costing you money)... into a user-friendly, traffic-getting profit center. How to implement simple website improvements to increase your leads and sales right away (without breaking the bank). How you may be losing business every day (from simple elements on your website like forms & buttons). The crazy experiment that Amazon did to prevent lost revenue (and how you can copy it to thrive in 2020). How to prevent falling further behind your competitors (who have already implemented these tactics). And more...
As we navigate sudden change to our careers, communities, and beyond, we believe will EMERGE STRONGER through community and connection. Join us for a group mentoring session on financial strategies, hosted by the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Council and led by Certified Financial Planner Kelly Cochran.
Managing your personal finances can often feel overwhelming, especially in uncertain times. Join us to learn how to navigate the challenges you face now and prepare yourself for a strong future. Whether you are planning for yourself or caring for others, we will tackle your questions and give you some tools and strategies to apply to your own situation.
Most of the session will be spent in conversation, so come excited to engage with your top questions.
About Kelly: Kelly Cochran is a Certified Financial Planner and Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Boulder. Kelly was recently named to the Forbes "America's Top Women Wealth Advisors" list, April 2020. Having grown up in Boulder, Kelly is involved in the community and loves coaching golf at Fairview High School. She sits on the boards of Women Inspiring Leadership Development and the Museum of Boulder.
In March, much of the world went home as the coronavirus transformed the way we live, work, and do business. In the midst of mind-bending changes to our realities, real-time communication became paramount as events were cancelled, unemployment claims skyrocketed, and travel came to a halt.
We’re living in a pandemic where announcements now need to be in tune with issues and needs, brands need to pivot, offer discounts or extend free trial periods to keep customers, and in many cases, what companies are doing to help those on the front lines are making front page headlines.
In this session, hear from four seasoned communications experts who work with the media on a daily basis, as they share how they're adapting to enhance brand reputations. You'll walk away with a better understanding on what you can do to market your own business responsibly and compassionately.
Join fellow bootstrapping SasS founders during our weekly Boulder Micropreneurs Meetup and learn how we survived the long, slow SaaS ramp of death to build, sell, and acquire bootstrapped companies doing tens of thousands in MRR.
Get to know the ecosystem of IoT practitioners, entrepreneurs, service providers, distributors, and folks who are just interested in doing cool stuff. This will be a live event and we'll be allowing folks to directly connect so be sure to come with a question or a need!
We all have a superpower - the question is, what's yours and how can you use it to empower your community? We'll do a workshop session on finding your superpower and how it can align to be in service of others.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Zebras Unite (Zebras are real, unicorns are not! Unicorns always seem to be alone, while zebras run in packs!) is a network of founders, investors, and their friends who believe that the problems of diversity in the startup scene aren't just a representation problem, they're a system problem. We'll hear from people, from both on and off CU's campus, who have been pioneering strategies for changing culture and business models for the better. But most of all, we'll hold an open conversation about the challenges and strategies you've encountered around creating a truly inclusive startup community.
Go behind the scenes of successful exits of SaaS businesses with David Newell, a leading expert in SaaS valuation and acquisitions.
In this talk we'll look at what makes a SaaS business valuable, the key metrics and levers which both increase or decrease a SaaS business's value, and how you can estimate the value of your business today. We'll review actual acquisitions and uncover the principles that make one business more valuable than another.
Here's what we'll cover
The four pillars of value. There are 4 key factors that influence the value of every e-commerce business. Learn what these are and review your business. How to calculate the value of your business today. By the end you'll be able to estimate your business's current value as well as what it could be worth 1, 2, or 3 years from now. The #1 mistake entrepreneurs make that destroys the value of even the best businesses. This is 100% under your control, but if you don't pay attention to this, your business could be unsellable. Why building a valuable business matters - even if you never sell. Don't want to sell your business? That's fine. You should still build something valuable. I'll explain why.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn what you need to do to set yourself up for a possible exit of six, seven, or even eight figures.
As we navigate sudden change to our careers, communities, and beyond, we believe will EMERGE STRONGER through community and connection. Join us for a group mentoring session on building trust with remote teams, hosted by the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Council and led by Human Resources executive Teri Keller.
Trust is an essential component to highly effective teams; it instills confidence, collaboration, and innovation. As you move to remote working, how you and your team define trust begins to shift. In this session, we will discuss and share our best practices with building trust to work more effectively within distributed teams.
Most of the session will be spent in conversation, so come excited to engage with your top questions.
About Teri: Teri Keller is a Human Resources executive with over 20 years of experience in developing growth-oriented tech companies. Her passion is leading companies through rapid growth and transformation. Her goal is to achieve a comprehensive HR stance that propels strong leadership and an engaged workforce.
In the past month, innovation in healthcare has moved faster than the last 5+ years. Boulder's digital health, life science community, and care delivery providers rallied to the forefront to answer this call. Our panelists will share how their companies pivoted during the crisis and talk about the trade-offs on the impact on their business. Join us for a robust online panel discussion to learn more.
Figure out “who am I” becoming amidst this global transition.This new terrain - COVID-19 and quarantine life - is shaping how we show up as business owners, parents, spouses, friends, and members of our community. Many of us are pivoting our focus from expansion and revenue and growth to service, contribution, and purpose.
Now, knowing what you stand for and why you’re committed to the work creates the foundation for meaningful and long term personal and business success.
We’ll discuss insights, processes, and rituals that can contribute to growing a meaningful business.
Traditionally, you could either choose to bootstrap your business, or get on the VC track. What if you could get just enough money to get you to the next level, while keeping control of your business and your growth? This talk will go over the options available for you and the pros and cons of each.
Great Scott! Whether you're selling your product on retail shelves or digitally, your packaging is the face of your brand. It needs to distill what you're all about in a matter of seconds. But how do you navigate the days, weeks, months, and possibly years of work leading up to that crucial moment in time? We've gathered a panel of local experts for an enchanting discussion at 88 MPH filled with smart strategies and timeless advice. It's your destiny!
Now we want to hear from you! Text us questions at (970) 670-0735 or reach out to moderator Michael Benjamin on Twitter: @heyyymb.
This seminar will provide you with some powerful tools that you’ll be able to put into practice right away. As an attendee, you will be led through a series of gentle, fun exercises that will help you become aware of your own individual physicality and learn how to align the language of your body with the message you want to convey.
What this seminar is NOT: a boilerplate of generalized techniques for everyone. What it IS: a series of simple, practical solutions customized to each individual, helping you learn how to use your physicality as a tool for effective interpersonal communication.
Grab a drink and join our zoom. We'll do a quick toast then break into small groups of 3 people for 5-minute rapid networking among the group of attendees. You should come if you work in healthcare technology or are interested in it!
Bring a drink! Or three... The BSW Physical Products Track is launching a Slack Workspace for Colorado physical products companies. A group of seasoned veterans have set up a community to share the common challenges creating physical products. This will be an ongoing support group for those addicted to making stuff. colo-physicalproducts.slack.com
Nothing makes us feel more human than realizing we all share the same fears, doubts, and experiences. Hear stories from incredible founders whose businesses are experiencing an extreme change in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Come just to listen. Or bring your favorite story of startup crisis, or COVID crisis, and share it to help others feel more human too.
Friday, May 15, 2020
When we first designed and tested a tool to address college loneliness a year ago, we had no clue that a global pandemic would cause campuses around the country to close their doors and radically change the way that students create and maintain their college communities. Then it hit. Suddenly our app intervention content encouraging in-person social connection was contraindicated. College campuses across the U.S. closed including our second pilot site- wiping out our user base. And our creative promotion campaign all about time together IRL was way off message. We faced a decision- hunker down and wait for the storm to pass or face it head on. In this session we’ll share the story of how we pivoted to launch an app for social connection during social distancing in just twelve stormy days and the 5 things we’ve come to appreciate made that pivot possible.
In a COVID world, what will companies be looking for from UX research? How will they know you are prepped for the new remote landscape? Join us in a portfolio discussion about how to show off your work-from-home chops.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives draw attention to how connected we are to each other in our community. We're experiencing new mobility challenges and limitations, especially on the frontline. Tune into this lively panel discussion about how the pandemic is impacting Boulder's essential workers. We'll discuss how energy, mobility, and sustainability relate during the pandemic, and what that might mean for the future.
Submit your questions for the panelists by 5 pm on Tuesday, May 12 to Zoe at [email protected] (This event is coordinated by 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Via Mobility Services.)
Kathleen Bracke, Boulder County Transportation Planning, Deputy Director
Natalie Stiffler, Via Mobility Services, Director of Operations
Kevin Crouse, Boulder B-cycle, Executive Director
Joshua Sperling, Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Urban Futures Engineer
Clark Rider, University of Colorado Boulder, Sustainable Transportation Specialist
Joan Lyons, Boulder Transportation Connections, Planner and TDM Outreach Specialist
Zoe DeVito, Via Mobility Services, Grants and Contracts Coordinator
Stress. Anxiety. Fear. Grief. Boredom. Impatience. Anger. We experience strong emotions all the time. Learn how to fully face whatever you are experiencing with confidence. We'll learn how to turn toward, process, and manage strong emotions using tools based in mindfulness and emotional intelligence and backed by neuroscience.
It doesn't matter if you are angry at our government, stressed about finances, impatient from being trapped in your house, or fearful for the safety of loved ones. Managing emotions can be simple and FUN! Just follow the step by step process.
We’ll discuss why you’re more likely to get a life changing exit by bootstrapping your own SaaS business than by joining a startup. We’ll talk about how to choose your market, specific ways you can grow your business, and when (and how) to pounce on a life-changing exit.
Join BMoCA and featured architect and artist Aaron Jones as they discuss Jones’ proposal and plan for a future large-scale architectural installation at BMoCA’s InsideOut exhibition platform. This installation focuses on the intersection between art and architecture and how non-traditional structures can foster experiential art viewing.
Jones has been selected for the 2020/2021 iteration of the BMoCA + AIA CO program.
More information available here.