Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Any feedback you have about the current little book, what you like, what you don't like, would be very much appreciated.

Would you be willing to let me put the story of your startup in a future edition? If so, please see submission guidelines on http://www.SmallBizChamber.org

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New (final?) version of "Connect to Win" just posted on http://www.johnwren.com/  My intention is to print it in booklet form, start distributing it at all IDEA Cafe Startup Workshops and at talks I give on the same topic to service clubs, chambers of commerce, and neighborhood associations between now and the 2012 Colorado Caucuses.

John Wren

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This week I published "Connect to Win" (click here to see it) on the Denver Post's Your Hub.

The final version of this, perhaps expanded to a book, will become the handbook for the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, once it has moved from virtual to real, with a board of directors, an office and staff, recognition by the IRS as a 501C3, and a budget. Our mission: To strengthen the grassroots in business and politics by helping local chambers of commerce to offer IDEA CafĂ© Startup Workshops and Franklin Circle Peer Advisory Groups to their members. If you’d like to help, contact me at (303)861-1447 or John@JohnWren.com. Thanks! John

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I've revised the article in the Statesman Newspaper that was published last fall (see link below) and made it into a 4-page booklet for anyone starting in a new direction with their work. If you'd like a copy email me at John@JohnWren.com

I'm also going to submit the revised text to Denver newspapers again. My hope is that people who are new to Colorado or just new to Colorado politics will start getting more involved prior to the 2012 Colorado Caucuses.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The current issue of the Colorado Stateman newspaper has my advice for citizens trying to decide what to do next, I think the same 5 points apply to anyone trying to decide what to do next with their career, those starting in a new direction with their career, a new project, or a new business. See http://www.coloradostatesman.com/guest_columns

I'm forming a new Franklin Circle for entrepreneurs, business owners, and creative managers. If you'd like more information and an invitation to our first meeting contact me at John@JohnWren.com or (303)861-1447.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Why do we need startups? How many startups are enough? Will we ever not need any more new businesses?

Years ago I heard Kenneth Boulding, perhaps the most famous economist to ever teach at the University of Colorado, give his answer to this question.

"The problem is the economists pie chart," he said. "There is no pie. There is just a bunch of damned little tarts."

Large businesses and labor unions will always exist because of economies of scale. But eventually these large organzations get better and better at doing the wrong thing. As technology changes, new opportunities are created.

What's your tart?