Seth Silvers – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Seth Silvers is an expert in business storytelling. The founder of StoryOn, Seth knows that businesses have far more stories than they think about on a day-to-day basis. Seth is also the host of the Small Business Storytellers podcast which features stories from small businesses and entrepreneurs. Seth’s panel at startup week is called The […]

Read More

Ethan Bach – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Ethan Bach is the artist behind Alt Ethos, a design firm behind some of Fort Collins’ most iconic technology art installations. He’s passionate about teaching fellow artists ways to treat creating art like a business. You can get to meet him during the ARTup Week Panel: Notes from the Field: Using Technology to Advance Artepreneurship […]

Read More

Katrina Pfannkuch – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Katrina is a creative catalyst, an empath, and a writer. She’s a creative’s creative and the founder of Creative Katrina. You can check out Katrina’s Startup Week panel: Find the Root of Creative Blocks and Learn to Break Free on Thursday February 28th, 2:00pm-3:00pm @ The Articulate. Let’s get to know Katrina! I’m Katrina Pfannkuch […]

Read More

Raj Kumar – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Raj Kumar is a dancer, an engineer, and a technology developer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He’s a dance instructor for the Kalapriya School of Dance in Fort Collins teaching Bharatanatyam and Bollywood styles. His story is a fascinating one and you can hear it in person at the ARTup Week […]

Read More

Jenny Morse – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Jenny Morse is an expert in business communications and the CEO of Appendance, Inc. When she’s not teaching the generations to communicate more effectively and convey their credibility in written form, she’s contemplating the deeper meaning of emojis and trying to make emails more human. Jenny is presenting an interactive panel on improving your email […]

Read More

Candyce Edelen – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Candyce Edelen knows her stuff when it comes to growing your business to the next level. Her company Propel Growth specializes in scaling companies beyond the $5M revenue mark. You can check out Candyce’s panel: LinkedIn Prospecting for B2B Sales on Tuesday February 26th, 11:00am-12:00pm @ Cohere Coworking. Let’s get to know Candyce! Hi, I’m […]

Read More

Process, Process, Process – a guest post by speaker Nick Armstrong

The number of those who consider themselves self-employed jumped 40% in the ten-year span between 2000 and 2010, and according to FreshBooks, 42 million Americans will be self-employed by 2020. Solopreneurship is difficult. Whether you’re figuring out how to delegate or trying to write better copy, most solopreneurs wear so many hats it’s hard to […]

Read More

Chrysta Bairre – StartUp FoCo Podcast

A public speaker, a gifted career coach, and a passionate advocate for service-based entrepreneurs, Chrysta Bairre‘s efforts have created connections and opportunities that span throughout Northern Colorado. Chrysta will be presenting FIVE sessions at Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins: Business Beyond Privilege on Monday February 25th, 12:00pm-1:00pm @ Downtown Artery Gallery She Leads Social on […]

Read More

Marj Hahne – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Marj Hahne has a degree in engineering, an MFA, and she’s a copy-editor “by income”. But, most importantly: she’s a poet, and a bad-ass entrepreneur in her own right. Alongside Kathleen Willard, Marj brought together Ray Martinez, Leslee Becker, and Vauhini Vara to discuss creating literary art in Fort Collins. You can check out the […]

Read More

The One Skill that Can Make or Break a Company – a guest post by speaker Katie Hoffman

Many companies start with writing – jotting down ideas of a business plan on a napkin, drafting a 5 year-plan, writing down ideas for an investment pitch, and formulating business agreements. But most companies don’t realize writing only becomes more central to a business growing and thriving as employees communicate with each other, clients, and […]

Read More

The Quality of Our Leaders Affects the Quality of Our Lives – a guest post by speakers Nancy Kepner and Julianna Christie

Research shows a majority — 67% — of employees worldwide are disengaged, and a hyperfocus on growth and profits is coming at the expense of people’s well-being. There are significant gaps in leadership where an old style reliant on control and blame tactics isn’t working. To counter those trends and meet a market need, we […]

Read More

Mike Baron – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Mike Baron is an Eisner award-winning author right in our own back yard. If you’re a fan of The Punisher and Star Wars, Mike is someone you’re gonna want to get to know. His insights into the business side of writing are both timely and carry the weight of years of doing the work. Mike’s […]

Read More

Nikki Lachar – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Nikki Lachar and Tina Todd, co-founders of simplyHR, are shaking up the world of sexual harassment training. Crowdfunding Define The Line, their comic book-based team training tool, to the tune of $10,000, the comic book is taking root nationwide. Nikki’s panels are: Define the Line: How to create civility in the workplace on Monday February […]

Read More

Franklin Taggart – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Franklin Taggart is a creative coach, podcaster, advisor for the Loveland Business Development Center, and he’s one heck of a musician. He’ll be presenting 3 panels at Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins: Podcasting for Marketing, Sales and Customer Service on Tuesday, February 26th, 2:00pm-2:45pm @ The Innosphere, 5 Online Income Opportunities for Creative Businesses on […]

Read More

The Value of Considering Culture – a guest post by speaker Todd Cornell

Having grown up in Fort Collins, I didn’t have much opportunity to interact with diverse cultures or mindsets. The city we know today is a mecca of diversity by comparison! Now, when interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds, I consciously stay open to things “outside my comfort zone”, remaining mindful of thoughts and inner […]

Read More

Machine Learning for non-PhDs – a guest post from speaker Derek Haynes

Since I was a pasty, awkward middle schooler I’ve been writing computer code. Much of my coding time is spent fixing my own silly bugs, but a couple of magical coding moments standout: When I accessed my hideous, lets animate-all-the-gifs AOL-hosted homepage on a middle school computer. Character-by-character, copying Tetris onto my TI-85 calculator from […]

Read More