July 10th, 2001
"Internet Startups - the Next Generation"

07/10/01 RMIUG Meeting - "Internet Startups - the Next Generation"

The Tuesday, July 10th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will feature a panel discussion called "Internet Startups - the Next Generation." This is a special joint meeting offered in association with the Colorado Internet Keiretsu ( http://www.cik.org ). The CIK is networking organization for founders and CEOs of Colorado-based Internet businesses.

What do Internet startups look like after the dotbomb bubble has burst? Sane business models, companies running lean, solid management teams and investors. We'll highlight several companies at SOFTBANK's Hotbank incubator and discuss the types of Net startups that are being funded today.

Daniel Feld (dfeld@sbvc.com), Executive Director of SOFTBANK's Hotbank Incubator will give us an overview of this new Internet incubator and some perspectives on Internet startups today. How does the incubator work, what types of companies are located there, what kinds of business plans are being pitched, how the market has changed since last year.

Eric Kirby (ekirby@veripost.net), CEO of Veripost, co-founded the e-mail change of address company in May 2000. He will be speaking on start-up perspectives from "Then" and "Now": Worldprints.com (then) and Veripost (now). He will compare and contrast his experiences from an Internet start-up during the peak, versus Veripost, a company started after the decline and discuss the marketplace today.

David J. Jilk (djilk@wideforce.com), CEO of Wideforce, created the concept for the remote workforce and workflow management company during his recent tenure as a Development Officer for SOFTBANK Venture Capital. He will be speaking on both the benefits of spending some time in venture capital (sometimes called "the dark side") and some things that have changed dramatically in the past year from both entrepreneur and investor perspectives.

As always, plenty of time will be allocated for interactive Q&A, so bring lots of questions and be ready for an interesting evening of interactive discussion.

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The meeting is Tuesday, July 10th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments and informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, which is located on the west end of Table Mesa Drive, up the hill, right under the Flatirons. For door-to-door driving direction, go to MapQuest ( http://www.mapquest.com/ ), click on Driving Directions, enter your starting address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.

Our meeting location seats about 120 people. That is usually enough room to accommodate all attendees, but it's impossible for us to predict how many people will show up for any given meeting. Seating is always on a first-come, first serve basis, and in the event of more attendees than seats, we won't be able to admit additional people into the auditorium after all seats are filled.

RMIUG appreciates the ongoing support from XOR Network Engineering ( http://www.xor.com ) for administration of RMIUG's electronic discussion lists & web site. Thanks also to our new sponsor MicroStaff ( http://www.microstaff.com ) for sponsorship of refreshments for our group. Consultants and companies are invited to bring Internet- related Product information, brochures, and business cards which will be displayed on an information table.

There are email mailing lists set up for this group. To subscribe or unsubscribe, see http://www.rmiug.org/maillist.html You can also reach the RMIUG "Executive" Committee at rmiug-comm@rmiug.org. Our web site is at http://www.rmiug.org/

Tentative schedule of upcoming RMIUG meetings:

  • Sept 25, 2001 - "Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices," Cluetrain author Chris Locke unveils his latest book (note date change - 4th Tuesday - Sept meeting only)
  • November - The State of Wireless Internet: Who, What, When, Where and How

(To suggest a topic, send your idea to rmiug-comm@rmiug.org)

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