If Eric Wu weren’t the co-founder of Bracket Labs, tasked with sales and customer success, he’d like to be running a surfing school in Hawaii. Right now, he’s busy building high-quality collaboration and productivity apps for the Salesforce AppExchange.
Austin Johnson eschewed the clichés of dreaming big, hitting a home run and swinging for the fences, opting instead for a baseball metaphor of his own: "Hit a single, and move out of my parents' basement."
The word “visionary” gets bandied about, but there’s no doubt it applies to the father-son entrepreneurial team of Mickey and Kyle Zeppelin, who can see potential where others see only rust and rebar.
Kayvan Khalatbari has his fingers in multiple pies, starting with pizza – as in his Sexy Pizza chain, with three Denver locations. It was the first venture in which the Nebraska native wedded his entrepreneurial endeavors with his fervent activism.
Eighteen flavors and $100 million in sales later, it’s fair to say that Noosa Finest Yoghurt is still the love of Koel Thomae’s life, and more people are falling for it every day.
Here's the historical perspective on why no one wants to be an executive and why 65 percent want to own their own business. We are going back where we came from ― business ownership.
“If we have facts, we’ll use facts; if we have opinions, we’ll use mine.” It’s one of my favorite lines, not because it’s the mantra for my own business, but because it illustrates the approach taken by so many business owners.
After serving in the military, Michael Clark moved to Lyons to get away from the crowds in Denver. “Too big, too much, just too many people,” says the 68-year-old Lakewood native. Lyons had less chaos, plus one very important lure: “It had a river in it,” Clark says.
While master luthier is a moniker he shies away from – “I still feel like I’m learning, for sure,” he says – Rich Sharples has had a hand in making thousands of banjos in his tenure at OME. He now supervises two other luthiers, and the team crafts about 180 high-end banjos a year at the company’s shop in northeast Boulder.
Over the coming months, the DaVinci Institute will be unveiling the world’s first Futurist Hall of Fame. As with other “hall of fame” efforts, this one will be dedicated to drawing attention to those who have contributed the most to our thinking about the future.
Embarrassment and fear of not meeting others’ expectations are the main culprits keeping people from uncovering their true path. There are no simple or easy answers, but the questions to help you in your journey are relatively simple.
Larry Mizel serves as chairman and CEO of M.D.C. Holdings Inc., parent corporation of Richmond American Homes. Richmond American has built more than 180,000 homes, mostly in the Western U.S.