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October 01, 2014

Winds of change: How-tos for successful transitions

We all go through them

By Theresa M. Szczurek

You’ve been through it. We all have. It’s when the winds of change start blowing. Transition is coming. It may be in your personal life or in your professional life. These times are upon me now. Our daughter Annie is heading off to college. How could 18 years go by so fast? There is enjoying every moment we still have left in the ending – packing, driving to college, and helping her move into that dorm room. There is the sadness of leaving behind the life we have had together and experiencing emptiness. There is joy and anticipation for her and my new beginning. I recall

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October 01, 2014

The futurist: 192 uses for drones

Here are the first 80

By Thomas Frey

The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities.  My first idea was to use it for special effects at a concert or major indoor event. But a device like this could also be used for spot advertising – creating momentary images on the sidewalk or parking lot; subliminal advertising – suggesting a variety of products or services inside graphic images; emergency rescue – displaying a series of arrows to help someone lost in a forest; or image masking – to disguise someone’s body and facial

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October 01, 2014

Top Company 2014: Technology

Winner: SendGrid

By Nora Caley

Technology winner: SendGrid (Watch a video about SendGrid.) sendgrid.com SendGrid works to make sure emails from Pinterest, Uber and Foursquare get into peoples’ inboxes, and scams stay out. The Denver-based company celebrated its fifth anniversary in July. “It was a fantastic year,” says CEO Jim Franklin. “Revenue was up 75 percent over the previous year, and we have over 200 employees.” That’s up from 157 employees in June 2013. Franklin believes that success will continue because the service is based on subscriptions. Calling itself the

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September 30, 2014

Sales: Use it or lose it!

All superstars have a process

By Liz Wendling

If you have a business, you are using a sales process of some kind, whether you know it or not. When you sell, you have a preferred way of selling. It doesn’t matter if you’re an entrepreneur, a business owner or manage a sales team. Everyone has a process and unique way of selling.  Ask yourself, is it working? A fully functioning sales process helps generate higher revenue and creates a smoother sales experience. It’s a powerful tool that no business should operate without. When most people think of a process, their rational mind takes over and looks for the

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September 30, 2014

Executive wheels: Meet the new New Beetle

Same as the old Jetta

By Jeff Rundles

2014 VW BEETLE R-LINE A venerable car is one that has survived for a long time in a recognizable form while most other platforms cease to exist. There is no more venerable vehicle on the world scene than the Volkswagen Beetle, first introduced by Nazi Germany in 1938, which became, in the decades after World War II, one of the most iconic automobiles ever. The venerable Beetle – officially the Type 1 – ceased to exist in 2003, and disappeared in the American market as a new car after the 1996 model year. The Type 1 was replaced with the so-called “New Beetle,”

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September 30, 2014

The Economist: Employment statistics

What do they tell us about the economy?

By Tucker Hart Adams

As I told a businessman who said he only had time to pay attention to one statistic, the single most important piece of economic data is the employment figure. The United States economy added 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth consecutive month of gains exceeding 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, continuing a decline that began in November 2009.  Clearly the economy is improving on the job front. But, is there more to the story? Each month the federal government’s Current Employment Statistics (CES) program surveys approximately 144,000 businesses and government

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September 29, 2014

Challenge your assumptions

Or you’ll be planning for a world that no longer exists

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

We have an addition to the Denver business community: ChangeLabs founder and CEO, Peter Sheahan, author of six books including Flip, Generation Y and Making It Happen. I was fortunate to hear Peter speak at a recent Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) CEO breakfast. His presentation was too inspiring—and foundational—to go unshared. ChangeLabs, a strategic global consultancy, is in the business of creating measurable change, questioning assumptions as a part of that broader goal. Challenging our inherent assumptions is a crucial way to respond to all-encompassing change in

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