PROFIT MATTERS - MARCH
The team at Profit Matters is frequently asked, "How do I get started?"
Questions ranging from, "How can I find out if my idea can be turned into a business?" or "What steps should I take to get started?" or "Do I need a co-founder or a big team? Many women are also uncomfortable presenting a half-baked or even fully baked idea, so we decided to offer our shy sisters the opportunity to learn from some of our more seasoned and outspoken ones.
Getting Going Now - But Watch Out for these Common Traps
March 12th, 5:30-7:00
University of Colorado Boulder Campus
Idea Forge/Fleming Building: 2445 Kittridge Loop Rd. Boulder, CO
(Parking in lot 470 is free after 5:00 pm - just south of the Fleming building)
Team and Partner Pitfalls: Is your idea “yours” or is it “ours”? Do you have a “Nut” to your “Bolt”? Do you need anyone else at the helm, or are you better served as the alpha wolf supported by a passionate team or silent partner with deep purse strings? Is a technical co-founder really necessary or can you outsource the development needed to reach MVP? Our panel will share their successes, failures and what they’ve learned to help you more effectively navigate your team building efforts.
Spending Your Money Wisely: We have incubators and co-working spaces. We have connectors and influencers. We have attorneys, consultants, designers and developers. There are countless, pitch fests, clubs, meetups, non-profits and professional organizations. The Front Range has a rich network designed to get your idea into the marketplace. But not all startup-friendly resources are really friendly. Where does the value end and the leeching begin? Our panel will discuss how find real partners and maximize the value of your limited time and money.
This Month's Panel:
Sue Stash: Sue is proof that big value can come in a small package. This big-hearted, big-brained, big thinking dynamo is one of the front ranges most successful entrepreneurs and executives. She has deep experience in the technology, healthcare, and clean tech spaces. When she is not on her yoga mat, she is building and growing businesses of all sizes and giving back to the community. Her latest role is as Interim COO at 7D Imaging – a medical education company working to educate providers on how to use ultrasound to diagnose and treat injuries in real-time.
Melodie Reagan: What can we say. Melodie is a force of nature. She’s a serial entrepreneur who leads by experience and takes on the world, unafraid. With multiple companies, and an awesome VLOG, Melodie also finds time to be a first-class community connector, Legacy Board Director, and her team is the go-to organizer for Colorado Company’s to Watch community events. As CEO of Crazy Good Marketing and i2I Workforce, Melodie has daily insight to businesses large and small and knows what makes them tick. She’s also lived through the trials and tribulations of building and growing multiple companies - owning her successes and failures with gusto and good humor.
Niki Koubourlis: An accomplished executive, thought leader, strategist and Profit Matters alumni, Niki is one cool lady. She left the high-power and high-pressure life of high-finance, investments and global corporate strategy to rediscover and reinvent herself around passion-based interests and community. She is now the Founder & CEO of Bold Betties - a brand, community and resource for women pursuing a life of adventure. Niki has done it all – from big to small, coast to coast, and beyond. She knows what it takes to grow a global business, build one from scratch, and nurture a budding community of amazing women. She lives life on her terms - boldly and fully. Through Bold Betties, she has helped thousands of women take that first step towards the new, and sometimes scary world of outdoor adventure and personal empowerment.
Jamie Adler: One of the coolest women and the ultimate business builder, Jamie brings extensive startup, product and management experience to tonight's panel, as our moderator. She has raised money, defined strategies, built teams and products, and managed business operations. She’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly of building businesses. She always has some new idea incubating and when not asking Alexa, she’s discussing 'her' impacts on tech and life with her friends. In her last private venture, before entering the world of non-profits with NCWIT, Jamie was COO of an online, investing education service, The Elevation Group, where in addition to her other business management responsibilities, she managed product development, delivery and profitability.
Next Month: Please join us at Thrive Arvada West on April 9th. Come find out what NASA, nutrition science , consumer education and entrepreneurship all have in common? SAVE THE DATE!