Techpreneurship, with Jeff Amerine
So what was happening on 10/27?
- World Series Game 6, arguably the best World Series game in recent memory.
- The Lincoln Dinner featuring none other than GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain.
- Rockfish Interactive’s open house at its awesome new facility.
The Gone in 60 Seconds Elevator Pitch Contest, October Edition, at Buck Nekkid BBQ.
So, did the Gone in 60 event get skunked out for attendees, sponsors or contestants?
Why no, in fact the event was again standing room only. We had over 20 excellent contestants, and more than 16 outstanding sponsors, contributors and event supporters. The venture ecosystem was buzzing yet again. Many thanks to everyone that played a part in making the event a big success!
The winners from the event were:
1st Prize ($1,000) — IcePresso, LLC, led by Max Mahler: A very innovative new twist on everyone’s favorite rocket fuel.
2nd Prize ($300) – Agricultural Food Systems: The JBU grad, Lawson Hembree, and team working to scientifically ensure you never get another tough steak
3rd Prize ($200) — Triad Ballistics : Keith Wheeler, a Billy Bad engineer with the technology to ensure every shot is on target.
Curious about all the G60 presentations but couldn’t pull yourself away from the World Series? Well, thanks to Jamie and April from Arkansas Capital, who in addition to livestreaming the event videotaped the competition. Check out the contestants slinging it on the Connect Arkansas website.
The next G60 will be in January. The specific date and time will be announced in the coming weeks. Contestants…get ready. Venture junkies…plan to attend and while you’re at it join the fun and become a member of the NWA Entrepreneurship Alliance. Sponsors…we need you to continue to make this event a big success. Contact Matt Fifer or Jeff Clapper at 101-Ventures (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you think you might like to sponsor a future G60 event.
Stay tuned. Many more exciting startup-focused programs, events, networking opportunities and places to hang out are coming soon!!
(Jeff Amerine is an IA advisor, entrepreneurship educator, and officer with the University of Arkansas Technology Licensing Office. Whenever the spirit moves him, his Techpreneurship blog will appear in INOV8. Drop him a line in comments.)
Springdale startup Lynergy has launched an innovative new social-media photo app called GrooFoto.
It’s available in the iTunes app store, and it’s free.
Tired of your digital photos being spread all over the Internet—from you to the virtual Timbuktu? With GrooFoto, easily group everyone’s photos into digital pouches that are saved online for all to share and enjoy privately. Totally Groo-vy!
+ iOS 5 support on the way!
+ Free until Nov 3rd! Get it now while you can!
+ Create photo “pouches” for events & more
+ Invite friends to your privately shared pouches
+ Friends add photos to shared pouches
+ Photos are saved in one place for all to enjoy
+ Add photos to pouches by email, too
GrooFoto is truly the social way to snap and share photos!
Pouches…very interesting. Could this represent the next iTunes “hot pocket”? (We’re here all week, folks.) And virtual Timbuktu sounds kind of intriguing. But of course, not for your digital pictures. More cool stuff coming out of Arkansas…
Want to know more? Check it out in the iTunes store or visit Lynergy.com.
DoctorPreneur, by John James, M.D.
I grew up in Benton, the county seat of Saline County, Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas is home now, but I’ll always have a fond place in my heart for Benton.
Despite operating a technology business in Fayetteville, we couldn’t be successful without the influence of Saline County. Despite being 200 miles away, 15 of our 60 employees are transplants from Saline County. Four of the seven members of our leadership team are graduates of Benton High School. The CEO (me), the CTO (Jim Kane), the VP of Operations (Ryan Green) and the VP of Data (Adam Fite) were all Fighting Panthers.
I love Saline County, but I was shocked to see my childhood hometown on Business Insider’s list of 20 American counties that could potentially be the next Silicon Valley. Saline County was number eight on the list. Even more surprising, Arkansas’ Craighead County was NUMBER ONE.
While it’s extremely unlikely that either Saline or Craighead County will supplant Silicon Valley as the business technology leader of the free world, the Internet makes it a remote possibility. The Internet is the great field leveler. It allows Arkansas kids like me to start a company, raise venture capital, and compete on even footing against the world’s greatest companies.
I can’t speak to Craighead County, but Saline County likely made the list due to its longstanding dedication to education.
It may seem like nepotism, but my company hires people from Benton because they are hard workers with a passion for learning. They had this passion instilled in them by teaching legends like Judy Parker, Linda Miller, Carol Perry, Theda White, Ray Barton, Polly Caldwell, Dorcas Holicer, Richard Hillman and Ken Carpenter.
These teachers changed my life, and impacted the lives of all my Benton-born employees. Without their influence, my company would not exist.
As the article notes, the field leveling effect of the Internet gives Arkansas a chance to become a technology hub. For Arkansas to capitalize on this opportunity, we need a big supply of top notch talent to fill the rosters of cutting edge companies. Thanks to dozens of great school districts like Benton, we’re well on our way.
For additional commentary on the list, see this previous Innovate Arkansas blog post.
(John James, M.D., is a physician turned serial Internet entrepreneur. His latest venture is Acumen Holdings, a rapidly growing ecommerce company based in Fayetteville. He’s never worn cowboy boots, though he sells hundreds of pairs every day on his newest store.)
Posted in Entrepreneurs
, Tips and Advice
on October 27th, 2011
Gone in 60 Seconds, with Jeff Amerine in the Nic Cage role, returns to Fayetteville TONIGHT.
It all kicks off at 6 p.m. at Buck Nekkid BBQ, and there will be elevator pitching, eating, drinking and hopefully entrepreneurs and investors wheeling and dealing.
The inaugural event held in August was a smashing success, and event organizers (IA’s own Techpreneur and the NWAEA) are hoping to make this a regular thing.
If you’re planning on attending, you may want to get there early to ensure a good seat…
Posted in Entrepreneurs
on October 27th, 2011