UVEF Award winners

Here are the winners of awards from UVEF this year. 1. Mike Proper won the Ron Community Service Award. He was orphaned at age 10 and didn't finish high school, but he has created more than one multi-million business, and his current company DirectPointe is growing by 200% per year. Mike speaks often to high school and college students. He has helped create a public private partnership to help single moms escape the dead end of low paying jobs.

UVEF luncheon today

I should have blogged about this a few days ago. UVEF is holding it's annual December awards banquet at noon today at the Provo Marriott. Keith McCord will be the master of ceremonies. Pay $20 at the door and learn about the top entrepreneurial businesses in Utah this year (as judged by our UVEF board of trustees.) This is always a great networking opportunity for Utah entrepreneurs.

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s UVEF Meeting

In May I blogged about Junto and a Salt Lake Tribune article about this super-innovative new business model for creating teams of entrepreneurs. Tomorrow's UVEF luncheon (Provo Marriott at 12:00 pm) will feature Greg Warnock, the visionary behind Junto, and several of the Junto winners (there have been 15 so far who have received $50,000 in startup funding.) I totally love this concept and can't wait to hear more about it.

Josh Coates Speech at UVEF

If you live in Utah and want to excel as an entrepreneur, I highly recommend joining the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum. I've been attending forum lunches for about 8 years. Today's meeting was one of the best ever. Josh Coates, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of scale8 (they raised more than $80 million) spoke to us today. He spent 30 minutes on the right way to develop enterprise products--by including potential customers in every step of the design process.

While at scale8 he personally visited about 80 large companies in three months talking to their IT teams to find out what storage technology they needed. His passion for understanding customers was evident when he showed us a few of the 8,000 quotes he had fastidiously recorded (almost verbatim) in his design review sessions. Imagine having 8,000 quotes from your potential customers about what they want in a solution--before you complete version 1.0!

July 9 Meeting for Utah iPhone Developers

From Cary Snowden, one of the administrators of the Utah iPhone Developers Group on Facebook. The Utah iPhone Developer Group has announced their next meeting. Here are the details. For those of you who are already working on iPhone apps, this is a great way to connect with the local iPhone developer community. If you are just getting started, or looking for resources to get your idea off the drawing board, come and interact with...
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Panel on Incubators

UVEF's monthly lunch meeting is coming up this Thursday, October 12th. They have decided to have a panel on business incubators, and I'm excited to be one of the panelists. I hope to see you there: