Some of the smartest people I know are meeting for a geek dinner Wednesday night at Los Hermanos in Lindon. All other geeks are welcome. Please check this out. The registrations doubled today to 23 or so, and we hope to get another dozen or two people signed up before this is over. Utah Geek Dinners are a brainchild of Phil Burns, COO for our soon-to-be-christened Provo Labs. (Provo Labs will replace Infobase Ventures as our internet business incubator).
One of the things I love about running an incubator is that knowledge is worth more to us than it is in the hands of a single startup company. Why? Because if we learn something or discover something of value, then we can apply it multiple times, not just once. If a new tool creates value, or if a new process cuts costs, it's great to be able to apply it to every business where it would increase revenue or margins. In the past when I found a new idea, I could usually only apply it once.
I'm sitting inside the old greyhound bus station on Ogden's infamous 25th street. But it isn't a bus station anymore. Utah visionary Alan Hall and his team at Grow Utah Ventures have purchased the old bus depot. They are renovating it and today are christening it the "E Station." E, of course, stands for entrepreneur. Alan Hall's vision is for Grow Utah Ventures to be the most influential private sector force for economic development in the state of Utah, with a focus on Northern Utah.