Former Franklin Covey CEO Hyrum Smith gave a great presentation today at the Big Business Show in Orem. He discussed the Reality Model that is taught by his new company, the Galileo Initiative. Very empowering stuff.
This week I spent two days at the Corporate Alliance Summit with 50 business leaders and managers. We learned about the powerful relationship-building principles that Corporate Alliance teaches, and had a lot of time to make personal connections with each other. My first Summit was last September. It was incredible.
Phil Windley's Technometria | Hearing Alan Kay Alan Kay is speaking in Salt Lake on Thursday. I would go hear him in a heartbeat if I weren't judging a business plan competition at BYU on Thursday. Alan is one of the pioneers of the computer industry, having worked at Xerox Park from 1970-1980, then Atari, Disney, and HP. He got a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in computer science.
Scott Frazier, an extremely active Utah angel investor and entrepreneur, will speak Thursday, Feb. 9th at the UVEF monthly luncheon. Come hear him tell the story about how he invested in and then sold Truvision. This is a great success story. All entrepreneurs ought to be thinking about how and when to exit their company. As E-Myth author Michael Gerber says, every company will eventually be run by someone else, since when you die, you can't take it with you. So start thinking about your harvest or exit or transition now.
Phil Windley's Technometria | CTO Breakfast Report I've always wanted to attend Phil Windley's CTO breakfasts but I always seem to have a conflict. But after reading the report from the one held earlier this week, I know I can't afford to miss this anymore. I hope all the Provo Labs folks reading this post will sign up for future CTO breakfasts as well as the Geek Dinners that DevUtah holds.
Provo Labs is a supporter of DevUtah's Geek Dinners, great networking events for both developers and entrepreneurs. DevUtah's next Geek Dinner will be held at 6:00 this Tuesday night (Jan 17) at the Miller Business Innovation Center on the Salt Lake Community College campus (9690 South 300 West, Sandy).
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.
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.
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).