We’re going to change up the room this month and have the meeting in the DLC. Here is a map and parking is free after 5pm in the lot to the east. This month we’ll be hosting the CEO of SpotRight, Ed Messman. Ed has a rich background in everything startup. In addition, he’s an 02′ alum. This topic will be Tenacity: Do you have the stomach for it?
BIO: Ed Messman has 15+ years experience working with early stage technology companies and has spent his career involved with venture capital/private equity and is currently Founder/CEO of SpotRight – a social data company in Boulder. Prior to founding SpotRight, Ed was VP of Corporate Development and Finance at HiveLive, a social software company that offered white-label B2B social networks where he orchestrated the acquisition by Rightnow Technologies (Nasdaq: RNOW) in September 2009.
Prior to HiveLive, he served as Managing Director of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, a premier specialty finance company focused on providing debt and equity to early and later stage technology companies. There he established and managed a portfolio of technology centric companies covering software, internet and communications including investments in Ping Identity, Ancestry.com, Zayo Bandwidth, iWatt, MarketForce Information and Purcell Systems.
Ed holds a BS in International Finance from Grand Canyon University and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The meeting turned out great as always. We had 25 people come, not surprisingly, most of them were new. I gave a short soapbox presentation at the begining about the Boulder culture of giving before you get, about how entrepreneurship shouldn’t be intimidating because we are all entrepreneurs deep down, and about how we need to not be so concerned about someone stealing our idea if we share it.
We mixed up the meeting a little bit and had one of the student pitches at the begining. Fletcher pitched the new student space for entrepreneurship on campus and asked for volunteers for the video we’re making.
Next, Ed spoke about the tenacity needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Among other things, he quoted Churchill when he said, “Never, never, never give up.” He also told the story of Angry Birds; how it was the 52nd game they made before they hit it big. Here are his slides: 2013.02.20 Ed Messman – Tenacity.
The last student pitch was Danny Tran and his team and their idea for StudentJumpStart.com. The meeting ended with a short presentation by Junior Achievement asking for volunteers to help teach Boulder kids entrepreneurship.