February 9, 2006

Thanks Bill

We were very lucky to get an hour of Bill’s time for our pod-cast series. Bill Payne is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. During his time there, he has been very active in the development and delivery of a full-day seminar on angel investing. Over his lifetime as an angel investor, he has made over 30 early-stage investments and served on the board of dozens. In other words, he is an expert.

I met Bill about 6 months ago at one of the conferences I attended. Of course, he was the keynote speaker teaching a seminar to a room full of angel investors. He has high energy and is very friendly.  Thanks, Bill!

Blog readers (aka…our LOVE group), we are always open to other suggestions of people that you would like to hear from.  Let us know if you have any ideas!

February 6, 2006

Speedpitching Luncheon in Utah

Last Thursday, we hosted a very successful Speedpitching Luncheon in Salt Lake City, Utah. We had about 40 active investors in the room that included representatives from the Utah Angels, Olympus Angels, Grow Utah Ventures, vSpring Capital, Esnet Group, Cache Valley Venture Accelaration Club, Provo Labs, GH Peterson Holdings, and others.

The quality of entrepreneurs that presented was also terrific! Many investors gave great feedback after the event — one even mentioned that he was planning to follow-up with 5 out of 10. The entrepreneurs/companies that presented were:

AtTask was voted the top presenter at the event. As a result, they will be featured in the April issue of Connect Magazine.

We are excited about the opportunity to move into other markets to help other entrepreneurs and angel investors connect. We are planning our next event for Southern California on March 9.