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The May Report: 8/13/2012: Google is cutting 20% from Motorola Mobility; I’m still working on writing up the Cyber Security conference and the TechCocktail Sessions event, both from last Wednesday, the 8th; Chuck Templeton’s Startup accelerator Impact Engine announces its first class — so much for Moog and Willer saying that 1871 is only for digital startups: Azadi – More than 300 million women living in rural India face financial, educational, and social challenges because they do not have access to hygienic menstruation products. Azadi creates biodegradable sanitary pads that are both accessible and affordable to this population.; Collaborative Group – Collaborative Group aims to provide sustainable employment to artisans in need around the globe, from Guatemala, Kenya, India, and beyond. It advocates for artisans and underserved populations by sourcing goods to socially conscious retail partners and distributors in the United States.; Effortless Energy – McKinsey estimates that cost-effective residential energy efficiency measures constitute a $230 billion market, yet adoption has been extremely low. By addressing the financial, operational, and behavioral market barriers, Effortless Energy makes home energy efficiency a snap…Ithaca Education – Ithaca Education helps teachers deliver personalized and rigorous literacy curriculum to students through its web-based platform, CERCA. This tool aligns to the new Common Core State Standards by focusing on argument-based teaching methods. CERCA lets teachers build and share lessons, track growth, collaborate with students, and create academic portfolios online.; Light Up Africa – Light Up Africa (LUA) provides renewable energy to marginalized populations in Kenya through The Zoom Box, an efficient and affordable kinetic energy storage device. The Zoom Box easily attaches to bicycles, motorbikes, livestock, and boats in order to provide electricity for small personal devices, such as cellular phones and lamps.; POMS – Approximately 80 million consumers in the United States lack access to a payment card (credit/debit) or do not have an official banking relationship. But traditional financial services for the underbanked population have limited reach and predatory fees. By integrating into existing retail terminals, POMS provides real-time payment transfer solutions to the underbanked that are significantly cheaper than today’s options.; Portapure – Portapure invents, designs, and manufactures affordable, easy-to-use water filtration products for the nearly one billion individuals who lack access to clean drinking water.; Raise5 – Raise5 is a fundraising platform that lets people raise money for their favorite charities and non-profit organizations through micro-volunteering. Users can donate a small service or task-logo design help, copy editing, etc.-in exchange for $5 to the charity of their choice.; One reader, wishing to remain anonymous, wrote to me that the “inaugural Chicago TechCocktail Session event [Wednesday, August 8th] was DIFFERENT. I really liked the NEW crowd. I wonder what list Frank was using to assemble this group? Overall the assembled masses seemed more grown-up, more real, more humble, and more open to learn. You also noticed the difference. Perhaps it was the ticket price that weeded out the hangers-on. I think Frank and Jen are coming into their own. They seem to be on a roll! Chicago’s response was not enough for them, so they branched out. Good for them. They really infuse goodness and light into an area of economic development in Chicago that’s plagued by insecurity, selfishness, and darkness in sprit. (TechCocktail now has FOUR employees in addition to Frank and Jen, if I heard correctly.)”

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Scoop section:
– Startup accelerator Impact Engine announces first class
– Sarah Press: Project Fixup update
– Facebook, Zynga and Groupon: Was the Social Media Tech IPO Boom a Big Scam? | Business | TIME.com
– NYT, August 13, 2012: Motorola Set for Big Cuts as Google Reinvents It
– Phil Tadros: Doejo is a WordPress Featured Partner
– Phil Tadros: Mastering the lean start-up model with Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe
– Phil Tadros: Doejo hosts AIGA Mentorship program with Quite Strong
– Phil Tadros: 5 Ways Farmhouse is keeping Leo Burnett fresh and inventive
– NYT, July 29 (?), 2012: CAN you build a technology entrepreneur from scratch in four months flat? [May here. This article is about Founder Institute, a national organization with 22 chapters and the chapter here was started by Jason Jacobsohn. The photo in the article was taken here in Chicago.]
– Correspondence between Ron and Jason about FI today and some additional commentary and info. from Ron about Jason.
– Thursday, August 23: ACG Chicago: summer networking at Currents on the River
– Thursday, August 16: CFA Society of Chicago: Financial Innovation: The Past and Future in Chicago: Chicago’s Financial Firsts
– Ida Jablanovec: Various correspondence about Flip, divine, Jude Sullivan and a wide range of topics — by far, Ida is the most interesting character I’ve met this summer and we met when she approached me at Techweek, and knowing nothing about me other than that I was also in a wheelchair (her chair is powered), she told me that she’s a disability activist. Right away, I shot back that I generally don’t like disability activists.
– Romy Ransom: Techweek
– Ron finally checked his LinkedIn messages which date back to May 2012 from Sonny Cohen, Megan Fisher, and Dawn Geras
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Startup accelerator Impact Engine announces first class
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Startup accelerator Impact Engine announces first class

August 8th, 2012 in Entrepreneurship, Startups We Love
Chicago’s newest startup accelerator and 1871 tenant, Impact Engine just announced today its first eight startups to enter into its 12-week growth and development bootcamp.

OpenTable founder Chuck Templeton established Impact Engine to offer $20,000 in seed capital and mentoring to international companies focused on “finding solutions to today’s societal and environmental problems through market-based business ideas.” More than 175 companies from 15 states and nine countries applied to be a part of the inaugural class, according to a release, which states the program will begin in September.

From Impact Engine’s Chuck Templeton:

“I am excited to welcome these companies into the program. It is inspiring to be around entrepreneurs who use business principles to address the societal and environmental challenges we face. To see people building business models around water purification, sustainable employment, or services for the underbanked is seeing capitalism at its best.”

Impact Engine’s inaugural class, known as Impact 1, includes:

Azadi – More than 300 million women living in rural India face financial, educational, and social challenges because they do not have access to hygienic menstruation products. Azadi creates biodegradable sanitary pads that are both accessible and affordable to this population.

Collaborative Group – Collaborative Group aims to provide sustainable employment to artisans in need around the globe, from Guatemala, Kenya, India, and beyond. It advocates for artisans and underserved populations by sourcing goods to socially conscious retail partners and distributors in the United States.

Effortless Energy – McKinsey estimates that cost-effective residential energy efficiency measures constitute a $230 billion market, yet adoption has been extremely low. By addressing the financial, operational, and behavioral market barriers, Effortless Energy makes home energy efficiency a snap. Customers pay a reduced monthly energy bill while Effortless Energy does the work to analyze, coordinate, and finance smart home upgrades at no cost to customers.

Ithaca Education – Ithaca Education helps teachers deliver personalized and rigorous literacy curriculum to students through its web-based platform, CERCA. This tool aligns to the new Common Core State Standards by focusing on argument-based teaching methods. CERCA lets teachers build and share lessons, track growth, collaborate with students, and create academic portfolios online.

Light Up Africa – Light Up Africa (LUA) provides renewable energy to marginalized populations in Kenya through The Zoom Box, an efficient and affordable kinetic energy storage device. The Zoom Box easily attaches to bicycles, motorbikes, livestock, and boats in order to provide electricity for small personal devices, such as cellular phones and lamps.

POMS – Approximately 80 million consumers in the United States lack access to a payment card (credit/debit) or do not have an official banking relationship. But traditional financial services for the underbanked population have limited reach and predatory fees. By integrating into existing retail terminals, POMS provides real-time payment transfer solutions to the underbanked that are significantly cheaper than today’s options.

Portapure – Portapure invents, designs, and manufactures affordable, easy-to-use water filtration products for the nearly one billion individuals who lack access to clean drinking water.

Raise5 – Raise5 is a fundraising platform that lets people raise money for their favorite charities and non-profit organizations through micro-volunteering. Users can donate a small service or task-logo design help, copy editing, etc.-in exchange for $5 to the charity of their choice.
John Copywriter
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Sarah Press: Project Fixup update
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Ron,
Good seeing you at the end of the BIC event. Just wanted to share a quick update on our Project Fixup experience thus far (you had asked at Tech Week but we had just launched so didn’t have much to share yet).
In the past month since our launch, we’ve organized two rounds of fixups – one week we sent everyone on one-on-one dates at places with great craft beer selections and a few weeks later to tapas and sangria restaurants. About 100 people have signed up during these first two batches and the feedback overall was quite positive, with 70% of people saying they’d definitely or probably want to try Project Fixup again. You can read a more detailed recap here.
Next week we will be sending people on dates to cool dive bars like Happy Village, Delilahs, etc. You can check it out here: https://www.projectfixup.com/project/view/chicago-dive-bars/
Cheers,
Sarah
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Facebook, Zynga and Groupon: Was the Social Media Tech IPO Boom a Big Scam? | Business | TIME.com
Subject: Facebook, Zynga and Groupon: Was the Social Media Tech IPO Boom a Big Scam? | Business | TIME.com
Date: 8/13/2012 7:36:09 A.M. Central Daylight Time
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http://business.time.com/2012/08/13/was-the-social-media-tech-ipo-boom-a-big-scam/
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NYT, August 13, 2012: Motorola Set for Big Cuts as Google Reinvents It
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/technology/motorola-to-cut-20-of-work-force-part-of-sweeping-change.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&src=busln
Motorola Set for Big Cuts as Google Reinvents It

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Published: August 13, 2012

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Motorola Mobility, the ailing cellphone maker that Google bought in May, told employees Sunday that it would lay off 20 percent of its work force and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide.
Jim Wilson/The New York Times

The new Motorola leadership team, the chief executive Dennis Woodside, center, with the senior vice presidents Regina Dugan and Mark Randall, at company offices in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The cuts are the first step in Google’s plan to reinvent Motorola, which has fallen far behind its biggest competitors, Apple and Samsung, and to shore up its Android mobile business and expand beyond search and software into the manufacture of hardware.
The turnaround effort will also be a referendum on the management of Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, whose boldest move has been the $12.5 billion acquisition.
Though Google bought Motorola partly because of its more than 17,000 patents, which can help defend against challenges to the Android operating system, it also planned to use Motorola to make its own, better smartphones and tablets.
One-third of the 4,000 jobs lost will be in the United States. The company plans to leave unprofitable markets, stop making low-end devices and focus on a few cellphones instead of dozens, said Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s new chief executive, in a rare interview.
“We’re excited about the smartphone business,” said Mr. Woodside, who previously led Google’s sales and operations for the Americas. “The Google business is built on a wired model, and as the world moves to a pretty much completely wireless model over time, it’s really going to be important for Google to understand everything about the mobile consumer.”
But some analysts wonder whether Google can succeed in the brutally competitive, low-margin cellphone business.
“Ninety percent of the profits in the smartphone space are going to Apple and Samsung, and everyone else from Motorola to RIM to LG to Nokia are picking up the scraps of that 10 percent,” said Charlie Kindel, a former manager at Microsoft who writes about the mobile industry. “There’s no real sign that’s changing anytime soon.”
It was not always this way. Motorola executives like to talk about its glory days. The company, started in 1928 in Chicago, unveiled the first commercial cellphone in 1973. By 2004, it looked as if Motorola could again lead the cellphone industry when it introduced the popular Razr.
But Apple and Samsung won consumers’ hearts with the more exciting iPhone and Galaxy phones. Motorola Mobility – which split last year from Motorola Solutions, the division that makes devices like police radios – lost $233 million in its first six weeks under Google. The phone business has been unprofitable for 14 of the last 16 quarters.
“It got left in the dust by the competition and kind of missed the smartphone transition,” said Charles S. Golvin, a mobile analyst at Forrester Research.
In addition to the coming cuts, Google has gutted Motorola management, letting go 40 percent of its vice presidents. It also hired new senior executives. It will shrink operations in Asia and India, and center research and development in Chicago, Sunnyvale and Beijing.
Mr. Woodside also plans to cut the number of devices Motorola makes from the 27 it introduced last year to just a few. He wants to make the company’s products cool again by loading them with things like sensors that recognize who is in a room based on their voices, cameras that take crisper photos and batteries that last for days.
Many of these new ideas will come from a group of just a few dozen people within the company that has the unassuming name of Advanced Technology and Projects.
To foster innovation, Google created the group to drop a Silicon Valley-style start-up into a lumbering Midwestern company and recruited Regina Dugan from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, to run it.
Ms. Dugan, though coming from Washington, already speaks the language of Silicon Valley. “It’s a small, lean and agile group that is unafraid of failure,” she said, and it will “celebrate impatience.”
She is hiring metal scientists, acoustics engineers and artificial intelligence experts. They will work for her for only two years so they feel a sense of urgency, she said, an idea she borrowed from Darpa, where people wear their resignation date on their name tags.
Motorola has been spending too much money on too many different cellphone components, said Mark Randall, whom Google recruited to run Motorola’s supply chain from Amazon.com, where he did that for the Kindle. He said he planned to jettison suppliers and buy 50 percent fewer components.
How to get people excited about Motorola phones when shiny iPhones are on the next shelf?
Gary Briggs, who ran consumer marketing at Google and now does so at Motorola, is working on advertisements that he said would be more like Google’s – simple and emotional. They will focus on Motorola’s storied past and the ways the products are better than the competition’s, like battery life.
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“We have a right to compete in this market,” Mr. Briggs said, “and I think we’ve got to prove why we’re going to build and bring devices to people that are worth talking about again.”
Competitors like Sony, LG and HTC will be watching closely to see how the Motorola-Google relationship develops, especially whether Motorola receives special treatment from Google. Like Motorola, they use the Android mobile operating system, for which Google receives no payment.
“They certainly don’t believe Google’s going to keep a Chinese wall in place,” Mr. Kindel, the former Microsoft manager, said of the other cellphone makers. “The reality is people work together, they can pick up the phones and talk. There is going to be an advantage.”
There is, for instance, a program for Google software engineers to work at Motorola for a year or two.
But Mr. Woodside said Google benefited from many manufacturers’ using Android, and repeated Google’s promise that Motorola would have no advantages. He said Motorola would also compete equally with others to build Google-branded Nexus devices, which Google makes with a hardware partner when it introduces new versions of Android.
A Motorola Mobility executive who recently left the company and would speak only on the condition of anonymity because he was uncomfortable talking to the news media, said that if anything, it had become more difficult than before for Motorola to have impromptu collaboration with the Android team.
But still, because of the relationship, Motorola could get priority on Google products, like a mobile version of desktop software.
And, people familiar with the companies say, Google could decide to follow Apple’s lead and build a phone from silicon to software, perhaps by creating a separate operating system for Motorola that other phone makers cannot use.
Google and Motorola seem to have a mutually beneficial marriage of hardware and software, Mr. Golvin said. Motorola needs software smarts and Google, which has struggled with Chrome laptops, Google TV and most recently the Nexus Q, needs help with hardware. Motorola’s set-top boxes, which it sells to cable operators, could also help Google make the leap to TV screens, if it does not sell that business.
In the meantime, Motorola’s cellphone expertise has already been useful. Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, called to see whether the sky divers he had hired to perform at a recent conference could get cell reception a mile in the sky.

Brian X. Chen contributed reporting from New York.

A version of this article appeared in print on August 13, 2012, on page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: Motorola Set For Big Cuts As Google Reinvents It.
Brian X. Chen contributed reporting from New York.

A version of this article appeared in print on August 13, 2012, on page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: Motorola Set For Big Cuts As Google Reinvents It.
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Phil Tadros: Doejo is a WordPress Featured Partner
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Phil Tadros: Mastering the lean start-up model with Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe
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Mastering the lean start-up model with Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe

August 8th, 2012 in Events, Entrepreneurship
As the life cycle of products and services continues to accelerate, the need for innovation is increasing. Innovation is a necessary catalyst to growth in all types of business: as society, laws, technology and competition changes, the conditions that allow you to successfully sell a product also change.

Startups are all too familiar with the risk associated with innovation and have mastered how to innovate with a small budget while eliminating risk and maximizing returns. Last night, 1871 invited Bernhard Kappe, Founder and CEO of Pathfinder, to share the secrets they have discovered and explain how large companies can successfully innovate using the lean startup method.

Just what is the lean start-up method? It’s a set of practices for helping entrepreneurs increase their odds of building a successful business. The data-driven process helps to reduce risk through hypothesis testing and helps businesses find a scalable business model that works for them.

Here are Kappe’s tips for enacting the lean start-up method:

Recognize the risk
New product development is risky: 9 out of 10 new products fail because it is impossible to create an initial business plan that nails buyer projections. To lower this risk and maximize returns you need to interact with the consumer. Interactions like this change everything. “There are a lot of assumptions that you have. Because of that, what you end up building looks completely different than what you started with,” Kappe said.

Take the time to learn
When marketing a recognizable product you have the benefit of an existing business model. A new product means new problems and a business plan composed only of hypothesis and assumptions. Figuring out the product and problem before the execution helps you validate hypothesis, know where your money will go and create a scalable, executable business.

Do not scale prematurely
A business plan built on a hypothesis is likely to have many invalid assumptions that make scaling prematurely a bad idea. Kappe compares changing a business model at scale to moving a big ship. “Since you already have a lot of people moving in a certain direction you are not as agile and you cannot move as fast. Plus you are burning a whole bunch of fuel (money)-it is very difficult,” he said. On top of this, you have more pressure to succeed because of the large amount of money you have already wasted.

Test at the source
Most of the risks you are dealing with when creating a new product come from the customer and the market. Getting out of the office and talking to these potential customers helps you to acquire a deep understanding of their needs. Remember, relying on the opinion of experts for a new product that does not currently exist on the market makes no sense. Combining the knowledge and feedback you gain at the source will help your product fit in the market before splashing out on large marketing campaigns, drastically lowering your cash needs, wasted time and effort.

Start with a minimal feature set
More features do not equal a better product. Many developers add additional features in hopes of attracting a broader audience, a tactic that tends not to work. “Most people do not want dozens of features. They want the right ones that solve real problems and they want them executed really, really well” Kappe said. Companies that can figure out what those keys features are and add to them over time tend to do a lot better.

Figure out what is next
The post-launch goal is to reduce customer acquisition costs by testing new marketing channels and adding beneficial features to improve the value for the customer. Doing this post-launch will help to foster loyalty behaviors and decrease customer turnover.

To transfer the lean start up model to a large enterprise, Kappe recommends enacting a separate innovation team and putting them in charge of the ‘four P’s': pivot (changing your hypothesis, going back to validate it,) persevere (keep optimizing,) punt (kill a project when it needs to be killed) and promote (have the power to move a growing project up a stage in investment levels). To ensure success in a larger company, Kappe says this team should have a senior sponsor who is committed to the long-term investment that disruptive innovation requires as well as a visionary entrepreneur and UX developers who understand agile development.
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Doejo hosts AIGA Mentorship program with Quite Strong

August 9th, 2012 in Web Design, Events, Friends of Doejo
How do creatives get their start as professionals? I’m sure every burgeoning designer wonders how he or she gets a foot in the door at agencies, companies or nonprofits, sketchbook and ambition in tow.

Luckily, art and design community organizations like AIGA Chicago have free mentorship programs for budding creative types. And last week, the eight-session AIGA Chicago Mentor Program started meeting at Doejo Headquarters, the first real tenants of our newly built conference room. We couldn’t be more thrilled.

This portfolio-focused session is led by local lady-run design studio, Quite Strong’s Elaine Chernov. (You can check out some her work here or read about her travels at Design Vagrant by the way.) Quite Strong founding member Chernov will work with seven to nine designers of various backgrounds every other Wednesday discussing portfolios, doing critiques and listening to recruiter guests’ advice on improving said portfolios. Chernov also said she’s looking forward to setting up studio tours with agencies and firms around the city.

“I see it as a project criticism /brainstorm (kind of like school!) along with some guest speakers/reviewers,” she says. “[We'll] talk about opportunities in the city and about the best ways to reach out for more opportunities.”

On behalf of the Doejo team, we wish Chernov’s class the best of luck!
John Copywriter
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5 Ways Farmhouse is keeping Leo Burnett fresh and inventive
August 10th, 2012 in Events, Entrepreneurship

On Wednesday night 1871 invited Paul Earle, a Chicago entrepreneur and executive director of “idea foundry” Farmhouse, to speak on the power of innovation and the classic Leo Burnett belief that new products are only useful if they tap into a powerful human need.

Conceiving and developing new products, services and experiences is the mission of Farmhouse, the innovation and new venture center of mega-ad agency Leo Burnett. The hope is that Farmhouse can use innovation to populate the marketplace with new brands that move people.

Here is how Farmhouse, a seven-month-old venture, is helping to promote fresh innovation within a large, established enterprise:

1. Tap into the human element
“Oftentimes the profound and game changing innovations weren’t necessarily technological feats as much as they were human connection feats,” Earle said. Leo Burnett has a long history of creating emotional connections between advertisers and consumers. Farmhouse plans to take this history one step further by using a creative approach that taps into this human element to build branding and produce innovation solutions that are truly disruptive and divergent. “What good is a new product if it doesn’t uniquely access a human need or want? If a new product doesn’t inspire an emotional response and connection between that product and the consumer it will never work,” said Earle.

2. Recognize a good idea can come from anywhere
For Farmhouse, having a dynamic creative process means everyone’s idea counts. By leveraging consumer insights Farmhouse strives to improve products already out in the market. Earle describes this non-linear interactive exploration process as a necessary chaos because “big ideas never happen in a vacuum. They are formed by unexpected and unusual connections.” Working with a truly cross-disciplinary team, a mix of ad agency talent and leaders from companies like IDEO, the design innovation and consulting firm, have helped Farmhouse promote innovation.

3. Create things that are worth advertising
To get the ideas flowing, Farmhouse is putting the creation process in the hands of the marketers, asking them to create their dream ad and then building the product that fits the ad. Getting the markers involved early on allows them to concentrate on creating products worth advertising-not just making ads. To help understand the gaps in the marketplace and plug into them “we have people working around the intangible elements of an idea rather than the physical,” said Earle.

4. Recognize the desire for innovation
Innovation is fast becoming the new standard in the industry and today’s customers expect an interesting product. “American consumers are not only open to new-ness in their products, they demand it,” said Earle. Farmhouse recognizes that innovation is the only remaining customer advantage for companies that have knockoffs. For many of these larger companies, the need for innovation is in digital realm where it is all about the experience and connection. It is this unique digital experience that locks the user into being a lifelong customer. Integrating digital into marketing ideas is something that must happen from the beginning. “For an idea to play digitally it happens first,” said Earle.

5. Harness and leverage intellectual property
The ability to capture an idea and realize its power is rare. Farmhouse is working to develop and deploy different business models in an effort to capture the ideas formed during their collaborative, chaotic process. They believe working with a new business model will help them leverage their intellectual property: “Business model A is not going away – we are trying to create business model B,” Earle says.
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NYT, July 29 (?), 2012: CAN you build a technology entrepreneur from scratch in four months flat? [May here. This article is about Founder Institute, a national organization with 22 chapters and the chapter here was started by Jason Jacobsohn. The photo in the article was taken here in Chicago.]
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/business/founder-institutes-requirement-create-a-company.html?_r=1&smid=pl-share
CAN you build a technology entrepreneur from scratch in four months flat?
Yes, contends a global training program called the Founder Institute, which was started in 2009. For tuition of less than $1,000, students attend classes with one goal in mind: to create a fully operational company. In fact, they are required to incorporate before they can graduate.
To be accepted, students don’t need to have a fully baked idea, but they must take a test that the institute says can predict their entrepreneurial success. They can keep their day jobs while attending class, but that does not mean the program is easy. The workload is grueling, and 60 percent of the students fail to graduate.
But this for-profit institute, based in Mountain View, Calif., says it has helped start more than 500 companies. It has done so by going global, with chapters in 14 countries, in a total of 27 cities. It aims to make money partly through its equity stakes in the companies created by its graduates.
Boaz Fletcher, 44, a consultant to new companies in Israel, started the Tel Aviv branch this year. “As a country, Israel is amazing at technology, but not great at building sustainable businesses, and that is one of the things the Founder Institute teaches: how to build an enduring, stable company,” he said. The branch’s first class of nine students will graduate in September.
The institute is the brainchild of Adeo Ressi, 40, who has started eight companies of his own. Back in the mid-1990s, he was a co-founder of Total New York, an online regional city guide that was acquired by AOL.
Mr. Ressi saw a need for nurturing entrepreneurs even before the idea stage. He set out to create a vocational school of sorts to teach the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship, setting it apart from highly selective programs that often support start-ups before the venture capital stage. One of the best known of these “accelerators,” TechStars, accepts only 1 percent of applicants.
Mr. Ressi says he wants to reduce the failure rate for new companies. For every Dropbox, the popular file storage service, there are hundreds of businesses that never make it, he said, adding: “Why is that the case? And can it be fixed?”
HE came up with the idea for the institute as C.E.O. of TheFunded.com, a Web site where entrepreneurs and chief executives rate venture capital firms and investors. Through the site, he has a community of founders at his fingertips, and he was able to ask them: What would they have done differently at the beginning?
From Tel Aviv to Chicago, the curriculum is partly based on answers to that question from 2,000 executives. Classes often consist of around 30 students, with a much smaller number making it to graduation. In 15 sessions, students learn about topics like revenue, costs and profits; marketing and sales; presentation and publicity; and fund-raising.
There are adjustments in the curriculum to address local markets. In Singapore, for example, there is an additional session on doing business in China. Sessions are taught by chapter leaders and by seasoned entrepreneurs who can also serve as mentors.
Fundamental to the institute is the belief that many aspects of entrepreneurship can be taught.
Jose Luis Senent, 43, had been a car broker in Paris for 20 years, but had no previous experience with technology or start-ups. He graduated from the Paris chapter in April 2011 and now runs Autoreduc, a group-buying site for cars that he says is profitable and will expand into Spain, Belgium and Switzerland this year.
“I cannot imagine starting a company without knowing what I learned at the institute – there is so much to know about marketing, business models and raising money,” Mr. Senent said. The institute connected him with mentors who challenged his ideas and set his company in the right direction, he said.
Mr. Ressi says he wants to help budding founders avoid rookie mistakes – like bad Web design and off-key marketing, or creating the wrong corporate structure.
Katherine Bicknell, 31, a graduate of the New York chapter and co-founder of Kindara, an app that helps women track their fertility, would still be calling her company “Moonlyght” if not for a session on naming and branding.
“The Founder Institute said that you had to be able to say it, spell it, read it easily, and the dot-com had to be available,” said Ms. Bicknell, whose company is based in Boulder, Colo. So far, she and her co-founder have raised $100,000 from friends and family.
The institute aims to democratize the access that up-and-coming entrepreneurs need, partly by opening up networks and opportunities to those on the outside of the tight-knit start-up world. It “helped me build my network – when I came from Turkey to the U.S. in 2008 to start my company, I didn’t know anyone,” said Eren Bali, 28, co-founder of Udemy, an online learning company that has raised $4 million from investors. “I was starting from scratch, ” said Mr. Bali, who graduated from the Silicon Valley chapter in 2009.
Carlos Rozo, 38, a graduate of the chapter in Bogotá, Colombia, said the institute steered him away from a potentially fatal mistake – starting something big and complicated – and toward something more narrow that would fill a niche. He abandoned plans for a content-sharing platform in favor of Thotz.net, a provider of software that companies can use to share information among employees. Mr. Rozo says he has received $50,000 in seed funding from Wayra, which is backed by the Telefónica Group.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: August 5, 2012
An article last Sunday about the Founder Institute, a global training program for technology entrepreneurs, misspelled the surname of the man who started chapters of the institute in Colombia. He is Alan Colmenares, not Colemenares. The article also misidentified the company started by Carlos Rozo of the Bogotá chapter. It is Thotz.net, not Thotz.com.

A version of this article appeared in print on July 29, 2012, on page BU1 of the New York edition with the headline: Want to Graduate? Create a Company.
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Correspondence between Ron and Jason about FI today and some additional commentary and info. from Ron about Jason.
Subject: Re: JJ, did you know the NYT article was being written? Were you interviewed for it?
Date: 8/12/2012 9:02:58 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: jason@jacobsohn.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Yes, I knew about it. I was not interviewed. However, we had a photographer taking pictures at one of our meetings. One of those pictures showed up in the article.

Jason
Jason Jacobsohn
773-368-0229
jason@jacobsohn.com
www.jacobsohn.com
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Subject: Re: JJ, there are 22 chapters of FI. In results/enrollment where does Chicago…
Date: 8/13/2012 10:21:52 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: jason@jacobsohn.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Hi Ron,

FI is only 3 years old so success is measured more by the founders than FI. For some entrepreneurs, success is quitting their day job and working on their business full-time. For some other entrepreneurs, it is raising capital. Overall, FI has helped launch over 500 companies worldwide. One of the goals of FI is to help launch 1,000 companies per year. Founders have a greater chance of success by going through this program.

Jason
Jason Jacobsohn
773-368-0229
jason@jacobsohn.com
www.jacobsohn.com
Follow Me: LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog
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From: “RONALDMAY@aol.com” <RONALDMAY@aol.com>
To: jason@jacobsohn.com
Cc: ronaldmay@aol.com
Sent: Mon, August 13, 2012 5:45:30 AM
Subject: Re: JJ, there are 22 chapters of FI. In results/enrollment where does Chicago…

I don’t know how FI measures success, but number of graduating companies getting funded within 18 months after graduation might be a good place to start.

Or even number of graduating companies.
Ron

In a message dated 8/12/2012 9:13:21 P.M. Central Daylight Time, jason@jacobsohn.com writes:

The chapters are not ranked in any particular order. What specifically are you looking for?

Jason

Jason Jacobsohn
773-368-0229
jason@jacobsohn.com
www.jacobsohn.com
Follow Me: LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog
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From: “RONALDMAY@aol.com” <RONALDMAY@aol.com>
To: jason@jacobsohn.com
Cc: ronaldmay@aol.com
Sent: Sun, August 12, 2012 6:04:26 PM
Subject: JJ, there are 22 chapters of FI. In results/enrollment where does Chicago rank?
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May here.
Jason Jacobsohn, from my perspective, has held quite a number of jobs helping entrepreneurs since he left the CEC a few years ago. When he was at the CEC, we saw him everywhere and he was the one person under Weinstein and Felger who actually went outside the CEC to attend meetings.
But after Jason left the CEC he appeared to bounce around. He had so many and changing affiliations that my routine of asking for cards at meetings took on a new meaning. Every six months, the card would say something new, and I would do a double take followed up by an email to Jason asking what the heck is going on.
To his credit, he never failed to give me a straightforward answer.
Finally, at long last, Jason appears to have a real paid job since he is on the full-time staff with City Colleges of Chicago, based at Harold Washington College (now the business education arm of the City Colleges system), and he is a member of Chicago’s original launch team and serves as a full-time Business Advisor to the Chicago Chapter of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
Jason launched and manages the Chicago chapter of Silicon Valley’s Founder Institute (an evening program), now in its second year: See the NYT article above and the article I wrote on April 9, 2012: http://tinyurl.com/brygyb6 (see the Briefly noted section.)

Jason launched and manages the Chicago chapter of eFactor (an evening program), now in its third year: http://www.efactor.com
Jason appears to have a few real fans. One person on the tech scene believes that: “Jason is misunderstood for his own entrepreneurship in an entrepreneurial-support type of business (instead of a tech business). If he had a “Jason App” maybe people would be singing his praises. :-) As a service-industry entrepreneur, he tries and succeeds more than he tries and fails. But he NEVER stops trying….. [I] know him to be true-blue. He’s the real thing. …. I learn a lot from him about patience. He has the patience of a saint.
Jason is a star! Among a few additional activities, Jason is a doting dad to two beautiful toddler daughters, devoted husband to a wonderful wife, and genuinely one of Chicago’s all-around good guys – yet he remains an unsung hero. While others steal and hog spotlights for themselves, genuinely humble Jason trains spotlights only on the entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies he supports in so many ways.”
May again. Wow, Jason! We should all have such fans. That was enough to make Henikoff, Willer, Moog and even people like Kravitz and Rokop wish they had such publicists.
Here is the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program that Jason is an advisor to:
http://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000-small-businesses/index.html
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Thursday, August 23: ACG Chicago: summer networking at Currents on the River

 

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Thursday, August 16: CFA Society of Chicago: Financial Innovation: The Past and Future in Chicago: Chicago’s Financial Firsts
Thursday, August 16: CFA Society of Chicago: Financial Innovation: The Past and Future in Chicago: Chicago’s Financial Firsts
Subject: Chicago’s Financial Firsts
Date: 7/20/2012 12:46:47 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: debendevan@hotmail.com
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr, ronaldmay@aol.com
Hi Ron,
How have you been? Please excuse my long silence.
Since we have discussed this before I thought you might be interested in the subject matter.
Best regards,
Dave Baeckelandt
Financial Innovation: The Past and Future in Chicago
Presenter and Moderator:
Dave Baeckelandt, “Chicago’s Financial Firsts”
Panelists:
William J. Brodsky, CBOE Holdings, Inc. and Chicago Board Options Exchange Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bryan T. Durkin, CME Group Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director, Products & Services
Don Phillips, Morningstar President of Fund Research
Date: Thurs., Aug. 16, 2012
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: The Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren St., Chicago, IL 60605
Register Today
Program Description:
While New York has long been hailed as the financial capital of the world, it has not been the only source of financial innovation. As Dave Baeckelandt will outline, Chicago can claim a place in the first ranks for financial innovations in derivatives, investment banking, real estate, investment management, insurance, and a slew of other financial disciplines.
Chicago’s innovation is not just a thing of the past. Following a brief break, our panel will share some of their insights on the past and provide some projection on potential future financial innovations.
You will learn:
The direction of efficient/inefficient market research over the next 10 years.
Impact of globalization, electronic trading, quantitative strategies on Exchanges.
Future changes to portfolio construction, mutual fund rating, risk management.
New investment structures, hedge funds, ETFS, actively managed ETF, new quantitative models.
Evolution of financial markets in the future.
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Fee:
Members – $45
Non-Members – $55
Student-Members – $20
(payable by cash, check, credit card or function ticket)*
CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 1.5 credit hours
Attire: Business Casual
Registration:
Register Online
Phone: 312-251-1301
Agenda:
4:00 – 4:30 pm – Registration and Networking
4:30 – 5:15 pm – Presentation of “Chicago’s Financial Firsts”
5:15 – 5:30 pm – Break
5:30 – 6:30 pm – Panel Discussion of “The Future of Financial Innovation in Chicago” and Q&A
6:30 – 7:00 pm – Networking (with refreshments and light appetizers)
Hosted by: Education Advisory Group
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Student rate only available to students approved as a Student-Member of CFA Chicago for 2012-2013. Regular and Affiliate Members may apply function tickets as payment for Non-member. Credit card is required to guarantee ALL reservations. No day-of-event pre-registrations accepted (on-site only, if applicable and space available). There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, Aug. 13.
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Visit www.cfachicago.org/events to find out more about upcoming programs and events. If you have a topic idea to suggest for future CFA Society of Chicago events, please contact us today.
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Ida Jablanovec: Various correspondence about Flip, divine, Jude Sullivan and a wide range of topics — by far, Ida is the most interesting character I’ve met this summer and we met when she approached me at Techweek, and knowing nothing about me other than that I was also in a wheelchair (her chair is powered), she told me that she’s a disability activist. Right away, I shot back that I generally don’t like disability activists.
www.SaloonPoetry.com retains Valauskas & Corder, LLC
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www.SaloonPoetry.com has retained Valauskas & Corder, LLC. Valauskas & Corder specialize in intellectual properties. http://vciplaw.com/
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Subject: My law firm is is pro bono.
Date: 8/12/2012 3:50:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: itjcom@sbcglobal.net
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

http://vciplaw.com/ has had meetings with me and they are helping me pro bono.

I was using you. I wanted you to protect me from people like Flip. I realize you can’t do that for me. I thought that by having my name on your masthead, people would think twice before trying to walk away with my intellectual property, again.

About 15 years ago, Flip’s assistant Randy Chalker walked away with my idea, concept of DOTKID, DOTSEX, DOTXXX.

I wanted the commerce on DOTSEX and DOTXXX to pay for the children’s internet safe-haven DOTKID. DOTSEX was the nonpornographic TLD where age appropriate sex education could be found. I am a big fan of the linguist, Noam Chomsky. I believed that I had the right answer, to the questions that had not been defined and answered, “What is the difference between sex and pornography” and “what is the best thing that can be done to educate children about sex”.

I had basic knowledge about the internet, but I needed collaborators, Flip was all over the place. I even went to Divine’s headquarters on Elston neare North Avenue on the NE corner, across from the Chicago Fish House (purveyors of fresh fish, both retail and commercial). The fish market is now a car dealership. Now I have to go to Burhops in Plaza del Lago, on Sheridan Rd.

Divine Interventures was in a spartan commercial space, probably a factory, that had been retro-fitted and sparsely-minimally furnished with SoHo cool furniture. I was to meet with Randy Chalker, Flip’s assitant. I had only had phone contact with Chalker. Now it was time to meet. We never met. Jude Sullivan, Flip’s lawyer, did meet with me.

Jude Sullivan was Flip’s lawyer at the time and Jude has always insisted that Flip had no idea about my idea, that Flip never was briefed. Jude insisted that Flip was an honorable man, a wealthy man, who would have both given me recognition and money for my idea/concept. Jude continues to stay with this story. I left a voice-mail on Jude Sullivan’s phone, that I was really po’d that Flip was back in town and doing major fundraising. Flip owes me recognition and monies. DOTXXX domains are selling for $99/year. I deserve a piece of that action.

DOTKID was introduced by Congressman Shimkus (R) and with a (D) co-sponsor, Markey of Massachusetts. Bush signed DOTKID, a TLD, into law. .kid is nowhere to be seen.

DOTSEX and DOTXXX were taken to the Supreme Court with Nadine Strossen of the ACLU arguing that: there is no definition of pornography and even if one could define pornography it was unconstitutional to relegate pornography to a red light district.

I done suffering and grieving about DOTKID, DOTSEX, DOTXXX. It’s not good for my health. I have keep trying to forgive and forget. I have to think positive thoughts, eat healthy food, and work on my physical rehabilitation – to the degree it’s possible.

I have 4 auto-immune diseases. Raynaud’s, Lupus, Scleroderma, and Calcinosis. Many hospitalizations and many stays at RIC, Rehabilitations Institute of Chicago.

I’m selfish. I want to live. This is an exciting time in the history of the world. I want to live as long as possible. I can deal with the pain, because I have morphine, among other narcotics, to take the edge off of the mind-numbing pain.

I know Valauskas and Corder will protect me. http://vciplaw.com/

Ida Therese Jablanovec
773-742-9665
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Subject: Re: Ida, did you ever speak with Randy Chalker after meeting with Jude?
Date: 8/12/2012 7:24:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: itjcom@sbcglobal.net
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Ron,

Randy Chalker made himself unavailable. Jude Sullivan kept giving the scoop on where Randy Chalker was working.

I would make contact with Randy Chalker and he would run somewhere else.

Jude Sullivan would update me on where Randy Chalker went to. Chalker’s former employers could only say (legally) that he left the company on such & such date.

I would call Jude Sullivan and he would give me the new information on Randy Chalker.

Randy Chalker’s last known employer was Navigant Technologies, on the northshore.
Right now, my mother Ilonka, age 83, is in the background mummering Preseren’s poetry. Preseren is the national poet of Slovenia. The mummering is very annoying. My dad, now deceased, always thought her mummering poetry was annoying. On Sundays, my mom is my caregiver. She brought bbq ribs today from The Patio, in DuPage County.

The ribs were pork, meaty and toothsome (tender but had a good bite). Tref, but tasty.

Now we’re watching the 60 minutes, the Kinshasa Orchestra and Choir of the Congo doing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. My mother’s cousin was a Catholic priest missionary to the Congo, Stanleyville…before Stanleyville fell. Then he went to Madagascar, caught maleria, went home to Vienna, Austria to die.

Stanleyville has been renamed Kinsangani.

One of the stories my mom’s cousin told me was: after the white people had been chased out of the Belgian Congo the native population abandoned Stanleyville. By the time the last white person left Stanleyville, Stanleyville’s only stoplight had stopped working because the power system had been destroyed. The natives thought they had won. Ironically, the stoplight was an African-American’s invention/patent. The natives never got the memo, it was one of their own kind that had invented the stoplight.

Now, decades later, they come out of the jungle and perform Beethoven!

Ida
773-742-9665
— On Sun, 8/12/12, RONALDMAY@aol.com <RONALDMAY@aol.com> wrote:

From: RONALDMAY@aol.com <RONALDMAY@aol.com>
Subject: Ida, did you ever speak with Randy Chalker after meeting with Jude?
To: itjcom@sbcglobal.net
Cc: ronaldmay@aol.com
Date: Sunday, August 12, 2012, 6:37 PM
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Subject: Good Morning!
Date: 8/13/2012 10:05:10 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: itjcom@sbcglobal.net
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Ron,

At this point, my health is more important. I haven’t the money to go after the crooks. And grieving and worrying isn’t going to help me with Saloon Poetry. I have to keep moving forward and not look back. I have to watch out who I do business with.

Look.

I contacted Flip. His assistant Randy Chalker listened to me and then Randy Chalker got back to me. Chalker told me that Flip said, “we don’t do this”.

Then I learned everything else…over time. I recontacted Flip and his lawyer Jude Sullivan began stonewalling me. I complained, argued, sought representation. I was frantic. It was my child! It had been butchered! Where was Solomon to give me back my child!

AOL was my provider at the time and I tried to get the following screen names, dotkid@aol.com, dotsex@aol.com, dotxxx@aol.com. They were taken! And AOL would not tell me who had taken those screen names.

I just want to avoid Flip, Flip’s friends, Flip’s minions, anything having to do with Flip coming back to Chicago. He owes me recognition and money. More than the money, he owes me recognition. I could not have done what they have done. I could not have made my child a star.

But they didn’t make my child a star. They severed my child into 3 parts. And the only part out there is .xxxx, DOTXXX, a money-maker.

I never wanted to be thought of as a piece of meat to be devoured. Now, the only part of my child that is out there is the genitalia, to be used.

Where is the heart and soul? DOTKID was the heart. Where is the body, mind and intellect? DOTSEX was dumped in the memory file. The “memory file” was term used for destroyed documents in the Soviet Union. The memory file is the garbage can.

Like insane sex-crazed murderers, these people took my child and used the child’s genitalia. DOTSEX, .xxx for $99/year to brand. These monsters took my child’s body and mind (DOTKID-DOTSEX) to the garbage pile after they took out my child’s genitalia so they could molest my child, over and over.

It makes me sick.
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Subject: I introduced myself to you, because I wanted you to join me on Disability Pride.
Date: 8/13/2012 10:19:39 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: itjcom@sbcglobal.net
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Ron,

I came up to you because you were in a wheelchair. I had no idea who you were, what you did. We’re running low on talent at the Disability Pride Parade committee. Next year will be our 10th year. I have been with them since the 5th year. Ours is the first and oldest. Sara Triano is the founder and now she’s on the west coast organizine. Now, several countries have Disability Pride Parades.

Arabella saw us together and assumed we knew each other. I corrected her. I told her that we just met.

I had no idea that you knew Flip. And most importantly, I didn’t know you have a history with Flip. My history with Flip is bitter.

I’m taking a Xanax and going to sleep. I can’t handle the stress of Flip coming back and my working on my venture, www.SaloonPoetry.com .

They can run all over like a steamroller. And I’d never know, because I don’t know who’s who.

Ida
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Subject: I’m moving forward. Don’t make yourself sick over my troubles with Flip.
Date: 8/13/2012 1:28:08 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: itjcom@sbcglobal.net
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Ron,

I’ll never forget my child, DOTKID-DOTSEX-DOTXXX.

You shouldn’t take on my suffering. There’s no future in suffering.

I’m working on www.SaloonPoetry.com . Long ago I abandoned the magazine project, Saloon Poetry, and went back to my day job. At that time, I was a hospital administrator. At a private pysch hospital.

Every day I made the rounds on the unit. Then, I’d have a mid-morning meeting with my managers. Which I always ended with this line….

“If it weren’t for the badges, I couldn’t tell who was staff and who was a patient”.

Poets are a lot like the patients in a psych hospital. Only by giving them their chance to speak their mind, can you quiet them down. Prozac is despised by the poets. When the Poetry Foundation held its opening, the angry poets did performance theater to show their contempt.

Eli Lilly Foundation funds the Poetry Foundation. Eli Lilly makes Prozac. Here’s the event where the activists put banners in the Poetry Foundation, “What would have happened if Emily Dickenson had been prescribed Prozac.?”

www.SaloonPoetry.com is like e-prozac for tortured souls.
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Romy Ransom: Techweek
Subject: RE: Romy, the way to get info. is to go to meetings and talk to people.
Date: 8/11/2012 2:27:22 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: romyransom90@hotmail.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com

Ron:
I just read your report that they hired someone to help Jessica Connors. THEY NEED SOME ADULTS OVER THERE AND PEOPLE WHO APPRECIATE NEW IDEAS AND WANT TO LISTEN!!!
Romy
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From: RONALDMAY@aol.com
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 05:12:02 -0400
Subject: Romy, the way to get info. is to go to meetings and talk to people.
To: romyransom90@hotmail.com
CC: ronaldmay@aol.com

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Hi Ron:

I just read your report on Tech Week. I emailed Wailin Wong to ask her what she is hearing.
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Ron finally checked his LinkedIn messages which date back to May 2012 from Sonny Cohen, Megan Fisher, and Dawn Geras
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#1: You’re invited to a book release party and social this Thursday.

Sonny Cohen ·Internet Content Strategy | Professional Services Marketing
To: Ronald May
Date: May 22, 2012
Hi,
I wanted to extend a personal invitation to come to an informal social we are having this Thursday, 5/24 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Duo.

The ostensible purpose of the event is to mark the publication of Michael’s book, Capturing Community. But really it’s just an after-work party before the Memorial Day weekend and an opportunity to socialize. Please feel free to invite others to join you.

You can find the invitation and a little more description here. http://blog.duoconsulting.com/2012/05/16/book-release-party-capturing-community/
Your RSVP is welcome but not required.
Sonny
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#2: You and Megan Fisher share a network or group.
Hello Ronald,
I wanted to take a moment to invite you to the Network After Work 3 Year Anniversary Event on Thursday June 14th at Enclave (220 W. Chicago) from 6-9pm. Network After Work is comprised of 100,000 professionals and hosts a monthly event in 14 cities across the country. We have selected professionals from all industries and career levels from LinkedIn, Network After Work, Entrepreneur Connect and a few other business networking sites to attend our the event. Those selected are also able to forward this invitation to colleagues. Upon entering the event you will receive a name tag color coded by industry which allows for easy navigation.
To RSVP please visit:
http://linkd.in/JwiwIh (RSVP on LinkedIn)
***To purchase a ticket in advance, please visit the site link on the LinkedIn RSVP page ***

Admission Includes:
1. Color-Coded Name Tags by Industry
2. Complimentary Sponsored Cocktails from 6-7pm
3. Complimentary light appetizers from 6-7pm
Admission: $10 with pre-pay / $15 with RSVP at the door /$20 without RSVP
Join us on LinkedIn to receive future event invitations and event updates:
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1967967
Feel free to forward this invitation to a colleague or friend.
I hope to see you on the 14th!
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#3: Baby “Noah” found July 13th

Dawn Geras ·President Save Abandoned Babies Foundation
To: Ronald May, Anna Les-Hix, Vince Leung, Jen Levine, Courtney Levy, Leanne Levy, David Lewis, Janine Lewis, Kristen Lewis, Kurt Lewis, Lance Lewis
Date: July 17, 2012
Did you hear about the baby found July 13th at the recycling plant? Autopsy confirmed a full-term, white baby boy.

http://www.rrstar.com/news/x736422008/Autopsy-confirms-baby-found-dead-in-Roscoe-was-full-term
Maybe you can help make the public aware of Illinois’ safe haven act? Every state in the country has one, though they may differ in some of the details.
The Illinois law offers a safe option for a desperate parent in crisis. The Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act says a parent may hand an unharmed baby, 30 days old or younger, to personnel at any hospital, emergency medical facility, staffed fire station, or police station and walk away with no questions asked. If you or someone you know may be hiding a pregnancy, please call the national safe haven 24-hour crisis hotline 888-510-BABY (2229) for confidential help.

This is your chance to make a life or death difference for the youngest, most vulnerable of all, a newborn baby.

Tell a friend. Talk about it. www.SaveAbandonedBabies.org for more information.
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