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The May Report: 12/10/2012: I attended three events last week (CEC, FFF, and SMCC) and by my count, I was the only person who hit all three — David Culver…


The May Report: 12/10/2012: I attended three events last week (CEC, FFF, and SMCC) and by my count, I was the only person who hit all three — David Culver was at two and Brendan Tripp and his sidekick were at two; www.kumfytailz.com came in 3rd at the Funding Feeding Frenzy conference Wednesday, www.snagpad.com which just launched last Monday came in 2nd, and www.callpotential.com took first place with www.zurmo.com getting a lot of debate amongst the judges (both CallPotential and Zurmo are CRM plays, but CallPotential is focused on the storage market), and much more to come; I got more information on TBOX in phone conversations from people who were there. First, it started at about 8am, and last year they sold 12,000 tickets, but this year it was at least 25,000, and my info. is that many people attended who did not have tickets — all you needed to get in was an ID; Second, the peak crowd was between 1pm and 3pm and that’s where trouble started with people spilling into the streets and the cops having to intervene to keep the streets open, and as one person put it to me, they could easily have flooded the streets; Third, at the start, people were throwing cereal on each other; Fourth, there was plenty of misbehavior from urinating in the streets to partial nudity to women flashing to get into the men’s room because of such long lines at the ladies room; So what does this all have to do with our tech world? Well, the city is getting stuck with extra costs for the mess and the cleanup and the proper permits were not asked for or granted, the usual protocols were violated, and some of our social media luminaries such as Jess Loren and Ed Swiderski were selling tickets (from which they presumably profited) and my info. is that the tickets were sold largely by October, but the sellers of tickets off-loaded the extra costs for cops and cleanup to the city, so in that sense the ticket sales were ill-gotten gains, and on the theory that all roads lead back to Eric Lefkofsky, Social Katy www.socialkaty.com was also mixed up in all of this, but I don’t have much detail on that; I did confirm that Jägermeister was a sponsor, but one person told me it doesn’t go well with beer and one of his buddies got so mixed up, he did not know what bar he was in; Ida Jablanovec tells me that students at the University of Chicago have had a zombie pub crawl for at least the last decade; When did Jeff Willinger start talking like a cartoon character? His voice has gone up at least one octave, according to one observer (not that idiot Lundin or his gadget loving sidekick Ellis Booker or any of the other usual low lifes and gutter snipes) who also wrote that he sounds like a weird cross between Krusty the Clown and the used car salesman in Family Guy and he’s become a caricature of himself. At the SMCC holiday party, he was wearing stupid baby blue hipster glasses and an Hawaiian or psychedelic shirt in December — regardless, it was a goofball shirt; and because of all the drinking, it took jwillie 15 minutes to get the crowd’s attention; beyond that Mark Wilhelms told me that he is closing on $3MM in venture from two firms, one in Illinois and one in Wisconsin for www.redmeatmarket.com , Amy Hesser of www.hessercommunications.com has been working out and was looking good; Mitch Berk, (mitchberk@comcast.net) who used to be with Jovan is going to help his old friend Barbie Adler at www.selectivesearch.com ; Josh Klein who is still with www.ngelaw.com told me he was representing the HA-LO side in the Starbelly acquisition, circa 2000 so assuredly, he knows where the bodies are buried; Harper Reed said at the CEC 2013 forecast that he likes https://github.com/explore so he can see what projects are popular, and Harper thinks that statisticians and mathematicians will now be important in the management of big data, and much much more to come; Happy Chanukah!

Editor and publisher: Ron May, ron@192.168.1.100/tmr ronaldmay@aol.com,www.192.168.1.100/tmr, 773-525-3944.

If you missed an article, go here: www.tmronline.com/A55951/tmrarticles.nsf/vwFullNewsletter _______________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS   The Scoop section:   — Martin O’Shield claims that Donna Sims Wilson made a SIGNIFICANT investment in WindyCitySDR on Friday, so Martin, if that’s true, what was the amount, and whom besides you is on the management team? — Jason Jacobsohn: The Goldman Sachs program has graduated three classes thus far, but “unfortunately, …. Goldman doesn’t want to release a list.” — If you were planning as I was to attend the Chicago Clean Energy Alliance holiday party, forget it. The event has been canceled. — This is the December 10th event that was canceled. — Wednesday, December 12: VentureSHOT holiday party — Bob G.: TBOX event, a reader’s comment — Brendan Tripp: Saw them on the train yesterday … — Philippe Lavie: Was not at TBOX — TBOX is Festa’s Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas in Wrigleyville, Chicago… The World’s Most SPECTACULAR Pub Crawl! — My new best friend whom I met Thursday night at the SMCC: Martin McGovern who has a group called www.idealemon.com — he’s 24, but may be writing a column for TMR — Dmitriy Naymark: Give me your card! — Tuesday December 18: MIT-EF Holiday party, but for members only. [Editor's note: May here. Nancy Munro, I wish you would rethink that after my very interesting conversation with Chris Rollyson who says he's dropped his MIT-EF membership, as has Bob Brill, and many others. Rollyson's point was that he needs to have potential clients in the room and for him, they're not at MIT-EF which is mostly business consultants like him, so he goes to industry specific events like banking. Nancy, if you would open up the event to old members like Rollyson, Brill, Avery Cohen, Rachel Caberon, Jason Jacobsohn, Tom Lemanski, Preston Urka, Spencer Maus, Bill Hartzell and many others, some old-timers might come back. Just a thought.] — Tuesday, December 11: ACG Chicago: Tom Ricketts Luncheon: Wait Until Next Year: Thoughts of a Chicago Business Leader and Investor — Obama’s techies — Let’s All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can’t Raise Any More Money — Some of Jean Pickering’s tweets at Funding Feeding Frenzy — Netflix says CEO’s Facebook post triggered SEC notice – chicagotribune.com — Remember good ole Mike Rhodes? Remember the Sync? Well, it appears that our old friend is finally trying to sell all the equipment and furniture from the Sync — Forbes: The 11 “Death Spiral” States — Tuesday, December 11: LES: Holiday Social Networking Event — Startups rev up for Impact Engine’s investor day — Martin O’Shield: General braggadocio: “Ask anyone whom was there, as well, you not reported on the Chicago Public Safety Technology Summit 2012 when I FLOORED their asses TOO!” and “Anyways, I BLEW the LIDs off of all those whom attended the Public Technology Summit 2012 @ the Hyatt Regency” — Martin, there is a place for crusading, but don’t toot your own horn! Let others sing your praises and it will have much more street cred — Dawn Geras and Ron correspond ________________________________ The Scoop section: ____________________ Martin O’Shield claims that Donna Sims Wilson made a SIGNIFICANT investment in WindyCitySDR on Friday, so Martin, if that’s true, what was the amount, and whom besides you is on the management team?   Donna Sims Wilson made a SIGNIFICANT investment in WindyCitySDR yesterday and am interested in including you too! Inbox x

Martin O’Shield <martin@windycitysdr.com> 12:58 PM (7 hours ago) to Jerome, me, Ida, John, gupta, Harold, Sy, Guy, Sandra, Pierre, Laura, Ernest, Bruce from: Martin O’Shield <martin@windycitysdr.com> to: Jerome Dishman <dishmanj@gmail.com>, The May Report <ron@192.168.1.100/tmr>, Ida Jablanovec <itjcom@sbcglobal.net>, John Porter <ResourcesPlus@gmail.com>, gupta@iit.edu, “Harold L. visitbronzeville” <BronzevilleTourism@gmail.com>, Sy Bounds < TheBlogProfessor@gmail.com>, Guy Fuller <guyfuller@cybersavants.com>, Sandra Guy <sguy@suntimes.com>, Pierre Clark <pierreaclark@gmail.com>, Laura Lane <lauralane822@ameritech.net>, Ernest Sanders <ernest.sanders@broadbandillinois.org>, Bruce Ackerman <bcackerman@gmail.com> date: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM subject: Donna Sims Wilson made a SIGNIFICANT investment in WindyCitySDR yesterday and am interested in including you too! Images are not displayed. Display images below – Always display images from martin@windycitysdr.com Hi All,

Just what the title says! And we are both working towards more! I told her yesterday, also, that I am interested in creating a NewME Chicago where Minorities have access to $/Resources where we can take partake unlike the comedy hour @ 1871. If you are interested, please let me know. Sincerely,

Martin _______________________________ Jason Jacobsohn: The Goldman Sachs program has graduated three classes thus far, but “unfortunately, …. Goldman doesn’t want to release a list.”   Subject: Re: SPAM-LOW: JJ, Happy Chanukah! What’s the deal w/ GS? 3 classes, how many… Date: 12/9/2012 5:00:38 P.M. Central Standard Time From: jason@jacobsohn.com To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Hi Ron,

Unfortunately, I am not able to provide a list. Goldman doesn’t want to release a list. Several of the business owners did release their own press releases.

Sorry,

Jason

Jason Jacobsohn 773-368-0229 jason@jacobsohn.com www.jacobsohn.com Follow Me: LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog ————————————————– From: “RONALDMAY@aol.com” <RONALDMAY@aol.com> To: jason@jacobsohn.com Cc: ronaldmay@aol.com Sent: Sun, December 9, 2012 4:57:29 PM Subject: Re: SPAM-LOW: JJ, Happy Chanukah! What’s the deal w/ GS? 3 classes, how many…

December 9, 2012

Jason,

Do you have a list of the businesses that participated?

Is there a problem with providing that list?

Ron

In a message dated 12/9/2012 11:31:45 A.M. Central Standard Time, jason@jacobsohn.com writes: Hi Ron,

Happy holidays to you as well. We have had 3 classes graduate. Each has had between 25-30 business owners.

Thanks,

Jason

Jason Jacobsohn 773-368-0229 jason@jacobsohn.com www.jacobsohn.com Follow Me: LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog —————————————————————— From: “RONALDMAY@aol.com” <RONALDMAY@aol.com> To: jason@jacobsohn.com Cc: ronaldmay@aol.com Sent: Sat, December 8, 2012 8:58:40 PM Subject: SPAM-LOW: JJ, Happy Chanukah! What’s the deal w/ GS? 3 classes, how many graduates, etc.? ____________________________ If you were planning as I was to attend the Chicago Clean Energy Alliance holiday party, forget it. The event has been canceled.   Subject: Important Message from Chicago Clean Energy Alliance Date: 12/6/2012 5:59:58 P.M. Central Standard Time From: bryan@theccea.org To: ronaldmay@aol.com

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Important Message from Chicago Clean Energy Alliance Due to circumstances beyond the CCEA’s control we will have to postpone our Holiday Mixer. The CCEA would like to wish everyone the very best this holiday season and to ask everyone to look forward to a strong clean economy in 2013. We will refund all paid registration for the December 10th event by this Monday. Our next event is scheduled for February 6th and we will look forward welcoming our guest Janice D. “Jan” Schakowsky the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 9th congressional district. We will announce the location and additional speakers after the new year. Again we are sorry for this change in our program schedule but we look forward to your continued support. Happy holidays and have a good new years. Sincerely,

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Membership in the CCEA is an opportunity to join a powerful, growing community dedicated to building a robust environment for clean economy activity within the greater Chicago region. This is your chance to associate with the leading voice, catalyst and preeminent convener for the region’s clean economy. Clean Leadership Circle (invitation only) read more.. Power Support Membership read more.. Copyright © 2012 Chicago Clean Energy Alliance, All rights reserved. Thank you for agreeing to receive electronic communications from the Chicago Clean Energy Alliance (CCEA). As a reminder you have been added to our list because you have opted in to our communications by visiting our website (http://www.theccea.org ) and/or by registering, opted in, and attending one of our past events. The CCEA works hard to comply with all regulations so please update your subscription status if necessary. We appreciate your support, interaction and acceptance to read our material. We hope you enjoy our organization and we look forward to our continued dialog. Our mailing address is: Chicago Clean Energy Alliance 3015 White Pine Dr Northbrook, IL 60062 Add us to your address book unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences _________________________ This is the December 10th event that was canceled.   Subject: Chicago Clean Energy Alliance invites you to Holiday Cheer – To A Positive 2013 For Clean Energy (Dec 10, 2012) Date: 12/5/2012 8:48:11 A.M. Central Standard Time From: invite@eventbrite.com Reply To: Bryan@theccea.org To: ronaldmay@aol.com

Hello, You are invited to the following event: Holiday Cheer – To A Positive 2013 For Clean Energy Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: Monday, December 10, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CST) Dirtt Environmental Solutions 325 North Wells Street Suite 1000 Chicago, IL 60654 View Map

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What a year it has been! As we close another chapter the CCEA celebrates it’s is 3rd anniversary. In the last three years we have deliver over 18 quality events and have seen our community grown. We have had a lot of fun in bringing together… Read More Share this event on Facebook and Twitter We hope you can make it! Cheers, Chicago Clean Energy Alliance ______________________________ Wednesday, December 12: VentureSHOT holiday party   http://www.meetup.com/VSHOT-Collaboration-Community/events/90809942/   Extraordinary Entrepreneur – Its a Surprise!

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9pm – ??? Post event Collaboration and After Party _____________________________ Bob G.: TBOX event, a reader’s comment   Subject: Re: 12/8/2012 Bulletin… Date: 12/8/2012 11:28:13 P.M. Central Standard Time From: bobgus@rcn.com To: ronaldmay@aol.com

In our lobby this morning was a couple dressed up in pretty snazzy outfits – colorful, leggy, and very attractive. This was all at 8:50 this morning – AM !! We thought they were just coming in from an all nighter, but perhaps they were actually going out to the parties you mentioned. Sorry I don’t know more. I did not recognize the folks – the guy had googles on. Might have been a neighbor, but maybe not. Bob G ____________________________ Brendan Tripp: Saw them on the train yesterday …

Saw them on the train yesterday … Inbox x

Brendan Tripp <btripp@gmail.com> 1:06 PM (3 hours ago) to me Ron … So THAT’S what was with the folks in bathrobes and Elf headgear on the El yesterday! Don’t know anything about it, other than there were some very oddly dressed (especially for the weather) folks on the train. __________________________ Philippe Lavie: Was not at TBOX   Subject: Not there Date: 12/8/2012 9:52:31 P.M. Central Standard Time From: plavie@keyroad.com To: ronaldmay@aol.com and have no knowledge. I wish I could help. Sorry P   Philippe Lavie KeyRoad Enterprises Changing Business Behaviors to Sell More Effectively

work Chicago: 773-687-0557 work San Francisco: 415-229-9226 cell: 650-996-0445 Fax: 866-887-4442 plavie@keyroad.com www.keyroad.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/plavieprofile Join my free e-newsletter ______________________________ TBOX is Festa’s Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas in Wrigleyville, Chicago… The World’s Most SPECTACULAR Pub Crawl!   TBOX is Festa’s Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas in Wrigleyville, Chicago… The World’s Most SPECTACULAR Pub Crawl! Inbox x

Bruce Montgomery <tatvshow@yahoo.com> 3:19 PM (1 hour ago) to me, Ron TBOX: FESTA’S CHICAGO TWELVE BARS OF XMAS PUB CRAWL TBOX is Festa’s Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas in Wrigleyville, Chicago… The World’s Most SPECTACULAR Pub Crawl! TBOX2012 Takes Places on Saturday 12/8/12 – The Opening Ceremonies are at 8AM at Cubby Bear. All 43 Locations are then reserved for TBOX Participants from 9AM-9PM CLICK HERE FOR WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO ONCE YOU BUY TICKETS TBOXOPOLY MAP, SCHEDULE, GAME BOARD, LIST OF BARS, & HOW TO PLAY AND WIN TICKETS TO OUR NEXT EVENT AND TONS OF GREAT PRIZES! CLICK HERE FOR OUR TOP TWELVE TBOX TIPS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR ENJOYMENT CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE PAST 16 YEARS OF TBOX ALL THE BACKGROUND, HISTORY, FUN STUFF, AND TRADITIONS OF TBOX We are pleased as well to announce that Festa Parties, in conjunction with TBOX2011, is officially be a Silver Sponsor of the 2012 Chicago Dance Marathon benefit, taking place on Saturday, 3/3/2012! We are thrilled to once again donate to, participate in, sponsor, and be a part of this great event, and we also want to thank the CDM for Volunteering to serve as our 2011 TBOX Bar Hosts. Click Below for a Super 4-Minute Video with Highlights from TBOX2011! And if you like it, Please also View Our Short Video on The History of TBOX!

Bruce Eric Montgomery Founder, Producer & Host Technology Access Television 200 S. Wacker Drive, 15th Floor Chicago, IL 60606-5865 (312) 725-8601 tatvshow@yahoo.com www.TechAccessTV.com www.twitter.com/TechAccessTV www.facebook.com/TechAccessTV www.YouTube.com/TechAccessTV ____________________________ My new best friend whom I met Thursday night at the SMCC: Martin McGovern who has a group called www.idealemon.com — he’s 24, but may be writing a column for TMR   Subject: Re: Martin, what were you telling me about Apple/MS/Samsung at SMCC? Date: 12/8/2012 9:55:07 P.M. Central Standard Time From: mcgovern312@gmail.com To: RONALDMAY@aol.com CC: martin@idealemon.com

Hey Ron,

It was great meeting you the other night. We started the conversation talking about toothpaste and why we have such strong brand attachment to products that are essentially the same – namely, we grew up with them.

When it comes to the new tech products – iphones, galaxy s3, tablets, etc. – the attachment is very much the same. I recently read about someone who came across an old drawer of apple products and was overcome reminiscing about the purchases and how far the products have come and grown over time.

I was very much the same way with my apple products – as a kid, my family was all PC – I recall my dad telling me that he will never allow a Mac in the house – he was an avid IBM’er. Being a designer and with a dash of rebellion, the first computer I bought for myself was a mac and the addiction to apple grew. I promoted the iphone to my friends and family & even converted my dad to an ipod and eventually the iphone. Yesterday he called me to confer on what to buy my little brother for christmas (iphone or Samsung gs3).

But what is changing now is that apple, the innovator in sleek design and new products, has been caught by the competitors. They aren’t innovating, each upgrade is less impressive than the one before it (ipad mini – who cares!?!)

So they are losing out in innovation, and on top of it, are being put up against companies like google who are all about giving you full control over what is on your phone and free apps. Apple is moving in the direction of pigeon-holing their customers to only things that they want. Apple maps, passbook, stocks, etc. All these apps that we don’t want but can’t delete – it irritates customers and is pushing them away.

In my case – I still love apple products, but now that the competitors are at parity with their products, and offering higher amounts of customization and freedom, even brand advocates like myself are jumping ship.

Trying to recall anything else that we might have talked about, do you remember any other topics that we touched on?

All the best, Martin

Martin McGovern www.martinmcgovern.com

On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM, <RONALDMAY@aol.com> wrote: _______________________________ Dmitriy Naymark: Give me your card!   Subject: give me your card! Date: 12/7/2012 1:28:03 P.M. Central Standard Time From: dnaymark@mobilesparq.com To: ronaldmay@aol.com, ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Ron,

It was great meeting you at Funding Feeding Frenzy on Wednesday. And I am not kidding. You are definitely a character, but a lot has cleared up for me after I read your blog a bit. You are consistent as heck! And that’s rare. But I am sure you know that.

Anyway, you mentioned your growing health problems caused by diabetes and that’s another reason why I am emailing you. My wife is a physician and revolves around great medical minds, some of whom have had great successes in treatment and lifestyle improvement for diabetics. If you’d like, I can ask her for some recommendations and make a connection for you. I hate to see someone with as much energy as you experience mobility issues. This is as well-meaning as can be but if you feel that this is inappropriate, please feel free to tell me to go fuck myself.

Either way, great meeting you and I am sure I will see you again. — Dmitriy Naymark Founder & CEO

P. 312.608.0049 750 N. Orleans St. #550 Chicago, IL 60654 ___________________________ Tuesday December 18: MIT-EF Holiday party, but for members only. [Editor's note: May here. Nancy Munro, I wish you would rethink that after my very interesting conversation with Chris Rollyson who says he's dropped his MIT-EF membership, as has Bob Brill, and many others. Rollyson's point was that he needs to have potential clients in the room and for him, they're not at MIT-EF which is mostly business consultants like him, so he goes to industry specific events like banking. Nancy, if you would open up the event to old members like Rollyson, Brill, Avery Cohen, Rachel Caberon, Jason Jacobsohn, Tom Lemanski, Preston Urka, Spencer Maus, Bill Hartzell and many others, some old-timers might come back. Just a thought.]   MEMBERS ONLY EVENT — MITef Chicago Event Inbox x

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Come celebrate the end of the 2012 season with us. This is a members only event, but members can bring one guest. This will be a fun evening of networking, eating, refreshments and some fun door prizes. If you have something you would like to throw into the gift bag for door prizes let us know. It’s a great way to promote your services and to demonstrate what you can do — or if you have some extra golf balls or chotchkies around bring them with you.

When: Tuesday December 18 Host Sponsor: VentureSHOT 744 N. Wells St. Chicago Time: 5:30-8:00 pm Fee: Members $10 in advance $20 at door Member plus guest $20 in advance $40 at door For non-members: Be sure to check out our new ’30 under 30′ membership program. If you are under 30 years of age, you can join our chapter for an annual fee of $30 and then pay the discounted member fee for each event you attend — what a bargain! Also, if you start a new (or renew an existing) membership before the December 18th event you will receive a 25% discount — another bargain! Member Signup / Information

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January New Year’s Resolutions February “Chopped – Technology Style” March Science and Math Showdown April Future of Chicago Innovation May White Board Challenge _________________________ Tuesday, December 11: ACG Chicago: Tom Ricketts Luncheon: Wait Until Next Year: Thoughts of a Chicago Business Leader and Investor   Early pricing ends today for Tom Ricketts Luncheon- Register Now Inbox x

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Prices ACG Member Late Registration Fee (Expires 12/11/2012) $50.00 General Public Late Registration Fee – Non ACG Member (Expires 12/11/2012) $75.00 ______________________________ Obama’s techies   Subject: Obama’s techies Date: 12/5/2012 7:44:38 A.M. Central Standard Time From: bconnolly@furthermore.com Reply To: To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

See http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/michael-slaby-joins-edelman-to-lead-digital-practice-96037264.html . Note date, i.e. no news here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121130/NEWS08/121129774/chicagos-most-coveted-talent-obamas-techies . The real story is that the PR game is no longer played fairly on the field. It’s all about futzing with the scoreboard. __________________________ Let’s All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can’t Raise Any More Money   Subject: Let’s All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can’t Raise Any More Money Date: 12/6/2012 7:20:19 A.M. Central Standard Time From: bconnolly@furthermore.com To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

http://readwrite.com/2012/12/03/lets-all-shed-tears-for-the-crappy-startups-that-cant-raise-any-more-money ______________________________ Some of Jean Pickering’s tweets at Funding Feeding Frenzy   Subject: #FundingFF and Jean Pickering ‏@TektiteGroup Date: 12/6/2012 2:35:42 P.M. Central Standard Time From: bconnolly@furthermore.com To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FundingFF&src=hash 5 Dec Jean Pickering þ@TektiteGroup OK, the program has started, BUT… U can still come & register online or onsite #FundingFF http://bit.ly/ToPFrP View summary 5 Dec Jean Pickering þ@TektiteGroup Come on over to Funding Feeding Frenzy. Onsite registration is available & U can still register online. #FundingFF http://ow.ly/i/1cSTb View photo 3 Dec Jean Pickering þ@TektiteGroup Tweet about Funding Feeding Frenzy on 12/5 to win a discount codes (http://goo.gl/IKyxF ) #FundingFF View summary 30 Nov Sue Koch þ@Sue_Koch RT @tektitegroup: It is Funding Feeding Frenzy time again- Dec 5. Sign up to pitch, demo or attend at: http://goo.gl/1GPWg #FundingFF Expand 30 Nov Jean Pickering þ@TektiteGroup It is Funding Feeding Frenzy time again – Dec 5. Sign up to pitch, attend, demo or attend at: http://goo.gl/1GPWg #FundingFF Expand 30 Nov Jean Pickering þ@TektiteGroup Tweet abt Funding Feeding Frenzy & I will send U a disc code for 20% off http://bit.ly/LRh44Z #FundingFF & next TTG Lunch mtg. #TTGLunch View summary 29 Nov Jean Pickering þ@TektiteGroup Have an idea to pitch or want to meet startups – go to Funding Feeding Frenzy next Wed (12/5) – http://bit.ly/ToPFrP #FundingFF View summary ______________________________ Netflix says CEO’s Facebook post triggered SEC notice – chicagotribune.com   Subject: Netflix says CEO’s Facebook post triggered SEC notice – chicagotribune.com Date: 12/7/2012 7:21:11 A.M. Central Standard Time From: bconnolly@furthermore.com To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-netflix-secbre8b51ip-20121206,0,5376269.story ____________________________ Remember good ole Mike Rhodes? Remember the Sync? Well, it appears that our old friend is finally trying to sell all the equipment and furniture from the Sync   Fran Kreis-Verble shared a link. November 9 http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/gms/3398323526.html

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Michael Rhodes likes this. ____________________________ Forbes: The 11 “Death Spiral” States   http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-04/11-death-spiral-states   The 11 “Death Spiral” States Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/04/2012 18:17 -0500 Bob Pisani Bob Toll Illinois Mexico Muni Bonds Ohio South Carolina

Eleven states made Forbes’ list of danger spots for investors including California, New York, Illinois, and Ohio. They warned (and with the cliff it is even more critical), if you have muni bonds in these states – clean up your portfolio; if your career takes you there – rent, don’t buy! Two factors determine their list of ‘fiscal hellholes’. The first is whether there are more takers (someone who draws money from the government) than makers (the gainfully employed). The second is a state credit-worthiness score (via Conning) based on large debts, uncompetitive business climates, weak home prices, and bad trends in employment. Conning rates North Dakota the safest state to lend money to, Connecticut the most hazardous. A state qualifies for the Forbes’ death spiral list if its taker/maker ratio exceeds 1.0 and it resides in the bottom half of Conning’s ranking. See below for the 11 states to avoid…no matter what Bob Toll, Larry Yun, Bob Pisani, or Alexandra Lebenthal tells you.. Number 11 – Ohio Taker ratio: 1.00 The battleground state has a fiscal standoff between takers (people collecting welfare, a government salary or a government pension) and makers (private sector employees). Number 10 – Hawaii Taker ratio: 1.02 Dark clouds over Waikiki Beach: Hawaii has slightly more takers than makers. Number 9 – Illinois Taker ratio: 1.03 Dubious ex-gov Rod Blagojevich personifies what’s wrong with this state: Too many goodies promised to insiders. Unfunded pensions contribute to the balance of 103 takers to every 100 makers.

Number 8 – Kentucky Taker ratio:1.05 Twilight in Lexington. People drawing from government slightly outnumber people chipping in with private-sector jobs. Number 7 – South Carolina Taker ratio:1.06 Riptides on Folly Beach. Number 6 – New York Taker ratio: 1.07 Blackout in the Flatiron district after the hurricane. Manhattan still has a vibrant financial sector. Manufacturing there is extinguished. Causes: taxes, unions, regulations and cheap apparel workers abroad. Number 5 – Maine Taker ratio: 1.07 Casco Bay, Portland. This is a state with a beautiful coastline and a ratio of 107 drawers from the public fisc to every 100 contributors. Number 4 – Alabama Taker ratio: 1.10 Cityscape seen from the Vulcan statue in Birmingham. Number 3 – California Taker ratio: 1.39 California is generous to a fault, at least to state employees and the needy. To private sector employees, who are outnumbered, it is not so hospitable. Number 2 – Mississippi Taker ratio: 1.49 Flooding near Tunica in May 2011. The state ranks second to worst on the list of states burdened by a high ratio of takers (welfare recipients and state employees) to makers (private sector workers). And The Worst State to live in or lend to is… Number 1 – New Mexico Taker ratio: 1.53 Wildfire near the Los Alamos Laboratory in June 2011. In our taker/maker ratio, federal employees are excluded from the taker count since their cost is not borne locally. That doesn’t save this state from having the worst ratio in the nation. As Forbes advises: To lend money to California, Illinois or the other nine states perched on the precipice requires a leap of faith. So does buying a house in those locales. Don’t count on a property tax limit to protect your home’s value. If other taxes are high enough, there won’t be any buyers. ________________________ Tuesday, December 11: LES: Holiday Social Networking Event   Holiday Social Networking Event: Online Registration Ends 12/10 Inbox x

LES Chicago Chapter chapters@les.org via mail331.us2.mcsv.net 9:58 AM (1 hour ago) to me Images are not displayed. Display images below – Always display images from chapters@les.org Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. LES Chicago Chapter Meeting DATE & TIME Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Noon LOCATION Maggiano’s 516 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654 Ph. (312) 644-7700 TITLE Chicago Chapter Holiday Social Networking Event SPEAKERS Welcome Patrick Desmond, LES Chicago Chapter Chair Mark Hankins, LES Chicago Chapter Co-Chair Moderator Ada Nielsen, Former President LES (USA & Canada) DESCRIPTION Come join our event during the lunch hour for a social gathering and networking event with others in the Chicago licensing and IP community. The event will come, as usual, with a great lunch prepared by Maggiano’s. Mingle with other Chicagoland individuals whose professions touch common ground with yours. Also, during this event, we will take a few minutes to get your opinion on the type of content you would like to see (and possibly participate in) during 2013. Come and be part of LES. Click here for registration and meeting details. _________________________________ Startups rev up for Impact Engine’s investor day   http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121204/BLOGS06/121209957/startups-rev-up-for-impact-engines-investor-day Startups rev up for Impact Engine’s investor day December 04, 2012

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Entrepreneurs from the eight companies that make up the inaugural class at Chicago-based accelerator program Impact Engine are refining and rehearsing their presentations today. Wednesday they will pitch their businesses to investors.

It’s the culmination of a 12-week program geared toward positioning the businesses for investment and expansion, similar in format to Chicago’s Excelerate Labs. The big difference is that each of the Impact Engine companies is focused on social entrepreneurship – these for-profit enterprises incorporate social good as part of their mission.

Kathleen Wright, left, in Guatemala

Kathleen Wright, founder of Chicago-based Collaborative Group, is one of the presenting entrepreneurs. Collaborative Group signs up artisans from the developing world and works with brands such as Reef footwear , Feed Projects, Madewell and Rachel Roy to develop and sell products created by those artisans.

Collaborative Group has four employees: Ms. Wright and associates overseas who recruit artisans in Latin America, India and Africa. She launched the business last year after spending four years working for New York City-based nonprofit Nest, which also works with developing-world artisans. She tells Silicon City about her business and experience at Impact Engine.

Crain’s: What inspired you to launch Collaborative Group?

Ms. Wright: While I was working at Nest I had this “Aha!” moment when I realized that if we really wanted to make an impact, we needed to figure out how to create a market for the products that these artisans were making, and we needed to do it in way that was scalable and sustainable. And I decided it would work much better as a social enterprise than a nonprofit, so about a year ago I decided to launch this model where we sourced products for brands here in the U.S. from artisans in the developing world.

How does the business work?

We’ve developed processes that really work well for the brands. I knew early on that if I was going to make this two-sided network work, I had to make it work really well for brands. And through Impact Engine we’ve focused on what those processes are and where we add value, then taken a hard look at how we can use technology to scale those processes and take them to another level.

One of the artisans working with Collaborative Group

On the artisan side, we go beyond just aggregating a very fragmented network of suppliers across the developing world. We also vet everybody in our network of suppliers for quality, capacity and social impact. Those are key pieces of how we do quality assurance, and it’s a great way to make sure that we are adding the right suppliers to our network.

Then after we vet these groups we have an on-boarding process where we add each artisan’s capabilities into our master catalog that we sell to brands. Brands can flip through and see everything we’re capable of, and design off of that.

On the brand side, I don’t have a lot of sales or marketing tools. It’s a lot of hustle, a lot of embarrassing cold calling. But finally I can see we have a little traction, a little brand recognition, and I definitely see that I’m having to work a little less hard and do a little less stalking of people that don’t want to hear from me. Now, it’s a little more of them reaching out, which is great.

These big brands have pretty strict auditing requirements, so the fact that we can pass their quality standards is big. Other brands see that and they’re like, “Wow, maybe it is possible to work in the developing world while also satisfying the needs of our third-party auditors.”

Your business is more mature than the typical accelerator-program participant. What factored into your decision to join Impact Engine?

I knew about Impact Engine a year before it launched, and it was something I kept in the back of my mind, because I could see the value of an accelerator program. I’ve always had good mentors, and I understand the value of a good mentor: good mentorship just propels you so much further than you could go yourself.

But by then I already had revenue, and wondered if this was the right fit. I had some good collaborations going. I had done a lot of the work of proving out my model. Eventually, though, I came full circle, realizing that all I’ve done is proven my model. Now we need to scale it, and to build some technology around the processes that we’ve developed. And if I want to scale then I’m going to have to take on some investment. We’re hoping to come out on the other end (of Impact Engine’s investor day) with $600,000.

Describe your experience in the program. How have you benefited?

The benefit for me has been huge. I already had this model developed, but Impact Engine has brought us to another level of intense focus. It’s helped us take a laser-beam focus to our model, and then learn to communicate that. A lot of the choices I’d made were good decisions for the business, but they were made intuitively, and Impact Engine made me step back, ask why that was the right choice and then get to where I can explain that to investors.

It’s also helped to answer how we are going to take some of the choices and processes I developed and scale them, and to figure out what are we going to need to do that. Honestly, without Impact Engine it would have taken me two years to get all the information that’s been in my head down on paper.

What are your expectations for the investor day?

I’m excited to hear how the investor community reacts. I think (Impact Engine managing director and OpenTable founder Chuck Templeton) has been such an advocate for all of us, and he’s done such a great job of getting the Chicago community excited about what we’re doing. I don’t think anyone else could bring the credibility in terms of both business and social impact. I’m hoping we can all deliver on what he has teed up for us, and I’m excited to see the response, because we’re like the guinea pigs here.

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Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121204/BLOGS06/121209957/startups-rev-up-for-impact-engines-investor-day#ixzz2ENtBAlB8 Stay on top of Chicago business with our free daily e-newsletters ____________________________ Martin O’Shield: General braggadocio: “Ask anyone whom was there, as well, you not reported on the Chicago Public Safety Technology Summit 2012 when I FLOORED their asses TOO!” and “Anyways, I BLEW the LIDs off of all those whom attended the Public Technology Summit 2012 @ the Hyatt Regency” — Martin, there is a place for crusading, but don’t toot your own horn! Let others sing your praises and it will have much more street cred   Re: The May Report: 11/29/2012: My informal survey of attendees of Technori’s November pitch Tuesday night had an interesting twist: for the first time “None of the above” came in second and come to think of it, I’ve never had people saying they did not like any of the presenters, so here were the votes: Pear, www.getpear.com, dominated with 13 votes, None of the presenters had 6 votes, www.justbecause.com had 4 votes, www.swiftexpo.com had 4 votes, www.oxandpen.com had 2 votes, and one person voted for Jason Fried, but it was his first time seeing the popular Zen lifestyle entrepreneur; one curious thing I noticed was that some people were studying other people’s votes on my sheet before casting their own vote — that’s Chicago for ya– follow the crowd; open report for the rest: Inbox x

Martin O’Shield martin@windycitysdr.com 11:56 AM (10 minutes ago) to me, Ida Images are not displayed. Display images below – Always display images from martin@windycitysdr.com Ron,

That is correct! Chicago follows each other. I wow’ed the crowd yesterday here: Illinois Broadband Research Conference – Broadband Illinois www.broadbandillinois.org/calendar/227

Mr. May, you can confirm that I told the entire crown there that AT&T is the reason why we have limited Technology as they ALWAYS require whomever to purchase dedicated limited hardware from the ” Usual ” and will use EVERY LIE POSSIBLE to justify ” Connecting to their Core Network. ” They DONT want ANYONE in the Telecom space beyond themselves and since they are ” Too Big To Fail “, their mindset is whatever is good for AT&T is good for society. Now shutup and take whatever we OVERCHARGE you for and be happy! That should be their mantra! Ask anyone whom was there, as well, you not reported on the Chicago Public Safety Technology Summit 2012 when I FLOORED their asses TOO! Tehnori Pitch, 1871, JOKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your report attests to this as well as the 1 company who was part of TechnoriPitch, their website doesn’t even work!!!!! www.justbecause.com Reporting about these usual has become a JOKE!!!!! Sincerely,

Martin ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Subject: Hiring The Unhirable – Winn Schwartau: relevant for Physically Diabled, Criminals, Everyone whom don’t fit ” One Size fits all “….Re: Martin, do you know Tim Saylor? What happened to BarCamp this year? Date: 11/25/2012 4:04:36 P.M. Central Standard Time From: martin@windycitysdr.com To: RONALDMAY@aol.com, itjcom@sbcglobal.net

Ron,

I dont know Tim Saylor, and BarCamp happened on September 22, 2012. Anyways, I BLEW the LIDs off of all those whom attended the Public Technology Summit 2012 @ the Hyatt Regency. How come you dont report on that? Also, what is relevant to MANY of us is the following: Hiring The Unhireable Solving The Cyber Security Hiring Crisis From DHS To Wall Street http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfDFC0mT1cc&feature=related Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers! http://www.ted.com/talks/misha_glenny_hire_the_hackers.html

Why? Because we do it BETTER than the ” Legitimate Intellectual Infrastructure ” :-)

Sincerely,

Martin

On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM, <RONALDMAY@aol.com> wrote: ___________________________ Dawn Geras and Ron correspond   Subject: Re: question Date: 11/29/2012 7:42:21 A.M. Central Standard Time From: Dawn@SaveAbandonedBabies.org To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Have you thought of up-grading to this type of cane? These provide a little more stability. [Editor's note: May here. Dawn sent a picture of a four-pronged cane.] Dawn Geras President, Save Abandoned Babies Foundation www.SaveAbandonedBabies.org www.facebook.com/SaveAbandonedBabies Phone: 312-440-0229 Cell: 312-519-3447 55 E. Erie St., #2905, Chicago, IL 60611-2255

On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM, <RONALDMAY@aol.com> wrote: Traditional straight cane with rubber tip.

Cause of 1st fall was very high blood sugar and the resulting light headedness. Solution: better monitoring of my sugar level.

2nd fall was low energy after sleeping 30 hours straight with no food or water. I was feeling quite weak. Solution: keep juice and crackers next to my bed.

In a message dated 11/28/2012 3:55:14 P.M. Central Standard Time, Dawn@SaveAbandonedBabies.org writes: What type of cane are you using? Maybe another type would serve you better. Equally important, do you know what cause you to fall? Dawn Geras President, Save Abandoned Babies Foundation www.SaveAbandonedBabies.org www.facebook.com/SaveAbandonedBabies Phone: 312-440-0229 Cell: 312-519-3447 55 E. Erie St., #2905, Chicago, IL 60611-2255

On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM, <RONALDMAY@aol.com> wrote: Nov. 28, 2012

Dawn,

Thanks for asking.

Falling Dawn, falling.

I had one pretty nasty fall on Friday, November 16th which resulted in two days in the hospital, and then another fall on Nov. 20th which also resulted in a trip to the ER.

I always walk with my cane and I try to always have my phone with me, but on Friday, the 16th, it was recharging so I had to yell “Help” at the top of my lungs for 25 minutes.

A woman who lives in the building next door heard me and thank goodness called the police, and that wasc followed by the fire department and ambulance.

Once I have fallen I cannot get myself up and I’m dead weight.

It’s scary and I have no shortage of high anxiety.

Ron

In a message dated 11/28/2012 1:37:46 P.M. Central Standard Time, Dawn@SaveAbandonedBabies.org writes: Several missives ago you referenced some scary health(?) issue that you may be going through. Has this been resolved? Hope so. Dawn Geras President, Save Abandoned Babies Foundation www.SaveAbandonedBabies.org www.facebook.com/SaveAbandonedBabies Phone: 312-440-0229 Cell: 312-519-3447 55 E. Erie St., #2905, Chicago, IL 60611-2255

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