The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

Gregg Fraley

As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. It’s in just a few weeks, so register, and make plans now to arrive in Oklahoma City for the March 31st one day event. Music fans know that a lot of great talent emerges from Oklahoma — and then moves to Nashville or Austin. Oklahoma City has turned the corner on talent exporting, let me explain.

Kevin Durant Could Teach Businesses a Thing or Two

crowdSPRING Blog

Kevin Durant, former star of the Oklahoma City Thunder, announced that he would be leaving the city where he made his name to play for the Golden State Warriors, and people had some feelings about it. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth.

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State of Creativity Forum is an Innovation Accelerant

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I’ve been involved* these past two years with a creativity conference in Oklahoma, now called the State of Creativity Forum. Even the governor, Mary Fallin, was there to support the notion that creativity and innovation is how Oklahoma moves forward. It’s all taking place November 13th in Oklahoma City. I’ve been told that people are coming from Europe and all over the states in addition to heavy Oklahoma resident registration.

SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Tornado Victims

SiliconHills

Austin-based SpareFoot, the self-storage marketplace, will donate a month of storage space to people in Oklahoma affected by the devastating tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. just to the South of Oklahoma City, on Tuesday. A massive tornado tore through Moore, Okla., It wreaked havoc leveling entire neighborhoods, businesses and schools and left two dozen [.] The post SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Tornado Victims appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

[Video] The Inner Net

YoungUpstarts

Here’s one of them – it’s a spoken word poem video production and performance by Oklahoma City-based poet David Bowden, whose style is in the tradition of Beat Poets of the 1950’s and Slam Poets of the 1980’s. This video is presented by Scott Klososky and Future Point of View consulting based in Oklahoma City, OK. Sometimes you come across a video on the Internet, talking about the Internet, that actually makes sense.

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SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Tornado Victims

Austin Startup

Self-storage marketplace SpareFoot is offering relief to those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. The Austin, TX-based company will donate a month of storage to businesses, families and individuals who need temporary space to store and protect their belongings in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Editorial aid SpareFoot

Sales Lessons From 13 Year Old Who Sold 22,000 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies

Hunter Walker

When making the rounds in Oklahoma City, Francis wears her troop uniform and passes out business cards. She recently addressed a university’s entire business department and will be the July speaker at Oklahoma’s Professional Sales Association. I’ve got a term sheet waiting for this girl as soon as she’s ready! How To Sell The Most Cookies (via NYTimes). Smile. ‘‘No

The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

Up and Running

Thsee are some of the cities where things are looking particularly good. Recent developments – including an influx of new college grads and the well-deserved (if you ask me) popularity of a TV show based in the city and bearing the same name as the city – have also made it cool again. The city of Nashville also has a variety of business resources, including incubators like NBIC right through minority resource centers. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

If You Can’t Explain What You Do In A Paragraph, You’ve Got A Problem

Feld Thoughts

I was in Oklahoma City earlier this week with the entrepreneurs at the Blueprint for Business accelerator (it’s a member of the Global Accelerator Network ). Here’s an email exchange that I had in the past 24 hours with an entrepreneur. Remember, I try to answer all of my emails and be responsive to any inquiry – this was a random one (which I get between 25 and 100 a day).

The 5 Best Cities to Start a Business

Business Plan Blog

To gauge the health of small-business lending in each city, NerdWallet analyzed business loans made by community banks in 2012. 5 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 4 – Tulsa, Oklahoma. Business Funding Business Planning Entrepreneurship News Startup Tips Business cities entrepreneur entrepreneurship income loans population startup

Kenai – RIP

Feld Thoughts

I had my bags with me as I was heading out for an overnight trip to Oklahoma City. Our beloved dog Kenai died yesterday at 10:20 am. He was at our house in Eldorado Springs with Amy and our other dog Brooks. It was sudden and unexpected – he went quickly and painlessly. He was 12. My last moment with him was the day before when I left the house to go to the office. He always followed me to the door whenever I left town (he knew what my Filson bag meant).

Welcome To The Fall Semester

Feld Thoughts

My fourth book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City comes out at the end of the month. Amy and I are traveling all over the United States like nomads – San Francisco, Boise, Oklahoma City, St. I love this time of year. I get up at 5am, catch up on email (holy s**t – is it already 6:37?), write a blog post, go for a run, and then have a completely jam packed day full of working with amazing people.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

Berkonomics

Valuations are higher in Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach, New York and the North Carolina corridor than in Oklahoma City, Kansas City or Miami. Well, it had to happen. Originally created in the mid 1990’s to help with the imprecise problem of how to value early stage companies, especially those in technology, I developed what soon became known as “The Berkus Method” when published in the popular book, “Winning Angels” by Harvard’s Amis and Stevenson with my permission in 2001.

Building Bridges in Oklahoma

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

It’s in Oklahoma City - - but make no mistake — this is now an international event. The theme this year is Building Bridges, and it is an apt one for a diverse state like Oklahoma. I also expect to see the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallon, and former Olympian Bart Connor. So, I hope to see you in Oklahoma. Briefly noted: Registration is open for the fourth annual State of Creativity Forum. The main day is Tuesday, November 19th.

Resetting My Priorities

Feld Thoughts

After a week at home I hit the road again around the release of Startup Communities and spent almost all of October on the road, reaching Boise, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Des Moines, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Lexington, and Louisville. If you’ve been following along at home, you know I’ve had a tough fall. It started with a bike crash in Slovenia, followed by a few weeks in New York where I physically felt awful.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 7: Revenue Model

Steve Blank

Veritas , the team building a low cost residential wind turbine wind turbine for cities and utilities.Last week the team pivoted and their wind turbine is now embedded into street and highway light poles. In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma it was the city engineer and director of public works.

Pitching America’s mayors

Austin Startup

Conference of Mayors and the City of Austin with support from Amazon Web Services, the Civic I/O Mayors Match Up featured a strong lineup of entrepreneurs from across the country working to fix problems as diverse as deteriorating roads, recycling household chemical waste, improving local government workflows, and facilitating safer interactions between police and people with mental illness. This allows cities to be proactive instead of reactive as they manage their roadways.

How Not to Get Lost in the Content Creation Wasteland

Duct Tape Marketing

Think of it like this: let’s say you live in Oklahoma City, and you plan to drive to Los Angeles, somewhere you’ve never been. Even though you have the fantastic invention of GPS, plus a paper map and a good friend who knows the city well to help you get to your destination efficiently and safely, you simply get in your car and start driving west.

Smells Like Money: The Business of Waste Management

Up and Running

Today in Oklahoma City, Okla, Keith and Cheryl own three separate companies that manage and dispose of a variety of waste, from hazardous and commercial waste, to the treatment of industrial waters and grease trap cleaning. When the waste decomposes, it releases a precious commodity: natural gas that can be piped back to your city’s utility provider to power your home’s electricity , and one day, maybe even your car.