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.

Oklahoma — Fostering Creativity for Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I participated earlier this week in the Oklahoma Creativity Forum. It was an impressively well staged event, as professional a creativity/innovation conference as I’ve seen anywhere in the world, and I’ve been to conferences all over the globe. Beyond event management, I have to say the event had a great feeling, a gusher of creative [.].


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“Lamb fries” for dinner in Oklahoma….


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Schools Kill Creativity

Gregg Fraley

His big-heart work included rural Oklahoma; he assisted in boosting that states educational system, and it will have a lasting impact ( Oklahoma Creativity Forum is a notable event Ken appeared at several times).

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.

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.

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. Small business basketball business Golden State Warriors growth hiring Kevin Durant NBA Oklahoma City Thunder team building

Does Your Small Business Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance?


These include Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah. by Veronica Baxter. Perhaps.

Yanni Hufnagel: A Coaching Powerhouse


His first big break occurred when Jeff Chapel, the coach of the basketball team at the University of Oklahoma, hired him as the graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. During Hufnagel’s time at University of Oklahoma, he was best known for his work in developing professional NBA basketball player, Blake Griffin, who later on played for both the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons.

[Video] The Inner Net


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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More New Builders Events! Tattered Cover Bookstore (and more!)

VC Adventure

First, we’re taking over the Instagram account for Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City for the entire day today (4/27/21, but the archive will remain there if you’re reading this later). We’ll be telling the stories and introducing some of the entrepreneurs working in Oklahoma City that we write about in the book. A few upcoming events to let you know about.

The 5 Best Cities to Start a Business

Business Plan Blog

5 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 4 – Tulsa, Oklahoma. As an aspiring entrepreneur, you will want to launch your startup in a fertile environment with ample funding and quality of life (for good employees and good prospects likely seek out this characteristic in determining where they will put down their roots). To gauge the health of small-business lending in each city, NerdWallet analyzed business loans made by community banks in 2012.

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

Google Express Launches Shopping and Delivery Service in Austin


It also launched the service in Oklahoma and other Texas markets including Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. The search engine giant, Google, want to deliver packages to shoppers in Austin through its Google Express service. Google on Wednesday launched the service, which offers overnight and two-day shopping and delivery service, in Austin and surrounding areas. Google […] The post Google Express Launches Shopping and Delivery Service in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Start a Business in for 2016

Up and Running

Oklahoma City, OK. Ranked third by WalletHub, Oklahoma City has also been found to be a great city for STEM professionals, entrepreneurial women, and small tech businesses. Furthermore, Oklahoma City is one of the fastest growing U.S. If you are interested in starting a business in Oklahoma City, check out these resources: Oklahoma Business Startup Guide. Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. SCORE Oklahoma City.

The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

Up and Running

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The state flag of Oklahoma combines symbolism from the Native American Osage and Choctaw peoples, prominent in the area. For most people, Oklahoma City doesn’t have much of a reputation, nevermind a reputation for being a good business hub. Additionally, Oklahoma City was ranked 3rd in the nation for training and networking opportunities. You’ve no doubt heard what they say in real estate: location, location, location.

The Onion Comes To Boulder And Is Renamed The Prairie Dog

Feld Thoughts

Some sample headlines follow: Oklahoma lashes out, accuses Colorado of being “anorexic&#. We all love The Onion , right? It’s the best news right after Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. We also all love Boulder. Those of us that live here love making fun of ourselves and our town because, well, there’s a lot to make fun of. The Prairie Dog is Boulder’s home grown version of The Onion. And it is hilarious.

Book: Tulsa 1921

Feld Thoughts

Finally, Karlos K Hill , the Department Chair, African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, wrote the foreword and endorsed the book, giving it more credibility in my eyes. I heard the phrase “ Greenwood ” a few days after George Floyd was murdered.

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An Entrepreneur’s Moving Guide: 10 Best U.S. States To Consider

The Startup Magazine

Oklahoma. A successful entrepreneur’s life is full of new opportunities and discoveries, financial growth, and of course, the many challenges of the business world.

What Are The Statutes Of Limitations And Why Are They Important? 


2 years – Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado (3 years for car accidents); Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Minnesota; Nevada; New Jersey; Ohio, Oklahoma; Oregon; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; .

Episode 35: Productivity and Cash Flow with Emily Morgan and Billie Anne Grigg

Mike Michalowicz

She is a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, LivePlan Expert Advisor, FreshBooks Certified Beancounter, and is Oklahoma’s first Certified Profit First Professional. She is also a life-long crocheter, a fairly new knitter, a dance mom (but she’s not crazy, at least not in a mean way,) and is working with her husband (mostly on the financial side) to build their sustainable farm in northeast Oklahoma. Also Available On. Show Summary.

How To Become A Real Estate Agent


New York state, for example, has reciprocity with several states, including Massachusetts, Georgia, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. There are nearly two million active real estate agents in the United States today, according to the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials. Real estate agents face new challenges and situations every day, so their days are never dull or boring.

Preventing Stupid: 3 Questions Every Business Owner Must Ask


In western Oklahoma there are many companies depending on oil production for their livelihood. by Matthew Neill Davis, Esq., author of “ The Art of Preventing Stupid: How to Build a Stronger Business Strategy through Better Risk Management “ A recent Internet search for “problems in business” on Google produced 1.76 billion entries, often a list of the top 20 or 10. Rightly so, business leaders are obsessed with solving problems.

How Austin Made a Name in Tech

Austin Startup

To this end, top contender Tulsa, Oklahoma founded Tulsa Innovation Labs in 2020 to develop a strategy for bringing in big tech to the city, bolstering the job market, and making Tulsa a household name for innovation.

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Everything changes from concept to release.


Email readers, continue here…] Back when I was developing early systems for the hotel industry, with the full cooperation of the owner and managers of a hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I would fly in from Los Angeles on Friday evenings, install new releases that night and make fixes on the fly in a real 24-hour environment. Close. You can take this headline as a rule, not an exception.

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Four Easy Ways To A Greener Lifestyle


Droughts are a real threat in many parts of the world, including areas of the US such as Oklahoma, yet we still waste a huge amount of it. Man made climate change is having a huge effect on the world we live in. The effects can be seen all around us, as our weather becomes more unpredictable and more extreme. It’s not just the United States that’s being affected. Some of the worst results of climate change are being felt in countries across the world that can least afford it.

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 LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 7: Revenue Model

Steve Blank

In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma it was the city engineer and director of public works. The Stanford Lean LaunchPad class was an experiment in a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. With one week and one more updates to go, this post is part seven. Parts one through six are here , Syllabus is here. . With a week to go the teams are starting to look like opening night before the big play.

A VC Puts On His Equity Crowdfunding Hat


First from the corporate sector within Battelle – and then regionally, building innovation and startup support systems in Oklahoma, Ohio and advising several regions of the United States and the United Kingdom. By Tom Walker, CEO Rev1 Ventures. It’s been about three months since equity crowdfunding was opened up to all Americans. This change means that virtually any individual, not just the wealthy, will have opportunities to make equity investments in early stage companies.

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Startups On Startups: Entrepreneurs Reveal Best Advice For Building A Business


First from the corporate sector within Battelle – and then regionally, building innovation and startup support systems in Oklahoma, Ohio and advising several regions of the United States and the United Kingdom. By Tom Walker, president & CEO of Rev1 Ventures. Columbus is the fastest-growing city in the country for Startup Activity, and we’re seeing first-hand the growing number of entrepreneurs in the Midwest.

6 Texas-Style Business Lessons That Every Entrepreneur Can Take To The Bank


And never go back on a handshake – a reputation precedes you from San Antonio to Austin to the Oklahoma border. By Theresa Roemer, CEO of Theresa Roemer , LLC. As author John Steinbeck said “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” And when it comes to business in Texas, you don’t mess about.

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How Best To Negotiate Your Time And The Time Of Others


Dr. Meg Myers Morgan is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and the director of graduate programs in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management on the OU-Tulsa campus and author of “ The Best Story Wins: How to Leverage Hollywood Storytelling in Business and Beyond “ She gave a TED Talk, “Negotiating for Your Life”, for TEDxOU in 2016.

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Taking A Chance On Life


By age 25 he had founded an insurance agency that became one of the largest in Oklahoma. by Bill Thompson, author of “ Order of Succession: Getting Away with Murder “ What’s harder than getting fired? What if you’re a baby boomer plugging away at a job you’ve had for years, and suddenly everything is turned upside down the day your much younger boss strolls into your office to let you know your services are no longer needed? What would be the first thing you’d do?

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation


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.

Tips from the Oil and Gas Service Industry Leaders by Christian Brim

Mike Michalowicz

Christian graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Accountancy. If you’ve been in the Oil and Gas Service business for any amount of time, you know the wild ride of commodity prices and how it can make or break your business. We’ve asked several industry leaders their experience in how to successfully navigate the ups and downs to remain profitable and cash flow positive. Johnnie Reaves, Asphalt & Fuel Supply, Inc. Know your customers!

TechStars Patriot Boot Camp Is Happening This Week

Feld Thoughts

Miyasaki, Oklahoma State University. TechStars is running an event called the Patriot Boot Camp in Washington D.C. from July 18-20. About 75 veterans who are active or aspiring entrepreneurs have already been accepted and will be attending. During this three day event, they’ll get a mini TechStars-like experience. The number of people who have stepped up to offer to mentor these veteran-formed companies is just awesome.

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).

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Startup Lessons Learned

Cincinnati, NEO HQ, 3700 Park 42 Dr Cleveland Columbus Oklahoma: Tulsa Pennsylvania: Lititz Philadelphia Puerto Rico: San Juan South Dakota: Sioux Falls Texas: Austin: Tech Ranch Austin, 9111 Jollyville Rd. One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere.

Entrepreneurs, Commit Not These 7 Deadly Sins


First from the corporate sector within Battelle – and then regionally, building innovation and startup support systems in Oklahoma, Ohio and advising several regions of the United States and the United Kingdom. Image credit: Sin from Shutterstock. By Tom Walker, president & CEO of Rev1 Ventures. There’s a lot of focus these days on teaching entrepreneurs how to do startups right : Validate the market before you build a prototype. Conserve cash. Meet milestones.

Welcome To The Fall Semester

Feld Thoughts

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. Some days are awesome, some days have crushing challenges, all of them are stimulating.

Episode 111: Grow with ‘No’ featuring Clay Clark

Mike Michalowicz

Clay Clark is the former “US Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year” for the state of Oklahoma and the founder of Our Guest Clay Clark is the former “US Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year” for the state of Oklahoma and the founder of Also Available On. Show Summary. On today’s episode, we talk about the power of saying NO with Clay Clark!

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2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups


SeedStep Angels (Oklahoma). This summer I conducted our third annual survey of the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies recently funded by angel groups in North America. Access to our 2010 and 2011 surveys can be found at 2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Investor Groups. We received data from thirty groups of the fifty angel groups from whom we requested data. For the first time, we asked for data from specific business sectors, as follows: All pre-revenue deals.