Winners Announced – DaVinci Inventor Showcase


Dan Hobson, winner of the “Inventor of the Year Award” at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase

2011 turned out to be a banner year for the inventors and their products at the seventh annual DaVinci Inventor Showcase. The event took place at the Noah’s Event Center in Westminster, CO amidst a record crowd of attendees.

Winning top prize at this years event was Dan Hobson, CEO of Ross Nanotechnology for their product, NeverWet™, a nano-tech coating that completely repels water. However, this standout technology was only one of many that captured the imaginations of everyone who attended.

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Is Coworking Right for Your Business?

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Coworking is a social work environment designed
to combat the loneliness and isolation of the home office

One modern compromise between working completely virtually and committing to a lease is working at a coworking space. These office spaces provide a work environment and an alternative to coffee shops for independent workers.
Campbell McKellar discovered the value of coworking spaces when the company she worked for left their expensive traditional office and started working virtually. The move allowed her to work from anywhere, and she chose Maine. “I was trying to do work in a cottage with family members and dogs running around,” she said. “I loved being fully mobile and independent, but I also wanted to have a platform to do my work.”
LooseCubes, the company McKellar founded in May, runs a website that matches independent workers with coworking spaces and spare desks in other companies. Quite appropriately, it’s currently being run out of a coworking space. McKellar says that working from the space has helped her launch.
“Especially if you’re in a creative business, the best way to get ideas is to meet new people,” she says. “You can get stale by talking to the same five people every day.”
Coworking allows McKellar to “unintentionally network” with the other people in the space, to seek advice from other entrepreneurs, and to host meetings and work with her team at a place that isn’t her living room.
On the other hand, coworking has its challenges and might not be a great fit for every company. Coworking spaces can be distracting, and most of them are set up in a way that requires people making phone calls to seek silence in the hallway.
“For us, quiet and privacy is very important,” Fried says. “So, coworking spaces and coffee shops don’t work for us.”
McKellar admits that on days when she’s “under the gun,” she chooses to work at home. And there is a point at which a company outgrows a coworking space. LooseCubes, for instance, plans to move to its own office space sometime in the next three months.

One modern compromise between working completely virtually and committing to a lease is working at a coworking space. These office spaces, like The Vault run by the DaVinci Institute, provide a work environment and an alternative to coffee shops for independent workers.

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The Vault – A Rising Trend in Coworking


Ted Wahler, left, and Dave Taylor take advantage of the workspace in the Vault.

Five kids, a wife and two dogs make for a very nice home, but they don’t make for a very nice home office.

Telecommunications attorney Erik Cecil learned that the hard way, as he tried to conduct business with clients and administrative law judges while chaos unfolded around him at his Rock Creek house in Superior. (Pics)


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Coworking, the Hot New Trend in Social Work Environments

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A recent coworking event at The Vault

Deb Frey, Contributing Editor, Impact Lab: – Over the past decade I’ve served as the vice-president of the DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank based in Louisville, Colorado. During this time I‘ve developed a great admiration for the geeky talents of our members, and have received a first-class education in the nerd sciences just from being around them.

In ten 10 years, I have gone from barely being on email, to an iPhone and iPad aficionado and the leader of a social networking experts group. Oddly enough, I’ve become the go-to girl for most tech-related issues.

So earlier this year when Thomas and I started talking about the concept of coworking, the idea instantly clicked. I knew from my own experience how powerful it was to hang out with brilliant people, and it just made sense that others would benefit if they had a similar opportunity.

Even though coworking has been around in various permutations for many years, the recent tech revolution has made it the workplace of choice for isolated telecommuters and solopreneurs wishing to work around kindred spirits. (Pics)

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Job Market Explodes On Twitter


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Jobs on Twitter

While Twitter seems a bit like the Wild West these days with lots of unknowns and rumors of potential riches, it may hold promise for people in unexpected ways: new jobs. With around 13 million current users (and a projected billion, as predicted by the unauthorized leaking of proprietary Twitter corporate documents), Twitter promises free access to a market ripe for a constant stream of new, value-added information on a minute-by-minute basis — that we know.


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Tweet On The Street

Tweet On The Street

Social networking has become the new frontier for public relations 

The sign of the times that was the late February shutdown of the Rocky Mountain News is the result of a long-brewing sea change in the public’s media-consumption habits. It follows that it also represents a sea change in public relations. Less newsprint and fewer newsrooms make for less opportunity for companies to get exposure in traditional media.
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