Inflective Havoc
Reflections on Our Big Entrepreneurial Times from Jan Horsfall

Archive for the ‘Commitment’ Category

And Then You Give Again …

09/25/2012

 After helping found Startup Colorado and Startup Colorado Springs and spending the better part of my free time over the past decade in support of our startup communities in Boston, New York, Colorado, and Colorado Springs specifically, I’m appreciative that there’s a huge difference between folks who really support entrepreneurship consistently and those who veer […]

Are You a High Growth Startup or a Small Business? Decide!

09/16/2012

   After prepping yet another emerging company for their Series A, I can’t get the book “The Founder’s Dilemmas” out of my head.  In many ways, Noah Wasserman is the Jim Collins of the Entrepreneurial Set – combining years of anecdotes into a cohesive understanding of why our newco brethren spin out when they least expect it. […]

In Growth We Trust

03/02/2012

    As our early stage companies move into springtime 2012, it’s time to take an honest look at our status as entrepreneurial, revolutionary companies and make some decisions about how we’re going to move through what remains of this crusty recession. In so many ways, 2011 was a year of renewal for many early stage companies. […]

Now This is an Internship!

01/29/2012

  Through Startup Colorado we’re doing some pretty cool stuff. In fact, some of the adventures coming out of this program are so cool that I’m jealous I’m not a student with this opportunity in front of me (skip the tests – just give me this stuff!). Our partners in stunningly beautiful Boulder, Colorado are piloting […]

Power to the People!

01/20/2012

   We had an incredible meeting yesterday in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs with about two dozen entrepreneurs who are trying to do some incredible things. Take for instance, Devium, the maker of an amazing new smart phone application for your automotive dashboard. Their founder, Paul Lizer, has created an amazing device which essentially throws your […]

The Next Step is a Doozy

12/28/2011

  I’ve been discussing a lot of different opportunities with new VC-backed companies as of late – including discussions around CEO and CMO roles – and I couldn’t help but make a quick observation: some new companies really understand what’s required to get to the next level of success and what the overall ladder of funding really […]

Startup Workout – Fast, Simple, Tight, Focused

12/13/2011

I had one of the more enjoyable board sessions I’ve had in a long time last night on the 11th floor of the 1st Bank Building in beautiful Colorado Springs.  Spectware, with founders Eric (CEO) and Tabitha (CFO) Skinner, were updating us on their rapidly growing business as a SAS platform for crane management (which […]