Ideas by themselves are of little value. Whether your idea is an app, a nonprofit, a book, a website or an invention – what matters is that and how you bring it to life. And really it doesn’t matter whether the idea you’re bringing to life is a business, a project or a cause – the one thing that connects all people with ideas are our passions, struggles and ways we go about bringing our ideas to life.
Our mission is to help people bring their ideas to life. That’s what we try to do through our daily interviews with folks ranging from Seth Godin to Tony Hsieh to Craig Newmark, and that’s what we’re trying to do with our 48-state road trip across America.
And that’s what we’re going to do with our event in Boulder. At every event, we we bring in a wide range of awesome speakers who then spend 10 minutes talking about an idea they brought (or are bringing to life), how they did and what you can learn from it. And then you’ll have 10 minutes to ask them questions and continue the conversation. We try to create an intimate setting that allows for the audience to really engage with our speakers.
We promise you’re going to walk away with at least five super valuable nuggets of information to put to use for your own idea. This isn’t a networking event, but you’re sure to meet some fascinating people.
The event will start at 6pm and go until about 9pm.
These four awesome speakers each will share with you their journeys of bringing to life their ideas.
David Cohen, the Founder and CEO of TechStars is going to talk about why they started TechStars, where it’s now and give us some insights from the lessons learned along the way.
Bestselling author and Harvard Law School graduate Tama J. Kieves will share with us why she ditched her corporate law firm to write and help others discover, launch and live their true work in the world.
Jim Franklin is the CEO of SendGrid, a company started from within the TechStars program, will share with us what it took going from a TechStars graduate to being one of the largest email platforms in the world – with over 40,000 customers and 2.6 billion emails sent.
Pete Sheinbaum, the Founder and CEO of LinkSmart (which provides text-linking optimization solutions for web publishers) is going to talk about the problem he’s trying to solve with LinkSmart and share some of the lessons and struggles he learned along the way.
The event will be held at:
2060 Broadway St. Boulder, CO 80303
What People Say About Our Events
“I had the opportunity to attend the IM48 event in Missoula, MT and left inspired and energized. Mario and crew are the type of people who are pushing our society forward. The events they are coordinating are far more than opportunities to hear from successful entrepreneurs. Instead, it is my view the IM48 events encapsulate the powerful transformations that our occurring in 21st century economic life. These include the resurgence of the entrepreneur, ubiquitous technology, networking and the power of community. I believe our countries best days are ahead for a variety of reasons. For those who question my optimism I simply point you to any IM48 event and you will understand my position! You will meet people who are inventing, creating and connecting for the purpose of making their businesses, non-profits and communities better places. Simply put, I believe in them.” Cameron Lawrence, Missoula
“If you’re hoping for a non-pretentious, inspiring environment to connect with great people and empower your ideas, do not miss IdeaMensch. These are the most genuine, good-natured people you’ll get to connect with, and they might even share a beer with you. Whereas TED seems to showcase extraordinary people, IM showcases and empowers ordinary people doing the extraordinary.” Thomas Bush, Los Angeles
The #IM48 stop in Seattle brought out a great mix of entrepreneurs, creatives, execs and technologists. It’s an event where you can show up not thinking you’ll know anyone, and end up having 10 inspiring conversations. Andy Boyer, Seattle
I was at the Portland event tonight. SO SO SO inspiring. I own and run my own medical practice, in addition to being a single parent of three, so my time is precious. The three hours I spent this evening at Instrument were just what I needed: inspiring, thought-provoking, engaging…and all with a nice cold beer 🙂 Great way to top off a long Monday! Juniper Martin, Portland
Talks From Past Events
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