School's Out Social: Young Professionals Networking Mixer

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SCHOOL’S OUT SOCIAL

A night of young professional networking at Genius Den benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters and Junior Achievement of Dallas. Hosted by the Big Leaders Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Junior Achievement Young Executives Society Board.

Two young professional groups – Big Leaders and Junior Achievement Young Executives Society (JA YES) – are teaming up to present this first-time social mixer.

Ticket Price:
$20 in advance
$25 at the door

* Craft cocktails provided by Deep Eddy/Topo Chico and light appetizers
* Silent auction opportunities including basketball signed by J.J. Barea
* Chance to make a BIG difference in a child’s life!

Reserve tickets at https://bbbsirving.ejoinme.org/MyPages/SchoolsOutSocial/tabid/867214/Default.aspx. Guests must be 21 or older.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Non-Profit Organization · Irving, Texas
Big Brothers Big Sisters enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe, positive mentoring relationships.

Register PRICE: $

ART SHOW & Fast Growth Social @GeniusDen

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ART SHOW & Fast Growth Social 

Saturday, May 13th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Meet our two featured Dallas artists and see their latest creations – and socialize with Fast Growth Company leaders in the dynamic environment of GeniusDen.

GeniusDen is a business incubator and shared office space bringing together community and business leaders. 

**There is FREE parking on the street – right out front.

REGISTER HERE

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Valerie Baldridge

About Valerie’s art:

“The artist’s work represent the harmony of light and shade and the flexibility of monochromic vision. Her works convey elegance, serenity and beauty in nature and floral themes. Movement and emotion coupled with realism describe her works. Her intension is to evoke a transformative and peaceful state of mind.”

About Valerie:

“The artist had formal and self taught education in art from the age of 12. Her awareness of the physical form stems from her training in meditation, yoga and graduate architecture and design. Her visual senses were partially shaped by the Italian inspired architecture of her home town in Eastern Europe.”

 

Elizabeth R Wilson 

erWilson is a New Zealand born artist who was based in São Paulo, Brazil from August 2014 until June 2016. She has recently relocated to Dallas. Previous to Brazil she was a part of exhibitions and live paint shows in Shanghai, China where she resided for seven years.

Wilson has been published in various International and European Contemporary Art books and magazines, and in 2015 was voted in the top 10 artists by OpenArt Milan. She then went on to be one of the recipients of the 2015 Michelangelo International art award in Rome, as well as the 2016 Leonardo da Vinci prize in Florence, Italy. In June 2016 Wilson’s work was on display at the Triennale Italia Verona Fair, and again in October at the Paris Louvre Expo in France. During 2017 she has an exhibition touring South Korea. The show, titled ‘Shining Light on What’s Dark,’ is in conjunction with New York artist Michael Lam, and delivers a strong message advocating for the protection of the environment.  It was shown for the month of January at the Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Geoje; and is currently at Hwain Gallery in Yeosu, South Korea.

Of her style Wilson says, “I’m searching for the perfect balance between good design and painting. My brushwork is very detailed and intentional.” Wilson is interested in a combination of illustration, graphic design, surrealism and symbolism. Strong symbolic shapes filled with detailed narratives are set against empty voids, creating silent spaces that balance the composition and give the viewer time to pause and contemplate.

Wilson draws on a range of myths that are testaments of spirit and elegance, alive with implication and intimacy. Narratives of transition from new to old, old to new, this life to the next. Strong environmental themes run through her work, some of these are illustrated through the use of native New Zealand trees and flowers. An interest in architecture and the evolution of eco-friendly building is evident in her current series titled ‘Holding Space,’ which is underway at the CGB in Deep Ellum. The juxtaposition of space and nature with urban construction is reflective of her upbringing in New Zealand and her nine years living in the mega-city metropolises of São Paulo and Shanghai.

Register PRICE: $

Authentic Leadership: Gary De Rodriguez

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AGENDA:
6:00 – 6:30 pm – Reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm – Speaker

DESCRIPTION

The Law of the Lid is a foundational law of leadership, which simply translates to; your level of success is in direct proportion to your leadership development. The acquisition worth of any company is 60% of their leadership development. Leadership is perhaps the most important skill to invest in and develop in an upwardly mobile individual, team or company.
Authentic leadership is a branch of leadership development that holds tenets of transparent, honest and value driven engagement. Authentic leadership once learnt, sets you apart from the pack, gains respect from your peers and creates loyalty in the ranks you lead. It is the system of breaking through the limitations of what has stopped you in the past, creating leadership strategies out of the KNOWLEDGE of what makes people tick, while creating the legacy of effectiveness, congruency and consistency.
This is not a theory-based leadership presentation but a cutting edge, deep dive into the neuro science of what drives success. We open up the owner’s manual to how emotions drive behavior producing consistent and congruent actions that build trust and loyalty. What this presentation can do for you:
Manage perceptions and lead with power, authenticity and effectiveness. Increase your leader capacity and effectiveness by developing yourself awareness and emotional intelligence.
Increase people intelligence and communication skills to become more effective while deepening your understanding of the personalities you work with on a daily basis.
Grow stronger as you learn the foundation for problem solving and innovation.
Three Reasons to Attend this Presentation

1. Become introduced to the cutting edge leadership skills that very few people are ever exposed to and rarely learn. This presentation is the paradigm shifting to further develop your leadership evolution. You will learn tools that can forever change how you manage, see your life and perform in the leadership role you are in.

2. Learn the innovation competencies of Thomas Edison and how to harness the other 90% of your mind. Learn how to retain your energy to increase your effectiveness through progressive thinking strategies that distill complex problems into solutions.

3. Become introduced to information that can help you gain confidence, conquer fear, manage difficult people with ease and build your legacy based upon your values and people intelligence.

What you will learn during the Leadership Training:
1. How Leadership is an Inner Journey
2. How to harness perception and practice mental and emotional management skills.
3. How to develop perspective and flexibility in your relationships.
4. How to harness the power of your mind to create success.
5. How to maintain consistent emotional states in any circumstance.
6. Learn how to sustain relationships and build alliances that last.
7. Let go of past resentments so you can stop the emotional energy drains.


Register Here.

Register PRICE: $

How to Build a High Performing Team: Gary De Rodriguez

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Gary De Rodriguez is the CEO of Peopleistic LLC USA, a Director of the Business Education Institute, a Research Fellow of the Institute of Mind and Behavioral Sciences, Executive Director of Leadership Development for Wisdom for Warriors and has over thirty years’ experience in leadership and team development. He is a published author on the topic of Humanistic Business through Bloomsbury Publishing in London and is consider an expert internationally on the subject of team engagement.

His strategies have been utilized by organizations such as Shell Oil, Kuwait Petroleum, Élan Pharmaceuticals, State of Nevada Board of Education, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and many more. Gary trains how to actualize the human potential through understanding the functional dynamics of emotion and behavior and how it translates to human performance.

What you will learn:

1.) The core competencies of the best companies in the world and why they have so successful built dynamic teams.

2.) The critical role of leadership in building high performing teams.

3.) The absolute need for ectreme ownership and accountability.

4.) Introduction to ICOM 4 as an assesment instrument based upon years of research on high performing cultures. Become introduced on how to use this instrument to laser focus team development.

5.) Understand the importance of using the Extended DISC as powerful insight into choosing the person for the needed roles in your teams..

Learn Meta programs which reveal the deepest unconscious filters an individual has. Through a few powerful meta programs questions you will have more insight into your team member than the team member has ever known about themselves.

Register PRICE: $

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

GeniusDen ART SHOW- December 17th

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The GeniusDen ART SHOW continues December 17th with sisters Ashley Milow and Tiffany Milow – talented and differing compositions. Show starts at 6:00 PM, come meet the artists, enjoy the art, refreshments and music.

ASHLEY MILOW – is a visual artist and instructor working in Dallas, TX. She received her M.F.A. In Visual Arts at Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She received two BFAs at the University of North Texas, Denton in painting and printmaking. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the US and internationally in China and Mexico. Ashley currently teaches at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan as well as private lessons and artist professional practices workshops at her studio in Dallas. She works in Printmaking, video, installation, sound, and photography.

ASHLEY MILOW’s work investigates how images can be used to change the way we look at nature and animals and installations that work to approach our own animality.

TIFFANY MILOW- is a visual artist currently based in Denton, TX. Her work and research focuses on themes from hierarchy of man vs. nature, consumption, and identity. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012, from the University of North Texas in Denton and is currently working toward a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a Photography Concentration and Intermedia Secondary Concentration at Texas Woman’s University. She is the recipient of numerous honors, such as the Kobler Visual Arts Award and the Joyce Elaine Grant Endowment Award at Texas Woman’s University.

TIFFANY MILOW’s Contaminate series is inspired by the study of Ecotoxicology – the study of the effects of toxic chemicals on biological organisms. The work includes found images from site-specific major oil spills in oceans and waterways from around the world during the past decade. Abstract forms are created with the splashing and dripping of chemical on the imagery that deteriorates and destroys the print.

To create these experimental works, the found images are printed onto traditional light sensitive silver gelatin paper using an inkjet printer. As the paper is being exposed, various combinations of developer, water, and fix are applied to the surface.

The digital image acts as a control in the imagery as it resists the fluidity of the chemistry, mimicking the human control element in the process of obtaining oil. The chance for the photo-degradation of the resulting images signifies societies affect on the environment. In the final stage of this project, Tiffany scanned the original processed light-sensitive prints and reprinted them as digital images on Red River Polar Metallic inkjet paper. The metallic surface of the inkjet paper is much like that of the oil on the surface of water. In the rescanning of the prints, she is preserving what little is left of the original ocean image.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Business Issues Solving Session

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What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:
Julie Fleming

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Anatomy of an app – how to get an app to the app store

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As a recognized leader in the mobile application space, Anthone Campbell is known for his creativity, unique blend of business acumen, sales leadership, and technical skill set as well as strategic vision to achieve business goals. Anthone has held various leadership positions within Sprint Nextel, Corrigo and AT&T.

Anthone has deep experience in partnering with organizations on the implementation of mobility solutions. He brings value in understanding what is required to build capability and strategy to synthesize many different components including devices, networks, applications and their services as well as the middleware to interface these components. Before re-joining AT&T in April of 2012, Anthone was President & CMO of Copper Mobile; a Dallas based Mobile Application Development Company. While at Copper Mobile, he built the business from $388k in annual revenue to $3.2million in less than 12 months. This success was largely impart to partnering with accounts like the US Army, Visa, Cisco, Verizon, Ciena, Dave & Busters, Taco Beuno, TiGi Salons and many others on designing & developing their mobile applications to drive productivity, brand awareness and customer loyalty

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn Marketing Series

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Metrics – can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it.
You’ll learn:
*How email open- and click-through reports can help you know:
*Which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best results
*Out of everyone, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy
*The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK
*Best times, days and ways to get the response you want
*How evaluating event registration and survey response patterns can help improve your next campaign by leaps and bounds
*How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, and frequency your connections really want
*How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results!

 

RSVP

Register PRICE: $

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

November ART SHOW: Larry Maupin & Todd Gutmann

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Larry Maupin: Our society is often consumed with what’s “going viral” and what’s the next “big thing.” In our rush we often overlook the spectacular beauty of this world that is found only by a slower, more deliberate look – looking with expectant eyes – expecting to find beauty.

As a contemplative artist-photographer and skilled computer craftsman, my desire is to share with you what I have found. With a gift for composition and design, and with decades of photography experience added to my formal photography training, I hope to highlight my discoveries for you. My wish is that you’ll pause long enough to find beauty somewhere somehow amid the rush.

The joyful expressions of beauty from Nature itself constantly inspire me. Whether it’s a misty sunrise, a glorious sunset or the hidden mysteries in an unfolding flower, all of Nature is breathtaking to me.

Todd Gutmann: Todd’s art is hands-on, blending color and texture in ways that speak to adventurous spirits. As a co-founder of pigmnt, an artist collective, Todd has worked to gain exposure for a variety of art, using online social media as a focus group. He works to create an art environment that is accessible to a variety of audiences
With Genius Den, he wants people to find quiet space and creative inspiration that will allow them to mentally unwind, refresh and restore. And perhaps find creative inspiration of their own.

Todd spent thirty+ years in the ad business, including 25 years as a print producer for The Richards Group, Todd has worked for clients and art directors who demand nothing less from their projects than absolute perfection.
Working as an artist has given him the opportunity to work with different techniques and across a variety media. He finds art to be less about perfection and more about taking risks.

Register PRICE: $

Coding and Technology Crash Course for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

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About the Speaker:

Luke had grown multiple successful companies in the sales training and wholesale commerce industries for 10 years before jumping into technology. Realizing the hard ceiling that kept successful business people without a solid tech education from reaching their true potential, he and co-founder Chris Sica started Austin Coding Academy, a coding school dedicated to making coding education accessible and affordable through high-quality part time classes. Since 2014 they have been helping entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, freelancers and executives learn how to code and develop a fluent understanding of modern web technology.

What you’ll learn:

This workshop will cover an overview of the different technologies, languages and frameworks that are used in modern day web development and web applications. We will also be covering ballpark pricing for what website, app and development work should cost. Over the hour plus time of this workshop, our goal is to give a high level overview of what’s out there in tech and how it relates to your business.

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Register PRICE: $

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Social Media 201: I'm social, now what? Making Social Media Work for Your Business

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In the fourth of four marketing Lunch & Learns at GeniusDen, Jessica Hughes teaches us Social Media:

Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media?  While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. 

This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working.

Jessica Hughes’s workshops deliver actionable advice that business leaders can put into action immediately to decrease customer acquisition costs, increase their sales, and grow their business. Jessica is a Social Media marketing expert, consultant, and speaker focused on providing high-value solutions in online marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, offline marketing strategies and events that increase revenue and increase efficiencies. Jessica is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and an Accredited Solution Provider. 

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Business Issues Solving Session

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What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:
Julie Fleming

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Charlie tells about getting to your first $20 million. And about Firewalking.

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Charles Horton 
Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker

About the speaker:

Charles Horton has been setting and achieving goals since he was a young boy. At age 16 Charles set his sights on becoming financially independent. His first venture started at a local flea market. After finding an item that caught his eye, he asked the person at the booth if they would take a personal check. The man responded, “No son. No one here accepts personal checks. This is a cash only business.”Somewhat dismayed, Charles continued to walk through the flea market and asked a few more vendors the same question, “Will you take a personal check?” He received the same answer from each vendor, “no”. It was at this moment that Charles came up with an innovative idea. “What if I set up a booth and cashed personal checks for flea market shoppers?” He approached the manager of the market and told him his idea. “If you will build me a booth and charge me no vendor fee, I will cash personal checks for your shoppers as a convenience for people who run out of cash while they are browsing your flea market.” One thing quickly led to another and it wasn’t long before this 16-year-old boy was cashing over $100,000 in personal checks on a typical weekend.That event was to serve as a stepping-stone to a very lucrative career in the business of personal finance for Charles. It was during this time, that Charles set a goal to become a millionaire by his 30th birthday. And yes, he achieved that goal he set for himself many years before.Now at age 40 Charles is a self-made multi-millionaire and oversees his more than 50 retail financial outlets across the country. His company has been bestowed (twice) by INC. 500 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. He now runs his finance empire from his own 12000 sq. ft. villa surrounded by pools, creeks, waterfalls and a private coy stocked lake. He has come a long way since he took that first stroll through the flea market.

In addition to his primary endeavor, Charles has also become an excellent public speaker and teacher of goal setting and finance. He conducts seminars around the country and shares his philosophy with seminar attendees. “It’s what makes me the happiest. I love helping others,” says Horton.

Charles’ latest passion has become teaching others to move beyond fears and obstacles through firewalking. Yes, firewalking.

Among his other prestigious titles, Charles is one of only 6 Certified Master Firewalk Instructors in the world. He regularly conducts firewalk seminars to people from all over the globe. “It’s about breaking through limitations and getting to the level in life. That has been the cornerstone of my personal philosophy for many years. Identify what’s holding you back and moving through it. It almost always boils down to fear on some level.”

What you’ll learn: 

Charles will take our community through the successful narrative of his work and  with various attendees on how to better accommodate their business to market-niche consumers.

-How serial-entrepreneurs think
-How fear and entrepreneurship relate
-To openly discuss business-oriented obstacles in order to problem-solve collaboratively

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

ART SHOW - October

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Tauma Wiggins 

Every building tells a story… She paints the story she sees… hoping to create an emotional experience through perspective, vibrant color, and contrast. Drawing, writing, stories; three of her favorite things. Tauma has a background in writing & journalism, architectural illustration, & watercolor.

Sharon Shero 

Sharon O’Callaghan Shero is a photography and mixed media artist.   Perhaps it is in spite of growing up in the blue-collar south side neighborhoods of Chicago, that the artist is drawn to subjects that are pastoral and fantastical. Influences are a motley lot, with Francis Bacon, Joseph Cornell, and Elliott Hundley providing visual notes, and the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, and rural Louisiana folk customs suggesting narratives.

Shero’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows throughout Texas, including The MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary Gallery), Mary Tomas Studio Gallery, The Cedars Gallery, the Visual Arts Coalition, the Bath House Cultural Center, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Texas Tech University, and Odessa College in Odessa, Texas.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Business Issues Solving Session

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What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:
Julie Fleming

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Investment Crowdfunding: The JOBS Act and Small Businesses + Investors

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About the speaker: 

This month’s speaker, Youngro Lee, is a former private equity funds lawyer in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He helped clients raise over $25 billion in aggregate to pursue various strategies. Youngro previously worked at Weil Gotshal, Kirkland & Ellis and Cleary Gottlieb and is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.

NextSeed is a FinTech startup that operates a SEC-registered crowdfunding portal where small businesses can raise capital while showcasing their business, and any investors can invest easily in small businesses.  NextSeed is the first SEC-registered Funding Portal pursuant to the JOBS Act and closed the first ever Regulation Crowdfunding in US history in July 2016. Since first launching a Texas-only platform in May 2015, NextSeed had facilitated over $2M in business loans for small businesses from thousands of individual investors through crowdfunding platforms. 

What you’ll learn: 

– What the JOBS Act Regulation Crowdfunding is and what it means for small businesses and investors.
– How fast-growing small businesses can leverage investment crowdfunding to grow their customer base.
– What  any investor should know about participating in investment crowdfunding.

RSVP

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

ART SHOW

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Stephanie Shaw

Stephanie Shaw Stephanie is a Texas native who calls Dallas home. Coming from a family of talented musicians, she found her love for art at an early age curled up underneath the pews in the sanctuary of her father’s church where she would draw during the church service inevitably ending up in trouble. She has continued to develop her skills throughout the years exploring many different mediums which have arrived as an influence of her use of mixed media such as epoxy resin, acrylic, aerosol, encaustic pigment powders, water, and torching.

“Art has always been there for me and helped me cope with trauma.”

It was through one of the toughest storms of her life that she rediscovered her love for artistic expression. Her relationship with art is what helped to change the trajectory of her life toward a more beautiful existence. Believing that life itself is a series of constant experimental patterns of development that lead toward individual and collective growth, Stephanie donates 10% of all paintings sold toward outreach programs to stop relationship abuse so that other women experiencing these issues can also learn and grow beyond the grip of their abusers through her efforts.

Her professional portfolio is reflective and inspired by great artist such as Wassily Kandinsky, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, and many more. With a background in science education, she enjoys the playfulness of an experimental design process that uses different techniques, finishes, high chroma palette, texture, and influences of pop-culture, both past and present, to create unique one of a kind art pieces.

Sergio San Martin

Sergio San Martin BW PhotoSergio San Martin is an artist from the Dallas/Fort Worth area specializing in abstract art. He studied art briefly at the University of North Texas before deciding to pursue a career in business. The desire to create remained and he continued to paint as friends and family members requested pieces for their homes. He uses mediums ranging from acrylic paint to epoxy resin to create pieces that convey a deep sense of emotion while enhancing the aesthetic of any space. He was been featured in galleries & art festivals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in addition to creating one of a kind commissioned pieces for select clients.

“Painting is a state of being…Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” -Jackson Pollock

Artist Statement: If there was ever a phrase to describe my work this would be it. Obviously, I could never hold a candle to Mr. Pollock’s work, but his statement struck a chord with me with regard to how I work. Each piece I create is a journey; a journey with an unknown destination. A journey that is at times frightening, and at times painful. A journey that strips away any facades and leaves behind a remnant of my true self. I believe that true art is not manufactured. It can only exist as a pure expression of one’s self. Each piece I create is heavy. It carries the weight of sacrifice. It carries the weight of perseverance. It carries the weight of failure. Each piece carries the weight of countless unrealized dreams that made its very existence possible. Each piece is the sum of a wide range of experiences. I cannot help but paint what I am. My fears, anxieties, aspirations, failures, & triumphs take center stage. I cannot hide. I cannot pretend. I cannot produce anything of value unless it comes from an honest place. These pieces represent the last 7 years of my life, and I am honored to share them with you today. My sincere hope is that they in some small way inspire people to embrace who they are and be understanding of others.

-SSM

Register PRICE: Free

Business Issues Solving Session

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What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:
Julie Fleming

RSVP here to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Marketing Lunch and Learn Series with J. Hughes

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Bring a sack lunch and learn about growing your email list, how to engage your subscribers, and build valuable relationship face to face and digitally! Jessica Hughes returns to GeniusDen for the fall marketing lunch and learn series every second Thursday of the month.

From the speaker: 

How’s your email list? Is it growing steadily – or a bit stagnant? And when is the last time you actually contacted them? If you are ready to develop a great list of email addresses to start marketing to, you need a plan! This seminar will help you identify how to gather contacts of people interested in your organization wherever they find you, plus provide tips, technologies and tactics for keeping your contacts organized and segmented for easier, more effective targeted marketing.

About the speaker: 

For over a decade, Jessica Lautman Hughes has been blending creative vision and analytic thinking to handle marketing for various companies. An entrepreneur since birth, Jessica founded Hughes Marketing Solutions with the vision of helping companies achieve more than they thought possible. Jessica leads a creative team that works to help businesses grow by providing marketing, advertising, public relations, sponsorship, events, and social media solutions that generate results. Jessica’s ability to navigate the frenetically paced marketing and promotions world had yielded big results. In her role, she devises marketing strategies that drive sales and brand development. She brings deep “hands on” industry experience to Hughes Marketing Solutions.

Jessica is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and an Accredited Solution Provider. She has been a resident of Dallas since 2011 and is an active member of the Dallas Lake Highlands Women’s Junior League. She is married to Chris and they have a two year old daughter, Alyssa, who has quickly become the biggest joy in her life.

What you’ll learn: 

  • How to get started gathering email contacts
  • How to establish an organized contact segmentation process
  • How to grow your email lists online and in person
  • How to keep your subscribers interested and engaged after they sign up

RSVP HERE

 

 

 

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Art Show: Darek Sanchez + Torre Williams

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About Our Artists:

Darek A. Sanchez is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. In addition to being an artist, Darek is a former Sailor, Actor, Adventurer. He believes everything has a story, a memory, a purpose, a place, an emotion attached to it. He paints for not just the therapy of  expression but to tell a tale that will stand the test of time. In his journeys abroad during  years of military service he had seen things rarely observed by the average person, it is these sights, sounds, and feelings he conveys in his work. With 43 countries experienced he demonstrates a world of beauty, textures, and emotions.

Every one of his pieces is made with some repurposed or recycled item. They each have their own textures that give an added layer of depth to the works on which they are used. He rarely uses, brushes instead opting for things others might discard: scraps of paper, cardboard, tools, containers, practically anything one might imagine.

Torre Williams is a self-taught visual artist from the Greater New Orleans area. She began drawing around age ten and soon moved on to painting. As a talented and visual arts student, she began to evolve as an artist, learning different techniques and developing a unique painting style. In 2015, she moved to Dallas, Texas hoping to further her career as a working artist.

In May of 2016, she exhibited her work in a public forum for the first time as a featured visual artist in Dallas’ RAW Trend showcase. Torre believes this is the beginning of a promising career and looks forward to her future as an emerging artist.

 

 

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

GeniusDen Happy Hour at Anvil Pub

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Join us on after work around 5:30PM for a community Happy Hour! Anvil Pub is located at 2638 Elm St. in Deep Ellum. If you’re new to our community, ask for Shelby or Joe and we can make introductions.

 

Register PRICE: $

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

AirBnB Host-Club Launch & Legislative Chat

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Are you an AirBnB Host? Are you thinking of opening an AirBnB? The AirBnB Texas and Southwest Public Policy Director discusses the Sharing Economy legislation, and Leo Mathers, AirBnB Dallas Community Organizer discusses the Airbnb Host Club. To that end, the Public Policy director for Texas and the Southwest will be in attendance to discuss what is happening with Airbnb legislatively, and Leo Mathers will be discussing the ins and outs of the Airbnb Host Club.

The host club will be a host-led organization to further build the homesharing community, to allow you to meet other hosts, and to organize things in the Dallas area such as charity events and socials. These events will start to take form following this launch.

RSVP to shelby@geniusden.com

 

Register PRICE: $

Marketing Workshop with Kristen Baker

| - | @GeniusDen

About the Speaker:
Heralded as a “solution expert,” today Kristen helps her clients tranform problems into possibilities and setbacks into stepping stones. Her greatest joy is seeing how her systems and roadmaps help her clients achieve record breaking results while living a blananced and fulfilled life. A product of her own work, Kriwsten Baker’s coaching practice helps others discover “sales success beyond the obvious” by finding innovative ways to monetize their passions and generate revenue abundance.
Kristen says, “Very often your greatest opportunities are obstructed by your own blind spots. It’s time to life the blinders!” 

What you’ll learn:
This workshop will teach you how to do less marketing, make more money, have more clients who value your expertise, and do so in less time. This intimate 4-hour workshop will teach you all of these valuable skill sets. Learn the formula Kristen used to close over $100 million in sales and have taught her clients to increase revenue by 10X in 6 months. 
FREE for GENIUSDEN MEMBERS! Seats are on a first-come first-serve basis.  
Contact Shelby@GeniusDen.com to reserve your spot. 
Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn: Business Issues Solving Session

| - | @GeniusDen

What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:

Julie Fleming is a Managing Director at The Vant Group, a mergers and acquisitions firm in North Dallas.

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

DFW Atlassian User Group

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Dallas’ first and only Atlassian User Group. Come meet to learn more about how other Atlassian Software users have been using the various Atlassian software products.

For nearly a decade, Atlassian customers have come together to network, share ideas, solve problems, and find new ways to use Atlassian products. Today, more than 10,000 people take part in Atlassian user groups (AUGs) in more than 25 countries.

Atlassian User Groups (AUGs) are informal meet ups to discuss all things Atlassian over pizza & beer.

RSVP here: http://aug.atlassian.com/cities/dallastx/june2016dfwaug

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Global Chamber® Dallas: Global Business Professionals Structured Networking

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Join us at The GeniusDen for Global Business Structured Networking.  The goal is to get to know each other better for more valuable and results oriented networking.  Global business leaders of all industries and regions of the world are welcome. 

Expect to leave the evening with a stronger network!  

Refreshments will be provided.

Free event to Global Chamber members and GeniusDen members.  Non members fee: $15   Please register online in advance by April 18th for planning purposes.  We will certainly accept you at the door, but we much prefer you register in advance so we know how many to expect.   

The Global Chamber® mission:  “Engage executives and regional leaders in more successful cross-border trade and investment to accelerate global business growth, increase community success and change the world.”

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn: Business Issues Solving Session

| - | @GeniusDen

What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:

Julie Fleming is a Managing Director at The Vant Group, a mergers and acquisitions firm in North Dallas.

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Capitalizing on Free Executive and Small Business Education Programs - Lin O'Neill

| - | @GeniusDen

What you will learn:

– How to apply and pass the interview for the 10,000 Goldman Sachs and SBA Emerging Business committees
– Area organizations that help advise and mentor small businesses
– Online resources of small business education
About our speaker:

Lin O’Neill is an accomplished consultant with expertise in the development and implementation of strategic plans for businesses of all sizes and various revenue levels.  Working with employees, she demonstrates the incorporation of strategic plans into the organizations’ everyday decisions.

Currently Lin is serving as:

  • Lead Faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at DCCCD
  • DFW Instructor for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders (e200) program
  • Adjunct faculty for TWU’s EMBA Program and teaching an online course on Entrepreneurship
  • Advisory Board Member for IEEW’s Peace Through Business Initiative
  • Member of SMU’s Associate Board
  • Board Member for ZONTA Fort Worth
Register PRICE: Free

Startup Therapy - Open Workshop for Founders and Developers 

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Startup Therapy is an open workshop for founders and developers to discuss ideas, strategies, and problems.

Are you building a new company? Struggling with product development? Need ideas to grow? Looking for a CTO? Awesome! Come meet us and the community at our downtown location sponsored by Genius Den.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Art Show ft. Elizabeth Dryden & Sam Theis

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Elizabeth Dryden

Elizabeth’s passion for art and animals has lead her to begin her own Pet Portrait business, “Edryden Pawtraits”, where she donates 10% of each mixed media pet portrait commission to an animal shelter/organization of her client’s choice. She is currently creating a new body of work for gallery representation in her signature haunting, yet eloquent, mixed media style.
The work she creates is also a focus on balance between the agony and ecstasy of each passing moment. There’s a constant balance of paradoxical elements such as beauty and death, man verses machine, the disciplined and unconstrained, which make up life’s rhythm. She hopes to intrigue thought and create beauty through the processes of these opposing forces which rely on each other to exist.

Register PRICE: $

A Life of Purpose

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Defining and Living a Life of Purpose

We have all been given a passion and purpose, and it is up to us to know this and pursue it with all we have. Living out your purpose allows you to bring your A-game to YOUR personal and professional life.

Note: To get the most out of this event you will need to understand your Strengths. Take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to discover your top 5 strengths, and download the bestselling StrengthsFinder 2.0 e-book. https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Purchase/en-US/Product.

Bring this with you to our event as this will be part of what you need to define your Personal Purpose.

 

About the speaker:

Robert Hunt is the owner of Renaissance Executive Forums Dallas. He works with Owners and CEOs of companies here in DFW through monthly Peer Advisory Groups, Business Coaching, and Leadership Development. His focus is on helping leaders remove obstacles that keep them from reaching their personal and professional goals. Robert’s clients are leaders in the DFW Business Community and you will enjoy his authentic view on life and business.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Peak Performance Strategy

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A TONY ROBBINS PEAK PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn the 3 actions you absolutely must take to be successful in any business.
  • Destroy the 2 obstacles that are dramatically limiting your sales.
  • Discover the fastest method to doubling your sales without spending a penny.
  • Master a proven method for tripling your referrals in any interaction.
  • Inspire strong leadership. Develop an unshakable, unstoppable mindset that will give you the competitive advantage in your industry.

About the speaker:
Dragan advises and consults with Fortune 500 companies, executives, managers and sales professionals
in the areas of Peak Performance, leadership, organizational behavior, psychology of achievement
and sales. Dragan couples 8 years of sales, consulting, and corporate training expertise to ignite and
inspire results-driven trainings, workshops, and success seminars for Robbins Research International.
Dragan is an expert at using Anthony Robbins Peak Performance Strategies to get results for the most
successful and influential leaders, entrepreneurs, actors and athletes in the world. Dragan’s greatest
passion is seeing an individual accomplish something they have never thought was possible.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Growth Hacking live: 40 ways to boost your company in real-time (at the Dallas Library Main Auditorium)

| - | @Dallas Central Library 1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201

This talk will deliver, in real-time, real value to attendants; including how to quickly grow a community online, forming a substantial pre-launch strategy, how to ensure your emails and tweets get seen/answered, how to create easy workflows, content marketing and user acquisition.

What you’ll learn:

1. An introduction to the “hacker mindset” and how you can use it to quadruple your companies growth
2. A step-by-step on how to rapidly grow your social media communities and get free traffic/users/feedback from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
3. Outlining a perfect pre-launch strategy to gather emails so you have users on day one
4. A brief outline of how to hack PR coverage, and some tactics to quickly boost your SEO
5. An overview of the most up-to-date tactics and software to enable efficient email marketing, sales, and productivity
6. How to build your marketing stack for just $9 a month
7. Everything you need to know about user experience in 90 seconds (yes, really)

About the Speaker:

London-based Vincent Dignan helps grow early-stage companies through a combination of rapid social media growth, guerrilla community management tactics, and growth hacks which have seen companies go from zero to thousands of signups/followers/users virtually overnight.

His company, Magnific, has driven thousands of followers, conversations, and signups for other startups. He has given talks at conferences and events around the world on content marketing, social media, growth hacking, and user acquisition. This talk will be an updated version of the session which was voted best talk at SXSW V2V 2015 in Las Vegas. Vincent is the cover star of, and guest-edited, the February 2016 issue of “Disrupts” in London UK. He recently completed a 30-date speaking tour of the United States, speaking at 11 different cities, including AT&T conference in Austin (for SXSW 2016), UCLA, and Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Centre (San Francisco). His first book, “Growth Hacking Playbook” will be released in early May 2016 via Kickstarter.

Notes:
This event will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library at 1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201 in the ground floor auditorium (turn right as you walk in the south entrance door). Seating is limited to 200. You MUST RSVP to be guarantee your seat and have access to refreshments. Beer and wine and snacks will be served.

Co-Sponsored with:

The Dallas B.R.A.I.N.
Dallas HackerNest
Digital Dallas
Vela Wood Law
NoD Coworking
The Grove Coworking
Fort Work Coworking
TheDEC
LaunchDFW
StartupMUSE
Barista Ventures
LastMinute Productions
GeniusDen Business Incubator.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn: Business Issues Solving Session

| - | @GeniusDen

What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:

Julie Fleming is a Managing Director at The Vant Group, a mergers and acquisitions firm in North Dallas.

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Startup Therapy - Open Workshop for Founders and Developers 

| - | @GeniusDen

Startup Therapy is an open workshop for founders and developers to discuss ideas, strategies, and problems.

Are you building a new company? Struggling with product development? Need ideas to grow? Looking for a CTO? Awesome! Come meet us and the community at our downtown location sponsored by Genius Den.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Building Your Small Business with Government Contracts

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What you will learn:

• How to sell goods and services to the government 
• Playing to win
• Marketing to procurement officers
• Gain a general understanding about federal contract markets and contracting opportunities

 

About Timothy:

Timothy Jacquet has been selling, marketing, managing and training since 1996 for government and corporations alike.

Mr. Jacquet has held the title of Senior VP for Apple Capital Group, Inc., a nationwide asset based commercial lender that service the US and Canadian markets. He is also an executive producer and radio host for the The Core Business Show and coordinator for Salesforces, DATA.com Small Business Startup in Dallas and Houston.

sablich & assoc. (Tim Jacquet)

About Randolph:

Sablich & Associates focuses on turning around underperforming companies and assisting companies that desire to bring new products or services to market or increase their market share.

Doing this for 40 years with great success, Mr.Sablich has started new divisions within larger companies, introducing new services to new markets and turning around companies which were missing their intended objectives.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Art Show Event featuring Leticia Sedberry and Nick Franco

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About Our Artists:

Leticia Sedberry  is veteran entrepreneur, she owns and operates three businesses and lives in Colleyville where she paints almost daily in her private studio. Leticia ‘s style is heavily influenced by the American Abstract Expressionist painters of the mid-20th century, her inspiration to paint always begins with words. Language being her life-long first love, Leticia is an ideasthesia painter…simply put, she “sees” paintings when she hears words. Music lyrics, poetry, and random conversations find their way onto her canvasses. It is important to know that with all of her paintings, the title always comes before the painting and is inextricably tied to the work. It is Leticia’s hope that each one of her paintings represents a personal and special conversation with the viewer, regardless of her original intention. At the end of the day, it’s the conversation that is key since it’s words that started the whole thing in the first place.

Nick Franco is displaying 2 collections of artwork for this event. He is a professional artist and educator new to the Dallas area. Nick’s work is abstract with a focus in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. He is currently working on two series: the Thread Paintings and a digital/acrylic hybrid- titled inskin. The Thread Paintings juxtapose the graphic elements of design with the painterly brushwork of Abstract Expressionism. Bold lines penetrate the surface of the paintings and twist into abstract forms, or threads. The inskin series is a digital/acrylic hybrid inspired by the field of dermatology. Microscopic images of tissue are altered digitally and printed to canvas. Applying layers of acrylic paint to distort and manipulate the repurposed images, Nick alters the print by adding and subtracting forms, but always with the goal of establishing a balance between exploration and collaboration.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

GeekMeet Event

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More than 10 years ago, GeekMeet was created in Texas as a way to encourage techies to turn off their computers, open their front doors, and get social. And social we did get – with 20,000 people joining our ranks, attending happy hours, social gatherings and formal events. In case you didn’t know, you’ve never seen a happy hour until you’ve seen a Geek-infested Happy Hour.

Of course, there was and has always been more to GeekMeet than happy hours. GeekMeet’s entire mission is based upon the notion that professional relationships are built from personal connections, which as a  result – build the future. Come to an event near you and move the world forward!

Register PRICE: Free

Hunter Lott: HR at 100 mph

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Business is about PEOPLE and Hunter is the people expert – advising CEOs of hundred million dollar companies.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to be the boss your employees respect and appreciate
  • How to make better business decisions
  • How to manage liability by making proper HR decisions
  • Plan your staffing: learn the trending issues of employment practices

About our speaker:

Hunter Lott is the founder of the HR Policy Studio, which is dedicated to designing policies that work for management and enable good business decision-making.  He has presented over 4000 workshops to more than 100,000 business leaders and reviewed over 1000 employee handbooks.

An author of Please Sue Me-The Guide to Safe Hiring and Firing Practices for the Frontline Manager with a Short Attention Span, Hunter serves as HR support for small businesses and a resource for individual leaders in their situational decision-making through his website HunterLott.com.

Hunter was an award-winning senior course leader for the American Management Association and is currently a top rated speaker with the Society for Human Resource Management. He was “Speaker of the Year” for Vistage in 2006, received a Vistage lifetime achievement designation in 2012 and awarded the Vistage Impact Speaker of the Year for 2014. Along with hundreds of small, growing businesses his client list includes: Anheuser-Busch, FedEx, Carpet One, Caterpillar, Morton Buildings, The National Institutes of Health, Partners HealthCare and Milton Hershey School.

Hunter attended Tulane University in New Orleans, graduated from Iowa State and has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law from Nova Southeastern’s Shepard Broad Law Center.

Register PRICE: Free

Dallas Startup Week Wrap-Up Party

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It’s the second annual Startup Week Wrap Up Party at GeniusDen

This is your last chance to wrap up those networking conversations in a sophisticated and fun environment.
Celebrate entrepreneurship with friends and new connections at GeniusDen on Saturday night, April 16th 8:00PM.

Catered, Cocktails, Semiformal (bring out that little black dress/bowtie).

 

 

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Business Issues Solving Session

| - | @Chase Tower

What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:

Julie Fleming is a Managing Director at The Vant Group, a mergers and acquisitions firm in North Dallas.

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Dallas Startup Week

| - | @GeniusDen

Dallas Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. This is the second year the international event is taking place in Dallas.

This year, Dallas Startup Week will take place from Tuesday, April 12-Saturday April 16 at various locations throughout Downtown Dallas. With content sessions for design/UX, gaming, the arts, fashion, finance, health, real estate, social entrepreneurship, legal, iOT/robotics, travel, and social entrepreneurship, there’s something for everyone.

Moreover, there will be guest speakers, panels, and workshops on topics like marketing, talent recruitment, and community—topics important to startups no matter their industry. This year’s event will also feature programming on Saturday that appeals to even the youngest entrepreneurs among us. Providing programming for startup families is something the Dallas Startup Week Organizer Team is making a priority for 2016.

Visit Dallas Startup Week’s official website:
http://www.dallasstartupweek.com/

Register PRICE: $

Startup Therapy - Open Workshop for Founders and Developers 

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Startup Therapy is an open workshop for founders and developers to discuss ideas, strategies, and problems.

Are you building a new company? Struggling with product development? Need ideas to grow? Looking for a CTO? Awesome! Come meet us and the community at our downtown location sponsored by Genius Den.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Launch DFW Happy Hour

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We’re excited to be hosting April’s Launch DFW Happy Hour at GeniusDen.
Come see the space, feel the vibe, and build on each other’s ideas over drinks and appetizers!

Register PRICE: Free

Mind Shift Goal Coaching - with Jenny Parum

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What you’ll learn:

  • Productivity – waste less time and energy
  • Create more possibilities
  • Goal coaching that will create a Mind Shift propelling you toward your goals and toward a life of abundance

Don’t like your reality? Feel stuck in a rut? Have dreams but don’t know what’s holding you back?

Change your mind!  Change your world!

About our speaker:
Jenny is a busy single mother of three, artist, writer and entrepreneur. She teaches yoga in her Dallas-based studio and is an inspiring yoga teacher in Dallas and around the world. She has created a life of wellness and abundance using the principles presented in this workshop. Prepare to have a Mind Shift!

When Jenny learned, at age 20, that the pain she was experiencing was Rheumatoid Arthritis, she set out on a journey to wellness. Not willing to risk the side effects of medications, she learned to manage her health through nutrition.  Though she was able to manage the disease enough to stay mobile, she had lost most of the strength and range of motion she once had.  Now that Jenny has yoga, she experiences amazing healing and renewed strength!  Jenny feels honored to be able to share this ancient practice with anyone who is looking for a better way to care for their body inside and out.

Jenny’s personal practice has been influenced by leaders in a variety of disciplines.  With focus on efficiency through alignment, awareness and breath, she has made a remarkable recovery from the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis.  It’s Jenny’s experience of renewed body, mind and spirit that compels her to share.

Register PRICE: Free

Deep Ellum Art Festival

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22ND ANNUAL DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL

ADMISSION TO THE FESTIVAL IS FREE!

Six blocks of Main Street in the Deep Ellum entertainment district, 2900-3400 Main Street, Dallas TX 75226, will be transformed into one enormous street festival. Featuring 200 top-notch decorative and visual artists, 100 original bands and singer/songwriters performing from four different stages, the renowned Pet Parade, and enticing foods and drinks.

Festival attendees can stroll through displays of cutting-edge decorative arts and admire, commission, and purchase the works of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, leather and wood crafters, and other specialized fine artists, some of whom will be creating pieces on the spot.

ART

Purchase or commission the art of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, and fine artists who will have their distinctive one-of-a-kind works on display, some of whom will be creating pieces on the spot.

Deep Ellum Art Festival

MUSIC

Keeping pace with the newest sounds of the music industry reflecting Deep Ellum’s exploding music scene with all four stages rocking simultaneously with an eclectic mix of genres.

Deep Ellum Art Festival Music Listings
Register PRICE: $

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Dallas HackerNest Social

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HackerNest is a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local technology communities around the world (23 cities and counting!) through unpretentious community events and epic, socially beneficial hackathons. The mission is economic development through technological proliferation. More info: hackernest.com

Register PRICE: Free

ART SHOW ft. JuJu Bartush & Adam Brobjorg

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About the artists:

Juju Bartush is an artist practicing for over 20 years. Her talent crosses several artistic fields from jewelry design, sculptures, murals, set design and body painting. Juju’s artistic style could be described as painterly, yet illustrative. She specializes in capturing an individual’s style/personality and reflecting it through her work. Utilizing textures and shapes, Juju captures a form or moment in time. Strong use of heavy bright lines creates clear direction and movement. Her collection for the ART SHOW is titled “Love of the Line“.
Juju is active in the Dallas Art community participating in numerous charity, gallery and ballroom type events around the DFW area. Her latest large shows have been at the “Dallas Margarita Ball”, “Masquerade Ball” and “Hope Ball”. To see her art in person, you can visit the “The Art of Wine” in Dallas, where she has a standing rotating show all year long.

 

Adam Brobjorg began studying photography in the 8th grade and continued his education at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Adam was given the opportunity to photo shoot the first female speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi. Awarded the Texas Imagemaker Award, Adam ranked among the top 10 student photographers in the state of Texas. He was granted a scholarship which allowed him to live and make art in Nepal during a summer between semesters. Adam’s work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami (MOCA) and featured on HBO’s Masterclass with Bruce Weber. In September of 2014, Adam was invited by Google to partner with Chromecast. Google now shows Adam’s artworks to millions of people all over the world.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Ndaba Mdhlongwa [In-da-ba Ma-Long-Wa]: Developing a Winning Business Plan

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What you will learn:

  • Develop a plan that will guide you during the lifetime of your business.
  • Write a business plan that excites lenders or investors…and puts money in your pockets.
  • Research and reach your customers with a winning targeted marketing strategy.
  • Build a credible financial plan – learn how to make projections and plan cash flow.
  • Use financial statement analysis to measure progress and make profitability decisions.
  • Evaluate the potential of your business in the global marketplace.

About our speaker:

Ndaba founded Business Plan Solutions in 1998, a business plan and management-consulting firm specializing in small business start-up and development. Since that time, he has written and contributed in hundreds of business plans for companies nationwide in diverse industries. He conducts presentations, business seminars and workshops on writing a business plan, steps to starting a small business, as well as record keeping and accounting for small businesses.

In 2001, Ndaba became Associate Publisher for Out of Your Mind…and Into the Marketplace, where he continues to assist with publishing projects. He developed business plan examples published in Anatomy of a Business Plan and was instrumental in the development of the new integrated spreadsheet financial workbook introduced in Automate Your Business Plan 11.0, a business plan software program. Most recently Ndaba worked in conjunction with Linda Pinson to develop Instructors’ Manuals for their three-book entrepreneurial series: Anatomy of a Business Plan, Steps to Small Business Start-Up and Keeping the Books.

Ndaba’s business experience also includes developing and executing business plans in a COO capacity:

  • 2007 – 2009 he owned and operated a printing company. During which time he developed and implemented systems and procedures for the company to operate efficiently and increased EBITDA through organizational efficiency, resulting in the successful sale of the business in 2009.
  • 2010, Ndaba executed the successful launch of an online furniture store. Reaching sales of $750,000 by year two.
  • 2012 he went on to run the operations of a staffing company. The company obtained and successfully managed multi-million dollar contracts with the Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and Department of State.
  • 2013 Ndaba headed an outdoor advertising company which he later sold.

Ndaba’s success spans wider than the business world. He started out as an athlete, participating in intercollegiate athletics in track and field – being a five time All-American and the 1995 outdoor NCAA champion in the triple jump. He is also a two-time Olympian having participated at the 1992 Barcelona 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games! In 2003, Ndaba was honored with induction into the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Athletic Hall of Fame.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Wordpress: Platform for a Dynamic Internet Presence with Tony Cecala

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Why is WordPress the choice for new media powerhouses like the Huffington Post and old media legends like The New York Times? WordPress is a leader in the content marketing space because it is a mature, flexible, extensible platform for creating a home on the internet.

What you’ll learn:

  • Why WordPress is the top choice of media-savvy businesses
  • The different styles and themes of WordPress
  • How to get started and migrate your site from other platforms to WordPress
  • How WordPress compares to and integrates with social media platforms
  • Some best-of-breed WordPress tools to optimize your online impact
  • 10 essential WordPress plugins

About our speaker:

Tony Cecala is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and digital pioneer who brings successful high-tech strategies to local business niches. At Newsroom Ink, a brand journalism company, he develops advanced online newsrooms for business, government, and non-profit organizations. Tony is a technology support consultant to Speakeasy and DMNMedia, managing their server farm and architecting content marketing platforms using WordPress. For the past 20 years Tony has pioneered digital approaches to local advertising, niche marketing, and event production. He published the Holistic Networker magazine, a local directory of alternative medicine, and successfully took it online where he garnered advertising revenue from local and global event marketing, pioneered pay-per-click techniques for underutilized keywords, and integrated monetization strategies from both Yahoo and Google advertising programs on the same page using proprietary optimization algorithms. Tony studied and optimized click patterns across US time zones and developed software to adjust both bidding and ad placement for maximizing profits. Tony embraces both high tech and high touch, Producing the Emerging Tech Conference on content marketing (2012-2013) and the Wellness Expo® (1994-present). He also runs the DFW WordPress Meetup with over 2500 members.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn: Business Issues Solving Session

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What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and openly address their issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best implement the lessons: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:

Julie Fleming is a Managing Director at The Vant Group, a mergers and acquisitions firm in North Dallas.

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Vincent Dignan - Growth Hacking with Social Media

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What you’ll learn:

  1. An introduction to the “hacker mindset” and how you can use it to quadruple your companies growth
  2. A step-by-step on how to rapidly grow your social media communities and get free traffic/users/feedback from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  3. Outlining a perfect pre-launch strategy to gather emails so you have users on day one
  4. A brief outline of how to hack PR coverage, and some tactics to quickly boost your SEO
  5. An overview of the most up-to-date tactics and software to enable efficient email marketing, sales, and productivity
  6. How to build your marketing stack for just $9 a month
  7. Everything you need to know about user experience in 90 seconds (yes, really!)

About the Speaker:

London-based Vincent Dignan helps grow early-stage companies through a combination of rapid social media growth, guerrilla community management tactics, and growth hacks which have seen companies go from zero to thousands of signups/followers/users virtually overnight. Content he has overseen for other clients has received over 150 million page views so far.

​H​is company, Magnific, beat 1500+ other startups to be accepted into prestigious accelerator Techstars London. ​He w​as asked by The Duke Of York to help his companies at Pitch@Palace 4.0 and boost social media on the night of the event at St. James’s Palace with The Duchess of York. He has been interviewed in Inc, New Statesman, ​TechCrunch, and ​The London Economist​, and has written for the likes of Huffington Post and Tech City News.​ He put on Secret Sauce, a one-day conference to help London startup entrepreneurs boost their companies. It attracted 600+ attendees throughout the day and night event.

Vincent has given talks at conferences and events around the world on content marketing, social media, growth hacking, and user acquisition. This talk will be an updated version of the session which was voted best talk at SXSW V2V 2015 in Las Vegas.

Have any questions about growing your company, startups, anything before? You can read Vincent’s blog here. Tweet @vincentdignan

Register PRICE: Free

GeniusDen Birthday - Spring Cocktail Party

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Join us for the ONE YEAR Anniversary of GeniusDen Dallas and for Joe Payton’s birthday on March 5th at GeniusDen.

Show off your spring fashion and let’s celebrate in style.

Gentlemen: Jacket and tie
Ladies: Cocktail dresses

Catered, and open bar provided.

This will be like our launch party last year, but better.
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  • Optional raffle: bring cash for $10 tickets – half the proceeds will go towards a local charity
  • Short film will be shot, starring all guests
  • Karaoke

RSPV required.

 

Register PRICE: Free

Startup Therapy - Open Workshop for Founders and Developers 

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Startup Therapy is an open workshop for founders and developers to discuss ideas, strategies, and problems.

Are you building a new company? Struggling with product development? Need ideas to grow? Looking for a CTO? Awesome! Come meet us and the community at our downtown location sponsored by Genius Den.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Jud McGehee - Financing Your Business: Understanding Your Options and Increasing Your Chances for Funding

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What you will learn:

– What you need to qualify for a startup loan?
– What is the lending process?
– Understanding the 5 C’s of Credit: Character, Credit, Capacity, Collateral and Condition. How important it is in making a loan decision.
-What are the SBA requirement and what they look for in guaranteeing a loan. -What importance of a viable business plan.
-What you need in order to get prepared.

About our speaker:

Presenter is Luther G. Branham, President of LiftFund North Texas Market.

Liftfund is a micro lender whose mission is to provide credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources and to provide leadership and innovation to the microlending industry. Liftfund lends  anywhere from $500 – $500,000 to start-ups and existing small businesses. The loan products include in-house lending and SBA guaranteed products such as the 7(a) and 504 loans. For more information, click LiftFund.

 

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn Workshop: Social Media 201: Social Media that Works for Business - with Jessica Hughes

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What you will learn:

Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization.

This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working.

Arrive by 11:45 for your FREE LUNCH.

About the speaker:

For over a decade, Jessica Lautman Hughes has been blending creative
vision and analytic thinking to handle marketing for various companies.
An entrepreneur since birth, Jessica founded Hughes Marketing
Solutions with the vision of helping companies achieve more than
they thought possible. Jessica leads a creative team that works to help
businesses grow by providing marketing, advertising, public relations,
sponsorship, events, and social media solutions that generate results.
Jessica’s ability to navigate the frenetically paced marketing and
promotions world had yielded big results. In her role, she devises
marketing strategies that drive sales and brand development. She
brings deep “hands on” industry experience to Hughes Marketing
Solutions.

Jessica is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and an
Accredited Solution Provider. She has been a resident of Dallas since
2011 and is an active member of the Dallas Lake Highlands Women’s
Junior League. She is married to Chris and they have a two year old
daughter, Alyssa, who has quickly become the biggest joy in her life.

Register PRICE: Free

Abrahim Nadimi Workshop - Trello - A Kickass Visual Way to Organize Anything with Anyone

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What will you Learn:

Get an introduction to Trello and learn different ways you can use it by yourself or with your team. Trello can go with you anywhere with simple to use mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire.

– How you can create Trello cards to accomplish just about anything; from adding checklists, posting comments to uploading files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive.

– How to setup notifications to make sure you always know when important stuff happens.

– How you can use Zapier to integrate Trello with other platforms like Gmail, Pocket, EverNote and more.

 

About our speaker:

Abe thinks in systems and is very much a “what you see is what you get” individual. He believes in reducing the noise that gets in the way of quality both at work and in our personal lives. He hates clutter and disorganization in all forms and loves increasing efficiency through embracing new technology and minimalism.

Abe studied Electrical Engineering in college, and joined Bell Helicopter as a Flight Test Engineer. Once back on terra firma, He realized his dream of being in business for himself by quitting his job with a baby on the way and going to work with his brother at, Social Smoke, a manufacturer of hookah tobacco sold around the world.

He is working on a new venture, ReferMe, to facilitate referrals among friends.

Abe lives near Dallas, TX with my wife and two kids, appreciate a good coffee, a heavily stamped passport, and talking with his friends.

 

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Art Show Events featuring Chris Garcia and Hilda LaFleur

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About The Artists:

Founded by artist and engineer, Chris Garcia, “Evolinea Clocks” introduces the new face and function of time with hours and minutes shown in a linear light display that can be described as clocks disguised as contemporary minimalist art. Garcia’s clocks represents more than time and art; they embody creative change, visual stimulation and a journey through time.

Hilda LaFleur’s collection for this event is “Eclectic. She is a local artist with a 30 year teaching tenure – now focusing full time on art. Hilda uses a custom blend of oils and acrylics to bring bright colors to life and creativity to the canvas. Hilda gets her inspiration from places she’s been,  people she’s met, life she’s experienced and translates them onto Masonite.  The works in this collection will be her most eye-catching to date. While experimenting with her craft she has found a new and exciting technique that makes the colors vivacious and images pop. This event will be a great opportunity for you experience this display at GeniusDen for this specially designed show.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn Workshop: 7 Design Must-Have’s & Creating Email Subject Lines that Work-with Jessica Hughes

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What you will learn:

First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This fast, info-packed seminar will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact! You’ll learn:
– Branding beyond the logo – how placement, pictures, even colors can re-inforce recognition & engagement
– Readability – including fonts, white space and single-column design
– Images – including sizing, placement, links and more
– Sharability – are you going social with your email? Easy tips to encourage more cross-platform engagement
– The mechanics of truly effective subject lines: the three keys that make or break your subject line
– What works – and what does NOT work – in capturing your readers’ attention

Get their attention – get in the door – and get the response you desire.

Arrive by 11:45 for your FREE LUNCH.

About the speaker:

For over a decade, Jessica Lautman Hughes has been blending creative
vision and analytic thinking to handle marketing for various companies.
An entrepreneur since birth, Jessica founded Hughes Marketing
Solutions with the vision of helping companies achieve more than
they thought possible. Jessica leads a creative team that works to help
businesses grow by providing marketing, advertising, public relations,
sponsorship, events, and social media solutions that generate results.
Jessica’s ability to navigate the frenetically paced marketing and
promotions world had yielded big results. In her role, she devises
marketing strategies that drive sales and brand development. She
brings deep “hands on” industry experience to Hughes Marketing
Solutions.

Jessica is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and an
Accredited Solution Provider. She has been a resident of Dallas since
2011 and is an active member of the Dallas Lake Highlands Women’s
Junior League. She is married to Chris and they have a two year old
daughter, Alyssa, who has quickly become the biggest joy in her life.

Register PRICE: Free

Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk - Valentine's Day Edition

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GeniusDen is proud to participate in the BIGGEST Valentine’s Day MIMOSA WALK to ever to hit Deep Ellum, and you’re invited! (lover not necessary)

Shop local while sipping delicious mimosas at Deep Ellum’s first annual Valentine’s Day Mimosa Walk on Saturday, February 13, noon to 3pm. Brought to you by the folks at the Deep Ellum Wine Walk, so you know it’s going to be good!

Pick up a special edition Mimosa “Valentine’s Day” glass for $10 at the check-in table outside Kettle Art, 2650-B Main St., and join neighborhood merchants for exciting in-store events and special promotions to help you celebrate the season of love in style.

Stay tuned to this page for more details on all the fun, available only at the Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk!

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Awakening the Inner Hero: Mini Workshop (Co-Ed) Presented by the Mankind Project

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Within each of us is a heroine or hero. Waiting to be re-discovered. It’s the Inner-Heroine driving her to live out her Mission in Life. To make her corner of the world, her circle of influence, a better place. He Z(the hero) may be dormant waiting for the call. He may be active but unacknowledged. He may be on the Hero Path unconsciously and not know it.

You’ve been called. It’s time to wake up. Join us.

This special FREE event is open to Men and Women.

Special shout out to Torchy’s Tacos http://torchystacos.com/

who is dontating Free Breakfast Tacos for this event (come early 9:30) . Please click Going if you are attending this event so we can get an accurate count.

The Mankind Project recognizes the powerful potential and brilliance that men have to offer the world. Modern manhood is a lifelong practice of personal growth, not a destination. We are dedicated to this practice, in all it’s complexity.

Register PRICE: Free

Global Chamber® Dallas: Global Business Professionals Structured Networking

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Join us at The GeniusDen for structured networking. The goal is to get to know each other better for more valuable and results oriented networking. Global business leaders of all industries and and regions of the world are welcome.

Expect to leave the evening with a stronger network! Refreshments will be provided.

Free event to Global Chamber members and GeniusDen members. Non members fee: $15 to be paid at the door (cash) or in advance online at http://bit.ly/1mRXcVS

The Global Chamber® mission: “Engage executives and regional leaders in more successful cross-border trade and investment to accelerate global business growth, increase community success and change the world.”

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Paul Bennett - Bringing Your Company Public: What Steps are Involved & How Much Does it Cost

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What you will learn:

– Going public as a startup or an existing company
– Increase in valuation when you go public
– Liquidity for shareholders
– Filing requirements before and after becoming public
– Choosing the right attorney and investment bank to work with
– Reverse Mergers & Public Shell Alternatives
– Succession and Estate Planning
– Raising capital is easier as a public entity.
– A publicly traded company can use its stock to trade for advertising to promote its product, services & stock.

About our speaker:

Paul Bennett has been a financial executive and business owner for over forty years. Paul holds a BBA in Accounting, an MBA in Finance, a JSD Doctor of the Science of Law and he’s a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Paul began his career as a tax supervisor with the prestigious firm Deloitte & Touche. Paul has served as a CFO for a publicly traded manufacturing company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Paul has owned and operated several companies in the manufacturing of construction products, food-service equipment, automotive parts and tire repair materials. He has served as a financial consultant and advisor, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, public financial reporting, SEC matters, and strategic planning with small to middle market companies. He is a volunteer with S.C.O.R.E. in Dallas and he is a member and investor with the North Texas Angel Network in Dallas.

Register PRICE: Free

Lunch and Learn Workshop: 60 Ways to Grow Your E-mail Lists, Strategies & Next Steps-with Jessica Hughes

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What you will learn:

So: how’s your email list? Is it growing steadily – or a bit stagnant? And when’s the last time you actually contacted them? If you are ready to develop a great list of email addresses to start marketing to, you need a plan! This seminar will help you identify how to gather contacts of people interested in your organization wherever they find you, plus provide tips, technologies and tactics for keeping your contacts organized and segmented for easier, more effective targeted marketing.

– Get started with gathering email contacts
– Establish an organized contact segmentation process
– Grow your email lists online and in person
– Keep your subscribers interested & engaged after they sign up

Join us and learn some great strategies for collecting and managing your contact list — so you can start to grow your email list, expand your reach and achieve your goals!

About the speaker:

For over a decade, Jessica Lautman Hughes has been blending creative
vision and analytic thinking to handle marketing for various companies.
An entrepreneur since birth, Jessica founded Hughes Marketing
Solutions with the vision of helping companies achieve more than
they thought possible. Jessica leads a creative team that works to help
businesses grow by providing marketing, advertising, public relations,
sponsorship, events, and social media solutions that generate results.
Jessica’s ability to navigate the frenetically paced marketing and
promotions world had yielded big results. In her role, she devises
marketing strategies that drive sales and brand development. She
brings deep “hands on” industry experience to Hughes Marketing
Solutions.

Jessica is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and an
Accredited Solution Provider. She has been a resident of Dallas since
2011 and is an active member of the Dallas Lake Highlands Women’s
Junior League. She is married to Chris and they have a two year old
daughter, Alyssa, who has quickly become the biggest joy in her life.

Register PRICE: Free

Dagmar Fleming: Psychology of Success – How to Overcome Limiting Beliefs- Internations Event

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What you will learn:

Do you get that nudging feeling in your gut – a big hint – that it may be YOU who’s sabotaging your goals? Are you simply fed up with being stuck with the same old beliefs that seem to be contrary to your dreams of success? Stressed out, overwhelmed, broke? Yeah, you get the picture. Fret no more! If you are ready to make 2016 a life full of happiness and abundance (yes, that includes $$$), join us on January 28th to learn how to reboot your brain and set it up for success.

During this interactive presentation, you will:
– Learn how to easily identify your destructive thought patterns
– Reprogram your unconscious mind to boost your success
– Practice how to manage your emotional state to support your actions
– Harness the power of conscious language to shape your reality
– Create examples of powerful daily habits for peak performance

It’ll be fun and your brain won’t hurt. Just bring a piece of paper for your notes and an OPEN mind. We’ll handle the rest.

About our speaker:

Dagmar Fleming offers a unique blend of international business solutions, global team management and executive acumen. Her 20+ year experience encompasses both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.
As President of DBF International Inc., Dagmar advises businesses in international business development, marketing and promotion strategies. Equally at ease with small as well as Fortune 1000 companies, Dagmar has coached her clients in goal-driven performance optimization, global market entry, events promotion, public relations, and marketing communications solutions.

Overcoming limiting beliefs and destructive thought patterns lies at the heart of Dagmar’s coaching practice. She has developed simple tools to effectively disable subconscious blocks and reprogram the mind for peak performance. By aligning goals with core values and success mindset, her clients are equipped to perform at their best and generate results in business and personal life.

Currently, Dagmar is in the process of setting up a non-profit organization focused on providing entrepreneurship empowerment programs in developing countries.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Microbrewery Startup: growing from 5 to 300,000 gallons in four years

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Founder and CEO of Lakewood Brewing, Wim Bens was born in Belgum, raised in Dallas, had a successful career in Advertising (Tracy Locke), picked up an intensive brewing science and engineering diploma from the American Brewer’s Guild, and appenticed at Rahr and Sons Brewing before selling his first keg of beer in 2012. He now brews over 300,000 gallons of beer a year and manages exponential growth of his microbrewery Lakewood Brewing.

Wim will give a tour of the brewery and explain how he grew from concept to launch, to teambuilding to plant building and how he grew his buyer channels and formulas to become a real company.

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Art Show Event featuring Jessica Bell, Morgana Wilborn, and Cristina Riggs

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GeniusDen Artist Event with Jessica Bell, Morgana Wilborn, and Cristina Riggs.

Jessica Bell
Past to Present – Made in America: For this collection Jessica focused on reworking past favorite works  that represent the Made in America aspect of the collection. While creating Past to Present – Made in America, Jessica examines the idea of consumerism and how “made in America” products are not necessarily made in America; as well as determining how that fine line plays between authenticity and labor exploitation. Jessica incorporates the idea of exporting work and modernizing art in a manufactured way but still using customary artistry.

Morgana Wilborn
A Lovely Forgotten is a twelve piece collection of photographs that serve as a commentary on the state of South Dallas today. South Dallas is a beautiful community that holds a long history of struggle, change and a stagnant progression. As people move in and out of the community, the city continues to build and upgrade around the neighborhood rather than within its neglected community. As the rest of Dallas continues to grow, the city has forgotten about the people, stories and sacred history of the culturally rich community. These beautifully haunting photographs capture the enriching stories within the withered buildings, distressed streets and beautiful people abandoned outside of a city in the midst of beautiful change.

Cristina Riggs
Presenting Costrella an art collaborative of Cristina Estrella Riggs and Holland Hickory Cooper. Costrella means togetherness and explores the meaning of abstract and non-objective paintings. Costrella offers a juxtaposition of raw and refined techniques. It is a continuum of unstructured to structured ideas – so seen in whole they make new visual expression.

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Rai Chowdhary - #AskRai - Startup founders get solutions for the biggest problems with LIVE problem solving

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What you will learn:

– Three forces that tug on entrepreneurs – what are they, and the consequences of imbalance
– Most businesses will fail. Winning against the odds with Do-Magic
– Chase the Money or chase the Dream? What Rai learned over the last 40+ years…and saw happen to countless others

About out speaker:

Rai Chowdhary is an author, business coach, and entrepreneur. He has coached business professionals and executives for over 20 years at small, medium, and Fortune 500 corporations in the United States and across the world.

Rai developed the Do-Magic approach by synergizing principles of Lean and Six Sigma, Project Management, Psychology, and Neuroscience in a way that is easy to learn and apply and proven to work in business and in personal life.

Rai has degrees in Mechanical, and Production Engineering, and a Masters in Materials Science. He holds several certifications, and served on ISO Committees for Risk Management and ISO 9000.

Noteworthy examples of Rai’s engineering work are contributions to healthier snacks, orthopedic implants, mini-vans for the handicapped, light-weight radiation shields, and the world’s first and only X-ray attenuating cream for clinicians and hospital staff.

Rai has worked with Dupont, Applied Materials, Dell, Tokyo Electron, Abbott Labs, Sulzermedica, Glaxo, Xerox, Edwards Lifesciences, Recitt and Benckiser, Mahindra (International) Tractors, and Frito-Lay.

Rai was recognized by the International Six Sigma Society as a best speaker in 2007. He successfully exited his most recent start-up in September 2014, he is now building “The KPI System.”

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Lunch and Learn Workshop: Reporting & Analytics in your Online Marketing - with Karen Wucher

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What you will learn:

Metrics – can be like magic. This seminar will take you step-by-step through the reports and analytics of digital marketing generated by the key online marketing tools and give you detailed instructions on how to use them to grow your audience.

How email open and click-through reports can help you know:
– Which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best results
– Out of a field of “everyone”, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your time, efforts & energy
– The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK
– Best times, days and ways to get the response you want
– How evaluating event registration and survey response patterns can help improve your next campaign
– How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, and frequency your connections really want
– How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results

About the speaker:

Karen is owner of Red Mango Marketing & Media, an agency that helps small businesses grow with digital marketing solutions. Red Mango Marketing specializes in Website marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing & Email Marketing. Karen is a Master Certified Constant Contact Solution Provider and an Authorized Local Expert.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Dr. David Croson: Thinking Like Your Investor

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What you will learn:

-How to understand the analysis method(s) your investor will use, and how to provide information effectively to close the deal
-When to be very specific to be in your use-of-funds statement (and when to give yourself more flexibility)
-How to handle questions about investor risk, and push for a better valuation without losing everything
-How to tweak your pitch when you need capital

About our Speaker:
-Dr. David Croson is a Harvard PhD with venture capital and startup experience; he has 20 years of experience in business school education, and an expertise in: technology strategy, IT investment analysis, analysis of entrepreneurial ventures, and startup strategy. He also recently completed a two-year stint as the Program Director at National Science Foundation.
-Dr. Croson’s  research focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, critical decisions at early stages of business development, the value of information in decision-making, and managing risk in high-stakes decisions.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Katherine Nelson: Defining Your Buyer Persona

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What you will learn:

A working methodology on how to create the customer journey and tools to define who your customer REALLY is.

– Worksheets will be provided with this presentation
– Bring your User Story
– Bring any written work you’ve done in defining your target customer

About our Speaker:

Katherine (Kat) Nelson, created RedKatalyst Consulting to help both people and companies get unstuck – driving the strategy for fast growth companies.

Kat has consulted with hundreds of organizations with specialized expertise in marketing, finance, customer and product development, process management, and leadership coaching.

With RedKatalyst Kat has helped businesses optimize operations, launch new products and services, prepare to raise capital and uncover new value. Previously, Kat was part of the senior leadership team at Obtiva, one of the hottest independent software development shops in the country when it was acquired by Groupon in 2011. She began her career while still in college, working as an auditor and eventually expanding beyond finance into business operations and technology.

She’s a frequent speaker at industry events like the Web 2.0 conference in New York and TechWeek in Chicago, and speaks on topics throughout the nation on “How to find your Superhero Niche”, “How to Develop Your Customer”, or “How to Get Unstuck in a World of Checklists”.

Kat travels between Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Austin and New York where she loves to connect and be connected, mentor, speak, support start-up initiatives, and help people stay agile in work and in life.

Kat’s Personal Mission is to help you add more value to your world than you ever dreamed possible, by giving you tools you can start using now to improve your business and your life.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Kevin Lawson, CPA: Tax Planning for Small Business

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What you will learn:

CPA Kevin Lawson explains that there are many tax strategies available to small business owners. Some fitting the owner’s PERSONAL tax position, and some fitted for the BUSINESS itself. The most successful are based on structuring the strategy to accomplish these goals:
– Reducing the amount of taxable income
– Lowering your tax rate
– Controlling the time when the tax must be paid
– Claiming any available tax credits
– Controlling the effects of the Alternative Minimum Tax
– Increase Your Bottom Line using your home office

About the speaker:

Kevin Lawson founded Lawson & Company CPAs 2007 after merging with the Perkin’s CPA firm which has been in existence since 1988. As a CPA and small business owner, Kevin loves to work with small businesses to help them succeed. He specializes in providing a clear financial picture of clients’ businesses, proactive tax planning, and strategic business solutions to entrepreneurs and businesses.

Kevin graduated from the Chico State University in California with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and an MBA from Utah State University. Kevin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Texas Society of CPAs, Dallas Society of CPAs, Plano/Richardson CPA Professionals Group, and is active with both the Rowlett and Richardson Chambers of Commerce.
Outside of the office, Kevin is actively involved in his son’s Boy Scout Troop and is a frequent spectator at any of the Rockwall High School football games watching his daughter as a trainer. Kevin and his wife love to spend time sailing together as well as travelling and spending time together as a family.

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Open Desk Thursday

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MKP Warrior Weekend Graduation

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As a part of our mission to support programs that “..interrupt cycles of poverty”, GeniusDen is providing space for the Mankind Project of North Texas to host an event.

The North Texas Chapter of the Mankind Project celebrates another Warrior Weekend graduation with graduates of the weekend training held November 13th-15th. All are welcome to attend and join the graduates, family and friends and anyone interested in leadership and personal growth training.

The ManKind Project (MKP) is about the examined life. The Warrior Weekend training uses common small group tools and protocols to offer men the opportunity to grow personally and professionally – as men.

Their Mission: “We create a safer world by growing better men”.

The Weekend Training and the Integration Groups (iGroups) that form after graduation allow men to explore their lives, overcome personal obstacles, create new choices and embrace a healthy, powerful and peaceful masculinity. The trainings, communities and circles of men encourage each man to bring his own wisdom and beliefs and to embody his most authentic potential.

The ManKind Project (MKP) operates in over 38 localized communities in 7 countries. They are non-profit and not affiliated with any religious practice. They engage men from all walks of life and belief systems. Using the protocols of respect and self-awareness, men from widely diverse social, professional and religious beliefs connect in a deep and honest way with other men. They learn from one another and themselves how to be more authentic and honest, and to find and live their best selves.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ManKindProject

If you are/know a man interested in learning about the weekend training, reach out to TERRY HARTWICK tlhartwick@icloud.com 214-215-1091.

The international nonprofit The Woman Within offers a parallel personal growth program for women: www.womanwithin.org

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Macedonian Trade and Investment Panel: Ambassador Vasko Naumovski and Foreign Investment Minister Jerry Naumoff

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What you will learn?

– The US-Macedonian relationship: politics, economics and trade
– Foreign investment in Macedonia – current state and predictions
– The American Experience in Macedonia: a business perspective

About our speakers:

VASKO NAUMOVSKI, AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
His Excellency Vasko Naumovski Ph.D, the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States is a veteran statesman and a highly esteemed academic on International Law and European integration. As Ambassador, His Excellency has focused on improving bilateral relations and the overall co-operation between Macedonia and the United States, including the reinforced support from the USA for Euro-Atlantic integration processes of Macedonia, especially within NATO frames. He places focus on issues like defense, parliamentary co-operation with the United States Congress, trade and attracting American investments, as well as health and education.
Ambassador Naumovski served as deputy prime minister for Euro integration, as well as special envoy for negotiations of the naming dispute with Greece.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law “Justinian I” in Skopje, International law and received his MA degree at Rhine University “Friedrich Vilhelms” in Bonn, Germany, and another MA degree at the Faculty of Law “Justinian I” in Skopje on topics Macedonia’s integration into the EU.
In 2008, he earned his PhD at the Faculty of Law “Justinian I” in Skopje on Influence of the European institutions and the European Union with the countries of the Western Balkans. Since 2005, he has been working at “New York University Skopje”, at the Faculty of International Relations, Politics and European Studies, as assistant professor of International law and EU law, as well as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law at “Justinian I”.
Author of numerous scientific papers in the field of European integration and international law, he participated in many international scientific conferences and has carried out long study tours in Europe and the United States. During undergraduate and postgraduate studies was awarded with scholarships by the German foundation “Konrad Adenauer” and was awarded the scholarship for study tour in the United States by the U.S. State Department. He speaks English and German.

JERRY NAUMOFF, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Jerry Naumoff was appointed by the Parliament of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia as Minister for Foreign Investments on May 29, 2013. This will be accomplished by increasing the competitiveness and profitability for foreign companies doing business in Macedonia. By doing so, this will create new jobs, which is his mission. Prior to his appointment, the Minister was the President and Founder of The Naumoff Group, Inc., which was a total risk management advisory firm since 1993. The Naumoff Group, Inc. had a diverse group of internationally known and Chicago headquartered corporate clients from a wide array of industries.
As a serial entrepreneur Minister Naumoff also imported mineral water from Europe, owned a restaurant and built one of the first web-based human resource applications that was later purchased by one of the world’s largest payroll and HR companies. Minister Naumoff gained successful marketing and management experience from two Fortune 500 financial insurance companies and two top-ranked Chicago-based brokerage and consulting firms from 1980 to 1993. Throughout his corporate career he was promoted numerous times and achieved many national sales production and office management awards. He was appointed “Advisory Council to the President” by the CEO of one of the largest insurance companies in the world. He was a key presenter in countless educational seminars, business executive.

Macedonian wine will be served.

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Shawn McBride - Legally Structuring Your Startup: Planning your exit and cashing out for Founders / Partners / Investors

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What you will learn:

Come learn how to protect the value you are creating in your business so that you get paid for your hard work — and start taking steps to get the biggest possible pay-out.”

How are you protecting the value you are creating? The goal is, of course, to cash out at some point. The big payday: IPO, Private Equity infusion, that sale to Microsoft or Google.

But how do you get paid? How to do you make sure you aren’t portrayed in the next version of “The Social Network” where they show how your partner went on to great riches while you are still looking to scratch together the cash for your next vacation?

How do you make sure you’re an unexpected event doesn’t crash the value of your business?

-Learn how to structure your business to maximize your long-term payout when bringing in investors and partners

-Understand items to consider when setting-up and managing your business to make your company investor friendly

-Know what to do in the early stages of the company’s life to maximize the chance of making it to later rounds of financing

-Understand the alphabet soup of entities and why some entities might be better than others in various situations — LLCs, LPs, Corporations, S-Corp, Trusts, GPs, etc.

About our speaker:

Shawn McBride is an attorney who frequently works on business partnerships. Shawn helps partners “lay the foundation first” and, among other things, takes actions to protect partners’ economic value in growing companies.

As founder and Managing Member of The R. Shawn McBride Law Office, P.L.L.C., he has guided the firm to be business focused – after all Shawn was exposed to the business world completing college degrees in Accounting and Business Administration (concentration: Finance) and passing the CPA exam prior to advising his first legal client. Shawn is currently licensed to practice law in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Kurt Wilkin: Success is about PEOPLE - build the team you need to scale

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About our Speaker:

It’s no secret. Business success is about PRODUCT, PROCESS, and PEOPLE. Your team probably lacks in the PEOPLE part of the formula, and you probably lack in the PROCESS to get good PEOPLE.

Kurt Wilkin is CEO at HireBetter, a national recruiting firm that works directly with conscious leaders of high-growth companies to build the dream teams they need to scale. His business-first approach changes the talent conversation from a transaction (quickly filling a seat), to making talent planning a core competency of leadership.

Kurt implements his strategic talent planning tools as advisor to C-level executives of middle market companies pursuing aggressive growth. Kurt’s track-record as a successful entrepreneur allows him to serve with first-hand know-how, as well as inner-circle experience helping guide several companies through similar growth.
Success stories include placing several key members of the DEEP EDDY VODKA team that were core ingredients to the Deep Eddy record breaking growth and recent exit.

What you will learn:
– WHO’s important, WHY are they important, HOW do you find, win and keep these key players?
-Creating an attractive company where the EMPLOYEES want to work.
-Building a company culture and mission that draws the best people, and the best out of those people.
-Helping founders build Executive Leader Teams for whom people want to deliver their best work.
-Planning three moves ahead and making the tough/easy decisions that build “next-level” teams.

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St. flute Culture Hosting a Halloween Party at GeniusDen

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The annual Halloween Party hosted by St. flute Culture. This month The 24th night, the first landing of Texas San flute culture will bring a different kind of Chinese Culture to Halloween and Downtown Dallas. The Halloween Party experience. Party venue this year will break the traditional nightclub Form, into the very atmosphere of the old Halloween Loft, restore the most essential Halloween flavor. I want to have fun but also provide an inexpensive way to enjoy an adult beverage.

This Halloween Party will be the first ever all inclusive party providing your beverages. There will also be a sweepstakes, prizes include IPhone 6S, Beats audio, and other practical items.

October 24th, Dallas Let’s fool around together and, meet new friends!

Please visit Eventbrite to purchase your tickets http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sd-halloween-party-tickets-18898823891
or register below and purchase at the door.

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Dr. David Croson - The Liability of Newness & How to Overcome It

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About our Speaker:

Dr. David “ProfDC” Croson is a Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Business Economics (Clinical Track) at the SMU Cox School of Business. In addition to 20 years as a top-ranked teacher, he has co-founded the Wharton Private Equity Alumni Network, served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation, and won “Mentor of the Year” award at the University City Science Center. He received his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University and is an active angel investor and startup advisor.

What you will learn:

It’s not easy being new. Even when their products/services are better, new companies start off a marked disadvantage to established ones for a variety of reasons — consumer awareness, access to capital, skepticism about their survival, etc. Yet nearly all the job growth in the US is due to young companies. How do they overcome these liabilities of newness (beyond “fake it until you make it”), and how can you do so with your startup?

-How and why young companies start off at a disadvantage to more established competitors (even when their products/services are better)
-How successful young companies overcome these liabilities of newness (beyond faking it until they make it)
-How you can do so with YOUR startup

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Mexico at a Crossroads: The Halfway Mark for the Peña Administration – Political and Business Analysis with Gabriel Guerra Castellanos

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Mexico at a Crossroads: The Halfway Mark for the Peña Administration – Political and Business Analysis with Gabriel Guerra Castellanos

The World Affairs Council of DFW invites Gabriel Guerra Castellanos, founder and president of Mexico’s leading PR firm, Guerra Castellanos and Associates, and an op-Ed writer for El Universal to speak on Mexico: what lies ahead for the nation, its people and the North American relationship.

A model for emerging nations, rich in natural resources, equipped with one of Latin America’s largest and most sophisticated industrial bases and leading the way in strong macroeconomic policies and structural reforms – Mexico is designed to pave the way for sustained growth.

But domestic challenges have become the focus of some critics on the global front who cite slow official reaction to the massacre of 43 students at Ayotzinapa a year ago. They also criticize perceived poor management of Mexico’s rule of law, violence and poverty.

But in Mexico, the future is a place of hope.

Join the Meridian: Global Young Professionals the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos – Dallas and Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos “Jovenes” (Young Mexican Entrepreneur Group) in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth for this insiders look into Mexico – today and tomorrow.

About our Speaker:
Gabriel Guerra Castellanos is an analyst of national and international affairs, political commentator in various programs of news and political analysis on radio and television and consultant.

He served in the diplomatic field as Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Mexico in the former Soviet Union, Press Counselor of the Embassy of Mexico in Germany, and Consul General of Mexico in Toronto, Canada. As Director of International Media at the office of the President of Mexico, his contribution was valuable for promoting NAFTA.

Gabriel was President and CEO of Edelman Public Relations Mexico and Latin America, and President-Managing Director of the office in Mexico of Ray & Berndtson, the world’s seventh largest international executive search firm, since 2000.

He is also a founding member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) and member of several Advisory Boards in Mexico including UNICEF, the Mexican Red Cross, and the Trust Fund for Bosque de Chapultepec.

Frequently, gives conferences and lectures on international affairs, media, economy, and politics for wide-ranging audiences in Mexico, Canada, and the USA.

To cover refreshments, the hosts are charging a cover. If you want to attend, the fee is $15.00 if you pre-register, and will be $30 if you do not pre-register.

Pre-register below, and bring your $15 to the event.

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Live Table Reading Performance of the Film Script Making Moments

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Lean Startup + Film Making: The production team behind the film “Making Moments” wants YOU to give feedback and critique the script after a live reading with actors.
Many companies and film studios often make what they think are great products and then no one buys them. We want to apply lean methodologies to the film business and find out what you the audience think BEFORE we make the movie.
This Live Table Read is taken from the newly revised film script based on all the feedback from the first event in April. Your feedback on Oct. 18th will used to re-write the script one more time before shooting the movie in November. We will also be looking for extras for the film.
After a live table reading of the script, we will ask you the audience to tell us what you liked, what you would add, and what you would take out. We have a great cast of actors and think you will really enjoy this event and giving input that will help shape how a movie is made. We will also have a nice mix of film people and entrepreneurs at the event.
PREMISE to the story: You know those special moments in life? The ones that are really satisfying? What if you could create more of them? And, on a regular basis? And, with mathematic certainty?

2:00 – 2:30 PM Networking between film and start-up community people.
2:30 – 3:00 PM The performance of the film script Making Moments
3:00 – 4:00 PM Getting your feedback on the script and on the upcoming movie.
4:00 – 4:30 PM Opportunity to give additional feedback to director and Making Moments Team and meet director and cast and ask questions.

Ticket Sales Also Help Fund The Movie. Pre-register below, and bring your $10 to the event.

Starring Actors:
Juli Erickson as Gladys
Sonia Acevedo as Jane
Jason Small as Dave

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Gary Hoover: 8 secrets of creating and building great enterprises

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What you will learn:
In this nonstop, fast-paced flood of ideas and sometimes unusual perspectives, serial entrepreneur and business history expert Gary Hoover will educate, entertain, and engage you. Learning from Gary’s 6 startups as well as companies from Wal-mart to Caterpillar, this talk and discussion will be like “drinking from a fire hydrant.” Topics range from seeing the future to understanding the world.

About our Speaker:
Gary founded the first chain of book superstores (Bookstop, sold to Barnes & Noble) and leading online business information service Hoovers.com, which went public prior to being purchased by Dun & Bradstreet. He served on the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors and as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he now serves as EIR at the highly rated UT School of Information. He studied economics at the University of Chicago under four future Nobel Prize winners, analyzed retail stocks on Wall Street, and worked at the predecessor companies of Macy’s, including Sanger-Harris in Dallas, prior to embarking on a 33 year startup career. His newest venture, The Spark, aims to create a for-profit chain of museums about innovation, beginning in Austin, with a heavy emphasis on games, music, technology, and the Internet of Things. Gary lives in Austin in his 56,000 book personal reference.

Drizly – the alcohol-delivery technology – delivers beer, wine, and liquor to your door in between 20-40 minutes. Download the app or go to Drizly.com to place your order.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

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Art Event featuring Jessica M. Chaix & John Rios

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Jessica was introduced to plastic arts in elementary school in Chihuahua, Mexico. Early on she began experimenting with a variety of painting and drawing techniques. Jessica continues to explore and experiment with new techniques and media, allowing her to refine her personal style and differentiate herself in the artist community.

Art for John, is to paint. John’s work is made of mixed media: oil, acrylic and oil sticks on canvas or wood panels. He enjoys filling his works with a variety of long, medium, and short strokes of colors, illuminating his art. His developed style has evolved to interpret the world from his own experiences as he connects with people, his following continues to grow.

Our friends at Drizly are kindly sponsoring this evening’s refreshments. Drizly – the alcohol-delivery technology – delivers beer, wine, and liquor to your door in between 20-40 minutes. Download the app or go to Drizly.com to place your order.

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Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Bizologie teaches Startup Founders: What Angels need, to write you a check

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What is competitive intelligence and why does your business need it? Are you confident you know everything about your market, your customers and your competitors? Is your pitch deck prepped with credible data to back up your ask?  Bizologie Research Services will be presenting free, authoritative resources you can use to improve your positioning, beef up your pitch deck and make critical business growth decisions in any stage of your company.

Bizologie Chief of Research April Kessler and Partner + Chief of Business Development Lindsey Schnell offer 20 years combined experience conducting due diligence and competitive intelligence research, having previously managed business research departments at Austin Ventures and University of Texas Libraries.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Bizologie Angel Event : How to protect your money with proper Due Diligence

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This is an Angel Investor and VC only educational event. Hearing a founder’s impassioned pitch is often compelling enough to inspire an Angel to invest, but should be taken as just ONE part of a multi-step decision process.  While VC firms routinely apply the concept and practice of Due Diligence to guide and inform their investment decisions, it is not as obvious nor as widely employed as it should be at the Angel stage of investing. The expert research team at Bizologie will present the various parts of the Due Diligence process you should consider before making an Angel investment, from free financial data sources to licensed tools available to advanced investors.  Learn what pieces of information are necessary to create a full portrait of your potential investment before you write the check.

Bizologie, LLC is a full service research firm based in Austin, Texas. With over 40 combined years of experience, Bizologie specializes in conducting due diligence and competitive intelligence research for VC firms, Angel investors, startups and ad agencies.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Clint Greenleaf: Self-funding vs. Taking Outside Capital - Lessons from Startup-Exit-Startup.

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August 27th, Clint GreenLeaf talks about his journey from building, managing and selling GreenLeaf Books funded entirely through organic growth, to his recent startup Home Plate Peanut Butter and his capital raising process.  He talks about what he did right in both startups and what he did wrong and will do differently next time. He will deliver his checklist of how to grow organically and he will go into workshop mode and work through specific audience questions around his recent capital raise and current startup.

 

PROVEN BUSINESS LEADER
Following a brief career at Deloitte and Touche, Clint founded and built one of the industry’s leading independent book publishers and distributors. Greenleaf Book Group represented thousands of titles, produced over 30 NY Times and Wall Street Journal best sellers, and was one of INC’s fastest-growing companies in America, making the INC 500 list in 2006 and the INC 5000 list from 2007-2012. Clint sold Greenleaf Book Group in 2011 and stayed with the company until 2014.

 

START UP ENTREPRENEUR
Clint is currently Founder and CEO of Moonshot Brands, which produces HomePlate™ Peanut Butter – a gourmet premium baseball themed brand that beats national brands in blind taste tests. Clint has also founded a nonprofit company that plants trees, and a baby clothing company and a financial education company.

 

INNOVATIVE EDUCATOR AND AUTHOR
At Greenleaf, Clint hosted brown bag employee lunches, presenting on both company finances and basic personal finances. From these sessions he tracked improvements in company culture and profits.

The author of several books, Clint speaks on entrepreneurship, innovation, business growth, and finance at conferences and seminars around the world.

 

RECOGNIZED AND INVOLVED
Clint is a regular guest on Fox Business Network, writes for AMEX open, and has blogged for Inc.com, CNN Money and Huffington Post. Clint sits on several Boards of Directors including DRG and Greenleaf Growth and Income Fund. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc magazine, Fox, Fox Business News, CNBC, CNN, MSBNC, Money magazine, Men’s Health, Forbes and Entrepreneur among others.

Clint is actively involved in business organizations and is a member of Young Presidents Organization and serves on the board of YPO Austin.  He is a member of National Speakers Association and is on the University of Texas Libraries Board of Directors.  Clint likes to give back to budding entrepreneurs; he mentors start-up companies through SKU, has taught at Acton and is a top lender with KIVA.

Register PRICE: Free

NFTE Entrepreneurs Council Kickoff Happy Hour

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Community building event for NFTE certified entrepreneurship teachers and our coaches and mentors and speakers (and potential volunteers) to meet and make friends as we open the 2015-2016 school year. We are here to foster youth entrepreneurship in middle schools and high schools throughout North Texas.  Drinks and food are provided.  If you are interested in volunteering or to find out more, RSVP here.

Register PRICE: $

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

LIVE Painting - Art Event featuring Jessie McClendon & Christina D. Yielding

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Christina Yielding will be live painting at this event. “Painting fills me with a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and integrity, and has proven to be a most amenable vehicle for translating my inner vision to an outer reality. I paint solely on wood and custom build each frame around every piece. I use no paint brushes; my main technique is crafted using a variety of scrapers”. The preparation is an art in itself.

Jessie McClendon: Employing a unique layered resin process to her work, Jessie is able to magnify the complexity and depth (literally and metaphorically) of her art through use of various media. Her work is “almost indestructible”, and can contain a number of objects and artifacts (everything from rusted nails to gold leaf).

Register PRICE: Free

John Logar: Rapid Niche Development

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About our Speaker:
In the last 18 months, John has been advisor on or personally launched 32 successful software products.
John Logar is a business acceleration speaker, sales trainer, and mentor to startup founders.

What you will learn:
-How to accelerate your startup growth
-How to market to high-paying niches
-How to rapidly inject cash flow into your business with income generating strategies

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Art Event featuring Matthew Brinston & Jaala Reid (DJ JKeeK)

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A native Dallasite, former alt-rock musician turned artist Matthew Brinston has shown new and recent works at numerous venues across Dallas. Brinston’s paintings play with the use of color to explore value and contrast.

With her obsession of color and an eye for beauty, Jaala Reid draws her inspiration from the cascade of everyday life , utilizing a variety of tools and color schemes, Jaala designs a canvas with several types of media like acrylic and spray paint.

New Development: JKeeK, a Dallas-based DJ, is now booked for the art event. JKeeK is currently putting together a custom set, but check out his other work at soundcloud.com/jkeek.

Register PRICE: Free

Rick Hopper: Becoming a Top-3 Sharktank Company - The Rest of the Story

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About our Speaker:
Rick invented one of the highest grossing products ever to come from Shark Tank, is a charismatic action-taker, and successfully launched products in two different industries.

What you will learn:
-How Rick made his way to Shark Tank
-Hyperfocusing on your goals
-How to sell your idea
-Building a system that delivers your solution into your customer base
-How to navigate through defeat to victory
-How to lead sales by example, not ideas

Rick’s Q&A session is usually one of the best parts of his presentation. His personal and self-revealing speaking style builds rapport and trust. He creates a safe collaborative environment to talk about the challenges of startup. Rick engages with individual stories and offers actionable experience-based responses to real problems.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Dallas Dealmakers Club

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Investors are invited to come join us for another gathering of Dallas Dealmakers Club to hear unique business pitches from local entrepreneurs and a charitable group at the Genius Den.

Presenters have projects in the startup, real estate, telecom, and non-profit space. We we have 5 quick presentations and then a networking opportunity afterwards with light appetizers and drinks.

A singer will accompany the reception as well. Please RSVP as there is no charge but we want an accurate head count for both the space and refreshments.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Business Issues Solving Session 6.17.15

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What is this?

An active session for business owners to bring and address their open issues through facilitated peer collaboration. 

How does it work?

The program uses the EOS tools and protocols as detailed in the book TRACTION.  You can drop in – and later read the book (or listen to the audiobook) TRACTION by Gino Wickman to best use the tools: 

www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837

Over the past 15 years, Gino Wickman and his 50+ certified implementer coaches like Jill Young have taught the EOS process to over 13,500 companies in over 10,000 full day sessions.

Our Facilitator:
Jill Young is a Certified EOS Implementer who works with C-suite leadership teams in companies with $2 million to $50 million in annual revenue.

Please RSVP to secure your seat and allow Traction First to provide the right number of coaches, snacks, coffee and materials.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

| - | @GeniusDen

Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Art Event Featuring Toni Martin Art

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Dallas Artist Toni Martin opens her June GeniusDen show May 29th with new pieces made specifically for this invitation event. Food, Refreshments, Music and Artists make this opening a celebration of creation and expression.

Register PRICE: Free

Shawn McBride Speaks on: Legal Agreements

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In his talk, Shawn McBride, Esq. will familiarize your members with: Typical contentious terms in a contract to watch out for, that pose problems later on. Common issues in contract drafting and negotiation process. Points to remember while negotiating, to get to a favorable contract that supports your business plans.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:

Shawn licensed to practice law in 12 states, and is the Managing Member of The R. Shawn McBride Law Office, P.L.L.C., a boutique corporate law firm with offices in Dallas and New York.   His Firm’s mission is to protect business owners.

Shawn McBride has extensive experience in business entity formation, governance, merger, conversion, financing, debt and equity issuance, dissolution, reorganization and business combination transactions. He has been involved in a wide variety of transactions including structured finance, asset-backed securitizations, trust preferred transactions, investment funds, debt and equity offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Register PRICE: Free

Open Desk Thursday

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Come out from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for free open desk work. This is open to everyone in the Dallas startup community. Work, bring your best problem to share and solve and give your ideas momentum.

Register PRICE: Free

Public Relations with Cheri Garcia

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You know those moments on Shark Tank when Mark Cuban says he will invest in a company and that he will hook up the founder with his team of experts? One of those experts is Cheri Garcia. Cheri offers a full day PR course called PR Academy and sells out at $500 a ticket. But Thursday she will talk with you for FREE – if you are a startup founder.

Register PRICE: $

Interactive Spontaneous Theatre Directed by Daniel Maldonado

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This exercise is part storytelling, part sociological experiment, part inner exploration work. You can watch and enjoy your friends participate, or take a role yourself – no lines to memorize – just listen to a quick character description and act out your role as Daniel conducts his group storytelling.

Register PRICE: $