Brian Pontarelli is a moneymaker. That’s why he is an outstanding businessman and why he was nominated for the APEX Entrepreneur of the Year award. In a time when many entrepreneurs come up with an idea, secure funding and then build a product hoping to create a market, Brian flipped the script. He built a product the market needs, secured paying customers and built a cash-flow-positive business to lay the foundation for future product development and consistent growth.
A solution to a problem
Brian built the software called CleanSpeak to solve the problem of offensive and unwanted user-generated content on the Internet and then founded his company, Inversoft. This enterprise software is an intelligent filtering and moderation solution used by brands like Disney, Activision and E-Trade to protect their users online from profanity, bullying and other offensive behavior. CleanSpeak is an on-premise solution that works consistently providing the ultimate in security, performance and customizability.
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They say size matters. Does it really?
If you’ve ever worked for a large corporation, or perhaps any sized office you can likely relate to the brilliance of the Dilbert comic strip. I spent eight years at IBM and often thought that Scott Adams must have been sitting in a cube down the hall to accurately depict the corporate workplace.
I found a Dilbert recently that provides a example of how larger companies attempt to act like a smaller company to drive innovation. You can read the strip here.
In this strip, Pointy-Haired Boss announces in a staff meeting that “We need to foster more of a start-up culture to drive innovation.” As you may expect, Pointy-Haried Boss is really after the results and not so much actual changes that may cultivate innovation.
The cartoon is funny because many larger companies at some point have made this same realization. The realization that they need to become more innovative and cultivate creativity in the workplace, not only to be more competitive in the marketplace but to retain and attract new talent. Intelligent and motivated individuals rarely enjoy being told what to do all day long without input into business decisions or autonomy over their own productivity. However, the reality of this scenario just as we see in this strip is that changes are often in name only with no real associated change.
Chase Helping Community
Chase Mission Main Street Grant is in its last month of review and soon, possibly, one of these small Denver community based businesses will be the lucky winner of a $250k grant.
Small businesses inspire us every day, and Mission Main Street Grants is just one way that Chase can say ‘thank you’ for all that small businesses do in their local communities and across the country,” said Donna Vieira, head of marketing and product for Chase Business Banking. “Chase’s commitment to small business is a long term investment through products, services and Mission Main Street Grants, so small businesses can take big steps for their business and community.”
So show some love and support your Denver community by tweeting, liking, sharing and keeping it local.
To learn more about the Chase Mission Main Street Grant CLICK HERE!
In case you forgot what Thanksgiving is all about, the Inversoft team has put together an exact reenactment of the very first Thanksgiving. Enjoy this chaotic, food induced coma, watching the game to ignore family day.
Be thankful for what you have, not what you don’t.
From all us here at Inversoft, Happy Thanksgiving!
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Denver Startup Week…
Has come and gone in a flash, but in no way does that mean it’s over.
With so many new friends and colleagues, it’s important for all of us to to engage, share and create the community we wish to see here in the Mile High!
Like Bart Lorang said – “If everyone from DSW 2013 invited one person to next year, we would easily break 10k!”