Phil Windley\’s Technometria | Hearing Alan Kay

Phil Windley\’s Technometria | Hearing Alan Kay

Alan Kay is speaking in Salt Lake on Thursday. I would go hear him in a heartbeat if I weren\’t judging a business plan competition at BYU on Thursday. Alan is one of the pioneers of the computer industry, having worked at Xerox Park from 1970-1980, then Atari, Disney, and HP. He got a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in computer science.

Learn How to Harvest a Company

Scott Frazier, an extremely active Utah angel investor and entrepreneur, will speak Thursday, Feb. 9th at the UVEF monthly luncheon.

Come hear him tell the story about how he invested in and then sold Truvision. This is a great success story.

All entrepreneurs ought to be thinking about how and when to exit their company. As E-Myth author Michael Gerber says, every company will eventually be run by someone else, since when you die, you can\’t take it with you. So start thinking about your harvest or exit or transition now.

Phil Windley\’s Technometria | CTO Breakfast Report

Phil Windley\’s Technometria | CTO Breakfast Report

I\’ve always wanted to attend Phil Windley\’s CTO breakfasts but I always seem to have a conflict. But after reading the report from the one held earlier this week, I know I can\’t afford to miss this anymore.

I hope all the Provo Labs folks reading this post will sign up for future CTO breakfasts as well as the Geek Dinners that DevUtah holds.

UVEF Award winners

Here are the winners of awards from UVEF this year.

1. Mike Proper won the Ron Community Service Award. He was orphaned at age 10 and didn\’t finish high school, but he has created more than one multi-million business, and his current company DirectPointe is growing by 200% per year. Mike speaks often to high school and college students. He has helped create a public private partnership to help single moms escape the dead end of low paying jobs.

UVEF luncheon today

I should have blogged about this a few days ago. UVEF is holding it\’s annual December awards banquet at noon today at the Provo Marriott. Keith McCord will be the master of ceremonies. Pay $20 at the door and learn about the top entrepreneurial businesses in Utah this year (as judged by our UVEF board of trustees.) This is always a great networking opportunity for Utah entrepreneurs.

Geek Dinner in Utah County, Wed Night

Some of the smartest people I know are meeting for a geek dinner Wednesday night at Los Hermanos in Lindon. All other geeks are welcome. Please check this out.

The registrations doubled today to 23 or so, and we hope to get another dozen or two people signed up before this is over.

Utah Geek Dinners are a brainchild of Phil Burns, COO for our soon-to-be-christened Provo Labs. (Provo Labs will replace Infobase Ventures as our internet business incubator).