AT&T vs. Verizon With a Splash of Apple

Living in Boulder Co. with AT&T and the IPhone is not as bad as living in New York City or Westchester NY with AT&T and the IPhone, but it’s still frustrating. Dropped calls, crossed lines, calls that never go through, etc, etc, etc…

Does it need to be, do we have options?

I run a monthly technology meeting focused on new technology in Boulder Co., its call New Tech, and I asked how many people have smart phones other then an IPhone. 15% of the people in this months meeting raised their hands, I was shocked. I asked the same question 6 months ago and about 2% of the people raised their hands. Granted our audience is technical, but if the geeks are starting to switch, it’s not long before they convince their friends and family to do the same.

I can see the next Verizon commercial. hello, hello, hello

Why is AT&T just giving this business away?

Here is my second free suggestion, focus on the people you’re losing rather then trying to acquire new ones. Otherwise I predict in 12 months the number of people who have switched will be significantly higher.

Techstars Mentors and the Boulder Community

Boulder has this incredible program called Techstars. One of the impressive things they do is leverage mentors both locally and nationwide. The Techstars employees and advisors do a great job of getting these mentors to Boulder. When they overlap with community events like New Tech, for example, they connect these people to the event organizers and the larger Boulder community can network with and gain access to these experienced professionals.

The problem arises that community events only happen a few days a month so members are only getting access to a fraction of the mentors. Over the past week, I have received multiple emails, txts and tweets from Boulder entrepreneurs expressing their envy and their desire to make these mentor trips more productive for the community and the arriving mentors.

I would like to propose a few options and if anyone has other ideas please comment:

  • Create a public calendar of visiting mentors
  • Hold several of the mentoring meetings per week at CU or some other large auditorium so a portion of the entrepreneurial community can attend
  • Do an interview series with mentors, similar to the Entrepreneur’s Unplugged series hosted at CU during the school year.

I am not suggesting these events should be free, though it would be nice. I think most people in the community would pay $5-10 to sit through these sessions, especially if it  included snacks.

thoughts, ideas suggestions?

While I am on my Boulder sopabox, I also think Boulder needs a cool tech conference. I propose something like SXSW meets TED.

who’s in?


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