Hi All,
Here’s an update on what’s happening at the next Ignite Steamboat.
We’ve been hard at work connecting with some really interesting people from around the country to bring them to Steamboat (via Skype). So, on April 7th, we have 3 HUGE Spark Talks scheduled. Oh, this is a free event too ;-)

These are people who have done innovative, entrepreneurial work and are at the top of their field. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of them – that’s kind of the point – to connect with new, fresh, forward thinking people to ‘spark’ you to do something great.

Charlene Li

Charlene Li

Charlene Li

First up is Charlene Li. This woman is amazing and we’re really honored for Charlene to spend some time with the group. If you have any interest in forward thinking business practices, social media or the new rules of leadership, this is for you.


Click for Charlene's Bio

– Named by Fast Company as one of The Most Influential Women in Technology
- Named by Fast Company as one of The 12 Most Creative Minds of 2008
- “Groundswell” named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 3 best Web books of 2008
- “Groundswell” named by Advertising Age as number 3 of 10 Books You Should Have Read
- “Groundswell” named by BusinessWeek as one of the Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008
- “Groundswell”, co-authored with Josh Bernoff, named by Amazon as one of the Top 10 Business & Investing Books of 2008
- Named one of The 50 Most Influential People in Business IT by Baseline magazine
- Named Visionary of the Year by Society for New Communications Research, along with Josh Bernoff, Groundswell co-author
- Named by AdAge as one of its top 40 Women To Watch in 2008
- Named by NowPublic as one of the 50 most influential people in Silicon Valley
- Named one of CRM Magazine’s 2008 Influential Leaders

To learn more about her and some of her current thinking, check out her website and blogs:


Charlene Li on her new book Open Leadership


Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis

Next will be world-famous photographer & entrepreneur Chase Jarvis. This guy has taken the photography industry to a new level and he got his start here in Steamboat!

Click for Chase’s Bio

Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. He is widely recognized for re-imagining, examining, and redefining the intersection of art and popular culture through still and moving pictures. While commercial work for brands like Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple, and Red Bull have earned him recognition from the International Photography Awards, The Advertising Photographers of America, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and numerous other industry buzz centers. His recent push into personal work and fine art has rapidly gained the attention of curators and art critics, mainstream audiences, and celebrity circles worldwide.


What Chase brings to the table is way more than photography. Sure he’s a phenomenal photographer but his approach opened up what had traditionally been an industry built on secrecy and fear. So even if photography isn’t your thing, Chase has a lot to offer.

Nikon D7000: Camera Road Test With Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis’ Bio

Chase Photographs New Zealand

So if the amazing Charlene Li and Chase Jarvis in one night aren’t enough for you – ok – we’ve got more.

Brad Feld

Brad feld

Brad feld

We have Mr. Brad Feld scheduled to speak with us live via Skype. Honestly I wish just typing his name would be enough for you to camp out in front of the Smokehouse to ensure a seat but I realize that some of you may need more convincing. Brad has been the driving force behind the incredible technology & startup growth in Boulder.


The current book club book, Do More Faster was co-written by Brad.

Click for Brad's Bio

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor Media, Cheezburger Networks, Fitbit, Gnip, Oblong, Orbotix, Standing Cloud, and Zynga for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad served as chief technology officer of AmeriData Technologies. AmeriData acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. Brad had grown Feld Technologies into one of Boston’s leading software consulting firms prior to the acquisition. He also directed the diversification into software consulting at AmeriData, a $1.5 billion publicly-traded company which was acquired by GE Capital in 1995.

Brad Feld on Techstars

Brad Feld on This Week in Startups

Act Fast
This promises to be our biggest Ignite event yet! We’re having to cap this at 60 max – so the first 60 to RSVP are in. We’ve been holding off the press to give you first rights on the RSVPs but once this gets out (early next week) these spots will go fast.
So act now and save your spot! →


2 Responses to A Night of Innovation

  1. [...] I posted several videos of our Spark Talk guests on the site. Go here to check it out: http://ignitesteamboat.com/2011/03/a-night-of-innovation/ [...]

  2. [...] I posted several videos of our Spark Talk guests on the site. Go here to check it out: http://ignitesteamboat.com/2011/03/a-night-of-innovation/ [...]

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