Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Gratitude

2011 has turned out to be a pretty incredible year for ITEN and the development of our regional IT entrepreneur ecosystem. A real turning point happened this year. I’m not sure the exact moment when it occurred, but I know when many of us recognized it: It was somewhere between … Read More

Looking Ahead in the Ecosystem

As some of you know, ITEN’s mission includes identifying gaps and finding solutions. Here are thoughts and reflections about some of the remaining gaps in entrepreneur support in our community, and what ITEN is doing to address them for tech ventures: • Funding The region’s resources have come quite far … Read More

Raising Money

This is a difficult subject and an easy one to understand at the same time. Just like so many of the challenges that confront an entrepreneur: conundrums and enigmas are everywhere. Take the issue of how you should spend your time today: refining your marketing strategy or trying to hire … Read More

What Am I Missing?

As the Director of ITEN, I am very fortunate to have a unique vantage point from which to view the emerging tech start-up scene here in the ‘Lou. I get to meet with a bunch of new start-ups nearly every month, I see companies doing their investor pitch to our … Read More

What Have We Learned?

It occurs to me that there’s not much point in going through hard times if we don’t learn the lessons that are there for the taking. It’s obvious to most who bother to notice that on the whole, we humans only make difficult changes for the better when we absolutely … Read More

ITEN Finds Talent, Finds Jobs

I’ve recently had discussions with a number of our entrepreneurs who are looking for key talent to add to their growing companies, and I am often contacted by people who are networking to find job opportunities. ITEN has a number of ways in which we facilitate talent and opportunity matching. … Read More


It’s been very gratifying over the past few months to have a number of our more active mentors and serial entrepreneurs come forward and offer to get more involved with ITEN. They’ve volunteered to assist us with our back office issues, help create new aspects of ITEN, help improve existing … Read More