From the desk of Ben Johnson & Elaine Schoch...
The VCIR Winter 2010 conference was definitely a success, bringing venture capitalists, service professionals, and innovative companies together to represent the great things coming out of the Rocky Mountain region. Last week we shared with you, two companies, Grogger and BlipSnips, who are helping to make the information on the Web easier to manage. We thought we would share with you the other conservations we had with companies doing really cool things in the clean technology, education, and video archiving spaces.
During the time Elaine and I spent at the conference we spoke primarily with presenting companies, but did have a chance to talk with Mark Solon, managing partner of Highway 12 and chairman of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association. Being from outside of Colorado, Mark gave us another perspective to why the Rocky Mountain region is such a great place to live and work.
As we said before, clean technology was a huge focus at the conference, with 50 percent of the companies presenting. Elaine and I spoke with Sue Kunz, CEO of BioVantage Resources about how the company is utilizing algae to reclaim water in a way that uses less energy and produces a cleaner version than today’s systems.
Since college, Sue has held various positions in early-growth companies with BioVantage Resources being her fourth. She spoke about her experiences with funding along with why companies should attend VCIR Winter 2011.
Zettasun, a Boulder-based company produces a high-efficiency solar panel that uses their proprietary “embedded concentration” technology. Elaine spoke with serial entrepreneur and CEO of Zettasun, Paul Berberian about the challenges of solar energy and how Zettasun’s panels will cost less and provide more energy.
It seems parents only communicate with their students university through a tuition bill. Sarah Schupp, founder and CEO of University Parent Media, saw that problem and created University Parent to bridge the communication path between parents and universities by providing information about the city the student will be living in.
Of those that remember, video and pictures didn’t always exist on our computers and mobile devices. iMemories is changing the way we store and share our memories by converting our analog video to digital, but it’s real business lies in online video sharing, permitting families to store videos online and share through Facebook, blogs, email, and even their home television. We sat down with Mark Rukavina, founder and CEO of iMemories to discuss how video is about to take flight.