Highlights of Thinc Iowa include: Paige Craig of BetterWorks, Ben Milne of Dwolla (giving a shoutout to Christian Renaud of StartupCity Des Moines), a panel discussion with several speakers, charging my phone in the hallway due to a surprising lack of a charging station, colorful Chucks worn by Scott Case of StartupAmerica, and local boy Ben Silbermann of Pinterest.
Have you ever bothered to talk to your barber about his business? It might affect how you shape yours. Such a simple but powerful idea. And that’s what Paige Craig delivered today at Thinc Iowa. In fact, it was sort of his theme. “Think big, execute small.” I like this guy.
He didn’t deliver a bunch of mumbo tech jumbo that I would never understand. Instead, he inspired everyone in the room with real-world ideas that resonate across industries. Heck, they were ideas any business – big or small, tech or old school – need to hear. Treat your employees well, dream big but execute deliberately, focus on yourself and not what others are doing … duh.
I left the room so inspired. Even I spent the lunch hour dreaming of my big idea that can make an impact. Nothing techy (yet) or revolutionary (does it have to be?) but I’m dreaming and ready to act. Isn’t that was this is all about? Thanks, Thinc Iowa.
So I’m blogging. That’s new. I’ve always wanted to but was never quite sure of my niche. Well, one week into my new job at StartUpCity Des Moines I’ve realized I do have something to say. I’m a fish out of water in this tech world and I’m excited to share my journey into geekdom with you.
I have two liberal arts degrees, failed College Algebra (twice) and the only code I know is the one that gets me into my apartment building. Despite that, I’ve always been an early (well, early-ish) adopter of technology. I’ve been an Apple loyalist since playing Frogger on an Apple IIe in 1986 and I’m writing this on my iPad with my iPhone and MacBook sitting next to me.
The timing of this blog is simple. I’m at Thinc Iowa today and feeling inspired to get my geek on. So I’m going to give it a shot. I hope you’ll join me for the (sure to be bumpy) ride.