Founded: August 2011
Organizer: Jacqui Dietrich
Times: Sessions occur from about 6:30 – 9:30PM. It’s helpful to arrive about 15 minutes early.
Denver would be the logical first expansion point for of House of Genius. But by the nature of our grassroots growth, it started in August 2011 shortly after Austin’s inaugural session. Nevertheless, we assemble fantastic groups of people to give Denver’s entrepreneurs a leg up. If you’re living in the Denver or the surrounding areas – we challenge you to get involved!
We host Denver sessions the last Thursday of every month at Galvanize. Don’t forget, anyone can apply but you must be invited to attend.
Jacqui hosts House of Genius: Denver in her quest to see every deserving entrepreneur get a shot at success. She became Global Director of the organization in 2013 to open Houses in new cities and serve the growing team of volunteers. She previously worked to deliver entrepreneurship education beyond the business school at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, where she also earned a master’s degree in business with an emphasis in sustainable entrepreneurship. Jacqui’s first startup was as a founding employee of Wild Idea where she led the day-to-day pursuit of the company’s vision of environmental, animal and human health. Now she continues to champion entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s food issues, including efforts as a board member of Naturally Boulder, an organization inspiring the next generation of food and product companies. She enjoys traveling as a “Genius” and loves coming home to her family in Colorado, especially her two teenage sons… who already show entrepreneurial tendencies.
Kevin is from the generation of kids who were super psyched to get an Atari 2600 for Christmas in the early 80s, and has been that kind of “nerd” ever since. As further evidence of his child-of-the-80s status, he raced BMX bicycles and learned to snowboard when lessons were free and rental equipment included Sorel boots retro-fitted with ski-boot liners. He was born in Oklahoma, but got to Colorado as quickly as possible, now claiming to be “almost native” after living in Colorado over half his life.
The degree on his wall says “engineer,” but his real interests are rooted in design. A somewhat byzantine career path has lead him from (various incarnations of) telecom engineer to business analyst, to his current position (which he totally loves and feels is a perfect fit) of Director of Product Development for TravelShark. In that role, he’s working on app and site development and loving every minute of it! After years of watching the tech startup/entrepreneur community from the periphery, he’s happy to finally be playing in the same sandbox.
Dan Richardson, Moderator
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Dan has always been drawn toward the discovery of new perspectives as well as the aesthetics and practicalities of design. At an early age he became fascinated by the intersections and contrasts that occur between the natural world and the built environment. Studying environmental design and architecture gave structure and formal process to Dan’s creative thinking. This structure enabled Dan to apply his creativity to generate complex and strategic solutions for business.
Dan became a professional creative in the advertising industry where he worked on launching and maintaining global brands. His art direction and design work won international awards and recognition. Dan’s focus has since been drawn to other mediums. He has worked and consulted for the publishing, packaged goods, mobile, medical, and action-sports industries. In addition, Dan has founded, helped launch, and managed start-up businesses. Still appreciating the nuances of applied aesthetics and social artifacts, Dan is focused on user experience and digital communication. Currently, Dan is collaborating on his third software business. He is always thinking about the next new idea.
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Sponsored by: Galvanize.it
1062 Delaware St.
Denver, CO 80204
- House of Genius: Denver happens the last Thursday of every month, unless otherwise noted