Meeting Announcement: 12 July 2011: Kegerators, Bug Fix Bonuses, and Lab Weeks: How to Build and Nourish a Technology Company in the Web 2.0 world

The Tuesday, July 12th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will discuss "Kegerators, Bug Fix Bonuses, and Lab Weeks: How to Build and Nourish a Technology Company in the Web 2.0 world"

Even though our country is admidst one of the worst recession in a generation, the technology sector is roaring.  If recent succesful IPOs from LinkedIn to Pandora isn't enough of an indicator, consider unemployment for technology workers: 4% (where the overall economy is at 9.1%) according to  If you are a programmer, there is a good chance that you are employed and could have several other opportunities if you wanted.  

This makes competition for talent (especially good ones) hyper competitive.  Consider the benefits that Google gives its employees: 
  • Free lunches daily (apparently they are good too)

  • 20% of your time can be spent doing whatever project you like

  • Free massages and haircuts

These (amongst other things) have made Google the 4th highest ranked company to work for according to Fortune magazine's best companies to work for. 
And still they are still losing folks to Facebook!
Talent nurturing and retention is akin to a full-contact sport.
How do growing companies where talent is their lifeblood acquire, retain, and nurture talent in this hypercompetitive world? 

For this conversation, we will bring in a one of our community's pre-eminent entrepreneurs: 

Christian Vaneck ( is CEO and co-founder Christian Vanek is first and foremost a technologist – and the original creator of SurveyGizmo 1.0. Striking the right balance of business vision and technology innovation, today Christian is the driving force behind SurveyGizmo, one of the most robust online data gathering tools in the marketplace. SurveyGizmo has won or placed in the Boulder County's Business Report's presitgious Mercury 100 for the last three years


The meeting is Tuesday, July 12th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments and informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. To get to NCAR from the Boulder Turnpike (US 36) or Broadway (US 93), take Table Mesa Drive west towards the mountains for approximately 2.5 miles into the foothills. NCAR is at the top of the hill. For door-to-door driving directions, go to MapQuest (, click on Driving Directions, enter your starting address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.

Our meeting location seats about 120 people. That is usually enough room to accommodate all attendees, but it's impossible for us to predict how many people will show up for any given meeting. Seating is always on a first-come, first serve basis, and in the event of more attendees than seats, we won't be able to admit additional people into the auditorium after all seats are filled.

Thanks to our four sponsors who help make RMIUG meetings happen:

Applied Trust Engineering ( — an IT security and network/systems infrastructure consulting services company sponsors the refreshments.

ONEWARE ( — a Colorado-based software company that provides semi-custom web-based applications, sponsors the RMIUG meeting podcasts.

ReturnPath ( — a Colorado-based software company that makes email work better by scoring and certifying email senders from around the world sponsors the RMIUG meeting minutes.

Copy Diva ( which provides marketing project management, marketing communications consulting, and web content development is the AV sponsor for RMIUG.

Consultants and companies are invited to bring Internet-related Product information, brochures, and business cards which will be displayed on an information table.

There are email mailing lists set up for this group. To subscribe or unsubscribe, see You can also reach the RMIUG "Executive" Committee at Our web site is at


Please note that RMIUG is hosted at NCAR and we are their guests. NCAR has security regulations in effect that we must follow in order to use the facility. If any RMIUG attendee is unwilling to follow these simple regulations, I would ask that he or she not attend and instead read the minutes after the meeting.


Here are the NCAR security policies that must be followed:

1. No weapons.

2. Must sign in at front desk and provide name.

3. Cooperate with security folks including providing ID if requested.

4. We are guests of NCAR so cooperation and courtesy are expected when dealing with NCAR staff.


If there are any questions or concerns with this policy, please contact me directly.

Thanks, Josh Zapin (


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