Forgive the old photo… this is #OpenCoffeeLou 18

Nick Roberts of SpeedDemon2.com photography moderated this morning’s #OpenCoffeeLou. Attendance was down to just 17 people this week.

Were people worn out from their mad sprint to the tax day deadline? Did they get too much fresh air over the beautiful weekend?

Or is it maybe time to start talking about pushing the meeting time back to 8:30 a.m.?

The introductory question of the day was: “What do you bring to the table for #OpenCoffeeLou?” Attendees gave a shpiel about their backgrounds and the skills they could share with the community. At meeting #23, you’d think that was kind of a late ask, but the group has changed so much since we first started to get together back in the fall, it was good to have a refresher and hear more about the new folks.

We’ll spare IL readers the three page list of biographical notes that resulted from the discussion, but we’ll keep them in the IL/#OpenCoffeeLou archives.

But here’s an overview of skills and backgrounds represented by attendees:

  • Professional and avocational photography
  • Woodworking/general DIY
  • Quality control
  • IT governance
  • Programming and development
  • Computer engineer formerly at GE.
  • Raising private, federal, and state capital for startups
  • Investing
  • Understanding of community resources
  • Public speaking
  • Designing and developing web-based B2B
  • Problem solving, assessing biz models and concepts
  • Entrepreneur consulting
  • Long term care
  • Creating enterprise portfolios
  • Construction-related services to national chains
  • Asking difficult questions
  • Product development, management and marketing
  • Merger and acquisition advice
  • Carving limestone
  • Modeling data—distilling data
  • IT operations and consulting
  • Education/mentoring
  • Restaurant/food truck ownership & management
  • Econometrics
  • Data systems and processing
  • IT and internal consulting
  • Client relationship management
  • Pastries
  • Technical writing
  • Insurance industry writing
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Idea generation
  • Holding people accountable
  • Non profit volunteer recruitment
  • Food and food processes.
  • Coaching and volunteer retention
  • Financial services
  • Data modeling
  • Estimation and viability of products
  • Social media management
  • Podcasting
  • Mortuary science
  • Sales, marketing and retail
  • Retail management
  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Memory connectivity
  • Hospitality and tourism marketing
  • Organizer, event planner
  • Manufacturing of long term care housing

Just by serendipity, that list numbers 50 items. If anything, this list is an excellent advertisement for why you should consider attending #OpenCoffeeLou if you are a startup entrepreneur. The networking possibilities are many and the availability for help and mentorship extends far beyond the tech/entrepreneurship ecosystem.

#OpenCoffeeLou is every Monday at 8 a.m. at the iHub building on S. Floyd Street. Heine Brothers supplies the coffee.

Other introductory discoveries & upcoming events: 

  • Entrepreneur Simon Brooks joined us for the first time. He is about to launch an app called Gadzookery, which Tre Pryor wrote about back in September 2012. It’s a word game program designed to play in classrooms. Brooks says it’s like “sentences with friends.” Right now he’s a one-man team, but he’s looking to build a team here in Louisville. Visit the website at : Playgadzookery.com
  • Vik Chadha is working on Startuplouisville.com and looking for help making the site better looking. It is meant to be a clearing house of all local startup news and calendars.
  • Will Bogel is working with Tendai Charasiki on curating a page and calendar for Startup Weekend Digest. Here’s a link to their page. Are there overlaps between Chadha’s efforts and theirs, or are they collaborating? Not sure.
  • Next week’s moderator is John Williamson of UCLOSER
  • Tomorrow (4/16) is #OpenLunchLou for anyone from #OpenCoffeeLou or anyone who cannot make it to #OpenCoffeeLou. 11:00 am – 12:15 pm at That Place on Goss inside the Goss Antique Mall.
  • Saturday and Sunday—NASA Space Apps Challenge—two-day hackathon. The event is free, but please sign up online. Compete with and against teams from all over the world and in space. The International Space Station will be participating in the event.
  • April 21—Girls IdeaFestival. From the event invitation:
    • Spalding University will host the event at their University Center Building located at 824 South 4th Street Louisville, KY on Sunday April 21, 2013 from  2 until 6 pmThe goal of the Girls IdeaFestival is to develop creative and innovative solutions to challenges girls face today. In particular the event will focus on creating ideas; to change the way girls are portrayed by the media, to develop healthy relationships, to teach girls how to become more civilly engaged, to expand girls’ economic opportunities, and to eliminate human trafficking.
  • April 18 is the GLI High Impact Showcase at 530 p.m. at the Frazier Museum. This event celebrates the newest additions to GLI’s High Impact portfolio. The event is free, but you must sign up to go here.
  • April 18 is also the National Association for Women Business Owners mingler—4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Norton Suburban Hospital, Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center, 4121 Dutchmans Lane, Norton Medical Plaza III, Suite 108. Info here.
  • April 19, Friday, as always Chrysalis Ventures has Open Hours starting at  4 p.m. Sign up online.
  • Dan Vonderheide has been supporting Louisville’s Startup ecosystem with his weekly STARTUP podcast. He’s looking to take that podcast and a number of other new and existing local podcasts and create an online Louisville-centric podcast channel. He’s Kickstartering it, and could use your help. Many people who attend #OpenCoffeeLou have appeared on Vonderheide’s STARTUP (including yours truly– and yes, I’ve backed the podcast).
  • Speaking of podcasts, the nineteenth episode of Louisville, Not Kentucky (hosted by sometimes-Insider Louisville- photographer Linda Golden and I) is now up on iTunes. It’s the Derby episode and features Steve Buttleman, the official bugler of Churchill Downs, who came and played the bugle for us and talked about his career. It also features music by Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, who sang songs from last year’s hit production, A Derby Carol. The podcast is available at the link above or you can subscribe via iTunes or Soundcloud. And it was recorded at the Insider Louisville World Headquarters in NuLu.

Have a safe Thunder over Louisville weekend!