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Lessons Learned from 30+ Years of Starting and Running High-Tech Companies

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
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Location: Richland Community Center

The Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network presents its January meeting topic: Lessons Learned from 30+ Years of Starting and Running High-Tech Companies presented by John Overby and Mike Urso.

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John Overby
John Overby
Director of Client Services, Sirti

Mike Urso

Mike Urso
Sr. Principal Consultant, Sirti

What You'll Learn

  • Setting goals for the company/venture
  • Evaluating financing sources
  • Doing business planning
  • Assessing your technology/product
  • Managing the venture
  • The 14 Ps of marketing
  • Evaluating Key Result Areas (KRAs)
  • Accounting/KRA reporting
  • How the Sirti Innovation Continuum Model/Workshop helps Eastern Washington businesses

Who Should Attend

  • Tech company entrepreneurs
  • Business executives seeking growth strategies
  • Those responsible for management, marketing, accounting, and strategic planning in emerging companies
  • Business advisors

About the Speakers and Sirti

John Overby is a serial entrepreneur and joined Sirti with extensive experience in private and public roles with technology companies. John is currently Director of Client Services at Sirti in Spokane. He was a co-founder and Director of Business Development of Spokane-based World Wide Packets. John also co-founded and served nine years as CEO and Director of Advanced Hardware Architectures (now Comtech AHA), a SIRTI alumnus located in Moscow, Idaho. He also founded Advanced Input Systems in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (now a division of Esterline) where he held the positions of CEO and Director for nine years. John helped create two back-to-back Inc. 500 companies: AIS at No. 13 and AHA at No. 104. John also served as Director of Marketing at Keytronic, one of the oldest technology companies in the Spokane area. Before joining Sirti, John served as Regional Director of the North Idaho College Small Business Development Center for the five northern Idaho counties. John is a native of North Idaho and received his BSEE degree from the University of Idaho. He lives in Liberty Lake and enjoys collecting fine art.

Mike Urso is Sr. Principal Consultant for Sirti. With over 15 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies, Mike has a broad range of marketing, product development, and new business development experience. Prior to joining Sirti, Mike was the vice president of marketing for Potlatch Corporation and the Global New Business Development Manager and Global Composite Materials Project Manager for The Dow Chemical Company. With a proven track record of delivering outstanding results, Mike is particularly adept at analyzing situations as well as developing and implementing strategic action plans.

SIRTI is a Washington State economic development agency focused on accelerating the development and growth of innovative technology companies in Eastern Washington. Their target clients are technology companies with defensible intellectual property, large market potential, and founders who show a strong desire to grow their business. Sirti comprises seasoned entrepreneurs and technology veterans who provide expertise in technology assessment, market research, strategic planning, marketing, finance, and management for both start-ups and high-growth businesses. Additionally, Sirti has a $3 million Technology Growth Fund that is available to qualified technology companies.

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