UVEF Top 25 Under 5 Recipients Announced!

The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) today announced winners of its 2013 “Top 25 Under Five” Award, spotlighting outstanding Utah entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Award ceremonies were held at Zion’s Bank in Provo with Utah Insurance Solutions sponsoring the event. UVEF recognized Boostability as the #1 winner among the top 25. The largest provider of SEO services in the SMB market space, Boostability has more than 10,000 customers and 275 employees. Today’s Top 25 have collectively created more than 700 jobs and $158 million in revenue in 2012. “This year’s Top 25 Under 5 are among the most diverse groups ever honored here,” said UVEF 2013 chairman Ken Kaufman. “These companies are ‘what’s right’ about Utah’s growing economy.” This year’s other award recipients are Edge Homes, MoneyDesktop, Jamberry Nails, PcCareSupport, Peak Capital Partners, Orabrush, Inc., KT Tape, Decisions, Persnickety Clothing Company, BambooHR, Weave, BizVision, LLC, Launch Leads, Lancera, US MRI, Firefly Innovations LLC, Outbox Systems, Fit Marketing, Professional Cable, Ascent Advisor, Crux, Sprint Marketing, FundingDatabase.com LLC, and Red Wagon Toys. Serving as emcee for today’s event was Carine Clark, CEO for Allegiance. Allegiance is a leader in gathering, analyzing and disseminating customer feedback for its clients. This year is UVEF’s fourteenth Top 25 Under Five competition. UVEF has highlighted more than 300 companies through the history of this competition, including Orange Soda, Omniture, Skullcandy and Xango, among many...

UVEF Crowdfunding Presentations: Wovyn

Our September event featured local companies who have had experience with crowdfunding at Kickstarter. Scott Lemon from Wovyn was there. Here’s the video (Note – this may take a few seconds to load): [quicktime]http://uvef.net/video/Wovyn.mp4[/quicktime]...

Joint Event: Tim Cook Audio, Video and Slides PDF

On Thursday, August 23, Dr. Timothy R. Clark presented at our annual Joint Meeting with UTC, Wayne Brown Institute, and Mountain West Capital Network. Tim was very insightful and not only did a great job engaging the audience, but he also left us all with something to think about and a new perspective on the differences between being a manager, and being a leader. If you missed the event, you missed a good one; our annual event provides a great opportunity to mix with participants of our partner groups as well as a great venue and a top-shelf speaker. Oh, and a great lunch, too! Nevertheless, we are thrilled to provide to you a video summary of the event, the audio from Tim’s presentation, and a PDF of his slides (for those of you who want to review the details, or add the official wisdom to your notes). Here is a PDF of Timothy R. Clark’s Slides from the Joint Event. Below please find the audio and video for your review. Here is the audio: [audio:http://www.uvef.net/audio/UVEF-August-2012-audio.mp3] And here is the video (Warning: approximately 530 megabytes – may take a few minutes to load) [quicktime]http://uvef.net/video/UVEF-August-20120.mp4[/quicktime] Slides republished with permission from Timothy R. Clark. Audio and Video produced by Dave B...

Angel Spotlight: Paul Wozniak

Paul Wozniak of Park City Angels will be speaking to us on The Funding Panel next week. Here’s your chance to Meet The Angel before the event: The Park City Angels are a newly formed group of accredited investors located in Park City, Utah. The Park City Angels are looking to invest in promising opportunities that can produce significant shareholder return. The active lifestyle of Park City has attracted many dynamic and successful business leaders that have deep experience in building world class businesses. The Park City Angels facilitate unique, high-caliber networking and development forums for angel investors and mentors involved in early-stage investment. Our mission is to promote best practice in order to reduce risk in early-stage investments for the benefit of entrepreneurs, investors and the community. Our members are drawn from private groups, including investors and mentors who are interested in supporting and/or financing early-stage ventures. Our members have in common a strong desire, willingness, and capability to support ventures where they can work with management in the local region. We invest in areas where we believe our group can be a true value-added investor. Within our group is an environment where self help and comradery predominate and where angels can develop confidence in their early-stage investment skills. Early-stage investing today is analogous to the early days of the stock market where railways and gold mining stocks attempted to attract scarce investment dollars. Clever people made their fortunes during these exciting times. The Park City Angels provide an environment where investors can develop a clever approach to early-stage...

Angel Spotlight: Scott Frazier

Scott Frazier of Utah Angels will be speaking to us on The Funding Panel next week. Here’s your chance to Meet The Angel before the event: Scott Frazier is an angel investor and co-founder of the Utah Angels. Frazier’s major investments include TruVision, Omniture, MyFamily.com, Corda Technologies, iCentral, Thoughtstar, Infopia, and Cerberian. Frazier serves as president of TruVision, Inc., a rapidly growing company that operates nationwide, preferred-rate provider networks for Lasik, cosmetic surgery, and hearing aids. From 1987 to 1995, he was co-owner and CEO of Achievement Rehab, a leading provider of contract therapy to nursing homes. Frazier grew this company from 150 employees to 2,000 employees and $100 million in revenues, prior to selling in 1995. Frazier earned a BA in economics from BYU in1975 and an MBA from Harvard in 1978. He and his wife, Miriam, have eight...

Angel Spotlight: Todd Dauphinais

Todd Dauphinais of Olympus Angels will be speaking to us on The Funding Panel next week. Here’s your chance to Meet The Angel before the event: Prior to joining Aster Capital in September 2010, Todd held various positions in General Management, Corporate Development and Strategic Consulting; Most recently as the President and General Manager of EFI Electronics where he oversaw the firm’s record growth in revenues and profitability. Prior to this role, Todd spent five years with the Corporate Development / M&A teams at both Schneider Electric and Rockwell Automation and seven years with the Strategy & M&A practice at Deloitte Consulting with a focus on providing advice to the firm’s Energy & Utility clients. Throughout his career, Todd has closed or advised on over 20 M&A transactions in North America and Asia. Todd holds an Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelors of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from Texas A&M University. Todd leads Aster Capital activities in the US and manages the investments in Agilence and...