Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Dave Grenewetzki to be the keynote speaker at EntConnect 2010 this month

Dave Grenewetzki, former President of game publisher Sierra On-Line and most-recently President of the interactive fitness pioneer Expresso Fitness, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming EntConnect 2010 Entrepreneurial Connections conference in Denver at the end of the month (Thursday, March 25, 2010 through Sunday, March 28, 2010.) His talk is titled "Following the fun... career planning through serendipity." As Dave puts it,

I'll walk people through my approach to career planning which boils down to doing no formal planning other than being prepared, nimble and ready to make major diversions at any moment to maximize the fun in your working life.

Check out Dave's LinkedIn profile. In addition to his leadership at Sierra Online, he is a former senior executive of Palladium Interactive, Accolade, and Mindscape.  Dave's current interests, from his bio:

Since retiring from Sierra in 2001, Mr. Grenewetzki has been: an advisor and/or board member to a number of technology-related companies; a board member of public broadcaster KRCB; an expert witness in matters involving software development and industry practices; a speaker at game industry conferences; and a mentor for high school students in robotics. He has also traveled the world SCUBA diving with his family.

Check out the official conference web site, but here is my 37-second elevator pitch for the conference:

Whether you are an entrepreneur or thinking about starting your own business or simply need a good excuse to go skiing in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Entrepreneurial Connections conference (EntConnect) may be just the conference you have been waiting for. Targeted primarily at engineers (hardware, software, and other) and others with a strong technical interest, it is more of a loosely-structured "unconference", with plenty of opportunities for a relatively small group of participants (15 to 40) to network or even give their own presentations on a very wide range of topics from technology, business strategy, intellectual property and legal issues, accounting issues, finance, marketing, sales, and even selling your business. With plenty of time to ski or otherwise enjoy the mountains and Denver area (great time to visit Boulder or Colorado Springs as well), the conference is a great opportunity to "learn and share" and otherwise have an "out of box" experience. Participants and speakers range over the full spectrum from wannabes and newcomers to successful young entrepreneurs and seasoned veterans. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet up with former readers (and possibly even the publisher) of Midnight Engineering magazine as well. The conference runs from Thursday, March 25, 2010 through Sunday, March 28, 2010.

I have been attending the conference since it first started in 1992 as ME SKI '92 and then evolved into ENTCON and then Entrepreneurial Connections or EntConnect.

For a little nostalgia, check out the original ME SKI '92 conference announcement.

-- Jack Krupansky

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