In This Podcast Episode
Rob McNealy interviews Kevin Johansen of the Rockies Venture Club about the Angel Capital Summit. He also interviews Peter Burns of the Institute for Entrepreneurship which designs bachelors and certificate level training programs geared towards budding entrepreneurs.
Peter Burns’ Bio
Peter Burns is the founder of the Institute For Entrepreneurship. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Burns experienced his first venture success at the age of 19. In the 30 years since then, he has started more than 100 other businesses, ranging from the first moped rental company in the U.S. to a company that offers architectural rendering and animation production services to architects, builders and developers.
An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Burns truly understands how to support students who are studying and also launching their own business. Mr. Burns got involved in higher education in 2005 when he began teaching an entry-level entrepreneurship class at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. After watching the class grow from a few students to approximately 100 students, he saw and recognized a need and followed a path that would ultimately lead to the country’s first College of Entrepreneurship.
Among his accolades in education, Mr. Burns was the youngest participant in Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Management Program.
Kevin Johansen’s Bio
Kevin Johansen serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Davinci Institute, an entrepreneurial think tank. He is considered one of Colorado’s pre-eminent resources on business ecology. In this capacity he works with select companies and organizations whose purpose it is to improve the overall health of the business environment.
Mr. Johansen’s particular focus is on companies providing services that involve business growth and start ups. He is a serial CEO of technology companies and works as a mentor and coach for “C-level‘ technology professionals. Johansen’s early business experience was in distribution with Fortune 500 companies including Cargill and Target Stores.
Quoted and profiled in periodicals like Fast Company and The Industry Standard, he has been teaching and writing about leadership, organizational development and market place development strategies for over 20 years. He is particularly respected for his ability to build high performing teams.
While CEO of “4Work.com”, which he founded in 1993, Mr. Johansen was named the #4 ‘Hero of the Marketplace’ by Interbiznet.com, the pre-eminent online recruiting industry analysis site. Prior to his involvement with the recruiting industry he founded and managed a 75+ person world wide travel brokerage. His companies grossed over $20M their first full year of business.
Additionally, Mr. Johansen was also influential in helping airlines mature their relationships with their frequent flyers. He also assisted in the formation of the State Attorney General’s Association, which was organized to help airlines develop more consistency in their marketing initiatives across boarders. Mr. Johansen also worked as the ‘start up’ COO for the Access Foundation, an international organization whose focus is the design of currency transaction networks.
He is a Board member for a number of businesses and organizations and a frequent speaker for technology, entrepreneurial and venture capital organizations. Most recently he was the MC for the Digital ID World Conference. He is also the host of the Startup Junkie Underground.