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April 2019 Chairman's Perspective
By Brad Rickelman
What a pleasure to have our Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell speak to the Oklahoma Venture Forum in March. While we are focused day in and out improving the ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Oklahoma, it is heartening to have our government’s highest positions filled with entrepreneurs. I also appreciate your taking the time to complete our survey for the forum.
Hopefully I was not conspicuous in my absence. I was awarded a fellowship to travel to Thailand by the US Department of State. We were working on improving entrepreneurship education in their vocational college business incubators (much like I work with in the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech). Perhaps surprisingly, they have much the same issues with their students and programming as we in Oklahoma. The country of Thailand was a beautiful place, with weather basically like Houston in July all year around. So if you enjoy very hot, very humid, weather, Thailand is your place. Luckily I was not caught in a hotel conference room the entire visit, and was able to take advantage of their hospitality.
One area the Thai are focusing on is increasing tourist and tourism based entrepreneurship businesses. Many younger Thai feel this is a great way to start a service business, and there is great demand from tourists to view more of their beautiful country.
Tourism is a major industry in Oklahoma as well and one we often underestimate. Even in Thailand, people asked me about the buffalo or the Native American tribes. So our state brand is very strong. But we all know that Oklahoma is not just wind and buffalo. It has a strong business climate. We all need to see ourselves as ambassadors of Oklahoma and Oklahoma business.
In April, our speaker will be Dr. Craig Watters from the Oklahoma State University Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute. He will speak about some of their programming throughout the world. This will be a good opportunity to hear about some of the very practical and useful programming through our state research universities.
I look forward to seeing you – and a guest! – at an upcoming OVF event. Remember that if you have someone you feel should attend one of our events, and you cannot afford to bring them as a guest, tell me and I will make it happen.
Date: April 4th
Location: Project 3810
Speaker: Vicki Langford
Vicki Langford is VP and co-founder of Resonance, Inc a consumer electronics company founded in 1986. Resonance's flagship brand is DD Audio and its main market is mobile electronics. In 2017, she co-founded Project 3810 and is the CEO and Director. Vicki is a certified life coach and an active volunteer with SCORE Oklahoma City Chapter.
See what you missed last month at the OVF Speaker Series Lunch.
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma Matt Pinnell.
Host organization: Startup Grind OKC
Event title: Lessons Learned on Startups and Angel Investing with Kraettli Epperson
Event type: Informative chat, Q&A, networking, and food
Event date: Tuesday, March 12th @ 6pm
Link to registration: https://startupgrind.com/oklahoma-city/
Host organization: Statewide partnership for entrepreneurial advancement. Event hosted at 36 Degrees North, Tulsa
Event title: 2019 Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Forum
Event type: Networking and resource collaboration for enhancing Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Entrepreneurial catalysts, resource providers, and capital partners are invited.
Event date: March 8th 9a-2p
Link to registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2019-oklahoma-ecosystem-forum-for-entrepreneurial-catalysts-tickets-57205748935?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
OVF member registration code: No cost to attend. Lunch Provided
Host organization: Moore Norman Technology Center & Women’s Business Center
Event title: DIY Video Marketing
Event type: Lunch and Learn
Event date: March 13, 2019
Link to registration: https://reiwbc.org/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=1459
Host Organization: Moore Norman Technology
Event title: Lunch & learn: an Overview of Franklin Covey's The 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team
Event type: Leadership Lunch & Learn
Event date & time: 11:30a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, $19, Lunch included.
Link to registration: Attend
Host organization: Oklahoma Venture Forum
Event title: OVF After Hours: Guest Speaker Vicki Langford, Business Coach
Event type: Networking & Informative
Event date: Tuesday, April 4th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Link to registration: https://mntc.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8437dc219c804ab3897573bb3&id=6953270d0f&e=2be2f56d2b
Event title: Fireside chat with Brad McMullan (Emmy Award Winner and CEO @ bfac.com)
Event date: Tuesday, April 9th @ 6pm
Event title: Fireside chat with Robin Roberson (CEO & Co-Founder of WeGoLook)
Event date: Tuesday, May 14th @ 6pm
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James J. Linhardt is a corporate and securities attorney with Kunzman & Bollinger, Inc. James has experience drafting registration statements, private placement memoranda, and related documents for publicly registered and private placement offerings including non-traded REITs, mortgage programs, oil and gas drilling and acquisition programs, private equity, and other alternative investment offerings for a maximum of over $3 billion.
James also has extensive experience assisting issuers and broker-dealers in preparing and revising offering related sales materials and communications for compliance with FINRA rules and regularly communicates with senior FINRA personnel regarding advertising regulation interpretations. He has experience forming, acquiring, and selling broker-dealers and state and SEC registered investment advisors and also engaging in continuing membership applications on behalf of existing broker-dealers effecting material changes in their business. James also regularly assists clients navigating the regulatory landscape with the SEC and FINRA, including analyses of the SEC’s Bad Actor Rules and preparing written supervisory procedures and ongoing continuing education materials.
In addition, James assists clients with general corporate matters such as preparing ongoing consents, board meeting minutes and shareholder voting documents and more complex corporate matters such as developing and implementing cybersecurity policies and procedures, remediating material weaknesses, and preparing and implementing corporate governance committee and audit committee charters.
Prior to joining Kunzman & Bollinger, Inc., James was a senior associate in the New York offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (“PwC”). While working in PwC’s global transfer pricing practice, James assessed and revised the transfer pricing policies for a global pharmaceutical company with over $40 billion in revenue and entities in over 100 countries, prepared analyses on proposed IRS adjustments in preparation for IRS Appeals Conferences, prepared memoranda and technical analysis for IRS Advance Pricing Agreements, and performed M&A due diligence. James’ experience involved addressing transfer pricing issues related to various transaction types, including IP migration, IP licensing, and factoring for clients in the financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods industries.
James is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and New York (non-practicing) and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
James graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2013 where he was a member of the Dean’s List in all semesters, a research editor for the American Indian Law Review, a member of Phi Delta Phi honor society, co-founder and president of Law Students for Africa, and recipient of the Savage Scholarship. James graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a degree in economics, where he was a recipient of the OSU Leadership Recognition Program Award, President’s Leadership and Service Recognition Award, Spears School of Business Scholar Leader award, and was named the Business Student Council Member of the Year.
Written by Lori Williams
But everyone acknowledges that if we can diversify our state’s economy, we will be less susceptible to the vagaries of the price of oil – and entrepreneurship – growing our own businesses here in Oklahoma – is a great way to diversify.
Thus I am very excited that our March main speaker is the newly elected Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell. Matt runs a small business with his wife, Lisa, an entrepreneur and inventor, and we are delighted to have both top officials in Oklahoma - Governor Stitt and Lt. Governor Pinnell - as business owners.
Without making any claims about the effectiveness of running an elected office/administration as a business, it is clear that being an entrepreneur makes one more knowledgeable about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. That is why I really wanted to have our Lt. Governor speak to the Oklahoma Venture Forum.
One of our main goals of the organization is to increase the visibility and, hopefully, the success of our Oklahoma entrepreneurs. And that is made much easier when our government are themselves entrepreneurs. Please be ready to discuss with our Lt. Governor what can be done to improve the business startup environment across the state. The Lt. Governor also oversees our tourism and programs to make Oklahoma a great destination for our visitors.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this meeting as I have been invited to participate in a Southeast Asia Fellowship through our US Department of State to teach entrepreneurship in Thailand vocational schools. I look forward to filling you in on my experience and appreciate the support and growth that OVF has provided me.
We will also be using the remaining time for a short survey of OVF, our meetings, and what we can do to improve the organization. Please take the time to complete this survey.
Host Organization: Metro Tech Downtown Business Campus
Event title: Microsoft for Executives: Excel 2016, Level 1
Event type: Basic Microsoft Excel course for those new to Excel or those frustrated with trying to learn the basics on their own
Event date: February 13th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Link to registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/06q7z5
Event title: Microsoft for Executives: Excel 2016, Level 2
Event type: Intermediate Microsoft Excel course for professionals who feel they are underutilizing this great software package
Event date: February 27th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Link to registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/b6q72q
Event title: Microsoft for Executives: Excel 2016, Level 3
Event type: Advanced Microsoft Excel course for users wanting to break through to real mastery
Event date: March 13th, 9 AM – 4 PM
Link to registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/56q72d
Please use the link included in each event.
OKC Tech Events Calendar: Tech Events
Best regards,Oklahoma Venture Forum
"Procrastination is opportunity's assassin." Victor Kiam
I have never been one to set New Year’s resolutions, but from my experience many people resolve that this the year they will go on their own and start a business. Being involved with entrepreneurs, I certainly want people to start businesses. But I worry that those who start the year with a resolution with have that resolution end up stacked in the corner of the room with the treadmill and running shoes.
Part of the difficulty is that when setting a resolution we are quickly struck by the difficulty – and time-consumption – of the resolution. Resolving to lose 15 pounds by jogging, we quickly realize this is going to take a while! And while it is relatively easy to go out and buy the shoes (and kind of fun), it does not make it any easier.
Likewise with starting a business. Sure, you do the structural work of hiring a lawyer to set up your LLC, put together a business plan, do market research, but none of those things make it any easier to find a stranger willing to part with money for your product or service.
This year – turn your resolution on its head: start by selling something, and see if it can scale. If not, end it without doing all the structural work. To use my jogging analogy, get out there every morning and walk around the block. If after four weeks you are still walking, increase the pace.
As we get further into 2019, please continue to seek prospective members for the OVF. Our membership is what makes OVF special. In February, for our luncheon, our Main Speaker is Brian Byrnes, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, The OKC Thunder. The OKC Thunder help fund the Thunder Launchpad - an entrepreneurial accelerator which is in the process of gathering its third cohort of startups. I don’t think we will see any of the basketball players at lunch, but we will learn why the OKC Thunder are involved in entrepreneurship.
Our Short Presenter is Leo Clarke, Paelode Systems. Paelode System provides IT solutions for Oil & Gas Industry, including lodeX — their flagship, end-to-end, electronic ticketing and data workflow solution. lodeX resolves the problem of managing wastewater disposal generated during the production of oil and natural gas.
I hope you attended and enjoyed our After Hours event on January 23rd at Vault 405, a Coworking space in downtown Edmond.
I look forward to seeing you – and a guest! – at an upcoming event for OVF.
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