What: "Brews & Geeks: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurial Scenes"
When: 5:15-8 p.m. Thursday
Where: University of Colorado Law School, Room 101, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop, Boulder
Cost: Free for CU faculty/staff/students and Silicon Flatirons sponsors; $15 in advance for members of the public or $20 at the door
To register: siliconflatirons.com
Both the craft brewing and technology industries have deep roots in Boulder County.
During the past couple decades, the region has pumped out legions of breweries and tech firms that have grown to become nationally renowned.
And in recent years, heavy entrepreneurial activity across both sectors has generated buzz and acclaim for the region's startup scene.
Thursday night, the University of Colorado's Silicon Flatirons Center will bring both sides of the seemingly contrasting industries together for a discussion of their pioneering pasts and the elements that contributed to the continuous churn of entrepreneurial activity.
Silicon Flatirons is hosting "Brews & Geeks: A Tale of Two Entrepreneurship Scenes" from 5:15 to 8 p.m. at CU's Law School.
"Every scene has its own cultural norms and attitudes that sort of prevail, and I think it's really interesting to ask, 'Does the tech scene's norms of behaviors, attitudes and values look like or look different (from the craft brewing scenes')?" said Brad Bernthal, the entrepreneurship initiative director for the Silicon Flatirons Center.
The event, which is free for students and faculty and costs $20 at the door for members of the public, will include two panel discussions: one on the sectors' histories and the other on comparing the ecosystems as they relate to startups' needs.
It's the first time that Silicon Flatirons has done what Bernthal calls "boundary-jumping."
"There's not that much intersection," Bernthal said. "(The two industries) often operate in parallel universes and finding useful ways to connect I think can be a useful experiment."
Panelist Ingrid Alongi, CEO of Boulder-based web and mobile development firm Quick Left, said she is curious to see what could come from the event and potentially apply strategies to her own 22-person shop.
"When you're focused on your own industry, you meet a lot of the same people and run in a lot of the same circles," she said. "Maybe (the craft brewers) have found different, creative ways to solve the same kind of problems.
"I'm excited to get some of that slightly different perspective or maybe some creative solutions for problems I've been beating my head against the wall about."
Alongi will be joined by representatives from Upslope Brewing, Odell Brewing, Fairfield and Woods, and Funkwerks on the "Comparing the Ecosystems" panel.
Officials from the Colorado Brewers Guild, Brewers Association, Galvanize and Access Venture Partners are scheduled to discuss the industries' respective pasts.
"I'm trying to draw some connection points between the creativity and the entrepreneurism that I think both of these industries exhibit," said John Carlson, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. " ... It's that creative spirit. It's that entrepreneurial pursuit that I think is a beautiful thing."
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