What Now? a six-part entrepreneur survival guide is a six-part educational series for recent entrepreneurs, layoff casualties looking for a networking edge, and anyone who thinking about ditching "The Man" and starting their own business. For each conversation, we've paired up two really smart people from here in Des Moines to share their personal experiences. Highs, lows - everything. What Now? a six-part entrepreneur survival guide is brought to you by Lava Row and 48Web and hosted at Impromptu Studio. All proceeds will from the series will go towards keeping Impromptu Studio a low cost option for entrepreneurs and a hub for the technology community in Des Moines. Ten tickets for each part will go up for grabs the week before the respective part via a random Twitter announcement from @nathantwright or @abrudtkuhl. Make sure you follow them to catch the announcement!
Note: Lunch will be provided. Network and eat from 11:30-12pm. Speakers start their conversations at 12pm and go until 1pm.
Making the Jump: Mistakes and Hurdles
Friday, January 30 - 11:30am-1pm
Speakers: Liza Kindred & Brian Hemesath
OVERVIEW: Join Liza Kindred (Lullabot) and Brian Hemesath (Diligent IS, Catchwind) as they discuss common pitfalls and mistakes made when forming a business, and how to overcome various logistical and emotional obstacles.
Networking: Get out there!
Friday, February 13 - 11:30am-1pm
Speakers: Andy Drish & Justin Brady
OVERVIEW: Andy Drish (Prinipal Financial Group) and Justin Brady (Test of Time Design) will share various methods of getting out there and networking yourself socially and digitally - whether you're looking to start your own biz right now or a few years down the road.
Avoiding the Day-to-Day: Staying Inspired & Motivated
Friday, February 27 - 11:30am-1pm
Speakers: Teri TeBockhorst & Ron Wagner
OVERVIEW: Ron Wagner (comic book & storyboard artist) and Teri TeBockhorst (serial entrepreneur & former owner of East Village Books) join forces to talk about the emotional side of being in business for yourself: how to stay motivated, how to avoid depression, and how to constantly reinvent yourself.
Running Cheap & Lean: Bootstrapping 101
Friday, March 6 - 11:30am-1pm
Speakers: Jason Walsmith & Gabriel Glynn
OVERVIEW: Jason Walsmith (The Nadas, Authentic Records) and Gabriel Glynn (Asset Protection Specialists) share success stories (and horror stories) of how they bootstrapped their respective businesses.
Character: Don't be an @$$hole
Friday, March 20 - 11:30am-1pm
Speakers: Adam Steen & Brett Trout
OVERVIEW: Brett Trout (Law Offices of Brett Trout) and Adam Steen (25 Connections) talk about the importance of character in business relationships, and how it can affect your reputation, referral network and bottom line.
Marketing: How to get creative in a tight economy
Friday, April 3 - 11:30am-1pm
Speakers: Mike Ferrari & Mike Wagner
OVERVIEW: Mike Ferrari (SmartyPig.com) and Mike Wagner (White Rabbit Group) share various ways in which they've creatively (and inexpensively) marketed their businesses in a tight economy.
When & Where
Impromptu Studio is Des Moines’ Premiere Coworking Facility. Its mission as a venue is to foster local business connections, social interactions, and networking opportunities.
Parking is available in the NW corner of the building. Enter from SW 7th. The frontage road Elm ends in our parking lot.