Michael Best and Friedrich Sponsor Capital Entrepreneurs

Madison law firm Michael Best and Friedrich join Neider and Boucher as sponsors of Capital Entrepreneurs today.  They are now listed on the Resources page, which includes entrepreneur friendly service providers, blog posts all entrepreneurs should read and practice advice for how to actually get your business off the ground.

Gregory Lynch of Michael Best and Friedrich is one of the top entrepreneurship lawyers in Madison and is Capital Entrepreneurs main point of contact.  Lynch and other Michael Best attorneys have a strong history of helping startups with legal advice and business services.  Check out their website here.

There are still 10 more sponsorship opportunities left for 2010, so if other Madison service providers are interested, please contact us.

Google Fiber Update: Madfiber.net

Capital Entrepreneurs is a huge supporter of bringing Google Fiber to Madison.  The Madison community has really come together to help support the effort.  Since we posted a Google Fiber page on Capital Entrepreneurs, people from all over the city have contributed ideas, time and money to support the effort.  It’s really amazing what a cool cause can do to bring an entire city together.

So what’s been done so far?

Community Support Site – Madfiber.net

Madfiber.net is now live.  Madfiber is the place where Madisonians can show their support for Google Fiber in many different ways.  You can input your name and zip code an get added to a custom Google map to show your support.  As of now, 451 people have added their support to the google map and it looks awesome!

We’ve also got a http://madfiber.posterous.com/ setup which lets people easily add pictures, videos and other media to Madfiber.net.  Do it today!

Twitter

A Madfiber twitter account has been set up and the official hashtag is #madfiber.  As of today, there are about 400 followers.

Facebook

With over 3800 fans, Madison is currently #4 in facebook fans of cities that are supporting Google Fiber.  Join the group today and help us move up!

Madfiber Ice Cream

On Friday March 5th, Capital Entrepreneurs members Nathan Lustig and Jesse Davis came up with the idea to create Madfiber Ice cream to show support for the effort.  By the next week, Babcock hall used their recipe (vanilla ice cream, google colored m&m’s and sweet granola) to create an amazing flavor.  Thanks for Babcock for making this happen so fast.

The flavor debuted at the Madison Community Meeting, which you can watch online, to great success.  Babcock will be making a full production run later this month.  We are the only city in the country that created a custom ice cream flavor!  Take that Google, (I mean Topeka) Kansas!

Press

The Madison press has published all sorts of articles about the Madfiber effort.  Here’s a sampling of some of the coverage:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fqd2Yt5koo
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkrQYa0hlCM
  3. http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=28462
  4. http://dane101.com/current/2010/03/12/packed_public_meeting_shows_madison_support_for_google_fiber
  5. a blog post on the PerBlue blog
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaVqo-tMe2A
  7. http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt_and_politics/city_hall/article_a103bb78-2e18-11df-91f8-001cc4c002e0.html
Special Thanks
There has been a huge amount of support in the Madison community for Google Fiber.  This list does not do everyone justice and if I miss anyone, please email me so I can add what you’ve done to help to the list.  Here’s a list of people that Capital Entrepreneurs has worked with to help bring Google fiber to Madison:
  • Preston Austin – organizing, developing and running the website
  • Matt Younkle – coordinating the effort, interfacing with the city
  • Forrest Woolworth – Website help, organization
  • Scott Resnick – Website design
  • Kyle Pfister – Community Support, Community Art
  • Mark Evans – Madison Public Schools
  • Mo Cheeks – Official Twitter Account
  • Bill Klein – Babcock Plant Manager who made Madfiber Ice Cream a reality
  • Matt Peterson – Business development ideas
  • Bendycode – Web development
If you want to help out and don’t know how, comment here or contact us and let us know what you can do!

Entrustet Launches Beta at SXSW

Capital Entrepreneurs member Entrustet launched it’s beta version today at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.   Entrustet is a secure online service that allows users to create a list of their online accounts and digital files, and manage their distribution and deletion on death.  From the Entrustet blog:

I’m happy to announce the official beta launch of Entrustet!  We’ve been working on the site for over 18 months and it feels great to finally see it in action!  You can officially use Account Guardian to organize your digital assets.  Best of all, Account Guardian is 100% free.  Stay tuned for updates on our next service, Account Incinerator, which will be live in the next few weeks.  From there, we will continue to roll out new features of the next several weeks.  Check out the site and let us know what you think!

My cofounder Nathan Lustig and I are down in Austin, TX at South By Southwest and I will be presenting tomorrow at 5pm when I give my presentation called People Die, Profiles Don’t.  I’ll be covering digital assets, Internet celebrities and how you can protect your digital assets like email accounts, domain names and family photos when you die.

Entrustet Launches Informational Site

Capital Entrepreneurs member company Entrustet launched its premotional site today.  From the site:

Entrustet is a secure, organizational tool that brings together people like you, estate planning lawyers and the companies that provide online accounts and memberships. Entrustet allows users to maintain a secure portfolio of online assets, nominate heirs and manage asset distribution and deletion after their passing. Entrustet’s wide range of services allow you to organize and decide what happens to your digital assets, before your loved ones or your executor are faced with the unknowns and complexities of protecting your online legacy.

Wecome GuruCampus

Capital Entrepreneurs welcomes new member company GuruCapus.  From their website:

GuruCampus was founded by college seniors to highlight the events, ideas, trends, and students that shape campus culture. We give students a national voice in the fields of current events, entertainment, humor, sports, music, politics, and research. By covering these topics, our goal is to encourage a discussion that connects students across campuses.

Capital Entrepreneurs Welcomes New Member Brazen Careerist

Capital Entrepreneurs welcomes it’s newest member Brazen Careerist.  Brazen Careerist becomes the 42nd Capital Entrepreneurs member company!

Brazen Careerist exists to give everyone an opportunity to build and nurture a network of trusted peers. Other professional sites allow you to display a network, but not necessarily build one. Microblogging resources like Twitter can tell you who you should network with, but it’s tough to build a real relationship on 140 character missives. And social networks like Facebook are great for having a conversation, but it’s a conversation that employers don’t want to hear.

Brazen Careerist brings the best of all these worlds into one, cohesive, social media based career management tool. Think of it as a 24-7 virtual networking event, filled with people who can help you get ahead in your career.

Capital Entrepreneurs Welcomes New Members Posipair, Student Spill and Flatt Cola

We’d like to welcome our newest members, Posipair, StudentSpill and Flatt Cola, brining our member companies to 40.  Here’s a short description of our newest members:

Student Spill – Heidi Allstop – SPILL, or Supporting Peers in Laid-back Listening, is a peer-based online support networkby and for UW students that provides a confidential, student-based “venting outlet” where they can write in about issues they want to get off of their chests.  We connect them with other students who have dealt with that specific issue, providing the “spiller” withsupport, feedback, and resources for dealing with that specific issue.

PosipairSarah Manski – At PosiPair we’re building the internet architecture of the new green economy: An online retail and networking platform serving green businesses, consumers, and nonprofits in the rapidly expanding green products and services market.

Flatt ColaDave Kruse & Paul Pucci – Flatt Cola is an Energy Cola company based in Madison, WI made with all natural sugar, vitamin C, and extra caffeine.  A beverage with a sarcastic brand image, Flatt Cola’s tagline is Everyday World Domination.  Flatt can be found at Metcalfe’s Sentry in Hilldale, Woodman’s East and West, Steve’s Liquor on University, and the Old Fashioned, with new locations being added daily.  Try it out, its pretty tasty.

Proactive Sleep Featured On Gizmodo’s Top 10 Apps of the Week

Capital Entrepreneur member Proactive Sleep was featured as #3 on Gizmodo’s list of top 10 apps of the week.  Here’s what they said:

Proactive Sleep: Is there a such thing as a sleep coach? Let’s assume there is! In a nutshell, that’s what this app, designed with SCIENCE, aims to be. It’s an alarm clock at its core, which wakes you up with music of your choice then challenges you to a game, or offers you a dream diary. It’ll also track your sleep patterns and warn you when you’ve dipped below average. A little steep at five dollars, but it’s fairly polished and written by a bon-a-fide sleep researcher.

Parallel Kingdom Launches Using Innovative Strategy

Capital Entrepreneur member Per Blue is about to launch its new Age of Emergence version of Parallel Kingdom.  Below is info from their press release regarding the launch:

Beginning Halloween, October 31st, Parallel Kingdom will be having an in-game event called the Scroll Hunt that will involve players gathering randomly placed scrolls and then uniting within the game. When four players that have each found a scroll all meet at one location, they will be able to combine their individual scrolls, creating a blueprint for a one-of-a-kind building called the Great Library.

The first four players that unite and successfully build the Great Library will be documented as the founders of the new version of the game, titled “Parallel Kingdom – The Age of Emergence.” The entire scroll hunt is expected to take about two weeks, but it has the possibility to last indefinitely. The new version of Parallel Kingdom will not become available until four players get together and build the Great Library. After the Great Library begins construction, the game servers will go down to update the game. When they come back up, the new version of the game will be available in Google Market and the iTunes App Store. In the new version, the construction of the Great Library will be complete and it will exist forever in the same location where the four players decided to build it.

Justin Beck of PerBlue, Inc., the company that developed Parallel Kingdom, says “We’re really excited about the Scroll Hunt because to the best of our knowledge, no other video game has ever done anything like this.” This contest will let the players compete with each other to find the scrolls first, and then they will have to cooperate to get four people with scrolls together in the game to build the Great Library. Beck says, “Its like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with 4 golden tickets except instead of a tour, you get to usher in a whole new game title”. The four winners’ names will be permanently inscribed on the Great Library. “For the developers and players the whole event should be tons of fun.”

View their trailer for the new age here.

Capital Entrepreneurs

Capital Entrepreneurs was founded in 2009 as a resource for the burgoening Entrepreneur community in Madison, Wisconsin. We are dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Madison by bringing entrepreneurs together to create new connections and a community around the disparate startups in Madison. We realize that entrepreneurs come in many different shapes and sizes: non-profits, retail, innovative websites and high tech innovations are all forms of entrepreneurship.

We have created a place were entrepreneurs can find resources that will help them succeed. From law firms who are flexible when working with startups to local investment firms, our Entrepreneur Resources page is the place for entrepreneurs to find talented, entrepreneur friendly businesses and services.

We are also interested in finding affordable heath care solutions for growing companies, helping others start new businesses and making connections with others in the community who are interesting in seeing Madison be the best city it can be.

If you are a Madison entrepreneur, join us! We would love to have you.