Awards! Entrepreneurs, Your Attention to Public Relations & 3rd Party Validation

UVEF is Accepting Nominations for The Top 25 Under 5 2013 Awards – good public relations

The UVEF Top 25 Under Five Awards have recognized the development of more than 200 individuals and companies, including Utah success stories like ZAGG, Agel Enterprises, Interbank FX, Seastone, Altiris, Omniture, and Xango among many others. Companies throughout Utah, five years old or younger, are invited to ...

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Scott Petersen: “Message to Garcia” Still Resonates as Vital Business Principle

At a Utah Tech Council (UTC) event at Rees Capital (Amy Rees), I sat at the feet of Scott Petersen and John Richards from the BYU Center for Entrepreneurship. They refined my understanding of the proven principles taught in Nail It Then Scale It (Paul Ahlstrom & Nathan Furr), Business Model Generation (Alex Osterwalder), among ...

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Vivint’s Todd Pedersen Takes Entrepreneur of the Year at UVEF

Entrepreneurs on Parade – Start-up Extravaganza. Call it what you will but the room was packed to hear winners of this year’s Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) 2012 Awards (press release). Winners were gracious, new products were fascinating, and the comments of entrepreneurial sages generated lots of #UVEF tweets and note taking.

“Dad said, Be the best service provider in the industry and… ...

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Osmonds Honored in UVEF Hall of Fame – Public Relations That Has Lasted 50+ Years

 

Public Relations campaigns, at least in this Utah PR firm’s experience, are usually measured in weeks or months. Even CSR PR (corporate social responsibility) campaign plans may forecast only a few years out.

 

Imagine a media relations plan spanning more than five decades. Now think of the volatile entertainment business where one hit wonders abound.  It would be more rare than a photo of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash singing together. Or, ...

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Paul Allen (the Lesser) and … – Entrepreneurial Roots of Ancestry.com

In my public relations and Utah marketing work with PilmerPR, I’ve passed a hundred times by the business park area where Ancestry.com, Vivint, TNI, and a hundred other emerging entrepreneurial companies started. I’ve done PR consulting and media relations for many of them.  This week Forbes, among many others, reported that Utah-headquartered genealogy software firm Ancestry.com  entered an agreement to be acquired by an investment group ...

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Businessweek – Vivint Acquired by Blackstone — Validation for Utah Entrepreneur in Orange Cap

UPDATE: Since writing the article below I asked Todd Pedersen the following:

What’s the likelihood of Blackstone growing the Vivint HQ outside of Utah?

Todd’s answer: “Zero. I’m not moving.”
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From my home office I can almost see the Vivint headquarters in Utah Valley’s River Bottoms.  I’ve watched with some amazement as this  small entrepreneurial start-up has grown into a industry ...

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Poll: Utah #1 Pro-business? So Says Wall Street Journal – Some disagree…

The diversity of reaction to news never ceases to amaze me, even though I’m in communications and PR Consulting.  For example, in response to what I thought was great Utah Marketing news, one Deseret News comment from “My2Cents” is instructive.

“It is not an award to be proud of, not for Utah and not for citizens. Its an award of oppression and poverty that the state ...

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UVEF Top 25 Utah Startups Announced – Entrepreneurs in #1 State for Business

 

When was asked to serve as Communications* Chair on the board for the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) in 2005, I had no idea the cool ride I was in for, learning from dynamic start-up entrepreneurs and mentors from across the state. Today, I attended my 8th UVEF Top 25 Under 5 awards. Interesting  to note, when UVEF started its ...

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2012 Women Tech Award Nomination – Wise Public Relations

The best boss I ever had was a woman over public relations when I served on Eric Schmidt’s PR team at Novell. Some of the best entrepreneurs are women-including some great PR clients of PilmerPR.  In my personal hall of fame are Shauna Theobald, Cyd Tetro, Susan Preator, Amy Rees Anderson to name but a few. Who ...

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