TEDx MileHigh “Emergence” – a fun and inspiring event

TEDx MileHigh “Emergence” – a fun and inspiring event

Posted on June 23, 2014

On June 14th, Ayesha and I attended the TEDx MileHigh event, themed “Emergence” held in Downtown Denver which was attended by approx 2000 folks. It was a fun event that started at 11 AM and went on till 7 PM.  There were 15 different presentations and every presentation was awesome.

Of these 15 presentations, 3 were done by seventeen year old scientists. One kid developed an artificial gene to kill disese-causing bacteria, one kid invented a filter that separates carbon dioxide from methane while drilling natural gas, and the last kid developed a cure for skin cancer by turning off a protein in the cell. No wonder that each one of these kids got a standing ovation from the entire audience.

The rest of the presenters had good information too and personally I liked the presentation done by Chuck Blakeman. Here is Chuck’s bio taken from the authors page on

Chuck started and built eight businesses in 25 years in the U.S. and internationally, and now uses his leadership experience to advise others. His company, Crankset Group, provides outcome-based advisory for business leaders worldwide in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Chuck sold one of his businesses to the largest consumer fulfillment company in America and led three other $10-$100 million companies through repositioning in the Marketing Support Services industry. He presently leads the Crankset Group and a for-profit business based in Africa, focused on developing local economies to solve poverty.

Mr. Blakeman is a results leader, and has decades of sales, marketing and operations experience leading companies in marketing, import/export, fulfillment, call centers, website development, printing and direct mail processing.

Some of Mr. Blakeman’s customers have included Apple, Microsoft, Eli Lilly & Co., TAP Pharmaceuticals, Sun Microsystems, Tyco Healthcare, Johns Manville and many more large and small businesses.

He is a convention speaker, writer, and non-profit board member. His first book, “Making Money is Killing Your Business”, was named #1 Business Book of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the largest business owner association in America. His new book, Why Employees are ALWAYS a Bad Idea, has already been named a Top Ten Business Book of the year by

I was so impressed by the content of his speech that I met him after the speech and bought his book. I have not yet started reading it and will do a book review when I am done reading it.

One other interesting thing that happened was the coincidence of finding out Phil Drolet as one of the speakers. I have recently blogged about how I came across his blog feelgoodlifestyle and in the same week, I got to hear him speak. Phil was not around during book signings otherwise I would have met him to get some tips on blogging.

Overall, it was a fun and a great learning experience. I think the videos will be posted soon at the TEDx MileHigh website.

I will be eagerly looking forward to more of these events.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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