Business Book Roundtable
February 3, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
You Need To Be A Little
The Truth About Starting & Growing Your Business
Chicago entrepreneur Barry Moltz will discuss his new
book, 'You Need To Be A Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and
Growing Your Business.' The book debunks the myths of business start-ups
by telling the truth and delivers irreverent, straight talk about
the complex intersection of start-up business, financial health,
physical well-being, spiritual wholeness and family life.
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Author and Entrepreneur
Barry Moltz, Chicago serial entrepreneur, will share
his perspectives on his new book, 'You Need To Be A Little Crazy:
The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business.' The book debunks
the myths of business start-ups by telling the truth: You have to
be crazy to start a business. Barry's insightful style delivers irreverent,
straight talk about the complex intersection of start-up business,
financial health, physical well-being, spiritual wholeness and family
life. His perspective is augmented with other personal tales from
the entrepreneurial front. The book also offers tidbits of insight
that will vaporize isolation, encourage self-reflection and refresh
the spirit of anyone who has started a business or is thinking of
Barry Moltz: Mr. Moltz' journey began at IBM, where
he distinguished himself by receiving several awards at both the branch and
regional level. His next move was to join one of his clients, Whittman-Hart,
and become Director of Sales and a member of the executive committee. Moltz
spend the 1990's establishing himself as a successful entrepreneur, co-founding
three separate start-up companies, the latest of which was SciTech, a direct
mail catalog and e-commerce reseller of scientific, engineering and technical
software, where he served as the CEO until selling the company in 1999.
Moving from the role of entrepreneur to angel investor,
Moltz co-founded Prairie Angels (www.prairieangels.org)
in 2000. Prairie Angels is a group of private investors committed
to investing in and mentoring early stage companies and their entrepreneurs.
The move has proven to be a natural evolution of Barry's career,
providing an avenue for him to share his 'lessons learned' as an
entrepreneur and effectively guiding clients through familiar challenges
and growing pains. Prairie Angels is recognized and supported by
Chicago Mayor's Office, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Mayer Brown.
The firm has enjoyed increased visibility through their success and
sponsorship of entrepreneurial and community events, including Chicago
Software Association, CHICwit (Chicago Women in Technology, MIT Enterprise
Forum and the Woman's Business Development Center's Springboard Conference.
Prairie Angels is credited with the influx of additional seed capital
in the Chicago area and has paved the way for the establishment of
other formal angel groups during 2002.
Most recently, Barry co-founded, with other angels
and members of the venture community, the Prairie Angel Capital Fund
This committed capital fund, created to accelerate angel investments
in the Midwest, is the first of its kind to be established in Chicago.
Moltz recently was named chairman of the newly formed
Midwest Angel Network Association (MANA- www.midwestangelnetworks.org).
This organization, established with the help of the Illinois Coalition
and the Mayor's Office, is a not-for-profit that supports local angel
groups and members of the community who want to become involved in
Moltz is has written articles for the Chicago Tribune
and I- Street. He writes a weekly column, 'The Business Bunker' on
small business in E-Prairie (www.eprairie.com).
He also provided content within another book, 'Attracting Capital
from Angels' by Dee Power and Brian Hill. The book captures his advice
on what angels look for in investing in early stage companies.
This event is sponsored by the GSB Business Book Roundtable.
The Business Book Roundtable provides a discipline and forum for
alumni, guests and current GSB students to discuss relevant and current
business issues presented in recent business publications.