Published: April 5, 2011

Boulder, Colo. – With trends suggesting that international aspects of entrepreneurship are growing more significant for Internet and software-based startups, the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Law School will make this the focus of its 2011 Mile High Tech Conference.


Set for Friday, April 22 from 1 p.m – 6 p.m. in the Wolf Law Building, the conference, titled “Going International,” will address why Front Range entrepreneurs should consider both the local and global dimensions of their startup business. The conference is open to the public.  General registration for the day-long event is $20.


JP Morgan’s Private Bank Chief Economist, Anthony Chan, will deliver one of the Conference’s keynote addresses, focusing on macroeconomic trends relevant to entrepreneurship.  Other leading experts on international entrepreneurship, including Professor Anna Lee  Saxenian, Dean of the Information School at the University of California-Berkeley, and Juliano Tubino of Microsoft, will also provide keynote addresses.  Saxenian and Tobino will explore how Internet adoption worldwide, and especially in developing countries, is spawning a start-up generation where innovation, market opportunities, and copycat threats span the globe.


“It is an important time to focus on the international implications of software and Internet entrepreneurship,” said Professor Brad Bernthal, Director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center. “Bringing experts like Anthony Chan, Anno Saxenian and Juliano Tubino together with our local leaders in the Front Range is a great opportunity to address important global considerations that entrepreneurs need to understand so they can take their companies to the next level.”


Keynote speaker Anthony Chan is also a member of several forecasting panels including the Blue Chip Monthly Forecasting panel, the National Association of Business Economists Quarterly Macro Panel and The Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones Weekly Economic Indicator panels.


Saxenian, in addition to being a Dean at the University of California – Berkeley, is the author of The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in the Global Economy, which explores how the "brain circulation" by immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley has transferred technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in China, India, Taiwan, and Israel.  

Tubino oversees the Microsoft Innovation Center program, which partners with local industry, government and academia to help develop the local software industry, creating jobs, companies and solutions in over 100 locations around the globe.


General registration for the day-long event is $20. The cost is $10 for CU Alumni/New Tech members and free to CU faculty, staff and students. To learn more or to register, visit


About University of Colorado Law School

Established in 1892, the University of Colorado Law School ( is a top 25 public law school located at the base of the inspiring Rocky Mountains. Colorado Law’s 500 students, selected from among the statistically best applicants in the nation, represent 100 undergraduate institutions and diverse backgrounds. The school has dual degree programs in business, environmental studies, telecommunications, and public affairs. With a low faculty-to-student ratio, its highly published faculty is dedicated to interacting with students inside and outside the classroom. The school’s 8 clinics and 4 centers focus on areas of strength, including natural resources and environmental, American Indian, juvenile and family, telecommunications policy, and sustainable energy law. Colorado Law’s graduates are leaders in their profession and committed to public interest work.


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