Thinc Iowa Video Series: Robbie Vitrano of Trumpet Group
Recorded Friday, October 21. This is the Livestream version, look for the final cut from Event 1 Video to be published in the coming weeks.
The inaugural Thinc Iowa conference provided an arena for conversation on the common ground between established corporations and startups. Nine speakers, ranging from the founder of a new payments network to the chairman of a worldwide advertising network, took the stage Friday at the Temple for Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines to contribute to that conversation.
To be timely, we're releasing the entire Thinc Iowa Video Series this week as recorded via Livestream. Thanks to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation, for sponsoring the Livestream and Video Series, and to our video and post-production team made up of Event1 Video and Evolve. Look for the final cut from Event 1 Video to be published in the coming weeks.
In his talk, Vitrano shared a personal story to show how creativity can be applied in a way that has more impact both in business development and community building.
"There's nothing like a good moment of truth to sort of bring you to a realization," Vitrano said. "And it's unfortunate that sometimes it is a tragedy or something rather tragic, but this was my moment of truth, when my city was 80% destroyed."
He continued: "Following the storm, the first thing we did at Trumpet was we basically declared war on 40 years of decline in New Orleans."
Read our recap: "Robbie Vitrano - 'it's possible to have a crazy idea and succeed' "
About Thinc Iowa and Big Omaha, our two premier events:
Thinc Iowa, a Silicon Prairie News premier event, is held each October to provide a common ground for startups and corporations to explore partnerships, examine innovation and share lessons learned. Visit thinciowa.com to learn more.
Big Omaha, a Silicon Prairie News premier event, is held each May to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs, especially those with an interest in the tech industry. Visit BigOmaha.com to learn more.