Reno Startup Weekend an Energetic Event

Reno Startup Weekend

Energy, energy, energy!

If there was a theme for the Reno Startup Weekend, this would have been it.  I couldn’t believe how many people were so energetic and passionate about the startups they were working on this weekend.  It made me a little jealous that I wasn’t participating as a team member.  Instead, I was there as a coach/mentor trying to provide any value to the teams needing some direction.  I was just happy I could be there to help out in any way I could.  In fact, that’s the question I asked of my friend, Bryan McCardle, who was an organizer for the event when I heard him talk about it.  ‘How can I help?’  He told me that they needed coaches for the weekend and I immediately agreed to participate, but more on that later. Continue reading Reno Startup Weekend an Energetic Event

Travis Schwieger, Chief Data Architect, talks Startups, Reno, and the Future of inqiri

Travis Schwieger

Chief Data Architect and inqiri Co-founder, Travis Schwieger, first partnered with CEO James Elste almost a year ago, on December 12, 2012. Since that initial meeting, Schwieger and Elste have worked tirelessly to bring inqiri to life. Continue reading Travis Schwieger, Chief Data Architect, talks Startups, Reno, and the Future of inqiri

How to Decide Versus What to Decide: The Importance of Decision-Making in Business

The inqiri blog has spent the past two weeks talking about decision-making on the individual level. We’ve examined decision fatigue[1], a relatively new study about how the mind’s energy depletes after making too many exhaustive decisions. We’ve also looked at why some individuals are seemingly better at making decisions than others.[2] The inqiri blog now turns its focus towards decision-making in the business world. These decisions must be strategic. Without this directed thought, the consequences can have harrowing effects on the performance and success of an entire company. While this concept is seemingly straightforward, business executives by and large discount the lessons of decision-making theory. Continue reading How to Decide Versus What to Decide: The Importance of Decision-Making in Business

inqiri Team Presents at Tahoe Silicon Mountain

Tahoe Silicon Mountain Presentation

This past Monday, November 11, inqiri Co-Founders, James Elste and Travis Schwieger, presented the inqiri solution to a packed room at the monthly meeting of the Tahoe Silicon Mountain Group. The meeting brought together web and software developers, bloggers, and other entrepreneurial minds from all across the Tahoe region including Incline Village, Truckee, and Continue reading inqiri Team Presents at Tahoe Silicon Mountain

Patrick Lee, Talks Music, Toys, and Fatherhood at Whiskey Wednesday

Patrick Lee Gets It

Self-proclaimed geek and human resources nightmare, inqiri’s lead developer, Patrick Lee, had quite the colorful resume before joining the team. He played percussion and toured with a band from the Midwest, playing with the likes of Jake Owen, Charlie Daniels, and the Reverend Horton Heat. After switching majors from music to computer science, and a brief hiatus from school, Lee graduated from Wilberforce University and shortly afterwards, he moved to Reno. Continue reading Patrick Lee, Talks Music, Toys, and Fatherhood at Whiskey Wednesday

November 11 – James Elste and Travis Schwieger at Tahoe Silicon Mountain

Cognitive Extension, Inc. CEO James R. Elste, and Chief Data Architect Travis Schwieger will be exploring collaborative decision-making and collective intelligence at a meeting of Tahoe Silicon Mountain on Monday, November 11th.

Tahoe Silicon Mountain is a group of “Silicon Valley-Type” individuals who live in (or frequently come to) the Truckee-Tahoe region.

The event will be held 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee.

For more information about the event, visit the Tahoe Silicon Mountain website.

Decision-Making is (Mentally) Exhausting

“Everywhere we look, big things and small things, material things and lifestyle things, life is a matter of choice…. The question is, is this good news or bad news? And the answer is yes.” – Psychologist Barry Schwarz, TED Talk, July 2005

Decision neuroscience, the study of the brain as humans make decisions, is a relatively young discipline, with scientists beginning to tap into the field a little over 20 years ago. “For me, the essence of the thinking during decision making is mental simulation—you are trying to predict before you take an action what outcome may occur based on your previous experiences, or by observing and remembering the outcomes of other people’s behaviors,” Daeyeol Lee, PhD, Department of Neurobiology and Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine said. [1] Continue reading Decision-Making is (Mentally) Exhausting

inqiri Unleashes The Torin

Torin Emard, inqiri Launch

In the winter of 2013, Truckee Meadows Community College student, Torin Emard saw job postings for two different positions at a new Reno start-up company. With just one semester of web development classes under his belt, Torin inquired into one of them. Over the next several months, Torin joined other students interning at this start-up company, competing for the opportunity to complete various tasks.

By summer, Torin was the only student still working at inqiri.  He now works alongside the team as a developer and is fondly referred to as, “The Torin.” His Whiskey Wednesday story is about the many lessons he has had to learn in a very short time: Continue reading inqiri Unleashes The Torin