My Trip to Nepal (part 2)

<img data-cke-saved-src="×300.jpg" src="×300.jpg" alt="waterbottle_nepal2" title="waterbottle_nepal2" style="float:left;margin:0px 10px 10px 0px" "="" border="" width="225" height="300" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-680">Yesterday, I talked about the leap of faith I made in signing up for a trip to Nepal to climb above 20,000 feet. Six months out…

I’m at least 50 pounds overweight (do I keep mentioning that?) and I have not even requested the time off from my boss.

I spend several nights in the doghouse after my wife discovers the credit card charge—let’s just say that didn’t go over well. I joined a gym and I hate gyms. I start going two or three days a week at first, which ends up with 5 days a week, 2 hours a day. Thanks to ReadyTalk, we have a discounted membership at a great gym in downtown Denver. Now, I need to request the time off.

Like putting the deposit down, I had no idea if I could take that much time off of work (Are you seeing a pattern here?). I met with Scott King, VP of Marketing and Sales, and co-founder with his brother Dan King. I said, “Scott, I want to chase a dream and achieve a goal and I need a month off.” I continued “I’m going to climb a mountain in Nepal!” And before I could say another word, Scott interrupted with, “Awesome!” I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing ReadyTalk treats their employees. Work hard, be accountable, move the needle, live life. Oh my god, I’m actually going to Nepal!

This is just the beginning of my journey; I need time to train in the mountains. Again, I tell my wife that I need to climb 14’ers (14,000 ft peaks here in Colorado) every Saturday for the next 6 months. She rolls her eyes and sighs. Long story short, I lose 45 pounds; spend tons on new gear; get up at 3:30 a.m. on 16 Saturdays to hike and ski 13 different 14’ers; do several new snow climb routes; climb Mt. Baker (in Washington State); and totaled my car by hitting a 500 pound bear.

…Six months later, I’m ready to go to Nepal.

My Trip to Nepal (part 1)

Shawn-M-NepalDo you have something that you’ve dreamed about most of your life? This journey began when my Mom came across the list of the “10 Things I want to do when I’m older” that I made when I was in junior high. One major unfinished task on my list stood out: Climb Mt. Everest. Considering I’m married, have a 2 year old son, a pregnant wife, a full time job; I decided to scale it down to something that could fit into my busy life. After some deliberation, I decided getting over 20,000 feet was a nice compromise.

One day I came across a guided trip to Island Peak Nepal. The itinerary included a trek to Everest base camp, then an ascent of the 20,305 ft. Island Peak aka Imja Tse. Not only would I get to break the 20,000 feet barrier, I would also get to see Everest base camp and be exposed to the incredible culture of Tibet.

Immediately, my head was spinning with details. I needed a month off of work, money for the trip, I was fat and out of shape and most importantly, I needed permission from my pregnant wife to go on a four week vacation. So I did what any self respecting husband would do, I put a deposit down on the trip – better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Now I needed to get in shape, beg for vacation, learn the requisite skills, buy the technical gear and most of all get in shape. Did I mention I was out of shape? And, I had six months to do all of this. In my next post, I will tell you how I accomplished all of the above in six months.


Beyond Web Audio Conferencing: Supporting Local Communities

Social Venture Partners (SVP) named Kim Morse, an account manager at ReadyTalk, as Denver’s Volunteer of the Year. SVP strengthens local non-profit organizations through targeted investments of time, expertise and money and helps partners to become better, more informed philanthropists.

Kim’s work with SVP is a great example of the importance ReadyTalk places in supporting Colorado’s communities.

ReadyTalk asks all employees to volunteer 20 hours a year and gives them the flexibility to do it during work hours. There’s also a Charitable Contributions Committee, which is a group of employees who identify and evaluate donation and volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations. Some organizations receive an in-kind donation web and audio conferencing services, financial donations, volunteer support or other services based on need.

In 2009, ReadyTalk supported:
• Denver Rescue Mission
• Food Bank of the Rockies
• Meals on Wheels
• Community Shares
• Common Tables
• The International Alliance for Women
• Volunteers of America
• Project Homeless Connect
• Boulder Cycling Club/ Tour de Cure
• Connections Therapeutic Riding Center
• Young Philanthropists Foundation
• Freedom Service Dogs
• National Sports Center for the Disabled
• Love, Light & Melody Foundation

Congratulations to Kim and the entire ReadyTalk team for their contributions of time and money during 2009.

ReadyTalk is Winning, Growing Hiring

This fall has been an exciting time at ReadyTalk!

We’re enjoying a lot of positive feedback from the launch of Conference Center 4 and the ReadyTalk Media Player.

In fact, at this year’s DEMOgala, the Media Player received the People’s Choice award. DEMOgala is a technology conference and exhibition hosted by CSIA, Colorado’s technology association. This year’s event featured more than 50 speakers on 22 different panels discussing the newest trends in technology. ReadyTalk was one of 20 companies selected out of 130 applicants as a Showcase Company to exhibit innovations at DEMOgala. From the Showcase Companies, ReadyTalk was selected as the winner of the People’s Choice award for our innovative media player.

The recognition continued last week when ReadyTalk was named to Deloitte’s 2009 “Technology Fast 500,” which ranks the fastest-growing tech firms. The list includes businesses in such fields as media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology. ReadyTalk joined 10 other Colorado companies on the list.

With new products and lots of growth, ReadyTalk is hiring talented people to help us keep up the momentum. We are looking for individuals who mirror our company philosophy and values. If you are interested in pursuing a career opportunity with ReadyTalk, check out our current open positions.

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