An iEntrepreneur Needs an iPad

Daryl Scott and iPad From Anne Giles Clelland:

Daryl Scott – president of Attaain, Inc., developer of competitive intelligence software AttaainCI, and VT KnowledgeWorks member company - not only gave me my first glimpse of an iPad, but, as he is ever-talented at doing, used hardware, software and application savvy to show me a new and better way to solve a specific business problem.

My current system for creating graphics for Handshake 2.0 is to draw a draft on a whiteboard, photograph the draft, then send the photo as an email attachment to graphic artist Kelsey Jade Sarles.  I've marveled at her ability to transform an idea into art.

Image sent from an iPad During a break at the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit, Daryl showed me how the iPad could cut two steps from my graphics creation process.  He touched the screen, drew a quick, whiteboard-worthy doodle, then sent it to me as .pdf.  No dry erase marker, no camera-USB-laptop slowdown.

Founder of Internet Databases and developer of FurnishWEB Barry Welch has an iPad.

And so does VT KnowledgeWorks Executive Director Jim Flowers.

In spite of the latest iPad usability study from Jakob Nielsen, I might be an iEntrepreneur who needs an iPad.


VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.


VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge TrophyVT KnowledgeWorks has announced a Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  The Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the future of our global economy.  The name of the winning team, their university name, and their home city will be etched into the base of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.  The winning team will earn a $25,000 cash prize.


VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).


  1. I feel privileged to be named in such esteemed company … if I had known I would have bought my iPad sooner. 🙂

    Anne, if you find yourself mocking up web site, blog, or even iPhone apps you may want to check out iMockups for iPad:

    Take care.

  2. For my killer app! 🙂

    Thanks, Barry, for idea and comment!

  3. Looking back at that doodle, not sure what it was supposed to be!? However, I do like the "whiteboard" app that you mentioned — in case anyone is wondering, it is called Adobe Ideas (and its a free download in the iPad app store).

    Happy doodling,

  4. I love your doodle! It's perfectly clear to me – a house with a roof, and a door with a doorknob! 🙂

    Thanks for the ID on the whiteboard app and for your comment, Daryl!

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