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Capturing Talent: How Companies Are Keeping Up with a Changing Workforce

Employees nationwide are demanding more than just a good paycheck. How are Denver-area human resources departments adjusting to the evolving labor landscape?

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Drones in Denver: It's Still the Wild West

Despite what you see flying overhead, drones are off-limits in Denver's parks. Currently, the city's public safety agencies are exploring ways to use the unmanned aircraft in their work, while economic development officials are looking at business and environmental applications.

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Denver Startup Week 2017 reports record attendance

The annual event is breaking its own top tally from 2016.

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Looking For Love? Three New Apps Help You Do It, Denver Style

Colorado dating apps focus on the specific things active people fancy here, from mountain sports to yoga, putting singles together based on mutal interests. They're smarter then all those friends who are trying to hook you up.

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A Golden Opportunity for the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle Creative District has some seriously enviable assets for a creative district. By leveraging such anchors as the Denver Art Museum, the plan is to catalyze the neighborhood for working artists.

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Streaming City Hall to Smartphones

Over the past decade, Denver-based Open Media Foundation has made viewing public meetings increasingly easier for Colorado citizens. Now, the nonprofit is expanding that mission nation-wide with its Open Media Project software.

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Denver Coworking Boom: Peaking Trend or New Way of Work-Life?

A number of new coworking spaces came online in Denver in 2016. Are there enough coworkers to fill all of the desks?

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Aiming for Inclusivity at Denver's Coding Boot Camps

Programming has long been dominated by white men. Are local coding schools focused on feeding the tech talent pipeline with diversity?

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Dex Media, Confluence Denver hosting free marketing seminar Oct. 5

On Oct. 5, Dex Media and Confluence Denver will host a "Marketing Success Seminar" at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale.

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"The Science of Growth" Explores How Startups Change the World

Venture capitalist Sean Ammirati has a new book about the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history. He hopes it will give entrepreneurs in Denver and elsewhere a blueprint for success.

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Dark Fiber Lights Up: Gigabit Competition Increases in Denver

Gigabit-speed Internet access is increasingly available in Denver, as the city looks to turn the corner and boost its broadband.

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Teaching Tech at Silicon STEM Academy

Welcome to Denver's one-stop shop for all things high-tech, offering unique after-school classes for kids -- and adults, too.

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Denver's Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015

Confluence Denver recently spoke with local tech luminaries Erik Mitisek, J.B. Holston, Tom Higley, Joe Zell and Chris Onan to get their take on the year that was.

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Event Recap: Building Intentional and Inclusive Communities

Otten Johnson and Confluence Denver hosted a conversation at The Commons on Champa that covered some of Denver's most interesting projects under development: inclusive projects being built with all stakeholders in mind -- and with their input.

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Digital Placemaking Sparks Human Connections in Denver

Forget iPhones and private Facebook pages. Digital arts can be big, brash and public to add another layer to urban placemaking efforts.

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Denver Startup Week 2015: Postgame Wrap-Up and Five Lessons Learned

Denver Startup Week was bigger and better than ever in 2015. The country's largest free entrepreneurial event offers a lot of free advice, and here are five of our top lessons learned this time around.

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Top 10 Entrepreneurs in Denver History

For the 2015 edition of Denver Startup Week, Confluence Denver highlights 10 of the city's greatest entrepreneurs of all time, from rubber barons to tech gurus.

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New Patent Office Creating Historic Innovation Hub In Denver

The official opening of the new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Denver -- the first such facility west of the Mississippi River -- is creating outlets and opportunities for innovators, entrepreneurs and others with great ideas.

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From Denver to the World: Startups Surging from a Mile High

Denver in 2014 is like an entrepreneurial rocket ship, and in many ways, it's always been like that. Today's leaders have recognized the intersection of the startup mindset and Colorado culture and harnessed the synergy with impressive results. Case in point: Denver Startup Week.

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Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups

Confluence talks with Dave McClure of 500 Startups before his kickoff speech for the third edition of Denver Startup Week. He gives his thoughts on Colorado's startup culture, the impact of Denver Startup Week and hype versus reality.

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Galvanizing Denver, Boulder and Beyond: Tech Hub Expanding

Galvanize, Denver's tech hub for all things entrepreneurial, is expanding in Denver and Boulder. The under-construction Platte Street location in Denver is slated to come online by early 2015, but look for the Boulder Galvanize to open its doors this May.

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A Focus on Regional Collaboration at the Rocky Mountain CitySummit

The fourth annual Rocky Mountain CitySummit is slated to take place in Denver next week. The event is all about connecting, educating and inspiring urban leaders in their city-building efforts in Colorado and beyond.

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Top 10 Denver Feeds on Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube -- there are so many ways to go down the rabbit hole. If you have the time to surf, here are Confluence Denver's picks for the 10 best Denver feeds on social media.

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Can MOOCs Rewire Higher Education?

The MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, might just be the next big thing in education. CU Denver and CSU are getting in the game, and a few colleges are offering real credits. Is this a paradigm shift for education or is the hype overselling the reality?

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Top 10 Denver Startups of All Time

For Denver Startup Week, we pondered a question: What are the greatest startups to ever call Denver home? From burritos and suitcases to software and fishhooks, here are Confluence's picks.

Jim Deters is the founder and CEO of Galvanize, a startup incubator complete with a shared office space and investment branch that works to foster and promote Denver-area startups.

Denver Startup Year: From 2012 to 2013, the Impact of Denver Startup Week

The first Denver Startup Week, held last fall, helped raise the city's profile as a destination for entrepreneurs, startups and those who have the cash to invest in them. Now that the industry is in the middle of the second annual Denver Startup Week, taking place at dozens of venues from Sept. 16-21, what do entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others have to say about the past 12 months, and where do they see the market heading in the future?

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Denver-Based Social Hub Maker Allowing Fans, Businesses To Wayin

In five short months, LoDo-based Wayin has grown into a Twitter-certified company, thanks to a unique social-media hub platform for fans in Denver and other cities. The company is making one high-profile local client happy: the Denver Broncos.

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iTriage: Smoothing the Path from Symptom to Solution

LoDo-based iTriage started in 2008 as a business model sketched out on a piece of paper between two physician friends. Today the Denver-based company counts about 100 employees and a total of nine million downloads of its signature mobile app. iTriage is part of a new wave of businesses targeting the intersection of healthcare and mobile technology, estimated to be worth $10.2 billion globally by 2018.

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Denver Open Media and the Open Media Project: Public Access TV 2.0

Denver Open Media's Tony Shawcross has taken the principles of Wikipedia and applied them to local public-access TV. The concept is gaining traction nationally with the Open Media Project, public-access management software developed in-house.

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One Day @ Shift Workspaces

A day in the life of Shift Workspaces, one of Denver's most stylish and comfortable coworking spots. Resident companies include Bitcount Ltd., TAOpivotUX Magazine and Boutique Apartments.

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Rise of the Rest: It's Not Just Silicon Valley Anymore

From the price of real estate to the 24/7 culture, has Silicon Valley jumped the shark? Ask many keen observers of technology communities from coast to coast, and they'll tell you that 2013 is prime time for startups to bloom in cities like Denver, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and other cities.

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Future Now: 3D Printing in Denver

3D printing might just change the world, and Denver is on the leading edge. In November 2012, Debra Wilcox and Kenton Kuhn recognized the need for a three-dimensional printing shop and opened The 3D Printing Store in northeast Denver. The cutting-edge technology has uses in prototyping and manufacturing, but customers also include artists and hobbyists.

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After Drought, Venture Capital Flowing in Denver

Recent research shows Colorado companies pulled in roughly $560 million in venture capital last year. Although Boulder continues to lead the state in terms of VC interest and activity, Denver is quickly beginning to hold its own in the race to attract high-tech startups and the VC firms willing to invest in those companies.

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Teaching Denver into a New Era: Three Edu-Tech Startups

Through new technology and fresh ideas, several Denver startups are taking education to the next level. CaptainU, Monkey Zone and TAOpivot are bringing new technologies to different niches in education.

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Notes from the Rocky Mountain West Urban Leadership Symposium

The third Rocky Mountain West Urban Leadership Symposium (RMWULS) took place Feb. 27 at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center. The Downtown Denver Partnership served as the host organization for the city-building event's 450 attendees, including a who's who of political, business and civic leaders from all over the Rockies.

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One Day @ Galvanize

A day in the life of Galvanize. The unique coworking facility from Jim Deters, Chris Onan and others is ground zero for Denver's startup boom. Four months in, 68 companies and 250 people are working here, and a who's who of local investors and entrepreneurs keep regular office hours here.

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Making Denver the Next Great Place for Innovation

As the Central Platte Valley's NextGreatPlace reimagines the travel agency for the 21st century, Co-Founders Erik Mitisek and Tom Filippini are bent on making Denver the next great place for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Coworking Community Unites with Denver Coworks

Denver is one of only five cities with a coworking coalition designed to promote its plethora of coworking spaces while also creating a vast coworking community. In December, Denver joined Seattle, Toronto, Boulder and Austin in its efforts to foster a tight group of freelancers via a coworking coalition. 

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Four Sleeper Startups Ready for Your Radar

Denver Startup Week was a little juice in the arm for the city’s thriving startup community, but before Denver Startup Week, there was Denver Startup Weekend, an opportunity for startup wannabes to be. While many startup weekend ideas fell by the wayside, these four companies outlasted the startup frenzy. 

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Crowdfunding Helps Denver's Inventors Raise Funds, Build Community

Thanks to crowdfunding, a new funding source that gathers small funds from many people rather than large funds from a few, Denver’s introverted innovators are turning ideas into profit.


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Building Community One Cubicle Demolition at a Time

Internationally, the number of coworking locations has roughly doubled since 2006. With nearly a dozen coworking spaces, Denver is right in the middle of that trend. But why are entrepreneurs and others choosing to share workspace with strangers?  

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Denver Mobile App Developers on the Heels of the Bay

Denver is an emerging hub for mobile app developers. With more than a billion smartphones, this market has a big appetite and many local shops are hiring and turning away business.
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