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Commons on Champa helped create 47 companies

The Commons on Champa supported 63 entrepreneurs founding 47 companies in its new nine-week business development accelerator program, resulting in ore than 60 new jobs in downtown Denver, according to a report from the Downtown Denver Partnership.

The Commons on Champa is a nationally recognized public entrepreneurship center led by the Downtown Denver Partnership. Its business development accelerator program is called CO.Starters at The Commons.

The 2017-2018 “Commons Impact Report: Another Year at the Intersection of Risk & Reward” features many entrepreneurs who leveraged The Commons programs to develop their businesses in 2017-1018, including Sarah Tuneberg, co-founder and CEO of distaster recovery technology company Geospiza. Tuneberg says the connections she made at The Commons led to her team’s successful application to Techstars, a global accelerator for technology startups where Geospiza attracted the clients and investors she needed to scale the company.

“The CO.Starters at The Commons program took our product from so-so to incredible,” Tuneberg says.

The report also revealed that more than 400 volunteers provided 4,900 volunteers with 2,250 hours of training, counsel, advice and mentorship in the last year at The Commons on Champa, according to the report.

Nearly 30 million Americans are running businesses today, and reports indicate our metropolitan area consistently ranks among the top 10 regions for startup activity, said Jacqui Dietrich, manager of The Commons program.

“Organizations and individuals are increasingly interested in achieving economic and community impact through entrepreneurship,” Dietrich said. “With young companies driving job and wealth creation and economic growth in our region, the Commons serves as a central point of access to the personal, business, financial and community support that entrepreneurs need. We are working to improve the local environment for entrepreneurs to achieve higher rates of startup success and make Denver No. 1 in entrepreneurship.”


Denver Startup Week announces 2017 dates

Denver Startup Week recently announced that it will host the nation's largest free entrepreneurial event in 2017 from Sept. 25 through Sept. 29. In early 2017 the organizations behind the events will offer more details, including things like how to propose session ideas.

The event, which is returning for its sixth year in 2017, has quickly become massive. In 2016 1,334 people signed up to attend the events, which included 306 free programs held throughout downtown Denver aimed spurring and growing the local innovation and entrepreneurship community in the city and state.

"Denver Startup Week is a celebration of entrepreneurship, and the diversity of industries represented allows everyone to learn from outside of their respective 'box,'" says Anthony Franco, founder of Denver startup mcSquares. "There is something in the air here in Denver that is electrifying for founders, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

The organizing committee behind Denver Startup Week includes Galvanize COO Ben Deda, Downtown Denver Partnership CEO Tami Door and Executive Director of the University of Denver's Project X-ITE Erik Mitisek. They announced the new dates on Nov. 15, which the Obama Administration named National Entrepreneurship Day this year, in recognition of entrepreneurs across the country. 

"National Entrepreneurship Day was designated with a call to action to support budding entrepreneurs, and tap into the diverse skills and talents of the entrepreneurial community to create businesses of the 21st century. It seemed only fitting that we leverage this day to announce that Denver Startup Week will return for a sixth year as one of the best resources in the nation for those looking to start or grow a business," Deda says.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Denver proposes dedicated fund for affordable housing

On July 13, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilwoman Robin Kniech introduced the details of the city's plan to create funding to support affordable housing.

Pending approval by Denver City Council, the funding will be generated by way of development fees and property taxes. Over the next 10 years, the new funding stream could generate $150 million, allowing for the construction of 6,000 new homes for low- to moderate-income families in the city and catalyze thousands of jobs in the process.

"There is no more important a priority in Denver right now than affordable housing," Mayor Hancock said. "In my state of the city speech yesterday, I spoke about the thousands of people who lack the simple advantages so many of us take for granted, like a place to call home. Home ownership gives families a foundation to build equity, build wealth and build a life. This is a fair, balanced and modest approach to address one of the most pressing problems facing Denver today."

The proposal from the mayor's office are expected to cost residential property owners $1 a month and commercial property owners $145 annually for every $1 million worth of commercial valuation. It also would establish a one-time development fee on new construction projects collected when a project receives its building permit. Residential construction fees for single-family homes will carry a 60 cent per square foot fee and multi-family homes will carry a $1.50 per square foot fee. Industrial projects will pay a 40 cents per square foot fee and retail, hotel and other commercial development will pay a $1.70 per square foot fee.

"By pairing a small portion of the property tax revenue that Denver voters approved almost four years ago with what would be one of the lowest one-time fees on new residential and commercial development in the nation, our broader community will be coming together with a sector of the economy generating some of the demand to create a bold solution for affordable housing in Denver," Kniech contended.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Denver Startup Week receives proposals for nearly 1,000 sessions

The organizers of Denver Startup Week received a total of 944 proposals for sessions in 2016. Until July 15, people can vote on which sessions they want to see and attend at the annual event being held this year from Sept. 12 to 16.

"We continue to be blown away by the support for those looking to start and grow a business in our community," said Erik Mitisek, executive director of Project X-ITE at the University of Denver and co-founder of Denver Startup Week. "This level of community engagement and support for Denver Startup Week is proof positive that downtown Denver is the best place to start and grow a business."

The proposals received this year represent a significant, 76 percent increase over the 535 proposals received last year. Voters chose 235 sessions for last year's startup week, which ultimately was attended by nearly 11,000 people. Given the number of proposals submitted to the event this year it's likely even more will attend than last year.

"Now it's up to our attendees to tell us what they will value most by voting on their favorite sessions," said Ben Deda, chief operating officer at Galvanize. "There is no doubt that Denver Startup Week attendees receive unmatched quality of programming to support their business growth."

Entrepreneurs and likely attendees and others can vote for the sessions they want to attend at Denver Startup Week 2016 in one of six categories: Founder, Growth, Maker, Product, Designer and Developer. Organizers say the final program will support all industries and stages of business. Vote at www.denverstartupweek.org.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Denver Startup Week seeks proposals for 2016 event

Calling all entrepreneurs! The nation's largest free entrepreneurial event, Denver Startup Week, is seeking your proposals for its fifth annual event. The event, which takes over the heart of Denver's innovation and business incubation centers like The Commons on Champa and Galvanize, is being held Sept. 12-16, 2016.

Now is your chance to influence what will be discussed at this year's event by submitting a session proposal, but hurry up: Organizers are accepting submissions through June 15.

The event, which began in 2012 has quickly ballooned. Last year 10,875 people registered to attend 235 sessions, explains event coordinator Brea Olson of the Downtown Denver Partnership. "We are expecting to exceed that number this year," she adds.

"We continue to look for quality and diverse sessions across all of our tracks: Founder, Growth, Designer, Developer, Maker, and Product," Olson says. "We’re also looking for sessions that appeal to a range of industries and at various stages of business."

Denver Startup Week has received more than 200 proposals for sessions for the 2016 event. "Last year, we had more than 520 total submissions and we are looking to meet or exceed that number again this year," Olson asserts.

"We will open up voting to finalize the program in the coming weeks," Olson says, explaining the next steps. People can register to attend the free events starting in August.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Entrepreneurs assemble: Denver Startup Week passes 10,000 attendees

Denver Startup Week surpassed more than 10,000 registered attendees this week. That’s roughly triple the amount of people who registered for the first startup week in 2012. It also makes it the largest free entrepreneurial event in the country.

The event has proven more popular every year, drawing not only more attendees but also more sessions and bigger names. This year the entrepreneur’s festival had more than 230 separate events. That's up from 70 in its first year.

But if you’re worried the action stops with the end of Denver Startup Week today, don’t. On Oct. 9 next week the the Colorado chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization is hosting the Rocky Mountain Entrepreneurial Summit at the Hyatt Regency by the Convention Center. This event, however, isn't free. Tickets are $395 a pop, which includes four tickets to The Motet and Flobots at a private show at Red Rocks.

This summit features Lance Armstrong, Aron Ralston, Amy Van Dyken, John Jacobs, Brad Feld and other local and national business leaders. It's a long day of sessions, too, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. at Red Rocks.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Guerrilla Gravity wins $30K JumpStart BizPlan award

Denver-based mountain bike fabricator Guerrilla Gravity took home the top JumpStart BizPlan Award from the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED). The company won $30,000 and consulting services aimed at helping the company grow

"Denver has become a mecca for innovation, where the next generation of startups are growing and reaching new heights here each and every day," says Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "We're proud to celebrate the best and brightest business ideas emerging out of Denver, and to shine a spotlight on the importance of our small business community."

Guerrilla Gravity, which manufactures at its retail bike shop, offers customized mountain bikes in a direct to consumer business model. The OED says that a wide variety of companies applied to the JumpStart competition, Among them were companies involved in healthcare, manufacturing, technology and consumer electronics, apparel, as well as retailers and restaurants.

Guerrilla Gravity competed with finalists Arthroventions and Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag for the award and additional services as part of Denver Startup Week events. Each of the three businesses presented their business plans and answered questions before a panel of business experts. The event was presented by Deloitte and U.S. Bank. In addition to the cash prize Guerrilla Gravity will receive legal counsel from Polsinelli, strategic marketing services from dovetail solutions, and entrepreneurship mentoring from TiE Rockies and Rockies Venture Club.

In addition to the JumpStart awards, OED and its partners also hosted a junior entrepreneurs. Sport Cabanas, a startup created by Chris Cordova and Janeth Mancha, won the TeenBiz Plan Award. The company offers tent rentals and setups for youth sporting events. The co-owners won a $5,000 cash prize.

"Today's event is proof positive that there is no shortage of great entrepreneurial ideas sprouting from Denver's youth," asserts OED Executive Director Paul Washington. "The future of our small business market is sure to remain strong thanks to the  healthy pipeline of ideas and innovations sparking across generations."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

High-growth Denver Gazelles honored by city

On Sept. 28, the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) named its Denver Gazelles,  successful, high-growth companies with the potential for more growth. All of the honorees, Altitude Digital, Four Winds Interactive, ProtectWise and Wayin, are tech companies. It's both the fourth year for Denver Startup Week and Denver Gazelles.

"We want the venture capital community to recognize that something special is happening in Denver," explains Paul Washington, OED executive director. "We're proud to celebrate entrepreneurism through the Denver Gazelles. These firms are widely recognized as companies on a path of growth and each will have a remarkable exit strategy."

The oldest of the awardees, Four Winds Interactive, is  10 years old. That company, which offers digital interactive communications services and software, has 325 employees in Denver and more than 5,000 clients across the world ranging from hospitals to stadiums.

The youngest of the companies honored this year, ProtectWise, was founded in April 2013. That company is a network security firm offering the Cloud Network DVR, a tool that records network information with what it calls a virtual camera. it allows its users see threats in real time and go review the traffic to discover any previously unknown threats. The company has raised more than $17 million is led by former employees of McAfee, IBM, Mandiant and Proofpoint. It's been named to Network World's list of "10 Security Start-Ups to Watch" and a 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Security Services.

Altitude Digital, a digital media company, is a bootstrapping success story. Founder Jeremy Ostermiller started the company in 2009 with just $500. Now it has 90 employees and is recognized as one of the fastest growing video advertising technology companies in the world. For the past four years it's been one of Inc.'s 500|5000 Top Private Companies in America and received other awards.

The fourth company recognized as a Denver Gazelle this year is Wayin, another digital marketing company that's focused on integrating social media with marketing. The Denver-based company was founded in 2010 and has 61 employees.

The office will celebrate the 2015 awardees and host a panel discussion with them and former awardees at Denver Startup Week's Basecamp on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. It also produced a video featuring interviews with the current and past honorees.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.


Multiple events at Denver Startup Week drawing more than 500 attendees

If anything shows the popularity of entrepreneurship and innovation in Denver it’s Denver Startup Week, which will draw thousands of people to events Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. A full 10 of the more than 230 events are set to draw more more than 500 people -- and not just the parties!

What’s likely to be the most attended session is the Startup Job Fair being held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 29. Nearly 800 people have registered to attend the event. The job fair will feature local startups in hiring mode seeking the best candidates. It’s a job-seeker's paradise.

The kick-off breakfast in the Seawall Ballroom on Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. is expected to draw more than 750 people as well, according to Brea Olson, a spokesperson for event co-coordinator Denver Downtown Partnership. The breakfast is a free (but ticketed) event and will feature Senior Vice President of Oracle Data Cloud Eric Roza as its keynote speaker. He led the transformation of Datalogix into the big data company that Oracle purchased earlier this year.

Other speakers at the breakfast will include: Galvanize Founder and CEO Jim Deters, Revolar CEO and Founder Jacqueline Ros and Artifact Uprising co-founders Jenna Walker and Katie Thurmes.

The Women Who Startup Summit, hosted by more than 1,000-strong group Women Who Startup, also is expected draw more than 750 attendees. The summit will occur Sept. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Galvanize in the Golden Triangle. That event will include many angel investors and CEOs of women-led companies. Among them are Silvia Travesani, co-founder of Be Visible and Alicia Robb, a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Other events expected to draw big crowds, according to Olson. They include:

  • TechCrunch Denver Meetup + Pitch Off on Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Galvanize LoDo.
  • Bootstrapping a company from $0 to $1 Million/yr in Revenue being held Sept. 29 at the  Jake Jabs Center at CU Denver from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • SEO, PPC, and Social Media: The trifecta of digital strategy, take 2 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at The Commons on Champa.
  • Becoming an Influencer being held at Galvanize LoDo from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.
  • Women Who Launch on Sept. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Galvanize LoDo.
  • How to Write Killer Copy and Connect with Customers at Galvanize LoDo on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Structuring Equity Compensation for Founders and Employees at Otten Johnson from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Those are just the top 10 events -- there are more than 220 others.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

The Commons on Champa to dive into Denver Startup Week with extended services, events

In coordination with Denver Startup Week from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, The Commons on Champa is extending its free advisory services and other resources for startups and entrepreneurs. The Commons also will host four different events in downtown Denver during the week.

The Commons on Champa, a public-private collaboration between the City of Denver, the Colorado Technology Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership, launched earlier this year to make more public resources available to the startup community. It's sort of a startup university where the community can learn and share ideas.

During Startup Week OED will offer free business and entrepreneur consultations at its extension office, OED@Commons on the second floor of the building. The consultations will be available both by appointment and on a walk-in basis. The Commons says that representatives from the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, KivaZip, the Denver Public Library and now, Innosphere will be available to offer advisory services.

Perhaps most exciting for entrepreneurs will be the 2015 JumpStart BizPlan Finals. The competition is being held on Sept. 28 helping to kick off Startup Week with a $30,000 pot for the winner. Three finalists will compete for the award. The event also will include an award offered by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., the Teen BizPlan Award.

The Commons also will host a number of off-campus events, including the Denver Business Expo on Sept. 29 at the Wellington Webb Building atrium on 201 W. Colfax. The expo will host city agencies, local business support groups, nonprofits and banks. Based on Colorado and Denver's active lifestyle, The Commons is hosting the Building the Active Lifestyle Industry segment of Startup Week on Sept. 29 at Ink Monstr's office at 2721 W. Holden Pl. The event will feature Mike Maloney (KOTA Longboards), Will Montague (Guerilla Gravity) and others.

On Oct. 1, The Commons will host Get Engaged! Civic Involvement for Small Companies as the Wellington Web building. The event will focus on how startups can engage in community-building while building their brand locally.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Kapow opens Denver office to coordinate corporate events

Kapow Events, a corporate events marketplace, opened a Denver office to help coordinate marketing and events for Fortune 500 companies. The new office will help facilitate events with local establishments like restaurants, sport and music venues and more.

"Our platform makes the process of planning corporate events easier and more efficient so companies such as HP, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines can take their client entertainment to the next level," said Marc Halpin, CEO of Kapow Events. “We're excited to bring our platform to Denver and partner with some of the hottest restaurants and entertainment venues in the country.” 

The company says its services cost no more than booking directly with the locations. It allows companies to enter their planned budget, number of people attending and then let's them choose from a number of events and experiences. Kapow says events can range from sushi rolling to more traditional dinners to scavenger hunts, indoor skydiving or concerts.

On the other side of the platform its partners like restaurants and venues can use Kapow to schedule, manage and accept events -- even if they didn't book the events via Kapow's tools. As such the company's platform helps provide venues with additional marketing tools and can help fill unused private event space.

The company has been expanding and now has 170 employees across 17 U.S. cities and already has started hiring in Denver.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Denver Startup Week 2015 open for submissions

The 2015 edition of Denver Startup Week is open for event submissions until May 31. It's the third year for the event, which takes place across Denver in offices, collaborative workspaces, breweries and other locations.

In soliciting submissions, the organizers said they're making some changes. "This year, we are doing things a little differently and making the focus on you, the individual," explain the organizers, including the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Colorado Technology Association, and a host of growing Denver startups. "How can Denver Startup Week make you a better founder, developer, product manager, marketer, salesperson, designer or maker?" 

Denver Startup Week is looking for workshops, keynotes and panel ideas that fit into one or more of six categories: founder, developer, product, growth, designer and manufacturer.

Tracks will cover traditional startup topics like developing products and going to market, as well as developing a team. They will also focus on taking young businesses to the next level through marketing and sales.

Other tracks will focus on more IT-specific needs, given the thriving nature of the IT community in Denver and Boulder. Those tracks will focus on back end architecture, APIs and more. Other events will focus on local designers and makers who are creating everything from 3D printers to craft beer to skis.

Learn more about the tracks and make submissions at www.denverstartupweek.org.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

State of Downtown Denver 2015 has plenty to praise

Last year, downtown Denver saw $1 billion in investments through completed projects. In 2015, that figure is expected to nearly double to $1.9 billion. That's just one key takeaway from the State of Downtown Denver 2015 event, hosted by the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) on March 24.

There was a host of data showing the recent successes of Denver and how the city is poised to keep growing -- for instance, residential population has grown 165 percent since 2010. "In order to ensure future success we need to understand what we did right to get us where we are today," explained DDP CEO Tami Door at the event.

"Last year, we welcomed 16 new companies in downtown. These companies, many of them having significant national and international brands, further endorse downtown Denver as a key business hubs," said Door, noting that many companies attributed their choices to Denver's premiere workforce, its mobility options for employees and the overall cool factor of the city center.

Door added that Denver is attracting significant amounts of Millennials, which is important to the city's future. "As we go forward two Baby Boomers will retire for each new employee entering the workforce," she explained. "This is not just a battle to get companies to move to our cities. this a battle to get the right type of workers here."

"We are quickly becoming recognized as a premier entrepreneurial hub," Door said. "Right now, we have 370 tech startups located in the core of downtown. These companies employ 3,000 individuals. That number is growing and is growing very fast."

Craftsy was one of those startups. Founder and CEO John Levisay explained that the company started in 2010 with four founders. "We're now over 260 employees and have 50 open jobs," he said. "It's been a great ride. When we were starting the company our primary investors told us we'd have to move the company to California, there wasn't enough talent here. We disagreed. We wanted to make this a Colorado company and we were committed to that and we still are."

In his comments Levisay attributed much of Denver's success in launching such companies to Denver's evolution into a commuter-friendly, city with ample access to travel options, among other things. For instance, 60 percent of Craftsy's employees take public transport, bike or walk to work, he said.

"Downtown Denver has done everything right in terms of urban planning, urban infill and residential for young employees," Levisay added. "Cost of commercial real estate and access to it is very reasonable. The engineering talent here is very strong."

Levisay also credited the success to Denver's unique "collective zeitgeist" that encompasses established companies in the region talking with startups. "Ten years from now, we'll be amazed as we get some startups that evolve into escape velocity and really achieve iconic stature."

Read the annual State of Downtown Denver report here.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

CLIMB helps Ivy League students intern with Denver companies

CLIMB (Colorado Leaders, Interns and Mentors in Business), a program developed and run on a volunteer basis by alumni of Ivy League schools, is celebrating its 10th year this fall. The internship program helps students from Yale, Middlebury, MIT, Stanford, Brown and Harvard get internships in Denver.

"We thought students should have more options than just California in terms of careers," says CLIMB President Micah Gurard-Levin, a volunteer for the program who works at Liberty Global. He was also an intern in the program in 2008. "We thought that bringing students to Denver would be a great way to showcase what Denver had to offer in terms of lifestyles and companies that are here."

"In 10 years, we've had about 15 students move here full time," Gurard-Levin says. He explains that some of the students in the program are first year student and not set on their career path, others may change their careers as they go forward in school.

"College students benefit from all sorts of career development opportunities to explore things they like or may end up not liking," adds Gurard-Levin, contending it's important for the students. "The second piece is helping companies in Colorado attract new talent to their companies and helping them expand beyond the relationships they already have with the some of the great schools that are here in Denver and in Colorado."

The program, which is now seeking companies to place interns with for summer 2015, according to Gurard-Levin. It has expanded with new companies and has even worked with startups operating out of Galvanize. "We realize the growth in the startup industry here in Denver and its a great fit. Grads and college students are really excited about entrepreneurialism and they want to be joining companies that have a great culture and are doing exciting things. We also work with large companies and nonprofits and medical and science research as well."

Interns in the CLIMB program stay in a dorm together. The $3,000 internships, including housing, are paid for by the sponsoring companies, according to Gurard-Levin. During their stay from May to August, they have a chance to be mentored, learn from guest speakers and go out and enjoy Colorado's outdoor activities like hiking and rafting.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

New TidBitts platform gives fans access to exclusive content from their favorites

TidBitts is a new, nationwide platform developed in Denver that connects people with exclusive content from their favorites, whether they are authors, athletes and thought leaders. No matter the content, whether it's video, words or something else, the vignettes are exclusive to the platform and fans can get access to the content for a monthly fee of 99 cents per subscription.

"We were thinking it would be fun to get daily dinner-table conversation topics sent to you," explains Brad Greenwald, TidBitts founder and CEO.

An adjunct professor at DU's Daniels School of Business and a former Time Warner executive, Greenwald says the bite-sized vignettes on the platform are supposed to be short -- like 60-second videos -- that might provide topics of conversation around the dinner table. The content is pushed out through emails and notifications via Android and iOS apps. 

For content creators, the platform makes it easier to connect with readers and viewers and offers a potential new revenue stream. "We know there’s a push for the top-quality content creators to generate revenue from their content," Greenwald says. "The newspaper industry shows that you can’t live on adverting alone." He likens the service to streaming services, noting, "There used to be free radio, but Pandora and similar offerings like that show that people will pay for quality content."

TidBitts is proving popular with content providers already. It launched just a few short weeks ago, but within the second week the number of authors, celebrities and experts registered to publish on the platform surged to 180. Among those already registered on the platform are former Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Jeff Blake. Greenwald says the TidBitts content producers also include college admissions advisors who worked at Princeton and Stanford, and are offering advice through the service that could cost parents thousands of dollars.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.
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