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P2Binvestor's Ex-Factor featured on Product Hunt

Product Hunt showcased Denver-based P2Binvestor's Ex-Factor platform.

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We've been in market almost 18 months with our line of credit product and today we launched Ex-Factor which is a tech platform designed to help business owners of cool products get much better financing—financing that meets them where they are. 

This platform we've developed makes it easy not to just to get a loan, but to manage a loan. To understand what you're actually paying, stay on top of the accounting, and make sure you always have the funding you need as you grow.

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Realtor.com spotlights legal marijuana and real estate prices

"Is legal marijuana catalyzing higher housing costs in Denver?" asks Realtor.com.

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"There has been a huge bump in real estate prices due to the legalization of marijuana," James Paine, managing partner at West Realty Advisors, told CNN Money in June. "It's massively pushed up raw land and industry prices."

But, they said back then, it was still "relatively affordable."

And what about now? The median home price in Denver, $350,500, is up 15.9% from this time last year. Vacancy rates in all sectors -- residential, commercial, industrial -- are all down, and so is unemployment. Home sales are up 3.1% from last year.

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WSJ covers Great Divide founder's cycling passion

The Wall Street Journal reported on Great Divide Brewing Company founder Brian Dunn's passion for cyclocross.

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Brian Dunn, founder and president of Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver, has many friends who share his enthusiasm for biking, whether it's a hard mountain-bike ride or a long road ride full of steep climbs.

And afterward, many of them share his enthusiasm for an ice-cold beer. "Nothing tastes better after a ride," Mr. Dunn says.

Mr. Dunn's brewery has sponsored the Great Divide Brewing Racing Team, a Colorado masters road and cyclocross bike team, for the past 15 years. “Everyone on the team drinks beer,” says Mr. Dunn. "And based on how fast some of the guys ride, I'd say beer is healthy."

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NY Times looks at Westin DIA

The New York Times looked at the Westin Denver International Airport in a feature about new airport hotel complexes nationwide.

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In Denver, finishing touches are being applied to a 14-story hotel with 519 guest rooms and 37,000 square feet of conference space.

The effort included the creation of an open-air plaza and a commuter rail station next to the hotel. Early guests will still rely on cabs, buses and cars to get around. The rail system is not expected to be in operation until next spring.

Efficiencies are built into the project. Rooms will be equipped with a keyless entry system. Members of the Starwood loyalty program can download an app on a mobile device, receive their room number in a text or email and bypass the front desk.

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Inc. spotlights 10 fastest-growing companies in Denver

Inc. published a piece on Denver's fastest-growing companies from its annual Inc. 500 list.

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10. Tender Belly

At No. 698, this company is bringing home the bacon -- in more ways than one. A specialty pork seller, Tender Belly has a 2014 revenue of $4.3 million and a three-year growth rate of 649 percent. Co-founder Shannon Duffy credits a foodie culture in Denver for Tender Belly's success. "I think that one of the reasons it blossomed out here is that people appreciate more good stuff, and less crap," he says.

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Top U.S. market for female attorneys: Denver

Above the Law reported Denver is the top market for women attorneys to make partner at their firms.

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Here are the top 10 markets with the highest percentage of women partners (with percentage of women partners indicated parenthetically):
  1. Denver (28.1%)
  2. Detroit area (26%)
  3. San Francisco (25.7%)
  4. Seattle area (25.4%)
  5. Minneapolis (24.9%)
  6. Miami (24.4%)
  7. Ft. Lauderdale/W. Palm Beach (24%)
  8. Wilmington (23.8%)
  9. Milwaukee (23%)
  10. Portland, OR area (23%)
Here are the top 10 markets with the highest percentage of minority partners (with percentage of minority partners indicated parenthetically):
  1. Miami (29.5%)
  2. San Jose area (15.3%)
  3. Los Angeles area (13.8%)
  4. Orange Co., CA (13.2%)
  5. Austin (12%)
  6. San Francisco (11.9%)
  7. Houston (9.9%)
  8. Seattle area (9.4%)
  9. San Diego (9.3%)
  10. Northern Virginia (8.5%)
We know that diversity returns a premium on every conceivable level. So what makes markets like Denver, Detroit, Seattle, and the Florida region better than average at promoting gender equality in the partnership ranks? What makes Miami, the California area, Austin, and Seattle better than average at promoting diversity in the partnership ranks? Why are there considerable variations in measures of racial diversity amongst partners in the 40 cities represented in the directory?

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Denver architect Marcus Farr up for film award

Marcus Farr, founder of Denver-based FARR-OARS research studio, is a finalist for the American Institute of Architects' I Look Up Film Challenge for the short film, "Cradle to Cradle," a look at architectural product life cycles.

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Hosted by AIA, the Look Up Film Challenge was created to unite both storytellers and the architectural community to share the inspiring stories on the impact of our built world. The following 13 films are the finalists in this creative collaboration and film competition. Now it’s up to you to decide who the People's Choice Award winner is.

See the video and vote here.

Wisconsin State Journal probes "peak beer" at GABF

The Wisconsin State Journal probed the idea of "peak beer" at Denver's annual Great American Beer Festival.

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There are a lot of places to get a sense of how awesome the craft beer world is right now: the bottle shops, overflowing with new beers; the business pages, with story after story of expansion; the want ads, burgeoning with new positions in small breweries; a barstool, one of my favorites.

But nothing brings it home like the Great American Beer Festival.

The ultimate beerfest, put on by the Brewers Association, this year featured more than 3,500 beers being poured by more than 750 breweries Sept. 24-26. The judging portion of the festival saw more than 240 judges evaluating more than 6,800 beers and bestowing honors in 92 style categories, including eight Wisconsin brews. In a letter in the GABF program, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock described it as "the largest collection of beer on tap in the history of the world" -- again -- and about 60,000 people passed through the doors of the sleek downtown Colorado Convention Center.

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ABA BookWeb spotlights BookBed B&B in Denver

The American Booksellers Association's BookWeb reported on the soon-to-open BookBed B&B in the Berkeley neighborhood.

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Later this fall, Denver, Colorado's BookBar is opening BookBed, a book-themed bed and breakfast, as part of an extensive store expansion.

BookBed will serve as stylish and comfortable lodging for book lovers, authors, and writers visiting the Denver area. "BookBed will complement BookBar by giving our out-of-town authors a place to stay, while hopefully at the same time luring in authors who might not otherwise know of us," said store owner Nicole Sullivan.

Sullivan's aim is to have the space mostly completed in time for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Fall Discovery Show, which is being held in Denver on October 8-10. A formal open house will invite the community in to see the fully finished bed and breakfast on November 6.

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Vogue "artsplains" upcoming Fritz Scholder DAM exhibit

Vogue's Artsplainer took on the upcoming Fritz Scholder exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, "Super Indian," opening Oct. 4.

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In 2008, the National Museum of the American Indian mounted a retrospective of the work of the 20th-century Figurative artist Fritz Scholder. It titled the show "Indian/Not Indian," referring to the identity question at the heart of Scholder’s work. Scholder, who died in 2005, was a quarter Luiseño, a registered member of the tribe, with a father who worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But at points in his career Scholder denied the significance of that Native American heritage. He also made the claim that he would never paint Indians, and then proceeded to spend more than a decade immersed in his "Indian" series, vibrant portraits that depicted Native Americans in contemporary settings -- a buffalo dancer eating an ice cream cone, say, or a man holding a can of Coors -- that cast off the romantic overlay long dominating the portrayal of Native American subjects in American art.

It was a revolutionary move, and one that was controversial. "He was really there at the moment that American Indian art started to shift," explains John Lukavic, a curator at the Denver Art Museum, where another Scholder show, "Super Indian," opens this weekend. "Prior forms of American Indian art were in some ways formulaic. People expected to see certain things, it had to look a certain way in order for people to recognize it or accept it as American Indian art. He really started breaking the conventions."

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Tech Cocktail chronicles Denver Startup Week

Tech Cocktail covered a few of the high points of the second day of the 2015 installment of  Denver Startup Week.

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At one point today I pulled out my phone expecting to see the clock ticking around 10:00 AM, but I was floored to see it was past 12 noon. Where did the first half of the day go? Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and the Denver Startup Week content was, obviously, fixating.

Everything began with the "How To Write Killer Copy And Connect With Customers" session at Galvanize. In fact, it was hosted by a crew of Galvanize’s own: Mark Saldana -- Marketing Manager, Bo Moore -- Storyteller and former WIRED writer, and Dynelle Abeyta -- Content Producer.

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What really blows my mind about Denver Startup Week is that, despite having over 215 events, sessions, keynotes, and panels planned, everything seems to go off without a hitch. So, after day two, I wanted to salute the hard work of all the people behind the scenes who operate the light boards, setup the events, and keep the schedule flowing forward – without them none of us could enjoy this rich content. Thank you to all, I’m looking forward to yet another fun filled day.

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CleanTechnica showcases green retrofit at Byron Rogers building

CleanTechnica showcased an impressive energy-efficient retrofit at the Byron Rogers building in downtown Denver.

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The Byron Rogers building, located in downtown Denver and owned by the U.S. General Services Administration, is a model of how deep energy retrofits can create more efficient, financially valuable, and more productive workspaces.

The anticipated building energy use savings when compared to ASHRAE 90.1 2007 is expected to be 55 percent, which equates to approximately $500,000 per year in savings. Many of the strategies developed and implemented laid the groundwork toward the 2030 net-zero benchmarks. Now that the building is fully occupied, these savings can be verified. The building uses several leading edge and synergistic energy conservation measures, including chilled beams, a thermal storage system, superinsulated walls and windows, and LEDs.

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Forbes spotlights Punch Bowl Social

Forbes covered the punch cocktails at  Denver's Punch Bowl Social for National Punch Day. (Is that a real holiday?)

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Patrick Williams would like to see punch get some respect. As beverage director of Punch Bowl Social, he and his team are working hard to punch a cocktail customers will order on a regular basis, and not just during National Punch Day (September 20).

Interest in punch is rising. Punch Bowl Social, started in Denver by Entrepreneur Robert Thompson in 2012, has locations in Austin, Detroit and Portland. It's opening one in Cleveland this Saturday, September 19 (right before National Punch Day) and Chicago will see one next year in neighboring suburb Schaumburg.

"As the prohibition-style drinks came into popularity the last five to 10 years, other styles of drinks that aren't so booze-forward are gaining popularity," says Williams. "Tiki and punch are two forms that will continue to grow."

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Commercial Property Executive reports on RiNo project

Commercial Property Executive reported on a mixed-use project at 35th and Larimer streets in Denver's RiNo Art District.

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Working on behalf of borrower Littleton Capital PartnersHFF has secured $9.5 million in financing for the development of 35th and Larimer, less than one mile away from downtown Denver. An HFF team led by Managing Director Josh Simon and Associate Director Leon McBroom placed the three-year, floating-rate construction loan with a regional bank.

Designed by Humphries Poli Architects and developed by Littleton Capital Partners, the project is scheduled for completion in June 2016, and will feature a mix of residential and retail space on a historically industrial block. Drahota -- A Bryan Construction company serves as general contractor.

"The flourishing arts community in the RiNo district has been conscientious about acknowledging the area's industrial roots, even as it's been transitioning to a cultural center," Drahota President Terry Drahota said in a statement. "This project respects that notion and we will be offering living and working space to a growing population."

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AP covers weed tax holiday in Denver

The Associated Press reported on the pot tax holiday in Denver.

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The tax break is happening because Colorado underestimated overall state tax collections last year. Under the state Constitution, the accounting error triggers an automatic suspension of any new taxes -- in this case, the recreational marijuana taxes voters approved in 2013.

Retailers are hoping for big crowds, rolling out bargains to attract shoppers. The state had no estimate on how many shoppers might turn out.

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