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Gizmodo trips out on experimental Denver light-rail film

Gizmodo showcased a psychedelic film made with a scanner on Denver's light rail.


Metro is Chris Coleman’s daily commute on the Denver Light Rail as seen by a handheld digital scanner hooked up to a laptop he strapped to himself. 

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OhHeckYeah launches Kickstarter campaign

OhHeckYeah launched a Kickstarter campaign to create an interactive arcade in downtown Denver in 2014.


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Thrillist pits Denver against Boulder

Denver's Adam Cayton-Holland and Boulder's Hippieman defend their fair cities and creatively critique the other's on Thrillist.


6. The People 

Denver's Adam Cayton-Holland: Hmm, where do I even begin? A bunch of state-school steak-heads raging for four years straight, and a bunch of aging Naropa pseudo-Buddhists trying to creepily [make sweet love to] their grad students during peyote ceremonies, or a thriving city-on-the-rise bursting with entrepreneurs and forward-thinking creative types that attracts the cream of the crop from four or more states, in pretty much every direction? Gee, I have no idea which group of people I prefer. 

Boulder's Hippieman: I'm a Boulder native, and I don't like to go hard after people (unless I'm in the bedroom), but I will say that I prefer weed over alcohol, and Denver seems to run on alcohol. As a pedestrian in LoDo at night, I'm always running into drunks, and drunks are always (literally) running into me. It's like a bad gameshow where you get extra points if you tag a hippie. I'll be the first to say that Boulder's residents have an air of pretension and superiority, but I still prefer those people to the ones I find in Denver. In Boulder, I can't walk a block without getting a hug... or a dimebag.

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Hyperflesh's "Breaking Bad" mask goes viral

Landon Meier of Denver's Hyperflesh went viral after Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad wore his Walter White mask at Comic-Con. Everyone from Stephen Colbert to Business Insider to Jimmy Fallon featured it.


Bryan Cranston wore the best costume to Comic-Con.

The actor dressed up as his "Breaking Bad" character complete with a Heisenberg mask and no one knew.

According to AMC, he walked the floors of the San Diego Convention Center and blended right in with the crowd.

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NY Times blogs about Biennial of the Americas

The New York Times highlighted the art of the Biennial of the Americas, kicking off this week in Denver.


Carson Chan, one of four curators, is no stranger to art biennials in unexpected places: the Berlin resident, who was born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, was behind the successful resurrection of last year's Marrakech Biennale. For Denver, the 33-year-old decided to take the art out of the museum and into the streets. Under the title "Draft Urbanism," 30 artists are turning downtown Denver into a two-month-long outdoor exhibition that will include artwork on billboards and public signage by Julieta Aranda, James Franco, Cyprien Gaillard, Liam Gillick, Laurel Nakadate, Jeremy Shaw, Isabella Rozendaal and more. The show will also include large-scale urban installations by four different architecture studios. Shortly before the opening, Chan discussed the peculiarities of Colorado’s capital and why this may be the first biennial with its own beer.

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Challenge Cup pegs Denver for global startup competition

The Challenge Cup has tentatively picked Denver to be one of 16 host cities for its global startup competition this fall.


Starting in October, the Challenge Cup will include pitch competitions in 16 cities around the world. Startups will vie to be finalists in the categories of health, education, energy, and city challenges (like transportation or government) – some of the stickiest and most crucial issues facing society today. The Challenge Cup is supported partly by a $180,000 grant from the District of Columbia.

Tech Cocktail will host the US events, which tentatively include San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, and DC. We’ll also be covering the eight events abroad, tentatively including London, Berlin, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Mumbai, Beijing, and Sao Paulo.

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The Beat reviews Denver Comic Con 2013

The Beat says the explosive growth and popularity of Denver Comic Con overwhelmed the event in 2013.


On the upside, many of the con attendees (and a tremendous number in cosplay) are actually being patient and simply biding their time to make the best of it.They are very excited to be at DCC and enjoying the whole fandom experience of a new con in Colorado.

I’ve never abandoned a con before, but today it happened. When I finally gained access to the panel hallways, with minutes to spare, in order to cover them as a journalist, I found that the panels I was looking for had been cancelled or moved to a later time. Looking at the waits to get onto the floor (unprecedented in my experience of quite a number of cons), it wasn’t worth the suffering in my opinion. I’ll try again later, but for now the massive, speedy growth of Denver Comic Con has defeated its best intentions and also for now, defeated my own enthusiasm for con-going. It’s only Saturday midday out here in Denver, and things may improve, but as a journalist, I’m not getting much done in what I came here to do.

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104 West's Patrick Ward counters Kevin Leu at VentureBeat

Patrick Ward, CEO of Denver's 104 West, touts the benefits of PR firms to startups in a post for VentureBeat. Ward's post is a response to Kevin Leu's earlier post warning startups that PR firms are not worth the cost.


Here’s a fun fact: According to a Pew study a few years ago (and it’s absolutely trending this way even more now), about 10 companies represent more than 40 percent of all tech press coverage. You know which companies they are; they're in the press every day.

So guess what, your media chances just got sliced almost in half. Moral of the story: you had better find another way to communicate with your audiences. The good PR agencies are doing just that. But if a client insists on making buggy whips, well guess what, we’re going to show them how many horses there are on the street. And I can guarantee you, the most carefully crafted ideas -- at this time when communications are undergoing such rapid change -- are not going to come from the PR manager at your new startup.

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John Rumley launches Late Night Denver

Onetime Slim Cessna's Auto Club mamber John Rumley has launched an eccentric take on the variety show with the monthly Late Night Denver.

The second show came out March 2.

Financial Times looks at BrightNest

RiNo-based BrightNest was name-checked in the Financial Times.


For the total virtual management of your home, BrightNest is the innovation of choice.

BrightNest is a free online service based in Denver, Colorado, that reminds you to test your fire alarms, water the plants, bathe your pets and perform practically any other task related to domestic upkeep. Using data that you input yourself, such as the location of your house and information about your family and appliances, BrightNest creates a customised schedule to help you manage your home; you just have to follow it.

Justin Anthony, chief executive of BrightNest, co-founded the company in November 2011 as part of the 500 Startups development programme in Silicon Valley, California. Since launching the site at the beginning of last year, Anthony estimates that more than 25,000 registered users have created home profiles.
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Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab touts I-News-Rocky Mountain PBS merger

The Nieman Journalism Lab likes what it sees with the merger of I-News and Rocky Mountain PBS.


In Colorado, several news outlets are making a partnership a little more permanent. I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, Rocky Mountain PBS, and radio station KUVO are merging to create a cross-platform news operation that can better cover the state. The newly combined newsroom will continue the investigative focus that has been the mission of I-News since it was founded in 2009, while also expanding day-to-day news reporting and arts coverage.

For Rocky Mountain PBS, the move helps strengthen their news division and allows the station to become more competitive. For I-News, the merger is a little bit like a startup finding the right exit: The work and mission will continue, while the funding questions get addressed with greater resources.

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Hack for Change announces Denver event in June

Hack for Change announced events in several cities including Denver on June 1-2 for the National Day of Civic Hacking.


National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that will take place June 1-2, 2013, in cities across the nation. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.

The event will leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside federal, state and local government to drive meaningful, technology-based solutions for federal, state and local government. It demonstrates what's possible when we all work together to strengthen our society and our lives. YOU can make a difference no matter where you live.

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New Rocky Mountain PBS program highlights Denver arts

A new Rocky Mountain PBS program, “Arts District,” aims to highlight innovative arts programs in Denver and throughout the country. 



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Denver woodworker wins $100,000 GQ business competition

Corbin Clay, a Denver-based woodworker and owner of Azure Furniture, won a $100,000 business competition sponsored by GQ and Ketel One Vodka for his sustainable company.


Clay, who was also featured in theWall St. Journal for popularizing the blue cast wood, says the publicity and exposure have had an impact on his business.

"It was a great opportunity to shine a positive light on woodworking, beetle kill and American small business," says Clay. "It has helped our business. The Wall Street Journal piece certainly did as well. We've got a lot of interviews scheduled, our growth strategy ready to go."

Clay founded Azure Furniture, Inc. in 2009, with a mission to introduce beetle kill pine into the modern furniture market, making use of lumber from some of the millions of acres of pine beetle killed trees while breathing life into furniture production and design.

Clay was one of five finalists in the Gentleman's Call competition. Another woodworking finalist was New York City-based Withers & Grain, which builds furniture from reclaimed wood found in aging Manhattan office buildings and warehouses.

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Denver’s Craftsy creates niche by targeting 40 and up demographic

Craftsy, a Denver-based company that offers many handcraft classes such as knitting, is differentiating itself from many Silicon Valley-based companies by targeting an older demographic. 


You might not be into hemming skirts or stitching quilts, but if you’re interested in online education, you may still want to keep an eye on Craftsy.

Unlike many of its peers in Silicon Valley, the Denver-based startup clearly doesn’t have designs on disrupting formal education. Its core students are women over 40 who want to learn how to knit with beads, make handcrafted sugar flowers or master pants-fitting techniques. The next step for graduates of its classes is more likely to be an Etsy storefront than a better job or degree program. But given that Craftsy created its learning experience to be discipline agnostic, its success so far is worth noting by anyone with an interest in the growing field of online education.

Launched in 2011, the company offers classes on all kinds of handcrafts — from crocheting and sewing to bread baking and cake decorating — for about $20 to $50. But founder and CEO John Levisay, a former eBay executive, said it places a premium on the production of the class, including the quality of the video, the experience of the teacher and the structure of the course itself.

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