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Tech.Co outlines "10 Denver Startups You Need to Know About"

For Denver Startup Week, Tech.Co published a list of the "10 Denver Startups You Need to Know About," including Gusto, Revolar and MassRoots.


With beautiful mountains, legal marijuana, and 300 days of sunshine a year, it's no wonder millions of people have begun to flock to the popular Colorado city. Whether it's new college graduates looking to settle down somewhere adventurous or seasoned entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on a new market, there is no shortage of new blood entering Denver on a regular basis. But what does that mean for the startups in this burgeoning ecosystem? It means it's exploding as fast as the population.

Luckily for you, Denver Startup Week will provide an opportunity for you to take a look at all the entrepreneurial talent present in the Mile High City. This five-day celebration (September 12-16) will showcase everyone from on-demand travel concierge services to innovative intelligence startups, Denver provides the perfect ecosystem for new customers, innovative ideas, and enticing returns.

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Next City spotlights workforce development in Denver

Next City reported on the decentralization and expansion of workforce development by the Denver Office of Economic Development.


Before this year, there weren't many spots in Denver where an unemployed person could get help stepping back into the job stream. A small cluster of employment service centers were huddled in the heart of the city, but most of its 11 districts were largely unserved.

Now that the Office of Economic Development (OED) has decided to divide Denver's job training programs out to private contractors, the number of government-funded work and economic assistance centers will jump seven-fold, going from seven to nearly 50 and spanning across all 11 districts instead of only five.

"People can access these services where they're comfortable instead of traveling [into downtown]," says Denise Bryant, director of the OED's workforce development program. "We have contractors and subcontractors that are now actually in the community."

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HuffPost Black Voices video profiles Denver's DJ Cavem

DJ Cavem, a.k.a. Ietef Vita, and his pursuit of organic gardening and "kale life" were the focus of a recent video on Huffington Post Black Voices.

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Daily Breeze reports on Toastmasters proposed move to Denver

The Daily Breeze looked at Toastmasters International's proposed move to Denver, and the fight to keep the nonprofit's headquarters in Torrance, California.


"You hear about big companies moving out of California, especially to Texas," Chao said. "We have a couple of clients that have moved to Colorado. The even bigger driver is they can get into the housing market there. Prices are more affordable, and the real estate tax is less. And once they go there they realized they had a lower tax burden."

For companies, taxes are much lower in Colorado than in California. Colorado companies pay 4.63 percent of their company’s net income. California companies pay 8.84 percent, but also have a minimum amount they pay in taxes.

Nonprofits generally don’t pay taxes, Chao said. So moving to Colorado from Orange County would not offer any tax benefit to a group like Toastmasters, even though it may do so for individuals.

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Apto, WellTok, Tender Belly make Inc. 5000

Denver-based Apto, SurvWest, WellTok, BridgeHealth Medical, Stoneside Blinds & Shades, Digital Fusion, Tender Belly and PlanOmatic all made the Inc. 5000 2016 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S.



Provides Web-based software that helps real estate brokers manage customer relationships, properties, listings, deals, and back-office tasks.

2016 INC. 5000 RANK: #175
  • 3-Year Growth: 2,079%
  • 2015 Revenue: $2.3 M
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Industry: Software
  • Launched: 2012
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NY Times reports on Denver expansion of East Village bar Death & Co.

East Village cocktail bar Death & Co. is expanding to RiNo's Ramble Hotel, reported The New York Times.


Just in time for its 10th anniversary, Death & Co., the seminal cocktail bar in the East Village, is planning a second location, in Denver.

The partners behind the bar, one of the trailblazers in New York's neo-retro cocktail scene, said that the new Death & Co. will be inside the Ramble Hotel, which is to open in late 2017.

But the bar will be far from a duplicate of the small, darkened den in New York. It will include a lobby bar, a cafe bar offering coffee and breakfast, and a reservation-only private bar. It will also provide the food and beverage services in the hotel courtyard, an event space and a screening room, and run the hotel's room-service program, right down to the contents of the minibars.

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WSJ covers Galvanize's $45M raise

Denver-based Galvanize raised $45 million to expand its educational offerings, reported The Wall Street Journal.


As more technical education moves to nontraditional programs, it has become increasingly difficult for recruiters to develop standards with which to assess and compare these nascent coding programs. Some academic researchers and trade groups are looking to create a standard database of coding boot camps and online courses.

Mr. Deters said that Galvanize does not aim to replace four-year programs but rather fill the gaps and help engineers be prepared with the skills most highly in demand in today’s workforce. He said the company is planning to collaborate with universities more in the future.

Currently, the six month web development program costs $21,000, while the data science program is $17,000. According to the College Board, the average price of in-state tuition for a public university during the 2015-2016 school year was $9,410. For private colleges, that cost was $32,405.

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Paste reports on Denver's Sesh Fest

Paste quaffed a few low-alcohol beers at Denver's annual Sesh Fest.


The point is simple: "Session beer" as an idea continues to be embraced and grow, but it still has plenty of room to diversify itself in the minds of beer drinkers and the lineups of breweries.

In Denver, and at Sesh Fest, this thankfully does seem to be happening, at least to a degree. In the Mile-High City, one would think the physical effects of altitude might naturally lead to a more robust appreciation for camping and hiking-friendly low-ABV beer styles, and this is at least partially the case, according to a few brewers I spoke with at the event. It was an unusually smooth, easygoing beer festival, and it would be hard to deny that the concept isn't great, as a session beer fest can simultaneously encourage eclectic sampling and relative moderation. Eric Nichols, the head brewer at Beryl's Beer Co. in Denver's beer-rich River North neighborhood, said the event was indicative of the session beer culture that has grown in the city during the two years that Beryl has been in operation.

"I think if you live here, more than the altitude, it's the active lifestyles you tend to find in Colorado that are driving session beer here," Nichols said. "Most people here aren't drinking to get blitzed, and they're very outdoor-focused. Session styles are perfect to incorporate into that."

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Interior Design magazine spotlights new builds in Denver

A story in Interior Design magazine shined a light on six new builds in Denver.

Within Denver proper, thoughtful new builds continue to emerge that counter a recent in-flux of arguably generic mixed-use, multi-family, and McMansion development. 4100 Bryant, a new single-family residence within the fabric of an urban residential neighborhood by Boulder-based firm Studio B Architecture + Interiors provides a fresh interpretation of the city's proliferation of mid-century homes. The seemingly linear home blurs the line between interior and exterior with the overt insertion of a bold centralized volume including an open courtyard made complete with a swimming pool.

Other notable projects include "The Boathouse," by Denver-based firm Shears Adkins Rockmore, a playful response to creating office space that captures a scale, character, and site response that appeals to Denver's large millennial population and informal culture. "Sushi-Rama," a playful Warhol-and-Lichtenstein-inspired design by LIVStudio is one of a smattering of new restaurants where the environment is as creative as the food. On the cultural front, the highly-anticipated relocation of the Kirkland Museum of Decorative and Fine Arts by Olson Kundig is slated to open in late 2017.

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Fast Company details "what it's like to work at a marijuana startup" in Denver

The article delved into a typical workday and company culture at MassRoots and Flowhub.


At first glance, MassRoots is just like any other technology company in America. The Denver-based social platform for marijuana enthusiasts boasts an open-concept, loft-style office filled with 33 talented programmers, developers, and sales staff.

But beneath the surface there’s something unique about working at a pot startup, and it has little to do with the fact that employees are often permitted to consume the substance on the job.

America's pot entrepreneurs are defining the working culture of the newly budding industry, a culture that exists in the nexus of social mission, financial opportunity, and typical startup life.

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WSJ reports on construction defects in Denver

The Wall Street Journal delved into the construction defects lawsuits that have stifled condo development in Denver.


Gary Godden used to specialize in designing condominiums for first-time buyers near Denver, often completing eight to 10 projects a year before the real-estate crash.

But while the Denver area has re-emerged as one of the nation's hottest real-estate markets, Mr. Godden's architecture firm has all but exited the condo business. The reason: The threat of litigation for potential construction defects in Colorado makes most projects impossible for developers to finance, he said.

"We have a saying here that there are two types of condo projects," said Mr. Godden, principal of Godden Sudik Architects in Centennial. "The ones that have been sued, and the ones that haven't been sued yet."

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Denver videographer wins Murrow award for "The Motel Life"

KUSA Denver's Corky Scholl won a Edward R. Murrow award for his 2015 short documentary on the people living in motels as "a last resort" in Denver, entitled "The Motel Life," reported the National Press Photographers Association.


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ChicagoInno reports on Layer3 TV launch

Denver-based startup Layer3 TV is launching its service in the Windy City, reports ChicagoInno.


A well-funded cable TV startup is looking to take on traditional cable providers, and it's about to launch in Chicago to try and woo fed up Comcast customers.

Layer3 TV, a Denver startup with $100 million in funding, is launching in Chicago in the coming weeks, according to Variety. It's 4K compatible set-top box gives customers over 150 channels, the ability to record eight shows at once, and space to store 2,000 shows and movies. And it's algorithm learns your TV watching behavior over time to recommend the best things to watch and where you can find them.

Layer3 TV features a sleek design that let's you seamlessly toggle between cable TV, Netflix and Hulu, YouTube, and your Facebook and Twitter feeds. Rather than taking on Netflix, Layer3 TV has its sights set on cable providers like Comcast, which despite the increasing number of cord cutters, still have strongholds in markets across the U.S.

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Realtor.com ranks Denver as third-hottest real estate market

Denver's the third-hottest real estate market in the U.S. after Vallejo, California, and Dallas, says Realtor.com.


And although the median home price slipped 1% from June, to $251,000 for July, that's still a record price for the month, and 7% higher than one year ago.

The inventory of homes for sale is still growing each month, although it should soon peak for the year. But the estimated 500,000 new listings for July will once again fail to keep up with the demand from buyers. Total inventory remains lower than one year ago.

Smoke's analysis identified the top 20 hottest medium-to-large U.S. markets, where homes are selling fast and buyers are jostling to find a place and get their bids in. For the second month in a row, Vallejo -- a modest city about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco -- dominates the top spot. California can claim 12 of the 20 hottest markets, but six other states also represent: Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee.

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Dallas Morning News labels "Women of Abstract Expressionism" at DAM "a must-see"

The Dallas Morning News called the "Women of Abstract Expressionism" exhibit at the Denver Art Museum through Sept. 25 "a must-see."


I review it because it will be nowhere near Texas, and for the many Dallasites who cool off in Colorado in the summer it is a must-see (it closes Sept. 25).

By now, we know well the art of three of these women -- Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Lee Krasner -- and we have important works by all three in the Dallas Museum of Art. But to that canonical gang of three, the Denver curator, Gwen Chanzit, adds nine artists, three of whom are just beneath the big three -- Jay DeFeo, Grace Hartigan and Elaine de Kooning. The catalog also documents the careers of 30 additional artists, each of whom deserves attention.

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