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Entrepreneur profiles Infinite Monkey Theorem

Entrepreneur published a story about Denver's Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery.

Excerpt:

Having cut his teeth in the traditional winemaking world of picturesque estates run by stodgy, old-guard oenophiles in New Zealand and Australia, Ben Parsons saw an industry that "was stale and needed a kick in the ass."

Now the Infinite Monkey Theorem (IMT), Parsons’ 8-year-old winemaking venture -- based in an industrial stretch of Denver, of all places -- is kicking butt with a business model he calls "back-alley winemaking." In short, he's delivering top-shelf wine to the masses in a number of ways, including 250-milliliter cans sold in four-packs. His inspiration: the beer world's microbrew revolution. "The craft brewing industry has kind of nailed it," he says.

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Washington Post covers Denver and the other finalists in $40 million Smart City Challenge

The Washington Post published a story and infographic on Denver and the other finalist cities in the U.S. Department of Transportation's $40 million Smart City Challenge. A winner will be announced later in June.

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Denver


THE PROBLEM

The soaring population has led to crushing congestion, sapping the spirits of people with and without means and putting a sour asterisk on life in the Western boom town.

BY THE NUMBERS

The population has jumped by nearly 25 percent in 15 years, to 683,000. The city swells by 200,000 a day, with most trips starting or ending outside the city. Roughly a third of people live in poor neighborhoods with high unemployment. Building a single, mile-long lane along jammed Federal Boulevard cost $30 million.

THE IDEA

Marry carpool services such as Lyft Line with light rail, commuter rail and bus lines, so people can more easily get to and from stations and drive less. In poorer areas in particular, the city plans to partner with Lyft and potentially others to promote "on-demand transit."

Read the rest here; infographic here.

Redfin pegs Denver as one of top three hottest real estate markets in U.S.

Along with Portland and Seattle, Denver was one of Redfin's three hottest housing markets in the U.S. 

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How much have Denver, Portland and Seattle heated up? In April 2012, a typical home in Denver found a buyer in 36 days and in Portland it was 65 days and in Seattle it was 50. Last year, homes in those markets found buyers in 14, 18 and 10 days, respectively. This year, homes are finding buyers seemingly the day they are open for tours.

It's not unusual for a home in Denver to have more 100 showings in one weekend, with sellers having their pick of up to 30 offers, reports Redfin agent Karla Kirkpatrick Adams.

"The market is moving so quickly that I can no longer use recent sales as a guide for what my clients should offer on a home. Instead, I call listing agents of similar homes that are under contract but haven't yet sold. I ask them the contract price, which is a more up-to-date reflection of the current market than the prices of homes that have already sold. That way, I can advise my clients accurately," said Kirkpatrick Adams. "In a more balanced market, that doesn't happen."

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OhHeckYeah heads south to Meow Wolf

Denver's interactive street arcade game OhHeckYeah pays a visit to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe.

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OhHeckYeah is a public benefit corporation that uses the power of play to strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of place. Studies continually show that play of any kind makes us more creative, curious and happy. It even contributes to helping build trust between strangers. Play is a powerful way to create human connection; a need that is even more fundamental and basic than food or shelter. 

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The New Yorker sees Denver atop "The Tech Boom's Second Cities"

A story in The New Yorker  described Denver as one of "The Tech Boom's Second Cities."

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It now appears that Denver is having a moment of its own. As in Austin and Seattle, a high concentration of good universities in Denver and nearby cities, like Boulder and Fort Collins, has contributed to the region's well-educated workforce. The cost of living in Denver is also relatively low, as are real-estate prices. Though the city isn't the headquarters for any big tech companies -- like Dell in the Austin area or Microsoft and Amazon in Seattle -- several of them, including I.B.M. and Oracle, have offices here.

The presence of those offices, and of the universities, has also helped create a vibrant startup scene: people get educated here or come here for jobs, and then they graduate or leave those jobs and become entrepreneurs. In other cases, established businesspeople are coming to Denver to start companies. Scott McNealy, a founder of Sun Microsystems, chose Denver as the headquarters for a data-analysis startup called Wayin. Explaining to the Denver Post why he left California, he said, "The prices of everything have skyrocketed. The regulations. The pension deficit. The traffic. It's just not a fun place to go start."
 
At this point, none of the Denver startups are well known, but investors seem to find them promising. Last year, the research firm CB Insights released a report that ranked Colorado sixth among states that had received the most venture capital, after California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Washington. In 2015, Denver startups attracted more than eight hundred million dollars in venture-capital funding, led by technology, energy, food, and marijuana companies. At least some of the investments appear to be paying off: in 2014, Oracle paid more than a billion dollars to acquire Datalogix, a Denver-based data-collection firm.

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Esquire puts two Denver bars on its "18 Best Bars in America" list

A pair of Denver watering holes made "Esquire's 18 Best Bars in America" list: Occidental and Shelby's.

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Shelby's Bar & Grill

Where it is: 519 Eighteenth Street, Denver, Colorado

Why you're here: Because you'll stand in the little smokers' corral in front of Shelby's and you'll look around -- all the way around -- and you'll remember that Denver used to be an ornery frontier town, full of crust and character. And then you'll step back inside and call for another round, and the bartender will tell you to shut up and wait your damn turn like a human being.

What you're having: Jameson.

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Poynter reports on Denverite launch

Poynter published a story on the soon-to-launch Denverite news site.

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Gordon Crovitz, a former Wall Street Journal publisher and co-founder of the Press Plus paywall system, said in an interview that the Denverite will aim for a mix of original reporting and aggregation.

Initially publishing in email newsletter format, Crovitz said, the outlet "will have no revenue effort for the first nine months or a year." A staff of 10 is being hired, all journalists; a website and social media accounts will follow within a month.

If Denverite builds "a sizable and loyal audience," Crovitz said, an assortment of revenue streams -- like paid subscription products, sponsorships or events -- could follow.

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Denver ranks no. 1 on Homes.com New Tech City Index

Denver ranked no. 1 on the Homes.com New Tech City Index, which gauges the best cities for tech professionals.

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1. Denver, CO

The mile-high city has a reputation as a haven for parks and animals, with the city even owning its own buffalo herd. However, it also tops our rankings as the best place to live if you’re a tech professional.

Data from the US census last year also revealed that the state of Colorado is the second most educated in the country with 90% residents attaining a high school diploma and 38% earning at least a bachelor’s degree in higher education. This highly educated workforce has created a great environment for the tech industry to thrive. Tanner McGraw, CEO of Apto agrees: "We were once headquartered in Houston but we opened a Denver office in mid-2014 and found the tech talent to be nothing less than top-notch. Denver has since become the company’s focus for growth in both technology development and sales."

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Politico Magazine takes stock of FasTracks in Denver

Politico Magazine took a deep dive into the expansion of Denver's rail network.

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A decade ago, travelers arriving at Denver's sprawling new airport would look out over a vast expanse of flat, prairie dog-infested grassland and wonder if their plane had somehow fallen short of its destination. The $4.9 billion airport -- at 53 square miles, larger than Manhattan -- was derided as being "halfway to Kansas," and given the emptiness of the 23-mile drive to the city, it felt that way.

Last month, arriving visitors boarded the first trains headed for downtown, a journey that zips past a new Japanese-style "smart city" emerging from the prairie before depositing passengers 37 minutes later in a bustling urban hive of restaurants, shops and residential towers that only six years ago was a gravelly no man's land -- an entire $2 billion downtown neighborhood that's mushroomed up around the hub of Denver's rapidly expanding light rail system.

The 22.8-mile spur from the airport to downtown is the latest addition to a regional rail system that has transformed Denver and its suburbs. Using an unprecedented public-private partnership that combines private funding, local tax dollars and federal grants, Denver has done something no other major metro area has accomplished in the past decade, though a number of cities have tried. At a moment when aging mass transit systems in several major cities are capturing headlines for mismanagement, chronic delays and even deaths, Denver is unveiling a shiny new and widely praised network: 68 stations along 10 different spurs, covering 98 miles, with another 15 miles still to come. Even before the new lines opened, 77,000 people were riding light rail each day, making it the eighth-largest system in the country even though Denver is not in the top 20 cities for population. The effects on the region's quality of life have been measurable and also surprising, even to the project's most committed advocates. Originally intended to unclog congested highways and defeat a stubborn brown smog that was as unhealthy as it was ugly, the new rail system has proven that its greatest value is the remarkable changes in land use its stations have prompted, from revitalizing moribund neighborhoods, like the area around Union Station, to creating new communities where once there was only sprawl or buffalo grass.

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Seattle Times reports on QuoteWizard's expansion to LoDo

The Seattle Times reported on insurance tech company QuoteWizard opening its second U.S. office in Denver.

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A Seattle tech company that has largely flown under the radar during its 10 years in existence has added 30 employees in Seattle so far this year and recently opened its second U.S. office, it said Monday.

QuoteWizard, an online insurance-comparison market, employs more than 180 people in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. The family-run business announced Monday it has opened its second office in Denver, a city that co-founder and CEO Scott Peyree said was chosen because of its growing tech scene.

QuoteWizard is entirely self-funded by its four founders: Peyree, his brother, his father and a longtime family friend. The company is profitable and is on track to record $100 million in revenue during 2016, Peyree said.

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Tech.Co pegs Denver as top city for the digital economy

Tech.Co reported on research that found Denver was a top city for "the digital economy."

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Chamber's FreeEnterprise.com, and 1776 just released the second annual Innovation that Matters report. The report examined the top 25 U.S. startup hubs and looked at which ones are attracting top talent, getting the most investments, developing specializations, creating density, connecting the community to build cultures of innovation.

Of the 25 cities they looked at, Boston, San Francisco, DenverRaleigh-Durham, and San Diego came out on top. They are the cities that are considered the best poised to be successful in our evolving digital economy. I'm sure no one is surprised to see San Francisco on this list, but Boston beat it out for the top spot due to its lack of a cohesive community and declining quality of life for residents.

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Relix premieres new video from Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Relix debuted a new video for "Commandment 4," a song from the upcoming album from Denver's one and only Slim Cessna's Auto Club.

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AP story explores Brighton Boulevard in RiNo

A recent Associated Press story looked at the "emerging hipster Denver 'hood" along Brighton Boulevard in RiNo.

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A busy street connecting downtown Denver to the interstate, roaring with trucks and running alongside railroad tracks, might not sound like a trendy neighborhood in the making. But now's the time to visit Brighton Boulevard before it begins to look too much like any hipster street in any other city. It offers a close connection to Denver's gritty roots, as well a glimpse of what's coming, along with eateries, entertainment and more.

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SF Gate looks at Lawrence Argent's 92-foot "Venus"

SF Gate reported on what will be the tallest statue in San Francisco, the 92-foot Venus, courtesy Denver's Lawrence Argent.

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The Trinity Place art requirement is $5 million, and once that number was reached, Sangiacomo embraced it, taking several trips to Italy with his wife in search of inspiration.

Then he invited four artists to make presentations at the Trinity Property headquarters. The first was Lawrence Argent, a Denver artist, who was invited on the basis of a giant blue bear he created to stand outside the Colorado Convention Center and press his nose and paws to the glass.

"We were so enamored with the creativity of that and how fun it was that we flew him out," says Walter Schmidt, CEO of Trinity Properties. Argent made his presentation, and Sangiacomo responded in Godfather-like fashion.

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Two Denver venues make "100 Greatest American Music Venues" list

Consequence of Sound named a pair of Denver-area stages to its list of the top 100 music venues in the U.S.: the Bluebird and Red Rocks.

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Denver has its fair share of great music venues -- you'll find another way, way up this list -- but even in a crowded field, the Bluebird Theater stands out. Part of that is its many contradictions, from the twee name for a venue that feels anything but to the vintage architecture and retro marquee that houses a top-notch sound system. But best of all, audiences who flock to see alt-country stalwarts or Guns N' Roses tributes get to embrace the rock-and-roll ethos that comes with a general-admission policy, without worrying that they're not going to be able to see a damned thing.

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