published a piece on Denver's emergence as a startup "mecca."
"There's largely a rejection of burnout culture here in Colorado," Espeland told Mic
. "When you go to the coasts, you often see people working 20 hours a day and sleeping in their offices. Here, we value not doing that, and we believe that actually makes us move faster."
This environment is one of the reasons why Denver has quietly become one of the fastest-growing startup meccas in the United States. In 2015, Denver startups attracted more than
$822 million in venture capital funding, with companies in the technology, energy, food and marijuana
sectors leading the way. The city also routinely ranks as one of the best cities
to live as a millennial, and young people from across America are flocking to the state
in record numbers to build Denver-based business.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of the Denver success story is that much of the city's growth has taken place in only the past five years.
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