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How Techstars’ “GiveFirst” mantra became a road map for the startup community in Colorado and beyond

David Cohen gets a kick out of hearing “GiveFirst,” an oft-repeated phrase that can be traced back to Techstars, the Boulder technology accelerator he co-founded in 2006. “Someone pointed out a thread to me about Denver Startup Week, and the value of ‘GiveFirst,’ and it never mentioned us or Techstars. And I thought, ‘Awesome,’” said […]

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Guild Education’s twist on college is working for cashiers, sales clerks and others who abandoned the idea of a college degree

Scrambling to get term sheets filled out, calculations corrected and contracts signed isn’t always a pleasant experience, especially when you’re nine months pregnant. With twins. But Rachel Carlson had done this before. Not the twins thing. But convincing investors to plunk down millions of dollars towards her young Denver startup, Guild Education. The company she […]

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Homes with no energy bills are catching on — even in Pueblo — and the extra cost isn’t as high as you’d think

A few months ago, Boulder resident David Resnick had an epiphany. Actually, his real estate broker, Thorne Davis, barraged him with emails, research and news stories about clean energy construction. Then the report arrived. The Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to a clean energy and low-carbon future, concluded that building net-zero energy houses — […]

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Two Iranians indicted in hacking scheme that held CDOT computers hostage and cost Colorado up to $2 million

A federal grand jury has indicted two Iranian men accused of holding the Colorado Department of Transportation’s computer system hostage earlier this year as part of a wide-reaching international computer hacking and extortion scheme. The malware infected critical systems nationwide, including hospitals, and extorted more than 200 victims who paid the attackers $6 million, according […]

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Colorado regulators look beyond coin offerings for other cryptocurrency fraud

A special task force to investigate cryptocurrency shenanigans will continue after Gerald Rome leaves his post Friday as commissioner for the Colorado Division of Securities. The task force, created over the summer, has four staff members investigating potentially fraudulent activity involving cryptocurrency offerings. It has since expanded its scope to include other crypto investments. “Once […]

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Why a computer maker moved manufacturing to Denver, despite ongoing trade war with China

Inside the spacious warehouse where solar-energy equipment was once made, about two dozen employees are building the craziest thing to be built in Denver: computers. Major PC makers moved manufacturing overseas long ago, but System76 isn’t known for following others. Its computers don’t have Microsoft Windows, but rather, the open source Linux operating system. The […]

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Colorado votes 8-0 to join California’s low-emission vehicle standard

Update at 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2018: The Commission voted 8-0 to approve Colorado’s adoption of the low-emission vehicle standard.  Colorado took a solid step Friday to commit to improving air quality by unanimously adopting a low-emission vehicle standard created by the state of California. The state Air Quality Control Commission spent two days […]

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Coloradans produced a record 9.3 million tons of trash last year. Only 12 percent of it was recycled.

A new report released Wednesday from Colorado environmental organizations has bad news for Mother Earth: The state’s recycling rate hasn’t improved and the amount of trash produced by Coloradans hit a record of 9.3 million tons in 2017. “We set the wrong record,” said Danny Katz, State Director of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group […]

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Amazon didn’t pick Denver for its HQ2, but the company is not leaving Colorado empty-handed

Welp, it’s official. Denver didn’t get Amazon’s second headquarters, the 50,000 “high-paying” jobs, the $5 billion in investment or the major economic windfall — or massive headache, depending on whom you ask. Amazon notified the public in a news release at around 8 a.m. Mountain time, or roughly 12 hours after The Wall Street Journal said […]

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“The mall is really cutthroat.” Colorado retailers are desperate for entry-level workers as Amazon (and its $15/hr minimum) moves in

Next door to the new Amazon four-star store at Park Meadows mall, Lisa Roina helps a customer buy a stick of all natural Paw Wax from Leashes by Liz. The co-owner of Makers Market is quite cheerful even if her store isn’t buzzing with customers like the new neighbor is. Her store doesn’t have fancy […]