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How Colorado startups attracted $6.8 billion in venture investments last year 

When 2-year-old Project Canary started out for a second round of funding, the startup was inundated by investors wanting to get in on the Denver company’s potential growth. CEO Chris Romer credits the $111 million funding tsunami to the convergence of four massive waves.  First, its core business helps oil and gas companies better collect […]

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Two Western Slope startups sell to public companies, signaling investor interest in rural entrepreneurs

  Two Western Slope startups sold to industry heavyweights this month, reflecting a win for rural entrepreneurs who have been championing Colorado’s nascent rural startup ecosystem beyond Denver and Boulder. This week, Eagle e-bike pioneer QuietKat sold to outdoor conglomerate Vista Outdoor Inc., which owns brands like CamelBak, Bell, Giro and Camp Chef. Vista Outdoor […]

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Opinion: A startup investor on how the Rocky Mountain West’s small towns are well equipped to embrace the future of Main Street

Walking down Main Street of any small town in the Rocky Mountain West, you’ll find the quaint storefronts, cafés and watering holes you expect. Uber and Lyft are hard to come by. DoorDash is foreign. Nothing “disrupts” small-town life, besides a snowstorm.   Our Main Street businesses and their staff members are still the soul of […]