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    1. Boulder's Foundry Group hits it big in Fitbit IPO

      Boulder's Foundry Group hits it big in Fitbit IPO

      Count Boulder venture capital firm Foundry Group as the big winner in today’s IPO of wearable fitness device maker Fitbit Inc.. Foundry Group owns 28.9 percent of the San Francisco-based tech company, the largest single stake. Based on Fitbit’s $30.11 per-share price in mid-day trading Thursday, Foundry’s share of Fitbit as a public company is a few steps shy of $1.6 billion. Fitbit common stock (Nasdaq: FIT) went public at $20, rising more than 50 percent by lunchtime.

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    2. Cystic Fibrosis Drug Maker Nivalis Therapeutics Has $77M IPO

      Cystic Fibrosis Drug Maker Nivalis Therapeutics Has $77M IPO

      Nivalis Therapeutics, a Boulder, CO-based drug company developing a treatment for cystic fibrosis, made its debut on the Nasdaq on Wednesday with a $77 million public offering. Formerly N30 Pharmaceuticals, Nivalis (NASDAQ: NVLS) sold 5.5 million shares, more than it had previously planned, at $14 each. Shares opened the day at $16.50 and climbed to $17.84 within the first hour of trading before dropping to $15.03 at 1 p.m. MT. That gives Nivalis a market capitalization around $219 million.

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    3. Women tech leaders ask tech companies: Show us your diversity numbers

      Women tech leaders ask tech companies: Show us your diversity numbers

      A torrential downpour Friday morning didn't stop nearly 600 women from attending the Colorado Technology Association's Women in Technology Conference, held outdoors under a massive tent at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Stepping in marshy puddles and having water slosh around in their shoes were, clearly, the last things on their minds.

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    4. CDOT turns to Colorado Springs-area company for eye-in-the-sky technology

      CDOT turns to Colorado Springs-area company for eye-in-the-sky technology

      Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's.an aerostat - a product born in the Colorado Springs area that's flying high above Interstate 25 in north Denver. For three days this week, the Colorado Department of Transportation is testing one of SkySentry LLC's aerostats, a helium-filled cross between a balloon and kite, to monitor traffic from 400 feet above I-25. If the idea flies, it will help the 12-year-old company continue its shift away from its defense contracting roots.

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    5. Study lists Longmont as alternative to offshoring IT, other services

      Study lists Longmont as alternative to offshoring IT, other services

      LONGMONT — Longmont is listed among a number of midsize U.S. cities that make attractive alternatives to offshore locations in India and elsewhere for information technology and business process services, according to research released Friday. The study was done by The Hackett Group ( ), a Miami-based intellectual-property-based strategic consultancy and best-practices implementation firm.

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    6. Sphero, maker of a 'Star Wars' toy, raises $45M

      Sphero, maker of a 'Star Wars' toy, raises $45M

      Boulder-based toy maker Sphero, maker of the BB-8 robot toy modeled after a robot that will appear in the next "Star Wars" movie, said it's raised an additional $45 million. Investors were led by Mercato Partners and additional investors include a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and "other strategic investors. " The company was formerly known as Orbotix and has now raised a total of $80 million.

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    7. The 5 largest reported fundings in Colorado in May

      The 5 largest reported fundings in Colorado in May

      Investors: Kingston Technology, Phison Electronics Corporation, ABR Capital Management, and additional investments aggregated by DH Capital. Bio: Liqid is redefining how resources are used and managed within the data center by offering its customers an innovative solution to keep pace with the rapidly-changing IT landscape in real-time. News: There really isn’t much out there on Liqid, which is still in stealth. 4.

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    8. Startups make pitch on a Fort Collins trolley

      FORT COLLINS — A five-minute pitch to a roomful of investors and a cheering crowd? Meh. Save that for Boulder. How about pitching investors aboard a historic trolley as it moves down Mountain Avenue in downtown Fort Collins? Your time limit? Before the trolley's next stop. Yup, that's how Fort Collins rolls. About a dozen college students jumped on Birney Car 21 on Friday for a chance at the $2,000 prize during Fort Collins Startup Week.

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    9. Internet speed wars escalate in region

      Internet speed wars escalate in region

      City officials from the region say their explorations into creating municipal broadband utilities are moving forward despite recent announcements by Comcast and CenturyLink that the companies plan to significantly increase the speeds of their Internet services in Colorado. While Longmont is well into the build-out of its 1-gigabit network dubbed NextLight, Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado cities such as Boulder, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park all are examining doing something similar.

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    10. CA Technologies acquiring Boulder-based Rally Software for $480M

      CA Technologies acquiring Boulder-based Rally Software for $480M

      BOULDER – New York-based software firm CA Technologies ( ) announced Wednesday afternoon that it has inked a deal to acquire Boulder-based Rally Software Development Corp. for $480 million. The price works to about $19.50 per share for Rally ( ), a 44 percent premium on Wednesday’s closing price. Shares closed at $13.51 Wednesday but shot up to $19.22 per share in after-hours trading in the wake of CA’s announcement. CA shares remained flat.

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    11. DU betting on Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network CEO as new dean

      DU betting on Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network CEO as new dean

      J.B. Holston, founder of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, will add another job title to his long career: dean. Holston has been named dean at the University of Denver Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science. He starts July 1. DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp said she is counting on Holston's connections to help the school of engineering and computer science become more of an economic driver in the region.

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    12. Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics

      Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics

      DENVER --Welltok announced it has acquired Massachusetts-based Predilytics, a leading health care predictive analytics company. The acquisition adds another layer of consumer intelligence and analytic capabilities to Welltoks CafeWell Health Optimization Platform to provide more personalized guidance for consumers and delivering more value and insights to health plans, at-risk providers and other population health managers, Welltok said.

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    13. Tech startup Kapost raises $10.25 million to fuel growth

      Tech startup Kapost raises $10.25 million to fuel growth

      Kapost, an online marketing technology company, has raised $10.25 million in venture capital financing that will help fuel the company’s growth and hiring plans in coming months. The Boulder-based startup raised the funding from Westminster-based Access Venture Partners, Boston-based Cue Ball Capital, Alpharetta, Georgia-based Iron Gate Capital and San Francisco-based Salesforce Ventures.

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    14. Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs

      Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs

      Comcast Corp. has leased 300,000 square feet of office space that used to house Charles Schwab Corp., consolidating some office locations in Denver's southern suburbs while making room to add 300 or more local jobs. The Philadelphia-based cable giant (Nasdaq: CMCSA) plans to move into buildings on East Panorama Circle in Centennial, just off Interstate 25 at Dry Creek Road, starting early next year.

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    15. Digital-health startups to mix with Anschutz campus, health providers

      Digital-health startups to mix with Anschutz campus, health providers

      Forget accelerators and incubators.

      The Prime Health Collaborative, a casual group of Coloradans interested in digital health care, wants to become the nation's first digital-health integrator.

      The organization, which started as a Meetup group in 2012, focuses on growing Colorado digital-health startups, which, by its count, jumped to 120 from 20 in three years. But helping these startups requires more than a monthly meeting.

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    16. Collaborating to create a culture of innovation: The Commons on Champa and Denver Startup Week

      Collaborating to create a culture of innovation: The Commons on Champa and Denver Startup Week

      This month we celebrate Denver and Colorado’s spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. As you probably know, last year Forbes ranked Denver as the second-best city in which to launch a startup and Colorado was among the top five most entrepreneurial states by the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurial Index. These are just a few of the many organizations recognizing the special things that are happening in our backyard.

      As you have heard over the past year, CTA is dedicated to ensuring that Colorado is a tech-friendly place, which often involves ensuring an environment for innovation. To this end, we have collaborated ...

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    17. Gensler creates innovation hub

      Gensler creates innovation hub

      Global design firm Gensler has created an innovation hub that will promote connectivity between people in the 23,000-square-foot space it occupies at 1225 14th St.

      "From the outset, our goal was to create the best place to work in Denver," says Jon Gambrill, principal and managing director at Gensler Denver. "Our entire office was fully engaged in the design process.

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    18. Weather Channel sweeps up Dish Network exec

      Weather Channel sweeps up Dish Network exec

      The Weather Channel's parent company has hired a longtime programming executive from Dish Network Corp.

      David Shull, Douglas County-based Dish Network’s former chief commercial officer, assumes a new role for The Weather Co., overseeing all the Atlanta-based company’s TV programming and distribution, its technology and addressable TV advertising.

      Shull is scheduled to start as the Weather Channel Television Group president on May 4.

      “The landscape is changing, and we are evolving with it.…

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