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    1. Metro Denver's unemployment rate dips slightly in August

      Metro Denver's unemployment rate dips slightly in August

      Metro Denver’s unemployment rate dipped in August to 3.2 percent, down from July’s rate of 3.4 percent, state officials reported Tuesday.

      Metro Denver's unemployment rate in August is also slightly lower than August of last year, when it was 3.4 percent. The data was released along with the state numbers that showed unemployment at 3.8 percent, which was unchanged from July, but was also lower than at this time last year.

      Metro Denver makes up about 55 percent of the state’s employment. The…

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    2. Boulder's Foundry Group's newest fund closes at $500M

      Boulder's Foundry Group's newest fund closes at $500M

      Boulder-based Foundry Group said its new fund — Foundry Group Next — has closed at $500 million.

      Foundry Group officials said the new fund, its sixth, will invest in companies outside the company's traditional funding targets.

      "Over the years, we have seen a meaningful number of attractive growth investments that we could not address given our early stage strategy and original Foundry Group Select strategy. By opening our investment activities to include a small number of growth investments…

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    3. Broomfield's Webroot expands with CyberFlow Analytics purchase

      Broomfield's Webroot expands with CyberFlow Analytics purchase

      Internet security firm Webroot of Broomfield said it's acquired the assets of CyberFlow Analytics of San Diego for an undisclosed price. CyberFlow Analytics uses data science to detect network anomalies. "This solution can identify and alert on potentially malicious activity that deviates from normal traffic in milliseconds," said Dick Williams, Webroot CEO, in a statement. CyberFlow employs about 15 people in San Diego and they'll join Webroot's 60-person team in the city, according to Xconomy...

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    4. How do Denver, Boulder tech office markets rank nationally?

      How do Denver, Boulder tech office markets rank nationally?

      How do Denver's and Boulder's tech office markets rank nationally when it comes to being able to future economic slowing? So-so, says a new report by JLL, which released its 2016 High Tech Outlook this week, with both Denver and Boulder located in the middle of U.S. cities. JLL said its High Tech Outlook used 16 variables in four major categories (economic momentum, talent pool, innovation and cost) to rank markets that would better weather periods of economic slowing...

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    5. Layer3 TV turns on its 'new cable' service in its first market

      Layer3 TV turns on its 'new cable' service in its first market

      Layer3 TV, the secretive downtown Denver video technology company, has launched video service in its first major market, Chicago, and unveiled its TV channel lineup ahead of expansion into other big cities.

      The channel packages its offers, which makes Layer3 TV look a lot like the kind of cable TV it’s competing against, but it’s using technology to try to be more than that for consumers.

      Layer3 has agreements to sell the top channel lineups from the major cable and satellite TV programmers:…

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    6. Denver Startup Week breaks registration record

      Denver Startup Week breaks registration record

      Registration for free events at 2016 Denver Startup Week, now underway, has broken all previous attendance records since the event was launched in 2012. At the kickoff Monday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he hoped the entrepreneurial event would attract 11,000 people. But event organizers announced Wednesday that 12,500 people have registered for the 300 events across the city. Last year, organizers were thrilled when more than 10,000 people attended events during Denver Startup Week...

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    7. Venaxis acquires Boulder biotech

      Venaxis acquires Boulder biotech

      Venaxis Inc., a Castle Rock medical device company, said it's acquired BiOptix Diagnostics Inc. of Boulder. Venaxis (Nasdaq: APPY) said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it's paying "627,010 shares of Venaxis common stock with an aggregate value of $1,950,000" for BiOptix. BiOptix uses technology developed by Dr. John 'Jan' Hall, a professor at the University of Colorado, who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2005...

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    8. Colorado universities ranked among nation's best by U.S. News

      Colorado universities ranked among nation's best by U.S. News

      Colorado School of Mines again ranks highest in the state on the latest U.S. News & World Report annual list of the nation's 220 top "national universities," released Tuesday. The Golden school ties three other major universities at No. 82 on this year's list. Last year it ranked No. 75. Among Colorado universities, School of Mines is closely followed on the U.S. News national-universities list by the University of Denver...

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    9. Which mobile network is rated highest in Denver?

      Which mobile network is rated highest in Denver?

      Which mobile network company offers the best performance in Denver? According to the latest report, it's a two-way tie between Sprint and Verizon. According to mobile analytics firm RootMetrics, Verizon and Sprint are tied for "overall performance" in Denver, although Verizon does edge out Sprint in the numerical ratings by a 96.6-95.7 margin. At&T and T-Mobile tied for third in Denver in the latest report, according to RootMetrics. This is the third straight cycle that Sprint and Verizon have…

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    10. Under Armour co-founder advises startups to differentiate their strategy at Denver Startup Week

      Under Armour co-founder advises startups to differentiate their strategy at Denver Startup Week

      Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle. "There's no clocking in and clocking out," said Ryan Wood, co-founder of the $4 billion-a-year Under Amour clothing and footwear store. Wood, who grew up in Colorado, was the keynote speaker Monday at the 2016 Denver Startup Week breakfast where 1,000 entrepreneurs attended. Under Amour is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with corporate offices in Austin, Houston, Denver, New York, Portland and Nashville. Wood has now launched his second startup, beef…

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    11. JPMorgan Chase gives grants to 4 Colorado nonprofits to kick off Denver Startup Week

      JPMorgan Chase gives grants to 4 Colorado nonprofits to kick off Denver Startup Week

      JPMorgan Chase is kicking off the 2016 Denver Startup Week Monday by handing out checks to four Colorado nonprofits that each have a mission to help launch startups.

      The mega-bank has earmarked $240,000 for the Colorado organizations — each will get $60,000.

      One of the grants will go to The Commons on Champa — a downtown Denver nonprofit co-working and event venue that the city, Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Technology Association opened in May 2015...

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    12. Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way

      Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way

      Amazon is hiring workers for its Amazon Web Services division locally, and the online giant has opened a tech office in Broomfield.

      The Seattle-based company (Nasdaq: AMZN), which hasn't had a tech presence here, joins a growing list of some of tech’s biggest names — Google, Oracle, Twitter — with a presence in the area. Just how big the technology arm of Jeff Bezos’ business aims to be here isn’t known.

      The company posted a job description on LinkedIn over the summer for an office manager…

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    13. Uber wins decision on arbitration that could undercut class-action lawsuits against it - Denver Business Journal

      Uber wins decision on arbitration that could undercut class-action lawsuits against it - Denver Business Journal

      ​In recent months, Uber has faced legal challenges to its labor practices that, in worst-case scenarios for the company, could upend its business model, which relies on classifying drivers as independent contractors. Those class-action challenges may have just been undercut by an appeals court ruling stating that all but a relative handful of Uber drivers are bound to submit to arbitration for most disputes and so must proceed individually, not as part of a class action.

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    14. Software startup lands funding for major downtown Denver expansion

      Software startup lands funding for major downtown Denver expansion

      Denver-based software company GoSpotCheck has raised $16.5 million from investors that will help the startup keep expanding in Denver. The company makes of software primarily used by brands and retailers to ensure store shelves are stocked and displays setup correctly. GoSpotCheck plans to broaden what its software is used for, branching into other industry niches where employers need information about how well far-flung workers are performing the tasks their job requires. The company has grown…

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    15. Denver startup raises more money to hire more people

      Denver startup raises more money to hire more people

      Dizzion, a Denver-based maker of virtual computer technologies for businesses, said it's raised more money. On Wednesday, Dizzion announced a $6.4 million Series A1 funding round co-led by investors Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners, with participation from Point B Capital and Correlation Ventures. That funding follows a January 2015 round of funding of nearly $4 million. Dizzion said it will use the latest round of funding "to grow its staff, expand its partner program and further…

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    16. Colorado's biggest wind farm proposal gets big backing

      Colorado's biggest wind farm proposal gets big backing

      A proposal to build Colorado’s biggest wind farm, a 600-megawatt behemoth that would sprawl across several eastern counties, has received major support from a dozen interested parties.

      “We believe the settlement announced today, if approved, is a no regrets step towards more renewable energy for Xcel Energy customers and the state of Colorado,” said David Eves, president of the Colorado division of Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL) which in May asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC)…

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    17. 3 Colorado accelerators receive funding bump from feds - Denver Business Journal

      3 Colorado accelerators receive funding bump from feds - Denver Business Journal

      The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Investment and Innovation divvied up $3.4 million to 68 growth accelerators, including three in Colorado. Each of the accelerators has won $50,000 in the third annual competition meant to draw attention to financing gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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    18. CU Denver business plan competition broadens its scope

      CU Denver business plan competition broadens its scope

      Not being a student at the University of Colorado Denver will no longer automatically exclude entrepreneurs from winning cash (and possibly winning over investors) at the annual Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition. It's the first time in the competition's 15-year history that non-collegiate startups can participate, CU Denver announced. Startups that are part of the "non-collegiate track" will compete against one another at the Oct. 13 "Pitch Night," where they will offer their idea to both the…

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    19. CU Boulder Leeds business school dean stepping down

      CU Boulder Leeds business school dean stepping down

      David Ikenberry, dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado since 2011, "has reconsidered and will decline an offer to be reappointed as dean," CU announced Tuesday. Ikenberry, who had been offered reappointment through 2021, will join the Leeds faculty, the CU announcement said. He previously had accepted reappointment, but according to the CU announcement, "in recent months he has had more in-depth conversations with faculty and staff about the collegiality throughout…

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    20. CU now offering a minor degree in space

      CU now offering a minor degree in space

      Students at the University of Colorado at Boulder can now obtain a minor degree in space. The new Space Minor degree is open to all students at the school, and students will be required to complete 15 credit hours, or five classes, to obtain the minor degree, according to CU. According to CU, the global space economy grew by 9 percent in 2014, reaching a total of $330 billion worldwide. “The Space Minor provides CU Boulder students, both technical and non-technical majors, with an opportunity…

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    21. Denver's Ibotta leads the way to the app-to-app economy

      Denver's Ibotta leads the way to the app-to-app economy

      Bryan Leach is hoping to define a new business trend with the next incarnation of his Denver-based Ibotta Inc., a mobile app whose users earn rewards for shopping. Ibotta has launched an app-to-app marketplace, in which the company is partnering with mobile brands such as Boxed, Groupon, DoorDash, Hotels.com and Jet to offer rewards to shoppers for ordering goods and services from their smartphones and tablets...

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    22. LogRhythm of Boulder in huge fundraising round

      LogRhythm of Boulder in huge fundraising round

      LogRhythm, a Boulder security intelligence and analytics firm, said it's raised $50 million in a new round of fundraising. LogRhythm said the latest round of funding was led by existing investor Riverwood Capital with participation by Adams Street Partners, Siemens Venture Capital, Delta-v Capital and members of the LogRhythm management team, and included funding from new investors EDBI, the investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board; Exclusive Ventures, the investment affiliate…

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