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    1. Oh the beautiful Colorado places Google can take you (Slideshow)

      Colorado's beauty spreads far and wide — from remote hiking trails, to serene lakes, to bustling urban parks and more. There's so much beauty, in fact, many of us would find it difficult to ever find the time to visit all those places in a lifetime. Luckily, there's now a way to prioritize which ones are most appealing, even tour them — all from a computer. Google Maps recently added virtual visits to 32 state attractions that allow users to view what the area looks like. Using Google Street…

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    2. Alliance Data opens second customer support center in Westminster

      Alliance Data officials formally opened the company's second customer service center in Westminster on Thursday and the company’s president said there may be plans for a third center.

      “We intend to double the size of our business by 2020,” said Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data, which does about $2.5 billion in annual revenue. “And there would be nothing more energizing than celebrating a third building. So perhaps we should pledge today that is something we would want to do here…

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    3. Lockheed Martin, DigitalGlobe workers create technology to speed disaster relief

      Colorado aerospace technology workers have created software to help speed relief to victims of natural disasters around the world. Workers at Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (LMSS) built the HelpNowMap.com service to help get clear data to residents, first-responders and aid agencies on the ground after floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters around the world. Now they hope a major aid agency takes up the technology and software developers elsewhere continue…

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    4. Denver companies raise $345 million in venture capital in 2015

      Denver companies raise $345 million in venture capital in 2015

      Denver-based startups raised $345 million in venture capital in 2015 -- nearly double the amount raised in 2011, according to a new report from the Denver Office of Economic Development. The Denver Venture Capital Report 2015 analyzes venture capital deals in Denver from 2011 to 2015 with data from CB Insights. The report includes all seed and angel investments, Series A through E investments and growth equity investments. Angels are doing some heavy lifting, according to the report.

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    5. Tech Center-based cable company says it raised $40M

      Tech Center-based cable company says it raised $40M

      WideOpenWest Finance, which operates WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, said it's raised $40 million in financing from its owners. WOW!, which is based in the Denver Tech Center, said Avista Capital Partners and Crestview Partners, a private equity firm based in New York, made additional equity investments totaling $40 million. The company, which employs 2,800 people, said it now has 784,600 total customers. The biggest markets served by WOW! include Detroit, Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. In December,…

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    6. Bill to impose fees on companies that don't provide health care passes 1st hurdle

      Bill to impose fees on companies that don't provide health care passes 1st hurdle

      Large employers that pay workers less than $12 an hour and don’t provide health care for them would be forced to pay significant fees to the state under a bill that received the approval of its first Colorado legislative committee on Thursday. The approval came despite warnings that even debating the measure is driving potential employers away from the state. Though Rep. K.C. Becker — a Boulder Democrat who is sponsoring House Bill 1435 along with House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, D-Denver…

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    7. SpaceX awarded first Air Force satellite launch contract

      SpaceX awarded first Air Force satellite launch contract

      Someone other than Centennial-based United Launch Alliance has a contract to launch a national security satellite for the U.S. Air Force for the first time in 10 years. Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force on Wednesday. The contract pays to launch the second orbiter of a new generation of global positioning system satellites. The launch is slated for May, 2018. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance…

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    8. Serial entrepreneur wants to inspire more Colorado angel investors

      Serial entrepreneur wants to inspire more Colorado angel investors

      Leslie Jump is passionate about entrepreneurs, especially those in early stage.

      She’s worked with technology entrepreneurs, vetted them, and put her money into them. She’s been around the world as an angel investing in startups and businesses in areas of telecommunications, e-commerce, consumer packaged goods, filmed entertainment, financial services and social media.

      She knows how hard it is to raise early-stage money.

      “There are great companies around. If I am not prepared to invest, then…

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    9. Denver salary data company acquired

      Denver salary data company acquired

      PayScale and its majority shareholder, Warburg Pincus, have acquired a controlling stake in Denver-based MarketPay.

      The two companies, which specialize in different types of technology and data platforms that help businesses determine their salaries, will retain all of MarketPay’s 65 employees and PayScale’s 275 employees, said PayScale CEO Mike Metzger.

      Seattle-based PayScale will add roughly 20 people to each company’s staffs, he said. In addition to Denver, there are MarketPay employees…

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    10. Testing begins in Boulder on new high-tech weather satellite

      Testing begins in Boulder on new high-tech weather satellite

      Ball Aerospace said it's now testing in Boulder the new weather satellite it built for the U.S. government. If all goes well, Ball said the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite should blast off into space early next year. Ball is testing the satellite at its Fisher Complex in Boulder, where it built and assembled the satellite.

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    11. Tech founders boxing in Boulder? Entrepreneurs take to the ring (Slideshow)

      Tech founders boxing in Boulder? Entrepreneurs take to the ring (Slideshow)

      An unlikely fitness craze has swept the Boulder tech scene. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the tech-savvy college city have been stepping into the ring, learning to jab and dodge punches, and go toe-to-toe in the most un-Boulder, non-geek pastime — boxing. Eighteen company founders and backers in this former hippy town have signed up to pound each other in USA Boxing-sanctioned bouts during next month’s Boulder Startup Week. David Mandell, a tech entrepreneur and founder of PivotDesk...

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    12. Intel to cut 12,000 jobs, restructure

      Intel to cut 12,000 jobs, restructure

      Intel Corp. said Tuesday it will restructure the company, reducing 12,000 positions globally — about 11 percent of employees — by mid-2017.

      Intel has about 400 employees at sites in Fort Collins and Longmont. It's not clear how the job cuts and site consolidations will affect the company's Colorado presence.

      The Santa Clara, California-based tech giant (Nasdaq: INTC) — best known for its computer chips — said the initiative will accelerate its "evolution from a PC company to one that powers…

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    13. Planets, asteroids are in Lockheed Martin's 2016 travel plans

      Planets, asteroids are in Lockheed Martin's 2016 travel plans

      Colorado Springs— Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has an intriguing list of destinations it's working on this year: Jupiter, an asteroid or two, Mars and maybe Venus.

      Those spots in the solar system are ones that Jefferson County-based LMSS's projects are reaching, leaving for, being built for or being proposed to go to in a busy latter half of 2016.

      “We’re not a company that does only one spacecraft, one mission at a time,” said Guy Beutelschies, LMSS' director of interplanetary programs.…

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    14. More on the cover story: Views on the future of energy (Video)

      More on the cover story: Views on the future of energy (Video)

      With solar gaining popularity and with more people installing panels, Colorado's biggest utility is pushing a plan to reshape its relationship with customers — some of whom are now energy producers.

      Cathy Proctor writes about Xcel Energy and its solar future in this week's Denver Business Journal cover story.

      In the video above, four energy authorities talk about solar, energy and the grid in connection with Cathy's story. Hear what each has to say about the future.

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    15. ULA and SpaceX see the future of space launching very differently

      ULA and SpaceX see the future of space launching very differently

      Colorado Springs— The heads of United Launch Alliance and SpaceX aren’t just rivals for launching U.S. military and commercial satellites into orbit. They don’t even see the business the same way. Tory Bruno, CEO of Centennial-based ULA, and Gwynneth Shotwell, president of Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, were the biggest presences on a panel Thursday closing the Space Symposium, the biggest annual gathering of U.S. military and private-sector space officials. The session featured executives…

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    16. Brad Feld's Foundry Group raising $500M for later-stage tech, other VCs

      Brad Feld's Foundry Group raising $500M for later-stage tech, other VCs

      What's next at Brad Feld's legendary Boulder-based venture capital firm is a half-billion-dollar raise that will take Foundry Group in new directions. Fortune reports that Foundry Group is raising $500 million for its yet-to-be-formed Foundry Group Next LP fund. While Foundry is best known for backing companies at an early stage, Foundry Group Next will support later-stage tech companies as well as other venture capital firms. Fortune cites Foundry's SEC filing Tuesday on the offering. The news…

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    17. Colorado 'ban the box' bill for job seekers with criminal records gets 1st OK (Video)

      Colorado 'ban the box' bill for job seekers with criminal records gets 1st OK (Video)

      Colorado employers would not be able to ask job seekers if they have a criminal history on application forms under a bill that received its first committee approval in the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday and, at least in principle, has the support of Gov. John Hickenlooper. House Bill 1388 -- sponsored by state Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver -- would prohibit companies from advertising that people with criminal histories cannot apply for jobs and from putting a box on applications that…

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