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    1. Denver is No. 8 on report's list of U.S.'s most 'future-ready' cities

      Denver is No. 8 on report's list of U.S.'s most 'future-ready' cities

      Denver is ranked eighth in the country for being a "future-ready" city, according to a new report. The Dell Future Ready Economies Model ranked cities on three criteria: "the ability to attract people who are engaged in and open to lifelong learning that drives innovation; businesses that thrive in collaborative environments; and infrastructure that provides platforms for people to engage, collaborate, learn and innovate.

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    2. Denver office market healthy in 2015, not relying on oil industry, says report

      Denver office market healthy in 2015, not relying on oil industry, says report

      The Denver area commercial real estate market remained healthy in 2015, and is slowly weaning itself from its long-time reliance on the oil industry. The burgeoning technology industry is buoying the Denver office market, according to the latest quarterly report from JLL. JLL opines that skyrocketing rent costs in Silicon Valley and in California are allowing more technology companies to look at markets like Denver.

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    3. Colorado to open 1st P-TECH schools focused on skilled careers

      Colorado to open 1st P-TECH schools focused on skilled careers

      Two new schools will be ground zero for a first-of-its kind program in Colorado where high schoolers can attend class for six years (rather than four) to earn an associate degree in a STEM-related field. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and math. The schools will be located in the Longmont-based St. Vrain Valley School District and El Paso County School District 49, near Colorado Springs. They will open in fall 2016 and serve about 200 students the first year.

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    4. CDOT needs 1,000 volunteers for pilot I-70 ski traffic project

      CDOT needs 1,000 volunteers for pilot I-70 ski traffic project

      The Colorado Department of Transportation is seeking about 1,000 volunteers for a pilot program to alert drivers to problems on the road. The agency hopes the program will smooth traffic on the congested Interstate 70 mountain corridor during next winter’s ski season. CDOT announced Tuesday it was signing on with HERE, a subsidiary of Nokia, a Finnish multinational communications and information technology company.

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    5. NetApp buying SolidFire for $870 million

      NetApp buying SolidFire for $870 million

      Boulder-based SolidFire is being acquired by NetApp Inc., another network storage company, for $870 million in cash.

      NetApp Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), based in Sunnyvale, California, announced the acquisition Monday afternoon.

      SolidFire has been one of Colorado’s fastest-growing startups, making flash-memory datage storage devices for companies that need speedy access to information in data centers.

      “SolidFire combines the performance and economics of all-flash storage with a webscale architecture…

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    6. Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver

      Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver

      Gusto, a tech company growing in Denver and formerly called ZenPayroll, has added another $22 million from investors, pushing its latest VC round past $63.6 million.

      The San Francisco-based online payroll and workers compensation business drew more money from existing investors, including two Google funds, in what CEO Joshua Reeves says is an opportunistic growth in funding, according to the tech publication Venture Beat.

      “We decided to take in more capital because we wanted to give investors…

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    7. ViaWest building another Dallas-area data center as part of growth strategy

      ViaWest building another Dallas-area data center as part of growth strategy

      Colorado-based ViaWest has begun construction on a new data center in Plano, Texas — its seventh data center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — as part of the company's larger growth strategy.

      The Greenwood Village-based hybrid IT solutions provider with colocation and cloud capabilities is locating its data center facilities close to customers, which makes North Texas particularly attractive, said Tom Myers, the firm's regional vice president .

      "Dallas continues to be one of the hottest markets…

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    8. Foundry Group adds investment veteran, eyes funding of other VCs

      Colorado’s best-known technology venture capital firm has added a private equity veteran and is expanding its focus to funding other VC firms focused on early-stage startups.

      Boulder-based Foundry Group has hired Lindel Eakman, who managed private equity investments for Austin-based UTIMCO and who has been Foundry’s biggest investor.

      UTIMCO (or University of Texas Investment Management Co.) is the external corporation overseeing investments for the $35 billion endowment of the University of…

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    9. Denver tech company that helps sales reps sell raises $6M

      CommercialTribe, a Denver tech company that makes software to help sales representatives, said it's raised $6 million in new funding. The money, CommercialTribe said, came from from Boulder Ventures, Grotech Ventures, and Access Venture Partners. The company said it will use to money to "expand their platform for sales leaders and enablement professionals to onboard reps, launch new products, and continuously improve rep performance.

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    10. Welltok buys Silverlink, raises $45M

      Denver health technology company Welltok said it's acquired healthcare communications company Silverlink, and has also raised $45 million.

      Welltok didn't say how much it paid for Massachusetts-based Silverlink, but said "to support part of the acquisition," it said it raised $45 million from venture firms Georgian Partners, EDBI (the corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board) and Flare Capital Partners, "as well as a number of existing institutional and strategic investors."

      That…

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    11. CDOT unveils $20M tech program to make roads safer, faster

      CDOT unveils $20M tech program to make roads safer, faster

      The Colorado Department of Transportation is committing $20 million in a bid to bring high tech to the state’s aging transportation network.

      The project, dubbed RoadX, aims to team the public sector and private companies to deploy “comprehensive technology solutions” over the next 10 years can help make Colorado’s roads “crash-free, injury free, delay-free,” the agency announced Tuesday.

      “RoadX isn’t just an investment that we believe is smart with our taxpayer dollars,” said…

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    12. Catalyst health-tech campus in RiNo: Here's what it will look like, who's moving in

      The developer of Denver's Catalyst Health Care Innovation co-working campus today announced two of its future tenants. Also today, the first renderings of the project, designed by The Beck Group, were released. BurstIQ, a data-management company focused on the health care industry, will be one of the occupants of Catalyst.

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    13. Westminster company acquired in wireless network technology deal

      An international wireless network services company based in California has acquired a Colorado software company that makes wireless security products. Ruckus Wireless Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) bought Westminster-based Cloudpath Networks. Terms were not disclosed. Ruckus sells Wi-Fi service to about 56,000 customers, most of them large companies, universities, school districts, public venues and stores. It has about 940 employees, more than half of them outside the U.S.

      Cloudpath employs 12 people. It…

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    14. Colorado among the 10 most entrepreneurial states in the nation

      Denver Startup Week is behind us, but its growing popularity may be one indication of why Colorado landed among the 10 most entrepreneurial states in the nation. Colorado is the second-best state where small business loans and startups abound, according to a new NerdWallet report. The San Francisco-based company pored through data from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau and a report on small business activity compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National…

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    15. University partnerships vital to a healthy Colorado economy

      University partnerships vital to a healthy Colorado economy

      Metropolitan State University of Denver student Jeff Pollmiller has two classrooms: one with desks, and the other with spacecraft. Jeff studies in MSU Denver’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program, but this fall, he’s working here at Lockheed Martin’s Littleton plant in our state-of-the-art additive manufacturing lab—using what he’s learned to complete his senior engineering project.

      National Manufacturing Day was Oct. 2 and I found myself reflecting on how young minds like Jeff go…

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    16. MSU Denver aerospace program poised as industry looks for diversity (Slideshow)

      MSU Denver aerospace program poised as industry looks for diversity (Slideshow)

      Workforce diversity in the U.S. space industry edged out new manufacturing technologies, small satellites and 3-D printing as main topic Thursday during groundbreaking celebrations at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dozens gathered to kick off construction of the school’s $70 million aerospace engineering center in Denver. Much of the talk was about the important push for more ethnic and gender diversity in the aerospace work force, and how the growing city university can help.

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    17. Next Silicon Valley? How about Colorado?

      Colorado as the next Silicon Valley? The state's positioned well, according to news and tech website Mashable. Mashable cited extremely high residential and commercial real estate costs in Silicon Valley for reasons why four other U.S. tech areas were primed to be the next tech mecca. "The tech scene in Colorado is on fire, particularly for companies that specialize in natural foods, computer storage and biotech," wrote Mashable, adding that the three other U.S. regions rivaling Silicon Valley…

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