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    1. Which Colorado company is the most innovative?

      Which Colorado company is the most innovative?

      Forbes magazine has released its list of the most innovative companies in the world, and Colorado's sole contribution is a Denver business that makes a tasty burrito. That's right: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG). The fast-growing restaurant chain was ranked No. 20 on the Forbes list, ahead of such household names as Netflix and Starbucks.

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    2. Comcast is fighting CenturyLink's Prism TV service, the telecom tells FCC

      Comcast is fighting CenturyLink's Prism TV service, the telecom tells FCC

      CenturyLink Inc. joined a chorus of companies telling the Federal Communications Commission this week that a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger isn’t a good idea. Its example? How Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. has sent letters urging Denver-area suburbs to resist easily granting Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink municipal cable TV franchise agreements that would let the telecom launch its Prism TV service and compete with Comcast.

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    3. CPI Card Group to acquire EFT Source

      CPI Card Group to acquire EFT Source

      CPI Card Group, a Littleton-based company that the nation's largest producer of secure financial plastic cards, said Monday it has an agreement to buy EFT Source Inc., a provider of card programs and personalization services for the financial payments industry. EFT is headquartered in Nashville and has production facilities in Colorado Springs. Terms of the deal were not announced. "With the acquisition of EFT Source, CPI will be poised to continue to meet the increasing demand for innovative…

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    4. Gap arises between Colorado's high startup ranking and low VC ranking in innovation report

      Gap arises between Colorado's high startup ranking and low VC ranking in innovation report

      Colorado is a hub for startup and job creation, but struggles to garner interest from venture capitalists, according to the Colorado Innovation Network's 2014 report, released Monday. COIN's third annual index analyzes the role innovation plays in the state's economic performance. The report defines innovation as, "a product, process or service that generates new value in the marketplace.

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    5. $19 million conversion of Denver's historic Byers school building complete

      The renovation of the former Byers Junior High School building, a 93-year-old structure on Denver's Pearl Street, has reached completion, with a grand opening planned for next week. The historic school at 150 S. Pearl St. has been empty since 2004, when Denver School of the Arts, which was using the building, moved to a new home at 7111 Montview Blvd. But after a year of construction, the Byers building has been converted into a fifth campus for the Denver School of Science and Technology.

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    6. On the scene at Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business awards (Slideshow)

      On the scene at Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business awards (Slideshow)

      We are proud to see several technology business leaders featured in the 2014 Outstanding Women in Business.

      Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business awards event brought more than 700 people to the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center Thursday to honor the Mile High City's most influential women. The slideshow (above right) shows photos from Thursday's event. 9News morning news anchor Cheryl Preheim introduced the award winners in each of the 12 categories. (The winners slideshow and story can be found here. )

      "I always leave here with a skip in my step, so inspired by…

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    7. Colorado teams advance in international competition to cut methane leaks

      Colorado teams advance in international competition to cut methane leaks

      Two Colorado teams have made the first cut in an international technology competition backed by the Environmental Defense Fund and seven major oil and gas companies.

      The goal of the competition, called the Methane Detectors Challenge, is to find new, low-cost technology that can work continuously to detect if there is methane — a potent greenhouse gas — in the air.

      And finding and reducing methane leaks is a key part of a groundbreaking set of air pollution rules that Colorado’s Air Quality…

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    8. TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion

      TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion

      TriZetto Corp., a Douglas County-based healthcare software company, may be put up for sale by its private equity owners, raising the possibility of another health care information technology player or private equity fund buying the company in a deal worth as much as $3 billion

      Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that London-based private equity group Apax Partners is exploring the sale of TriZetto. Apax has tapped JP Morgan Chase to organize an auction, Reuters said.

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    9. Wells Fargo launches Startup Accelerator program

      Wells Fargo launches Startup Accelerator program

      Wells Fargo, the largest bank in Colorado, began accepting applications Wednesday from young companies with financial services technology to join the new Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator program, which includes an equity investment from the bank. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) will take applications from startups through Oct. 1. The program includes a semiannual boot camp for innovators whose technology ideas in payments, deposits, fraud and other fields that could help “shape…

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    10. Colorado economy rated tops in nation

      Colorado economy rated tops in nation

      Colorado comes out on top in a Business Insider ranking of the nation's top economies. The national business and technology news website said it evaluated each state on eight measures, including unemployment, the number of non-farm payroll jobs, gross domestic product, average wages, the working age (18-64) population, value of international exports, house prices and auto sales. ( Methodology details here.

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    11. Colorado startup smooths flow of water-rights information in West

      Colorado startup smooths flow of water-rights information in West

      A startup company with its roots in mining and analyzing data about the oil and gas industry has turned its sights on another critical commodity: water in the West.

      Water, in Colorado and much of the west, is considered a property right, similar to land. It’s a right that can be bought, sold, or inherited as part of an estate.

      But the details of those rights — such as who owns the water, how much water, from which stream, and what it can be used for — are often scattered across court records,…

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    12. Colorado oil and gas industry competition seeks cleantech innovation

      Colorado oil and gas industry competition seeks cleantech innovation

      The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association has teamed up with some of the state’s biggest oil and gas companies — Noble Energy, Encana and ConocoPhillips — on a national and international search for cleantech companies that have great ideas to pitch to the state's oil and gas industry.

      The association, which promotes Colorado’s cleantech sector, is throwing what it believes to be the nation’s first business competition — called the Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge — designed to connect…

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    13. Swiftpage selling software line, narrowing focus

      Swiftpage selling software line, narrowing focus

      Software company Swiftpage is selling one of its two lines of business software and will turn its focus to small business sales conversion technology.

      The Denver-based company signed a definitive agreement Thursday to sell its Saleslogix customer relationship management (CRM) software to New York City-based Infor. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      The sale allows Swiftpage to focus on the software it’s best positioned to expand and attract clients to, said John Oechsle, CEO and…

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    14. Big names to gather for COIN Summit

      Big names to gather for COIN Summit

      Big names in U.S. business and technology will be among the speakers and delegates at the third annual summit of the Colorado Innovation Network being held Aug. 26-27. The invite-only event brings 275 attendees representing business and industry, nonprofits, research labs, academia and government to network and hear discussions. Organizers of the COIN Summit unveiled a lineup Tuesday that includes:

      Jeff Immelt, chairman & CEO, General Electric Co. Safra Catz, president and CFO of Oracle Corp.…

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    15. Denver startup Craft Boom can help you find your fix

      Denver startup Craft Boom can help you find your fix

      Whether you're searching for a pint of pilsner or a swill of sauvignon, a new app created by Denver startup Craft Boom Corp. can help you track down just the right place to find it. Launched in July, Crafted Here is the culmination of more than a year's worth of work that began at a "hackathon" in Denver in May 2013, said Craft Boom CEO Chase Doelling. The purpose of the app, called "Crafted Here," is to help users track down spots for beer, wine, spirits, marijuana and coffee across Colorado,…

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    16. Twitter reveals price paid for Boulder's Gnip

      Twitter reveals price paid for Boulder's Gnip

      Twitter bought Boulder-based Gnip in April, but the price paid for the tech company wasn't disclosed, until now, the Daily Camera reports. San Francisco-based Twitter revealed the price as part of its second-quarter earnings report. Twitter reported it paid $107.3 million in cash, and issued about 1 million shares of stock. That puts the value of the deal at $134.1 million, including the earned portion of stock options and other equity awards.

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    17. Video startup lands venture capital round

      Video startup lands venture capital round

      Rapt Media, a Boulder startup that makes online videos more interactive, added another $3.1 million in venture capital backing. The company, formerly known as FlixMaster, makes it possible to build links into the images of online videos, letting online viewers click to interact with the material. Boulder Ventures Ltd., based in Boulder, led the funding round, which brings the company’s total VC backing to $7.5 million. Rapt Media plans to use the latest funding to build up its presence in New…

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    18. What Uber's success can teach entrepreneurs

      What Uber's success can teach entrepreneurs

      I am a seasoned traveler who has slogged through the night in untold hotels with a cacophony of noise while enduring painfully arduous cab rides in places I don't want to even remember. Yet this past week I was blown away with one of the best experiences I've had in travel in a long time.

      I had heard about a new service for taxis called Uber, which allows individuals to use an app on their smartphone to order a taxi. Drivers are required to pass a rigorous screening test and vetting process. Uber has earned the praises of ...

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    19. IQNavigator sells part of business, shrinks payroll

      IQNavigator sells part of business, shrinks payroll

      IQNavigator recently sold a portion of its business that employs about 105 people, reducing the company’s payroll by nearly 25 percent but focusing it as a technology business.

      The Greenwood Village-based business sold its division that actively manages large companies’ non-employee workforces to MSX International, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      IQNavigator makes software to help large, multinational companies manage their contingent work forces — temporary employees, contract…

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    20. CenturyLink makes Denver a 'Gig city' with ultra-fast Internet offering

      CenturyLink makes Denver a 'Gig city' with ultra-fast Internet offering

      CenturyLink Inc. is moving to win the Internet speed wars in Denver, unveiling 1 gigabit-per-second residential service in some Denver neighborhoods starting today. A gigabit per-second is equal to 1,000 megabits per second (mbps), or 10 times faster than the highest speed CenturyLink has been offering for residential and small business accounts. It should allow movie and other media downloads to take seconds, not minutes.

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    21. Denver startup's bicycle product seeks to solve rider discomfort, inconvenience

      Denver startup's bicycle product seeks to solve rider discomfort, inconvenience

      Denver is fast becoming one of the most popular cities in the country for commuters to bike to work. On Bike to Work Day in June, for example, over 20,500 people registered to participate. But anyone who has tried to mount the seat and pedal in loafers or dress shoes for miles along a bike trail knows how much of a pain it is. Bicycle shoes are another option, but who wants to carry an extra set of sneakers around all day? FlyPedals, a Denver startup, has developed a product of the same name…

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    22. More on the cover story: Who got money from the Morgridges?

      More on the cover story: Who got money from the Morgridges?

      If you're as old as I am, the classes you attended in school came equipped with typewriters, adding machines and other gadgets that are now just remnants of an antiquated society. Modern education demands modern technology, and through their Morgridge Family Foundation, John and Carrie Morgridge are doing their best to equip classrooms with the latest and greatest devices.

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