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    1. Merged Accuvant-FishNet Security hire first CIO

      Merged Accuvant-FishNet Security hire first CIO

      The company formed by the merger of Denver-based Accuvant Inc. and Overland Park, Kansas-based FishNet Security Inc. has hired a new chief information officer. The CIO is a newly created role for the two companies, which announced their plans to merge in November and said the combined company will be based in metro Denver. The company will be rebranded as Optiv Security. New CIO Anthony Crutcher will be responsible for Optiv Security's IT vision, strategy and execution. Crutcher most recently…

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    2. Uber meets eHarmony: Lawyers-on-demand startup expands to Colorado

      Uber meets eHarmony: Lawyers-on-demand startup expands to Colorado

      When Matthew Faustman was a lawyer in a big firm in Silicon Valley a few years ago, he heard a lot of complaints from clients about hefty legal fees. At the same time, he saw an exodus of lawyers leaving big firms and going out on their own. How could the two groups meet up? he said. UpCounsel was born. Think of it as eHarmony meets Uber, he said. Faustman, UpCounsel CEO, and Mason Blake launched the company in San Francisco in 2013. It's now expanding to Colorado. The lawyer-on-demand site…

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    3. 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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    4. Lockheed Martin lands commercial satellite order from Saudi company

      Lockheed Martin lands commercial satellite order from Saudi company

      A Saudi Arabian company has ordered the first pair of modernized commercial communication satellites that Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. will make in metro Denver.

      The Arabsat order, finalized April 9, is the first since LMSS moved its commercial satellite division to its Jefferson County headquarters campus last year. It’s also the first order for an updated design for LMSS’ longstanding satellite body it calls the A2100.

      Financial terms of the order from Arabsat and the King Abdulaziz…

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    5. Loveland's Lightning Hybrids expands to UK

      Loveland's Lightning Hybrids expands to UK

      Lightning Hybrids LLC, a Loveland company that makes emissions-reducing hydraulic hybrid motor systems for buses and trucks, has opened an office in the United Kingdom and has delivered its first hybrid systems there. The company says the move is to take advantage of opportunities presented by higher fuel prices overseas and a greater emphasis on emissions controls in other countries.

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    6. Customer-loyalty firm FiveStars opening Denver office

      Customer-loyalty firm FiveStars opening Denver office

      FiveStars Loyalty Inc., a quickly growing customer-loyalty and marketing-automation firm, is opening a Denver office and planning to hire more than 100 employees by the end of this year.

      The four-year-old San Francisco firm, which has a local customer portfolio that includes Lodo’s Bar & Grill and GB Fish & Chips, secured 10,000 square feet of office space at the Battery621 shared-space facility at 621 Kalamath St.

      FiveStarS chose Denver over Austin and Seattle because of the city’s quality…

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    7. SBA names CEO of woman-owned tech company Colorado Small Business Person of the Year

      SBA names CEO of woman-owned tech company Colorado Small Business Person of the Year

      The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday that it has named Teresa Porter, CEO of ISYS Technologies, the 2015 Colorado Small Business Person of the Year. She'll join nine other statewide Small Business Week award winners selected by SBA at an award ceremony May 6 in Aurora. Small Business Week takes place May 4-8 and is meant to recognize America's entrepreneurs and small businesses. "Each of our Small Business Week winners exemplifies the importance of entrepreneurship in this…

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    8. Special Report: Denver metro's top C-level executives honored

      Special Report: Denver metro's top C-level executives honored

      Read about the winners and finalists of the Denver Business Journal's 2015 C-Suite Awards which were presented April 23.

      Click on the headlines below.

      DBJ's 2015 C-Suite Awards winners honored (Slideshow)

      The Process: How the honorees were selected (Subscribers only)

      CFO MikePritchard blends finance and fundraising (Subscribers only)

      John Brammeier’s creating new models of care giving (Subscribers only)

      Dan Patten aids growth with analytical problem solving (Subscribers only)

      Albert Kendrick…

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    9. DBJ's 2015 C-Suite Awards winners honored (Slideshow)

      DBJ's 2015 C-Suite Awards winners honored (Slideshow)

      The Denver Business Journal named the winners of the 2015 C-Suite Awards today during a lunch event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel downtown.

      The C-Suite Awards recognize C-level execs — chief operating officer, chief legal counsel, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer and chief information officer — or individuals operating in that capacity with a different title.

       

      To see the list of winners and finalists , click on the photo above.

       

      Nominations were submitted online and then a panel…

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    10. KPMG expands in tech development with new Denver office

      KPMG expands in tech development with new Denver office

      Denver’s ability to attract millennials and tech workers led one of the “big four” tax accounting and consulting giants to open its first collaborative technology offices in downtown Thursday.

      KPMG, the New York City-based division of the global advisory firm, formally opened its KPMG Ignition site at 1001 17th St. this afternoon. It’s the first of at least four “ignition” sites the company plans nationwide.

      “We looked at the kind of talents we wanted at the Ignition Center and the…

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    11. Tax break proposal for Colorado data centers runs out of juice

      Tax break proposal for Colorado data centers runs out of juice

      Colorado economic developers will not have a new arrow in their quiver in efforts to attract data centers to the state next year. Sponsors of a bill in the Colorado Legislature that would have created tax breaks of as much as $3 million per company for data-center equipment purchases turned the bill Wednesday into a study of the issue instead.

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    12. Does Google want you? Here's what they're searching for in Boulder

      Does Google want you? Here's what they're searching for in Boulder

      If you’re wondering what it takes to get a job working for Google Inc. in Boulder, Amanda Dufresne would be a good person to get to know.

      She’s the Boulder technical recruiter for the Mountain View, California-based web search and online technology giant. Google’s aggressively trying to hire software engineers to help it build online payments, 3-D image data, cloud storage and other technologies it works on in Boulder.

      ( DBJ subscribers can learn more about Google's growth plans in my story…

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    13. Kärcher moving North American HQ from Englewood to Denver

      Kärcher moving North American HQ from Englewood to Denver

      Kärcher North America Inc. is moving from its current North American headquarters in Englewood to a 90,000-square-foot space near Denver International Airport that will house 165 employees.

      Kärcher North America — a subsidiary of Winnenden, Germany-based Kärcher Group — produces high-pressure cleaners and window vacuum cleaners. The company employs 1,150 in eight locations in the U.S.

      Mayor Michael Hancock, along with Kärcher Group CEO Hartmut Jenner and Kärcher North America CEO Hannes…

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    14. Colorado's health exchange to spend $5.1M on IT fix

      Colorado's health exchange to spend $5.1M on IT fix

      Colorado’s health exchange board voted unanimously on Monday to spend another $5.1 million to fix a shared IT system with the state that has caused problems for thousands of customers.

      Previously, the problematic IT system had cost Connect for Health Colorado at least $6 million.

      Colorado taxpayers will be on the hook for additional costs for the system for the state’s portion of fixes through Medicaid and the state Office of Information Technology. Medicaid officials did not specify Monday…

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    15. Bitcoin tech, fed's 'Death Master File' power Denver-based Blockchain's self-executing wills

      Bitcoin tech, fed's 'Death Master File' power Denver-based Blockchain's self-executing wills

      T he U.S. Social Security office has a little-discussed tool called the Death Master File. The cloud-based Web service's 86 million records — complete with third-party Android and iOS mobile apps— include verified reports of death, and can be used to verify that benefits recipients are still among the living.

      Denver-based Blockchain Apparatus has built software that uses the blockchain technology behind bitcoin to create “self-executing” wills based on those Social Security records.

      We…

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    16. $17 million STEM focused expansion opens at Colorado high school

      $17 million STEM focused expansion opens at Colorado high school

      A $17 million expansion meant to help alternative high school students focus on building a business or science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) focused career opened Thursday. The 98,000 square-foot space at the Englewood School District's Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice was designed by Slaterpaull / Hord Coplan Macht, a Denver architectural firm, and built by Centennial-based Haselden Construction LLC. The space, which includes a multi-media classroom space, a fitness room with…

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    17. More on the cover story: Boundaries blur between VCs and angels

      More on the cover story: Boundaries blur between VCs and angels

      Tech startup funding has been changing, with new kinds of investors these days backing most companies at their earliest, riskiest stages.

      Where it’s leading is hard to tell.

      And what to call people can be fuzzy, too. The old labels used for startup funding — who’s an angel and who’s a venture capitalist — often don’t work because things have changed so much.

      Before the early 2000s, VCs with early-stage funds commonly made $200,000 to $500,000 investments for minority stakes in new…

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    18. Wheat Ridge company is using NASA technology in new ski goggles (Video)

      Wheat Ridge company is using NASA technology in new ski goggles (Video)

      Bill Cotton, president of Wheat Ridge-based Optic Nerve, believes smaller companies like his need to do something innovative to stand out in the crowded world of ski gear. But his latest product is, very literally, from out of this world. Optic Nerve, which specializes in sunglasses and ski goggles, has employed technology licensed from NASA to create a new ski goggle lens that will keep out significantly larger amounts of blue light. This innovation, which was first used in shields on rockets,…

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    19. Encana grant supports energy exhibit at Children's Museum of Denver

      Encana grant supports energy exhibit at Children's Museum of Denver

      Encana Corp. has given a $1 million grant to the Children’s Museum of Denver to help pay for a new exhibit focused on energy.

      It’s one of six new exhibits under construction as part of the museum’s $16.1 million expansion t hat will create a 9-acre campus and more than double the current space for exhibits and indoor and outdoor programs by year's end.

      The new space will house eight new interactive exhibits, including the energy exhibit.

      The five-year grant will help the Museum used STEM…

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    20. Who's in the running for the Denver Business Journal's C-Suite Awards? (Slideshow)

      Who's in the running for the Denver Business Journal's C-Suite Awards? (Slideshow)

      The Denver Business Journal will be honoring the metro area’s top C-level executives at an awards luncheon slated for April 23.

      The top officers in the following positions will be awarded: chief information officer (or IT professional), chief financial officer, chief legal counsel, chief marketing officer and chief operating officer. Executives acting in the capacity of one of these C-level positions, but who carry a different title, were eligible.

      To see who the finalists are vying for the…

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    21. Vestas Wind Systems tops in global competition — again

      Vestas Wind Systems tops in global competition — again

      Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish wind turbine maker with four manufacturing plants in Colorado, ranked No. 1 in the world for new turbines installed during 2014, according to a report by research and consulting firm GlobalData. Each megawatt of wind power can support the electricity demands of about 300 homes. The list, according to GlobalData:

      1. Vestas Wind Systems, which installed 6,053 megawatts worth of wind turbines globally in 2014. Vestas also was ranked No.

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    22. Colorado may be poised to become a hub for agricultural innovation

      Colorado may be poised to become a hub for agricultural innovation

      Colorado may soon be known as more than just a tech hub for startups. It may soon be the Silicon Valley of agricultural too. National Public Radio reports that not only are scientists publishing agricultural research conducted in the state in droves, but Front Range producers are also patenting record numbers of technology for food and plant genetics, as well as irrigation.

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