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    1. Colorado companies land larger VC deals in second quarter

      Colorado companies land larger VC deals in second quarter

      Fewer venture capital deals were done in Colorado in the second quarter than in the first, but the deals were larger, according to a report released late Thursday.

      The state recorded 20 venture deals in the second quarter, down from 24 in the first quarter, but the amount invested rose to $150.8 million in the latest quarter, up from $112.8 million in the first quarter, said The MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters.

      That…

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    2. Lockheed Martin Space Systems sees opportunities in British space efforts

      Lockheed Martin Space Systems sees opportunities in British space efforts

      Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has a new technology office in England and is looking to be part of the United Kingdom’s push to expand its space capabilities. The office at the new UK Space Gateway is an off-shoot of the London-based Lockheed Martin UK division of defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), which is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

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    3. Colorado and Denver land in the top 10 for clean tech

      Colorado and Denver land in the top 10 for clean tech

      Colorado is No. 4 in the nation for producing eco-friendly and environmentally safe technology, according to the 2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index released Tuesday.

      That's up from No. 5 in last year's index, which is compiled by San Francisco-based Clean Edge, Inc., a research and advisory firm.

      “Climate disruption and the growing availability of market-competitive clean-energy technologies are driving many states and cities to tackle climate issues head-on,” Clean Edge founder and managing…

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    4. Colorado gears up advanced-industry angel investor tax credits

      Colorado gears up advanced-industry angel investor tax credits

      Angel investors in advanced-industries companies are being advised to hurry up and wait as the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade prepares applications for them to get newly created tax credits. Under House Bill 1012, investors putting at least $10,000 into such a company beginning on July 1 can receive a tax credit equal to 25 percent of their investment, with a maximum credit of $50,000.

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    5. Colorado Economic Development Commission approves incentives for 257 new jobs

      Colorado Economic Development Commission approves incentives for 257 new jobs

      ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions will expand its Greenwood Village workforce by some 250 employees, and two other technology companies could bring another 390 combined jobs to the Front Range. That's thanks in part to incentives approved Wednesday by the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC). ThyssenKrupp, a German firm specializing in engineering project management and construction management, has grown its presence in south Denver from roughly 50 employees to about 150 workers since…

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    6. Colorado's Accellos buys Minnesota software rival HighJump

      Colorado's Accellos buys Minnesota software rival HighJump

      HighJump Software, a Bloomington, Minnesota-based maker of logistics and supply-chain management technology, has been bought by Colorado Springs-based rival Accellos Inc. The merged company will operate under the HighJump name but will use the Accellos brand for midmarket supply chain execution technology. Accellos CEO Michael Cornell will lead the combined company. Terms weren't disclosed. HighJump has 498 employees; Accellos about 227. Accellos, which provides warehouse management systems to…

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    7. Denver ranked in top 10 for best places for STEM graduates (Slideshow)

      Denver ranked in top 10 for best places for STEM graduates (Slideshow)

      Denver is a growing hub for workers looking to land a job in the growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries, according to a NerdWallet study released Monday. That study placed the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area at No. 9 out of 75 of the largest U.S. metros for the best places for STEM graduates based off income level for STEM jobs and the size of STEM industries. Click the slideshow (above right) to view the top 10 cities for STEM graduates.

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    8. Denver software companies urge the city to changes its tax stance

      Denver software companies urge the city to changes its tax stance

      About three dozen software industry members on Tuesday told Denver officials that taxing software sales in the city will hurt local tech industry job growth and is already scaring away businesses. In meeting convened by the Colorado Technology Association trade group in the wake of recent audits of Denver software companies, entrepreneurs urged City Treasurer Steve Ellington and city economist Jeff Romine to change the city’s interpretation of a 1987 code under which the city asserts nearly any…

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    9. The first class at Alex Bogusky's Boomtown accelerator unveils its ambitions

      The first class at Alex Bogusky's Boomtown accelerator unveils its ambitions

      Ambitions for companies at the Boomtown accelerator in Boulder were as a big as any a business might want to tackle, even if the companies are small. The startups goals include creating a smart dog collar, making keys obsolete, making print newspapers thrive on college campuses, automating the labor-intensive photo processing for social media, matching brands to product placement and endorsement opportunities across media, and helping everyone make a good first impression online.

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    10. Imagine Communications leases Denver Post space

      Imagine Communications leases Denver Post space

      Imagine Communications, a media-technology business, has leased space in the Denver Post building that has served as The Post's newsroom since 2006, the newspaper announced Friday. Dallas-based Imagine will occupy 31,814 square feet on the sixth floor of the 11-story building at 101 W. Colfax Ave., overlooking Civic Center, plus 2,500 square feet of data center space on another floor, The Post said. It will move there from offices in the Meridian complex in Douglas County.

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    11. Denver's taxing of software again draws ire of local companies

      Denver's taxing of software again draws ire of local companies

      If your business sells a pair of socks in Denver, you add city sales tax to the purchase. If your business buys equipment for its Denver site, you pay city use taxes on the purchase.

      None of this usually is controversial. Unless the product being bought and sold is software.

      If it’s software, you get companies taken by surprise when Denver city auditors show up at their door, then outrage and talk of tech companies fleeing the city.

      That’s because most cities — as much as 70 percent of them,…

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    12. Where does CNBC rank Colorado among top states for business?

      Where does CNBC rank Colorado among top states for business?

      Colorado is tied for No. 8 on CNBC's latest list of "America's Top States for Business. "

      That's down a notch from last year's No. 7 ranking. Colorado was No. 8 in 2012. The cable channel rated the states on 56 yardsticks of competitiveness, measuring cost of doing business, infrastructure, quality of life, technology and innovation, education, cost of living and access to capital, among other factors. Among CNBC's 10 major ranking categories, Colorado rated No. 1 in access to capital and No.

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    13. Instacart grocery delivery service launches in metro Denver

      Instacart grocery delivery service launches in metro Denver

      Forget monotonously marching up and down aisles tossing food into your cart one cereal box and frozen dinner at a time. A new delivery service lets you do it from home. Beginning Tuesday, people in metro Denver can use Instacart, an online grocery delivery service, to order their groceries from King Soopers and Costco and have them delivered in as little as one hour. "We are very excited to give people in Denver access to healthy groceries on demand," said Apoorva Mehta, Instacart founder.

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    14. Strategies: Connecting high touch and high tech

      Strategies: Connecting high touch and high tech

      It is amazing to think how much technology impacts our lives at home and at the office. Technology enables us to stay connected, find resources and the best restaurants more quickly, and dramatically impacts our ability to save time and money. We are all part of this incredible age of technology which continues to have impact, both personally and professionally.

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    15. Steve Jobs patents exhibit opens in Denver just days before new patent office

      Steve Jobs patents exhibit opens in Denver just days before new patent office

      An exhibit showcasing hundreds of Apple Inc.'s and Steve Jobs’ patents opened Friday at the Denver Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Denver.

      The exhibit — “Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World” — will be on display through September. It’s free and open to the public.

      The exhibit is on loan from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), arriving 10 days ahead of the grand opening of Denver’s satellite patent office on June…

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    16. Denver’s 2014 Outstanding Women in Business nominees announced

      Denver’s 2014 Outstanding Women in Business nominees announced

      Each year, the Denver Business Journal recognizes metro Denver’s most influential women with the Outstanding Women In Business awards. This year, nearly 140 women again will vie for the honors.

      Twelve women will be honored for their accomplishments in the categories of architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; health care; large business owner; law; Mile High Leaders; real estate;…

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    17. Boulder cleantech company takes 1st at Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition

      Boulder cleantech company takes 1st at Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition

      Wasted carbon dioxide from ethanol plants and breweries can actually be converted into a pure algae oil commonly used in cosmetics and omega-3 supplements. The winning team presented that idea at this year’s University of Colorado Denver's Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition, which took place Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. Click the slideshow (above right) to view photos from the event. Superior Ecotech, a Boulder-based startup, took first and the $10,000 prize after facing…

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    18. Galvanize lands $18 million in venture capital to broaden its education focus

      Galvanize lands $18 million in venture capital to broaden its education focus

      Denver-based startup hub Galvanize LLC raised $18 million venture capital in a round led by New York City-based University Ventures Fund, attracting investors to Galvanize’s vision of becoming a new kind of education company teaching entrepreneurship and technology skills.

      The money will fund expansion of Galvanize’s education programs in San Francisco and Denver — where it’s building a second and larger location in the Platte River neighborhood — and at its existing Boulder location,…

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    19. Cloud Elements attracts VC funding and adds to its board

      Cloud Elements attracts VC funding and adds to its board

      Cloud Elements LLC, a Denver-based startup, raised $3.1 million in venture capital to expand the business just as it's moved into new offices and added a new board member. The 18-month-old company makes a technology platform that helps software developers more easily make applications work well with cloud computing systems. Cloud Elements already has millions of dollars in annual revenue and hundreds of customers, said CEO and co-founder Mark Geene. With the venture capital infusion, it aims to…

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    20. Pixorial video-, photo-sharing service shutting down

      Pixorial video-, photo-sharing service shutting down

      Pixorial Inc., the video- and photo-sharing company based in Centennial, announced Tuesday evening it will shut its doors on July 18. The privately held company, which said it has more than 636,000 users, 2.7 million minutes of video and "countless photos," told users via email "this decision was extremely difficult for our team ..."

      Andres Espiñeira, a former employee of Netscape, founded Pixorial in 2007. The company said that earlier this year it held talks with "numerous companies about an…

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