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    1. DaVita buying Renal Ventures of Lakewood for $415M

      DaVita buying Renal Ventures of Lakewood for $415M

      DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. said it's buying Renal Ventures ManagementLLC of Lakewood for $415 million.

      Denver-based DaVita (NYSE: DVA) said in a statement that Renal Ventures operates 36 dialysis clinics in six states and its Multispecialty Physician Partners and Physician Venture Partners operates infusion and vascular centers in three states.

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    2. To heck with tech: Millennials prefer face-to-face meetings, and Denver's great for that

      To heck with tech: Millennials prefer face-to-face meetings, and Denver's great for that

      The terms "millennials" and "technology" are as often linked as peanut butter and jelly, with the millennial generation — generally those born between 1980 and 2000 — supposedly preferring all things tech over everything else. New research is showing that's not necessarily the case. Millennials may use technology more than past generations, but they still prefer face-to-face engagement, according to new report, titled "What Millennials Want in Meetings. "

      > Download the report here. The report…

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    3. Boulder web publishing company raises $18M

      Boulder web publishing company raises $18M

      Boulder web publishing company Sovrn Holdings said it's raised $18 million in a funding round. The funding was led by Foundry Group, and included participation from existing investors Oak Investment Partners, Archer Venture Acquisitions and John Battelle, Sovrn said. The money "will be used to accelerate both organic and inorganic growth opportunities," Sovrn said in a statement. "We see exciting areas for growth in the ad tech market and we wanted to buttress our already strong balance sheet…

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    4. Seagate Technology buying Longmont software storage firm for $645M

      Seagate Technology buying Longmont software storage firm for $645M

      Seagate Technology said it's buying Dot Hill Systems Corp. of Longmont for $645 million. Seagate, a California Bay Area data storage systems company, said it's paying $9.75 per share for Dot Hill (Nasdaq: HILL), which makes software and hardware storage systems. That's about 50 percent more than Dot Hill's average stock price over the past three months. “Seagate has a strong reputation in enterprise storage ... making them the right home for the talented Dot Hill team,” said Dana Kammersgard,…

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    5. Lockheed Martin commercial satellite business names new executive

      Lockheed Martin commercial satellite business names new executive

      A new executive has been appointed to run the commercial satellite business of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. Carl Marchetto, a 30-year veteran of the commercial space industry, is the new vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Commercial Space, which relocated last year to Jefferson County. Marchetto replaces Mike Hamel in the role. Hamel has been tapped to run a Lockheed Martin joint venture with Saudi Arabian telecommunications companies.

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    6. How high does Denver rank for tech hiring?

      How high does Denver rank for tech hiring?

      Almost one in five job openings the Denver area are technology jobs, more than double the national average and ranking Denver third among U.S. cities for tech jobs ranked by the employment search website Simply Hired. The 14,741 tech job openings account for 19.3 percent of the 76,292 positions being filled in the Denver area and that are aggregated by Simply Hired. Only San Francisco and Seattle had more tech jobs open than Denver.

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    7. Target testing location-tracking app in Denver

      Target testing location-tracking app in Denver

      Target Corp. rolled out its "Target Run" app feature Wednesday that tracks a shopper's real-time location in the store to send them coupons and purchase recommendations, and Denver's one of the test markets. The updated Target app uses egg-sized beacons on top of shelves to let shoppers know when there's a deal nearby. A deal on Hershey's bars might pop up on a shopper's phone when perusing the candy aisle, for example.

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    8. Rockies fans can now enter Coors Field with the touch of a finger

      Rockies fans can now enter Coors Field with the touch of a finger

      Fans entering the gates at the Colorado Rockies will simply touch a scanner with two fingers, and bam, they're in. The Rockies will have one gate where fans can use a one-touch screen called Fast Access powered by Clear, a New York-based company that specializes in secure biometric identity platforms used at airports across the country. The idea is to make it faster for fans to get into Coors Field, be less cumbersome for security guards and still provide a secure game.

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    9. Colorado women make progress on company boards, but state's still below average

      Colorado women make progress on company boards, but state's still below average

      When the president of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce studied a new report detailing the number of women sitting on the boards of Colorado's Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies, she didn’t know whether to celebrate or feel frustrated. On the one hand, Colorado is making progress when it comes to women sitting on the boards of Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies. In 2011, women held 7 percent of those board seats.

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    10. Wells Fargo tackles computer passwords

      Wells Fargo tackles computer passwords

      Wells Fargo is piloting technology that promises to eliminate cumbersome user names and passwords to access your bank accounts. The bank, which is the largest in Colorado, wants to one day offer customers the option of using biometric technology that relies on voice or facial recognition instead of passwords to access mobile banking on smartphones. "Our intention is that someday biometrics will eliminate passwords.

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    11. Kaiser Permanente creating about 75 jobs in new claims facility

      Kaiser Permanente creating about 75 jobs in new claims facility

      Kaiser Permanente is growing its Colorado workforce once again, announcing Tuesday that it will add 75 staffers in the next year as it opens a new facility for its National Claims Administration unit in the Meredian complex in Douglas County. Beginning in late 2015, the nonprofit health plan will located some 250 current employees in 80,000 square feet it’s secured in the Gateway Plaza at Meridian near Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, where those workers will process claims for its Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Northwest and Mid-Atlantic States regions. Including the crop of workers it plans to hire in ...

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    12. How STEAM plays a critical role in developing Colorado's STEM-focused workforce

      How STEAM plays a critical role in developing Colorado's STEM-focused workforce

      Much of Colorado's economic future depends on a coordinated effort between K-12, universities, governments and businesses to produce a quality, educated workforce with an emphasis on degrees in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM. The Colorado Department of Higher Education's (CDHE) reports that 55 percent of Colorado jobs will require a STEM-related higher education by the year 2020.

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    13. Boulder's Foundry Group hits it big in Fitbit IPO

      Boulder's Foundry Group hits it big in Fitbit IPO

      Count Boulder venture capital firm Foundry Group as the big winner in today’s IPO of wearable fitness device maker Fitbit Inc.. Foundry Group owns 28.9 percent of the San Francisco-based tech company, the largest single stake. Based on Fitbit’s $30.11 per-share price in mid-day trading Thursday, Foundry’s share of Fitbit as a public company is a few steps shy of $1.6 billion. Fitbit common stock (Nasdaq: FIT) went public at $20, rising more than 50 percent by lunchtime.

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    14. Move over iTunes, a Denver company is launching a one-stop music shop

      Move over iTunes, a Denver company is launching a one-stop music shop

      A popular online streaming music service for fans of electronic music is making tracks available on-demand for listeners soon and will allow purchases under new contracts reached with independent labels that break new ground in online music. Digitally Imported, operated from Denver, introduced new on-demand features to U.S. premium subscribers Tuesday.

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    15. Colorado CEOs hope Venture Summit handshakes lead to big deals

      Colorado CEOs hope Venture Summit handshakes lead to big deals

      This week's Colorado Venture Summit in Denver was billed as a networking event, to be sure. It was a chance for representatives from 57 venture capital firms to mingle, shake hands, and exchange cards with 50 CEOs of Colorado venture-backed companies. But besides networking, there's also reason to believe that handshakes at Thursday's summit could lead to next year's million-dollar deals.

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    16. Innovation abounds: Colorado and metro Denver among top 5 for startup activity

      Innovation abounds: Colorado and metro Denver among top 5 for startup activity

      Innovation and willingness to take risks have a bright future in Colorado, and that future is getting brighter — at least if the latest Kauffman Index report on startup activity is any indication. Colorado is ranked as the No. 4 state with the most startup activity — with 350 people out of every 100,000 adults becoming entrepreneurs each month — up from No. 7 in 2014's index. Metro Denver also came in high among metro areas, landing the No.

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    17. Charter-Time Warner Cable deal easier for feds to like than Comcast tie-up, says John Malone

      Charter-Time Warner Cable deal easier for feds to like than Comcast tie-up, says John Malone

      John Malone says he doesn’t foresee Charter Communications’ $89.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks drawing the type of scrutiny from regulators that sunk Comcast Corp.'s bid to buy Time Warner. The scale of combined a Charter-TWC-Bright House cable-broadband company is too different — in terms of number of subscribers and ownership of TV content businesses — than Comcast’s acquisition would’ve been, Malone said.

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