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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. $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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. Stride health care campus now under construction in Denver

      Stride health care campus now under construction in Denver

      A health-care technology campus called Stride in Denver's Cole neighborhood is now under construction, with the opening of the project's first phase planned in spring 2016. Stride will be located in a former warehouse building near the intersection of Brighton Boulevard and 38th Avenue. The building is being renovated now, said Jason Winkler of Wink Inc., the developer of Stride. The campus will serve as a hub for health-care technology companies in the same format as Industry and Battery 621,…

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    13. Tech startup lands VC funding led by Foundry Group

      Tech startup lands VC funding led by Foundry Group

      FullContact, a Denver-based tech company, has raised $10 million in venture capital in an investment round led by Boulder’s Foundry Group and Chicago’s Baird Capital.

      FullContact built an online service to organize address books and keep contacts up-to-date and synchronized in Google’s Gmail, Apple and other virtual contact systems.

      The company’s round includes funding from existing investors Blue Note Ventures, of Boulder, and 500 Startups, based in San Francisco.

      FullContact came out…

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    14. Brad Feld Q&A: Bring depression out of the shadows in startups

      Brad Feld Q&A: Bring depression out of the shadows in startups

      Startup culture famously embraces failure by entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t always support entrepreneurs through emotional struggles and mental health issues that arise during the pressure-cooker experience of creating a new business.

      Confidence and strength is prized. Vulnerability, not so much.

      Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group venture capital firm in Boulder, has worked to change that by bringing mental health and depression out of the shadows of the startup world.

      After…

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    15. Colorado's telehealth expansion signed into law

      Colorado's telehealth expansion signed into law

      Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill expanding telehealth services in the state on Friday — prompting Children’s Hospital Colorado to say it plans to put the new law to use immediately.

      House Bill 1029, sponsored by Reps. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, and Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, requires insurers to reimburse health-care providers for telehealth services in counties of all sizes. State law had required reimbursement only for counties with 150,000 residents or fewer, but health systems said that…

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    16. How Denver startup Hive wants to keep volunteers busy as bees

      How Denver startup Hive wants to keep volunteers busy as bees

      Hive Social Giving, a Denver startup, has unveiled an app that's meant to connect volunteers with nonprofit groups that could use their help. The company's app connects people who are interested in doing good, and steers them to a project in their geographical area. Users also can organize their own Hive activity. Need help cleaning up a stretch of your neighborhood? Alert the Hive and invite them to pitch in.

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    17. Blind people make great employees, and Mike can prove it

      Blind people make great employees, and Mike can prove it

      After 17 years working in the IT sector, Mike Hess decided that a six-figure salary wasn't nearly as important as leaving a legacy and making a difference. "I knew I wanted to do more...and I thought how can I get other sight-impaired people into technology? " Hess said. Hess left his high-paying job and in 2013 founded the Blind Institute of Technology (BIT), a nonprofit staffing agency that helps direct-place sight-impaired people into positions at local companies.

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    18. SBA targets Colorado millennial entrepreneurs

      SBA targets Colorado millennial entrepreneurs

      Young entrepreneurs seeking to start a small business are looking to places like Denver's startup hub Galvanize to fuel their growth — a model that can provide insight into steps the U.S. Small Business Administration can take. That was one point of consensus at a roundtable discussion Tuesday led by Tameka Montgomery, a Denver native who now serves as the SBA's associate administrator for entrepreneurial development.

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    19. Aaron Harber talks with DBJ's Greg Avery about Colorado innovation (Video)

      Aaron Harber talks with DBJ's Greg Avery about Colorado innovation (Video)

      The Denver Business Journal has partnered with The Aaron HarberShow to bring you industry leaders discussing the top issues of the day.

      In this video Harber is joined by Greg Avery, technology reporter at the Denver Business Journal, and Krista Morgan, co-founder and president, and Erin Bassity, VP of marketing, of P2B Investors, to talk about state of the technology industry. This is the second of a two-part series.

      For more of The Aaron Harber Show, visit his website.

      PAST VIDEOS

      March 10,…

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    20. Denver as a startup tech hub: where does it rank? (Slideshow)

      Denver as a startup tech hub: where does it rank? (Slideshow)

      Denver was found to be near the top of a SelfStorage.com blog about moving that rated the best U.S. cities outside of Silicon Valley and San Francisco as places for startups and tech workers. The survey crunched numbers related to:

      Patents per capital. The number and size of venture capital deals. The prevalence of STEM and business degrees among residents. The number of new tech startup jobs The affordability of tech worker salaries compared to the national average.

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    21. Amazon buys Denver software company

      Amazon buys Denver software company

      2lementry, a Denver software startup, has been acquired by Internet giant Amazon for an undisclosed price. TechCrunch reports the purchase was finalized earlier this week. 2lementry, which was founded in 2011 and attracted $9 million from investors, has software that tracks IP-enabled machines and other devices connected to the Internet. A retailer could use the company's software to send alerts to a shopper's smartphone about special sales. Kyle Roche founded the company and served as its CEO.

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    22. EDC offers nearly $20 million to lure jobs to Colorado

      EDC offers nearly $20 million to lure jobs to Colorado

      Colorado Economic Development Commission members on Thursday approved $19.6 million in incentives for five companies to create 1,355 new jobs — the majority of which would locate in Denver and Jefferson counties.

      The recipients are four unnamed companies — each of which are deciding between Colorado and other states for their expansions — and On Deck Capital, a New York-headquartered technology and financial services firm that has added 103 of the 200 jobs it said it expected to create when…

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    23. Denver's economic surge means coupling affordable-housing dilemma with innovation

      Denver's economic surge means coupling affordable-housing dilemma with innovation

      Denver will focus on infrastructure to ensure that workers flocking to the city for jobs will be able to afford to live here, Mayor Michael Hancock said during an economic forum Wednesday. "We [will] switch our focus to infrastructure, to transportation, to things that might help alleviate some people's issues and help them to compete a little better," Hancock told the Denver Business Journal during The Renewal Series at Denver's Alliance Center. The Renewal Series is an event series put on by…

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