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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. ViaWest sold for $1.2 billion

      ViaWest sold for $1.2 billion

      Data center and colocation company ViaWest Inc. is being bought for $1.2 billion by Shaw Communications Inc., a Canadian telecommunications company. Shaw (NYSE: SJR) plans to keep ViaWest as a subsidiary operated from Greenwood Village. Nancy Phillips, a co-founder and CEO of ViaWest, and the rest of its current management team will continue to run the 350-employee company here. It will keep the name ViaWest.

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    13. Comcast reportedly building out its all-fiber internet network, increasing residential customers' speeds

      Comcast reportedly building out its all-fiber internet network, increasing residential customers' speeds

      Comcast does not have a sterling reputation for customer-friendliness, something the cable behemoth struggled against even before a recording of one of its retention agents badgering a customer went viral. But if the company is going to reverse that perception, providing faster internet speeds to its customers is a start.

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    14. Boa Technology, a Health Links Colorado leader, demonstrates total company wellness (Slideshow) (Video)

      Boa Technology, a Health Links Colorado leader, demonstrates total company wellness (Slideshow) (Video)

      In the hip, modern three floors of office space at Boa Technology, bicycles crowd almost every corner, climbing ropes and pulling bars hang from the ceiling, fruit bowls sit out on kitchen counters and young, fit employees bustle about a vibrant workplace. Boa is one company of more than 100 that have joined in the Colorado School of Public Health's statewide initiative, Health Links Colorado. Health Links, a nonprofit launched last summer, focuses on bringing the idea of creating an atmosphere…

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    15. EchoStar exec leaves to launch software startup

      EchoStar exec leaves to launch software startup

      EchoStar’s top technology executive has left the company to start a new business developing software products for corporations that struggle with creating customer-facing apps well or quickly.

      Mike Marcotte’s last day as EchoStar Corp.’s chief digital officer was July 19. Today, he’s a one-man shop, called Acumen Digital, working out of the Boulder office of Galvanize, a Denver-based technology school with offices and coworking space for startups.

      "Now I'll be a guy sitting at the end of…

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    16. 3 Colorado cities among Forbes' 20 best places for business

      3 Colorado cities among Forbes' 20 best places for business

      Denver ranks No. 4 on the latest Forbes list of the nation's best places for business, released Wednesday, and Fort Collins comes in at No. 5. Greeley places at No. 20. "Denver's diverse economy and significant outdoor recreational options continue to attract educated, young professionals," Forbes says in its report. It adds that "net migration into the Denver area has been among the strongest in the U.S. over the past five years.

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    17. LogRhythm clinches big VC round; IPO a 'possibility in our future,' says CEO

      LogRhythm clinches big VC round; IPO a 'possibility in our future,' says CEO

      Another Colorado technology company has landed a big infusion of venture capital that sets it up to become a big company and possibly go public. Investors Boulder-based LogRhythm Inc., maker of business cybersecurity technology, announced a $40 million round led by Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm Riverwood Capital. Other investors included Adams Street Partners, Westminster-based Access Venture Partners, members of LogRhythm’s senior management and new investor Piper Jaffray…

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    18. Colorado company turns a runner problem into $4 million in sales

      Colorado company turns a runner problem into $4 million in sales

      For many runners, there's nothing more obnoxious than trying to figure out a way to carry basic necessities with you while you pound the pavement for a few miles. A Colorado startup sought to solve that problem, and with a $10,000 investment and product in-hand, showed up to a March 2012 runner's exposition to demonstrate their solution. "It sold out practically immediately," said Mia Do, product developer and co-founder of FlipBelt. "[People] were so excited about it.

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    19. 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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    20. 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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