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    1. Denver's Craftsy is stitching together an online empire; tops 5 million users

      Denver's Craftsy is stitching together an online empire; tops 5 million users

      Craftsy, the online video instruction service, has surpassed 5 million users and is seeing people enroll in more than 350 of its crafting courses each hour.

      That’s a lot of traffic for the four-year-old downtown Denver company’s classes in quilting, gardening, photography, cooking and other pursuits. And it's coming from every U.S. state and 180 other countries, the company says.

      “It’s really exciting on a number of levels. Right now we have over 550 online classes available, and that fact…

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    2. Denver Business Journal reveals top 50 finalists for fastest-growing private companies awards (Slideshow)

      Denver Business Journal reveals top 50 finalists for fastest-growing private companies awards (Slideshow)

      The Denver Business Journal ranked the Fastest-growing Private Companies finalists based on the percentage growth for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Each company had to report a minimum of nine months of operations in the base year of 2011. To see which companies made the top 10 finalists in each of the five size categories, click on the logo at the upper right. The categories were determined by taking into consideration the reported revenues of all the companies that shared data with the…

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    3. Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says

      Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says

      Last week’s purchase of Rivet Software Inc. won’t immediately change much about the Denver company.

      Equity Administration Solutions Inc., the Pleasanton, California-based company that bought Rivet, plans to keep Rivet's Denver office and its 70 employees. Madelaine Rohan, who had been CEO, stayed with the company to be vice president of the combined operation’s international business.

      What’s hoped for in the deal is expansion, said Michael Boese, Equity Administration CEO, and what motivated…

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    4. SendGrid replaces Franklin as CEO

      SendGrid replaces Franklin as CEO

      SendGrid, a fast-growing Boulder technology company, replaced its CEO on Tuesday with an executive who will continue to live in the San Francisco Bay area as it grows and aspires to go public. Sameer Dholakia, former vice president and general manager of cloud technologies at Citrix, replaces Jim Franklin who served as Send Grid’s CEO since 2011. SendGrid helps companies with large volumes of email manage the messages and prevent them from getting rejected or caught in spam filters.

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    5. Exelis completes spinoff of Colorado-based unit

      Exelis completes spinoff of Colorado-based unit

      The spinoff of Exelis Inc.'s Colorado Springs-based Mission Systems unit as a separate company has been completed, with the stand-alone business getting a new name and a New York Stock Exchange ticket symbol. The company -- formerly Exelis Mission Systems -- is now called Vectrus Inc., and is trading as VEC, Vectrus announced Monday. Vectrus provides infrastructure asset management, information technology and network communication services, and logistics and supply chain management services to…

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    6. Industry creators to open third concept in Denver

      Industry creators to open third concept in Denver

      From the creators of co-working spaces Industry and Battery 621, a new collaborative office concept called Stride, will begin pre-leasing this fall. Stride will house health-technology companies only, said Jason Winkler, co-creator of Industry and Battery 621, both of which have proven successful in bringing together startups in what Winkler calls a "mash-up of office spaces.

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    7. More on the cover story: Sports teams' high-tech secret weapon (Video)

      More on the cover story: Sports teams' high-tech secret weapon (Video)

      Colorado-based PlayerLync provides professional teams with a way to quickly push out digital playbooks and high-quality game video — uploaded with the coaches' thoughts so players can review them minutes after the game is over.

      That's important for teams that are constantly sending large amounts of content to players and coaches.

      In this video, Colorado Rockies pitcher LaTroy Hawkins uses…

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    8. Denver Startup Week: Female leadership is itself innovative

      Denver Startup Week: Female leadership is itself innovative

      Removing barriers to female leadership is itself a catalyst for business innovation. That was the emerging theme heard by the more than 400 women entrepreneurs and startup employees who packed into the Galvanize startup hub Tuesday night in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. The event was part of Denver Startup Week and was put on by Women Who Startup, a Denver organization founded as a support network for female entrepreneurs.

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    9. Regis University opens Colorado's first fully dedicated computer sciences college

      Regis University opens Colorado's first fully dedicated computer sciences college

      The doors of the first college in Colorado fully dedicated to computer and information sciences opened Tuesday and is one of just three colleges at 127-year-old Regis University. The College of Computer & Information, which will provide classes for technical skills and the impact of technology, will be the first Regis college to open over 20 years. Most universities offer computer science degrees as part of their liberal arts programs. Regis had before offered the classes in its three colleges,…

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    10. Denver Startup Week: 500 Startups founder tells entrepreneurs to be crazy, optimistic

      Denver Startup Week: 500 Startups founder tells entrepreneurs to be crazy, optimistic

      If coffee wasn’t doing the trick, the message from the stage at the Denver Startup Week kick-off breakfast Monday should have stirred entrepreneurs still shaking off weekend cobwebs.

      There was excitement as the third annual tech-centric celebration of entrepreneurship in the city got underway. There was also a tough love message from San Francisco-based investor Dave McClure, of 500 Startups.

      It’s easier than ever to start businesses online and people all over the world, including those in…

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    11. New TriZetto owner plans to grow company's Colorado workforce

      New TriZetto owner plans to grow company's Colorado workforce

      TriZetto Corp.'s new owner will keep the health-care technology company’s headquarters in Douglas County and will look to expand its workforce here as it uses the combined resources of its staff and TriZetto’s to go after larger client deals.

      Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), a information technology and consulting company based in Teaneck, New Jersey, announced Monday that it had acquired TriZetto for $2.7 billion, about a month after TriZetto’s majority owner, Apax Funds, announced that it was putting…

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    12. Get social with the DBJ for Denver Startup Week

      Get social with the DBJ for Denver Startup Week

      Denver Startup Week is all about having a set time to innovate, collaborate and celebrate the unique startup scene that sets the Mile High City apart from Silicon Valley. As DBJ tech reporter Greg Avery reports in this week's cover story, Colorado startups are known for their willingness to help each other out and mentor one another. This week, you can add to that spirit of participation by sending us your thoughts, startup ideas, photos and videos for live Startup Week coverage. There are lots…

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    13. PlayerLync, app maker for the Denver Broncos, branches out to business users

      PlayerLync, app maker for the Denver Broncos, branches out to business users

      PlayerLync has added some new looks to its playbook, branching out to business analytics and training after making a name for itself with professional sports teams.

      The Greenwood Village-based company pioneered turning team playbooks for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies into interactive iPad video playbooks. PlayerLync’s technology is being used by half the NFL and by other professional sports franchises.

      PlayerLync’s technology allowed coaches to remotely update a player’s iPad with…

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    14. Chase and Denver Startup Week: Why banking entrepreneurs makes sense

      Chase and Denver Startup Week: Why banking entrepreneurs makes sense

      The myth: Big banks aren’t lending to small businesses. The reality: Chase, the second-largest bank in metro Denver by deposits, had record small business loan originations in the second quarter and lent more than $19 billion overall to U.S. small businesses in 2013. And Wells Fargo & Co., the largest bank in Denver, has set a goal to extend $100 billion in new small business loans by 2018.

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    15. What makes Colorado startups unique?

      What makes Colorado startups unique?

      Everyone knows the mythology of the Silicon Valley startup. There’s even a TV show poking fun at the tech scene there.

      But are startups in Colorado any different?

      That question is part of what’s explored in this week’s print edition cover story published in advance of the Denver Startup Week celebration of the local entrepreneurial scene, which starts Monday.

      The answer from entrepreneurs, both relatively new ones and the serial ones, resounded yes. And when I’d ask how startups here…

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    16. Dish Network adds ex-Qwest executive to its board

      Dish Network adds ex-Qwest executive to its board

      Dish Network Corp. has expanded its board to bring on former Qwest president and COO Afshin Mohebbi, adding a director whose career is deep in telecommunications and finance. The Douglas County-based satellite TV company (Nasdaq: DISH) has been looking to break into the wireless telecom market, amassing a large trove of wireless broadband frequencies and having explored acquiring Sprint, T-Mobile and others.

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    17. Red Rocks Community College

      Red Rocks Community College

      LAUNCHING INNOVATIONS IN STEM EDUCATION

      Red Rocks Innovations in STEM Education (RISE) offers courses and programs that showcase how STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is critical to solving local and global challenges. By doing so, RISE inspires and motivates students to pursue a STEM career through impactful hands-on and real-world experiences.

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    18. Colorado gets high marks for tech innovation

      Colorado gets high marks for tech innovation

      Colorado's use of technology is heading forward, with the state scoring above average marks on the recent biennial Digital States Survey. The Center for Digital Government, which administers the survey, gave the state a "B+" grade for its practices, policies and progress in use of technology to "better serve citizens," and "streamline operations," the survey said.

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    19. Denver technology wages among the fastest rising in the nation

      Denver technology wages among the fastest rising in the nation

      The Denver area has the nation’s seventh-fastest growing tech industry wages, and one tech-friendly neighborhood where office rent is among the fastest rising in the country. A national report on U.S tech industry real estate markets recently released by Jones Lange LaSalle (JLL), the Chicago-based real estate firm, ranked the Denver area among the two dozen U.S. metro areas where growing early-stage companies predominate in the tech scene.

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    20. HomeAdvisor expands services with acquisition

      HomeAdvisor expands services with acquisition

      HomeAdvisor is branching out beyond home project recommendations to helping contractors manage their business operations, too. The Golden-based company acquired a majority stake in Mhelpdesk, a startup that makes online business management technology for home repair professionals, HomeAdvisor Inc. announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Fairfax, Virginia-based Mhelpdesk brings both technology and growing business to HomeAdvisor. Mhelpdesk, which employs 30 people in…

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