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    1. Sphero, maker of a 'Star Wars' toy, raises $45M

      Sphero, maker of a 'Star Wars' toy, raises $45M

      Boulder-based toy maker Sphero, maker of the BB-8 robot toy modeled after a robot that will appear in the next "Star Wars" movie, said it's raised an additional $45 million. Investors were led by Mercato Partners and additional investors include a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and "other strategic investors. " The company was formerly known as Orbotix and has now raised a total of $80 million.

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    2. Array BioPharma sells Longmont facility to Minnesota firm

      Array BioPharma sells Longmont facility to Minnesota firm

      Boulder drug research company Array BioPharma Inc. said it's sold its chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) business in Longmont to Accuratus Lab Services of Minnesota for an undisclosed price. The 50,000-square-foot Longmont facility employs 33 former Array BioPharma workers and the location will now be known as Avista Pharma Solutions. The all-cash deal closed on Monday. Accuratus was formed in July 2014 when ATS Labs of Eagan, Minn. acquired Microtest Labs of Agawam, Mass.

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    3. DU betting on Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network CEO as new dean

      DU betting on Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network CEO as new dean

      J.B. Holston, founder of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, will add another job title to his long career: dean. Holston has been named dean at the University of Denver Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science. He starts July 1. DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp said she is counting on Holston's connections to help the school of engineering and computer science become more of an economic driver in the region.

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    4. Tech Center office building sells for $76 million

      Tech Center office building sells for $76 million

      A Newport Beach, California-based real estate investment trust has purchased Village Center Station, a Class A office and retail building in the Denver Tech Center for $76.7 million. KBS Real Estate Investment Trust purchased the property, which is located near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Yosemite Street and is connected to the Arapahoe at Village Center Regional Transportation District light rail stop.

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    5. Woodward, GE in joint venture for aircraft fuel systems

      Woodward, GE in joint venture for aircraft fuel systems

      Colorado manufacturer Woodward Inc. says it has launched a joint venture with the aviation unit of General Electric Co. for fuel systems for GE's large commercial aircraft engine lines. The 50-50 joint venture "will design, develop, source, supply and service the fuel system, including components from the fuel inlet up to the fuel nozzle," for GE Aviation's GE90, GEnx and GE9X commercial engines and all future large commercial engines it develops, Fort Collins-based Woodward (Nasdaq: WWD) said in a statement. Woodward said will receive $250 million in cash from GE (NYSE: GE) as part of the joint venture ...

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    6. Tech startup Kapost raises $10.25 million to fuel growth

      Tech startup Kapost raises $10.25 million to fuel growth

      Kapost, an online marketing technology company, has raised $10.25 million in venture capital financing that will help fuel the company’s growth and hiring plans in coming months. The Boulder-based startup raised the funding from Westminster-based Access Venture Partners, Boston-based Cue Ball Capital, Alpharetta, Georgia-based Iron Gate Capital and San Francisco-based Salesforce Ventures.

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    7. Mountain Desert Region Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists for 2015 named

      Mountain Desert Region Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists for 2015 named

      Metro Denver accounting firm EY revealed the 25 Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 finalists for the Mountain Desert region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. To see which companies made the list, click on the image above. An independent panel of judges made the selections and the winner will be announced at the awards gala…

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    8. Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs

      Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs

      Comcast Corp. has leased 300,000 square feet of office space that used to house Charles Schwab Corp., consolidating some office locations in Denver's southern suburbs while making room to add 300 or more local jobs. The Philadelphia-based cable giant (Nasdaq: CMCSA) plans to move into buildings on East Panorama Circle in Centennial, just off Interstate 25 at Dry Creek Road, starting early next year.

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    9. M&A comes into focus for video tech company Envysion

      M&A comes into focus for video tech company Envysion

      Envysion Inc., a video technology company, has purchased LightHaus Logic Inc., a Canadian analytics company, to speed development of digital video analysis used by Envysion’s customers.

      Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

      The deal is Louisville-based Envysion’s first, but it isn’t likely to be the last, said Matt Steinfort, Envysion’s CEO and president.

      Steinfort wouldn’t say what other sorts of companies it’s considering buying, only that growing by acquisition is likely…

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    10. Denver startup helps you find a place to park

      Denver startup helps you find a place to park

      Parkifi, a local startup, raised $2 million from high-profile local VCs to roll out technology that may change the way we park. Investment in Parkifi included funds from Boulder-based Foundry Group Angels, Denver-based Galvanize Ventures and Westminster-based Access Venture Partners. Parkifi uses magnetic-field sensors to monitor what parking spaces are available, then helps users’ smartphones find them and pay to park. The startup, less than a year old, is beginning to roll out its technology…

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    11. Merged Accuvant-FishNet Security hire first CIO

      Merged Accuvant-FishNet Security hire first CIO

      The company formed by the merger of Denver-based Accuvant Inc. and Overland Park, Kansas-based FishNet Security Inc. has hired a new chief information officer. The CIO is a newly created role for the two companies, which announced their plans to merge in November and said the combined company will be based in metro Denver. The company will be rebranded as Optiv Security. New CIO Anthony Crutcher will be responsible for Optiv Security's IT vision, strategy and execution. Crutcher most recently…

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    12. Uber meets eHarmony: Lawyers-on-demand startup expands to Colorado

      Uber meets eHarmony: Lawyers-on-demand startup expands to Colorado

      When Matthew Faustman was a lawyer in a big firm in Silicon Valley a few years ago, he heard a lot of complaints from clients about hefty legal fees. At the same time, he saw an exodus of lawyers leaving big firms and going out on their own. How could the two groups meet up? he said. UpCounsel was born. Think of it as eHarmony meets Uber, he said. Faustman, UpCounsel CEO, and Mason Blake launched the company in San Francisco in 2013. It's now expanding to Colorado. The lawyer-on-demand site…

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    13. Weather Channel sweeps up Dish Network exec

      Weather Channel sweeps up Dish Network exec

      The Weather Channel's parent company has hired a longtime programming executive from Dish Network Corp.

      David Shull, Douglas County-based Dish Network’s former chief commercial officer, assumes a new role for The Weather Co., overseeing all the Atlanta-based company’s TV programming and distribution, its technology and addressable TV advertising.

      Shull is scheduled to start as the Weather Channel Television Group president on May 4.

      “The landscape is changing, and we are evolving with it.…

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    14. Lockheed Martin lands commercial satellite order from Saudi company

      Lockheed Martin lands commercial satellite order from Saudi company

      A Saudi Arabian company has ordered the first pair of modernized commercial communication satellites that Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. will make in metro Denver.

      The Arabsat order, finalized April 9, is the first since LMSS moved its commercial satellite division to its Jefferson County headquarters campus last year. It’s also the first order for an updated design for LMSS’ longstanding satellite body it calls the A2100.

      Financial terms of the order from Arabsat and the King Abdulaziz…

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    15. Loveland's Lightning Hybrids expands to UK

      Loveland's Lightning Hybrids expands to UK

      Lightning Hybrids LLC, a Loveland company that makes emissions-reducing hydraulic hybrid motor systems for buses and trucks, has opened an office in the United Kingdom and has delivered its first hybrid systems there. The company says the move is to take advantage of opportunities presented by higher fuel prices overseas and a greater emphasis on emissions controls in other countries.

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    16. Customer-loyalty firm FiveStars opening Denver office

      Customer-loyalty firm FiveStars opening Denver office

      FiveStars Loyalty Inc., a quickly growing customer-loyalty and marketing-automation firm, is opening a Denver office and planning to hire more than 100 employees by the end of this year.

      The four-year-old San Francisco firm, which has a local customer portfolio that includes Lodo’s Bar & Grill and GB Fish & Chips, secured 10,000 square feet of office space at the Battery621 shared-space facility at 621 Kalamath St.

      FiveStarS chose Denver over Austin and Seattle because of the city’s quality…

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    17. SBA names CEO of woman-owned tech company Colorado Small Business Person of the Year

      SBA names CEO of woman-owned tech company Colorado Small Business Person of the Year

      The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday that it has named Teresa Porter, CEO of ISYS Technologies, the 2015 Colorado Small Business Person of the Year. She'll join nine other statewide Small Business Week award winners selected by SBA at an award ceremony May 6 in Aurora. Small Business Week takes place May 4-8 and is meant to recognize America's entrepreneurs and small businesses. "Each of our Small Business Week winners exemplifies the importance of entrepreneurship in this…

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    18. Special Report: Denver metro's top C-level executives honored

      Special Report: Denver metro's top C-level executives honored

      Read about the winners and finalists of the Denver Business Journal's 2015 C-Suite Awards which were presented April 23.

      Click on the headlines below.

      DBJ's 2015 C-Suite Awards winners honored (Slideshow)

      The Process: How the honorees were selected (Subscribers only)

      CFO MikePritchard blends finance and fundraising (Subscribers only)

      John Brammeier’s creating new models of care giving (Subscribers only)

      Dan Patten aids growth with analytical problem solving (Subscribers only)

      Albert Kendrick…

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    19. DBJ's 2015 C-Suite Awards winners honored (Slideshow)

      DBJ's 2015 C-Suite Awards winners honored (Slideshow)

      The Denver Business Journal named the winners of the 2015 C-Suite Awards today during a lunch event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel downtown.

      The C-Suite Awards recognize C-level execs — chief operating officer, chief legal counsel, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer and chief information officer — or individuals operating in that capacity with a different title.

       

      To see the list of winners and finalists , click on the photo above.

       

      Nominations were submitted online and then a panel…

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    20. KPMG expands in tech development with new Denver office

      KPMG expands in tech development with new Denver office

      Denver’s ability to attract millennials and tech workers led one of the “big four” tax accounting and consulting giants to open its first collaborative technology offices in downtown Thursday.

      KPMG, the New York City-based division of the global advisory firm, formally opened its KPMG Ignition site at 1001 17th St. this afternoon. It’s the first of at least four “ignition” sites the company plans nationwide.

      “We looked at the kind of talents we wanted at the Ignition Center and the…

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    21. Tax break proposal for Colorado data centers runs out of juice

      Tax break proposal for Colorado data centers runs out of juice

      Colorado economic developers will not have a new arrow in their quiver in efforts to attract data centers to the state next year. Sponsors of a bill in the Colorado Legislature that would have created tax breaks of as much as $3 million per company for data-center equipment purchases turned the bill Wednesday into a study of the issue instead.

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