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    1. Recondo Technology names CEO

      Recondo Technology names CEO

      Colorado health-care software company Recondo Technology Inc. has named Jay Deady as its CEO. Deady also will join the board of Greenwood Village-based Recondo. Ready previously was CEO of San Diego-based Awarepoint Corp., and also has held executive positions with Eclipsys, McKesson Provider Technologies, Cerner Corp. and ADAC Healthcare. He has 25 years of management experience in the healthcare IT industry, Recondo said in Monday's announcement.

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    2. Ball Aerospace lands work on 18-satellite fleet for space-imaging startup

      Ball Aerospace lands work on 18-satellite fleet for space-imaging startup

      Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has struck a deal to build instruments and assemble 18 satellites for a startup that aims to collect data from Earth's entire surface daily.

      The Boulder-based aerospace contractor -- a unit of Broomfield-based Ball Corp. (NYSE: BLL) -- says it has reached a deal with Arlington, Virginia-based OmniEarth Inc., which plans to have its entire fleet of satellites — each the size of a dorm-room refrigerator — launched and deployed in orbit by 2018.

      "This is the…

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    3. GHX to buy Atlanta's Vendormate

      GHX to buy Atlanta's Vendormate

      Global Healthcare Exchange LLC (GHX), a Colorado-based international hospital supply-chain technology company, says it has a deal to acquire Atlanta-based Vendormate Inc., a provider of vendor relationship-management software. The acquisition will add relationship-management capabilities to GHX's portfolio, the Louisville-based company said in Thursday's announcement. Vendormate will operate as a GHX subsidiary. Terms were not disclosed. GHX said the deal is expected to close within 30 days.

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    4. Push for STEM education in Colorado gathers steam

      Push for STEM education in Colorado gathers steam

      Kathy Norton gave a perfect example Friday morning of how an innovative partnership is helping her students at Arvada High School embrace the subjects collectively known as STEM — an acronym that refers to science, technology, engineering and math. The Arvada High principal recounted how engineering students at the school have for years designed and built catapults, an ancient weapon with little practical application today beyond seeing how far you can chunk a pumpkin. This year those students…

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    5. FCC clears Level 3 purchase of TW Telecom

      FCC clears Level 3 purchase of TW Telecom

      The Federal Communications Commission on Friday gave the go ahead for Level 3 Communications Inc.'s $5.3 billion purchase of TW Telecom Inc. The FCC approval comes days before the shareholders of both Denver metro-area telecoms vote on the cash and stock deal. Broomfield-based Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) and Douglas County-based TW Telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) announced the cash and stock deal June 16. The overall deal's value reaches $7.3 billion including TW Telecom's $1.6 billion in corporate debt. The…

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    6. CoorsTek buys battery technology maker, forms new speciality division

      CoorsTek buys battery technology maker, forms new speciality division

      CoorsTek has purchased Boulder Ionics, maker of electrolytes for batteries, and has paired it with another business to form a CoorsTek Specialty Chemicals unit. The Golden-based company announced the deal Friday. Terms were not disclosed. Arvada-based Boulder Ionics, formed in 2011, makes electrolytes sold to makers of batteries and capacitors used in consumer electronics, automobiles and, possibly, for use by utility companies in grid-scale energy storage.

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    7. Boulder VCs invest $5.5 million in Ello's ad-free social network

      Boulder VCs invest $5.5 million in Ello's ad-free social network

      Don't count Foundry Group and Bullet Time Ventures among the skeptics of startup social network Ello's prospects as a business. The Boulder-based venture capital firms invested in a $5.5 million round to Ello, the companies announced Thursday. The money helps fuel the booming startup's expansion as it's been inundated with people joining by the hundreds of thousands.

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    8. Colorado companies continued to attract more VC funds through Q3

      Colorado companies continued to attract more VC funds through Q3

      Colorado isn't seeing more venture capital deals in 2014 than it did in 2013, but the amount of funds invested through the third quarter was significantly higher than it was in the same period last year. Through the third quarter, Colorado companies attracted $443.2 million in VC funding, compared with $362.4 million through the first three quarters of 2013, according to a MoneyTree report released late Thursday.

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    9. Denver Business Journal ranks 2014 fastest-growing companies (Slideshow)

      Denver Business Journal ranks 2014 fastest-growing companies (Slideshow)

      The Denver Business Journal honored its 2014 Fastest-growing Private Companies at a luncheon event held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Companies were ranked 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 how the companies ranked in each of the five size categories, click on the logo above. The categories were determined by taking into consideration the reported…

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    10. Boulder toy company Ubooly purchased

      Boulder toy company Ubooly purchased

      Boulder-based Ubooly Inc., a startup company that married the cuddliness of a plush toy with the brains of a smart phone, has been acquired by a California company. The Boulder Camera reports the price Cartwheel Kids paid for Ubooly wasn't disclosed. Cartwheel Kids, which is also a startup, has renamed Ubooly. Ubooly, which was started two years ago by the husband-and-wife team Isaac Squires and Carly Gloge, is now known as Smart Toy. Read a story by Greg Avery from October about Ubooly

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    11. Say Ello again, Internet: Ad-free social network is ready for more users

      Say Ello again, Internet: Ad-free social network is ready for more users

      Ello, the Colorado-built social media network that’s taken the Internet by storm, will start adding new accounts again after putting new member requests on hold for about 10 days.

      And when with the floodgates open again, Ello may outpace the early growth of Google+, the social network launched by Google Inc. in 2011, said Todd Berger, one of seven Ello co-founders and principal at Boulder-based design studio Berger & Föhr.

      “I’m pretty certain we’ve grown faster than any social network,”…

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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