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    1. How STEAM plays a critical role in developing Colorado's STEM-focused workforce

      How STEAM plays a critical role in developing Colorado's STEM-focused workforce

      Much of Colorado's economic future depends on a coordinated effort between K-12, universities, governments and businesses to produce a quality, educated workforce with an emphasis on degrees in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM. The Colorado Department of Higher Education's (CDHE) reports that 55 percent of Colorado jobs will require a STEM-related higher education by the year 2020.

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    2. Boulder's Foundry Group hits it big in Fitbit IPO

      Boulder's Foundry Group hits it big in Fitbit IPO

      Count Boulder venture capital firm Foundry Group as the big winner in today’s IPO of wearable fitness device maker Fitbit Inc.. Foundry Group owns 28.9 percent of the San Francisco-based tech company, the largest single stake. Based on Fitbit’s $30.11 per-share price in mid-day trading Thursday, Foundry’s share of Fitbit as a public company is a few steps shy of $1.6 billion. Fitbit common stock (Nasdaq: FIT) went public at $20, rising more than 50 percent by lunchtime.

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    3. Move over iTunes, a Denver company is launching a one-stop music shop

      Move over iTunes, a Denver company is launching a one-stop music shop

      A popular online streaming music service for fans of electronic music is making tracks available on-demand for listeners soon and will allow purchases under new contracts reached with independent labels that break new ground in online music. Digitally Imported, operated from Denver, introduced new on-demand features to U.S. premium subscribers Tuesday.

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    4. Colorado CEOs hope Venture Summit handshakes lead to big deals

      Colorado CEOs hope Venture Summit handshakes lead to big deals

      This week's Colorado Venture Summit in Denver was billed as a networking event, to be sure. It was a chance for representatives from 57 venture capital firms to mingle, shake hands, and exchange cards with 50 CEOs of Colorado venture-backed companies. But besides networking, there's also reason to believe that handshakes at Thursday's summit could lead to next year's million-dollar deals.

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    5. Innovation abounds: Colorado and metro Denver among top 5 for startup activity

      Innovation abounds: Colorado and metro Denver among top 5 for startup activity

      Innovation and willingness to take risks have a bright future in Colorado, and that future is getting brighter — at least if the latest Kauffman Index report on startup activity is any indication. Colorado is ranked as the No. 4 state with the most startup activity — with 350 people out of every 100,000 adults becoming entrepreneurs each month — up from No. 7 in 2014's index. Metro Denver also came in high among metro areas, landing the No.

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    6. Charter-Time Warner Cable deal easier for feds to like than Comcast tie-up, says John Malone

      Charter-Time Warner Cable deal easier for feds to like than Comcast tie-up, says John Malone

      John Malone says he doesn’t foresee Charter Communications’ $89.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks drawing the type of scrutiny from regulators that sunk Comcast Corp.'s bid to buy Time Warner. The scale of combined a Charter-TWC-Bright House cable-broadband company is too different — in terms of number of subscribers and ownership of TV content businesses — than Comcast’s acquisition would’ve been, Malone said.

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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