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    1. DU studies short-term rental impact ahead of city council proposal

      DU studies short-term rental impact ahead of city council proposal

      Short-term rentals, currently the subject of proposed changes in the city of Denver, contribute millions to the local economy, according to a new study from DU.

      Researchers at the university's school of hospitality management conducted a study of VRBO users in Denver and have estimated that short-term rentals bring in approximately $13.6 million in rents per year and that visitors who stay in the units spend another $21.3 million beyond rent and transportation, although that number was lower than…

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    2. Denver's great but can improve, say entrepreneurs at DDP forum

      Denver's great but can improve, say entrepreneurs at DDP forum

      Nothing drives Bryan Leach, founder and CEO of Ibotta Inc., crazier than seeing national beer commercials that show off the cold, snowy Rocky Mountains. When he is trying to woo talent from San Francisco and San Jose, that image of frozen tundra is one he fights. "There is this notion that Denver is all lifestyle all the time," he said. "We ski, yes. But we are trying to build world-class organizations.

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    3. Twitter planning expansion in Boulder

      Twitter planning expansion in Boulder

      Twitter Inc. reportedly plans to double its Boulder workforce, adding 100 employees, and moving this fall into a new home under construction at 1301 Walnut St. The Denver Post reported that Twitter will lease 30,000 square feet in the top two floors of the Wencel Building, currently under construction. The expansion effort comes less than two years after Twitter paid $134 million to buy Gnip Inc., the Boulder tech company that lets clients analyze the bulk content of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,…

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    4. Virgin America to open 100-worker customer center in metro Denver

      Virgin America to open 100-worker customer center in metro Denver

      Ahead of its launch of nonstop flights between Denver and San Francisco in mid-March, Virgin America plans to open a "customer contact" call center in metro Denver staffed by 100 workers. The airline also said it will hire about 40 new workers in the Denver area -- including ticketers, baggage handlers and others -- to support its operations at Denver International Airport.

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    5. Level 3 names new executive for North America, Asia operations

      Level 3 names new executive for North America, Asia operations

      Level 3 Communications Inc. has named Laurinda Pang to be the telecom's new regional president for North America and Asia-Pacific, the company's largest geographic unit. Pang has served in various executive rolls at the Broomfield-based company (NYSE: LVLT) and previously at Global Crossing, which Level 3 bought in 2011. She most recently had been executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Level 3.

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    6. Texas technology company makes Denver home

      Texas technology company makes Denver home

      A Texas technology business has made Denver its main location for job growth, hiring a couple dozen employees and poaching a pair of executives from another tech business.

      Apto launched in Houston making business management and lead-generation software for the commercial real estate industry.

      It quietly opened a software development office in Denver in mid-2014, but found hiring here so fruitful, Denver became the company’s focus for both technology development and sales.

      The expertise Apto…

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    7. Fast Company names Colorado company among world's 50 most innovative

      Fast Company names Colorado company among world's 50 most innovative

      Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) is the only Colorado corporation named to Fast Company’s list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world.

      The business magazine cited several of the Broomfield-based ski resort’s programs, including:

      The Epic Season Pass, which connects Vail’s properties in the Rocky Mountain West, California, the Midwest and Australia as a way to attract destination travelers. EpicMix, an app that allows skiers and snowboarders to track and share their routes and to earn…

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    8. Denver eco-devo office helped add, keep jobs, report says

      Denver eco-devo office helped add, keep jobs, report says

      Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is touting a solid year of economic growth in the city, with more than 4,000 jobs created in 2015.

      The numbers are in the Denver Office of Economic Development Annual Report, released Thursday, which also says that the Denver's OED had a hand in helping retain 3,076 jobs and adding 628 affordable housing units.

      “Denver is experiencing one of the most dynamic times in our city’s history and, in 2015, we turned ambitious plans into reality,” Hancock says in his…

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    9. CEO seeks to tap big growth of influence marketing

      CEO seeks to tap big growth of influence marketing

      Promise Phelon came to Boulder nine months ago to infuse some Silicon Valley energy to the tech startup she heads, heightening its ambitions and kick-starting its growth. Recruited to be CEO of TapInfluence Inc., Phelon has pushed the fast-growing marketing technology company to be a more data-intensive and user-driven business, and she trying to create a culture capable of explosive success in Boulder.

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    10. CDOT, with mountains of info to sort through, seeks 1st chief data officer

      CDOT, with mountains of info to sort through, seeks 1st chief data officer

      The growing mass of data available to the Colorado Department of Transportation has the state agency on the lookout for a new kind of executive: a chief data officer.

      The department is following in the footsteps of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which hired its first chief data officer in the summer of 2014.

      Colorado “is one of the first” states to create to create the role, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.

      The position, details of which which can be seen here, was posted on Monday.…

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    11. Lockheed Martin Space Systems wins another commercial satellite order

      Lockheed Martin Space Systems wins another commercial satellite order

      Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has won a second deal to build a cutting-edge commercial communications satellite at its Jefferson County campus, this time for a Japanese satellite TV company.

      Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. (SJC) chose the commercial satellite unit of Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) to build a reprogrammable satellite and have it completed in 2019.

      “We’ve built a number of satellites for SJC and we’re honored that they have placed their trust…

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    12. Colorado's hottest jobs: Here are the 10 careers most in demand (Slideshow)

      Colorado's hottest jobs: Here are the 10 careers most in demand (Slideshow)

      Colorado employers are adding a lot of new jobs these days. But which ones are most in demand?

      The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment each month breaks down the top 10 occupations by the number of online jobs ads to fill each type of job.

      The numbers come from The Conference Board's monthly Help Wanted OnLine report.

      Here are the numbers for December.

      Click on the image above for Colorado's hottest jobs.

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    13. Calling all entrepreneurs— EY's 2016 awards program's taking nomination

      Calling all entrepreneurs— EY's 2016 awards program's taking nomination

      EY has put out the call for nominations for its 30th annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. For the past 30 years, EY has been identifying game-changing business leaders while celebrating three decades of American ingenuity. Past leaders recognized by EY have disrupted industries, created new product categories, and successfully brought new innovation and technology to traditional industries. Winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges,…

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    14. Ball Aerospace buys Maryland tech firm

      Ball Aerospace buys Maryland tech firm

      Ball Aerospace said it's buying Wavefront Technologies, a Maryland-based engineering cyber firm, for an undisclosed price. Ball Aerospace, a unit of Broomfield-based Ball Corp. (NYSE: BLL), said the purchase will "further strengthen and diversify its business portfolio. "

      "It also further expands our presence in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area," said Rob Strain, president, Ball Aerospace, in a statement.

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    15. Online learning company moving headquarters to Denver from Virginia

      Online learning company moving headquarters to Denver from Virginia

      Remote-Learner, an online educational company, said it plans to move its corporate headquarters to Denver from Waynesboro, Virginia. The company said it expects to finalize lease negotiations and open its new downtown offices in February. "With our longstanding connection to the Denver business community, it felt natural to explore the Colorado market when considering moving our headquarters," said Ron Olsen, Remote-Learner CEO, in a statement. Colorado officials said they were pleased with the…

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    16. Colorado's NexGen Storage merging with Pivot3 to remake data center technology

      Colorado's NexGen Storage merging with Pivot3 to remake data center technology

      For the second time since it was formed six years ago, Louisville-based NexGen Storage is being acquired by another respected company in its industry. NexGen has agreed to combine with Austin-based Pivot3, an Austin-based maker of data storage and network virtualization technology, in a deal meant to make both companies better-able to grow.

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    17. Denver is No. 8 on report's list of U.S.'s most 'future-ready' cities

      Denver is No. 8 on report's list of U.S.'s most 'future-ready' cities

      Denver is ranked eighth in the country for being a "future-ready" city, according to a new report. The Dell Future Ready Economies Model ranked cities on three criteria: "the ability to attract people who are engaged in and open to lifelong learning that drives innovation; businesses that thrive in collaborative environments; and infrastructure that provides platforms for people to engage, collaborate, learn and innovate.

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    18. Denver office market healthy in 2015, not relying on oil industry, says report

      Denver office market healthy in 2015, not relying on oil industry, says report

      The Denver area commercial real estate market remained healthy in 2015, and is slowly weaning itself from its long-time reliance on the oil industry. The burgeoning technology industry is buoying the Denver office market, according to the latest quarterly report from JLL. JLL opines that skyrocketing rent costs in Silicon Valley and in California are allowing more technology companies to look at markets like Denver.

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    19. Colorado to open 1st P-TECH schools focused on skilled careers

      Colorado to open 1st P-TECH schools focused on skilled careers

      Two new schools will be ground zero for a first-of-its kind program in Colorado where high schoolers can attend class for six years (rather than four) to earn an associate degree in a STEM-related field. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and math. The schools will be located in the Longmont-based St. Vrain Valley School District and El Paso County School District 49, near Colorado Springs. They will open in fall 2016 and serve about 200 students the first year.

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    20. CDOT needs 1,000 volunteers for pilot I-70 ski traffic project

      CDOT needs 1,000 volunteers for pilot I-70 ski traffic project

      The Colorado Department of Transportation is seeking about 1,000 volunteers for a pilot program to alert drivers to problems on the road. The agency hopes the program will smooth traffic on the congested Interstate 70 mountain corridor during next winter’s ski season. CDOT announced Tuesday it was signing on with HERE, a subsidiary of Nokia, a Finnish multinational communications and information technology company.

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    21. NetApp buying SolidFire for $870 million

      NetApp buying SolidFire for $870 million

      Boulder-based SolidFire is being acquired by NetApp Inc., another network storage company, for $870 million in cash.

      NetApp Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), based in Sunnyvale, California, announced the acquisition Monday afternoon.

      SolidFire has been one of Colorado’s fastest-growing startups, making flash-memory datage storage devices for companies that need speedy access to information in data centers.

      “SolidFire combines the performance and economics of all-flash storage with a webscale architecture…

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    22. Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver

      Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver

      Gusto, a tech company growing in Denver and formerly called ZenPayroll, has added another $22 million from investors, pushing its latest VC round past $63.6 million.

      The San Francisco-based online payroll and workers compensation business drew more money from existing investors, including two Google funds, in what CEO Joshua Reeves says is an opportunistic growth in funding, according to the tech publication Venture Beat.

      “We decided to take in more capital because we wanted to give investors…

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