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    1. Denver software companies urge the city to changes its tax stance

      Denver software companies urge the city to changes its tax stance

      About three dozen software industry members on Tuesday told Denver officials that taxing software sales in the city will hurt local tech industry job growth and is already scaring away businesses. In meeting convened by the Colorado Technology Association trade group in the wake of recent audits of Denver software companies, entrepreneurs urged City Treasurer Steve Ellington and city economist Jeff Romine to change the city’s interpretation of a 1987 code under which the city asserts nearly any…

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    2. The first class at Alex Bogusky's Boomtown accelerator unveils its ambitions

      The first class at Alex Bogusky's Boomtown accelerator unveils its ambitions

      Ambitions for companies at the Boomtown accelerator in Boulder were as a big as any a business might want to tackle, even if the companies are small. The startups goals include creating a smart dog collar, making keys obsolete, making print newspapers thrive on college campuses, automating the labor-intensive photo processing for social media, matching brands to product placement and endorsement opportunities across media, and helping everyone make a good first impression online.

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    3. Imagine Communications leases Denver Post space

      Imagine Communications leases Denver Post space

      Imagine Communications, a media-technology business, has leased space in the Denver Post building that has served as The Post's newsroom since 2006, the newspaper announced Friday. Dallas-based Imagine will occupy 31,814 square feet on the sixth floor of the 11-story building at 101 W. Colfax Ave., overlooking Civic Center, plus 2,500 square feet of data center space on another floor, The Post said. It will move there from offices in the Meridian complex in Douglas County.

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    4. Denver's taxing of software again draws ire of local companies

      Denver's taxing of software again draws ire of local companies

      If your business sells a pair of socks in Denver, you add city sales tax to the purchase. If your business buys equipment for its Denver site, you pay city use taxes on the purchase.

      None of this usually is controversial. Unless the product being bought and sold is software.

      If it’s software, you get companies taken by surprise when Denver city auditors show up at their door, then outrage and talk of tech companies fleeing the city.

      That’s because most cities — as much as 70 percent of them,…

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    5. Where does CNBC rank Colorado among top states for business?

      Where does CNBC rank Colorado among top states for business?

      Colorado is tied for No. 8 on CNBC's latest list of "America's Top States for Business. "

      That's down a notch from last year's No. 7 ranking. Colorado was No. 8 in 2012. The cable channel rated the states on 56 yardsticks of competitiveness, measuring cost of doing business, infrastructure, quality of life, technology and innovation, education, cost of living and access to capital, among other factors. Among CNBC's 10 major ranking categories, Colorado rated No. 1 in access to capital and No.

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    6. Instacart grocery delivery service launches in metro Denver

      Instacart grocery delivery service launches in metro Denver

      Forget monotonously marching up and down aisles tossing food into your cart one cereal box and frozen dinner at a time. A new delivery service lets you do it from home. Beginning Tuesday, people in metro Denver can use Instacart, an online grocery delivery service, to order their groceries from King Soopers and Costco and have them delivered in as little as one hour. "We are very excited to give people in Denver access to healthy groceries on demand," said Apoorva Mehta, Instacart founder.

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    7. Steve Jobs patents exhibit opens in Denver just days before new patent office

      Steve Jobs patents exhibit opens in Denver just days before new patent office

      An exhibit showcasing hundreds of Apple Inc.'s and Steve Jobs’ patents opened Friday at the Denver Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Denver.

      The exhibit — “Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World” — will be on display through September. It’s free and open to the public.

      The exhibit is on loan from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), arriving 10 days ahead of the grand opening of Denver’s satellite patent office on June…

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    8. Denver’s 2014 Outstanding Women in Business nominees announced

      Denver’s 2014 Outstanding Women in Business nominees announced

      Each year, the Denver Business Journal recognizes metro Denver’s most influential women with the Outstanding Women In Business awards. This year, nearly 140 women again will vie for the honors.

      Twelve women will be honored for their accomplishments in the categories of architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; health care; large business owner; law; Mile High Leaders; real estate;…

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    9. Boulder cleantech company takes 1st at Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition

      Boulder cleantech company takes 1st at Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition

      Wasted carbon dioxide from ethanol plants and breweries can actually be converted into a pure algae oil commonly used in cosmetics and omega-3 supplements. The winning team presented that idea at this year’s University of Colorado Denver's Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition, which took place Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. Click the slideshow (above right) to view photos from the event. Superior Ecotech, a Boulder-based startup, took first and the $10,000 prize after facing…

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    10. Galvanize lands $18 million in venture capital to broaden its education focus

      Galvanize lands $18 million in venture capital to broaden its education focus

      Denver-based startup hub Galvanize LLC raised $18 million venture capital in a round led by New York City-based University Ventures Fund, attracting investors to Galvanize’s vision of becoming a new kind of education company teaching entrepreneurship and technology skills.

      The money will fund expansion of Galvanize’s education programs in San Francisco and Denver — where it’s building a second and larger location in the Platte River neighborhood — and at its existing Boulder location,…

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    11. Cloud Elements attracts VC funding and adds to its board

      Cloud Elements attracts VC funding and adds to its board

      Cloud Elements LLC, a Denver-based startup, raised $3.1 million in venture capital to expand the business just as it's moved into new offices and added a new board member. The 18-month-old company makes a technology platform that helps software developers more easily make applications work well with cloud computing systems. Cloud Elements already has millions of dollars in annual revenue and hundreds of customers, said CEO and co-founder Mark Geene. With the venture capital infusion, it aims to…

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    12. Pixorial video-, photo-sharing service shutting down

      Pixorial video-, photo-sharing service shutting down

      Pixorial Inc., the video- and photo-sharing company based in Centennial, announced Tuesday evening it will shut its doors on July 18. The privately held company, which said it has more than 636,000 users, 2.7 million minutes of video and "countless photos," told users via email "this decision was extremely difficult for our team ..."

      Andres Espiñeira, a former employee of Netscape, founded Pixorial in 2007. The company said that earlier this year it held talks with "numerous companies about an…

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    13. Director named for Denver' satellite patent office

      Director named for Denver' satellite patent office

      The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has hired Russell Slifer, an intellectual property lawyer, as the regional director for the Denver satellite patent office. The permanent office opens in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse downtown on June 30. Slifer served as chief patent counsel for Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology for the past eight years. He also was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than nine years in private practice in Minnesota helping…

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    14. Level 3 buying TW Telecom in $5.7B deal

      Level 3 buying TW Telecom in $5.7B deal

      Two of Colorado's biggest tech companies -- Level 3 Communications Inc. and TW Telecom -- intend to join forces in a deal valued at $5.7 billion. Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) of Broomfield and TW Telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC), based in the Lone Tree area, announced the deal Monday morning. Level 3 will buy TW Telecom in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $40.86 a share. That translates to each TW Telecom shareholder receiving $10 in cash and and 0.7 shares of Level 3 for each share of the Littleton company. The…

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    15. Ibotta raises $20 million for money-back app

      Ibotta raises $20 million for money-back app

      Ibotta Inc., the Denver-based maker of a shopper-rewards app, raised $20 million in equity financing as it expands its money-back app's reach beyond grocery stores to restaurants, electronics stores and other retailers. The two-year-old company reported the round in a Securities & Exchange Commission filing. The new funding adds to the $9.6 million Ibotta had previously reported that it raised.

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    16. Hawaii's happy hour app to surf into Denver

      Hawaii's happy hour app to surf into Denver

      Happy Hour Pal, a website and mobile app aimed at providing happy-hour menus and pricing for restaurants, is launching in San Diego on Tuesday and has its eyes on Denver for expansion. The Honolulu-based startup, spearheaded by the husband-and-wife team of Brandon and Carey Bennett, originally was founded in 2011 as Happy Hour Hawaii, but re-launched as Happy Hour Pal about a year ago to reflect a wider presence.

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    17. Booming telecom Zayo Group opening office near Denver Union Station

      Booming telecom Zayo Group opening office near Denver Union Station

      Zayo Group, the fast-growing business telecom, has opened an office in downtown Denver where it'll base dozens of workers as it looks to expand its business.

      The 24,000-square-foot office, next to the new Union Station transportation hub, is expected to open in August, the company said Wednesday.

      The Boulder-based company has about 400 employees at its three existing Colorado offices and 1,500 employees worldwide.

      “Colorado’s telecommunications industry continues to be a significant driver…

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    18. Uber, Lyft praise Colorado's new ride-share-app rules

      Uber, Lyft praise Colorado's new ride-share-app rules

      Colorado became the first state Thursday to enact legislation authorizing the use of smartphone apps that enable regular people to drive-for-hire in their own vehicles through services operated by tech companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft.

      Representatives of Uber and Lyft reacted positively to the news, though Uber -- which operates the UberX ride-share service -- used the occasion to highlight ongoing threats from "insurance corporations, trial lawyers and mega-taxicab companies" -- in…

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    19. Hickenlooper signs UberX regulations, business personal property tax break

      Hickenlooper signs UberX regulations, business personal property tax break

      Tax breaks are coming to a number of Colorado small businesses and ride-sharing-app services UberX and Lyft will continue to operate, thanks to bills that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law on Thursday. The Democratic governor inked a total of 24 measures on the second-to-last day for him to sign or veto bills passed during the 2014 legislative session. He still has several business-focused measures whose fate he must determine Friday, including a measure that would make it easier for the…

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    20. CU-Boulder launching startup accelerator for student entrepreneurs

      CU-Boulder launching startup accelerator for student entrepreneurs

      The University of Colorado Boulder is getting in on the startup incubator game. The school this weekend starts Catalyze CU, a program that will help six teams, made of 22 student entrepreneurs, launch businesses. Catalyze Boulder will offer mentorship, grants and space at a student-founded co-working and innovation center called Spark Boulder. During the program’s eight-week span, the student teams will develop their ideas and products while receiving guidance from local business experts who…

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    21. Level 3's TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don't call it the World Cup)

      Level 3's TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don't call it the World Cup)

      Add a giant Brazil-based “soccer mega-event” to the 25 consecutive Super Bowls and other major sporting event telecasts that Level 3 Communications Inc. has transmitted for media companies.

      The Broomfield-based international telecom will carry the live feed of the world’s most-watched sporting event over its fiber optic network this month from Rio de Janeiro to Mexico City for Mexico’s TV Azteca.

      But what exactly the soccer event is, Level 3’s announcement doesn’t say. Soccer’s quadrennial…

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