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    1. Metro Denver EDC celebrates biggest deals of the year, looks forward to bagging the big one

      One year ago, Vertafore Inc. — a privately-held insurance technology company — had a small office in Westminster with 50 employees.

      Then, the company looked to Denver as part of its long-term growth strategy and moved its headquarters office from Seattle to downtown Denver, at 999 18th St., and brought 500 employees with it.

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    2. Boulder biotech raises $35 million

      A Boulder biotech that's studying cancer therapies said it's raised $35 million in an initial fund-raising round. ArcherDX Inc. said the $35 million round was co-led by Boulder Ventures Ltd. and PBM Capital Group LLC. Also participating in the Series A financing round were Longwood Fund and Peierls Foundation. Kyle Lefkoff of Boulder Ventures has joined the ArcherDX board of directors.

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    3. Denver firm to build $1B data center campus in northern Texas

      Denver-based EdgeCore Internet Real Estate plans to build a $1 billion data center in Richardson, Texas. According to the Dallas Morning News, EdgeCore wants to build a roughly 900,000-square-foot facility on 33 acres at Shiloh Road and the President George W. Bush Turnpike. Plans filed with the city of Richardson call for two office and data center buildings, each spanning 358,000 square feet. An electric substation will also be build on the site, the DMN added.

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    4. Colorado electric motor company gets order from Chinese customer

      A Longmont-based maker of electric motors said it's received a $1.3 million follow-up order from a Chinese customer. UQM Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UQM) said it received the order for its R340 fuel cell compressor systems from an unnamed Chinese customer. UQM said it received a $2.2 million order from the same Chinese customer last year.

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    5. Facebook latest tech giant to hire in Denver

      Facebook is hiring tech workers in Denver as it begins to build a presence in the city. The Menlo Park, California-based company has posted online notices for 10 types of positions it wants to fill in the city. Online publication BizDen reported Tuesday that Facebook is leasing the seventh floor of a building near Union Station, at 1900 16th St. The Facebook online careers page has recently added Denver as one of its locations.

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    6. Metro Denver's unemployment rate hovering at 3 percent

      Metro Denver's unemployment rate hovering at 3 percent

      Metro Denver's unemployment rate in January was 3.2 percent, holding steady from the same time last year when it was 3 percent. Job growth is slowing across the sate, said Ryan Gedney, Colorado senior economist at the Colorado Department of Employment and Labor. But all told metro Denver added 28,200 jobs in 2017, growing at about 2 percent.

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    7. CenturyLink to switch CEOs in May, accelerating leadership change

      CenturyLink to switch CEOs in May, accelerating leadership change

      Jeff Storey, ex-CEO of Level 3, will be promoted sooner than expected and become CenturyLink's CEO and president at the telecom's shareholder meeting in May. Glen Post III, the longtime CEO of Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink. Inc. (NYSE: CTL), will retire at the company gathering, not on Jan. 1, 2019 as was previously announced. Post also will step down from being chairman of the CenturyLink board, a position he was previously expected to remain in after retiring as CEO.

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    8. Sprint hits Colorado's WOW! with patent lawsuit; company delays earnings release

      Sprint hits Colorado's WOW! with patent lawsuit; company delays earnings release

      Sprint Corp. has filed another round of lawsuits against cable businesses -- including a Colorado company -- related to its voice over packet (VOP) patents. The Kansas City-area-based telecommunications company (NYSE: S) filed complaints Wednesday in Delaware District Court against Denver-based WideOpenWest Inc., which does business as WOW! Internet Cable & Phone; as well as Atlantic Broadband, based in Quincy, Massachusetts; and TPG Global LLC, an investment firm based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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    9. Broomfield software business buys company to expand its Salesforce product lineup (Video)

      Conga, whose software is used by thousands of companies to make and manage documents with Salesforce.com’s platform, is acquiring another document-generation technology company in a move to expand Conga’s product line.

      Broomfield-based Conga reached a definitive agreement to acquire Indianapolis-based Octiv in a transaction expected to close within the quarter.

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    10. Niche ranks Colorado's top 20 high schools for STEM - Denver Business Journal

      Niche ranks Colorado's top 20 high schools for STEM - Denver Business Journal

      Colorado industries like cybersecurity, financial services and IT are projected to lead growth in 2018. Those are industries that require a background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), something that lawmakers and educators have over the last few years made a top priority for the state. So which high schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to STEM education?

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    11. Amazon's HQ2 eco devo team quietly visited metro Denver in February

      Amazon's HQ2 eco devo team quietly visited metro Denver in February

      Ten people from Amazon’s HQ2 economic development team visited Denver in February to check out the region for themselves.

      Denver may have been among the first of the 20 cities visited by the team, said J.J. Ament, president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. — the private organization leading the region’s effort to become the home of Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters, which is a promised $5 billion investment.

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    12. Denver metro-area jobs study finds major industries outpacing national growth

      Software and IT employment grew 32 percent in the Denver metro area over the past five years, making it fastest growing among nine major industry clusters the Denver Metro Economic Development Corp. highlights in its latest annual study, which was issued Thursday. Software and IT outpaced the industry’s growth nationwide and its growth made the Denver area the eighth-highest concentration of software and IT workers among major U.S. cities.

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    13. Colorado business named to Fast Company's 2018 'Most Innovative Companies' in the world

      Punch Bowl Social was among the honorees named to Fast Company's 2018 "Most Innovative Companies" in the world. It was the only Colorado-based company to make it on the list. Punch Bowl Social ranked 9th under the "Gaming" sector portion of the rankings for "modernizing the gaming center with scratch cooking and a late-night club vibe."

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