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    1. What makes Colorado startups unique?

      What makes Colorado startups unique?

      Everyone knows the mythology of the Silicon Valley startup. There’s even a TV show poking fun at the tech scene there.

      But are startups in Colorado any different?

      That question is part of what’s explored in this week’s print edition cover story published in advance of the Denver Startup Week celebration of the local entrepreneurial scene, which starts Monday.

      The answer from entrepreneurs, both relatively new ones and the serial ones, resounded yes. And when I’d ask how startups here…

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    2. Dish Network adds ex-Qwest executive to its board

      Dish Network adds ex-Qwest executive to its board

      Dish Network Corp. has expanded its board to bring on former Qwest president and COO Afshin Mohebbi, adding a director whose career is deep in telecommunications and finance. The Douglas County-based satellite TV company (Nasdaq: DISH) has been looking to break into the wireless telecom market, amassing a large trove of wireless broadband frequencies and having explored acquiring Sprint, T-Mobile and others.

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    3. Red Rocks Community College

      Red Rocks Community College

      LAUNCHING INNOVATIONS IN STEM EDUCATION

      Red Rocks Innovations in STEM Education (RISE) offers courses and programs that showcase how STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is critical to solving local and global challenges. By doing so, RISE inspires and motivates students to pursue a STEM career through impactful hands-on and real-world experiences.

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    4. Colorado gets high marks for tech innovation

      Colorado gets high marks for tech innovation

      Colorado's use of technology is heading forward, with the state scoring above average marks on the recent biennial Digital States Survey. The Center for Digital Government, which administers the survey, gave the state a "B+" grade for its practices, policies and progress in use of technology to "better serve citizens," and "streamline operations," the survey said.

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    5. Denver technology wages among the fastest rising in the nation

      Denver technology wages among the fastest rising in the nation

      The Denver area has the nation’s seventh-fastest growing tech industry wages, and one tech-friendly neighborhood where office rent is among the fastest rising in the country. A national report on U.S tech industry real estate markets recently released by Jones Lange LaSalle (JLL), the Chicago-based real estate firm, ranked the Denver area among the two dozen U.S. metro areas where growing early-stage companies predominate in the tech scene.

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    6. HomeAdvisor expands services with acquisition

      HomeAdvisor expands services with acquisition

      HomeAdvisor is branching out beyond home project recommendations to helping contractors manage their business operations, too. The Golden-based company acquired a majority stake in Mhelpdesk, a startup that makes online business management technology for home repair professionals, HomeAdvisor Inc. announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Fairfax, Virginia-based Mhelpdesk brings both technology and growing business to HomeAdvisor. Mhelpdesk, which employs 30 people in…

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    7. TeleTech completes buy of rogenSi

      TeleTech completes buy of rogenSi

      Business outsourcing company TeleTech Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it has completed its acquisition of the assets of rogenSi Worldwide PTY Ltd., an international sales and leadership training and consulting firm. TeleTech (Nasdaq: TTEC), a Douglas County-based operator of call centers and provider of customer-engagement services, said it will add rogenSi to its Customer Strategy Services segment. The deal was first announced in August.

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    8. Colorado tech association launches foundation for STEM education

      Colorado tech association launches foundation for STEM education

      The Colorado Technology Association has started a nonprofit organization and funding programs to get more students technical education and ready for careers in technology. The Colorado Technology Foundation was formed in partnership with the Rose Community Foundation. The foundation has been seeded with $250,000 in funding commitments. Its mission is to connect technology companies in the state with educators and programs trying to improve science, technology, engineering and math education.

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    9. Up To Speed: Google's drone-delivery program, Project Wing, unveiled

      Up To Speed: Google's drone-delivery program, Project Wing, unveiled

      Google has unveiled some details about its drone-delivery program, including a video showing a prototype in action, making a test delivery in Australia. The program, called Project Wing, has been nurtured over the past two years within Google X, the tech giant's research lab, according to a report by The Atlantic. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) engineers have developed a drone that can fly to a location, lower a payload via a long wire, release that payload, and then fly away.

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    10. Chalkbeat: STEM push called vital to Colorado’s economic future

      Chalkbeat: STEM push called vital to Colorado’s economic future

      Lack of a “statewide vision” and strategy for STEM education “is impeding Colorado’s ability to develop a strong local talent pipeline needed for an innovation economy,” according to a new Colorado STEM Education Roadmap.

      The paper was issued Wednesday by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and is intended to build support for STEM education and improve such instruction in the state’s schools.

      “Colorado is expected to see above national average growth in STEM occupations over…

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    11. Which Colorado company is the most innovative?

      Which Colorado company is the most innovative?

      Forbes magazine has released its list of the most innovative companies in the world, and Colorado's sole contribution is a Denver business that makes a tasty burrito. That's right: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG). The fast-growing restaurant chain was ranked No. 20 on the Forbes list, ahead of such household names as Netflix and Starbucks.

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    12. Comcast is fighting CenturyLink's Prism TV service, the telecom tells FCC

      Comcast is fighting CenturyLink's Prism TV service, the telecom tells FCC

      CenturyLink Inc. joined a chorus of companies telling the Federal Communications Commission this week that a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger isn’t a good idea. Its example? How Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. has sent letters urging Denver-area suburbs to resist easily granting Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink municipal cable TV franchise agreements that would let the telecom launch its Prism TV service and compete with Comcast.

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    13. CPI Card Group to acquire EFT Source

      CPI Card Group to acquire EFT Source

      CPI Card Group, a Littleton-based company that the nation's largest producer of secure financial plastic cards, said Monday it has an agreement to buy EFT Source Inc., a provider of card programs and personalization services for the financial payments industry. EFT is headquartered in Nashville and has production facilities in Colorado Springs. Terms of the deal were not announced. "With the acquisition of EFT Source, CPI will be poised to continue to meet the increasing demand for innovative…

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    14. Gap arises between Colorado's high startup ranking and low VC ranking in innovation report

      Gap arises between Colorado's high startup ranking and low VC ranking in innovation report

      Colorado is a hub for startup and job creation, but struggles to garner interest from venture capitalists, according to the Colorado Innovation Network's 2014 report, released Monday. COIN's third annual index analyzes the role innovation plays in the state's economic performance. The report defines innovation as, "a product, process or service that generates new value in the marketplace.

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    15. $19 million conversion of Denver's historic Byers school building complete

      The renovation of the former Byers Junior High School building, a 93-year-old structure on Denver's Pearl Street, has reached completion, with a grand opening planned for next week. The historic school at 150 S. Pearl St. has been empty since 2004, when Denver School of the Arts, which was using the building, moved to a new home at 7111 Montview Blvd. But after a year of construction, the Byers building has been converted into a fifth campus for the Denver School of Science and Technology.

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    16. On the scene at Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business awards (Slideshow)

      On the scene at Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business awards (Slideshow)

      We are proud to see several technology business leaders featured in the 2014 Outstanding Women in Business.

      Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business awards event brought more than 700 people to the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center Thursday to honor the Mile High City's most influential women. The slideshow (above right) shows photos from Thursday's event. 9News morning news anchor Cheryl Preheim introduced the award winners in each of the 12 categories. (The winners slideshow and story can be found here. )

      "I always leave here with a skip in my step, so inspired by…

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    17. Colorado teams advance in international competition to cut methane leaks

      Colorado teams advance in international competition to cut methane leaks

      Two Colorado teams have made the first cut in an international technology competition backed by the Environmental Defense Fund and seven major oil and gas companies.

      The goal of the competition, called the Methane Detectors Challenge, is to find new, low-cost technology that can work continuously to detect if there is methane — a potent greenhouse gas — in the air.

      And finding and reducing methane leaks is a key part of a groundbreaking set of air pollution rules that Colorado’s Air Quality…

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    18. TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion

      TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion

      TriZetto Corp., a Douglas County-based healthcare software company, may be put up for sale by its private equity owners, raising the possibility of another health care information technology player or private equity fund buying the company in a deal worth as much as $3 billion

      Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that London-based private equity group Apax Partners is exploring the sale of TriZetto. Apax has tapped JP Morgan Chase to organize an auction, Reuters said.

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    19. Wells Fargo launches Startup Accelerator program

      Wells Fargo launches Startup Accelerator program

      Wells Fargo, the largest bank in Colorado, began accepting applications Wednesday from young companies with financial services technology to join the new Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator program, which includes an equity investment from the bank. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) will take applications from startups through Oct. 1. The program includes a semiannual boot camp for innovators whose technology ideas in payments, deposits, fraud and other fields that could help “shape…

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    20. Colorado economy rated tops in nation

      Colorado economy rated tops in nation

      Colorado comes out on top in a Business Insider ranking of the nation's top economies. The national business and technology news website said it evaluated each state on eight measures, including unemployment, the number of non-farm payroll jobs, gross domestic product, average wages, the working age (18-64) population, value of international exports, house prices and auto sales. ( Methodology details here.

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    21. Colorado startup smooths flow of water-rights information in West

      Colorado startup smooths flow of water-rights information in West

      A startup company with its roots in mining and analyzing data about the oil and gas industry has turned its sights on another critical commodity: water in the West.

      Water, in Colorado and much of the west, is considered a property right, similar to land. It’s a right that can be bought, sold, or inherited as part of an estate.

      But the details of those rights — such as who owns the water, how much water, from which stream, and what it can be used for — are often scattered across court records,…

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    22. Colorado oil and gas industry competition seeks cleantech innovation

      Colorado oil and gas industry competition seeks cleantech innovation

      The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association has teamed up with some of the state’s biggest oil and gas companies — Noble Energy, Encana and ConocoPhillips — on a national and international search for cleantech companies that have great ideas to pitch to the state's oil and gas industry.

      The association, which promotes Colorado’s cleantech sector, is throwing what it believes to be the nation’s first business competition — called the Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge — designed to connect…

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