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    1. Does your company qualify for an R&D tax credit?

      Does your company qualify for an R&D tax credit?

      Does your company spend time and resources in the development and/or improvement of a product, process, formula, technique, software or invention? If so, you should consider taking advantage of both federal and state research and experimentation tax credits. Also known as the “R&D” or “research” tax credit, its purpose is to encourage innovation and provide a powerful incentive for businesses to continue to invest in people and technology.

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    2. Tech startup: SQFT

      Initial Lightbulb SQFT CEO and co-founder James Simpson sold residential real estate in Beverly Hills before moving to Boulder in 2010. Here, things were a little bit different than they were in California, says Simpson. He explains he showed houses when he was the listing agent in the Golden State, but Colorados lockbox system left something to be desired. Whats the seller getting out of this for 3.2 percent? What that means is the industry is about to see a big market correction, he adds.

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    3. ColoradoBiz's Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

      Some entrepreneurs succeed through a shotgun approach, firing ideas into the sky and seeing what comes down. Some are serial business builders, taking a shot at one enterprise after the other. Jim Deters, co-founder and CEO of Denver-based Galvanize LLC and ColoradoBiz magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, is strictly a sniper, obsessively seeking his target. Galvanize is his religion, Deters says, and he isn’t kidding.

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    4. The evolution of the mentor

      The evolution of the mentor

      When we started Techstars in 2006, the concept of a mentor was very fuzzy. There were many people who called themselves “advisors” to startups, including the entire pantheon of service providers. While the word mentor existed, it was usually a 1:1 relationship, where an individual had a “mentor”. It was also more prevalent in corporate America, where to make your way up the corporate ladder you needed a “mentor”, “sponsor”, or a “rabbi.”

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    5. Tech startup: WUF

      Tech startup: WUF

      WÜF / Where: Boulder / Web: www.getwuf.com / founded: 2013

      Initial Lightbulb:

      WÜF co-founder and CEO Sean Kelly grew up with dogs and invisible fences. Now he’s looking to take the concept into the 21st century.

      After getting an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Kelly was spurred to start the company and a family dog got loose and was killed by a car. “That prompted this back to the forefront,” he says.

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    6. Kick-starting the new year

      Kick-starting the new year

      When meeting with clients, we often explain to them that securing intellectual property rights of inventions or products is an important step of the process, but it is just the start and sometimes is the easiest part of bringing a product to market or starting a new business venture. Millions of great ideas are conceived every day; however, just because something is a great idea does not guarantee success.

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    7. When IT becomes an unbearable burden

      When IT becomes an unbearable burden

      Information Technology, or IT, -is an integral part of business these days. Almost no company can run without it.  We all dive for our computers, smartphones and notebooks any time there is a need to communicate and exchange information about our businesses.  Our accounting, human resources, and project planning are structured with software. Where would salesman be without their  contact management systems and electronic calendars?

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    8. Regional report: Northern Colorado

      Regional report: Northern Colorado

      Northern Colorado boasts some of the state’s fastest growing communities, and area businesses have been key participants in that surge.

      The business triangle of Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland has benefited from construction and staff expansions at large companies such as Avago Technologies and Leprino Foods, while innovative startups have taken advantage of incubators, entrepreneurial competitions and other support from economic-development groups.

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    9. ‘STEM-phasis’ revisited

      ‘STEM-phasis’ revisited

      Is there a shortage of engineers and scientists in the U.S. work force?

      The popular opinion is yes, the American education system isn’t producing enough science and math graduates. But new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the RAND Corp. and the Urban Institute has countered this long-cited outlook with evidence that the reverse is actually true: There are more science and engineering workers in the U.S. than there are jobs.

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    10. JAB: Bridging the digital divide

      JAB: Bridging the digital divide

      With more than 750 employees and annual revenues topping $100 million, JAB Wireless Inc. might be the biggest Colorado company you’ve never heard of.

      Founded in 2006, the Englewood-based firm has become the largest fixed-wireless broadband service provider in the country, with more than 175,000 customers in 15 states, including 35,000 customers in Colorado. Its primary services are high-speed Internet access and digital telephone, mainly in underserved rural and exurban areas.

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    11. Putting Colorado on the digital health map

      Putting Colorado on the digital health map

      Two of Colorado’s primary initiatives are to be the healthiest and most innovative state in the nation.  This challenge was taken on recently in a joint effort between PRIME Health and the Colorado Health Foundation.  The result was the 2014 CO Digital Health Challenge.  This first time type of collaborative initiative in the country consisted of a $150,000 purse, split into two tracks: connecting applicants with pilot opportunities and/or investment funding.

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    12. Big Data and the boardroom

      Big Data and the boardroom

      Corporate boards have relied on “Big Data” since the advent of the adding machine. But this decision-making discipline based on quantitative, numeric information was mostly limited to the compilation, analysis and presentation of individual financial transactions. These transactions are historically rolled into a handful of leading indicators – the numbers we use to oversee a company – e.g., earnings per share, cash flows and inventory vs. sales.

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    13. The futurist: 101 endangered jobs

      The futurist: 101 endangered jobs

      Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.

      If you’ve not heard the phrase “technological unemployment,” brace yourself; you’ll be hearing it a lot over the coming years.

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    14. Digital retail

      Digital retail

      Remember the days of wandering through the grocery or department store with coupon books, hunting for the right brand of coffee or practical winter sweater, clutching that slip of paper that would save you 50 cents? Or how about those rebates that involved cutting off tops, filling out forms and mailing in with a receipt?

      If those days don’t ring a bell, you’re likely younger than 30; and even if you’re eligible for AARP membership, those times are long past.

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    15. Tech startup of the month: OpenSnow

      Tech startup of the month: OpenSnow

      Initial Lightbulb: OpenSnow CEO Joel Gratz started skiing when he was 4 years old and avidly watched The Weather Channel throughout childhood. So, it’s no wonder he became a meteorologist.

      He started the Colorado Powder Forecast blog and newsletter in 2007 after a ski trip to Breckenridge in 2005, during which 6 inches at Breck was dwarfed by a storm up north.

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    16. Private lessons

      Private lessons

      Throughout countless business community conversations, you’ll hear the same call to action:

      “We need a big success; we need an IPO,” said Pete Khanna, CEO of TrackVia last year on a Rocky Mountain Tech Meetup panel.

      Often initial public offerings are interpreted as symptoms of big things brewing and validation that the rest of the world is watching. Bold, buzz-worthy IPOs secure a spotlight and generous payday for the companies as well as the communities they’re stationed in.

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    17. Oilfield innovators drawn to water

      Oilfield innovators drawn to water

      In August, Riggs Eckelberry flew into Aspen for a renewable energy conference, but perhaps surprisingly, his message concerned traditional energy development. He aimed to talk about his company’s algae-based system to help drillers clean up their water.

      “They will save money, which to me is a pretty attractive case of win-win,” said Eckelberry, chief executive of OriginOil.

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    18. Seven secrets to getting the startup bucks you need

      Seven secrets to getting the startup bucks you need

      Ever wonder why some startups get investment capital while others struggle, fade and disappear?

      Of course, the primary reasons entrepreneurs do well is because they have a solid product, a strong management team, and a hungry market they can prove exists.

      But there are also instances where the product/service is good but because of the founders’ behavior or inability to explain his company, the start-up doesn’t get funding and never gets off the ground.

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