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    1. Smithsonian to highlight Fort Collins innovation scene in new exhibit

      FORT COLLINS — The city of Fort Collins will be one of six cities highlighted in a new Smithsonian exhibit for its role in clean-energy innovation and sustainability. The 3,500-square-foot exhibit, titled “Places of Invention,” opens at the National Museum of American History on July 1 and will remain open for at least five years.

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    2. SendGrid acquires customer base of San Francisco-based Message Bus

      BOULDER —SendGrid Inc., an email delivery services provider based in Boulder, has acquired the customer base of San Francisco-based Mail Bypass Inc., which goes by the name Message Bus. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor was the number of customers Send Grid bought from Message Bus. Message Bus is a provider of cloud-based email infrastructure and sends more 300 million emails per month on behalf of its customers.

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    3. 16 businesses from region named ‘Colorado Companies to Watch’

      Thirteen companies from Boulder County and three from Northern Colorado have been named Colorado Companies to Watch in a joint award program of the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Edward Lowe Foundation. The program recognizes 50 second-stage companies across the state each year for the role they play in the state economy. Honorees win a year’s worth of publicity through local celebrations and other promotions and perks.

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    4. Wiland Direct buys land for new HQ building in Longmont

      LONGMONT — Niwot-based Wiland Direct Inc., a direct-marketing and data-service company that serves the catalog industry, has purchased 14.6 acres of land in the Clover Basin Business Park in southwest Longmont, where it plans to build an approximately 90,000-square-foot headquarters. Wiland Direct recently purchased a 14.6-acre parcel located north of Seagate Technology LLC off Nelson Road from Western VII Investment LLC for $1.2 million.

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    5. Study lists Longmont as alternative to offshoring IT, other services

      Study lists Longmont as alternative to offshoring IT, other services

      LONGMONT — Longmont is listed among a number of midsize U.S. cities that make attractive alternatives to offshore locations in India and elsewhere for information technology and business process services, according to research released Friday. The study was done by The Hackett Group ( ), a Miami-based intellectual-property-based strategic consultancy and best-practices implementation firm.

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    6. Rally Software reports 26 percent jump in first-quarter revenue

      BOULDER — Rally Software Development Corp. ( ) on Thursday reported a 26 percent bump in revenue in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016 vs. a year earlier. The numbers reflect the period ending April 30 for the Boulder-based company. New York-based software firm CA Technologies ( . In the wake of the deal, the company opted not to hold its previously scheduled conference call to discuss first-quarter financials and canceled its Analyst Day slated for June 16.

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    7. The Warehouse accelerator in Loveland partnering with NASA

      LOVELAND — The Warehouse, a nonprofit business accelerator in Loveland, has struck a partnership with NASA that will provide space agency know-how to area businesses. The Warehouse, housed at 1215 S. Grant Ave., is NASA’s first partner in its Adopt-an-Accelerator program. “NASA’s agreement to make The Warehouse their first Adopt-an-Accelerator in the nation is a proud moment for all of Northern Colorado,” Kelly Peters, The Warehouse’s executive director, said in a prepared statement.

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    8. Fort Collins nonprofits partner to offer business, tech classes for women

      Fort Collins nonprofits partner to offer business, tech classes for women

      FORT COLLINS — A pair of nonprofit organizations will partner to offer classes, workshops, programs and networking to female entrepreneurs and coders in Northern Colorado. Allied Women Entrepreneurs, which was incorporated in January and launched in April in Fort Collins, and Girl Develop It, the local chapter of a national organization, have different focuses. But leaders of the two groups felt that combining that diversity would serve aspiring businesswomen well.

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    9. TinkerMill founder: Entrepreneurial support system taking shape in Longmont

      LONGMONT — Scott Converse on Monday said a movement to create a system to support entrepreneurs in Longmont is beginning to gain traction. Converse, a Longmont native who has worked at Apple, Paramount Pictures, Motorola and MCI Inc., spoke to an audience of about 75 people Monday at a luncheon presentation on the Xilinx Inc. campus during the first day of Longmont Startup Week 2015.

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    10. Canopy Boulder accelerator grad Glasshous opens ‘online head shop’

      BOULDER — A graduate of a Boulder-based cannabis-industry startup accelerator launched Monday to sell marijuana-related accessories over the Internet. Billing itself as an “online head shop.” Los Angeles-based Glasshous was co-founded by Devin Concannon and John Kalis. The company hopes to capitalize on the U.S. cannabis industry’s 74 percent growth in 2014 and the 19 percent growth rate of online retail worldwide, according to a media statement.

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    11. Boulder startup VerbalizeIt wins $250,000 CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge

      FORT COLLINS — VerbalizeIt, a startup based in Boulder and New York, won the second annual CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge business pitch competition on Saturday, taking home $250,000 cash and a suite of mentoring, professional services and other prizes. VerbalizeIt uses human translators and automation to allow businesses to communicate with global customers in their own language.

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    12. Internet speed wars escalate in region

      Internet speed wars escalate in region

      City officials from the region say their explorations into creating municipal broadband utilities are moving forward despite recent announcements by Comcast and CenturyLink that the companies plan to significantly increase the speeds of their Internet services in Colorado. While Longmont is well into the build-out of its 1-gigabit network dubbed NextLight, Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado cities such as Boulder, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park all are examining doing something similar.

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    13. CA Technologies acquiring Boulder-based Rally Software for $480M

      CA Technologies acquiring Boulder-based Rally Software for $480M

      BOULDER – New York-based software firm CA Technologies ( ) announced Wednesday afternoon that it has inked a deal to acquire Boulder-based Rally Software Development Corp. for $480 million. The price works to about $19.50 per share for Rally ( ), a 44 percent premium on Wednesday’s closing price. Shares closed at $13.51 Wednesday but shot up to $19.22 per share in after-hours trading in the wake of CA’s announcement. CA shares remained flat.

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    14. DigitalGlobe, Saab AB partner to form 3-D imagery company Vricon

      LONGMONT — DigitalGlobe Inc. and Saab AB have partnered to form a company that will produce detailed 3-D images of the earth showing buildings, infrastructure and terrain. Each company will own 50 percent of , which will be based in Reston, Va. Longmont-based DigitalGlobe will provide its archives of earth images taken by high-resolution cameras from its constellation of satellites. Saab, a defense and security company based in Sweden, will provide the 3-D technology.

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    15. Lafayette tech startup Liqid raises $5.7M seed round of funding

      LAFAYETTE – Stealth-mode technology startup Liqid Inc. stepped partially into the light this week, announcing that it has raised a $5.7 million round of seed funding that will be used to advance research and development and accelerate time to market. But so far the company, which is targeting the data storage industry, has said little about its products.

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    16. Former Fort Collins Avago Technologies employee charged with espionage

      Former Fort Collins Avago Technologies employee charged with espionage

      SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies. Hao Zhang, Wei Pang and Huisui Zhang met at the university and conspired to steal technology from Skyworks Solutions Inc. and Avago Technologies soon after graduating in 2006, federal prosecutors said.

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    17. Last year’s winner among judges named as CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge nears

      FORT COLLINS — Organizers of the second annual CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge have announced the panels of judges for each round of the $250,000 business pitch competition. The judges – many of whom are successful entrepreneurs in their own right – will hear 28 companies pitch on stage before a live audience at Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University.

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    18. JobZology to present job and networking fair in Fort Collins

      JobZology to present job and networking fair in Fort Collins

      FORT COLLINS — JobZology, an analytics company that matches employers and job candidates, will present a job and networking fair Thursday, May 28, in Fort Collins. The Fort Collins-based company will present the NoCo Talent Collision Fair as part of Fort Collins Startup Week. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the LaunchPad, 200 Mathews St. Registration is free and spots are still available online.

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