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Robert R.
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Group Organizer
Boulder, CO
April was an amazing month for the entire Colorado Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, We had the chance to meet Fake Grimlock, saw 11 year olds doing cool things with robots and welcomed Colorado Springs to our growing group of New Tech Colorado. Plus, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, together with Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, announced the launch of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN), a three-year initiative to help Colorado jumpstart the development of high-growth companies.
Awesome, just awesome...
Community Announcements

  • Boulder New Tech is May 6th[/url], Fort Collins is May 13th[/url], Denver is May 15th.[/url] and Colorado Springs on May 22.  RSVP at
  • Come support CU's next generation of entrepreneurs at the New Venture Challenge Finals on April 22nd.[/url] 5 CU startups will pitch for cash prizes. RSVP here.
  • Fort Collins Startup Week is May 20th-25th and will be a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in Northern Colorado. The event will crescendo with the inaugural Blue Ocean Enterprise Challenge which is the richest business pitch prize purse ($250k) in the State of Colorado and the nation's premier business pitch competition.
  • Code your way to a more efficient government during the GovDev Challenge hosted by Google in collaboration with the State of Colorado and the State of Wyoming on May 17-18. more details here: http://www.govdevchal...­

Community Highlights

  • 1381 companies listed at Boulder has the most with 537.
  • 57 jobs listed (2 list compensation > $100k)
  • 10,329 members
  • 263 freelancers available for hire

Job Highlights

Freelancer Highlights

  • Alan Ruth is a developer and is available for hire.
  • Joe Fromandi is a business development professional and is available for hire.

Boulder Presenters

  • FAKEGRIMLOCK provided some simple startup advice: "MARKETING MOSTLY EVIL. DON'T DO IT. […] IT MOSTLY LIES."
  • Partied (Drew Stachnik) - Partied is a photo application for nightlife.
  • OpenCareer (Phil Pickering) - OpenCareer is an app that prepares people for their annual performance reviews.
  • Augur (Nawar Alsafar) - provides plug and play personalization for web applications.
  • Team Chazak - Team Chazak is a VEX Robotics Team made up of 3 11-year olds from Northern Colorado. Team Chazak has advanced to the World Championships and presented their robot and asked for help fundraising.
  • Bronuts (Mitchell and Brett Magdovitz) - the brother team behind Bronuts came and shared their indigogo campaign and delicious Bronuts (donut holes).
  • hobbyDB­ (Christian Braun) - hobbyDB is the ultimate compendium of every collectible ever made, letting users take an interactive trip into who made what, when, where and much more, allowing them to research, reminisce, manage their collections and buy/sell.

Fort Collins Presenters
Fort Collins New Tech met at CooperSmith's Pub and Brewery, which was a new venue. The May 13th[/url] meeting will be at CooperSmith Pub and Brewery again.

  • Rob Rhyne, Blue Ocean Director of IT & InfoSec presented security issues around customer credit card and IT data security. Blue Ocean Enterprises provides IT support to its many affiliated companies.
  • hobbyDB (Christian Braun) - see more above.
  • Gordon Nuttall pitched the value of communications and public speaking as a business leader.
  • Sai Venkataramanan has volunteered as a co-organizer. Sai distributed a survey for attendees to evaluate CooperSmith's as a venue. The response was positive. Next meetings will include improved room arrangement and audio.

Denver Presenters

  • OpenCareer (Phil Pickering) - Set goals, track metrics and then automatically turn your career achievements into an insightful performance report.
  • Choozle (Andrew Fischer) - The SIMPLE programmatic marketing platform built for you. Know & grow your business with our easy to use data-driven tools.
  • Ticket Cricket (Taylor Linnell) - Ticket Cricket is running a Kickstarter campaign to create awareness for its 5 for 5 app, which allows drivers to pay $5 for 5 more minutes at an expired meter to avoid a parking ticket. Check it out here.
  • Plethra (Jared Albers) - Plethra has created "audio|acacia", an advanced software-based wireless multi-room music system allowing you to play audio from anywhere to anywhere, completely in sync.
  • FretPen (Mark Roebke) - FretPen is a portable practice device for guitarists that can go anywhere and plays wirelessly through a mobile app.

April Sponsors

AlchemyAPI (­)
The product of over 50 person years of engineering effort, AlchemyAPI is a cloud-based text mining platform providing the most comprehensive set of semantic analysis capabilities in the natural language processing field. Used over 3 billion times per month by 23,000+ developers, AlchemyAPI enables customers to perform large-scale social media monitoring, target advertisements more effectively, track influencers and sentiment within the media, automate content aggregation and recommendation, make more accurate stock trading decisions, enhance business and government intelligence systems, and create smarter applications and services.

Silicon Flatirons (­)
CU-Boulder's Silicon Flatirons Center is a donor-supported entity that helps connect the fabric of the Front Range's software, Internet, and telecom entrepreneurship scenes. SFC's objective is to help catalyze startups by connecting CU to the Mile High Tech emerging company community. In addition to the Meetup, SFC's Entrepreneurship Initiative includes the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, the Entrepreneurs Unplugged series, Crash Courses on entrepreneurship, and an annual entrepreneurship conference every March. Additionally, SFC works closely with partners across the CU campus to present the New Venture Challenge. SFC is delighted to have served as a Meetup sponsor since 2007.
Innosphere (­)
Innosphere is a tech incubator formed to accelerate the development and success of high-impact scientific and technology startup companies.
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