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Austin Johnson bet on fowl and hit a homer

Austin Johnson eschewed the clichés of dreaming big, hitting a home run and swinging for the fences, opting instead for a baseball metaphor of his own: "Hit a single, and move out of my parents' basement."

How a father-son team is repurposing Denver's forgotten spaces

The word “visionary” gets bandied about, but there’s no doubt it applies to the father-son entrepreneurial team of Mickey and Kyle Zeppelin, who can see potential where others see only rust and rebar.

Kayvan Khalatbari: An entrepreneur on the road less-traveled

Kayvan Khalatbari has his fingers in multiple pies, starting with pizza – as in his Sexy Pizza chain, with three Denver locations. It was the first venture in which the Nebraska native wedded his entrepreneurial endeavors with his fervent activism.

Meet our Entrepreneur of 2016: Koel Thomae

Eighteen flavors and $100 million in sales later, it’s fair to say that Noosa Finest Yoghurt is still the love of Koel Thomae’s life, and more people are falling for it every day.

Why we're returning to the age of the business owner

Here's the historical perspective on why no one wants to be an executive and why 65 percent want to own their own business. We are going back where we came from ― business ownership.

Evolution of a startup: How you know your idea is right

“If we have facts, we’ll use facts; if we have opinions, we’ll use mine.” It’s one of my favorite lines, not because it’s the mantra for my own business, but because it illustrates the approach taken by so many business owners.

Made in Colorado 2016: Michael Clark

After serving in the military, Michael Clark moved to Lyons to get away from the crowds in Denver. “Too big, too much, just too many people,” says the 68-year-old Lakewood native. Lyons had less chaos, plus one very important lure: “It had a river in it,” Clark says.

Made in Colorado 2016: Rich Sharples

While master luthier is a moniker he shies away from – “I still feel like I’m learning, for sure,” he says – Rich Sharples has had a hand in making thousands of banjos in his tenure at OME. He now supervises two other luthiers, and the team crafts about 180 high-end banjos a year at the company’s shop in northeast Boulder.

Introducing the Futurist Hall of Fame

Over the coming months, the DaVinci Institute will be unveiling the world’s first Futurist Hall of Fame. As with other “hall of fame” efforts, this one will be dedicated to drawing attention to those who have contributed the most to our thinking about the future.

Eight tips to get unstuck from a dead-end job

Embarrassment and fear of not meeting others’ expectations are the main culprits keeping people from uncovering their true path. There are no simple or easy answers, but the questions to help you in your journey are relatively simple.

Larry Mizel: An empire built on real estate and faith

Larry Mizel serves as chairman and CEO of M.D.C. Holdings Inc., parent corporation of Richmond American Homes. Richmond American has built more than 180,000 homes, mostly in the Western U.S.

The strange bedfellows who created Rocky Mt. National Park

Poor health brought both Enos Mills and F.O. Stanley west. Both men became enthralled by the mountains, and both left a lasting legacy in the high places they loved.
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