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A $62 million Colorado Impact Fund – the state’s first private equity fund specifically designed to provide growth capital to entrepreneurs who drive both social and financial returns – has officially launched. The prospect of unifying these goals inspired co-founders Jim Kelley and Ryan Heckman, who joined forces about a year ago. They began fundraising this January, and within eight weeks exceeded their original $50 million goal by more than 20 percent. Colorado investors completely financed the fund, which is managed by Vestar Capital Partners on a pro bono basis. Targeting investments of $2 million to $6 million, the fund focuses on the areas of community health, natural resource conservation, workforce development and economic development and education. By Gigi Sukin

Ecologic Designs sews bags and totes out of banners, billboards, tents, bike tubes, wetsuits, climbing ropes and other nontraditional objects. The company works with AT&T, Patagonia, Denver Metro State University, and others to divert used materials from landfills, and turn them into promotional products. The company also has a direct-to-consumer line called Green Guru Gear, available at bike shops and outdoor shops nationwide. In 2013 the company recycled and diverted from the landfill more than 12,314 pounds of bicycle tubes, 5,486 pounds of wetsuits and 845 pounds of climbing rope. By Maria Martin & Nora Caley

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The invasion of high-frequency trading machines is now forcing capitalism far away from anything the founders of the NYSE could possibly find virtuous. With crude forms of AI now entering the quant manipulator’s toolbox, we are now teetering dangerously close to a total collapse of the stock market, one that will leave many corporations and individuals financially destitute. Here is why this should be ringing alarm bells all over the world. By Tom Frey 

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