Tech

A startup state of mind

With the right dose of technology, experience and ambition, entrepreneurs can set up shop just about anywhere nowadays. Still, one thing hasn’t changed.  “Creating companies from nothing is hard – period,” said Brad Feld, co-founder and managing director of Boulder-based Foundry…

The futurist: Computing's next big transformation

I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it. Several companies may find what I’m describing to be rather disturbing. It’ll...

Tech startup: Cloud Elements

As CEO of Channelinsight, a Denver provider of channel data management software, Mark Geene says the company spent hundreds of hours integrating cloud-based services. “We had to connect data from clients’ CRM and accounting system,” he explains. “We started building stuff ourselves. It was hard to...

Another 112 far-out uses for drones

The purpose of composing this rather exhaustive list is not an attempt to cover everything, but rather to show the enormous versatility of this platform. The complete list of will easily include over 10,000 listings. Some may think that drones will become the most annoying devices on earth. In man...

Top Company 2014: Software

Software winner: Four Winds Interactive fourwindsinteractive.com Four Winds Interactive is known for its digital signs that help meeting-goers make their way around hotels, but CEO David Levin says the company does much more. “For our digital signage product there are thousands…

The futurist: 192 uses for drones

The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities. My first idea was to use it for special effects at a concert or major indoor event. But a device like this could also be used for spot advertising – creating momentary images on the sid...

Top Company 2014: Telecom

Telecom  winner: ViaWest (Watch a video about ViaWest.) viawest.com Information technology services have become more complex, and that’s good news for ViaWest, says Nancy Phillips, CEO of the colocation, managed services and cloud services provider. “The last couple of years…

The futurist: Should bots have bank accounts?

The year is 2027, and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level. Owners have wide latitu...

Top Company 2014: Media/Advertising/PR

Media/Advertising/PR winner: Madwire Media (watch a video about Madwire.) Madwiremedia.com Judging by Madwire Media’s growth, there is significant demand among small businesses for help with digital marketing. Founded in 2009 in Loveland, Madwire’s revenues have soared exponentially in subsequent years, and…

Tech and travel

The trusty travel guide – the paper variety – is at a crossroads. Take the case of Google buying Frommer’s Travel Guides in 2012. The search giant immediately quashed the model of regularly updated paper books, but within a year…

The age of the "intrapreneur"

An individual that acts as an entrepreneur within an organization: an intrapreneur. A person employed at a company who seeks to implement his/her creative ideas to advance the business. Many companies have a handful of them in house, but those in leadership positions might not recognize the traits...

Taking control online

What so many business owners in Denver don’t realize about DIY website design tools is that they can go beyond convenience and actually empower a small company. By controlling a site yourself, you also have final say on a company’s branding – you get to be as quirky or vanilla as you want to be.

Everything you ever wanted to know...

If you want to understand how an accelerator program works from the inside or are considering applying to an accelerator, this is the book for you. Luke Deering interviewed 150 entrepreneurs who have been through a variety of accelerator programs to get their insights. He originally did this as a...

Protecting against growing cyber threats

Cyber incursions often pursue client information held by a partner company as a way to take business and undercut client confidence in a partner company holding the information. Cyber criminals can pretend to be a trusted source at the partner company and gather more information. Law firms are exa...

Get ready for Cyber Monday now

Cyber Monday -- the Monday after Thanksgiving -- is arguably the biggest sales day of the year for many eCommerce sites. The last thing a businesses owner wants is for their site to crash during Cyber Monday, costing them potential revenue. Despite Cyber Monday still being months away, eCommerce s...

What mobile internet traffic means for your small biz

You already know there’s a good chance your target customers are keeping their mobile devices close by, ready at any moment to log online and peruse the web, download and click. So why not make sure your website a part of that internet traffic action? Small businesses need to accommodate to the gr...

The futurist: Growing dangers of technological unemployment

Whether its Tesla Motors announcing the creation of a fully automated battery factory; Intel buying the wearable tech company Basic Science; Apple buying Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics; or Google’s purchase of Dropcam, Nest, and Skybox, the business world is forecasting the need for radically differe...

Geospace data increasingly valuable to businesses

As mass mobile access has grown ever more ubiquitous, location and time have become invaluable data points for businesses to vie for a place in the market. Perhaps that explains Perry Evans’ most recent startup success.  The founding executive of Colorado-based…

Tech startup: PrintReleaf

INITIAL LIGHTBULB: After 11 years with Louisville-based LaserCycle, Jordan Darragh pivoted to clean-tech before debuting his innovative printing business. At energy intelligence provider EnerNOC, Darragh became familiar with carbon offsets and sought to apply the principles to corporate printing with…

Top five cyber security mistakes

Recent headlines confirm that cyber attacks are growing in scale and incidents are on the rise. Organizations are increasingly vulnerable as a result of technological advances and a changing workplace, including remote access, big data, cloud computing, social media and mobile technology. The amou...