Tech

Five ways Wi-Fi builds a better business

Not much is better than chocolate, but when it comes to creating a workplace environment that sets employees up for success and makes patrons feel welcome, there is one clear winner: Wi-Fi. In fact, a national survey of entrepreneurs and small business IT decision makers, conducted by Bredin Resea...

Galvanize has big plans for its $18 million

Colorado-based Galvanize, a growing system of campuses intended to accommodate digital entrepreneurs, plans to use a recent $18 million infusion to open new campuses nationwide, grow its San Francisco space and expand its education leg, gSchool. Since Galvanize's Denver launch in 2012, the startup...

Tech startup: Decibullz

Elite-level gymnastics coach Kyle Kirkpatrick always liked to listen to music while working out, but there was an inherent challenge. "I'd never been able to use earphones when doing gymnastics — or rollerblading, or snowboarding," he explains. "The movements are too aggressive. No earphone has a...

The futurist: Our collision path with the future

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has predicted that we will reach a technological singularity by 2045, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge is betting on 2029, a date that is ironically on the 100th anniversary of the greatest stock market collapse in human history. But where the...

The futurist: The next bold step in transportation

As we look closely at the advances over the past couple decades, it’s easy to see that we are on the precipices of a dramatic breakthrough in ultra high-speed transportation. Businesses are demanding it. People are demanding it. And the only things standing in our way are a few people capable of m...

The SaaS churn effect

The subscription-based economy is coming, if not here already.  Software providers are especially focusing sales efforts away from the "transaction” model, to longer term focused “customer relationship” models.  The best example of this concept today is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business. The...

The futurist: The last batch of 162 future jobs

Driverless technology will initially require a driver, but it will quickly creep into everyday use much as airbags did. First as an expensive option for luxury cars, but eventually it will become a safety feature stipulated by the government. Over the next 10 years, we will see the first wave of a...

From classrooms to capitalism

It was an unlikely pairing – she was an experienced business executive and he, a cutting-edge academic researcher. But after a year of refining the company’s business model and strategy, she knew they had something special. Leslie Kimerling, an entrepreneur with…

IT M&A due diligence

Given that most studies suggest 70 percent to 90 percent of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fail, thorough due diligence is an absolute must and IT cannot be overlooked. IT due diligence is not a “one size fits all” approach. There are different considerations depending upon whether the acquirer is...

Tech startup: Zen Planner

Zen planner INITIAL LIGHTBULB: Ben Pate started Zen Planner in 2006 after realizing how much of a pain point scheduling was for the martial-arts studio where he was a student. Due to a lack of effective booking software on the market, he developed his own in Zen Planner. With a résumé that include...

Top five Facebook relationship rules for business

Social media is all about relationships, particularly on Facebook. This is critical to remember as a small business using Facebook as a marketing platform. It doesn’t matter what your message is, people won’t listen if you aren’t trying to engage and relate to them authentically. There are many wa...

Is your website obsolete?

No matter what industry you’re in, the website is an absolutely critical element to your success. A company’s website is its online sales person with 100 percent of its content correct and available to clients 24/7, 365 days a year. Planning to replace this asset every two to four years in the bud...

Top six small-biz tech trends for 2014

Small businesses are bullish on 2014 and expect to hire new employees to keep up with increases in sales, according to a recent report by Bank of America (BoA). Three months into 2014, here are the big tech trends that Denver businesses should watch: Cloud In an October 2013 LinkedIn poll of 1,700...

The perils of third-party IP policy shifts

A client recently gave me a head's up about some new developments in YouTube’s Content ID System that was causing an uproar in the gaming community and with others who monetize their YouTube videos. The conflict stems from what appears…

The futurist: Technology's threat to the future of sports

If computers can win at chess and Jeopardy, are we about to see similar contests between robots and basketball players, driverless cars and NASCAR drivers, or robots and golf champions? More importantly, do we run the risk of automating these sports out of existence? Yes, we will see many more hum...

Tech startup: Glass Bottom Games

After working in Louisville for the since-acquired and shuttered NetDevil on the Lego Universe game from 2008 to 2011, veteran game developer Megan Fox decided to start her own company in Glass Bottom Games. “When I started, I had the grand idea of getting funding for a larger studio and bringing...