Colorado Companies to Watch spotlight: Gnip Inc.
Snapshot: Gnip delivers billions of activities from dozens of social media sources, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and WordPress. The company serves hundreds of customers in industries ranging from social media monitoring and marketing to finance and government.
Leadership: Jud Valeski, who cofounded the Boulder company in 2008, has been CEO since 2010. Chris Moody is COO, Rob Johnson is VP of Product Strategy and Greg Greenstreet is VP of engineering.
Pivotal moment: An exclusive partnership with Twitter in November 2010 made Gnip the first authorized reseller of firehose Twitter data for enterprise consumption, marking the birth of a new industry.
Technological edge: Gnip delivers more than 90 billion activities per month. It has developed an infrastructure capable of scaling to deliver the enormous volumes of social media that is generated by the public daily.
Company culture: Gnip believes that work should be fun and that a healthy work-life balance is core to long term success. To that end, Gnip provides employees with a flexible time-off policy, daily breakfast, a fully stocked kitchen, Boulder Recreation Center passes, Eldora Ski Resort passes, memberships to Boulder B-Cycles and other perks. Executives work directly with the University of Colorado leaders to help develop programs that better prepare students for jobs within the Boulder high-tech/startup community.