Colorado Global EIR 2017 Applications

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The 2017 applications for the Colorado Global EIR are now open through April 15, 2017. The Colorado Global EIR program is a way for experienced international entrepreneurs to receive an H-1B visa, allowing them to work in Boulder. You also get to start and grow a new company in the supportive, collaborative, and dynamic entrepreneurial community of Boulder, Colorado. You can apply for the Colorado Global EIR 2017 or email geir-apply@colorado.edu.

Built In Colorado

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As part of the event – held at Mateo in Boulder – the gang from Built In Denver announced they were rebranding as Built In Colorado. The past two days the Colorado Innovation Network held it’s 2nd annual COIN Summit. As part of it, Governor Hickenlooper rolled out a new brand for all of Colorado, an effort led by Aaron Kennedy, the founder of Noodles & Co. The focus was on Colorado, not on Boulder, or Denver.

Colorado Startup Summer

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Colorado is a premier location for entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. This is why I co-founded and commit a portion of my time to Startup Colorado; an organization that empowers and sustains startup communities across Colorado. One of the programs that Startup Colorado runs – called Startup Summer – cultivates and engages undergraduate entrepreneurs looking to get involved in the Front Range startup community.

Colorado Health & Wellness Interview On Depression

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Since I wrote about depression yesterday, I figured I’d highlight a long interview with Colorado Health & Wellness magazine on my history dynamics with depression titled Brad Feld’s Village.

Colorado – Entrepreneurial By Nature

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Some time ago a group of entrepreneurs including my partner Seth Levine came together to talk about how to promote entrepreneurship in Colorado and celebrate the fact that entrepreneurship has become a huge part of the Colorado business ecosystem. The result of that discussion was Colorado Entrepreneurial By Nature – a grass roots branding campaign whose goal is to get Colorado entrepreneurs to rally around their shared love of our state and our entrepreneurial culture.

The Colorado CEO Jobs List

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A few years ago, David Cohen and I started a Colorado CEO Jobs list in response to the regular stream of inbound email we got from folks looking to move to Colorado and interested in tech-related jobs. The post The Colorado CEO Jobs List appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

$200,000 For Colorado Startup Community Activities and Events

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I’m excited to announce the launch of the Colorado Startup Community Fund. This is a $200,000 fund for providing financing to support activities, events, and organizations in the Colorado startup community. The Startup Colorado Community Fund from Startup Colorado on Vimeo.

Startup Colorado Launch on 11/9/11

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On November 9th, I’ll be helping launch Startup Colorado. Startup Colorado will be one of the regional initiatives under the umbrella of the Startup America Partnership. Startup Colorado is an initiative to make a meaningful impact on entrepreneurship and new company creation in the Front Range. If you are an entrepreneur in Colorado, we’d love to have you join us. We’ll be having a kickoff event at CU Boulder from 6:30pm – 8:35pm.

4/2/15: Colorado Product Management Meetup

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If you are a technology product manager in Colorado, take a look at the new Colorado Product group. The post 4/2/15: Colorado Product Management Meetup appeared first on Feld Thoughts. The first meetup is on 4/2/15 and features a talk from Adit Vaidya, Product Manager for Facebook Groups. Announcements

The Greater Colorado Venture Fund

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Announcing the Greater Colorado Venture Fund ! million of a target $15 million venture fund to be invested in startups across 54 eligible Colorado counties. Together, this team is already at the center of Rural Colorado’s rising startup. Venture Capital Colorado gcvf oedit vca

Phil Weiser For Colorado Attorney General

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Over the past fifteen years, Phil Weiser and I have worked together to make Colorado a stronger, more collaborative, and more innovative entrepreneurial community. I strongly encourage everyone to do what they can to help elect him as Colorado’s next Attorney General, including donating your time and money to his campaign. I am personally excited to work with him in how to support entrepreneurial opportunities across our State, including in more rural parts of Colorado.

Colorado Small Business Legal Checklist

The Startup Magazine

If you’re starting a small business in Colorado , congratulations on joining the more than 572,500 small businesses that inhabit the state. Though we focus here on Colorado, the outline and process is similar in all locales.

Colorado Global EIR Program – Applications Open for 2016

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Applications are open for the second group of Colorado Global Entrepreneurs in Residence. We currently have three Colorado Global EIRs. While Colorado is one of three states to have a program ( the others are Massachusetts and New York ) we are about to launch a few other states, including one I’m particularly excited about. If you are interested in applying to be part of the Colorado GEIR program, apply by email at GEIR-apply@colorado.edu.

Startup Colorado’s Year One Initiatives

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We launched Startup Colorado last week as part of the Startup America Partnership. We’ve got a bunch of great entrepreneurs from Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs involved at this point and are reaching out to entrepreneurs in Fort Collins to help us get things up and running there. Create an Entrepreneurial Summer Camp in Boulder for talented college students from throughout Colorado.

Defy Colorado – Feb 8th With Me and Governor Hickenlooper

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As we start spinning up Defy Ventures in Colorado, we are doing a Business Coaching Day at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway, Colorado. It’s one of our first Defy Colorado events and Governor Hickenlooper will be joining us for the day.

Trying Something New On Immigration In Colorado

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The program in Colorado follows a similar approach with one major difference. In the summer time, they’ll be part of Startup Summer (run by Startup Colorado in conjunction with Silicon Flatirons) along with being paired with a new MIT MBA Summer Internship in Boulder that I’m about to roll out (ah – foreshadowing…) And, with our broad #GiveFirst attitude across the startup community, they’ll be welcomed with open arms.

The Colorado PUC Trying to Shut Down UberDenver

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In yet another insane move by government against entrepreneurs and job creators, the Colorado PUC is proposing a new set of rules that would shut down Uber in Colorado. As a Colorado entrepreneurial community, we shouldn’t stand for this. As citizens and tax payers in Colorado, we shouldn’t stand for this. Colorado’s new brand shouldn’t be “backwater protectionist state” – yeah – that doesn’t sound very good to me.

Colorado Conservation Voters

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One of the great things about living in Eldorado Springs, Colorado is interacting with nature on a daily basis. Colorado Conservation Voters is one of these groups. CCV works to turn conservation values into Colorado priorities by educating legislators and the public about important environmental issues, helping pro-conservation candidates win their elections, and then holding our elected officials accountable.

Amazon Fires Its Affiliates in Colorado (Including Me) Because of Colorado HB 10-1193

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Dear Colorado-based Amazon Associate: We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to inform you that the Colorado government recently enacted a law to impose sales tax regulations on online retailers. Instead, they are clearly intended to increase the compliance burden to a point where online retailers will be induced to “voluntarily” collect Colorado sales tax — a course we won’t take. I then received the following email from Colorado Governor Ritter.

Help Repeal The Amazon Tax (Colorado HB10-1193)

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Colorado HB10-1193 – also known as the “Amazon Tax” – really upset me as I wrote about in Amazon Fires Its Affiliates in Colorado (Including Me) Because of Colorado HB 10-1193. While I discovered a partial solution via a service from a company called Viglink which I wrote about in I’m An Amazon Affiliate Again – Sort Of I’m still really annoyed with the myopia of our Colorado state representatives around this issue.

Branding Colorado

VC Adventure

Last week at the conclusion of the COIN Summit Colorado released an new brand for the state. The idea was to identify a unifying brand that could represent Colorado across a wide variety of uses (both inside the state and outside). Colorado

Help Colorado Now Is Off To A Good Start

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While the fires in Colorado have calmed down and the firefighters are in the process of getting them contained, there continues to be plenty of fire danger as the firefighters continue to work incredibly hard. It’s going to be a tough summer for fire in Colorado and I’m proud of all the support this community has given out of the gate to people impacted. I bought one yesterday – all of the money is being donated to Care and Share or the Colorado Red Cross.

Startup Colorado: Looking Back on the First Year

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Last week Startup Colorado hosted the Startup America Regional Summit which was a gathering of the leadership of over 25 different Startup State efforts under the structure of the Startup America Partnership. After the event, David Mangum, the executive director for Startup Colorado and I were discussing what we had accomplished since launching in November 2011 and I asked him to write up a guest post to summarize. Startup Communities mangum startup america startup colorado

Startups Can Help Colorado Wildfire Victims Right Now

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My friends at NewsGator have started a fundraising campaign to help victims of the Colorado wildfires. I’d like to encourage everyone involved in a startup in Colorado (or anyone in the world) to help your neighbors in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Boulder who are victims of the current fires that are raging. While the current Boulder fire is getting under control, many people in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins are still at risk.

Little Colorado Company MobileDay Finds Big Hole In Enterprise Bucket

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The post Little Colorado Company MobileDay Finds Big Hole In Enterprise Bucket appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I’m a seed investor in MobileDay , a Boulder-based company that has helped its users make over two million mobile-based conference calls in the past few months.

Branding Colorado

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Last week at the conclusion of the COIN Summit Colorado released an new brand for the state. The idea was to identify a unifying brand that could represent Colorado across a wide variety of uses (both inside the state and outside). Colorado

Colorado Senator Mark Udall Opposes PIPA

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On Saturday, Colorado Senator Mark Udall publicly opposed PIPA. ” To all of my friends in Colorado’s tech community I encourage you to express your support for Mark – both now (comment on this blog, send his office an email or a letter, write your own blog post, or give him a hug the next time you see him on the street) and in the future.

Founder Institute This Summer in Colorado

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Founder Institute is a great way for Jon and I to ‘pay it forward’ and help the next generation of entrepreneurs to make Colorado a great place to start a business. In addition to TechStars, we have many resources for entrepreneurs in Colorado, and all of them have their differentiating points. I strongly believe that entrepreneurial education and community building is not a zero sum game.

Introducing Colorado Entrepreneurial By Nature

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I’ve had the great fortune to experience the evolution and transformation of Colorado into a community that I believe is one of the most supportive of entrepreneurs anywhere in the country. These factors, combined with a support structure and philosophy of paying it forward, has turned Colorado into one of the best places in the country to start a business. Marketing Startups boulder colorado denver ft colins local entrepreneurship

Mobile Monday Colorado with Dion Almaer

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Mobile Monday Colorado is hosting a member of the TechStars mentor family, Dion Almaer, for their July 19th event. Tags: Conferences Colorado mobile TechStars Dion is Managing Director of Developer Relations at Palm (now part of HP). Besides his involvement with TechStars as a mentor, he is a celebrity in the AJAX community as the co-founder of Ajaxian.com , and previously held senior positions within Mozilla and Google.

Are You An Internet Entrepreneur In Colorado? Oppose PIPA!

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If you are a entrepreneur in Colorado who is working on something related to the Internet, please consider signing the following letter to Senator Udall and Senator Bennet opposing the Protect IP (PIPA) Act. I want to make sure they are hearing directly from entrepreneurs in Colorado, who I view as a much more important constituency of theirs than the folks in Hollywood who are trying to jam these bills through Congress.

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado

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California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado. 290M invested in 41 companies based in Colorado in 2011. Compare that with 2006 when Colorado ranked 12th on the list with just under $ 90M invested in 32 companies. That’s an incredible achievement and says a lot about the state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado and our rising profile on the national stage.

A Workshop for Colorado Food Entrepreneurs in Hotchkiss, CO – June 21 and 22

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The number of food meetups and events in Boulder (including Startup Weekend Boulder Food + Tech) as well as events and initiatives all around the state of Colorado has reached a critical mass. Entrepreneurship food hotchkiss startup colorado

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

A brief post to make sure you know about the upcoming Denver, CO public course in Advanced Innovation Facilitation. This is a high value training. It’s partially sponsored so the price is much lower than usual. Here’s a page with details. It’s next week Starting Wednesday February 1, continuing on Feb 2, finishing at noon on Feb.

SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Colorado Flooding Victims

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The images of […] The post SpareFoot Donates Storage Space to Colorado Flooding Victims appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Colorado Flooding victims free storage space Sparefoot

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado

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California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado. 290M invested in 41 companies based in Colorado in 2011. Compare that with 2006 when Colorado ranked 12th on the list with just under $90M invested in 32 companies. That’s an incredible achievement and says a lot about the state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado and our rising profile on the national stage.

Introducing Colorado Entrepreneurial By Nature

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I’ve had the great fortune to experience the evolution and transformation of Colorado into a community that I believe is one of the most supportive of entrepreneurs anywhere in the country. These factors, combined with a support structure and philosophy of paying it forward, has turned Colorado into one of the best places in the country to start a business. Marketing Startups boulder colorado denver ft colins local entrepreneurship

Austin-based Dropoff Expands to Colorado and Arizona

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Dropoff has expanded its same day delivery for business service to Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. There […] The post Austin-based Dropoff Expands to Colorado and Arizona appeared first on SiliconHills. The Austin-based startup expanded to other markets in Texas and to Florida and California last year. With the addition of these new markets, Dropoff’s same day delivery service now reaches more than 55 million people across the U.S.

It’s Open Angel Forum #8 in Colorado!

David Cohen

November 18th, 2013 is the 8th open angel forum in Colorado. This is a simple dinner in Boulder with active angel investors. We usually have 4-5 companies pitch, and around 20-25 angel investors in attendance. Open Angel Forum started because we think startups should never pay to pitch, and we prefer a simple dinner together to a more contrived event. There’s no cost to startups, and the format is simple and friendly. Learn more at [link]. Want to attend as an angel investor?

Do You Consider Yourself a Texan?

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I answered that I grew up in Texas, live in Colorado, was born in Arkansas, and went to school in Massachusetts. I’ve now lived in Colorado longer than anywhere else (22.5 Places arkansas Colorado massachusetts texasDid you know that 28.5714% of the partners at Foundry Group are Texans? Recently, I was asked if I consider myself a Texan. While I have a house in Alaska, I never lived there (that’s where Amy grew up.).

Empirical Support for the Boulder Thesis

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Colorado has two – a 1 Million Cups in Denver and 1 Million Cups in Fort. 1 Million Cups Denver was also a recipient of one of the first Startup Colorado Community Fund grants.

Save UberDenver Rally On Monday

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UberDenver and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are hosting a rally at Galvanize after the Colorado Public Utilities Commission holds a public hearing on proposed rules changes that could shut UberDenver down. I’ve had a number of private conversations since I wrote my post The Colorado PUC Trying to Shut Down UberDenver. I continue to think the whole situation is insane especially given our state government’s strong position on advancing innovation in Colorado.

Rally Gives $1.3 Million To The Boulder Community

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This check is for The Community Foundation and for the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) and results from a gift of 24,793 shares of common stock from Rally at the time of its first financing that represented approximately 1% of the equity of the company. My day started out great.