Launching Energize Colorado

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I’m excited to announce the launch of Energize Colorado , a new Colorado-based non-profit to help energize companies in Colorado survive the Covid crisis and then thrive as we get the crisis under control. On March 23rd, a founding team of 15 people, led by Wendy Lea, got together to sketch out the idea for a new Colorado non-profit called Energize Colorado. Five weeks later, Energize Colorado is over 200 volunteers and growing daily.

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund Application Process Is Open

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The Energize Colorado Gap Fund is open for applications. The applications and awards will be done in rounds to allow the Energize Colorado Gap Fund to provide assistance through December 2020. Crisis Colorado energize colorado

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Colorado Statewide Mask Requirement

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Colorado now has a statewide mask requirement. The post Colorado Statewide Mask Requirement appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Individuals will be required to wear face coverings for Public Indoor Spaces if they are 11 and older, unless they have a medical condition or disability. Kids 10 and under don’t need to wear a mask. All businesses must post signage and refuse entry or service to people not wearing masks.

Reopening Your Business In Colorado

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Energize Colorado , working with Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), has just released business templates that offer best practices, direction, and information on how businesses can restart operations safely and effectively. Next week, WorkBright and Energize Colorado are doing a four-part webinar series on Reopening Your Business. As businesses start opening up in Colorado, we are entering a very tricky phase of the Covid crisis.

GivingTuesdayNow – Colorado COVID Relief Fund

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If you have a job, have been working from home, and haven’t been spending extra money on Starbucks (or local) coffee, lunch or dinner out, or other random things you spend money on during the day while at work, please consider making a donation to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund today. The Governor’s Colorado COVID Relief Fund is raising and allocating funds based on prevention, impact, and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado.

Energize Colorado Free and Low-Cost Mental Health Care

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One of our goals with Energize Colorado is to create a non-profit for the extended business community of “Coloradans helping Coloradans” We decided to make providing Mental Health Resources one of the primary initiatives. The Energize Colorado website has a comprehensive list of mental health resources that are available, but here are two new ones. The post Energize Colorado Free and Low-Cost Mental Health Care appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Citizens of Colorado – Stay At Home #DoingMyPart

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Colorado Governor Polis #DoingMyPartCO Presentation – 03-27-2020 from Brad Feld. Consequently, our actions every minute, every hour, and every day will make an impact on the magnitude of the surge, and whether we can flatten the curve enough so that we can handle it in Colorado. The post Citizens of Colorado – Stay At Home #DoingMyPart appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Crisis Colorado covid-19 polis

Matching All Colorado First Time DonorsChoose.org Projects

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Amy and I decided to match all of the funding for first-time projects in Colorado on DonorsChoosee.org. First, if you want to support a teacher and students in Colorado, go make a contribution of any amount on DonorsChoose.org from this link and we’ll automatically match it. Second, we hope any teacher in Colorado who has never had a fully funded project on DonorsChoose.org before, submits a project before the end of the year.

Make4Covid Is Having An Impact In Colorado

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Make4Covid is a new Colorado-based volunteer organization of makers working on making stuff related to the Covid crisis. The post Make4Covid Is Having An Impact In Colorado appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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 Magic on a Friday

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San Diego has been great, but I miss my dogs, my friends, and the Colorado vibe. When people ask me about the Colorado vibe, I often talk about GiveFirst. This article in the Colorado Sun – How Techstars’ “GiveFirst” mantra became a road map for the startup community in Colorado and beyond – was excellent and had numerous short examples of how GiveFirst works and influences a startup community. Happy Friday Colorado.

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.

An Update on The Colorado Talent Network

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We launched the Colorado Talent Network on March 26 in direct response to Coloradans losing their jobs due to COVID-19 layoffs. These locations are: Central CO I-70 Corridor, Colorado Springs, Eastern CO, Ft. This is the same ideal work location data shown another way: If you’re a company hiring, check out the Colorado Talent Network Database for a list of candidates and please fill out this form to add a specific job posting or career page. Colorado Covid-19

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.

Defy Colorado Graduation and Coaching Events

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Defy Colorado is growing nicely after some overall challenges with the national organization in 2018. Defy Colorado is now a separate 501c(3) and my partner Jason Mendelson and his wife Jenn Mendelson have been playing a huge leadership role with the Defy Colorado team. The afternoon will feature a primer on Defy Colorado and its work in Colorado prisons, a panel discussing transformative change, and the opportunity to hear energizing pitches from our graduates.

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.

A Short Recent History of the Colorado Startup Community

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Colorado Public Television takes an in-depth look at Colorado’s thriving startup scene in its new 5-part season called Street Level Startups. The post A Short Recent History of the Colorado Startup Community appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Techstars brad bernthal Colorado dan caruso techstars

Engage in the New Colorado Digital Service

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One of the many great things about the Governor of Colorado is that he’s an entrepreneur, having started multiple successful technology companies, including BlueMountainArts.com (acquired by Excite for $800m) and Provide Commerce (IPO, then acquired by Liberty Media for $500m). So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that one of Jared Polis’ relatively early new initiatives as Governor is the Colorado Digitial Service. Government Colorado polis

Entrepreneurship For All in Longmont, Colorado

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Amy and I recently decided to support Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) and their national expansion to Colorado through our Anchor Point Foundation. While there’s been tremendous growth in Colorado, it has been uneven across the state. I’m particularly excited that EforAll has decided to launch their first Colorado site in Longmont. If you are interested in getting involved or supporting the effort, email Harris Rollinger who is the Executive Director of EforAll Colorado.

Startup Summer Colorado

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One of the fun projects I am involved with is Startup Colorado, a community focused initiative to spur new company creation in Colorado. One of Startup Colorado’s most promising projects is Startup Summer. We are looking for students at any four-year college or university in Colorado who are aspiring entrepreneurs and want to participate in a program that could change their lives. If you are a student at any four-year college or university in Colorado, check it out.

Tips On Finding The Right Web Designers In Colorado Springs

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In this digital world, investing in a great website can make a huge difference in the success of your business in Colorado Springs. So, if you’re planning to have your company website soon, here are a few tips for finding the right designer in Colorado Springs. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, then understanding all aspects of web design in Colorado Springs might be a challenging experience.

Colorado’s State-Wide Mask Order

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Yesterday evening, Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, announced a state-wide mask order directing Colorado residents to wear a mask or face covering while in indoor public spaces. Citing the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, Jared said, “…Masks are the ticket to the Colorado we love and a critical part of supporting Colorado’s economy and prosperity. The best way to support Colorado workers and businesses right now is to wear a mask.”

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 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. We are still keeping it private for now but are looking for any CEOs of tech companies in Colorado who want to join the list as we expand it from Foundry / Techstars related companies. 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. It’s part of the Startup Colorado initiative and is going to make the first round of grants at the end of Q3. The Startup Colorado Community Fund from Startup Colorado on Vimeo. Startup Colorado boulder thesis colorado startup community fund

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). Personally, I like the new logo a lot and I think it was time for Colorado to update its image. I think the similarities speak to the broad view of Colorado as a place where business and nature mix (and reinforce each other). Colorado

State of Colorado COVID-19 Innovation Response Team, Part VII – Retrospective

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(This is the seventh and final post in a series documenting the work I did in Colorado on the Governor’s COVID-19 Innovation Response Team – IRT. The post State of Colorado COVID-19 Innovation Response Team, Part VII – Retrospective appeared first on Only Once.

Colorado Small Business Legal Checklist

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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. You’ll then file the appropriate business paperwork with the state of Colorado. Contact a Colorado succession lawyer to get information on how to prepare for an uncomplicated business transfer, should that need to happen.

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. The post Colorado Health & Wellness Interview On Depression appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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.

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

Finding Quality SEO Expertise in Denver Colorado

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Keep reading for tips and information which will help you find a top quality Colorado SEO Company. The post Finding Quality SEO Expertise in Denver Colorado appeared first on The Startup Magazine. Marketing Advertising AdWords agency budget Colorado Company consultant Contract Denver Digital marketing Internet online presence outsource SEO Social media WebsiteIf your business has any kind of online presence then you really can’t afford to not exploit SEO to the max.

Protected: State of Colorado COVID-19 Innovation Response Team, Part II – Getting Started, Days 1-3

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State of Colorado COVID-19 Innovation Response Team, Part V – Wrapping Up, Days 10-12

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(This is the fifth post in a series documenting the work I did in Colorado on the Governor’s COVID-19 Innovation Response Team – IRT. Current Affairs Startup CEO Colorado COVID-19

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.

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). Personally, I like the new logo a lot and I think it was time for Colorado to update its image. I think the similarities speak to the broad view of Colorado as a place where business and nature mix (and reinforce each other). Colorado

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.

Looking for Mentors for Entrepreneurs for All – Longmont, Colorado

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If you are an entrepreneur or business leader living near Longmont, Colorado, especially in an adjacent town like Boulder, and you are interested in becoming a mentor for EforAll, please reach out to Harris Rollinger , the Executive Director of EforAll Longmont or volunteer online to become a mentor. The post Looking for Mentors for Entrepreneurs for All – Longmont, Colorado appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Bell Policy Center Helps Strike the Right Balance in Colorado

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Recently, Amy and I hosted a conversation with Scott Wasserman, the president of Colorado’s Bell Policy Center. For those not familiar with the Bell, it is a research and advocacy organization focused on economic mobility in Colorado. As he went through his presentation, it became clear that while Colorado is home to a booming economy that many of us enjoy, there are many others in our state who are being left behind.