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Intro to the Colorado Startup Scene 2015


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The Colorado tech industry is burgeoning. This is a thorough overview of the Colorado startup ecosystem to get you familiarized in order to plan your next step.

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Intro to the Colorado Startup Scene 2015

  1. 1. Intro to the Colorado Startup Scene
  2. 2. Where Colorado fits in in terms of startup cities
  3. 3. Some stats on the ecosystem Funding was up 64% in 2014: $758M in funding, 140 Cos founded, 36 exits Total exist almost $11B Funding was geographically split: 42.3% Boulder & 56% in Denver Downtown Denver: Most companies have 26-50 employees, 373 companies noted in 2014
  4. 4. view our 2015 Salary Guide here Salary Ranges
  5. 5. Growth Stage Companies Corporate Divisions Built In Colorado demographics Digital Agencies Early Stage Startups= What is the community made of?
  6. 6. What makes a strong startup ecosystem? Basic characteristics No, it’s not a ping pong table 1. Strong group of serial founders 2. Local capital that reinvests 3. Tons of events that span purpose & interest 4. Stellar universities/ education nearby 5. Educated, ambitious talent pool 6. Access to knowledgeable mentors 7. Successful companies that kick-off the tech community 8. Large scale tech cos nearby to support sys 9. Great environs 10.Strong sense of community
  7. 7. eBags HOSTING Ping Identity- Acq Healthgrades Trueffect GNIP- Acq by Twitter HomeAdvisor ReadyTalk ViaWest – Acq $1.2B LogRhythm PaySimple Zayo- IPO & acq Latisys SendGrid iTriage Alchemy - acq by IBM Return Path SpotXchange - acq MercuryPay - $1.65B Datalogix - exit Welltok Rally Software - IPO & exit Craftsy Solidfire Quark (notable exit) Orbotix gogo IQNavigator (notable exit) The big guys & exits/IPOs & success stories Want more? Check out our data reports from the past 3 years
  8. 8. Signpost Pax8 MobileDay kindara Zen Planner Swiftpage OrthoFi Choozle Pivotal Tracker GoSpotCheck Placeable GutCheck Ibotta* Roximity Convercent Simple Energy Welltok Cloud Elements VictorOps Rapt Media CommercialTribe RxRevu Alteryx Dev cos like startups: TapInfluence choozle Wowza Quick Left Pivotal Labs ShipCompliant Kapost JumpCloud Slice of Lime Commerce Kitchen Wayin MapQuest Pellucid SpireMedia TrackVia GoSpotCheck* rentbits thoughtbot Notable startups
  9. 9. Where do you fit in? Finding a new job The definition of a startup is about as vague as defining art. Decide what fits your personality by exploring the ecosystem first. Here is how… • DO YOUR RESEARCH • DEFINE WHAT LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITIES/ MANAGEMENT STYLES YOU WANT • MEET PEOPLE WHO HAVE A SIMILAR POSITION • MEET PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THE CO • ASK QUESTIONS. • READ. • ASK QUESTIONS. Don’t forget: It’s relaxed, but still be professional Don’t get in a position that doesn't suit you Show your knowledgeable about the company APPLY
  10. 10. Use our job board, filter, explore & meet
  11. 11. Funding: this ain’t no nonprofit ANGEL Impact Angel Group Venture Access Venture Partners Galvanize Ventures Foundry Boulder Ventures Grotech Ventures High Country Ventures Rockies Venture Club Colorado Venture Summit READ: Colorado’s most active VCs and who they’re investing in
  12. 12. Events to get connected READ: 7 must-attend events Conferences Monthly Built In Brews Panels & Speakers Social Networking Focus meetups Pitch Events 13 Get connected Don’t underestimate the importance of meeting people
  13. 13. Accelerators and Incubators
  14. 14. Startup Weeks Ft. Collins Startup Week Colorado Springs Startup Week Boulder Startup Week Denver Startup Week - coming up at the end of September! Company sponsored Hackfests: Quick Left, SendGrid Statewide Startup Weekends Aspen, Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins, etc. Demo Days: Techstars, Galvanize, Boomtown, RefactorU Uncover New Startups More resources Finding founders CoFounders Lab Meetup Denver Founders Network Boulder/Denver New Tech Built In Colorado Member search Niche resources: PriME Health Collaborative Blackstone Entrep. Network Colorado Impact Fund Google Entrepreneurs Commons on Champa Niche events: IoT Hackathon, Boulder Marijuana Hackathon (last year first) Digital Health Summit GoCodeColorado
  15. 15. Staying updated on the news & happenings o Sign up for the Built In Colorado newsletter o Xconomy o InnovatioNews o TechCocktail- o Techcrunch- national o Confluence Denver - local o Boulder Daily Camera o Setting Google Alerts on industries/startups youre following o Denver Business Journal daily emails o Coworking sites/ incubator newsletters o Startup Digest (available in most startup communities)
  16. 16. Other reads to get in the groove • Read: 9 must know coworking spaces to find your match • Colorado’s most well-funded tech neighborhoods • Colorado's top 50 startups to watch: Where are they now? • 5 downtown Denver coffee shops perfect for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers
  17. 17. Stakeholders growing the startup community Erik Mitisek (Chairman, Colorado Tech Assn.) Robert Reich (BDNewTech) David Cohen (Founder & CEO, Techstars) Jim Deters (Founder, Galvanize) Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group) JB Holston (Blackstone Entre. Network) Brad Bernthal (Silicon Flatirons) Ben Dada (Galvanize) Chris Franks Ingrid Alongi (Founder, Quick Left) Bryan Leach (CEO, Ibotta) Nicole Glaros (Techstars)
  18. 18. What is next? 1.Sign up for Built In Colorado, subscribe to the weekly newsletter, and our jobs newsletters 2.Post a blog on your expertise & read about new companies to find your next venture 3.Connect with others & jumpstart your startup path 4.Get involved! Attend community events – - Attend our Built In Brews events