Western Union Backs Mobile Payment Startup Walletron

Englewood, Colorado-based money transfer and payments firm Western Union announced today that it has made a strategic investment in Philadelphia-based Walletron, a developer of mobile wallet bill and payment software. Financial details of the strategic investment were not announced. Walletron's software links into existing mobile wallet software like Apple Wallet and Android Pay, helping billers present bills to their customers.Continue →

Waterford Insitute Buys Curriculet

Salt Lake City-based Waterford Insitute, a nonprofit focused on education technology research, said it has acquired Curriculet, a developer of self-guided, independent reading programs. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced by the companies. Waterford said Curriculet's reading program will become part of its own curriculum for students from grades 3 to 6.Continue →

Optiv Security Acquired By KKR

Denver-based cybersecurity services provider Optiv Security is in a deal to be acquired by private equity investor KKR, the two announced today. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. KKR is acquiring a majority stake in Optiv from its existing, private equity investors, led by Blackstone, and also including Investcorp and Sverica. The companies said Blackstone will retain a minority interest in Optiv along with management. Optiv was advised by Goldman, Sachs & Co....Continue →

GoDaddy Buys WP Curve

Scottsdale, Arizona-based GoDaddy said late Monday that it has acquired WP Curve, a provider of WordPress hosting services. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. WP Curve--which was self funded, and profitable--said it will help add managed WordPress services to GoDaddy's current WordPress offerings. WP Curve was based in San Francisco.Continue →

Venafi Simplifies Secure Key, Certificate Integration

Salt Lake City-based Venafi, the provider of security software for cryptographic keys and digital certificates, says it has simplified the integration of its platform with certificate-dependent, third party applications. According to the company, the latest release of its platform includes an "Adaptable Application Driver" to automate the provisioning of keys and certificates with third party vendors....Continue →

DigitalGlobe Shows Off First WorldView-4 High Resolution Image

Westminster, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, which recently launched its WorldView-4 satellite into orbit, has released the first high resolution from the satellite--of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo. The site is expected to host competitions in the Summer 2020 Olympic Games. DigitalGlobe's new satellite was launched on November 11th. The comapny said the new satellite more than doubles its image collecting capacity.Continue →

Techstars Powers Up New Accelerator For Amazon's Alexa

Boulder-based startup accelerator operator Techstars is powering up yet another accelerator, this time one in Seattle, focused on's Alexa voice technology....Continue →

KPA Buys Succeed Management Solutions

Lafayette, Colorado-based KPA, a developer of environment health and safety (EHS) and HR management software, said Wednesday that it has acquired Succeed Management Solutions, LLC, a developer of web-based risk management and safety software. Success Management develops its software for the insurance market, serving such industries as automotive, construction, manufacturing, distribution, food and beverage, transportation, healthcare, energy, government, and hospitality....Continue →

SendGrid Gets $33M In Series D Funding

Denver-based email delivery services provider SendGrid has raised $33M in a Series D funding, the company said on Wednesday, which was led by Bain Capital Ventures, along with Foundry Group, Bessemer Venture Partners and SofTech VC. All of the investors in this round are previously investors in the company, whose software and services helps to power the transactional emails of hundreds of application developers providers, e-commerce companies, online services, and others....Continue →

Fluidic Energy Gets $20M More For Battery Technology

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Fluidic Energy, which is developing metal-air battery technology being targeted at use in remote villages, telecommunications, and other applications, has raised $20M in a new funding, the company disclosed this week. The funding came from Asia Climate Partners (ACP). Fluidic Energy is led by Steve Scharnhorst.Continue →

Zayo Buys Electric Lightwave For $1.42 Billion

Boulder-based bandwidth provider and colocation services firm Zayo Group has acquired fiber operator Electric Lightwave, in a deal worth $1.42 billion in cash, Zayo announced this morning. Electric Lightwave--formerly known as Integra Telecom--has more than 12,000 route miles of fiber across the Western U.S. Electric Lightwave operates metro fiber networks in Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Boise....Continue →

VictorOps Gets $12M More

Boulder-based VictorOps, the developer of real time incident management software led by Todd Vernon, announced this morning that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Shea Ventures, and also included The Foundry Group and Costanoa Venture Capital. The company said the new funding goes to support the company's growth and continued traction.Continue →




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