How do you take a bootstrapped company from just a few employees, to a two billion dollar cybersecurity powerhouse backed by private equity? Dan Burns, the CEO and co-founder of Denver's Optiv (www.optiv.com) sat down with us to talk about the company, its growth, and how he's working on taking the company to six billion.
It's now ten years since Boulder-based Techstars (www.techstars.org) launched what has become the most successful startup accelerator model in the world, and it's still going strong at its original Boulder location, in addition to Techstars locations around the U.S. and the world. We caught up with Techstars Boulder Managing Director Natty Zola to hear about the latest class for Techstars Boulder—it's 11th program—and what has changed in the last few years.
For today's startup interview, we spoke with Todd Vernon, the CEO and Founder of Boulder-base VictorOps, which is developing software for the DevOps and IT operations software. Vernon is a serial entrepreneur--who founded and was CEO of Lijit Networks, was co-founder and CTO at Raindance Communications, and has been a longtime mentor at Techstars. We caught up with Todd to learn more about his new company, VictorOps, as well as to glean some tips on successful technology startups.
Are you tired of owning a bunch of “stuff” that you just never use, and is just taking up room in your garage? Wish you could borrow, not buy, those tools you just need for a single project or weekend? Or maybe you already have a lot of stuff, but you aren't using it most of the time. Denver-based Fluid (www.fluidmarket.
Can the sharing economy--epitomized by services such as Airbnb--help revolutionize how people age? Boulder-based Silvernest (www.silvernest.com) tells us how the startup is helping to harness the power of the sharing economy. CEO Wendi Burkhardt tells us how seniors--who, suprisingly, are among the early adopters of the sharing economy--are the target of her startup, which helps those seniors find roommates, and hopes to offer new options to help address issues in aging.
Have you ever wondered what kind of information hackers have on your company, and what kind of data might have been comprised from your systems, and are now floating out there on the Internet? For our company profile today, we have an interview with Mark Turnage, the CEO of Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity (www.owlcyber.com), who tells us how the company has created a product which lets companies figure out exactly what might be out there with criminals, to help them respond.
Earlier this week, Denver's GoSpotCheck (www.gospotcheck.com) announced a big funding round from Insight Partners, for its enterprise, mobile software for managing field teams—to help fuel its already rapid growth. What not everyone knows, is the fascinating story behind how the company actually started as a maternity clothing rental business at Techstars—before the founding team figured out that wasn't the real business to pursue.
Traditionally, building a large multi-unit building--such as an apartment, dorm, or hotel--was a very time consuming, expensive process. However, Denver-based Prescient (www.prescientco.com) has figured out how to combine software, highly automated manufacturing, and other technology with steel, to create a rapid, low cost way to build those structures in far less time than possible before.
It's one of those dreaded moments that happens all too often in families: grandma, or grandpa, or mom, or dad, just can't care for themselves anymore, and needs to go to assisted living. How do you figure out what to do, and how to you find help? Today's startup interview is with William Ahlering, co-founder of Mimicare, a Denver-based company which helps families connect with assisted living facilities.
If you are someone looking to become a citizen of the United States, there's lots of paper work involved--and not a lot of help--especially if you don't want to pay thousands to an attorney. That is, unless you turn to Provo, Utah-based SimpleCitizen (www.simplecitizen.com), a startup which has developed an online, easy-to-use process for helping people through the immigration process.
Our interview today is with Patrick Quinlan, the CEO of Denver-based Convercent (www.convercent.com), a fast growing, enterprise software company. Quinlan—a veteran of the industry, who previously co-founded Rivet Software—tells us about his new company, and why it is growing (and hiring) so fast.
In a world of increasing importance of Internet connectivity, there's an insatiable appetite for faster, broadband Internet access. However, that high speed access is often hard to get--particularly in more rural and suburban areas. Englewood, Colorado-based Rise Broadband (www.risebroadband.com) is capitalizing on that hunger for high speed, Internet access, via what is a fast growing, fixed wireless broadband Internet network.
For our interview today, we sat down to catch up with Bart Lorang, the CEO of Denver-based FullContact (www.fullcontact.com), which develops contact management software. FullContact recently acquired Brewster, and in December also acquired another company, nGame, in the social analytics and data area.
For those not familiar with the company, tell us about what you do?
Bart Lorang: Our mission is to help people stay fully connected, which let people master their contact with people.
In a world defined by difficulty recruiting the right employees, and an ever-escalating list of positions which require a college degree, is there a better way to find workers to fill jobs—which doesn't rely on college degrees as a qualifier for jobs, but instead uses the actual, practical skills needed for those positions? Skillful (www.skillful.
The last few years here along the Front Range have been a tough one, with the entire region suffering from drought for the last five years. Despite what had been a hopeful wet spring in 2015, the Front Range dropped back to drought status in September. Although things are looking up now, that drought situation helped spawn the birth of Denver-based Rachio (www.rachio.com), a startup that is hoping to eliminate wasted water in irrigation not only in Colorado but across the country.
If you're an enterprise company, eager to jump into the cloud, it's tough to fully move your applications, systems, and other infrastructure into the cloud due to many legacy components—including such things as Microsoft's Active Directory. To solve that problem, Boulder-based JumpCloud (www.jumpcloud.com) has created a cloud-based product which replaces Active Directory, a key component of many enterprises for managing user logins and passwords, application and computer access, and more.
If you ever visit companies across Silicon Valley for a meeting, you'd be surprised at the number of high profile companies—Airbnb, Yelp, Zynga, Tesla, Dropbox, and many, many others—who are using the conference and lobby management products of Utah's EventBoard (www.eventboard.io).
Can artificial intelligence software be the answer to better travel arrangements for you on your next trip? Denver-based Pana (www.pana.com) thinks so, and is developing AI software which works interfaces with human agents, to provide what it hopes is a much better--and more efficient--way to book travel for users. We spoke with co-founder and CEO Devon Tivona this week, to hear about the startup, which just raised $1.35M in a funding round.
What's the best way for a small or medium sized business to move towards a paperless office? Utah's eFileCabinet (www.efilecabinet.com), which is led by Matt Peterson, think it has the right way to help those companies go paperless, through its software, which allows for document management either through cloud- and on-premise installs. We caught up with Matt to learn more about its recent, $14.
Anyone who worked with customer relationship management (CRM) software back in the PC era knew that once upon a time, there were really only two CRM software packages out there: Act! and Goldmine. Recently, Denver-based Swiftpage (www.swiftpage.com) acquired Act!, and is updating that software for the Internet age. We spoke with John Oechsle, President and CEO of Swiftpage, on how the company is bringing Act! into the cloud, and how the company ended up owning the Act! software and brand.
Utah has both a long history and a recent successful track record of creating growing, enterprise software companies, including many in the software-as-a-service and cloud market. This week, Treehouse Interactive, based in Draper, received $17M in a combined acquisition/funding for a majority stake in the company, from investor Joe Wang and Kennett Partners.
Boulder-based Kindara (www.kindara.com) has a hit mobile app, a growing crowdfunding/pre-sale campaign for its new device, and counts over 35,000 users who have gotten pregnant using the company's software. We spoke with William Sacks, co-founder and CEO of Kindara, to hear more about the company, the company's success and experience with crowdfunding, and also hear about the perils of starting a company with your spouse.
In today's always-on, instant world, having a slow web site or web application means you lose customers, and money. Boulder-based Lagrange Systems (www.lagrangesystems.com) believes it has the solution to that probelm, with CloudMaestro, its product for delivering applications to users, increasing site speed, and eliminating downtime. We spoke with CEO Ed Roberto, who is an active angel investor here and a TechStars mentor, both about the company and his experience with startups.
If you are a company with a lot of acres to watch--say, a utility with electrical substations, or an oil and gas company with remote installations--how do you make sure you can protect that infrastructure? That's a question which has been increasingly pertinent, after the widely publicized attack on California's Metcalf substation last year -- which highlighted the risk of the nation's grid to terrorism.
Boulder-based GridCraft (www.gridcraft.com) recently announced a $2.2M seed round for its data analysis software for business users. We spoke with Lisa Reeves, the CEO and co-founder of the company, to learn a little more about what the company is working on and it's products--plus why Boulder is such a great town for startups and startup founders.
Explain what GridCraft is all about?
Lisa Reeves: We are in the data analytics space.
It's a world of proliferating cloud services and applications out there right now, with dozens and dozens of useful cloud applications available to companies. However, with that proliferation, it's getting harder and harder to connect enterprise applications and other cloud apps with everything else. That's where Denver's Cloud Elements (www.cloud-elements.com) comes into the picture. The company recently raised $3.
As a high priced consultant, Chris Myers, founder of Denver-based BodeTree (www.bodetree.com), got to see how he could optimize multimillion dollar, Fortune 500 businesses, and saw the kind of firepower and resources they were able to command from consulting and strategy firms. However, as he began working with small and medium sized businesses, he realized that those businesses just didn't have access to those same resources.
In recent years, the cost of solar power technology has plummeted dramatically, helping to make renewable energy far more accessible to consumers. However, the process of qualifying consumers and figuring out if solar makes sense for them still involves a lot of manual processes, a look by solar installers, often a site visit, and more--even if a homeowner's house doesn't make sense for a solar install. Denver-based Sun Number (www.sunnumber.
It's been a difficult few years for non, Silicon Valley venture capital firms, particularly in the area of raising new funds. However, one of the most active investors along the Front Range, Grotech Ventures (www.grotech.com), has bucked that trend, by raising a big, $225M fund, its eighth--of which a big chunk is dedicated to local investments here in the region.
2013 Interview Index
April 29, 2013 Christensen, Gavin (Kickstart Seed Fund)
March 15, 2013 Larson, Matt (Confio)
February 25, 2013 Quinlan, Patrick (Convercent)
February 11, 2013 Georgis, Steve (LineRate Systems)
2012 Interview Index
December 4, 2012 Grolnick, Andy (LogRhythm)
November 13, 2012 Franklin, Jim (SendGrid)
October 29, 2012 De Goes, John (PreCog)
September 26, 2012 Fischer, Mark (Inspire Commerce)
August 14, 2012 Vogel, Peter (Plink)
August 8, 2012 Messman, Ed (SpotRight)
July 11, 2012 Joseph, Michael (Mile Hile Organics)
May 2, 2012 Khanna, Pete (TrackVia)
April 19, 2012 Lovett, Brian (Prosperent)
April 12, 2012 Little, Deane (New Sky Energy)
February 16, 2012 Lewis, Zackary (Liquid Compass)
2011 Interview Index
November 29, 2011 Bradford, David (HireVue)
November 14, 2011 DuPont, Dave (TeamSnap)
November 8, 2011 Stern, Stu (Gorilla Logic)
November 2, 2011 Johnson, Gary (Republican Presidential Candidate)
October 13, 2011 Carter, Patrick (Digital Folio)
October 6, 2011 Ropelato, Jerry (TechMediaNetwork)
September 22, 2011 Lurie, Yoav (SimpleEnergy)
September 7, 2011 Heinz, Ron (Signal Peak Ventures)
August 29, 2011 Shumway, Scott (Milleniata)
August 10, 2011 Castelli, Julian (VacationRoost)
July 14, 2011 Galea, Deborah (Red Earth Software)
June 22, 2011 Schaefer, Robert (AlsoEnergy)
June 6, 2011 Nettuno, Jerry (Schedulicity)
May 16, 2011 Carrington, Chris (Alpine Access)
May 9, 2011 Kunz, Robb (BoomStartup)
May 3, 2011 Jilk, Dave (Standing Cloud)
April 20, 2011 Berberian, Paul (Orbotix)
April 6, 2011 Reich, Robert (Openspace Store)
March 28, 2011 Lynch, Morgan (Needle)
March 14, 2011 Crabtree, Chris (SpeakU)
March 3, 2011 Stevens, Spike (The MeNetwork)
February 15, 2011 Windley, Phil (Kynetx)
February 8, 2011 Spiers, John (NexGen Storage)
February 7, 2011 Small, Michael (Aircell)
February 1, 2011 Banks, Rustin (BlogFrog)
January 26, 2011 Devanny, Trace (Trizetto Group)
January 19, 2011 Shehan, Michael (SpotXchange)
2010 Interview Index
December 16, 2010 Bloom, Jeremy (Integrate)
December 15, 2010 Andrus, Roger (Provo TechX)
December 14, 2010 Messman, Ed (Giveo)
December 8, 2010 Balgley, Rob (Mersive)
October 21, 2010 Sheehan, Tim (7 Degrees)
June 23, 2010 Newman, Jan (SageCreek Partners)
April 23, 2010 Mosley, Brett (BuyMyTronics.com)
April 15, 2010 Holston, J.B. (NewsGator)
April 1, 2010 Citrin, Wayne (JNBridge)
March 12, 2010 Zito, Tony (mediaFORGE)
2009 Interview Index
December 10, 2009 Greenholtz, David and Aimee (KeyVive)
October 13, 2009 Fellingham, Paula (The Women's Information Network)
September 8, 2009 Williams, David (Fishbowl)
August 19, 2009 Espineira, Andres (Pixorial)
August 12, 2009 Burney, Alex (Ravenbrick)
August 10, 2009 Faulconer, Christian (Franchise Foundry)
August 3, 2009 Borghetti, William (SendSide)
June 3, 2009 Rohovit, Trell (Venafi)
May 26, 2009 Raeder, John (IQNavigator)
May 21, 2009 Vallejo, Noel (TestOut)
April 22, 2009 Keane, Patrick (Associated Content)
April 16, 2009 Shields, Tom (Yieldex)
March 25, 2009 Misra, Ashu (Ascent Solar)
March 18, 2009 Higley, Tom (Iggli)
February 10, 2009 Musk, Kimbal (OneRiot)
2008 Interview Index
November 25, 2008 Beutler, Brian (Alianza)
November 7, 2008 Di Scipio, Bob (Aegis Analytical)
October 31, 2008 Grant, Dennis (Wildcharge)
October 29, 2008 Hall, Alan (Grow Utah Ventures)
October 7, 2008 Blount, Jack (Alpha Bay)
September 30, 2008 Grieve, Kevin (Mocapay)
September 26, 2008 Harvey, Tim (XAWare)
September 22, 2008 Deal, John (Hyperion Power Generation)
June 10, 2008 Gruber, Pat (Gevo)
May 1, 2008 Johnson, Rob (EventVue)
April 23, 2008 Odenwalder, Ed (Top of Asia)
April 21, 2008 Nevelle, Jim (Sorrento Networks)
April 15, 2008 Proper, Michael (DirectPointe)
March 24, 2008 Sterner, Christian (WellcomeMat)
March 17, 2008 Zanotti, Ron (Dynamic Card Solutions)
March 5, 2008 Bisberg, Jeff (Albeo Technologies)
March 3, 2008 Kembel, John (HiveLive)
February 25, 2008 Ryan, Dave (Greenspark Ventures)
February 19, 2008 Edwards, John (Move Networks)
February 4, 2008 Solon, Mark (Highway 12 Ventures)
January 14, 2008 Steinfort, Matt (Envysion)
2007 Interview Index
December 5, 2007 Caruso, Dan (Zayo Bandwidth)
September 6, 2007 Punter, Spencer (Aztek Networks)
June 22, 2007 Lippincott, Colin (Freewave)
May 18, 2007 Ball, Lyle (Bungee Labs)
May 7, 2007 Laughlin, Eric (VoipReview.org)
April 20, 2007 Dyer, Tom (Kyocera Solar)
March 19, 2007 Holland, Kirk (Vista Ventures)
March 16, 2007 King, Dan (ReadyTalk)
February 26, 2007 Christensen, Gavin (vSpring Capital)
February 23, 2007 Georgis, Steve (Prostor)
February 13, 2007 Davis, Todd (LifeLock)
February 5, 2007 Massey, Drew (Mania TV)
January 29, 2007 Bertoch, Brad (Investors Choice Conference)
January 23, 2007 Thorpe, Devin (Mountain West Capital Network)
January 8, 2007 Johnson, Scott (AtTask)
2006 Interview Index
December 18, 2006 Cohen, David (earFeeder)
November 27, 2006 Pack, Jim (AdvancedMD)
October 30, 2006 Ives, John (Storage Markets)
October 16, 2006 Taylor, Lee (TheraTogs)
October 9, 2006 Eden-Harris, Janet (Umbria)
October 5, 2006 Tetro, Cydni (NextPage)
September 26, 2006 Dewolf, Matt (Routesmith)
September 19, 2006 James, Stan (Lijit Networks)
September 14, 2006 Petty, Scott (vSpring Capital)
September 11, 2006 Franklin, Jim (Decisioneering)
September 5, 2006 Heaps, Greg (Allegiance Technologies)
August 29, 2006 Street, John (MX Logic)
August 21, 2006 Payne, Martin (Skyetek)
August 14, 2006 Blake, Julie (Neumont University)
August 10, 2006 Halladay, Hal (Know More Media)
July 31, 2006 Traylor, Chris (Flywheel Ventures)
July 12, 2006 Crystal, Darren (Photobucket)
June 26, 2006 Miller, Tim (Rally Software)
June 5, 2006 Mittelstaedt, Jason (RightNow)
May 31, 2006 Bergen, Frank (Simplicita)
May 24, 2006 Guerin, Paul (Jabber)
May 15, 2006 Thompson, Mark (Solid State Networks)
May 8, 2006 Ashley, Mitchell (StillSecure)
April 24, 2006 Feld, Brad (Mobius Venture Capital)
April 17, 2006 Coates, Josh (Berkeley Data Systems)
April 11, 2006 Martin, John (IQNavigator)
March 27, 2006 Davis, Mark (Creekpath)
March 22, 2006 Cawley, Kevin (smartFeed)
March 16, 2006 Blake, Brock (FundingUniverse)
March 13, 2006 Santiago, Kevin (Cymphonix)
March 6, 2006 Stacy, Michael (Groople)
February 27, 2006 Hagens, Robert (EnVysion)
February 13, 2006 Berens, Steve (Privacy Networks)
February 8, 2006 Enwall, Tim (Tendril Networks)
February 1, 2006 Neilson, Jeremy (Utah Fund of Funds)
January 31, 2006 Chen, Karl (LeftHand Networks)
January 20, 2006 Hutchings, Jared (University Ventures)
January 18, 2006 Beatty, Luke (Associated Content)
January 16, 2006 Holston, J.B. (NewsGator)
2004 Interview Index
2003 Interview Index
2002 Interview Index
Swayze, Robert (LA Business Technology Center)
Pinter, Marco (Sanity Software)
LA Business Technology Center (Swayze, Robert)
Sanity Software (Pinter, Marco)
2001 Interview Index
2000 Interview Index
1999 Interview Index