GoSpotCheck Empowers Companies to Make Data-Driven Decisions

Matt Talbot, CEO of GoSpotCheck, initially had a different business model in mind when entering the Techstars Accelerator Program in 2011. As a new father, Matt wanted to create a Netflix-style rental model for maternity clothes, but quickly learned the idea wouldn’t scale. He took a step back to assess his team’s expertise in retail and the market, which led to the realization that there was an opportunity to create IoT-enabled retail software for field teams: an idea that would eventually become GoSpotCheck.

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Sam Skelton
FullContact Helps Companies Maintain Meaningful Relationships

Before FullContact’s comprehensive contact management platform, Co-founder & CEO Bart Lorang had thousands of contacts in disarray. When he met his wife in grad school and saw her contacts in Outlook, he noticed each person was neatly organized with information ranging from birthdays, spouse names, anniversary dates, work addresses, and fax numbers. “… I thought, why doesn’t someone focus on this?” Bart said in an interview.

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New roster of rapid-growth “Gazelle” firms named as Denver Startup Week begins

DENVER, CO ­— Monday, September 25, 2017 — Starting fast out of the gate for Denver Startup Week, the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado (BEN Colorado) today announced their annual additions to the roster of “Denver Gazelles,” the city’s list of the rapidly growing firms here with both proven success and excellent potential in raising money and creating jobs.

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ISSAC Platform Finds Proverbial Needles in Haystacks of Big Data

Extracting value from big data is a challenge facing modern businesses, and one Colorado Springs company has created a customizable solution for businesses of all types and sizes. ISSAC is an advanced data analytics and system-of-systems engineering company that provides managed analytics as a service. Their end-to-end analytics solution, VOR (named after the Norse god of wisdom and knowledge), innovates big data collection by incorporating human input into a machine-learning process that allows customers to optimize the VOR platform for specialized needs.

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Sports Supplements Come Naturally for Skratch Labs

Allen Lim, an exercise physiologist, and Ian MacGregor, a professional cyclist, discovered that their teammates were getting sick due to unhealthy artificial ingredients in traditional sports bars and drinks. They were inspired to create something better – a new drink mix with less sugar, more electrolytes, and natural fruit – from scratch in a garage. Elite athletes loved the new secret mix and wanted more, so Allen and Ian came up with an inventive solution: they put pre-made batches into food-safe paint buckets from McGuckin Hardware with clean golf balls and then used paint shakers to mix large quantities at once. Nobody expected it to become a commercial product, but once they began producing on a larger scale, the idea began to be realized. They called it Skratch Labs.

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P2Binvestor is a Funding Platform that Understands the Challenges of Fundraising

Seeking a source of funding is often a difficult part of starting a business, but for Krista Morgan, it was the challenge that inspired her idea for a new company. “I came across P2P [person to person] lending back in 2008 by accident,” Krista said in a CrowdFundInsider interview. “I started thinking about the spread the bank was taking and remember thinking that it would be better if people could lend to people.” Eventually, the idea grew into P2Binvestor (or “P2Bi”), which is an asset-based financing platform for high-growth B2B startups that provides revolving lines of credit of up to $10 million+. However, before P2Bi became successful, Krista Morgan and the P2Bi team endured many of the same entrepreneurial hardships that most of their customers regularly experience.

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Ombud Forms Strategic Partnership with CIA

The Economist recently reported that data is now the world’s most valuable resource. However, there is now more data than ever before, and finding relevant metrics within superfluous data presents an immense challenge. Thad Eby recognized this as an opportunity and created a solution with Ombud: a cohesive federated platform that automatically collects relevant information from mass quantities of data and then presents the metrics that matter most. Their decision management software helps businesses accelerate technical documentation and access information about similar business decisions that have been made in the past; a process that increases revenue and allows enterprises to drive to market faster. In essence, they have monetized the idea that history repeats itself...

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Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado to Lead Gazelle CEO Community

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) announced a new partnership with Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado (BEN Colorado) to manage the Denver Gazelles recognition program for Denver’s impressive network of fast-growing second-stage companies including such well-known local tech winners as Ping Identity, Welltok, Ibotta, and SendGrid. OED recognizes a new class of Gazelles annually during Denver Startup Week.

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Silvergate Pharmaceuticals is Revolutionizing Medicine for Children

Silvergate Pharmaceuticals solves a significant problem in the health industry: when children are prescribed medication, there aren’t many compatible solutions for their age, and doctors often have to prescribe unconventional solutions like adjusted adult dosages. Frank Segrave and his team at Silvergate Pharmaceuticals are committed to developing and commercializing pediatric medications for children that are safe, effective, and readily available.

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The Grass Can Always be Greener with Rachio’s Smart Sprinkler Controller

Rachio was founded during Denver Startup Week 2012 with the goal of getting sprinklers in-sync with rainstorms. However, the company was hardly more than a concept beforehand. Chris Klein, CEO of Rachio, said, “Going into the weekend, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was in between ideas and was mostly looking to meet new people and work with any team that would have me. I ended up pitching a problem [sprinkler water efficiency] and a team formed around it..."

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Entrepreneurs Consortium of Colorado Formed to Foster Business in Colorado

Denver, CO – Creating a tighter association and alliance, Blackstone Entrepreneur's Network (BEN), Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW), and Colorado Thought Leaders Forum (CTLF) are pleased to announce the formation of the Entrepreneurs Consortium of Colorado (ECC). ECC is a consortium with the mission to foster a robust Colorado economic environment through the growth and support of entrepreneurial companies and their leaders.

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CirrusMD Upgrades the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Prior to co-founding CirrusMD, Blake McKinney MD was an emergency physician who often helped his friends and family answer general medical questions. After an experience helping his sister with a sick baby over text and FaceTime, he realized there was a huge opportunity to connect doctors and patients by using smart devices...

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CBRE’s Denver Office Joins BEN Colorado Sustainability Campaign

The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado (BEN Colorado) is pleased to announce that CBRE’s Denver office will participate as a Cornerstone Partner in the program's new sustainability campaign, launched in July. As part of the partnership, Senior Vice President Alex Hammerstein who leads CBRE’s Tech & Media Practice in Denver will work closely with BEN Colorado to support the continued growth of entrepreneurial businesses in Colorado. 

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Trueffect lets you own customer data

Since 2004, Trueffect has said that brands should be at the center of the customer relationship—not agencies or walled gardens, like Facebook or Google.  Trueffect’s 1st Party Universal ID puts enterprise brands back in the driver's seat to gain 100% ownership of their customer data and build 1:1 engagement across their entire marketing operation.  

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