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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How Apto Re-Defined Customer Relationship Management for CRE Brokers

Apto began as a brokerage team looking for a commercial real estate (CRE)-based CRM platform. Their options were limited: one solution was no longer in business, and the other was buggy and lacked support. There were no offerings that capitalized on cloud-based mobility, and many didn’t offer flexibility for unique business processes...

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PaySimple Simplifies Small Business Commerce

Before PaySimple, CEO Eric Remer and co-founder Allen Wolff owned a business that published ads for property managers. One day, they posed a question to their clients: “How can I make your life easier?” The response was unanimous: Make it easier to collect rent.

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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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BIODESIX BYPASSES TRADITIONAL CANCER TISSUE BIOPSIES WITH NEW TESTS

Led by CEO David Brunel, Biodesix has pioneered tests that require only a simple blood draw to deliver results within 72 hours. The company’s genomic and multivariate protein diagnostic tests, GeneStrat™ and VeriStrat ®, let physicians make faster and more personalized treatment decisions and provide more accurate prognoses for their patients.

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'Sleep mode synchronization' by PlayerLync is nothing to nod off to

PlayerLync, nestled in Englewood, Colorado is helping companies adopt mobile devices to share content and collaborate in innovative new ways. Their platform offers a highly flexible and easy to use mobile content management (MCM) engine and user application which eliminates the challenges of accessing current content in low bandwidth or offline scenarios.

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All Signals indicate Blinker's success

Innovation begins with revolutionary design and inventive ideas that modernize an outdated concept. Tony Wilbert and Rod Buscher founded Blinker to revolutionize the used car buying and selling industry. An industry which happens to be much larger than the new car buying and selling counterpart. 

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Teatulia Grows with BEN

Teatulia, led by founder and CEO Linda Lipsius, is poised to become one of the biggest tea distributors in the country. Tea is an unceasingly expanding industry, which grows by increasingly larger margins every year.

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University Parent educates the other side of the college equation - the Parents

University Parent provides connections, support & information for high school & college parents. Through the platform, parents can find important resources such as: upcoming university events, guidance on supporting their student, details on graduation requirements, as well as off-campus and local resources like nearby hotels for campus visits, banks and safe student apartments. 

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SchoolRunner teams up with BEN to further their Success

Schoolrunner presents an immediate solution to a problem that deters nearly every school and all teachers. When student data is spread out across various platforms it becomes difficult to use and manage. Schoolrunner’s system consolidates every relevant piece of data, regarding Academics, grades, behavior, attendance, communications, interventions, significant incidents or suspensions, business Intelligence, and reports into one system. 

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Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Taps Greg Greenwood as Executive Director

The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado (“BEN Colorado”) today announced it has appointed veteran Colorado entrepreneur Greg Greenwood as its Executive Director, starting in the new year. In this leadership role, Greenwood will oversee all operations of BEN Colorado, which in less than two years has brought together more than 50 companies, nearly 200 advisors, and dozens of partners in a collaborative effort to support the scale up ecosystem in Colorado.

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Katasi and Scott Tibbitts: BEN and the Power of Dense Entrepreneurial Networks

Scott Tibbitts is the CEO and Founder of Katasi, the startup company profiled in a recent New York Times article and Katie Couric feature segment Tibbitts has been a BEN Advisor since the inception of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado in 2014.  Tibbitts’ involvement with BEN demonstrates the power of the Network and the rapid scale-up growth that startups experience when a well-connected and dense entrepreneurial network is leveraged.

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