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Silicon Mountain gone: City requires clear path

Whatever happened to Silicon Mountain? I will just touch the surface. There have been several threads running mostly in parallel. First thread: Mostek was founded in Dallas with Texas money, and was in the semiconductor memory business. Plans for the Colorado Springs facility were finalized in 1979. Mostek was purchased by United Technologies (UTC), and… Continue Reading Silicon Mountain gone: City requires clear path

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the guest column page, with the conclusion next week.) What makes a city entrepreneurial? Entrepreneurial cultures, once underway, tend to have positive feedback loops (such as entrepreneurial recycling) to further enhance the culture. As such, it’s sometimes hard to identify what the original initiating… Continue Reading Creating an entrepreneurial culture for city

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Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

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Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

UCCS student Chuck Furgeson faced off against four sharks this week and lived to tell about it. He was the first to make a five-minute pitch about his invention during Peak Venture Group’s version of the popular ABC television show “Shark Tank” on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. The network program features budding… Continue Reading Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

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Entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Springs

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When Colorado’s entrepreneurial superstar Brad Feld told a group of Colorado Springs entrepreneurs it would take 20 years to create a thriving entrepreneurial community, they didn’t flinch. They got to work. Nearly two years later, there is movement and friction in Colorado Springs’ entrepreneurial community. Angel and venture capitalists are taking a good look at… Continue Reading Entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Springs

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Baby Boomers have worked for someone else for years. Now, it’s their time, says the co-founder of the Center for Productive Longevity. “They want to be their own boss,” said Bill Zinke, co-founder of Center for Productive Longevity, a Boulder-based nonprofit. His organization is hosting “Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Baby Boomers” Nov. 15 in… Continue Reading Seminar set in Denver for Boomers who want to start a business

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Peak Venture Group kicks off its breakfast series with the creator of SnapTags –a branded mobile bar code that enables marketers to use meaningful logos and icons as interactive marketing tools. Nicole Skogg, founder of Denver-based SpyderLynk, will talk about her experience leading a high-tech startup. She founded SpyderLynk in 2006 with the goal of… Continue Reading Creator of ‘snap tags’ to speak at PVG breakfast meeting

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The entrepreneurial landscape in Colorado Springs appears to be on the verge of change with local business leaders tearing down walls, sharing information and pledging to build a city with a national reputation for budding entrepreneurs … Continue Reading Entrepreneurs banding to change the Springs scene

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Website to help jump-start start-ups

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Three local businessmen this week launched SpringsStartUp.com, a website that seeks to boost entrepreneurial activity by connecting networking groups and tracking start-up progress and ideas. The city has many different entrepreneurial groups that offer their own programs, but it’s hard to know which group is doing what, said Nick Lee, who co-founded SpringsStartUp.com with fellow… Continue Reading Website to help jump-start start-ups

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Seeds of innovation already in the ground

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The Denver Post ran a lengthy article recently about the “innovation culture” that characterizes Boulder. The article spoke glowingly about the entrepreneurial job-creation machine that exists in that city. For instance, it is noted that there are more than 8,900 businesses with fewer than 20 employees that call Boulder home. It also noted that most… Continue Reading Seeds of innovation already in the ground

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Cameron McCaig gave the big presentation. Now he and co-founder Kathleen Meyer play the waiting game. Will their start-up company, The Trestle Project, be successful? Will it attract investors? What about the beta users they need for their on-line virtual connection service for professionals and clients? Meyer and McCaig followed the advice of their Peak… Continue Reading Hopeful entrepreneurs make their pitch to the PVG

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