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For many, thoughts of Las Vegas conjure the bustling Strip, bright lights and miles of contiguous retail and commercial development. That is not Maggie Hsu’s Las Vegas. Hsu is director of the Las Vegas Downtown Project and is chief of staff to Tony Hsieh, CEO of online apparel behemoth Zappos, an Amazon.com company. For the […]
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Traditionally, business people in Colorado Springs choose to invest in real estate, leaving little money for venture capital or angel investing for the city’s startups. A local venture capital group wants to change the local culture by inviting Denver investors and companies to the Springs. Organizers and business leaders believe collaboration with neighbors to the […]
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It’s difficult to go to one place and find out what’s new in the entrepreneurial scene in Colorado Springs or how to connect with the growing network of entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, mentors and talent. According to the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budget “Startup Value Survey,” the ability to tap into the knowledge and […]
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With its move from Academy and Fountain boulevards to the Catalyst Campus downtown, the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator changed its mission — then closed shop. At the same time, the CSTI board launched Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners (RMIP), which has a “more robust mission” to focus on technology transfer partnerships and cyber science, according to […]
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The University of Colorado Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship this fall will pilot a new Entrepreneurs In Residence program to bring mentorship to students and allow entrepreneurs domestically and from around the world to be part of Colorado’s vibrant startup community. The program joins an array of established startup resources at […]
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Michael Larson can put you to sleep. Just don his Sleep Shepherd hat, which he debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The hat will lull its wearer to sleep, obviating the need for prescription medications, the frequent go-to solution for people diagnosed with sleep disorders. Larson, who received his Ph.D. […]
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At Magnum Shooting Center, business started not with a whimper… “We had 1,700 paid members before we opened,” said Todd Lockburner, principal and general manager of the region’s Super Wal-Mart of firearms, located just off Northgate Boulevard and Interstate 25. The $7 million, 33,000-square-foot center opened at Polaris Pointe in November with the help of […]
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Justin Fenchel and his business partners asked for only $200,000 for 10 percent of their company, BeatBox Beverage. They walked away an hour later with a $1 million pledge in exchange for 33 percent. It became the perfect transaction during a surreal experience on national television. Fenchel made his venture capital pitch on the popular […]
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Four Colorado Springs companies have been listed in the top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses in the nation, according to Inc. Magazine. Themesoft was the fastest-growing of the four, listed at No. 469. Themesoft had a three-year growth of 1,001 percent, comparing 2013 revenue of $23.1 million and 2010 revenue of $2.1 million. Inc. Magazine also honored […]
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Art Hardware sells different goods and services than some might expect. Many people assume the Colorado Springs-based custom framing and print shop specializes in knobs and pulls, while others relate the name to the store’s original function as an art supply store. The business was started in the mid-1970s by a Colorado businessman looking to […]
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It does sound cheesy: David Brackett prefers to keep landfills empty and bellies full. Pizzeria Rustica is literally one of the greenest dining excursions in the country. In 2009, after Brackett submitted a multi-page application, the restaurant was named a three-star green restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association. Three years later, the organization became the […]
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The U.S. Air Force Academy is looking to cash in on its entrepreneurial spirit. For more than a half-century, the Academy has been a hotbed of research and development for all manner of technology — related to military and commercial applications — and is now looking to this innovation for potential revenue streams. “What we’re […]
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