Convercent Drives Business Performance through Better Ethics

Poor ethical standards have crippled companies like Enron, Volkswagen, and Wells Fargo, which become examples of why it is necessary to maintain good business ethics. Patrick Quinlan, Co-Founder & CEO of Convercent, and Philip Winterburn, Co-Founder & CPO, saw promise in empowering companies by introducing an ethics platform that allowed companies to measure the ethical health of their organization.

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Evolve Vacation Rental Network Puts Homeowners First

While the vacation rental industry continues to grow at a breakneck pace, homeowners struggle with limited (and polarizing) options for listing their properties. Full-service property managers can be expensive, charging between 30% and 50% per booking. Managing your own vacation rental costs less but takes a lot of time and effort. To solve this dilemma, Brian Egan and Adam Sherry founded Evolve Vacation Rental Network in 2011…

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SecureSet is Preparing the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals

Cybersecurity became a nationwide concern in 2014 when Target and Home Depot security breaches became front-page news, and the demand for cybersecurity continues to increase—it is predicted there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity roles in 2021. Bret Fund, Founder & CEO of SecureSet, was formerly a professor when he recognized that traditional universities weren’t equipped to prepare students for roles in cybersecurity…

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CyberGRX Revolutionizes Third-Party Cyber Risk Management

Almost 66% of companies extensively or significantly rely on third-party vendors and 63% of data breaches are linked to a third party. As growing companies incorporate additional third parties, security risks become increasingly more difficult to manage. It was this challenge that brought Fred Kneip, Jay Leek, and other security professionals from companies like Aetna, ADP, and Blackstone together to design CyberGRX.

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Grand Junction's Bonsai Design Creates World-Class Outdoor Adventures

When Sarah and Thaddeus Shrader relocated to Grand Junction in 2004 for a job opportunity in aviation, they weren't expecting to find a passionate outdoor-focused community that would ignite their collective entrepreneurial spirit. Sarah started Bonsai Design in 2005 with her brother John, and a few years later, Thaddeus left his job as an airline pilot to join Bonsai Design as CEO. “Thad and I are married and business partners, and that can be tough,” Sarah said, describing how they have found a way to compliment one another’s leadership style…

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Notion Gives Homeowners Peace of Mind from a Distance

Brett Jurgens, CEO & Co-Founder of Notion, was inspired to create peace of mind for homeowners after receiving a call from Co-Founder & CTO, Ryan Margoles, who came home from work one day to find his dog spooked by a smoke alarm. During the call, Jurgens and Margoles resolved to create a smoke alarm that could send alerts to users anywhere. The two moved forward and conducted market research, which revealed that homeowners wanted to monitor other things…

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PeakMed Brings Back the Doctor-Patient Relationship with the help of Modern Tech

Mark Tomasulo, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of PeakMed, returned home after practicing medicine in the military and wasn’t certain how to continue his career in healthcare. Outside of the military, Tomasulo saw insurance creating barriers for individuals to afford and access healthcare, which made it difficult for patients to access their primary care doctor and prevented primary care doctors from practicing to their full ability. In 2014, Tomasulo founded PeakMed to focus on primary care and bring back the patient-doctor relationship.

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BEN Colorado announces Bonsai Design as the first Grand Junction AND outdoor recreation company to join in 2018.

 pril 4, 2018 (Denver, CO) – The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) announces Bonsai Design, headquartered in Grand Junction, as a new member of their network. BEN is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the State of Colorado and is administered by the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.

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TRELORA Revolutionizes Real Estate

Joshua Hunt, Founder and CEO of TRELORA, has been in Real Estate long enough to understand the industry’s need for innovation. Since Hunt’s beginning as an agent in 1997, he held a wide variety of real estate roles ranging from Producing Agent to Franchise Owner and realized the real estate model was problematic for customers...

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Denver's Red Canary Provides Top-Quality Cybersecurity for Organizations of All Sizes

For Brian Beyer, Co-Founder and CEO of Red Canary, exposure to the inner works of businesses started at a young age. Beyer’s grandparents owned and operated nearly a dozen companies in the forestry, stone, and trucking industry. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue, Beyer built software for the intelligence community and satellite data processing systems and ran programs at a cybersecurity company.

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AirDNA Provides First-Class Analytics for the Short-Term Rental Market

When Scott Shatford, AirDNA Founder & CEO, was laid off from his desk job in 2012, he turned newfound free time into an opportunity for extensive travel throughout Asia. Instead of storing his belongings and renting out his desirable Santa Monica home, a neighbor suggested Shatford could list his property on Airbnb. This proved an ideal solution; renting out through Airbnb covered all of Shatford’s expenses in a matter of weeks. After returning home, Shatford focused on maximizing the effectiveness of Airbnb’s platform with his listing...

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Choozle Creates a Better Platform for Programmatic Advertising

Andrew Fischer, Co-Founder and CEO of Choozle, knew there was growing demand for a more intuitive programmatic advertising platform: a system that allows users to buy advertising media using automated software. According to Zenith media, “The U.S. is the biggest programmatic ad market, worth $24 billion in 2016 and accounting for 62% of total global programmatic ad spend.” However, when Choozle began in 2012, programmatic advertising was a complicated process that required considerable technical knowledge and few knew how to use it. Andrew saw an opportunity to create an easier and more navigable platform with Choozle.

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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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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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