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Scratch your entrepreneurial itch during Denver Startup Week

September 15, 2014

The third annual Denver Startup Week starts up today with 140 activities, thousands of participants and the return of Basecamp, launched by Chase, on the 16th Street Mall. All events are focused on growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado.

Highlights of the week include Women who Startup, Sifting Through The BS, Denver Founders Network and the kick-off breakfast featuring keynote speaker Dave McClure.

Denver Startup Week has attracted notable speakers and startup experts such as Zayo Group CEO Dan Caruso; Bryan Leach, CEO of Ibotta; Wayin CEO Elaine Wood; Mike Davis, VP Product at The Trade Desk; Erik Swain, COO at SpotXchange; Jess Mckean, VP Product at Datalogix; Dean DeBiase, Startup Partner, KIN & 1871; Erik Mitisek, CEO at Colorado Technology Association and Denver’s Startup Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

A sample of this year’s events include:

  • Startup Job Fair aims to connect talented job seekers with the best Denver-based startups and growth-mode companies.
  • Best of Colorado Speaker Series –Colorado is home to many inspiring entrepreneurs and growing startups looking to become the next big company. The speaker will be Leo Yuffa of Dazbog, which is a company that realized the American dream.
  • Women Who Startup, an event to celebrate, connect and empower women featuring Kathleen Warner, Startup America founding team, Jane Miller, Rudi’s Bakery former CEO and more.
  • Startup Resource Fair is offering a chance for you to connect accounting, legal, technology support and more.
  • Startup Week Olympics – Innovative Manufacturing Partnerships, held at Infinite Monkey Theorem, learn how startups are partnering with Fortune 500 companies to bring innovations to the market.
  • Working with Distributed Teams – Speakers will share their tales of bridging space and time with Jim Ball from Alpine Access leading the event.
  • The Next Advertising Frontier: Get a crash course look into what the Digital Advertising Technology realm entails. Paneled Mike Davis, Erik Swain, Jess McKean, Cordell BaanHofman and Andrew Fischer.
  • Entrepreneurs Rising – Hosted by CSU and Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave – enjoy an educational and fun happy hour in the Source.

Basecamp, launched by Chase, returns as the hub of Denver Startup Week. Basecamp V2.0 has an expanded space for attendees to drop in, charge up and connect, and keynote speakers, panels and mentoring sessions throughout the week. See the complete roster on Basecamp’s microsite www.denverstartupweek.com/basecamp.

Highlights of the free programming include:

  • Keynote speakers and panels – Engage with some of the brightest minds in the startup world, with renowned speakers and panelists slated daily. Highlights include Brad Feld of Techstars/Foundry Group and Ryan Choi of Twitter.
  • Leadership Series: Hear the stories behind the people who are changing what it means to be innovative in Denver. From noon – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday of Denver Startup Week, attendees will get an intimate look at high-profile leaders in the entrepreneurial community.  Reserve a spot here.
  • Mentoring Sessions:  Leaders and experts from diverse backgrounds will conduct free 20-minute sessions, providing counsel in an informal lounge setting.  Reserve a spot here.
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CU takes a wild ride with record real estate donation

September 15, 2014

RE/MAX real estate moguls Dave and Gail Liniger have donated The Wildlife Experience facility in Douglas County to The University of Colorado, the largest real estate donation in the institution’s 138-year history.

The $40 million gift will allow CU to expand its new CU South Denver presence. Dave Liniger is the chairman emeritus of The Wildlife Experience and co-founder of RE/MAX International, Inc.

The Liniger gift builds on the collaboration that began in April when the Linigers teamed with CU, converting 11,000-square-feet of the 151,000-square-foot facility to classroom and lab space. CU began offering classes there in August, while the wildlife art and natural history museum continued most of its museum services to the community.

The first classes at the facility are being offered by CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. CU’s Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses are expected to add programs in the future. CU Denver will manage the facility on behalf of the system.

In recognition of the Linigers’ generosity, the CU Board of Regents today approved naming the facility the Liniger Building at the University of Colorado South Denver.

“Dave and Gail Liniger have demonstrated a vision and commitment to serving our community and state that will have a substantial impact for decades to come,” said CU President Bruce D. Benson. “We value the confidence they have in CU and appreciate their transformational gift. The Wildlife Experience has been a cultural touchstone in south Denver and adding higher education will build on its commitment to the community.”

The Wildlife Experience was founded in 2002 and is designed to serve as a cultural and educational center for south Denver. The facility hosts exhibits in fine art, natural history and interactive science each year and provides space for private and community events.

“Gail and I are making this gift to CU to provide more services and more value to our south Denver community,” Liniger said. “The museum remains open, events will be held, and the public spaces will be available for rental. The added value now is the easy access to a quality CU education right here in south Denver.”

Some CU classes at the facility are underway and others are scheduled to begin in October. Among the offerings from CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are programs from the Business School, the School of Education and Human Development, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Nursing and the Colorado School of Public Health.

“The initial course offerings demonstrate the wide range of educational opportunities CU is bringing to south Denver,” said University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Don Elliman. “CU Denver is proud to be managing this initiative on behalf of the CU system, and we look forward to adding even more options for students with classes and faculty from the CU Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses.”

Lisa Douglas, associate vice chancellor for budget and finance at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, has been named vice chancellor of the new facility.

“The University of Colorado’s four campuses will offer a generous supply of quality higher education to serve the residents of south Denver,” Douglas said. “The benefits of combining quality higher education with community service and events are compelling.”

Before entering into the initial collaboration with The Wildlife Experience, CU conducted a market study and interviewed leaders from south Denver’s major employers and professional organizations. The study identified gaps in educational offerings in the south Denver area, which accounts for one-third of the population of metro Denver and is home to a variety of engineering, finance and health-care related companies.

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Cherry Creek North celebrates fashion

September 15, 2014

Are you ready to “fall” into fashion?

Celebrate Fashion in Cherry Creek North is a night of affordable styles from children’s duds to an adult runway fashion show, beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and the fashion show at 8 p.m. Friday in Fillmore Plaza on Fillmore between First and Second avenues.

The adult show will feature fall men’s and women’s intimates, outerwear, casual and evening wear looks from 12 Cherry Creek boutiques.

The event is sponsored by Dependable Cleaners, FirstBank of Cherry Creek and Western Development Group.

Participating fashion show merchants include:

Hair -Antoine du Chez, Planet Laboratories, Salon Utopia and SoCo Salon & Spa.

Makeup – Simply Moore.

Children’s fashion show -Heloise.

Accessories – Europtics and John Atencio.

Adult fashion show – Barth, Eccentricity, Garbarini, Inspyre Boutique, Mariel, Marks Lloyds Furs, Nora’s Retro Boutique and SOL…Store of Lingerie.

Cocktail party treats courtesy of Bombay Clay Oven, Enstrom Candies, Harman’s Eat & Drink, Patxi’s Pizza, Second Home Kitchen + Bar, True Food Kitchen and So Perfect Eats. Libations are courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka, Hawaiian Springs and Stella Artois.

Tickets are $60 general admission and $125-plus for VIP seats. Each ticket includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and libations.VIP guests will receive complimentary valet parking, a reserved seat along the runway, and an event goodie bag. The goal is to raise funds for Denver Health Foundation in support of women’s health services.


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Bourbon dinner at Central Bistro? Just peachy!

September 15, 2014

Colorado has a long history of producing some of the country’s best peaches year after year. To celebrate this year’s peach season, Denver’s Central Bistro, 1691 Central St., is hosting its first Peach and Bourbon Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Guests will be served a five-course meal created by celebrated chef Matt Selby with each course paired with wine or craft bourbon cocktails made with Garrison Brothers Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Special guest Charlie Garrison, co-founder of Garrison Brothers Distillery, will educate guests on whiskey tasting, the art of distilling, the history of whiskey and the story of Garrison Brothers.
Tickets are $75. For reservations and the full menu, go to www.centralbistrobar.com/events/.

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Argyll kicks off beer dinner series Wednesday

September 15, 2014
Argyll Whisky Beer teams  up with Renegade Brewing Company for the season’s premiere beer dinner event (one of many to come), beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 1035 E. 17th Ave.
Argyll will offer hand-selected beer pairings for chef John Broening‘s four-course menu. The event will kick off with a reception beer and paired amuse, and move into multiple courses of the Gastropub’s carefully crafted cuisine, highlighting the offerings of the brewmaster. Four course menu to include:
Course One: Salad of warm goat cheese, roasted peppers, local greens and citrus vinaigrette.
Course Two: House cured sage and citrus ham.
Course Three: Wagyu Beef with caramelized onions, black beans and tortillas.
Dessert Course: Chocolate torte with Oreo ice cream.
Event cost is a $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity); reservations can be made through events@argylldenver.com or by calling 303-847-0850.
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Brush up your paddle skills for ping pong tournament

September 15, 2014

Registration is still open for The IMA Foundation’s inaugural Ping Pong on the Plaza outdoor tournament from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 outside the IMA Building at 1705 17th St. on the recently completed Wynkoop Plaza.

More than 100 participants will compete including Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Lieutenant Gov. Joe Garcia.

Food, beverage and entertainment are included, and prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

With a $1,000 contribution to the IMA Foundation, you are entitled to a team of four, which includes two players and two alternates. Non-playing guests are invited to attend the event for a $100 donation per guest. A portion of your contribution is tax deductible.

To be a part of this tournament and compete for the grand prize, you’ll need to:

* Create your team of four people (two players and two coaches/alternates).

* Register for the event at www.imacorp.com/pingpong.

* Practice, practice, practice.

The IMA Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the areas of advancing youth, health & wellness, economic vitality and arts and culture.

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

September 15, 2014

Eavesdropping on a woman talking about an overnight backpacking trip with her boyfriend and his 13-year-old grandson: “The next morning, looking at the ceiling of the tent, I said to (my boyfriend), ‘I either survived a night in the wilderness or this is what the inside of my coffin looks like.’”

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Please support our advertisers

September 15, 2014

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Thorpe’s new book on a national publicity roll

August 25, 2014

Helen Thorpe, journalist, author and estranged wife of Governor John Hickenlooper, has been garnering national press attention since the release of her second book “Soldier Girls” ($28 Scribner), about three Indiana women who join the National Guard and unwittingly find themselves deployed to the real military world of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The book has been lauded by stalwarts including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor, but it took Westword editor Patricia Calhoun to ferret out the real publicity coup: “Soldier Girls” earned “Book of the Week” status in a recent People magazine.

High-profile praise, for sure. That, and her recent interview with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s irreverent series “The Daily Show.”

Thorpe, who in the past shunned the spotlight and loathed the title “first lady”, has been holding her own during the book promotion tour. Even the most veteran authors know that book tours equal book sales.

Thorpe spent four years tracking the three women who joined The National Guard for a variety of mostly financial reasons, only to be hit by the whammy of deployment to the front lines of a weird war.

Here’s what The Washington Post book review says, “Journalist Helen Thorpe follows three women, tracking their ups and downs with faithful detail in a brilliant tableau of their overlapping lives…as they do multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and readjust to civilian life.

“‘Soldier Girls’ raises important questions about how men and women serve together and the differences in how they experience war, enabling us to see the subtle challenges female soldiers face — the hardships that don’t make easy headlines.”

This book is the second in what will no doubt become a lengthy resume for Thorpe, the author, since Thorpe the political spouse is not in her future.

To see the Stewart interview, go to http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/20lo0o/helen-thorpe.

Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe

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