Stories


The Startup Bash

Written by Alec Brewster

The tech and entrepreneurship meetups of Denver united to make the Startup Bash a smashing success. More than 300 startup enthusiasts, developers, founders, and community leaders attended this event to just have fun and commiserate on startup life.  As we all know, the fall season can be a rollercoaster ride of company growth, venture pitches, and platform […]

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Brett Jurgens & Ryan Margoles, Notion

Written by Jason Myers

(Watch the Full Video below) Over the years the pioneer spirit has taken a number of different forms in Denver. Portions of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road take place in Denver, and Neal Cassady, the inspiration for that story’s main character Dean Moriarty hailed from Larimer Street. Without Beat legends like Kerouac and Cassady, we […]

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Steve Prather, Dizzion

Written by Jason Myers

Oh, the dreadful wind and rain couldn’t derail the momentum that Denver Founders has generated this year. Steve Prather, the CEO of Dizzion occupied the hot seat at the June 2015 meetup. Dizzion is a services firm that specializes in cloud computing, allowing users “to securely access their applications and data from any device, anytime, […]

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Anthony Franco, EffectiveUI and MC Squares

Written by Jason Myers

“If you fall you’re dead.”

Not the most encouraging words ever uttered to someone who’s scared of heights and in the process of scaling a 400 foot tower to place an antenna. Yet, this is exactly what rang through the ears of Anthony Franco as he stood 20 feet off the ground. The words of encouragement came from one of his SkyBeam co-founders. The story has a happy ending though. Franco persevered through his acrophobia and got the antenna installed. SkyBeam went on to become one of the nation’s largest wireless internet service providers.

Franco was the featured guest at the latest Denver Founders meetup on May 27th. Speaking to a standing room only crowd, Franco discussed his entrepreneurial beginnings, several of the successful companies he’s founded, and what lies ahead for the serial founder.

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Michael Gellman talks about SpireMedia’s origins

Written by Jason Myers

We’ve all heard that reality is stranger than fiction and yet it remains surprising when we’re confronted with an unbelievable story. Michael Gellman, CEO of SpireMedia, has plenty of “strange reality” stories and many were on display at the April 29, 2015 Denver Founder’s Network meet up. Gellman went from making Bloomin’ Onions at the Outback Steakhouse to blooming a highly successful digital firm.

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Lee Mayer of Havenly talks startups, gender, and investors at Denver Founder’s Network

Written by Jason Myers

When it comes to decorating your house you can watch a lot of HGTV or camp out on Pinterest for days on end, or you can turn to the professionals at Havenly with the click of a button. With Havenly, founder Lee Mayer takes the guesswork out of interior design, making it straightforward and accessible to everyone. Mayer discussed Havenly and a whole lot more in front a standing room only crowd at the most recent Denver Founder’s Network meeting.

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Timing is Everything: Bob Ogdon of Swiftpage

Written by Jason Myers

How does someone who got their start in the 1980s designing coin-op arcade games in Chicago become a pillar of the Denver entrepreneurial and startup scene? The promise of Broncos tickets helped, but there’s much more to that story.

It may sound cliché, but seasoned entrepreneur Bob Ogdon proves that the old axiom “timing is everything” is a truism that should not be overlooked. Ogdon weathered a snowy Denver night in February to speak with Denver Founder’s Network about his experience building startups and working as an entrepreneur in Denver. The peaks and valleys of Ogdon’s story are likely familiar, in some degree, to many in the startup community. Although the measures of success and failure may be different, the trajectory of Ogdon’s projects provide a type of familiarity that illustrates what success looks like and how to recover from setbacks along the way.

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