Thad Eby, Ombud

Written by Jason Myers

The May 2017 edition of Denver Founders featured Thad Eby, CEO and Founder of Ombud. Eby spent the evening providing valuable insights to the members of Denver’s startup and entrepreneurial community. Colorado Native Eby’s story begins in Fort Morgan in the northeast part of the state. After finishing high school, he quickly moved on to […]

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Dan Lynn, AlwaysEncrypted

Written by Jason Myers

The February 2017 installment of Denver Founders saw Dan Lynn, Co-Founder and CEO of AlwaysEncrypted, in the hot seat. Lynn discussed his early entrepreneurial beginnings and shared some of the things he’s learned along the way. Humble Beginnings Lynn’s first sojourn into entrepreneurship came at the tender age of 7 when he roved his neighborhood, […]

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Sam Tarantino, Chromatic FM

Written by Jason Myers

Denver Founders greeted 2017 by shifting permanently to our new how at the Commons on Champa. A solid crowd turned out on a chilly January evening to hear Sam Tarantino, the current founder and CEO of Chromatic FM, and the former co-founder of Grooveshark speak. Many people are probably familiar with the name Grooveshark, which […]

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Annual Startup Horror Stories! 2016 Edition

Written by Jason Myers

It’s become an annual tradition: the Denver Founders crew gets together at the end of October, has a few drinks, and share startup horror stories. As host Chris Franks is so wont to remind us, the overwhelming majority of startups fail. As a community we’re great at sharing our successes, but the same isn’t true […]

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Jeff Casimir, Turing School of Software & Design

Written by Jason Myers

Jeff Casimir, the founder of the Turing School of Software & Design, isn’t like a lot of other founders. Therefore, it’s comes as little surprise that his discussion at Denver Founder’s April meeting was unlike any previous ones. Flanked by DF’s venerable hosts, Chris Franks and Josh Churlik, Casimir actually spent more time talking about […]

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Josh Dorkin, BiggerPockets

Written by Jason Myers

Passion. Zeal. Fanaticism. All of these adjectives easily describe how Josh Dorkin, founder and CEO of BiggerPockets feels about real estate investment. That passion was live and on display, at times almost palpable, at the January edition of the Denver Founders meet up. The guiding idea behind BiggerPockets is that anyone can build their own […]

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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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