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Monday, May 11


Startup Stories: Dan Caruso and Opening Day Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

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Dan Caruso

CEO, Zayo
Dan Caruso is the chairman and CEO of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO), the global leader in communications infrastructure services. As a founder of the business in 2007, he has led Zayo from startup to IPO to a company with a multi-billion dollar equity value. Zayo provides... Read More →

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Zayo Group is a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, including dark fiber, live video, wavelengths, SONET, Ethernet, IP services and carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection. Our network footprint extends 82,280 route miles, with connectivity on dense metro... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 9:30am - 10:45am
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Brian Clark & Christine Auten
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Christine Auten

Producer, SXSW V2V / SXSW Interactive
Christine came to SXSW in 2008 as a seasonal employee for the Interactive Festival, with no intention of staying past that one event. Fast forward to 2015 and she is now one of the producers of the Interactive Festival and the Executive Producer of the newest event in the SXSW family... Read More →
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Brian Clark

Founder and CEO of Copyblogger Media and Tangible Digital, and the host of the Unemployable podcast, Copyblogger Media
Brian Clark is a serial entrepreneur based in Boulder, Colorado. Brian built three successful service businesses using online marketing techniques, before moving to a completely online business model when he started the site Copyblogger in 2006. The eventual result of that move... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Dave Wright & Jay Prassl
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One of the biggest pains for any web host or anyone who is trying to provide a service via servers is storage. Typically storage I/O is the most common bottleneck and can easily bring a perfectly performing network to its knees in a matter of moments.

SolidFire began in January 2010 after founder and CEO Dave Wright (@jungledave) started a company called Jungle Disk in 2007. Wright went on to sell that backup solution to Rackspace in 2008. After working closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a large-scale cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of users, Wright left Rackspace to start SolidFire.

Being placed in charge of figuring out all of the storage needs of a large web host, Wright developed a checklist for what was needed to solve all the storage solution challenges across multiple platforms. The problem Wright faced was he literally sought out every hardware vendor across the world, and he couldn’t find one solution that could solve all of the problems.

SolidFire was originally designed to solve the many storage problems in a multi-tenant environment, such as cloud and managed hosting, where storage resources are shared.


Jay Prassl

vp marketing, SolidFire
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Dave Wright

CEO, SolidFire
Dave Wright left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. While at GameSpy, Dave led the team that created a backend infrastructure powering thousands of games and millions of gamers. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Scott Signore and David Mandell
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Scott is the Founder and CEO of Matter Communications, a PR firm that was awarded the best agency of 2013. 

David Mandell is a PR and Marketing expert and the CEO of Boulder-based startup, PivotDesk. 

Monday May 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Ingrid Alongi & Promise Phelon
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Ingrid Alongi is the Co-Founder and Chief People Officer at Quickleft. She's been named one of Boulder's top 40 under 40 and has grown QuickLeft from small dev shop to multi-city orgnization that serves startups from Colorado to Oregon. 

Promise Phelon is new to the Boulder community but has a wealth of startup experience. In addition to founding two companies -- one of which raised $5M in private angel capital and the other reached 8-figures in revenues and sold in 2008, she held the Chief Revenue Officer role at Resumator, where she managed every aspect of the customer lifecycle; drove substantial revenue growth and co-led a $15M Series C financing. In 2012 the Silicon Valley Business Journal named her a Woman of Influence. She recently moved to Boulder to join high-growth startup, TapInfluence, as the CEO.   

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Ingrid Alongi

Co-Founder/CPO, Quick Left
I've been a web developer since the late 90's and recently switched over to the business side of things here at Quick Left. I enjoy building teams and figuring out how to deliver the best quality in a services organization.

Monday May 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Sue Kunz & Praful Shah
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Sue Kunz has over 30 years of experience, half in various corporate roles including Sun Microsystems and IBM, and the other half at various startups. Sue has experienced every aspect of running a business, everything from initial launch to acquisition. She is currently the CEO of ThriveOn, a cluster of technology-based companies targeted at the baby-boomer demographic. Praful Shah is a prominent angel investor in Colorado and has known Sue for years. 

Monday May 11, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Sue Heilbronner & Lee Mayer
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Lee Mayer and Sue Heilbronner are catalytic to the growth of Colorado tech ecosystem. Lee is the CEO and founder of recent MergeLane graduate Havenly, which is the easiest way to decorate your home. Sue is the CEO and Co-founder of MergeLane, an accelerator that broadens the on-ramp for women led companies.

Monday May 11, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Trent Hein & Ned McClain
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Trent Hein & Ned McClain are the founders of Applied Trust

Monday May 11, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Bill Flagg, Scott McDaniel and Christian Vanek
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Scott McDaniel and Christian Vanek are co-founders of SurveyGizmo, a self-service survey tool that is one of the leading platforms on the market today. Scott and Christian achieved their business growth and success with only a moderate amount of angel capital. Bill Flagg is their lead angel investor and co-owner of the business. Bill is known for helping customer-funded businesses and has also worked with RegOnline, StickerGiant, SnapEngage and PosterBrain.

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Bill Flagg

As co-owner of SurveyGizmo, SnapEngage, StickerGiant, PosterBrain, and Avid4 Adventure I’m passionate about building great, customer-funded, built-for-life companies. The kind that employees love, customers shout from rooftops about, and owners want to grow old with.

Monday May 11, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: Seth Levine & Jason Eckenroth
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Jason Eckenroth and Seth Levine have been core to the growth of the Boulder startup scene. Jason is the founder of ShipCompliant which recently was acquired in (one of?) the biggest Boulder exits in 2015. Seth is a founder at the Foundry Group. Come listen to the two talk about what it takes to start a company in Boulder and their tips to thrive. 

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Seth Levine

Managing Director, Foundry Group
Managing Director at Foundry Group - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sethjlevine/Financial and operations background - venture capital/private equity/corporate development/mergers and acquisitionsOther affiliations include: Board member at Unreasonable Institute, Advisor to Sadara Ventures, High Country Ventures, Confluence CapitalI'm also a member of the board of d... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302


Startup Stories: David Cohen & Alex Bogusky
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Two of the most impressive entrepreneurs and leaders in the Boulder community, discuss what it is like to look at startups through the lens of technology, advertising and what makes Boulder, well, Boulder. 

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Alex Bogusky

Co-Founder/Chief Creative Engineer, Crispin Porter Bogusky
Alex Bogusky’s career in advertising began over 20 years ago when he joined a 16-person ad agency called Crispin & Porter. Under Alex’s direction, CPB grew to more than 1,000 employees with offices in Miami, Boulder, Los Angeles, London and Sweden, and with annual billings over... Read More →
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David Cohen

Founder, Techstars

Monday May 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302
Wednesday, May 13


Boulder Startup Meetup
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This BSW Open House is hosted by Boulder Startup Meet-Up and FUSE Riverside every month.  This month, 5/13, a VC discusses a life of entreprenuership and a featured founder presents a startup. We encourage you to ask questions & provide feedback. Network with entrepreneurs, your peers, your target clients, your tribe, and learn from experienced entrepreneurs who will share their story and advice based on their own unique experiences. Come to be part of this great entrepreneurial culture!

  • Agenda:
  • 4:30 Open Happy Hour
  • 5:30 Meet and Greet/Networking
  • 6:00 Introduction
  • 6:10 Startup Entrepreneur Pitch: Chris Prince Founder Spastic Muffin
  • 6:30 Entrepreneur Presentation and Wisdom Tips
  • 7:00 Individual Introductions & Announcements
  • 7:30 Adjourn
  • 7:30-8PM Networking
Food, espresso and cocktails are available at the meet-up through the Riverside's bar, cafe or servers.
Questions: adamcalihman@gmail.com
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Wednesday May 13, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Riverside 1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Thursday, May 14


How to start a business without raising money from investors
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Founders of bootstraped businesses will talk about how they raised money from customers, not professional investors*. Hear how they initially funded the business, how long it took to get revenue, and when the business became a sustainable venture. 

Christian Vanek, CEO, Surveygizmo.com
Erick Mueller, Chairmain & Co-founder of Funovation.com, Faculty Director CU
Paul Reinarz, CEO, Rezora.com

Joel Gratz, Founding meteorologist, Opensnow.com

* There is nothing wrong with raising money from professional investors, but we want to highlight that it is not the only (or primary) path to creating a sustainable business.

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Joel Gratz

Founding Meteorologist, Opensnow.com
A meteorologist, skier, and creator of Opensnow.com

Thursday May 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Basecamp at Lyfe Kitchen 1600 Pearl St Boulder, CO 80302