I moved to Boulder, CO in 2002 from SF. The dot-com era had come to a screeching halt and it was time for a change. I didn’t move to Boulder because of the vibrant startup community (there wasn’t one), and it wasn’t until 2006 that things started to build momentum. Looking back at that time and thinking about where we are as a community now is truly inspiring. So many people have contributed substantial time and energy to turn the Boulder/Denver tech community into the powerful hub it now.

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I feel a deep sense of gratitude for our community. This is the environment in which I’ve been able to successfully build a company, become a professional investor, and work with (learn from) hundreds of amazing entrepreneurs and investors. Our tech community started with a few dozen people getting together for Open Coffees, Startup Weekends, and NewTech meetups, and it has now flourished to include hundreds (thousands!?) of contributors. Brad Feld even wrote a book about it, and this recent CrunchBase article is a quick sum-up of where we are today. …


I’ve been a fan of Eliot Peper’s writing since the beginning of his work when he mashed together with the world of startups and the techno-thriller novel into a wild ride. This was the Uncommon Series, three gripping novels about an intrepid entrepreneur named Mara Winkel. Perhaps it was the oh-so-close-to-home aspect (Mara lived in Boulder, CO, and was running a deep-tech company), or how relevant to my own life some of the elements of the story felt (ok, only a few).

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I’m not here to talk about the Uncommon Series, but I certainly would recommend putting it on your reading list if you love startups and thrillers! …


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Back in late 2000, I was running Network Operations for Volera, which was a nascent joint venture spinout created by Novell, Nortel, and Accenture. Novell had acquired JustOn, a file-sharing and cloud applications company I was a co-founder of.

(More on that side of the story in another post….as my inspiration for sharing this one is Cyber Monday and the upcoming consumer-driven holidays.)

Volera was an exciting, and fast-moving Content Distribution Network (CDN) company. We had industry-leading tech and a unique approach vis a vis the other CDNs at the time. We made websites a lot faster, helped them scale without adding webserver hardware and had a global network of our own super-fast systems up and running. …

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