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My personal passion is to connect people and build community. My life is busy, and almost every day I am meeting with members of the community and getting insight into the innovative things that are taking place here in Colorado as well as observing trends that are going on around the country and world. I want to share some of those experiences and help spread what I learn.


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Education Entrepreneurs Crank it out at Boulder Startup Weekend

Posted By Steve Foster, RAS & Associates, Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Boulder Startup Weekend had an intensive competition surrounding tech and education this past weekend, and I got the opportunity to judge. Others on the panel included Garth Jordan of Educause, Nicole Glaros from Techstars, Alex Hernandez from Charter School Growth Fund, and Kit Seeborg from Bumpertunes. Everything was held at the Microsoft Bing office, very cool office and they fed us great food and really great Colorado Ice Cream!

After 54 hours of intense collaboration, caffeine, coding, and crazy hard work, the presentations began. Teams were mixtures of educators, marketers, IT people, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs, and I have to say that I was very impressed with some of their output.  The winners we selected were TeacherMap, 360Folio, and CoordinatED.  My personal favorite was TeacherMap!  Great technology for not only organizing teachers but providing a potential revenue stream for them as well! Budding angels should get on that one…

Tags:  Bing  Boulder  Brad Feld  Startups  Teachermap  Techstars 

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Denver does the Debates!

Posted By Steve Foster, RAS & Associates, Friday, October 05, 2012

What was an exciting time for Colorado as the first presidential debate of the 2012 election was held at Magness Arena at the University of Denver. Congrats to CTA board member Tim Brooks, Vice Chancellor and Chief Technology Officer of DU, on the success of the day and the exposure the school certainly received.  

The CTA staff was there in the mix for Debatefest. We had a tent on the quad and spent the afternoon before the debate speaking to students and visitors about technology in Colorado and how we as an organization are involved in education initiatives and public policy on behalf of our community. We also got to see Chris Matthews film Hardball and local band the Lumineers perform. 

Bring on this election!

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DaVita HQ tour and Round Table with the White House

Posted By Steve Foster, RAS & Associates, Friday, September 28, 2012

Spent last night at the opening reception for the new DaVita HQ downtown, wow!  My good friend Kent Thiry, CEO and musketeer, yep musketeer, made an entrance in costume, with a sword, rappelling down from a balcony. It got interesting when he bounced off the wall sideways but then it turned out ok, no one died. KT and I sit on the board of COIN together, so I have seen first-hand his energy and was not surprised. Senator Udall, Mayor Hancock, and Governor Hickenlooper all had a chance at the podium to salute the move and talk about what it means for our labor force, city, community and skyline. I stuck around after to congratulate the Saunders team on building one hell of a building then we went on a tour. Impressive facility and LEED Gold, loved the suspended gondolas in the interior staircases.

This morning the CTA executive team was invited to help lead a round table discussion with Dr. John Holdren, White House Director of the Office of Science and Technology. Other friends there from clean tech, renewable and solar. We each spoke about our challenges and hopes from the federal level to push our innovation and industries forward, and I realized again how our broader tech community supports around all others – we all need to keep working together. Cool demos by two startups, Fabriq and EcoVapor.

Momentum is building! Have a great weekend!

Tags:  Davita  John Hickenlooper  John Holdren  Mark Udall  Michael Hancock  White House 

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Arrow in our economy

Posted By Steve Foster, RAS & Associates, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hung out with Michael Long, CEO of Arrow Electronics last night. He had just delivered the first keynote address of the academic year for the University of Denver’s  Voices of Experience speaker series. We had the opportunity earlier this year to travel together on a boondoggle to the White House, nice to catch up. Turns out we also share the "pleasure” of having worked as bodyguards to rock stars back in the day...  
Mike gave an engaging presentation on the quiet but powerful impact that Arrow’s diversified businesses have on all of our lives. They are the parts to the devices we encounter every day – pretty much all of them. From the company’s start on Radio Row  in lower Manhattan in the early 1900’s, the now Fortune 200 company has continued throughout its history to expand and adapt their business divisions, always working to be "five years out”, ahead of the trends.   Though he has run the global company from his Colorado home for several years, the recent official relocation of Arrow’s headquarters to our state is awesome for our economy and community. We are stoked to be getting them engaged in the CTA fold.

Tags:  Arrow Electronics  DU  Mike Long  Voices of Experience 

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A Hyper-Local View

Posted By Steve Foster, RAS & Associates, Monday, September 24, 2012

I recently visited Boulder-based Earthvisionz. I got a demo of their proprietary geospatial platform as we sat around a hand-made wood table, underside coated with crystals. Lunch afterward was my first trip to Dushanbe Tea House. More exotic than my typical meal, but I liked it. Very Boulder.

Cool example of what they do: Barclay’s ATP World Tour Tennis Finals is happening in London in November. Earthvisionz built a site to allow potential visitors to take a 3-d "hyper-local” tour of the event facilities and its surrounding location in London.

Here is another project with a more environmental focus:

How could your company use this mapping technology?

Tags:  ATP  Boulder  Dushanbe  Environmental  Geospatial  mapping 

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