DSW Guide, Day 4: New Tech Colorado Crew, Governor to Share Stage

9/19/13Follow @MichaelXBD

It’s Day 4 of Denver Startup Week, and here’s a sampling of some of the cool events going on.

The Big Event

New Tech Colorado on the big stage. It’s hard to imagine what the grassroots of Colorado’s tech community would be like without the Boulder Denver New Tech Meetup. Formed seven years ago in Boulder by Robert Reich, the monthly meetups started in Boulder and became a pillar of the local tech community. The meetup eventually spread to Denver and Fort Collins and begat New Tech Colorado, which recently eclipsed 10,000 members.

The New Tech Team will celebrate its success at the Paramount Theatre (1621 Glenarm Place) from 6 to 10 p.m. with a party all its members are invited to. So is Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will be joining Reich onstage for a “fireside chat.”

There will be food and a free beer for everyone over 21. In addition to Hickenlooper, there’s a solid lineup that features art, music, and kick ass tech.

“This is the best lineup the New Tech Team has ever put together for a single event. I’m talking more exciting than playing with iOS7,” Reich wrote followers.

Occipital will present the 3-D scanner it has developed for the iPad, which the company debuted Tuesday with a Kickstarter campaign that through Wednesday night has raised more than $445,000. (Occipital was looking for $100,000.)

Popular favorite ET3 will make an appearance to discuss its ambitions for a mass transit system that uses mag-lev and vacuum technology “to create spaceflight conditions on Earth” and send people across continents in minutes. It’s what Elon Musk was trying to do with the Hyperloop, only faster.

Reich also will go over New Tech’s plans for an expanded website that features job listings, a database for freelancers, and an interactive directory of Colorado tech companies.

Jeremy Bloom: Many entrepreneurs take circuitous career paths, but it’s pretty rare they have one that goes through the NFL, the Winter Olympics, the nonprofit world, and a high flying venture-backed startup.

But most people aren’t Jeremy Bloom, co-founder of Integrate, a startup that helps advertisers optimize campaigns across digital and traditional media. Bloom will discuss his career and how the lessons he learned during one chapter of his life applied to the others in a speech from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Denver Post Auditorium, 101 W. Colfax.

Staying on Course: Three days of Denver Startup Week events have made being an entrepreneur and launching a startup feel fun and exciting. On Thursday, the lawyers, product development, and hiring guys will tell you that while that may be the case, you also have to take care of a lot of little stuff if you’re going to hit it big.

The lawyers go first, with a panel entitled “Five Laws Startups Love to Break” from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Polsinelli office, 1515 Wynkoop St., Suite 600. And by laws, they don’t mean the clichés that fill business books—they mean the laws that get you sued or sent to prison.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SendGrid (1451 Larimer St.) will host a panel on building products costumers want, and from 5 to 7 p.m. NewsGator (950 17th St. Suite 2500) will host a discussion about hiring the right people—and avoiding the wrong ones.

Michael Davidson is the editor of Xconomy Boulder/Denver. He covers startups, venture capital, clean tech, energy, aerospace, telecoms, and whatever else happens above 5,280 feet. Contact him at mdavidson@xconomy.com. Follow @MichaelXBD

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