Crowdfunding Helps Bring Xconomy to Colorado; Now Writers Needed

1/25/13Follow @bvbigelow

If you’ve spent much time in the Colorado back country, you probably remember feeling a profound sense of elation that comes after hours of relentless upward hiking, when you finally reach the summit and a panorama of the Rocky Mountains opens around you.

We’re feeling a little like that now, after learning a crowdfunding initiative to bring Xconomy to Colorado has achieved its initial goal.

We’re now looking to bring our authoritative coverage of technology innovation to Colorado, focusing on the startups that are advancing new ideas in software, IT, energy, cleantech, life sciences, and other fields—as well as the entrepreneurs, investors, and others who are driving Colorado’s exponential economy. We’re also looking for an exceptional journalist who is familiar with the tech scene, and who has a knack for writing about innovation and the business of technology. (More on this below.)

And, of course, we always welcome more folks to join the the scores of companies and organizations that have pledged their support for our new Colorado outpost—the more we raise the faster we’ll be able to grow our presence in the high country.

Bob Buderi, Xconomy’s founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief, must already be feeling the love, because he’s planning a trip to Colorado in time for Valentine’s Day. His trip includes a meetup in Boulder set for Feb. 13, with the rest of his itinerary to be determined.

He tells me, “We are really excited to be expanding to Colorado, especially the Boulder-Denver region, and doing our part to include the innovation community in our news coverage and our national conversation about technology and innovation. I look forward to meeting a lot of folks when I am there in a few weeks—to hear their ideas, share more of our plans, and to say thank you for your support in bringing us to Colorado.”

We owe a special note of thanks to the folks who made it all possible by leading the crowdfunding effort—Brad Feld and his partners at Boulder’s Foundry Group, along with TechStars’ David Cohen. By coincidence, Foundry Group partner Jason Mendelson was in San Diego yesterday, and he reacted to news of the crowdfunding success with a Tiger Woods-like fist pump.

“This is just great,” he said. “It’s real validation that the national media recognizes the growth and sustainability of the Boulder venture scene. It’s also further proof that Xconomy is willing to take the risks of providing coverage about innovation that’s not just in Silicon Valley.”

As Xconomy moves forward in Boulder, Denver, and beyond, we’re going to need someone in the Front Range with the right mix of enthusiasm, creativity, versatility, knowledge, and who also happens to be a top-notch writer. The job will probably be part-time at first, hopefully building quickly to full time as we build our business in Colorado. Our ideal candidate will be a resourceful researcher and fearless interviewer, with the ability to write swiftly and the experience to produce breaking business news stories, longer features, profiles, and bloggy posts on a daily schedule.

We want someone who can work independently, but in close coordination with the team at Xconomy. (You can learn more about us here.) We also give high marks for a sense of humor, and those who show a talent for Web publishing tools and social media.

If this sounds like you, write us at jobs@xconomy.com. Tell us about yourself, your knowledge of the Colorado innovation scene, and why you think you’d be a great fit with Xconomy—and don’t forget a resume and clips.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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