With an empty bottle of ketchup, Go Code Colorado finalist offers hiring lessons

Creating a more diverse work environment can start with a change in perspective. This app helps provide it.

Diversity team winning Go Code Colorado (Courtesy Go Code Colorado)
<div>ersity team members at Go Code Colorado. (Courtesy Go Code Colorado)

Creating a more diverse work environment can start with a change in perspective. A group of Denver developers have come up with an app that helps provide that different point of view, and they’re finalists in this year’s Go Code Colorado competition.

The <div>ersity team is seven women and three men whose backgrounds are a little unusual for the tech world. The final competition, in which <div>ersity will compete against nine other teams from around the state, is Wednesday.


Date ideas lacking? Denver Date Nite to help couples remember how to date

Gretchen Bartek launched Denver Date Nite in late 2015 to help couples like her and her husband arrange outings. This year she’s hoping to grow the company and possibly expand outside of the city.

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A couple at Denver Union Station (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Gretchen Bartek and her husband would get so exhausted planning outings that most weeks it simply didn’t happen.

When they were lucky enough to snag a babysitter, they’d end up at the same places with the same scene and same food, Bartek said.

“One day I came home and the surprised babysitter said to me, ‘Oh, you’re home already?!’ And that was it,” she said. “I knew this was a common problem that I could solve.”


Colorado-based Boom Technologies is looking to overturn the ban on domestic supersonic flight

“Supersonic flight will eliminate hours of misery aboard slow aircraft — while making Earth’s wonderful people and places more accessible,” Boom CEO Blake Scholl said.

Boom Technology prototype of a supersonic jet. (Courtesy Boom Technology)
Boom Technology prototype of a supersonic jet. (Courtesy Boom Technology)

Don’t worry. It won’t be that loud.

That’s Boom Technology’s reassurance for the new generation of supersonic planes that the Colorado company is developing in an attempt to revive super-fast air travel after the demise of Concorde.


Denver-based Blinker wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award

The mobile app allows people to buy, sell, finance or refinance their car using their phone, eliminating the need for outside parties.

A screen capture of the Blinker app. (Courtesy of Blinker)
The Blinker app. (Courtesy of Blinker)

Denver-based Blinker beat five other finalists to a 2017 South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Award in the new economy category.

The mobile app allows people to buy, sell, finance or refinance their car using their phone, eliminating the need for outside parties.


Denver startups begin 2017 strong with $49.5 million in funding

In industries ranging from cannabis to healthcare, API integration to cybersecurity, these startups are as innovative as they are varied.

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The Rocky Mountains seen from the Colorado State Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

These five startups got off on the right foot this year, pulling in a combined $49.5 million in funding within the first month.

In industries ranging from cannabis to healthcare, API integration to cybersecurity, these startups are as innovative as they are varied. And you can bet they’re feeling pretty good about 2017.