Personally, I’m a bit of a technology geek. I’m obsessed with my iPhone and iPad, and all of the cool apps that go along with them. Not many people know this, but I even check out Gizmodo regularly. I’ve always been curious about (and envious of) those tech geniuses who create such things. I would love to see the world through their eyes for one day and see how their brains work.
Recently, I learned more about the startup community here downtown. For those of you who don’t know, downtown Boulder happens to be a cultural hot spot for startups -newly-created companies designed for high growth - still in the development process. Boulder, specifically downtown is one of the most well-known startup communities in the nation right now. In 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek named Boulder the best town for startups. Since then, Boulder has been recognized as a utopia for startups (SFGate in 2012). This reputation lives on.
VentureBeat just released the 10 Boulder startups they’re most excited about, a few of which are located right here: Gnip, SendGrid, and Trada Inc.
Honestly, I had no idea what these companies were all about until hearing about Coworking Week, which was hosted in Boulder a couple of weeks ago.
Startups can be founded anywhere, and many begin in coffee shops or homes. Here downtown, there are coworking spaces available for rent, where the innovators behind startup companies can share an office space. These spaces are strengthening Boulder’s startup culture as they allow for great minds to collaborate in a productive area. Downtown coworking locations include: Colab, HUB and SCRIB. During the week, Feb. 4 – 8, the Boulder Coworking Alliance showcased the six coworking spaces in Boulder and hosted a variety of free events.
These creatives are exactly the people I’m most curious about. Recently, I started being more observant in local coffee shops to see if I could spot any brilliant minds at work. I ended up assuming everyone with a laptop was a tech genius, which may or may not have been true. I wanted to talk to all of them and just get inside their head to take a look around. Of course I didn’t because I’m a little bit (or really) shy.
If you’re not like me, and can muster up the courage to talk to some of these people you should definitely go for it (and report back to me). If not, there are other opportunities to take advantage of too. Boulder Startup Week is slated for May 15 – May 19, 2013. The event is an opportunity to explore this niche Boulder community. Boulder startups will open their doors to the community and give us a chance to take a look around and gain some insight behind this innovative culture.
Another great opportunity happening downtown is the monthly Caffeinated Mornings design series hosted by SCRIB (first Friday of every month). These events are free and feature creative leaders who come to speak about innovative technological ideas and developments.
Embrace your inner tech nerd and take a closer look when you step into downtown coffee shops. Be observant. You will probably find more than a cozy atmosphere and a good cup of coffee.