So this week I returned to Vail, Colo. for the annual Venture Capital in the Rockies conference, and sat through 19 of 22 early stage companies presenting, all of them seeking investments from VCs in the area. All of the companies presenting are either from Colorado, or from surrounding states. Here’s a few that caught my eye.
Cloud Elements: Based in Denver, this company of 12 employees specializes in making cloud applications work together. When the other option is to hire a bunch of programmers to write a bunch of custom code to get two or three or more cloud applications to play nice together, this company has designed a growing list of pre-built integrations.
Geostrut: While not technically a digital company per se, this company fascinated me with its carbon fiber lattice designs that are used in the construction of, among other things, wireless towers. Carbon fiber isn’t a new material, but what Geostrut has done is perfected a way to mass-produce it. It’s getting a lot of incoming interest from companies in India and elsewhere in the developing world where wireless infrastructure construction is likely to boom. It’s based in Lindon, Utah.
Lendio: Based in South Jordan, Utah, Lendio is basically a matchmaker for small businesses looking for commercial loans. It helps small business owners find the right loan from the right kind of institution, a bank, credit union or other source. It’s not a lender, but makes fees on the referrals.
MobilePulse: Ever wished you could hire someone to evaluate all your wireless plan device options and tell you which one was best? Imagine having the same problem for a business, where you’re managing a fleet of hundreds if not thousands of smart phones, tablets and the like. Denver-based Mobilepulse has a software-as-service product that measures, compares and diagnoses mobile performance. It uses a client application that gets installed on all a companies devices which monitors performance for analysis and reporting. Over time you get an idea of you plan’s performance and can later compare it against different plans from other carriers.
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