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CU Entrepreneur Showcase Week #6: Matthew Nelson, Junior

January 17th, 2024

  Name: Matthew Nelson Business: Electric Honey Experience CU Leeds Business Analytics and Psychology, Junior “What is the Electric Honey Experience?” The Electric Honey Experience is an annual 2 night, 3 day camping festival that celebrates Creative Expression, Music, and Spirituality to raise money for charity. There is a wide variety of music from Grateful Dead covers and Indie Rock bands, to Industrial Techno and Future Bass Djs. Last year, other activities included Mountain biking, Tai Chi, Bouldering, Yoga, Slack lining, a Band performing atop a Mountain, Soccer, Ecstatic Dance,... Read More

CU Entrepreneur Showcase Week #5: Ryan Juett, Junior

January 10th, 2024

Name: Ryan Juett Business: Music Equipment Startup CU Leeds Marketing Major, Junior “Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re up to these days?” I’m a native Coloradan, raised in Parker, with an enduring passion for music that has persisted into my adult life. When not immersed in the LILY P4D business, I’m engaged in making and playing music, promoting my personal music brand. “What’s your major and what are you studying, what year are you?” Currently a junior at the Leeds School of Business, majoring in Marketing with a minor in music. “What... Read More

CU Entrepreneur Showcase Week #4: Milad Hosseini and Vatsal Darji, Class of 2021

January 3rd, 2024

Name: Milad Hosseini Business: Clothing Brand Co-Founder CU Leeds Marketing Major, Class of 2021 Name: Vatsal Darji Business: Clothing Brand Co-Founder CU Leeds Marketing Major, Class of 2021 “Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re up to these days?” We are both recent alumni from CU and focus most of our efforts on growing our clothing brand Afterparty. “Obviously, starting your own venture is not the easiest things to do. What’s your strategy to manage your time?” We really don’t have a strategy. We are both committed to Afterparty as the future of our... Read More

CU Entrepreneur Showcase Week #3: Zachary Janczak, Junior

December 27th, 2023
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Name: Zac Janczak Business: E-commerce CU Leeds Advertising Major, Junior “What’s your major and what are you studying, what year are you?” I am majoring in advertising with a minor emphasis in business management. “What led you to choose that major?” I chose to study advertising because it fit my creative style as an entrepreneur, and offered the opportunity to develop my skills as a marketer. Nobody will know about your brand if you do not make others aware of what it is your company has to offer, and so I figured that advertising/marketing is a skillset that will forever be helpful. “Have... Read More

CU Entrepreneur Showcase Week #2: Khushang Hirpara, Class of 2022

December 20th, 2023
Khushang Hirpara - CU Alumni founder of CLD-9

Name: Khushang Hirpara Business: Using AI to Create Personalized Supplements – CLD-9 CU Graduate Class of 2022, Major in Entrepreneurship and Management Tell me a bit about yourself and what you’re currently working on. I’m an award-winning founder and operator in Boulder that specializes in a variety of fields such as Design, Product Development, and Sourcing. But truly, I am obsessed with using leading technology and research to build products that make people’s lives easier. I’m currently working on addressing the complexity and risk involved in researching and... Read More

Boulder marketing pro tests AI writing tools

June 27th, 2023

Four Artificial Intelligence writing tools tested with one prompt As a marketing professional, I spend a lot of time writing and have written many quality bios in my time. The thing is, I really hate writing bios for myself. It’s hard to talk about yourself. That’s why clients like us to write for them. We’ve been testing Artificial Intelligence lately so I thought I would do a simple test writing an author’s bio, based on a simple bio I wrote. I left in a couple of typos and some sentences I didn’t love, just to see what it would do. In this test, I only used the free versions.  I also... Read More

Launching Labs Marketing Wins Top Colorado Branding, Web Design Agency

May 5th, 2023
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Launching Labs Marketing recently won the Best Website, Branding & Marketing Services Company – Colorado from Corporate Vision Magazine. Launching Labs Marketing is a full-service agency offering branding, web design, and marketing to growing companies. Launching Labs was founded in 2017, with offices in Boulder and Loveland helps businesses ensure their look, feel, and messaging represent their core brand across all platforms. Launching Labs has helped businesses in Colorado and nationwide with their logos, branding, and websites. Some local Colorado businesses they’ve worked with... Read More

2015 – FLASHBACK: Boulder-Born Bobo’s Oat Bars Goes Big, Stays Big

February 15th, 2022

“Bobo’s Oat Bars are very moist and delicious. When people hear that they are gluten free and vegan that do not expect to have such a tasty product. Most granola bars are crunchy, but not Bobo’s!” Organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and fit for athletes… ok Boulder people this one is definitely for you. This week’s budding Boulder business is Bobo’s Oat Bars. Actually Bobo’s is not so “budding” because they are currently ranked No. 2 in the United States behind Kind Bar, and are sold across the country, even into the far-off other country up north (Canada…). You... Read More

Anything You Want: Entrepreneurial Advice

December 11th, 2021

Sometimes, as an entrepreneur, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You craft an amazing idea, map it out on the napkin of your favorite restaurant and now you must take it from concept to reality – but how? Taking an idea from concept to reality seems easy while you’re in the conceptual stage, but as the idea starts to snowball on top of itself you begin to realize how far you truly are from the finish line. So what do you do? I personally, do not have the perfect answer, as every entrepreneurs individual situation has an equally important, individual... Read More

Skratch Labs: Because “Real Food” Just IS Better Sports Nutrition

December 5th, 2020

There’s a saying about the cruel effect that money has on the quality of a product: “It eats quality and poops quantity”, William Burroughs. (Ok fine, he uses a different word for poop). For so many expanding businesses, this insight seems to be true. Quality of product is surrendered to the quantity produced, as companies’ main goals are to become as large as possible, while trading in the integrity of their original products. Newton Running Shoes and ROLL Recovery (in my last two posts) have proved to evade this sentence, succeeding based on their commitment to quality, rather than quantity,... Read More

Runnerbox: Friends, Athletes are Full Package for Boulder Start-up

October 2nd, 2020

   “Leave the research to us. We’ll leave the training to you.” Admit it. You’ve ordered something online for the sole purpose of getting to look forward to a package coming in the mail. It’s really not that sad or desperate. Getting something specifically sent to you feels awesome and let’s you know someone out there took the time to prepare the thing, send it, and now it’s here. Just for you. Runnerbox, the Boulder start-up founded in 2012 by marathoner and nurse, Staci Dietzel, harnesses a similar concept. Except ordering a Runnerbox requires even less deliberation... Read More

Cuddly Toys Change The Way Your Children Play

August 2nd, 2020

Grab your smartphones and tablets and get ready, because automated learning just got cuddly with this local startup’s toy. Meet Ubooly, the uber cute and unboring toy for your kids ‘guaranteed to outlast any other toy’. At its most basic, Ubooly is an interactive, smart technology based stuffed animal that is powered by your smartphone or tablet.   When you purchase an Ubooly, you receive the adorably furry toy case for your phone or tablet as well as a free membership for Ubooly’s interactive features to provide your child with an engaging and educational play experience. Once your... Read More

Endurance Conspiracy, because Endurance Athletes Do Have a Sense of Humor

July 26th, 2020

Endurance sports are rigorous and demanding, which means athletes are always focused, serious, and mostly boring. “We are purveyors of fun.” -Endurance Conspiracy False. Behind tough and blister-ridden exteriors, endurance athletes like triathletes, cyclists and long distance runners all seem to share a similar light-heartedness and love for their lifestyles. The ability to find joy in the hard work required from these sports makes the endurance sport community closer, faster and stronger. Endurance Conspiracy, an endurance-sport-apparel-retailer in Boulder, manufactures hilarious,... Read More

Ancient Grains but Modern Thinking: Purely Elizabeth Sets a Standard for More than Granola

July 6th, 2020

A kooky philosophy professor of mine used to refer to foods that were vegan, gluten free, and free of refined sugar as “morally pure”. Though he was being a bit silly and facetious, the word “purely” captures perfectly the ingredients, mission and values, and intentions of the now Boulder-based natural food company, Purely Elizabeth. In 2008, Elizabeth Stein was a nutrition student with a dream of opening a natural foods/nutrition company like Nucific and moving out west: the manifest destiny of someone hoping to change the game of healthy gluten-free, vegan foods forever.... Read More

WÜF Your Way To Your Dog’s Heart With This Smart Collar

June 8th, 2020

Almost anyone with a dog will tell you that their furry friend is more than just a pet, it’s their beloved best friend and they do everything they can together; walks, runs, hikes and in the case of some of the lucky well behaved and registered support dogs, even errands! And in a city where tech and dogs rule all, its no surprise that one of Boulder’s youngest startups offers smart technology for mans best friend. WÜF is a smart dog collar striving to become the leader in smart technology for animals.  Their mission: to enable better dog owners and provide unique communication with... Read More

How Do Your Job Perks Stack Up Against These Startup’s Fun Perks?

June 7th, 2020

  Generally speaking, most companies offer a multitude of benefits for their employees. Benefits can range anywhere from local bus passes to health and dental benefits or 401k matching. But nowadays, with startups and new businesses placing such a heavy emphasis on engaging company cultures, new and unique takes on employee perks and benefits are popping up all over, it’s not just your average health insurance coverage anymore. Major companies like Eventbrite offer employees weekly massage, acupuncture and chiropractic sessions covered by the company; Thrilllist and Foursquare allow their... Read More

Hope Hummus: Spreading Good Things

June 5th, 2020

“Our story is simple. We thought hummus could be fun. We wanted something organic, made without cutting the good ingredients for cost, as well as something more innovative. We wanted something fresh to dip our veggies into, and voilà! Our Spicy Avocado Hummus was born.“- Hope Hummus    Hope Hummus began much like many other natural foods companies. With an idea for a fun twist on a classic food, and the passion to pursue the dream of turning their fun idea into an actual company.   Hope Hummus offers hummus in vibrant packaging with the mantra “Spread Good Things”... Read More

The Kickfurther Journey: From Infancy to $2 Million in 10 Months

December 8th, 2015

Everyone is very familiar with the rise and dramatic fall of the dot com boom. Now we are embracing a similar rise in technology that people are calling the “startup” era. The main difference between the late 90s – early 2000s and now is that technology is solving true problems. Problem solving is a constant reminder to entrepreneurs and innovators alike that there are still untouched sectors of every market just waiting to be capitalized on. Both people and businesses are faced with seemingly insurmountable problems on a daily basis and startups serve to find innovative solutions. One... Read More

Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge Selects 4 Boulder Tech Startups, as Top 25 Finalists

November 16th, 2015

Ever heard of Sir Richard Branson? Chances are, you most definitely have. Richard Branson is the English businessman and investor that created Virgin Group, which currently umbrellas over 400 companies world-wide. Somewhere within his busy schedule, Sir Branson decided to create a tech challenge. Starting in 2014, Sir Richard Branson developed the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) in order to “bring together targeted resources and world class advisors to help high-energy, wicked-smart entrepreneurs that are executing on big ideas”. The final showdown takes place on Neckar Island (Sir Branson’s... Read More

Lessons from Failures

November 10th, 2015

This week I want to touch on an important topic that was brought to my attention by a colleague of mine, Xavier Lemon. Xavier insists, as I agree, that a big aspect of being an entrepreneur is being able to walk away from failures with a lesson learned. This has been a major driving force in my success and in the success of many others around me. In order to appropriately touch on the topic I thought it would be wise to garnish lessons from those who have truly achieved success. Steve Jobs  Steve Jobs, as many of you know, created Apple. Apple is currently worth more, in liquid cash value,... Read More