I’m not doing my usual crazy schedule of running around to panels and events as I’ll be out of town for most of the week but wanted to highlight a few events I’m especially excited about.
Amy and I supported the Pledge 1% Colorado Nonprofit Pitch contest last year with a $10,000 grant through our Anchor Point Foundation and are happily doing it again this year. This and other Social Impact Track events are working to engage the broader startup community and expand Startup Week beyond just high-tech startups.
If you are around Boulder next week or want to see the Boulder community at it’s finest, check out the BSW schedule and join in on the fun.
The final event at Boulder Startup Week a few months ago was Founder Fights. A bunch of founders got in a boxing ring for a real, USA Boxing sanctioned event (three rounds, two minutes each). To see a two minute version of what played out, take a look at this great video montage from the event (I make a startling entrance at 0:52 in the video.) It’s worth clicking through to Vimeo if the security settings don’t let it play in your browser.)
While I’m not a boxing fan, this was an incredible experience and one of the most energizing three hours I’ve had in a long time. Carrie Barry and her partner Kirsten Barry run The Corner Boxing Club in Boulder and I’ve done a little sparing there. My friends Jerry Colonna, Dave Mandell, and Chris Marks are regulars and Chris wrote a powerful blog post about why he boxes.
Carrie and Jerry did a great Reboot.io podcast on Carrie’s journey and why she is motivated to do what she does.
The experience of combining a set of local amateur boxers and their supporters with the Boulder startup community getting behind matches with folks like David, Chris, and Nicole Glaros was really inspiring. The event ended up raising $56,000 with $21,000 going to Blue Sky Bridge and the balance to other local charities. I hope we do it again in 2017 and have heard a rumor already that we’ll do it at Denver Startup Week in a few months.
Since I moved to Boulder in 1995, I’ve watched and participated in the evolution of an amazing startup community which I believe currently has the highest entrepreneurial density in the United States. On top of the the hundreds of open tech company positions, Boulder has an incredible quality of life which I believe makes it the best small city in the United States to live in.
May 16th-20th will be packed with several dozen meetups, events, parties, and outdoors activities. It’s a great way to learn a few things, socialize, job-hunt, and discover the magic of Boulder.
Boulder Startup Week is open to all, and full of (mostly) free events. Come visit and, if money is tight, see if you can convince the organizers to fly you out for free.