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  1. Google offshoot Nest buys Boulder smart-home startup
    Nest is buying Revolv, the Boulder-maker of a hub for smart-home products, in a deal that will take Revolv's device out of production but add a Boulder site for Google-owned Nest. Revolv graduated from the 2012 TechStars program and developed its smart-home hub, something I wrote about this summer. The hub acts as a central brain for various apps-powered smart-home devices such as locks, lights, sprinklers and the like. Revolv, which went through TechStars under its original name, MobiPlug, had…
  2. CoorsTek buys battery technology maker, forms new speciality division
    CoorsTek has purchased Boulder Ionics, maker of electrolytes for batteries, and has paired it with another business to form a CoorsTek Specialty Chemicals unit. The Golden-based company announced the deal Friday. Terms were not disclosed. Arvada-based Boulder Ionics, formed in 2011, makes electrolytes sold to makers of batteries and capacitors used in consumer electronics, automobiles and, possibly, for use by utility companies in grid-scale energy storage. The electrolytes are designed to store…
  3. Pay-by-the-mile driving? Idea resurfaces in Colorado election campaigns
    Long a buzzword among policy wonks and transportation planners, the idea of creating a vehicle-miles-traveled fee to supplement or replace the gasoline tax has surfaced again in both federal and statewide political races in Colorado. The VMT fee would measure the distance traveled by a car or truck and charge the vehicle owner accordingly in order to raise money for road repairs and highway-building. It's an idea that cuts across party lines. Democrats and Republicans who back it say that it could…
  4. Daniels Fund's Ethics Summit addresses how Colorado business tackles social media
    With everything out there on social media, is it OK to comb through a potential job candidate's accounts during the hiring process? Not if you want to respect them ... and make sure all your legal bases are covered, said Mike Severns, president and CEO of Mountain States Employers Council Inc. at an ethics forum Friday. Severns adds that more and more companies are looking to third-party firms to check out social media accounts of candidates. "The best practice is to have someone else use the…
  5. Luxury brownstones planned in Denver's Five Points
    Add one more project to the flurry of activity in Five Points. Clear Creek Homes, along with Palisade Partners and Civil Technology Inc., will build 26 luxury brownstones at 2400 Washington St. in Denver's Five Points neighborhood. The homes will each be three stories tall and will range in price from the high $300,000s to the high $400,000s. The development will be dubbed the Brownstones at King Stroud Court, according to Clear Creek Homes, a Denver-based home builder. Palisade Partners is a…
  6. 6 ideas for increasing your philanthropy
    Measured in money, Americans today are by far the most generous people in the history of the world. We voluntarily give away an extraordinary amount — more than $300 billion per year. No other country or civilization has come close to that. The number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. exceeds 1.5 million. Yet, despite our generosity, we have huge unmet needs in our communities, our nation, and our world. Even here in the wealthiest nation on earth, people suffer from hunger, homelessness…
  7. Colorado families can make the best home in these 10 communities (Slideshow)
    Attracting new businesses and well-educated residents is something Denver officials say is a top priority for the city, but it's important for surrounding suburbs, too. That's because it fuels growth, K-12 education and home affordability, which NerdWallet said are key factors it used to rank Colorado communities that are best for young families in a recent study. > Click the image above to view a slideshow of the 10 best communities for young Colorado families, including blurbs from NerdWallet…
  8. Denver Business Journal announces Outstanding Directors nominees, winners (Slideshow)
    The Denver Business Journal is recognizing exemplary board members from Colorado with its first Outstanding Corporate Directors Awards. These men and women are board members who honor their fiduciary responsibility and actively work behind the scenes of public, private and nonprofit institutions in Colorado. Nominations were taken online at DenverBusinessJournal.com and solicited from the National Association of Corporate Directors - Colorado Chapter. An award luncheon to present the honorees…
  9. Janus posts higher Q3 profit; CEO says it's too early to gauge bond king's impact
    Janus Capital Group Inc. posted higher third-quarter earnings than a year earlier, meeting the expectations of Wall Street analysts, but missed estimates with its revenue numbers. The Denver-based money manager (NYSE: JNS) has been much in the news lately after it stunned the investment world by hiring away "bond king" Bill Gross from much-larger Pacific Investment Management Co. (Pimco). Thursday, Janus CEO Richard Weil called Gross' surprise hiring Sept. 26 "the press release heard around the…
  10. Appeals court tosses fraud claim against Colorado medical-device firm
    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that a Colorado medical-device company formerly known as AspenBio Pharma Inc. and a former executive attempted to defraud investors. The Denver Post's Howard Pankratz reports that the lawsuit had alleged that former CEO Richard Donnelly in 2007 tried to deceive investors in press releases and a presentation touting AppyScore, a diagnostic test for appendicitis the Castle Rock-based company was developing. The suit alleged that those…