Being In Boulder – A 2 Year Review

It’s been about two years since I moved to Boulder from Ohio. After being here for a few months, I wrote a review of what was going on in Boulder and interesting me then. Notice that little link at the bottom? That’s right – a 2008 vintage link.

At the time of that article, I was just getting settled in to town and finding things to keep me busy. I found that I loved the collaborative scene at all the local coffee shops. I still love the access to an unimaginable number of outdoor activities. Getting out and meeting people was as easy as finding events based around things you liked, showing up, and saying hi. Show people that you want to learn about and help them, and in Boulder, they’ll reciprocate.

I’d say the hardest part for me in getting acclimated to Boulder was finding the right work-life balance. Here, it can be easy to get distracted and bumble around, especially when you see a LOT of people doing enjoyable things during what normally would be a workday. When I got my first job, I found it via Craigslist, which I decided is not an ideal way to look for jobs you want to care about. Alternatively, I’d recommend doing the things you love with other people who feel the same way. Eventually, you’ll figure out how to make ends meet and you’ll be doing it with a rockin’ Boulder crew.

So, what’s keeping me here these days? Here are a few recent, reoccurring, or upcoming events that are just some of the reasons I’m still here in Boulder and why you should come too:

Boulder Startup Week – The first week of May this year, we had an unbelievable set of events. People opened up their offices for co-working, Ignite 10 happened, there were hikes, there were beers, and there were some excellent discussions.

Boulder Open Coffee Club – This was one of the first events I attended in Boulder. A semimonthly meeting of all sorts of entrepreneurs, professionals, lawyers, developers, etc., BOCC has taken up residence in Atlas Purveyors and continued to grow in numbers. Come join!

Ignite Boulder – The proportions of Ignite have grown epic since their humble beginnings a few years back. Number 11 will be pretty special as it is being held at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium nestled up against the mountains. Grab a ticket!

TEDxBoulder – Coming up on August 7th, TEDx is a community organized local event in the spirit of TED. Can’t wait to hear more about this event.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. What events strike your fancy? What helps keep you in Boulder? What are some of your tips for getting involved?

About the Author:
Loving Boulder. Working at Quickleft.


  1. Michael Lengel May 18, 2010

    Looking forward to a lil sumthin sumthin called boco this fall…

  2. Ryan Cook May 18, 2010

    oh for sure – dunno how i forgot to put that in

  3. Ef Rodriguez May 18, 2010

    Tips for getting involved? I would say “volunteer.” There's always something silly going on (whether it's PodCamp, boco or Ignite) that could probably use a few able bodies. It's an easy way of getting your darling little feet wet.

    And most Boulder peeps are friendly enough to hand you a towel to dry off those feetsies.

    Nice post, Ryan.

  4. Ryan Cook May 18, 2010

    Thanks Ef!

  5. Monika Runstrom May 18, 2010

    That is a bummer that finding a job via Craigslist did not work out for you. While I wouldn't say it is the 'ideal' way of getting a job in Boulder, I will say that every single person currently working at got the job by responding to a Craigslist ad.

    Otherwise I agree, Boulder is a great place to be and meet people.

  6. Ryan Cook May 19, 2010

    I just found myself spending more time figuring out how I would fit in to certain positions than finding jobs I would like to do. There's just so much CRAP on there and it promotes bad practices for all parties involved.

    I know it can work though – I found my first job in Boulder on Craigslist.

  7. Clare May 19, 2010

    Ryan, I agree with you on the Craigslist issue. I found my first two jobs in Boulder through Craigslist and was incredibly unsatisfied at both, not to mention neither were in my calling. It wasn't until I decided that I wasn't going to take no for an answer from CU that I finally became employed there and I'm so glad I did.

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