Some Not So Known Boulder Startups Kicking Ass


There are cities that gather more attention for their flare or business savvy. However, quietly Boulder, Colorado has become a mecca for startups of all shapes and sizes. From athletics to technology, with many things in between, Boulder has become the go-to place for individuals with independent business dreams and ambitions. Many of these dreams and ambitions come to fruition and that’s what Boulder Me is all about; sharing why Boulder, Colorado is the place to be when it comes to venturing into a startup opportunity.

When discussing startups, it’s always reassuring to see those who have come before and made the dream a reality here in Boulder. While there are many, below are a select few who have turned their startup into a thriving business venture.

  • Door to Door Organics

As an online grocery delivery service, company founder, Chad Arnold has truly turned Door to Door Organics into a profitable and fulfilling business model. Although it opened its doors in 1997, resilience, patience, and confidence in the Boulder area paid off in 2014 when Door to Door obtained  nearly $26 million in Series B funding. Chad Arnold’s key to success beyond perseverance has been the ability to remain focused on Door to Doors mission, which is fresh organic foods delivered right to the customer’s door, in a timely and affordable manner.

  • Local Cloud9

By delivering SaaS CRM technology to the sales industry, Denver startup Local Cloud9 has seen great success and has just been obtained by the technology giant, Tectonic. Local Cloud9’s founder, Ron Pullar shares that he is proud of Cloud9’s history and track record, in the Denver area, of offering strategic technology storage solutions and SEO consulting. Now that Tectonic has come on board, Pullar is excited about developing new innovative technological directions and building new customer relationships, while fostering their current clients, as well.

  • Craftsy

Relatively new to the Boulder area, Craftsy offers a variety of classes and instructional resources, on an interactive platform, for individuals who love the concept of learning something new. Whether an individual is interested in cooking, photography, crafting, etc., Crafty’s goal is to take someone from rookie to expert, while under their wing. Product director, Chandler Koglmeier, likens Crafty’s success to empowering individuals with the help of their interactive platform, to achieve whatever creative goal for which they strive. Another area which has allowed Craftsy to go from startup to success is Koglmeier’s insistence on listening to their client base, which builds a trusting and ongoing business relationship.

Overall, the Boulder area has been fertile ground for startups and it’s only getting better. With its small town appeal, temperate climate, vast expanse of beautiful land, and a penchant for a healthy and successful lifestyle, one look no further when deciding upon where to begin their next business venture.

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About the Author:
Andrew leads the TEDxBoulder, Boulder Startup Week and Ignite Boulder efforts and has worked in startups for ten years. He blogs about startups, bootstrapping, events and triathlon at andrewhy.de and you can follow him on twitter here.

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