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KUSA - The categories for companies are "Early But Interesting," "Colorado's Own" and "Crushing it."

For "Early But Interesting," we have SeedPaths.

Two big problems we hear about all the time are unemployment in the inner cities and tech companies who have to go overseas to hire programmers. SeedPaths is working on both of those problems.

This company recruits and teaches young people web development, gaming and mobile software development skills. They teach courses in an interactive environment through projects and experience.

Their targeted students are at three levels: high school (14-18 years old), college (18-22 years old), and older via "software boot camps." The teaching model funnels their students direct to employers.

SeedPaths is very new, but if they can get some traction this can be really be interesting.

For "Colorado's Own," we have FlexJobs.

This well known company around the world is based in Boulder, and is built for employers seeking freelancers, part-time workers or anyone who wants to escape the commuting and cubicle grind of traditional jobs. Job seekers can post their part-time, remote and flexible job goals and qualifications free. The site's caveat: "Only professional, legitimate companies are welcome." The FlexJobs staff vets every single opportunity to ensure that the job seekers who pay for a subscription are getting legitimate jobs, which is a huge concern for job seekers.

On the jobseeker side, the site currently hosts over 25,000 résumés for highly qualified candidates ranging from account managers to actual résumé writers.

In fact, a lot of great writers from all around the US found BlogMutt through FlexJobs.

The company really walks the talk, too, with a distributed workforce, and it operates out of the home of the founder, but that home was impacted by the flooding in Boulder. The founder, Sara Sutton Fell, wrote about that experience here:

And in the "Crushing It" category, we have Healthgrades.

This website is a vast database of physicians, dentists and hospitals. Their motto is "How America finds a Doctor."

You can tell this company is doing well because their listings are so broad, and because of the depth of reviews by patients who have rated their treatment experiences and posted them next to the physician.

Likewise, local hospital searches result in treatment-by-ailment ratings with details.

The site looks great, the company is growing, and it operates in a huge and growing market, so we should continue to see great things from them.

This post was written by Curt Smothers, a regular freelance contributor to BlogMutt, a content writing service. Each Tech Tuesday, Scott Yates, co-founder of BlogMutt, highlights companies to be profiled as well as upcoming business events. If you know of any hot tech startups and would like to see a company featured in future Tech Tuesday installments, contact Scott via his blog, or better yet show up at a startup event and pitch.

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