Colorado's reputation as a tech hot spot grows

KUSA - In our "Early But Interesting" category, we're taking a look at a company called Open Career. If you have ever had to compile a document that showcases your professional achievements, you can certainly appreciate what this company is offering through their website. The days of keeping a hand-written work journal, or maintaining a cluttered file that's full of your career goals and triumphs are now over. With Open Career, they make it easy to track your career accomplishments, so there's never any worry that you won't get the recognition you deserve when it's time for your evaluation at the office. Their unique platform also allows you to set your own goals and track your progress for any project you take on. Interesting idea, and certainly the online career space has lots of room for innovation.

For our "Colorado's Own" category, we have hobbyDB. Any hobbyist is going to love this company's website because it provides them with all of the information they want to know about what they love the most. Currently, hobbyDB is in its beginning stages, and so they're focusing on airplanes, both real and model. However, in the coming months they'll be expanding to real cars as well as model cars and then everything collectible. They expect to have as many as one billion items online soon. This is an interesting company that just moved it's HQ to Boulder from London after investigating Austin, San Francisco and New York. It's a small company now, but one of many that's picking Colorado for the great start-up ecosystem.

Finally, in our "Crushing It!" category, we have a company by the name of MercuryPay. This company has provided an answer to the income woes of small and medium sized businesses. They offer these businesses a variety of payment products that will allow them a bit more freedom in the types of payments they're able to accept from their customers. Additionally, smaller businesses are able to receive their payments much more quickly than they may have been in the past.

We're featuring them in our "Crushing It!" category because they were recently acquired for $1.65 billion. For a company based in Durango with offices in Denver, this is great news indeed.

This week we have a follow-up for you on Tech Tuesday. You may recall that we recently featured the company, Gnip, which is a social media mining tool that has changed the way much of the world sees social data. Gnip has had a longtime partnership with the social media giant, Twitter. However, just after our coverage of Gnip in April, Twitter acquired Gnip. We're confident that this is only going to make what they do more valuable in the months and years to come, as this provides them with even more Twitter data. And, Twitter now has an important base of employees and revenue growth right here in Colorado.

This post was written by one of the freelance contributors to BlogMutt. Each Tech Tuesday, Scott Yates, founder of the company, highlights companies to be profiled. The best way to get covered in this space is to show up to a tech event (like these) and pitch, or you can contact him on his site: Scott.

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