Tech Tuesday: What companies are crushing it in Colorado?

KUSA - Cheryl Preheim sat down with Blogmutt CEO Scott Yates to discuss some tech companies that are doing well in Colorado, in three categories: "Crushing It," "Colorado's Own," and "Early But Interesting."

Home improvements greatly improve the value of a home. The current homeowner will enjoy their home more, and the value of the property will go up on the open market as well. As this week's "Crushing It"HomeAdvisor.com company, exists to assist those looking for a home improvement professional and/or information.

Some may not instantly recognize the HomeAdvisor name as this company underwent a transformation a year and a half ago. The company previously flew under the banner of ServiceMagic. Some people feared that the new brand would not survive. Not only has the company survived, it has thrived. This brand has established itself as a leading provider of fair and honest home improvement referrals. Home owners around the world are looking to this website for the information to help them find qualified home improvement contractors. And a sure sign that this company is doing well is that it's hiring like crazy at its Golden headquarters. This is a real feather in the cap for Colorado, as HomeAdvisor is one of the best performing companies owned by the internet giant IAC.

If you've ever dreamed of flying on a private jet, then "Colorado's Own" FreshJets.com may be interesting for you. This company is in the business of offering customers discounted flights on private jets. FreshJets.com seeks to destroy the idea that private jet flights are only for the extremely wealthy.

The company uses the fact that about one-third of all seats on private jets are left empty. These empty seats are now available to you on their website. The company is doing very well and tells me that they now have 800 jets in their virtual fleet. Keep an eye on this high flier.

Finally, our "Early But Interesting" story comes from a company that makes a product for our furry dog friends. The brand is known as WÜF, and they are planning on producing one of the most attractive and useful dog collars ever.

It makes sense that such a product would come out of a Denver/Boulder company considering our obsession with dogs. What they have done is essentially create a smart technology for the human owners. The dog wears the collar, and the collar transmits vital information back to the owner. Some of that information includes the amount of exercise the dog has had, if the dog has been barking a lot, and activity ideas for the dog. These criteria can be used to determine the best way to care for the pet.

Then even better you can talk to a dog through the collar, locate a dog running away, and even use the collar like a virtual fence wherever you are. This could be an amazing leap forward for dog technology, and so far their effort on Kickstarter seems to be doing very well with 19 days to go.

If you are interested in the world of startups, there's no better time to learn more than a holiday party hosted by a bunch of different startup groups on Dec. 17. This joint event is set up so that you can talk to CEOs, developers, marketers and more. Just before the party there's an opportunity to get one-on-one mentoring from a number of local tech leaders. Learn more here, or sign up for a session with Scott here, or check out all the other mentors here.

This post was written by one of the freelance contributors for Scott's company, BlogMutt. Each Tech Tuesday, Scott Yates highlights tech companies doing well here in Colorado. The best way to have your business covered in this space attend a tech event and pitch your business. You can also contact him on his site: Scott.

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