Boulder named No. 1 city in country for technology startups

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Rally Software in Boulder is big.

The company is housed in a building not too far from downtown and has 400 employees in locations around the world.

Rally Software wasn’t always this large.  In fact, it started in Boulder with just one person.

“It was just me in an incubator at that point in time,” explained one of the co-founders Ryan Martens.

He worked out of a small office above a liquor store at first.  Rally Software has moved 8 times since then growing into the massive company it is today.  Rally is a perfect example of start-up success in Boulder.

“We just went through the IPO process in the spring and raised 90 million dollars,” said Martens.

He’s not surprised that Boulder was just named the No. 1 city in the country for technology startups.  Fort Collins/Loveland came in 2nd.  Denver was 5th and Colorado Springs was 9th.  An impressive representation on the list for Colorado.

“It’s a great place to start things,” said Jim Franklin, CEO of SendGrid.

Franklin has been starting businesses in Colorado for decades.  He’s currently running SendGrid which has also grown international in just a few short years.  He says there is a vibe in Boulder and other Colorado cities that makes it such a great place to start something new.

“It’s really cultural.  We embrace change in Boulder, we’re comfortable with that.  We embrace failure,” explained Franklin, “every time I’ve asked someone for help in Colorado, they’ve always said yes.”

He said he’s now the “guy with the grey hair helping others” and he’s OK with that.  He wants to help Colorado continue to grow as a technology hot spot.

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