Colorado is known for many incredible and unique things. The word "Colorado" is a Spanish adjective for "colored red" and was given to the Rio Colorado by early settlers because of the reddish water. The water was red because of the vast expanses of red sandstone that make up the Rockies. We boast the highest mean altitude of any of the states, with over 75% of the land area of the United States over 10,000 feet.
Golden, Colorado is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The amount of data they need to process to deliver cutting edge solutions for efficient energy technology means lots of software, servers, and processing power. They regularly have open positions for IT professionals and specialists. The presence of the lab definitely sets the stage for other innovative tech companies looking to change how we power the world, here are some we think are making big waves:
Boulder proudly holds the title of "Fittest City In America" with an impressively low obesity rate of roughly 12% (the national average is north of 30% these days). Home to over 10,000 miles of trail, 16000+ acres of parks in Denver/Aurora alone, and the most peaks over14,000 feet, of course, Colorado has fitness and the outdoors engrained in its DNA. These companies are leading the charge of fit/outdoor tech:
Since gold was first discovered in Colorado in 1859 in gravel deposits from Cherry Creek, over 45 million ounces have been mined from the state. That discovery lead to the creation of the Colorado School of Mines in 1874 in Golden, CO and subsequently established the Colorado Front Range as a leader in mining education, research, and cutting edge technology in the space. Much of the work is in data collection and analysis to better understand efficiency opportunities.
ColoradoCleanTech is an independent organization leading the charge in making Colorado central in "clean mining." Their annual Mining CleanTech Challenge is a spearhead for technological innovation in the space. The state has an abundance of other resources including natural gas and petroleum. WellDataLabs, based in Denver, is leading the charge in well reporting and analysis software, they also have great reviews on Glassdoor.
As technology continues to weave its way into every fabric of our lives, more companies working in mountain sports and outdoor recreation have IT at the core of their value proposition. Colorado's outdoor recreation economy generates $28 billion in consumer spending and over 229,000 jobs in the state. In 2015, Colorado was the second state to open an Outdoor Recreation (OREC) Industry office. It's obvious that Colorado is committed to being a leader in this space. Here are some great companies to take a look at:
If you have been to a ski area recently you will notice the sophistication level of NFC based turnstiles that work with the new card style lift tickets. Big data is becoming more prevalent in how the conglomerate ski pass companies like Vail Resorts (Epic Pass) and Ikon Pass understand their customers. Vail Resorts is headquartered right between Denver and Boulder in Broomfield, CO and is always looking for new software engineers. Our team would be happy to make an intro!
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Colorado is full of unique career opportunities in technology because of its culture and the Rocky Mountains right in our backyard. It's an amazing place to live, especially in these Denver neighborhoods that are perfect for people working in tech.
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