For newcomers or those that have been living an insular corporate existence, these are excellent examples of the many Front Range venues available to learn new stuff, meet interesting people, and feel more invigorated. And, if you are in the midst of a challenging situation for your small business, these may get you connected with folks that can help you close your gaps.
1) Boulder StartUp Meetup - Coordinated by Brian Tsuchiya, this meets weekly on Wednesday evenings in Vim's 'cozy' offices in Boulder/Gunbarrel. The topics cycle each week through the following themes: Funding, Entrepreneurship, Sales & Marketing, and Technology & Operations. There are usually a couple presenters each week with ample time for questions, feedback and general networking. Attendance is usually in the range of 30-50.
One aspect that I like about this meetup's structure is that everyone is asked to introduce themselves with a 15-20 second personal sales pitch. This allows you to find out more details about who else is there and how best to focus your networking energies.
For you entrepreneurs out there interested it garnering feedback on your investor pitch, this can be a great venue. Just coordinate with Brian as he is regularly looking for volunteer presenters to round out the various agendas.
2) Boulder/Denver NewTech Meetup - This very popular and often entertaining meetup has been coordinated and moderated for several years by Robert Reich. Monthly meetings are held in Boulder (first Tuesday
Join the Meetup and then RSVP for a meeting well in advance as the Boulder meetings, in particular, tend to fill up early (~300 attendees). If you find yourself on the wait list, I have found it often clears the day of the meeting.
3) Silicon Flatirons - This organization is affiliated with the University of Colorado at Boulder's Law School and "pulls together a network of faculty, leaders in the technology industry, practicing lawyers, and students to exchange ideas about the cutting edge issues at the intersection of law, technology and entrepreneurship."
Silicon Flatirons hosts regular events focused on a range of topics. For example, they recently held a very informative, half-day Angel Financing conference and have several other interesting events in the next month. Check out their Upcoming Events link.
4) Rockies Venture Club- This organization has been around since the mid-1980's. It hosts a range of excellent networking and connecting events with a focus of getting entrepreneurs in front of angel investors, venture capitalists, and other resources that