Denver Startup Week: Silicon Mountain will have to surmount Convergence Corridor

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Michael Hancock.
The first Denver Startup Week got off to a roaring start, with Mayor Michael Hancock telling a packed luncheon that "we're going to knock out Silicon Valley.... We're going to become Silicon Mountain." To help in that effort, he announced the launch of Denver Capital Matrix, a resource directory of funding sources for entrepreneurs. It all sounds promising, but Denver has tried to knock out Silicon Valley before...and fallen flat.

In the late '90s, cities across the country looked to the booming area around San Jose and San Francisco and decided they wanted some of that Silicon Valley cash. In June 2000, the Metro Denver Network officially unveiled a pricey new slogan designed to lure high-tech industries to the Front Range. But somehow, "Convergence Corridor: Technology With Altitude" just didn't do the job.

Over the next six months, the stock market lost 2,000 points, tech money disappeared faster than your average Denver worker at 4 p.m. on a Friday, and the entire Convergence Corridor began to look like one big booster boondoggle. Or the Pink Slip Prairie.

A dozen years later, things are definitely looking up, as the city celebrates an impressive number of startups that have taken off in the metro...which has not been referred to as the "Convergence Corridor" at any of the events of Denver Startup Week. Those events continue through tomorrow, with a big gathering tonight at Galvanize. Here are the details:

Denver Startup Week Finale
Starters, Builders and Hustlers Bash

6-9 p.m.
Galvanize, 1062 Delaware Street

Everything you need to close out an exceptional week in style: signature cocktails courtesy of Tanqueray, Bulleit, Ketel One, Don Julio, and Ogave soda, a local luminary and DJ spinning, and a street filled with some of the best food trucks in town*.

Bringing together Denver's most talented and passionate entrepreneurs, this night will be the culmination of the innovation and pure hustle that defines Denver Startup Week.

Admission free, but come hungry and don't forget your cash & cards.*
Hosted by Galvanize and Denver Startup Week Sponsors

Find the complete Denver Startup Week schedule here.

Top officials have taken their campaign to woo companies to Colorado on the road. Learn more in our "Top five pitches for John Hickenlooper and Michael Hancock to use on California businesses."

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RobertChase topcommenter

Is the "Corridor of Opportunity" a re-branding of the Convergence Corridor?  Did the latter lead out along Denver's pilfered strip of land to the airport as well?  As for "Silicon Mountain":


"One and one does not equal two; no sir!  No sir!  Silicon Gulch, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Hills, Silicon Valley -- you'd better wake-up!  It's late.  It's late.  It's late."  *


We need a Mayor more like Mr. Tucker than the preacher.



*  John Ingle as Conspiracist Preacher in "Puzzlin' Evidence" from David Byrne's "True Stories" -- the only extant version of the clip from the move I could find on youtube: .  For contrast:  Pops Staples as Mr. Tucker in "Papa Legba" --

RobertChase topcommenter

P.S.  To be perfectly clear, the Preacher represents someone who does not rationally connect effects with their causes, while Mr. Tucker is someone in touch with natural forces, able to intercede with them to our benefit.


 @RobertChase I'm sure this is opposed to your dream of a marijuana fueled economic boon. Reality check Mr. Chase: Your opinion is constantly in the minority - get out of the way of real progress or shut up. 

RobertChase topcommenter

 @OrangeFree If you think that Hancock represents progress, you have rocks in your head!  You try to drag cannabis into the conversation, but it has nothing to do with the subject at hand, which is the Mayor's dim boosterism and the pumping of a large-scale project which has been tried before and failed.  I have no objection to high-tech firms moving to Denver, once we have swept away the fascists who now hold the City in a deathgrip.  Perhaps you should take issue with Patricia -- you seem certain that there is substance behind the "Denver Capital Matrix" and the Mayor's maunderings about "Silicon Mountain", but as described here, the event and its outcome sound no more promising than the rest of his schmoozing with the rich.

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