Just a little over six years after its inception as the New Tech Boulder Meetup — a monthly gathering for technophiles, startups and entrepreneurs — the group has expanded across Colorado’s Front Range, eclipsed the 9,000 member market and last week unveiled an effort to better serve Colorado’s startup community.
“We’re starting to expand really across the state in a very similar model,” said Robert Reich, New Tech Boulder’s founder. ” … Because of that, we decided it was time to revamp the way people interact with the new website.”
Reich and a few other volunteers revamped the BDNT (Boulder Denver New Tech) website to include an interactive map detailing the depth of the state’s entrepreneurial scene — including the locations of tech firms, their proximity to coffee shops, and the amount of capital they’ve landed.
Work continues from Reich and others to add more companies to the map and also to incorporate a portal for job seekers.
“I want this site to become a resource for the entire state,” he said.
Since the site’s launch on Jan. 10, 388 companies from around the state have submitted information about their businesses for the interactive map, which allows visitors to delve into “hot spots” to see a breakdown of the companies, accelerators, investors and facilities that serve that community.
The site also was designed to serve as a hub itself, offering message boards, blogs and information about industry trends and hiring possibilities.
Reich said BDNT’s evolution was based on the “Boulder thesis,” adding several municipalities and organizations have looked to the startup climate here for inspiration.
“We have this interesting little town that’s making a difference across the world,” he said.