From cow town to tech town: Denver’s startup scene is flourishing

Move over silver miners, cowpokes and roughnecks, Denver is a tech town these days.

The numbers tell the tale. At least 22 tech firms either moved their headquarters or opened field offices along Colorado’s Front Range between July 2017 and June 2018. They were drawn by a supply of tech talent that grew by more than 23 percent — some 19,200 workers — between 2013 and 2018 and office space that remains a bargain compared to Silicon Valley and other coastal markets, according to real estate services firm CBRE.

Many of the heaviest hitters — companies like Apple and Facebook — chose Colorado’s capital city as their landing spot. With Amazon poised to take on another three floors of office space downtown, Denver’s tech gold rush doesn’t appear to be slowing down in 2019.

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