Tech News Roundup: Denver planning "smart city", Zayo acquires Allstream and more

by Jess Ryan
January 28, 2016

Layer3 TV prepares for launch

Having been in stealth since 2014, Denver’s is testing a service in Texas. While the company has traditionally kept what they’re working on under wraps, details emerged this week about a project called Umio, a combination internet and TV service. [Built In Colorado]

 

Zayo acquires yet another company

Boulder-based

acquired Canadian telecom company Allstream Inc. this week to the tune of 465 million Canadian dollars. With this acquistion, Zayo becomes the only company to establish a fiber network across the US and Canada, adding five new metro areas to its portfolio. [Zayo buys Canadian Allstream for $465M, Innovation News]

 

Enemy Tree relocates to Longmont

California's

has relocated to Longmont, after having been drawn to Colorado by its large talent pool. Enemy Tree also just unveiled their first product, a content aggregator platform called Mosaiscope. [California startup lands in Longmont, Daily Camera]

 

Fort Collins and Denver leading Colorado’s economic growth

Colorado’s economy is expected to grow even stronger this year, with two cities nationally ranked in the top 30. A new report prepared for the U.S. Conference of Mayors reveals Fort Collins’ growth will lead Colorado’s pack in 2016, also coming in at No. 13 in national growth. Denver follows Fort Collins locally, ranking at No. 27 nationally. Greeley leads anticipated jobs growth in Colorado, though its economy is actually expected to shrink slightly. [Which Colorado cities' economies will grow the most in 2016?, Denver Business Journal]

 

Denver joining the ranks of smart cities

Denver’s working to become what’s next in smart cities, thanks to a public-private partnership with Panasonic. Inspired by another Panasonic partnership in Japan, the city of Denver plans to build a smart community near Denver International Airport called Peña Station NEXT. The development will be transit-oriented and energy-efficient, with features like motion-sensing street lamps and solar panels on every building. [Smartening the city: Denver vies to become what's next, Denver Post]

Remote-Learner to arrive in Colorado

Virginia-based edtech company 

 is relocating to Denver. The company, which provides online learning resources, will soon open an office downtown. [Online learning company moving headquarters to Denver from Virginia, Denver Business Journal]

 

Madwire Media leaving Loveland

Earlier this week,

announced they’re leaving Loveland and heading north. Based in Loveland since 2009, the company will move its 250 employees from their current three buildings to one 66,000 square-foot office on the Hewlett-Packard campus in Fort Collins. [Built In Colorado]

 

NexGen Storage to merge with Pivot3

Louisville’s

has agreed to join forces with Austin’s Pivot3 in a move announced this week. The data storage companies will have combined their stock by the end of February, with the expectation of VC funding to follow. [Colorado's NexGen Storage merging with Pivot3 to remake data center technology, Denver Business Journal]

 

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