Weekly refresh: Simple Energy and Tendril merge, and more

by Sophie Kalt
July 22, 2019

Amperity snags $50 million to help big brands learn about their customers. Amperity helps companies understand who they are marketing to by using AI tools that collect customer data. The latest funding will be used to build out Amperity’s existing products. [Built In Colorado, Built In Seattle]

Denver ranks eighth in North America in CBRE's Tech Talent Report. Denver makes the cut because of its highly educated workers. It also boasts the third-fastest growing tech talent pool in the country. [Built In Colorado]

Simple Energy and Tendril merge to become Uplight. The new company now has 75 partners in electric and gas utilities that reach more than 100 million residential and business customers. Uplight will be headquartered in Boulder with over 300 employees. The company focuses on offering solutions to improve the customer energy experience. [Press Release]

TurboTenant connects landlords and tenants. The Fort Collins-based company just raised $6.5 million to improve their platform in all 50 states. TurboTenant also hopes to hire in marketing and product roles. [Built In Colorado]

Valyant AI replaces humans with AI at drive-thrus. The company aims to increase fast food restaurants’ profits with its AI platform Holly that takes customers orders. It does this by speeding customers through line and also encouraging them to consider purchasing other items, depending on the time of day, weather and what they've already ordered. [Press Release]

Woot Math launched its newest program Woot Tutor. The education technology start-up will help students conquer their homework with online videos, a homework hotline and life-skills coaching. The business is geared toward students in grades 5 to 12. [Press Release]

This Denver-based startup solves the middle seat problem on airplanes. Molon Labe Seating designed a middle seat placed a few inches behind the window and aisle seat that grants passenger more space. The seats, which will ensure less fighting over elbow room, are expected to roll out in April or May of 2020. [The Denver Channel]

Pax8, the Denver-based cloud distributor, appoints a new Chief Market Development Officer. Andrew Pryfogle is stepping into the role with more than 30 years of IT and telecommunications industry experience. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Cloud Transformation for Intelisys. [Press Release]

Fintech company SumUp raised €330 million to grow. Based in the United Kingdom, but with U.S. headquarters in Boulder, CO, SumUp plans to use the massive funding round to expand its 1,500 person team across 15 offices, add new merchants across markets and expand its product offerings. [Press release]

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