Take Note: 9 Colorado Companies to Watch in Spring

Built In Colorado spotlighted nine local companies, the cultures that unify employees and the perks and benefits that support team members.

Written by Lucas Dean
Published on Mar. 28, 2023
Take Note: 9 Colorado Companies to Watch in Spring
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Spring has sprung in Colorado. Whether you’re taking an excursion to natural wonders like Garden of the Gods, strolling through the Denver Botanic Gardens, enjoying time with friends at one of Denver’s rooftop bars or catching a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, this season is also a great time to keep up with the ins and outs of local tech companies and their innovative teams. 

In January, Colorado startups took in over $179 million in funding, empowering startups to continue innovating, creating and growing. This year is off to a lively — even if sometimes bumpy — start, and in the coming months, nine local companies and their teams are working to achieve ambitious goals. 

These companies are driven by creative teams and innovative missions, and bolstered by people-first cultures with a variety of perks and benefits. Read what makes these companies worthy of a moment in the spotlight. 

 

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What Angi does: Angi is a platform that connects homeowners to home-service professionals to assist with projects, repairs, landscaping and routine maintenance.

 

Smart partnerships: Last year, Angi announced a partnership with Walmart, expanding its network of home-service providers to a wider range of customers. 

 

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Now hiring: Angi is currently growing across a variety of teams, including sales, operations, content, engineering, data analytics and more. Visit their current postings on Built In Colorado to discover if any match your desired career goals. 

 

 

 

What Deck Nine Games does: Deck Nine Games is an independent game developer that has produced narrative-driven games like Life Is Strange True Colors. 

 

Notable perks and benefits

  • Unlimited PTO 
  • Up to 12 weeks of family medical leave and parental leave
  • Home-office stipend
  • Cost-free dental, vision and life insurance 

 

Flexible work arrangements: Team members have the opportunity to work from anywhere they choose, whether that’s from home or in Deck Nine Games’ Colorado-based studio. This flexibility and freedom provide greater autonomy. 

 

 

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What Procare Solutions does: Procare builds software, technology and services for childcare management and parent engagement. 

 

Notable perks and benefits

  • Paid volunteer time
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 401(k) plan with immediate vesting
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance

 

Passionate about tech: In a 2022 interview with Built In Colorado, Director of Software Engineering Jeff Esshaki explained what drives innovation at Procare: “Pushing the boundaries of technology is something we hold dear at Procare Solutions. With our investment in the Amazon Web Services ecosystem, modernizing our platforms has been an exciting endeavor for our engineering and infrastructure teams.”

 

 

 

What SonderMind does: Healthtech company SonderMind creates technology-driven solutions for therapists and behavioral health patients. 

 

Mission-driven culture: SonderMind’s team members are unified around a common goal and vision. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a company where people are as invested in the mission as they are here. It’s very inspiring; it connects us and pushes us to do our best work,” Software Engineer III Laura Whalin told Built In Colorado in a 2022 interview.

I’ve never worked for a company where people are as invested in the mission as they are here.” 

 

 

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What Artifact Uprising does: Artifact Uprising — one of Built In’s Best Places to Work in 2023 — is an e-commerce platform that connects customers to customizable photo goods for digital images. 

 

Notable perks and benefits

  • Performance bonus
  • Annual individual budget for training
  • Documented equal-pay policy 
  • Generous parental leave

 

Harmonious collaboration: “At Artifact Uprising, we are a small and tight-knit group that is truly passionate about the products we put into the world,” said People Operations Manager Alex Hield in a 2022 interview with Built In Colorado. “We empower our teams to think outside the box and put on their entrepreneurial hats to creatively solve complex problems.”

 

 

 

What Magnite does: AdTech company Magnite — formerly known as SpotX — is a sell-side advertising platform focused on monetizing multiplatform content. 

 

Notable perks and benefits

  • Unlimited PTO
  • Mentorship programs
  • Community service events 
  • Cell phone subsidy
  • Employee stock purchase plan

 

People-first culture: Built In Colorado interviewed Senior Director of Global Recruiting Cori Keuler in December about how Magnite invests in its team members: “Across our global offices, we seek feedback on our programs and benefits through annual employee engagement surveys and a full-time people programs team.” 

 

 

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What BetterCloud does: BetterCloud is a SaaS management platform that provides automated, no-code workflows. 

 

Notable perks and benefits

  • Customized development tracks
  • Home-office stipend for remote employees
  • Employee-led ERGs
  • Flexible work schedule

 

Recent leadership hires: In just the first few months of 2023, BetterCloud has already made two exciting new additions to the leadership team. The company welcomed Chief Marketing Officer Erin Avery, who has over 15 years of experience in building high-growth technology brands, and Chief Revenue Officer Meric Turkoglu, who brings nearly 20 years of experience building sales teams and driving revenue growth in fast-growing markets. 

 

 

 

What Travelers Haven does: Travelers Haven provides short-term, on-demand housing for traveling professionals and businesses.  

 

Growing reach: Blueground, an operator and platform for 30-plus day rentals, recently acquired Travelers Haven. The acquisition combines Blueground’s expansive network of fully furnished apartments with Travelers Haven’s on-demand services and support. 

 

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Unique perks: Travelers Haven offers an array of benefits, including unique ones like 14 days of complimentary stays at BlueGrounds’ furnished apartments worldwide and discounted hotel rates. Other perks include generous paid parental leave and unlimited vacation time. Read more about the company’s benefits here

 

 

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What PointsBet does: PointsBet is an online bookmaker that aims to challenge brands in the sports betting industry. 

 

Women in tech: Director of Solution Delivery and Machine Learning Aparna Sundaram spoke to Built In Colorado about how PointsBet is creating opportunities for women: “With sports betting being a relatively new industry in the United States, it gives women the opportunity to shape the future of products, the company and the industry itself.” Read more here

With sports betting being relatively new in the United States, it gives women the opportunity to shape the future.”

 

A focus on DEI: VP for DEI Eric Lee chatted with Built In Colorado in 2022 about PointsBet’s emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. “We are constantly working to strategically disrupt systems of oppression and mitigate interactions that do not support our commitment to diversity, authenticity and meaningful opportunity.”

 

Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Images via Shutterstock.

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