Winter Tech Watch 2023: 7 Colorado Companies to Know

Temperatures may be dropping, but these Colorado tech companies are warming up for an exciting new year. Here are the ones to watch.

Written by Dana Cassell
Published on Nov. 30, 2023
Winter Tech Watch 2023: 7 Colorado Companies to Know
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Giddy anticipation for the holidays, renewed optimism for the new year and the invigorating bite of cold weather — there’s a certain magic in the Colorado winter air.  

As Denver’s Botanic Gardens are adorned with twinkling lights and Huckleberry Roasters fills with gathering friends, Colorado’s tech scene creates its own winter wonderland. Built In Colorado has curated a list of seven noteworthy companies gearing up for a flurry of growth.  

These Colorado companies bring good to the world in their own ways, but all seven have put time and effort into their people-first benefits — and each one has its eyes on a stellar 2024. Grab a toasty mug of peppermint tea and learn more about what Colorado’s tech winter wonderland has to offer.   

 

We are in Downtown Denver, one block from 16th St. We're on the 18th floor and love our 360 mountain views, lobby Starbucks, and proximity to RTD.

What Procare Solutions does: Procare Solutions provides software and services to handle administrative tasks for early childhood care providers, so teachers can focus on their students. Serving over 37,000 childcare centers, its mobile app — for both providers and parents — topped two million downloads in 2022.

 

THE PERKS

  • Generous parental leave
  • 16 hours per year of paid volunteer time
  • RTD ECO-Pass for all Denver employees
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $2,000 per year 

 

Finding purpose: “When I mention I work at Procare Solutions at any event, everyone pulls up their phone, opens our childcare mobile app and shows me pictures of their kids,” Executive Vice President of Payments David Schielein told Built In Colorado in June. Procare Solutions’ long tenure in the childcare industry has made them a household name, an important part of their mission to help early childhood educators simplify operations and create meaningful connections with families.  

 

 

What Crusoe Energy does: Crusoe is on a mission to help the oil industry eliminate routine flaring of natural gas and reduce the cost of cloud computing.

 

The Perks

  • Mentorship program
  • Generous parental leave
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • 401(k) with 4% company match
  • Cell phone and tuition reimbursement

 

In the news: Crusoe Energy is making headlines by developing a specialized cloud platform for generative AI powered by HPE supercomputers that's focused on climate impact. “Our mission is to align the future of computing with the future of the climate and as a leader in supercomputing and sustainable IT, HPE is an ideal collaborator to support Crusoe on this journey,” said CEO and Co-Founder Chase Lochmiller in a statement. 

 

 

In the old industrial neighborhood of RiNo, this office is the classic tech start up open floor plan.

What AutoStore does: Founded in 1996, AutoStore is a warehouse robot technology company that invented and continues to pioneer cube storage automation, the densest order-fulfillment solution in existence. 

 

TECH STACK

  • ASP.NET
  • Cypress
  • Sass
  • React
  • JavaScript
  • C#

 

In the news: In November, AutoStore was named Supply Chain Automation Partner of the Year at the 2023 Supply Chain Asia Awards. The company has had a presence in Singapore since 2012 and today boasts 115 installations across Asia Pacific. The award recognizes AutoStore’s success through industry leadership and operational excellence.

 

 

Located in the economic powerhouse Central Business District. Easy access to all area RTD Light Rails, entertainment, and fine dining to food trucks.

What Funding Circle does: Funding Circle is the leading global provider of small business loans. It provides small businesses access to fast and transparent financing. Launching their own lending-as-a-service digital solution for financial institutions has allowed them to give banks, credit unions and community development organizations ways to provide affordable financing to businesses.

 

THE PERKS: 

  • Hybrid work environment, with two days in the office each week
  • Mental health benefits 
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • $300 annual personal development benefits 
  • Transgender health care benefits

     

    Global growth: The fintech industry’s growth happens in part through partnerships with financial institutions, Funding Circle’s U.S. Managing Director and President Steve Allocca told Built In Colorado in February. “Fintechs and banks can work together to improve access to capital for small businesses and provide more convenient, efficient and transparent financial services,” he said. Funding Circle is doing exactly this, as evidenced by being bestowed the U.S. Fintech Awards “Fintech of the Year” award for being a standout in the industry and “transforming the lending landscape for small businesses.”

     

     

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    What Sunday does: Sunday is a venture-funded, Boulder-based startup that’s reinventing the lawn and garden space through a consumer-centric lens of technology and e-commerce.  Instead of brute force, Sunday uses cutting-edge plant science to offer guidance and custom nutrients that help consumers cultivate rich, living soil for a healthy lawn that's more self-sustaining.

     

    CORE VALUES: 

    • Curiosity: valuing challenges, considering alternative approaches, being willing to try new things and evaluating different points of view
    • Humility: valuing transparency, respecting everyone and practicing inclusive and open leadership
    • Courage: providing quality solutions — even when it is harder to do so, and committing to "finding a way" for customers and team

       

      Who Sunday is hiring: Sunday is hiring full-time, remote platform engineers to support its engineering teams and improve software reliability in a container-based software environment. 

       

       

      While we can't share our exact office location, know that we have easy access to public transit options and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby.

      What SonderMind does: SonderMind provides technology-driven solutions for therapists and individuals seeking therapy. It offers a behavioral health marketplace that matches users with therapists based on their insurance, unique needs and location, among other factors.

       

      TECH STACK

      • Angular
      • Python
      • TypeScript
      • Balsamiq
      • jQuery
      • Notion
      • Trello

       

      Finding purpose: “SonderMind is in a unique position in that every day you have the opportunity to improve access to therapy services and give people the chance to better their mental health and overall well-being,” Sales Manager Brien Griffin told Built In last year. The company’s mission to provide mental healthcare that works better for everyone inspires deep passion.

       

       

      Located in the heart of RiNo, our office is a vibrant hub surrounded by an explosion of colorful street murals that define the district's artistic spirit. Steps away, you'll find eclectic breweries crafting unique flavors, and some of Denver's best restaurants offering diverse culinary delights.

      What Trustpilot does: Trustpilot is the only review platform open to all businesses and consumers — yet independent of both — and trusted around the world for its focus on transparency and content integrity. In October, the company teamed up with Amazon, Booking.com, Expedia Group, Glassdoor and Tripadvisor to launch the Coalition for Trusted Reviews, a global, cross-industry collaboration committed to protecting access to trustworthy consumer reviews worldwide.

       

        THE PERKS: 

        • Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
        • Generous parental leave
        • Internal promotion track
        • Paid volunteer time
        • Partners with The Women's Bean Project, a local non-profit organization with the mission to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise

         

        Global growth: Trustpilot is a global company, and its internal processes have grown to reflect its diversity. “As a global company, Trustpilot has created a hybrid model of how we work to embrace flexibility in today’s changing world,” Global Head of Talent Acquisition Marcelle Foxcroft told Built In last year. “Whether it’s the virtual recruitment process up front, the onboarding experience or the development experience, every tool, system or process we use is set up to be really successful in a fully hybrid model,” she said.

         

         

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