January 14, 2013
If the proof is in the pudding, in the coworking world, startups are the proof. And by that standard, Galvanize is Denver’s richest pudding.
In non-dessert lingo, Galvanize plays home to an impressive list of both Colorado-based startups as well as national branches including ROXIMITY, GoSpotCheck, Forkly, SupportLocal, Uber and Ninety Plus, amongst others.
Or maybe you evaluate pudding based on its mentorship (just go with it). Tech Stars’ co-founders Brad Feld and David Cohen, SendGrid CEO Jim Franklin, FullContact CEO Bart Lorang, and McAfee CTO Scott Chasin lead an impressive list of community members.
Perhaps it’s the amenities that interest you. Galvanize just recently opened Gather – a public cafe, bar, and eatery. So too is there a lifetime supply of Red Bull or dedicated house blend of coffee (courtesy of Ninety Plus) for which you can work off in the Galvanize gym. The building, formerly the Rocky Mountain Bank Note facility, certainly doesn’t lack in character or history either having been one of the first facilities to print stock certificates back in 1929 – and was more recently Denver’s first public charter school.
What about leadership? Any incubator/coworking/code school’s culture starts at the top – and at the top sits Jim Deters, a veteran entrepreneur and co-founder at Ascendant Technologies (sold to Avnet last year for an undisclosed amount), restaurant owner, board advisor at DePaul University and Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado. Deters hopes to further establish Denver as a vibrant startup community as opposed to tech-suburb of Boulder, and is putting more money where his mouth – as Galvanize’s sister coworking-supreme facility is already in the works (aptly named Galvanize 2).
Tech Cocktail caught up with Deters to take a tour of the facility, learn more about gSchool, and discover the life force behind Galvanize’s residents (hint: it’s Red Bull). Watch the full tour of Galvanize below.
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