New Tech wooing other startup groups
Last Updated: 16:08 October 21, 2013
The group, which has monthly meetups in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins, is geared toward software and hardware tech startups, with different businesses presenting their technologies or new products at meetings. As a new "experiment," Reich is reaching out to other startup communities - natural foods, bioscience, social impact, cleantech, music, etc. - in hopes that all of the different disciplines can learn from each other.
Reich said the idea has been building for some time. He's watched over the seven-year existence of New Tech as the audience grows to include more people from far more than just the tech startup arena.
As Reich puts it, there are plenty of companies that infuse technology with what they're doing rather than tech being the sole focus of what they do. Those companies, he said, can highlight the unique ways they're using tech in their products or business models, rather than just tech companies highlighting the technology itself, although that will of course remain a major component of New Tech.
"If you look at the Front Range, you can see the startup community is starting to have a big impact, not just in tech but across the board," Reich said. "My hope is it will help us continue to grow our overall membership and that it will help the community learn across disciplines what different groups are doing and how they're innovating. ... Ideally new companies will emerge out of this as well."
Reich noted the increasing pervasiveness of technology in people's everyday lives, from paying for a coffee with your smartphone without ever taking it out of your pocket to thermostats adjusting themselves based on weather forecasts. With that has come increased acceptance as well.
"To me, it's a reason to expand New Tech," Reich said.
HUB Boulder - a co-working-meets-event-meets-incubator space geared toward helping companies infuse social impact into their missions - already is slated to participate in the next New Tech Boulder meeting on Nov. 5. Reich said he's gotten good response already from others interested in participating just since announcing the expansion on Sunday.
The movement to include other startup communities, Reich said, ties in nicely to the freelancer search engine that New Tech launched on its website, bdnt.org, last month where developers, engineers, marketing professionals and others can list their skills and when they're available to help companies with projects. If your small business needs help with, say search engine optimization, you can search for people with the skills you're looking for to help out. Local people in the New Tech community can also offer their endorsements of posters' skills.
"To me it's kind of the first time we've been able to offer a service to the general business population other than the meetup," Reich said of the search engine. "It's kind of a new way to empower the overall community to leverage the skills of the community."
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