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George Hardwick

George Hardwick blogging for Boulder Channel 1 Boulder Startup Week

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George Hardwick

BC1 STARTUP HOME 

#BSW15 George Hardwick is blogging for Boulder Channel 1 during Boulder Starup Week. Look for George on Twitter @BoulderCh1News #BSW15 . Also on Facebook Boulder Channel 1. Follow George all day right here for his reports. He is a creative writing student finishing his degree at University of Colorado at Boulder. He loves being outdoors, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and just about anything else that involves a lot of adrenaline. And he is a home brewer. Call George for an interview: 518-649-6446 boulder startup weekC1N.TV’s StartUp TV series serves the International Startup community. We focus on Start-Up entrepreneurs and new technology coming in the local business community as well we visit events and meet-ups where we not only write and promote but we also take part of. On top of that we also produce videos to spotlight your business in our Start-Up TV Special which plays on cable broadcast and online here.

To be a part of Boulder Channel 1s Start-Up TV Special you can find our more by Downloading or PDF Here or Call us at 303-447-8531

Start-Up TV Special

Start-Up TV Series

Start-Up TV Special

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C1N.TV’s StartUp TV series serves the International Startup community. We focus on Start-Up entrepreneurs and new technology coming in the local business community as well we visit events and meet-ups where we not only write and promote but we also take part of. On top of that we also produce videos to spotlight your business in our Start-Up TV Special which plays on cable broadcast and online here. To be a part of our Start-Up TV Special you can find our more by Downloading or PDF Here or Call us at 303-447-8531

StartUp News

 Boulder Chamber interview with John Tayer

Boulder Chamber interview with John Tayer

John Tayer and Jann Scott talk business. He explains the Business Services, Advocacy and the Economic Vitality they provide in the city of Boulder. John talks about the members who join the Chamber and ways the Boulder Chamber can connect them others to help build their business, as well he explains some of the local policies the Chamber takes a role in developing in the community and some of the networking events the Chamber hosts where business voices can be shared with others.[READ|SHARE]
Quick Books Connect - Boulder Theater Thursday May 21

Quick Books Connect - Boulder Theater Thursday May 21

Come be inspired, learn and network at QuickBooks Connect Local Boulder. You may be on your own, but you don't have to feel like it. That's why QuickBooks is bringing together small business owners for a one-time event right here in Boulder. You'll walk away with new contacts, insider tips and inspiring ideas to take your business to the next level. Tickets are just $25, but space is limited and seats will go fast.[READ|SHARE]
Jobs and Internships at Boulder Channel 1

Jobs and Internships at Boulder Channel 1

Our team is the backbone for Public television here in Boulder. We produce a nightly show called 22Boom for Educational access Channel 22 in Boulder county. On Boulder Channel 1 which is web based Television we cover local events, bands, tech, everything Boulder. We have been around since 1975 and have produced Television, newspaper and radio .[READ|SHARE]
The Future of the News Business: Startup Week Boulder

The Future of the News Business: Startup Week Boulder

Wednesday At 3:00 in Trident Coffee Shop (the oldest coffee shop in Boulder) Ben Markus, Steve Outing, Matt Sebastian, and Andrew Baron presented The Future of the News Business for Startup Week Boulder.[READ|SHARE]
2015 Boulder Startup TV Special ad package

2015 Boulder Startup TV Special ad package

Boulder Channel 1 is producing a startup TV special. The ad price sheet is in this post.[READ|SHARE]
Ebony Walker enjoying Boulder Starup Week

Ebony Walker enjoying Boulder Starup Week

I ran into Ebony Walker at Boulder Startup Weeks Educational Startup social event. Ebony was very easy to talk with, and represents some of the new entrepreneurs to the scene of education that are making a real difference.[READ|SHARE]
Fabien Dodard and Sara Smith from Victor & Spoils: Boulder Startup Week 2015

Fabien Dodard and Sara Smith from Victor & Spoils: Boulder Startup Week 2015

Boulder ad agencies gone wild .This talk was based around the idea of creative marketing, and how the best way to stand out in the incredibly competitive world of creative story telling in the chaotic internet, is by sticking to the basics. The talk was centralized around 5 main characteristics of how to tell a great story:[READ|SHARE]
Made Startup Boulder

Made Startup Boulder

I went to Made today and had a look at a new Boulder ad agency. Love the place . Made is it's name . Catapults , wild animals and the sell is their game. Oh wait ! That is what we do all day long here and Boulder Channel 1[READ|SHARE]
Pro Mountain Biker Sonya Looney Boulder Startup Week

Pro Mountain Biker Sonya Looney Boulder Startup Week

George Hardwick writes about Looney the pro Mt Biker in this blog #bsw15. When asked how she was able to pay for everything, financially, she responded with marketing. Though it was scary, Looney stepped out of her comfort zones by approaching magazines for money to run a story, and the race starters to cover her travel because she was publicizing them in a magazine.[READ|SHARE]
Survey Gizmo at Boulder Startup week

Survey Gizmo at Boulder Startup week

Gizmo Survey rolls into Boulder for startup week . Their most embarrassing moment: The night before a webinar of over 400 potential customers, Bill and Scott were awake until 4 a.m. getting the slides ready.[READ|SHARE]
George Hardwick blogging for Boulder Channel 1 Boulder Startup Week

George Hardwick blogging for Boulder Channel 1 Boulder Startup Week

#BSW15 George Hardwick is blogging for Boulder Channel 1 during Boulder Starup Week. Look for George on Twitter @BoulderCh1News #BSW15 . Also on Facebook Boulder Channel 1. Follow Geotge all day right here for his reports.[READ|SHARE]
Start-Up TV Special

Start-Up TV Special

C1N.TV's Start-Up TV series serves the International Start-Up community.[READ|SHARE]
Becky Boone F-Bombs her way across Boulder: EDITORIAL

Becky Boone F-Bombs her way across Boulder: EDITORIAL

Code for Boulder and America lacks transparency. The city got conned by pro-growthers says Jann Scott in this Boulder channel 1 editorial. Becky Boone F Bombs her way across Texas... we mean Boulder. Who is the real money behind Boone. Is there corruption. ???[READ|SHARE]
Startup Boulder week 2014: reflection

Startup Boulder week 2014: reflection

We know that is is organized by a hippie homeless guy who calls himself a vagabond. We know a group of so called investors from Boulders App world get together drink beer, have chair races and party day and night call themselves the community. But are they trustworthy ?? Are they really from Boulder or are they former college students cycling through our city playing at business?? They all seem to be new here without jobs living off of mom and dad. And that is part of the Boulder Story too[READ|SHARE]
CU develops solar toilet for third world use

CU develops solar toilet for third world use

The self-contained, waterless toilet, designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has the capability of heating human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilize human waste and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal[READ|SHARE]
CU scientists: New battery extends range and safety of electric-powered vehicles

CU scientists: New battery extends range and safety of electric-powered vehicles

“This new, low-cost chemistry has a capacity that’s nearly 10 times greater than state-of-the-art cathodes.”[READ|SHARE]
Boulder New Tech Meetup hosts 2 days of Techstars

Boulder New Tech Meetup hosts 2 days of Techstars

August in Boulder means TechStars and we have 2 nights of presentations. August 5 and 6. Monday the 5th is oversold, but Tuesday the 6th has a few open seats.[READ|SHARE]
Quickbooks Connect Boulder, May 21st 2015

Quickbooks Connect Boulder, May 21st 2015

Quickbooks Connect Local comes to Boulder and Boulder Channel 1 visits this exciting event to talk with some of the big stars of the show including Bill Rancic an American Entrepreneur who won the first season of the Apprentice, Al Ko the Vice President of Product Management at Intuit and Heather McLellan the Vice President at Intuit. The show was to help connect local entrepreneurs and start-ups in Boulder, as well as introduce some new features and apps that help make quickbooks even better. We also feature the special presentation of Cash Mobs where Bill Rancic visits local businesses[READ|SHARE]
Boulder Startup Week 2013: what we did.

Boulder Startup Week 2013: what we did.

First of all we are not exactly a start up. We are more an old school OG Boulder entrepreneurial company. That is to say Brad Feld and David Cohen didn't invent the entrepreneurial movement here in Boulder. They joined it in the 90s and capitalized on it. Yes they are modern day Gurus, but Boulder has 100's of gurus. Boulder's entreperurship started in the late 1800s during the Colorado Gold rush and it never stopped.[READ|SHARE]
Boulder  Start Up week starts up on Wednesday

Boulder Start Up week starts up on Wednesday

Boulder start Up week is developing from an elitist all white college aged "new entrepreneurial vision of neo -com American business run by wine and coffee snobs" to something that the city of Boulder has endorsed and made an official event. In it's early days BSUW was an invite, register only press censored event. Much of it was low on substance and high on partying. Don't get us wrong Boulder start Up week is still a week long drinking convention for 20 and early 30 somethings, but it now has to conform to city strict Human rights[READ|SHARE]

StartUp News

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City manager approves business incentive for Gnip

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Ed note: See the city’s response at the end of the article
City Manager Jane S. Brautigam has approved a flexible rebate application for Boulder-based Gnip for up to $45,000 in rebates.  The rebates were authorized for sales and use taxes, and permit-related fees.

“Gnip is a fast-growing company in Boulder’s thriving downtown and high-tech communities,” Brautigam said.  “The city is very pleased that it can support Gnip’s expansion so it can grow as an industry leader, delivering three billion social media activities per day.”

The flexible rebate program is one of the city’s business incentives, covering a wide range of fees, equipment and construction use taxes.  Under this program, the city manager may consider a specific incentive package for tax and fee rebates to meet a company’s specific needs.  The company is then eligible for the rebate after it has made its investment and paid the taxes or fees to the city.

Gnip is the largest provider of social data in the world, partnering with Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and WordPress, among others, to aggregate social media data and information for their clients.  Founded in 2008, the company has emerged as a leader in the social media industry.  With 50 employees, Gnip recently expanded into a new space at 1050 Walnut, Suite 115, to maintain its presence in downtown Boulder. In addition, Gnip was named “best place to work” by both the Boulder Chamber and the Denver Business Journal.

“We’re excited to be a based in Boulder and we think our growth is facilitated by the many advantages offered by the City of Boulder”, said Gnip CEO Jud Valeski. “We think Boulder offers the world’s best place to work and live.”

The flexible rebate program uses social, community, and environmental sustainability guidelines. Companies choose the guidelines that best fit their circumstances, but must meet minimum requirements in order to receive the rebate.  Gnip has exceeded the requirements and, of note, the company has initiated the Gnip Gives Back program.  This program coordinates charitable giving and organizes group service opportunities for the company to participate in. Gnip also offers Eco Passes, Boulder B-Cycle memberships, and annual City of Boulder Recreation passes to their employees and is located in a LEED Gold certified building.

Gnip’s application is approved as part of the 2012 flexible rebate program; one application is still pending. The city’s approved 2012 budget includes $350,000 in funding for 2012 flexible tax and fee rebates for primary employers.

For more information about the city’s economic vitality program, go to www.bouldercolorado.gov, click on “Business,” or call Liz Hanson at 303-441-3287.

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City of Boulder going all-out virtual (TMI?)

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24/7 community collaboration arrives in Boulder

Today, the City of Boulder is proud to announce the launch of Inspire Boulder – an idea-collaboration engine that allows for real-time engagement 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Inspire Boulder is an online, civic engagement platform that combines the ease of social sites (like Facebook) with the purpose and substance of city projects, issues and programs.  A sort-of digital town hall, residents can submit ideas, help prioritize options and even do real-time budgeting.  Community collaboration happens in real time so results, ideas and priorities can occur organically, as if it were a public meeting.

 

“Boulder has a thriving tech and start-up community and our residents are some of the most connected folks on the Front Range,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Having a virtual town hall, to inspire and inform all the important work we do, just makes sense in Boulder.”

Typical workshops, meeting and open houses will still be held citywide.  Inspire Boulder is meant to augment these more traditional venues for receiving community input.

The platform also combines idea submission with game theory.  Registered users get ‘points’ for submitting ideas  and can accrue points for getting ‘up votes’ on their submitted ideas.  It’s pretty simple: the better ideas are, the more points they earn.  Naturally, the best ideas move to the top.

“Boulder is also known for its well-educated residents,” Brautigam said. “We want to enrich our conversations by tapping into the many creative minds that exist in our community.”

Inspire Boulder will host topics, issues, projects and programs from around the city organization.  At launch, the site includes:

Stay tuned!  Additional topics from Parks and Recreation, the Boulder Public Library and more will be featured in the coming months.

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Amanda Congdon on RocketBoom :the best of

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Amanda produced a very funny telling Video Blog that to this day is the best Ever.

Amanda Congdon Bio  from her website.
Amanda Congdon is a California based on-camera personality, new media pioneer and healthy food entrepreneur.
Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University, and after a brief stint at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, Amanda entered the nascent world of video blogging. Her career was launched writing and hosting the independent daily internet culture show, Rocketboom. This first online “show” received intense media coverage in national and international, new and traditional media.
Next, she zigzagged across the country producing Amanda Across America, an environmentally-focused video project sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Ford Escape Hybrid. Subsequently, AC on ABC, made Amanda the first video blogger for a major network, ABC News. It covered a lot of ground, from politics to tech, internet memes to eco concerns. In 2009, she went on to executive produce and host her own mobile TV series: Sometimesdaily. Sometimesdaily focused on some of the same topics, tech and the green issues, but added The New Economy and profiles of innovative entrepreneurs to the mix, all with a side of sketch comedy. Sometimesdaily aired four times weekly on Flo TV Mobile Television, and was an official selection of the Independent Television Festival of 2010.
By October 2010, all this stopped when a health crisis took Amanda to the Cleveland Clinic. When conventional medicine could not solve the problem, and after much reading and discussion, she and her husband Mario Librandi, dramatically changed their diet. The illness vanished in weeks, and a new opportunity emerged: a wellness oriented healthy food venture based on Mario’s unique Italian-influenced vegan creations. Chef Vegan Mario was born.
The new business leased a shared commercial space in downtown Santa Barbara to function as a test kitchen. The word spread, and soon articles appeared in local papers. When well-known Los Angeles based vegan blogger Quarrygirl called Vegan Mario’s™ SCHMICKEN™ her “new favorite product” saying it is “better than the mass produced corporate vegan meats on the market” they knew they had something.
By September 2011, Amanda and Mario decided to go “all in”, and with investors, purchased a location for Vegan Mario’s™ in California’s Ojai Valley. Renovations are expected to be completed by Spring 2012 and Amanda, armed with a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, is looking forward to using her extensive experience in video production to promote Vegan Mario’s™. In addition to making commercials, she is in pre-production for a web series based on their start-up.
Throughout her career, Amanda has interviewed thousands of people from celebrities such as Will Smith, Diddy, Gene Simmons and Ludacris, to senior political and media figures such as Dan Rather, Mike Huckabee and Tom Vilsack. But perhaps her favorite people to chat with on-camera are those she meets during her trademark man-on-the-street segments. She plans to incorporate these candid interviews with real people in her newest project.
Amanda’s career has been documented in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, The CBS Evening News, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, WIRED, People Magazine, Interview Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and on countless blogs. She has appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation playing herself, and has written for WIRED, PopularScience.com and SXSW Magazine.

SOPA ^ H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act; editorial by Jann Scott

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Editorial by Jann Scott

Below is the actual bill before congress. You can read it for yourself. In Boulder there is a severe reaction to this bill by  techies led by tech entrepreneur Brad Feld. In a tweet to me he said that he does “not support Piracy or Hacking or theft:” so why is he against this bill?? 


Privately most techies are hackers, steal songs and movies and feel the internet should remain a lawless wild west.  They think everything on the Internet should be in the public domain. They are anti-business anti capitalist though many of them work in so called Start-up business’s. They are anti-protected rights though all techies demand it for themselves.  We have come to a cross roads where the US Congress has now taken up the cause of protecting artists and film makers  from world wide internet Piracy and Organized crime.

At Boulder Channel 1 we see both sides of the issue.  We are concerned about censorship and the far reaching arm of a bad law.  We have been victims of  it many times. So we don’t like the idea of government reaching into our television channel or newsroom.  On the other hand we don’t steal movies or music.  We don’t allow criminal enterprises to advertise with us.  So we are pretty clean. 

Other issues at hand are hacking, corporate espionage, identity theft, credit card theft and theft of anything online. This now becomes a moral crisis for all  in the Boulder  tech world.


112TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION
H. R. ll
To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by
combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purpose

http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112%20HR%203261.pdf

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City giving incentive rebates to high-tech company

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City Manager approves business incentive for Tendril

City Manager Jane S. Brautigam has approved a flexible rebate application for Boulder-based Tendril for up to $85,000 in rebates.  The rebates were authorized for sales and use taxes, and permit-related fees.

 

The flexible rebate program is one of the city’s business incentives, covering a wide range of fees, equipment and construction use taxes.  Under this program, the city manager may consider a specific incentive package for tax and fee rebates to meet a company’s specific needs.  The company is then eligible for the rebate after it has made its investment and paid the taxes or fees to the city.

“The City of Boulder is pleased that Tendril, a company founded in Boulder, is growing and able to maintain operations in the city, in part, due to city-offered incentives,” said City Manager Jane S. Brautigam.  “Tendril is at the forefront of energy technology and represents the future of the industry.”

 

Tendril is transforming the way the world interacts with energy. The company’s technology allows consumers to modify their behaviors to reduce both their costs and energy usage and allows the utility to speak with the consumer during peak periods in order to reduce demand. Tendril is expanding and recently renovated and moved into an approximately 52,000 square-foot space at 2560 55th St.

 

“We are proud to be a Boulder-based company. Boulder provides access to great talent, an unmatched quality of life for our employees and a vibrant technology community that is quickly becoming a center of clean tech innovation,” said David Rayner, chief financial officer at Tendril.  “As a leader in clean technology, it is important to us that we ‘walk the walk’ on green initiatives and we’re thrilled to receive recognition from the City of Boulder for our sustainability efforts.”

The flexible rebate program uses social, community, and environmental sustainability guidelines. Companies choose the guidelines that best fit their circumstances, but must meet minimum requirements in order to receive the rebate.  Tendril has exceeded the minimum community sustainability guidelines. Of note, Tendril participates in RTD’s Eco Pass program and has a Green Team responsible for managing environmental initiatives, including holding in-house educational sessions, purchasing energy-friendly appliances, and maintaining composting and recycling programs. The company will participate in energy efficiency programs such as receiving an energy assessment for its new facility and participating in the 10 for Change challenge.

 

Tendril’s flexible rebate application is one of six submitted to the city in late 2011. Five 2011 applications are pending.  The city’s approved 2012 budget includes $350,000 in funding for 2012 flexible tax and fee rebates for primary employers.

 

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Boulder Chamber of Commerce event, Global Business Networking: Accessing High Tech Talent

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Live at 5:30 tonight, Nov 10, 2011 The Boulder Chamber of Commerce event, Global Business Networking: Accessing High Tech Talent
Video Hosted by Jann Scott on BoulderChannel1.com.

Hear from Congressman Jared Polis and Foundry Group’s Jason Mendelson about current legislative efforts to remove barriers in accessing the highly qualified engineers and innovative entrepreneurs needed to drive growth and job creation in the high tech sector. Brad Hendricks from Caplan and Earnest will provide pointers on navigating the current environment to recruit and retain local and global talent for your growing business. As always, there will be plenty of time to network with others in global business over beer, wine and refreshments.

ANCIENT HOMINID MALES STAYED HOME WHILE FEMALES ROAMED, SAYS CU STUDY

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The males of two bipedal hominid species that roamed the South African savannah more than a million years ago were stay-at-home kind of guys when compared to the gadabout gals, says a new high-tech study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

The team, which studied teeth from a group of extinct Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus individuals from two adjacent cave systems in South Africa, found more than half of the female teeth were from outside the local area, said CU-Boulder adjunct professor and lead study author Sandi Copeland. In contrast, only about 10 percent of the male hominid teeth were from elsewhere, suggesting they likely grew up and died in the same area.

“One of our goals was to try to find something out about early hominid landscape use,” said Copeland, who also is affiliated with the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. “Here we have the first direct glimpse of the geographic movements of early hominids, and it appears the females preferentially moved away from their residential groups.”

A paper on the subject is being published in the June 2 issue of Nature. Co-authors included CU-Boulder anthropology Professor Matt Sponheimer, Darryl de Ruiter from Texas A&M University, Julia Lee Thorp from the University of Oxford, Daryl Codron from the University of Zurich, Petrus le Roux from the University of Cape Town, Vaughan Grimes of Memorial University-St. John’s campus in Newfoundland and Michael Richards of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

The new study results were somewhat surprising, said Copeland. “We assumed more of the hominids would be from non-local areas, since it is generally thought the evolution of bipedalism was due in part to allow individuals to range longer distances,” she said. “Such small home ranges could imply that bipedalism evolved for other reasons.”

The team used a high-tech analysis known as laser ablation, zapping the hominid teeth with lasers to help them measure isotope ratios of strontium found in tooth enamel in order to identify specific areas of landscape use. A naturally occurring element, strontium is found in rocks and soils and is absorbed by plants and animals.

Since unique strontium signals are tied to specific geological substrates — like granite, basalt, quartzite, sandstone and others — they can be used to reveal landscape conditions where ancient hominids grew up, said Copeland. “The strontium isotope ratios are a direct reflection of the foods these hominids ate, which in turn are a reflection of the local geology.”

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Max Planck Society, a University of Colorado LEAP Associate Professor Growth Grant and the University of Colorado Dean’s Fund for Excellence.

“It is difficult enough to work out relations between the sexes today, so the challenges in investigating the ways that male and female hominids used the landscape and formed social groups over a million years ago are considerable, to say the least,” said CU-Boulder’s Sponheimer. “Disembodied skulls and teeth are notoriously poor communicators, so the real difficulty with a study like this is finding new ways to make these old bones speak.”

Strontium isotope signatures are locked into the molars of mammals by the end of tooth enamel formation — for the hominids, probably at about eight or nine years old when they were traveling with their mothers. The Sterkfontein and Swartkans cave systems that yielded the teeth are less than a mile apart and dominated by a sedimentary carbonate rock known as dolomite, which has a distinct strontium signal, she said.

The team tested 19 teeth dating from roughly 2.7 to 1.7 million years ago from both Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus individuals from the two caves, which are well known for yielding valuable scientific data on hominid evolution.

Because the male hominids, like male humans, were larger than the females, the team used the size of individual molars to determine which were most likely from males or females, said Copeland. They also compared them to teeth and jaw fossils recovered from five early hominid sites in South Africa.

Both Paranthropus robustus and Australopithecus africanus were part of a line of close human relatives known as australopithecines that included the Ethiopian fossil, Lucy, estimated to be some 3.2 million years old and regarded by many as the matriarch of modern humans. While Australopithecus africanus may be a direct ancestor of modern humans, Paranthropus robustus and its close relative, Paranthropus boisei, both dead-ended on a side branch of the hominid family tree for reasons still unknown.

The female dispersal pattern believed seen in the two hominid groups is similar to that of many modern humans, chimpanzees and bonobos, said Copeland. But it is a dispersal pattern unlike most other primates — including gorillas — where the females stay with the group they are born into and the males move elsewhere. “This study gets us closer to understanding the social structure of ancient hominids, since we now have a better idea about the dispersal patterns,” she said.

The team also used laser ablation to zap 38 fossilized teeth of baboons, antelope, and small, rodent-like creatures known as hyraxes that lived in the same area at about the same time as the two australopithecine species under study. The results showed nearly all of the mammal teeth were local, implying such groups had relatively small home ranges, much like the australopithecine males, said Copeland.

While Sponheimer said the study could be taken as support for the position that bipedalism arose for reasons other than improved locomotion, the data might also indicate that many hominids simply preferred to live on dolomite substrates where caves would have been abundant. “I’ve never thought of these early male hominids as the quintessential cavemen, but the potential use of caves at this early time period is something worth considering.”

In addition, the team analyzed more than 170 modern plants and animals within a 30- mile-radius the two cave systems, sampling 11 different geological substrates. The minimum distance from the cave systems to non-local geology areas is about two miles to the southeast, four miles to the northwest, and more than 20 miles each in northeast and southwest directions, said Copeland. It is still not clear where the roaming female australopithecines identified in the study spent their formative years, she said.

“Boulder is for Startups” from White House Office Of Science and Technology Policy

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On Monday, I had the pleasure of travelling to Boulder, CO, to participate, along with a number of other Administration officials, in the seventh of eight stops that are a part of the Startup America Roadshow. The local newspaper captured some of the high points in this article. Before touching on my observations from the event, let me first answer the question, “Why Boulder?”

Fifteen years ago, Boulder was considered a sleepy college town known mostly for its great rock-climbing. Today, Boulder is home to one of the strongest entrepreneurial communities in the country, with close to 200 fledgling tech companies and a city campaign that proclaims “Boulder is for startups.” In fact, last year BusinessWeek named Boulder America’s best town for startups, and it was featured in The New York Times for its entrepreneurial scene. Part of its success rests on the fact that Boulder has the highest U.S. concentration of software engineers and PhDs per capita. It is second only to Silicon Valley in percentage of workers employed in the technology sector.

In discussing the success of Boulder as an entrepreneurial success story, I speak from personal experience, having worked at the University of Colorado Law School and run the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from 1999 until joining the Obama Administration in 2009. The success of Boulder as an entrepreneurial ecosystem is not merely attracting smart people—it’s really about the community. Notably, in Boulder and the surrounding areas, there is an amazing willingness of successful entrepreneurs to help the up-and-comers.

The rabbi of the Boulder entrepreneurial ecosystem—and someone who has done more than anyone to set this tone—is my good friend Brad Feld, who along with his co-founders of the Foundry Group have given enormous time and energy to building an entrepreneurial community. Brad also brought a number of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to the White House last summer to talk about what could be done to celebrate, support, and spur entrepreneurship. Along with input from many others, that discussion helped shape the Startup America initiative.

One of the great success stories in Boulder is the rise of TechStars, which is now the top startup accelerator in the world and a key partner of Startup America. Since TechStars was founded in Boulder by Brad, Jared Polis (now our representative in Congress), and David Cohen, it has since expanded to four other cities, with offices in Boston, Seattle, and New York City. The program accepts applications from early-stage startups and provides them with seed funding and mentorship opportunities from some of the best and brightest minds in tech. Boulder TechStars alums include Brightkite, which was acquired for $1.5 million; Ignighter, which has received $4.2 million in funding; and, Graphic.ly, which also now has received $4.2 million in funding.

Later next week, Boulder will hold its second annual Startup Week. Startup Week Boulder is five spring days full of events and stars from inside and outside the Boulder tech community. From May 18-22, the city’s startups will be rolling out the red carpet for talented developers, designers, marketers, and general startup enthusiasts.

Many entrepreneurial communities ask how they can be the next Silicon Valley? As Brad has often explained, that’s the wrong question. The right question is how any entrepreneurial community—whether Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Phoenix, or Portland—can be the best it can be. Each community has its own particular attributes and leaders. Working together and supporting each other, as Boulder leaders have done, is a core part of building a more successful ecosystem.

Monday’s discussion reflected the level of engagement and thoughtfulness that I have come to expect from the Boulder entrepreneurial community. We touched on a series of topics, ranging from access to capital to attracting great employees to reforming regulation to enabling better technology transfer from government labs. As the Roadshow effort comes to a close, I know that these ideas will inform a number of ongoing policy development and implementation initiatives, including the Commerce Department’s upcoming report on innovation and competitiveness.

Phil Weiser is Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director

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