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Twilio Closes $3B SendGrid Deal | Boulder Startup Brings Space to the Classroom

Monday, February 4, 2019
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Nick: There are few certainties in life, but the Patriots winning the Super Bowl and the Colorado Inno Beat bringing you the latest startup and innovation news are two.

We have plenty of non-football news to get to today, let's drop a Beat...


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Bringing Space to the Classroom

She isn't an astronaut and she doesn't have a technical background, but Carie Lemack is inspiring the next generation of astronauts through education.

Three years ago when Lemack was looking for a career change, she kept thinking about a career in space. She'd gone to space camp four times as a kid and always kept that passion, but wasn't sure where her industry fit was.

Then, she saw a need for space education in the classroom and ultimately co-founded DreamUp, an edtech startup that provides space-based educational programs for learners and educators.

The company partners with school districts, after-school programs, homeschools and a host of other educational organizations to provide space learning resources.

"We really try to make sure we empower the educators and the learners," Lemack said.

Through DreamUp's DreamKit, students are able to conduct the same experiments as astronauts and compare their results. A recent experiment, titled 'Germs in Space,' allowed students to collect germ samples and watch them grow, just as astronauts do.

The kit includes access to an online portal where students can compare their results to the results found by astronauts in microgravity.

The company recently announced its new headquarters in Boulder after moving from Washington D.C.

"Our goal is to make space accessible to everyone," Lemack said. "Boulder is an ideal fit for DreamUp because entrepreneurship, innovation and education are all deeply ingrained in the fabric of the community."

[For more on DreamUp and how the company is launching student projects into space, check out our story here.]


Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.

An Extra Billion

Twilio's acquisition of Denver-based email marketing giant SendGrid closed on Friday for about a billion dollars more than was originally announced.

The deal was much closer to $3B than the $2B valuation made in October. For more analysis, check out the Denver Biz Journal story here.

And, if you like stories about deal-closing breakfast burritos, check out the Forbes feature on Twilio's big move here.

New CRO and COO at Covered

Denver's Covered Insurance Solutions, an independent digital insurance marketplace, announced the appointments of Robert S. Brennan as CRO and Mickey Freeman as COO today.

As Covered expands its executive team, it does the same with its offerings. According to a release, the startup now partners with leading mortgage lending, servicing and real estate providers to help streamline the process of home-buying and annual insurance renewal.

Leadership Shuffle at EVS

Boulder's EVS, a warehouse management software company, announced that co-founder and CTO Nathan Brown has transitioned into the role of CEO. As a result, co-founder Evan Garber, who previously served as CEO, will now serve as the company's president.

EVS's software automates warehouse processes and provides real-time data to give customers better planning, optimization and control of their warehouse.


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Random, Rants & Ramblings

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Six Rings and Low Ratings

I promise, this will (probably) be the last time I mention my New England Patriots until next season. Another year, another ring.

To those neutral fans that watched through that slow and painstakingly low-scoring game, you're the real MVP.

Whether it was Adam Levine's shirtless performance, 16 total points or a general distaste for the Patriots, the TV ratings were shockingly low.

This was the lowest rated Super Bowl in 10 years and down 5 percent from last year. I blame Maroon 5.


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