PerspiringApps and the #startupchallenge


It’s hard to live in Boulder – the fittest city in the country – without finding your own niche of physical activity. We’re a pretty active bunch here at InspiringApps, with yoga, cycling, swimming, running and even dancing among our favorite pastimes. And while we spend plenty of time at the gym during the winter, our “ActiveIA” selves truly shine when the weather’s nice and we can get outdoors as a team – from participating in the IronMan triathlon relay last year to this summer’s National EMS Memorial Bike Ride.

That’s why we were stoked to learn our friends down the street, Quick Left, had planned the Startup Strava Challenge (#startupchallenge), which kicked off yesterday. It’s the perfect combination of a lot of our favorite things – apps, startups, getting active, community, and supporting great causes. All this month, we’ll be using Strava to track our miles as we compete with 20 of Boulder’s finest startups like PivotDesk and Pearl Izumi. The team with the most miles per capita will have the “pot” of entry fees donated to the organization of their choice. We’re walking, running, hiking and biking on behalf of People for Bikes, a great organization that gets people active and improves cycling conditions in cities across the US.

Follow along as we rack up the miles by checking the Strava widget below – and to see how we compare with the other teams, head on over to the Quick Left blog. We’re small but mighty, and we’re pumped to have another reason to spend some time out and about this month.

Ready, set… GO!

BSW: I Moved to Boulder And…

The first Boulder Startup Week event hosted by InspiringApps was a smashing success! Panelists Sean, Daniel, Royce, and Rachel shared insights into what it’s like to be new to Boulder. Topics ranged from best Mexican food in Boulder (Big City Burrito, Illegal Pete’s and Zolo Grill) to ways to find a good apartment, to how to meet folks (meet ups and climbing gyms). Thank you panelists for speaking to the crowd gathered in our office!

Come on back Friday for our own Aaron Lea’s insights on UX.

Boulder Startup Week at InspiringApps

It’s May, and Boulder Startup Week is upon us. Due to the success from last year’s packed, standing-room-only event here at InspiringApps, we decided to host not one, but two events for 2013 to accommodate the entrepreneurial spirit of Boulder. Be sure to register early to ensure your chance to get in the door.

I Moved To Boulder And…

Wednesday, May 15th 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

What happens when you move to Boulder? A LOT. It’s pretty amazing how easy it is to get plugged into the community here. Instead of just reading about it, come meet people who have moved here in the last year and hear how easily they’ve integrated into the community.

This event will start with a short panel where some recent Boulder transplants will tell their stories and answer questions, and then we’ll wrap things up with a happy hour.
Register here to attend (free)


UX Crash Course

Friday, May 17th 2013 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Does everyone LOVE what you are building? Great product is the result of great user experience (UX). Join the national thought leaders in UX to learn how to make product that not only works, but is a JOY to use. Brian Baker, Managing Partner of The First User, along with Aaron Lea of Inspiring Apps will illustrate the fundamentals of UX – and with a small group of folks, dive deep into how you can build Great UX into your product.
Register here to attend (free)

We hope to see you there!

Boulder Startup Week: 2012 Recap

How lucky are we to live in a city that is ridiculously supportive of technology, startups, and entrepreneurs? Austin, Boston, New York and San Fran may have Boulder beat in terms of size and quantity, but we definitely have them beat on community and quality. The events of Boulder Startup Week last week reinforced that “Boulder is for Startups”.

Below is a recap from a few of the events.

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Boulder Startup Week 2012: Draw Something Results

Another  Boulder Startup Week event enjoyed by all! Win, Lose or Draw Something featured some budding artists, yummy cookies and great beer. Check out some of our favorite creations from the afternoon.

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Why We Love Boulder Startup Week

It’s Boulder Startup Week and the team at InspiringApps thrives on the energy that Boulder is infused with during these crazy days! We had the privilege to co-host an event with Ryan Angilly of Signal Genius last night and it was a huge success. Over 100 attendees stopped by to meet new people and share their success stories about moving to Boulder. We had visitors who had only been in Boulder for 2 hours and Boulderite veterans who have enjoyed this strong community for over 25 years.

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