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Move over TechStars, soon there’s going to be another big incubator in town, well, 25 minutes from town (if you live in Boulder, CO that is). Plug and Play, which is best known as one of the Silicon Valley greats, is set to finalize on the opening of their new facility here in Denver within the next year. Named The Innovation Pavilion located over in the Tech Center it will contain all the various aspects Plug and Play has become famous for. This four story, 80,000 square foot startup mecha will house both a co-working facility which unlike most currently here in Colorado will be setup for both the 1-3 person freelancer/small-business as well as much larger, closed off office areas for more established firms. In the same building will also be the new HQ for Plug and Play Colorado, bringing their unique style of startup funding to the Rockies.

Quoting the Denver Post, unlike most Colorado-based incubators like The Foundry Group or TechStars, their primary focus is not on just budding, early-stage startups but rather of a combination of long-established companies, government resources, media centers and of course entrepreneurs. With the firm’s past investment record and current roster of mentors it’s definitely having a lot of young startups catching themselves drooling thinking about what lays ahead in the upcoming months.

While LA and San Diego might be called Silicon Beach, It’s safe to say we’ve claimed the title of Silicon Mountain when you take a look at the firms already here and now with one of the largest Incubator firms in the US currently in-route to our snow capped Rockies it shouldn’t even be an argument.

Once finished the new Innovation Pavilion is going to try and give the currently massive Plug and PLay Tech Center located out in Silicon Valley a run for it’s money (or in the least, a close version but with a Colorado ‘twist’). It at any time can house and support nearly 300 startups, including a massive network of parnters and mentors who frequent the various groups. Regardless, if you’ve ever had any doubt that Boulder/Denver wasn’t as strong of a tech incubators paradise like NYC or Seattle, this should change your mind.

The entire building should be open and fully built out within a year, however they currently have a small office already working out of the city awaiting their new digs.

It’s a good sign for Colorado indeed. Welcome Plug and Play to Colorado.

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In celebration of last night’s season finale of Mad Men, here’s a pretty good cover of the theme song (which is A Beautiful Mine by RJD2) performed live with a full band.

From the creators:

We loved the song “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2 that plays during the opening credits of “Mad Men.” We wanted to put lyrics to it and realized that “Nature Boy” made famous by Nat King Cole, and written by eden ahbez, was the perfect fit. This was filmed in one take (this one, specifically, happened to be take 29 of the day)…no cuts, dubbing, lip-syncing or auto-tuning.

Credits:
Vocalist: Allison Williams
Director: Ralph Arend
DP: Vincent Peone
Editor: Ralph Arend
Composer: Jay Wadley
Sound Mixer: Raphael
Producer: Josh Ruben
Producer: Erika Hampson
Line-Producer: Nick Uhas
Gaffer: Corey Fontana
Grip: Jason Beasley
Grip: Leo Schott
AC: Andrew Brinkman
DIT: Kali Riley
PA: Roland Da Rold
PA: Suzie Jozkowski
PM: Jordan Hall/Elefant Films
Art Director: Andy Myers
Flute: Roberta Michel
Celeste: Trevor Gureckis
Violin 1: Pauline Kim
Violin 2: Marissa Licata
Viola: Meena Bhasin
Cello: Jessie Marino
Bass: Zack Lober
Drums: Colin Stranahan
Bongos: Jay Wadley

found over at adland.tv

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So this might be last minute (free beer), but hey, who doesn’t like spontaneity? This Friday and Saturday we’ll be hosting the first PodCamp Denver (Free beer), and as you can see by the short little promo above, we’ve got some pretty talented folks involved with this project, including the use of an amazing space (free beer) courtesy of Manmade Media Studios (they also provided the intro piece seen above). We’ve got a great set of sponsors, one hell-of-a lunch-truck arriving on Saturday to feed you guys (though you’ll have to bring your own cash for that… we ran out after all the free beer we’re providing), and did I mention free beer?

Now in case you’re still wondering what a PodCamp is about and why there’d be free beer there, here’s the basics:
What is PodCamp? It’s an un-conference where you lead and learn about the latest in all things new-media: social media, blogging, video on the internet, new marketing and PR, podcasting… and the best tools and techniques to leverage them for your purposes.

What’s the schedule like?
Schedule:
Friday evening from 7-9 pm, we’ll mingle (free beer) and then map out what we’ll discuss on Saturday.
Saturday, we’ll meet from 9 am – 4 pm and follow your interests down three different tracks. Your feet cast the vote… if you come to a session you don’t like, just go to another!

But wait, now how much will this cost?
Price: FREE (as in free beer)

So how to I get there?

Manmade Media Studios
2352 Dayton St.
Aurora, CO 80010

Because of fire-code-restrictions we’re limited to only about 80 people, but if you’d like to pre-register so that you’ll be sure to have a spot for this event, you can visit the EventBrite page and sign-up now:
Register For PodCamp Denver!

For more information on the event you can checkout the podcamp denver wiki.

See you there (free beer)!

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