36 Colorado Businesses on Outside Mag's Best U.S. Places to Work List in 2016
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Each year, Outside magazine compiles a list of the 100 best places to work in these United States.
And each year, more and more of them seem to be located in Colorado.
Examples? As we reported back in 2011, when the Outside list ended at fifty, seven from Colorado placed — and the operations in the four top slots were all located here. In our 2014 roundup, the Colorado total rose to 28 out of 100. In our Colorado best-places-to-work compilation for 2015, the number was 31. And this year, the sum has climbed to 36 — more than a third of the businesses celebrated across the country as a whole.
Six of the firms are located in Denver, including a perennial high-scorer that finished at number two overall, just behind an enterprise in another Colorado place. But the champ by far is Boulder, with an incredible seventeen businesses cited by Outside.
Count down the photo-illustrated roster of the 36 Colorado winners below, featuring links and excerpts from Outside text — and click to visit the original post, with much more information.
Number 99: Verde Brand Communications (Boulder, Colorado)
This public relations company founded by a former journalist services the outdoor, action sports, and health and wellness markets....
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Number 97: FullContact (Denver, Colorado)
FullContact uses apps and APIs to keep contacts in-sync, up to date, and safe. The company’s 200-plus employees worldwide have adopted an outdoor culture of cycling, hiking, and skiing....
Number 93: Cloud Elements (Denver, Colorado)
Cloud Elements is an API integration platform that helps make sure companies’ apps are utilizing the full potential of the cloud....
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Number 88: Sphero (Boulder, Colorado)
Sphero is a robotics and digital technology developer that offers its 180 employees flexible work hours and awards them for creative thinking....
Number 86: Tendril (Boulder, Colorado)
Tendril develops cloud-based software to help customers manage their utilities and energy use....
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Number 83: Mondo Robot (Boulder, Colorado)
Mondo Robot, a creative digital agency based in Boulder, builds websites for major brands, including Whistler Blackcomb, Comcast and the Michael J. Fox Foundation....
Number 82: Access Fund (Boulder, Colorado)
The 18 employees of the Access Fund are focused on protecting America’s outdoor climbing areas via policy initiatives, land acquisition, and education....
Number 80: Ryan Solutions (Edwards, Colorado)
Ryan Solutions has 24 employees who handle database marketing and customer relationship management services for more than 130 ski resorts and beach, golf, and hotel destinations....
Number 77: Big Agnes (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
This outdoor gear maker, best known for its tents, enforces a “powder clause” that allows its 62 staffers to ski until 11 a.m. when it snows during the workweek....
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Number 75: Smartwool (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
Smartwool gives its 110 employees season passes to Steamboat Ski Area in Colorado and mandates a powder day whenever it snows more than six inches....
Number 73: Crestone (Boulder, Colorado)
Execs at Crestone pride themselves on having $1.6 billion in assets under management to help entrepreneurs and business owners find investment opportunities....
Number 70: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (Summit County, Colorado)
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, located on the Continental Divide in Colorado, prides itself on having the longest ski season in North America, with more than 350 inches of snowfall between October and June....
Number 68: Brewers Association (Boulder, Colorado)
The Boulder-based Brewers Association is a national nonprofit representing 4,800 small and independent craft breweries across the United States....
Number 62: VictorOps (Boulder, Colorado)
Boulder-based VictorOps says its incident management notification software “makes on-call suck less” for its growing customer base....
Number 59: Peaksware (Boulder, Colorado)
Peaksware makes software to help people learn musical instruments and train for marathons, among other goals....
Number 57: Namaste Solar (Boulder, Colorado)
More than half of the 155 employees at Namaste, which installs residential and commercial solar power systems, receive stock options and paid time off to volunteer....
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Number 56: New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado)
The 800 employees at this craft-beer maker all have stakes in the company, not to mention access to an on-site gym, bike track, and foosball and ping-pong tables...
Number 52: SummitCove (Keystone, Colorado)
Frustrated with the lack of prospects of finding a condo in the Colorado Rockies, the owners of SummitCove built their own property managing company and have become the largest independent group in Keystone Ski Resort....
Continue to see the eighteen Colorado businesses that made the Outside magazine top fifty best places to work list in 2016.
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Number 47: Adaptive Sports Center (Crested Butte, Colorado)
This nonprofit mountain sports rehabilitation company tries to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by enabling them to enjoy outdoor adventures....
Number 46: Bluetent (Carbondale, Colorado)
This Colorado-based digital marketing agency has attracted talented employees from Silicon Valley and keeps them around by offering a flexible schedule and maintaining a strict 40-hour workweek limit....
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Number 44: StoneAge (Durango, Colorado)
This engineering and manufacturing company offers an employee stock ownership plan, which means hard work is rewarded with equity...
Number 39: BSW Wealth Partners (Boulder, Colorado)
This financial group helps clients save and grow wealth. Employees are mentored toward reaching their personal goals, whether that’s climbing a mountain, skiing down one, or saving a certain sum....
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Number 36: TDA Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
In the past year, this ad agency started a program where employees are encouraged to climb a Colorado 14er, snap a picture on the summit, and bring back the photo evidence....
Number 35: Sterling-Rice Group (Boulder, Colorado)
This advertising and public relations company has a dedicated nap room and a spa room that features weekly massages....
Number 31: RA Nelson (Vail, Colorado)
This construction company builds multi-million-dollar homes, affordable housing units, local parks, and high-alpine gardens in Colorado....
Number 28: Apto (Denver, Colorado)
The founder of Apto set out to design an efficient way to streamline the commercial real estate business....
Number 27: Room 214 (Boulder, Colorado)
Dogs roam the office at this ad agency, and the sound of the pinball machine can be heard inside this social media and digital marketing firm’s headquarters....
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Number 25: Avid4 Adventure (Boulder, Colorado)
Employees at Avid4Adventure design and operate summer camps for kids in Colorado and California....
Number 21: Cloud 9 Living (Broomfield, Colorado)
In the past year, this sales company that sells “experience gifts” implemented a paid-time-off volunteer program in which employees get two days a year to maintain trails, teach kids to read, or help out at the charity of their choice....
Number 15: Zen Planner (Denver, Colorado)
Staffers at ZenPlanner are expected to keep their minds active, and management ensures that by facilitating company activities....
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Number 14: Charles Cunniffe Architects (Aspen, Colorado)
From the conference room of this architecture firm, clients and the company’s roughly 20 employees can watch the grass green up in spring, leaves turn gold in fall, and snow blanket the slope of Aspen Mountain in winter....
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Number 11: ReadyTalk (Denver, Colorado)
This communication company has pioneered an audio, video, and web conferencing system that allows businesses to telecommute seamlessly....
Number 10: Pellucid Analytics (Boulder, Colorado)
The founders of Pellucid Analytics aim to turn the nonstop-work reputation of Wall Street investment firms on its head....
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Number 6: TeamSnap (Boulder, Colorado)
Seventy-five percent of the 60-plus-person staff at this tech startup work remotely, and in the past year, management has invested in office equipment for them....
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Number 2: GroundFloor Media (Denver, Colorado)
Flexibility is the key for workers at this midsize public relations firm in Denver: employees work anytime, anywhere....
Number 1: Forum Phi (Aspen, Colorado)
Company powder days, quarterly “Forum Fridays,” and potential quarterly cash bonuses have become the norm at this Aspen-based architecture and interior design firm....
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