Denver Startup Week

What a great week!

Slice of Lime sponsored Denver Startup Week last week and had a wonderful time giving talks, participating on panels, and partying with the 5,000+ people in attendance. With so many events to attend, it’s impossible to do everything. Here’s a rundown of our week and the fun that we had:

We Pre-Partied

Some people couldn’t wait until the actual event, so for those anxious souls there was “Startup Bash”

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We Had Lunch with Seth Godin

The Denver Startup Week Luncheon had incredible local speakers as well as nationally celebrated Seth Godin to share their wisdom on startups and entrepreneurialism.

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We Partied

Tech Cocktail was a great way to end the first day of the week and also sent the best pitch of the night, CampusScene, to Vegas!

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We Dropped Some Knowledge

Slice of Lime was seen speaking throughout the week on topics like “Disruptive Innovation Theory”, “Mobile UX”, “How to Hire a UX/UI person”, and “Startup Cribs.”

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We Rapid Prototyped

Things got messy as we led a work session around rapid prototyping, tearing into cardboard boxes, string, tape, and bubble gum to create new prototypes every 5 minutes.

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We Hired!

Slice of Lime brought on two new people this week! We all went out to lunch at Pints Pub to welcome them and celebrate. As a surprise, everyone got the brand new Sphero 2.0!

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We Celebrated

We ended the week with a gigantic party right outside of our office at Galvanize. As the sun set, the music kept going and happy Denver Startup Week people danced into the night. Thanks Denver Startup Week for an excellent and well run event. We were proud to be a part of it and even more proud to be part of such an awesome startup community!

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Amazing Team Experiences

At Slice of Lime we talk a lot about “Creating Amazing Experiences.” This applies to the work we do as well as the way we want our clients to feel when working with us. It also means that we fill our year with unique and amazing experiences for our team. Earlier this year, we all went and visited with Conan O’Brien in the green room.

But, we haven’t stopped there. Here’s just a few more things we’ve done this year as a team:

1) We were all high rollers in our own, private VIP suite at the last Avalanche game of the season. 

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2) We were fast and furious racing in performance go-carts at about 45 MPH at Unser Racing.

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3) We were dizzy as we climbed over 14,000 feet to summit Quandary Peak to soak in the views.

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Here’s to creating some more “amazing experiences” in 2013!

And hey, want to join our team? We’re hiring! We’d love to meet you!

Slice of Lime Opens Denver Office at Galvanize!

We’re excited to announce that Slice of Lime now has a Denver office! As of December of 2012, we’ve added six desks within the new Galvanize co-working space. What’s a co-working space, you ask? Here’s a description from Galvanize:

Galvanize creates an “innovation ecosystem” designed to give entrepreneurs and innovators the best chance of success at the start of their next (or first) big thing. Through the three pillars of Capital, Community, and Curriculum, Galvanize builds a community greater than the sum of its parts to spark disruptive ideas and breakout companies.

This is a perfect environment for Slice of Lime. We love working with startups and have a lot we can offer the Galvanize community with our expertise in marketing websites and UX/UI for web apps and mobile apps. Additionally, Galvanize has become a hub of activity for all business activities, from startups to enterprises, in Denver.

We have already integrated ourselves into the culture in a variety of ways:

  1. We’ve been helping build out the gSchool website, which is a school within Galvanize that teaches Ruby on Rails, User Experience, and Mobile classes.
  2. We sponsored and built the website for Starter House. This was Galvanize’s presence at SXSW which served as a hub for innovators to meet, recharge, and celebrate.
  3. We’ve begun a live UX webinar series, open to the public, within the Galvanize space. The schedule of those events can be found here.
  4. We host UX office hours at Galvanize for people to get quick advice on their work in progress.

We’ll continue to find ways to give back to the community and to get to know our neighbors in Denver.

Our headquarters are still in downtown Boulder and we feel that Denver is a great place for us to expand. As a sponsor of the inaugural Denver Startup Week last year, it’s clear to us that Denver has “arrived” as an attractive place to build a startup. With companies like Slice of Lime and other vendors, mentors, and co-working spaces, it’s now easier than ever to get the support you need to launch your business.

Want to come chat or see the space in Denver? You’re in luck! Galvanize houses a fantastic cafe, restaurant, and bar called Gather that’s open to the public. Reach out and we’ll setup a time to meet. Gourmet coffee is on us!

Slice of Lime on Conan O’Brien

At Slice of Lime we like to “create amazing experiences.” That’s applied to the work we produce as well as the way we want our clients to feel about working with us.

Of course, it also means that we try to create amazing experiences for ourselves…which brings us to our recent trip to Hollywood to rub elbows with Coco himself, otherwise known as Conan O’Brien.

One of our favorite clients, BrightLeaf, is run by Conan’s brother, Luke O’Brien. Luke was incredibly generous in not only getting Slice of Lime into the show, but also getting us access to the “Green Room” where the cast and special guests hang out and have their dressing rooms. Here’s a pic of us hanging out in the green room, not exactly sure what to do with ourselves. While we didn’t get to see special guest star Kelly Cuoco (from The Big Bang Theory), we did get to see Andy Richter in his underwear, so we’ve got that going for us…which is nice.

The show was a blast. We’re all true fans and consider ourselves a part of “Team Coco.” It was amazing getting to see what happens behind the scenes and to walk backstage and see props from previous shows that we loved. We also got to walk the Warner Brothers Studios lot and check out other studios where both classic movies and new movies were shot.

Before leaving California, we managed to squeeze in a late night that ended in mechanical bull-riding…

…and to go on all the rides at Universal Studios (where we posed with Dora the Explorer for our kids):

Thank you again to the kind people at Conan O’Brien for allowing us to check one more thing off our bucket lists. We had a fantastic experience!