Since day one, Quick Left has participated in Boulder Startup Week. And as with the finer things in life that get better with age (wine, cheese, leather boots, cast iron, medical advancements, wisdom, Daniel Craig), so does the 5th annual five-day affair that is startup week. This year, I stepped up my game and volunteered to be the Adventure Track leader for the week in addition to our normal, over-the-top involvement as a company. From hackfests and panels to office chair races and celebrity yoga, there’s something for everyone. And for those of you who don’t know Boulder Startup Week….
Boulder Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. We’re led by local entrepreneurs and hosted in amazing spaces all over Boulder. And we want you involved!
Please join me for an adventure — a development-y, design-y, community-y?, startup-y, fitness-y adventure — about our wonderful city May 11-15. Don’t just stop with our events described below; check out all the great events lovingly curated from Boulder’s startup community. Looking forward to running into you.
3rd Annual Quickest Left Office Chair Race
Monday, May 11 @ 4-5:30
Hack beyond the comfort zone with Professional Athlete Sonya Looney
Tuesday, May 12 @ 2-3
Looney’s experiences enduring the hardest and longest mountain bike races across the globe have accomplished more than an impressive list of accolades. She has sought out races that had never been done and in countries that most people wouldn’t travel to alone. It was in those experiences that the value of pushing past the limits of the comfort zone became clear. “Trying new things completely shifts your frame of reference and dramatically improves self-confidence. You develop a wider capacity to experience life and will achieve more ambitious goals. We die a slow death of complacency by doing things the same way and not ever feeling that slight anxiety when trying something new.” Sonya brings her experience as a mountain bike pioneer to life and shares how you unlock your true potential and break down barriers.
Tuesday, May 11 @ 6-10
Would your life be better if you were funnier?
The Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado Boulder is collaborating with Boulder Startup Week attendees to make the world a more humorous place. Aside from taking an improv or a stand-up comedy class, people have few options if they want to become funnier. Our proposal is simple: bring together entrepreneurs, programmers, scientists and comedians to create products—tech or otherwise—that help people learn and practice how to be funnier, thus enriching their lives and the lives of people around them.
In cooperation with the Leeds School of Business, the Humor Hackathon will take place at Quick Left on Tuesday from 6-10 pm. Join us for beer, food, hacking, and a lot of laughs. Don’t code? Don’t worry. There will be plenty of ways that you can improve your funny bone. Judges include scientists, comedians, startup and tech aficionados: Tara Calihman, Dr. Peter McGraw, and more to be announced! Cards Against Humanity is also kicking in some new and fun games for prizes, too. This hackathon is not to be missed!
2nd Annual Biking With the Bigshots: Human Powered Energy
Wednesday, May 13 @ 12-1:30
Meet at Quick Left
Yoga with Rob Loud
Thursday, May 14 @ 10-11
It wouldn’t be a Boulder-style Startup Week without a little yoga! Join us for a 1 hour vinyasa yoga class at the beautiful Riverside Park with celebrity instructor Rob Loud. Rob is an ERYT 200 certified yoga instructor and teaches full-time in his hometown of Boulder, CO as well as Denver. His passion for yoga and ability to serve as an effective teacher is apparent through prioritizing his personal practice….and his hair color choices. Rob empowers, inspires, and shares his love of yoga through every connection. Rob’s classes are creative, challenging, intelligent, FUN, and bring depth beyond physical asana. Stick around for some Q&A about Boulder’s yoga community afterwards! Don’t forget your yoga mat, towel and hydrating beverage of choice too!
Hiking with Angels, VCs, Founders and Boulder’s Best
Friday, May 15 @ 9-10:30
Join us before Boomtown Demo Day to hike with Founders, Angels, VCs and more. This is your opportunity to chat with leaders in our community surrounded by the iconic Flatirons. This hike, led by Scott Lasica and Lauren Ivison, will be a mellow loop around some of the more popular and open trails in Chautauqua, Boulder’s most well-known trail head and park. Bring comfy hiking shoes and a water too!
Caffeinated Mornings: What is the value of design to the success of your business?
Friday, May 15 @ 9-10:30
Ingrid Alongi and Jace Cooke from Quick Left will discuss the value that design brings to the success of your business and the ventures you help build. This event is for all creative types and will be a 20-30 min talk, followed by 10-15 min Q&A session, moderated by Jay Ferracane of Angry Bovine.