Denver Is 5th Most City Friendly For Young Entrepreneurs … Kinda

The good news?   Denver ranked 5th in the most friendly cities for young entrepreneurs in the United States. The bad news? A need to reveal that this wasn’t the most “systematic” of studies. One may call the metrics used a little “casual”. The group conducting the poll, Under30CEO, which is an online resource for young entrepreneurs, failed to provide a lot of information about its polling parameters.

Why Denver ranked #5 – Must Be The Starbucks

Among the items that the voters were asked to consider were climate, the social scene, schools, local events and “other resources”. By “other resources” I assume they mean Starbucks? I know for fact that there are more than a couple in the Cherry Creek Mall 🙂

Denver & The Rest of The Top 10

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. Austin
4. Boston
5. Denver
6. Chicago
7. San Diego
8. Portland, Ore
9. Washington DC
10. Seattle

Historic Downtown Denver Clocktower All kidding aside, in my opinion this list seems strangely “accurate” from an anecdotal and “experimental” lens.

Example from the experimental angle: “Connectivity” is one of the foundations of any new enterprise across almost any industry – more so every day in our “web 5.0” culture.  Denver’s consistent annual accolades as one of the “wifi Cities USA” (#7 in 2010; #8 in 2009 per Forbes) is just one way to justify Denver’s ability to more than kindly accommodate the young entrepreneur.  Maybe there was something to the Starbucks!

I’d argue that the addition of a commonly used “cost of living” metric would’ve placed Denver right behind Austin.

Why Denver’s Rank May Be Conventionally “So Wrong”, But Feel & BE So Right

The fun with these lists is they’re inherently flawed.  Some do better than others, but you can always pick them apart…and in many cases, you should. Even the most highly respected indices — S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices for example –need to be challenged. As an active writer (I use that term loosely!) and Realtor in DC, I’ve had many opportunities to challenge “prestige housing indices” — as they forget that real estate is most responsibly studied on hyper local levels…but that’s another post!

Sometimes it’s refreshing to take a look at “flawed” city reports because they often show that the high priced “wonks” in the large research firms are crunching big numbers to make news when all they have to do is ask a few people on the street. In this case, there’s a beauty in a more than imperfect simplicity because, in my opinion, it reflected the reality — metrics, or not :-). In this sense, I’d say the young lads over at Under30CEO did okay.

So cheers to you, Denver!

Thoughts?

Licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., Kevin Koitz from The Koitz Group @ Coldwell Previews International specializes in Washington DC Luxury real estate and surrounding fine DC Metro suburbs. Visit his ever evolving Greater Bethesda & DC Luxury real estate web guide if you’re looking to explore more of  the close-in DC Metro area…or just want to say hey!

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3, 800,000 Video Hits

The United States Marine Corp Silent Drill Platoon, a model of military precision, performed at the Pepsi Center in March 2007, during half time at a Denver Nuggets basketball game. Since then, the now famous Youtube Video has received more than three million eight-hundred thousand hits.

Here’s why:

Retirement’s Soft Landings

Our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, observed, “ There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.”

And for a good many of us, namely those preparing for retirement, words more true may never be spoken.   Tight credit and a general downturn in the economy make the prospect of a decent job, affordable housing, and a low cost of living, top priorities for this significant number of Americans.

Where you decide to spend your retirement can apparently  have a lot say about just how much you wind up enjoying it, too. So says a recent article in Forbes Magazine Online that takes an in-depth look at cities where your nest egg might go farthest. To find out just how retirees were feeling about where they found themselves in their golden years, Forbes looked at the aggregate migration for persons over 65, to get a feel for just how living longer is working out.

Denver Colorado raked 7th on a top ten list, headed up by Columbus, Ohio. The article points to a Rocky Mountain retirement where “outdoor living”, and a “beautiful environment”, compliment “a manageable cost of living”. Noting that Denver has long been a city that attracts people of all ages, the article goes on to point out that life in the Mile-High City “makes it a good long-term bet for retirees who want to ensure that they’re settling someplace with a bright future”. A point well taken. Denver residents, young and old who’ve settled there, would probably say they don’t know the half of it.

But see for yourself, at Forbes Online.

Visit Denver’s Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is a bastion of educational resources for Colorado.  Through the acquisition, preservation, and presentation of art works from artists around the globe,  the lives of Colorado and Rocky Mountain residents are more fully enriched.  Both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions,  supplement this effort with exemplary educational and scholarly programs for both students and adults.

This whole thing started in the 1890s. Its was known as the Denver Artists’ Club back then.  Since then,  the Denver Art Museum has had more than one temporary home, from the public library, to a downtown mansion, to offices in the Denver City and County Building. In 1949, the museum came of age, and opened its own galleries on 14th Avenue Parkway. A  center for children’s art activities was added in the early 1950s.  The most recent expansion, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, opened in October 2006.

Today, the 356,000-square-foot museum complex includes a collection gallery space, three temporary exhibition venues, and the Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium. In addition to its vast art collections, the Denver Art Museum is internationally recognized for its family-friendly environment, and of course has received critical acclaim for encouraging art appreciation at every level.

There’s a lot to see and do at the Denver Art Museum—from world-class art collections to special events, shopping, great food, and more. Plan ahead to make the most of your visit!