5 Reasons Why Zayo Supports Denver Startup Week

By: Kylie Borgias, Product Marketing Manager, CloudLink by Zayo

Last week was Denver Startup Week, a five-day entrepreneurial event in Denver and the largest free event of its kind in the world. Zayo has been actively engaged with Denver Startup Week since its early years. This year, over 16,000 participants attended more than 400 sessions. In addition to sponsoring the Founder track, Zayo employees participated in and contributed to this year’s event.

Here are five reasons we loved Denver Startup Week 2018:

Entrepreneurial Focus

Zayo got its start in Colorado in 2007, with four employees in an office in west Boulder. Today, we have more than 3,500 employees providing fibre bandwidth to the world’s most impactful companies. Even as we’ve grown, we remain true to our entrepreneurial roots and values: initiative and ownership, agility, smart risk-taking, and transparent communication.

The Colorado Front Range has been a great place to start and scale a business, and now it’s about giving back to our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This year, at the DSW breakfast, attended by an audience of 1,000, Dan Caruso, Zayo’s Chairman & CEO, had the opportunity to kick the morning off, recognizing the impact that startups have had on Colorado’s economy. He also introduced Endeavor to Denver, a company co-founded by Zayo board member Linda Rottenberg that helps global entrepreneurs scale.

Dan Caruso, Zayo’s Chairman & CEO speaks at Denver Startup Week
Zayo’s Chairman & CEO, Dan Caruso, speaking to the DSW Opening Breakfast crowd, an event that sold out in under three minutes. Catch Dan’s advice to startups on Cheddar here.

Exciting Startups From Many Sectors

Startup week brings together entrepreneurs from multiple verticals, ranging from healthcare to advanced manufacturing to fintech and blockchain. The common denominator? They all do or will rely on bandwidth to process, store and transport the growing volume of data they depend on. Increasingly, that bandwidth will be provided over mobile networks, soon to be 5G. Zayo’s Dennis Kyle spoke about 5G on the main stage at DSW’s Basecamp this year, sharing the critical role that fibre plays in wireless communication and looking ahead to the benefits 5G will deliver.

Dennis Kyle speaking about 5G at Basecamp during Denver Startup Week
Dennis Kyle speaking at Basecamp during DSW at a session titled, “How 5G is going to change your world.”

Colorado Roots

We are happy to call Boulder home and are excited to watch more and more tech startups grow in Colorado. DSW helps to build the entrepreneurial, tech, and startup communities in our state.  As the adage goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” As we have continued to experience success here, we are happy to welcome more tech and startups as they choose to put down roots in Colorado.

“The beauty of Denver Startup Week is that it celebrates the entrepreneurial community on a whole while being highly attuned and responsive to the experiences, backgrounds, and needs of every individual within it,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “The event serves to connect, strengthen, and inspire while delivering the tools and resources necessary for entrepreneurial success.”

Jack Waters, CTO and President, Fiber Solutions, judges Denver Startup Week pitch competition
DSW’s annual pitch competition, where Zayo’s CTO and President, Fibre Solutions, Jack Waters, gave back to the community by serving as a guest judge.

Connecting to Top Talent

Zayo is always on the lookout for top talent. We are currently hiring for sales, operations, and development positions, among others. DSW was a great chance for our teams to get out of the office, meet smart folks, and spread the word about Zayo’s mission, culture and commitment to diversity.

Team Zayo at Denver Startup Week Job Fair 2018
Team Zayo networking with candidates at Denver Startup Week Job Fair 2018.

Continuous Learning

DSW gives Zayoites an opportunity to get out of the office and learn about something new to help them make a greater impact on their work each day. This year, DSW offered sessions ranging from marketing automation systems to understanding team dynamics to building an MVP.  Team Zayo had a chance to get out of their daily rhythms and pick up new skills and ideas to implement into their work. DSW is a welcome opportunity to create, grow, and connect.

Kylie Borgias, Product Marketing Manager at Zayo moderates the Product Marketer's Playbook session at Denver Startup Week 2018
Kylie Borgias, Product Marketing Manager at Zayo & Growth Track Chair for DSW’s Organizing Committee, moderating the “Product Marketer’s Playbook” session with speakers from SendGrid, Rebel AI, and Verizon.

Cheers to a wrap on Denver Startup Week 2018!

Kylie Borgias is focused on Product Marketing in Zayo’s CloudLink group. Before joining Zayo, Kylie worked in marketing for AdTech & EdTech startups. She volunteers with Denver Startup Week’s Growth Track committee and studied marketing at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.