Denver remains one of the fastest-growing and most popular cities in the nation. Between 2010 and 2019, the city’s population grew by more than 21 percent, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Frankly, it’s no surprise why. Denver has the Colorado Rockies right in its backyard, which attracts young people looking to spend time with nature on the weekends. As more young people move to the area, great restaurants, breweries, and entertainment venues pop up. You’re left with a thriving city that connects nature with the comforts of a metro area.
Alongside the city’s population expansion, Denver’s technology job market has increased by 31.1 percent, making it one of the biggest talent hotspots in the country. People from all over America are coming to Denver, starting companies, and looking to hire top talent.
Among them are several software companies that are doing amazing things with niche industries, high-tech platforms and consumer-friendly products. Here are the 25 Denver software companies we’re keeping an eye on.
Everyone wants an easier car-buying experience, dealers included, and A2Z Sync is making that dream a reality. The company provides a software platform, in addition to training and support for car dealers across the country, helping them deliver a one-person sales model that benefits their dealership and their customers.
Service-based businesses are notoriously difficult to manage, but Accelo makes things as easy as possible. Their suite of tools brings together all of the disparate systems that service businesses have to juggle, including sales, support tickets, retainers and reporting.
Apto is a customer relationship and deal management tool for commercial real estate brokers. Built by brokers for brokers (the company’s founder, Tanner McGraw, spent a decade as a broker), Apto provides real estate professionals with everything they need to manage their contacts and close more leads.
Brandfolder is located in the heart of Denver and prides itself on being one of the leading digital asset management platforms. Its software is used by some of the most well-known brands in the world (Slack, Tripadvisor, Lyft, Sonos, etc.) to deliver robust, consistent and organized experiences to customers.
Cloud Elements, recently acquired by UiPath, offers an API integration toolkit to make sure the various software tools and apps that companies use work together and share information. In a world where most companies work with dozens of apps throughout the day, integration is a must; otherwise, sales and lead generation can grind to a halt.
CT Connect transforms the way sales leaders manage their time and train their reps. Their platform delivers “management intelligence” to sales professionals in companies like Adobe and Appian. It helps them understand exactly where they’re spending their time and how they can better use it to improve their pipeline.
Convercent by OneTrust offers individualized software monitoring tools to ensure companies stay compliant with the regulations set out in their industries. It allows companies to integrate with third-party and historical data so they have a full compliance picture they can act on — potentially saving them thousands of dollars annually in fines.
Four Winds Interactive
The Four Winds Interactive platform enables some of the world’s biggest enterprises (American Airlines, Wells Fargo, MGM Resorts, Microsoft) to connect with customers and employees through digital signage, kiosks and mobile apps. There’s no better way for brands to deliver lightning-fast access to the real-time information their customers need.
What started in Denver has now expanded into Boulder, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Seattle and Austin. Galvanize offers tools to learn web development, data science, and engineering to give people the tools they need to build their own startups. The company offers part-time courses and tutorials, whether you want to become an expert or just sharpen your skills.
Gusto’s SaaS solution makes it easy for businesses of all sizes to run payroll and manage HR. Tools include a full-service payroll solution, time tracking, employee onboarding and medical, dental and vision cover. The company has also built a series of financial tools like the Gusto Wallet app and Gusto Cashout to help companies protect their employees’ financial futures.
Sometimes, you need your consumer research and analysis within a few days, not a few months. GutCheck performs agile market research with interactive qualitative and quantitative methods. Gutcheck’s tools allow for automation, but also add the personal touch of full-service expertise. This means companies can test ideas or get feedback immediately from actual customers.
iBeta Quality Assurance
iBeta offers scalable quality assurance to help companies that experience seasonal (and even daily) ebbs and flows in demand. It tests everything from websites and mobile platforms to games and load capacity, so you know your website and digital presence will withstand high traffic.
Intermap uses big data analytics to help governments and businesses in aviation, insurance, railway, and telecommunications make location-based decisions. The company primarily works with two audiences: analysts who aren’t geographic specialists, and GIS experts who need to manipulate large volumes of data. Intermap’s tools combine the knowledge of both parties to provide answers.
It only makes sense that MapQuest would have its roots in Denver when the city and state are ripe for exploration. Over the past few years, the company has rebranded itself into travel experts, helping fans with reservations, recommendations and routes they need to discover a new adventure.
Digital collaboration has never been more important, which is great news for Mersive and its Solstice range of meeting collaboration solutions. Solstice is a SaaS meeting collaboration platform used by remote and local teams in corporate, education, and government markets to meet and simultaneously stream content from laptops, tablets, and phones to any display.
A division of EverCommerce, PaySimple works with service-based businesses to make it easier for them to accept all forms of payments, whether online or in person. PaySimple also works with B2B companies so they can spend more time working with clients instead of chasing invoices down for payment.
Ping Identity offers a scalable security platform for medium-sized and enterprise businesses, which is good to know when there are more digital threats to your company and your customer information than ever. Its tools include multi-factor authentication, single sign-on technology and access security.
ProCare Solutions, part of Wells Fargo Bank, is a leader in child management software. Child care owners and educators use the app to simplify the day-to-day management of a child care business, from booking services and communicating with parents to handling invoices.
ReadyTalk offers video and audio conferencing to make webinars and collaboration easier for teams. Customers can schedule calls, while attendees can take advantage of the interactive interface, which has polling and chat features to make calls more of a group activity.
If your business needs a trusted ally when it comes to security, Red Canary is the company to call. The team provides a cloud-based service and suite of tools to help organizations of all sizes get serious about security and protect the data and applications upon which their business depends.
Spekit is a leading sales-focused SaaS-based in-app digital adoption and enablement platform that helps you get new employees up and running as quickly as possible. The tool integrates with any software, including Salesforce, Slack and Outreach.io, giving employees immediate access to the answers and resources they need to effectively train themselves.
Headquartered in Denver with a string of international offices, Vertafore is a world leader in insurance technology. The company provides a range of SaaS solutions that help carriers, brokers and MGAs simplify and automate their workflows.
Webroot, an OpenText company, protects personal data across desktops and mobile devices by offering digital security solutions for home use and for businesses. It also focuses on IoT cybersecurity and cloud security as more customers transition into this part of the digital universe.
Wowza Media Systems
More than 35,000 organizations power their live streaming through Wowza, from Facebook to SpaceX and SONY. The company creates scalable streaming software — including virtual reality and 360-degree footage — with chat applications and APIs to create shareable experiences. Founded in 2007, it plans to stay ahead of today’s video-sharing trends in the same way it has been for over a decade.
Founded in 2006, Zen Planner works with fitness companies across America and the world to manage their operations, payment and member services. The Zen Planner Suite provides everything fitness professionals need to thrive, from a responsive website and digital marketing to customer care and billing. With this software, fitness business owners can focus on doing what they love while Zen Planner takes care of everything else.
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