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Hotel Madeline 568 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435

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Why go to the Town of Mountain Village for Telluride Startup Weekend on July 12-14?
  • It will be 76 degrees (what heat wave?)
  • The Telluride Venture Accelerator hosts their Pitch Day on the Monday afterward (7/15), and all of the investors and tech celebrities will be in town just over the weekend, in plenty of time for Startup Weekend’s final pitches on Sunday.
  • Take a ride on the Gondola where your fellow passenger very well might be the CEO of a fortune 500.
  • We’ve bundled lodging for Friday, Saturday and Sunday into a ticket for less than it ever costs to stay in Telluride for one day!  Plus all of your meals are included at Startup Weekend.  Get that deal here.
  • People from all over the Southwest will attend to make new connections and launch new ideas.
  • Success is when Preparation meets Opportunity.  We think this might be the best use of that expression ever.
  • Altitude makes beer work better.
  • We’re working and staying at the Hotel Madeline in Mountain Village.  Where else can you work with a view like this?


Startup Weekend First Timers

Global Sponsor resources for this weekend’s attendees




Jul 12
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & warmup
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jul 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner & Party!
  • Wrapup & Go home
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Contributing Sponsors

Len Metheny

Founder Vidergize

Founder & CEO, ApplyYourself & Vidergize: In 1998, Len founded and served as CEO of ApplyYourself, Inc., a SaaS platform for college and university enrollment management. Len raised venture capital and successfully grew ApplyYourself to be the premier management software used by more than 300 universities and the 400 member colleges of The Common Application. In 2006, ApplyYourself was named in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Growth Companies. Len received the Lifetime Visionary Award from a leading admissions association for his contributions and advancements in the college and admissions field. ApplyYourself was sold to the UK-based Daily Mail in 2007. Len is now working on launching a new tech venture called Vidergize and lives in Telluride full-time with his wife and two children.

Gary Cantor

co-founder & President, Florida Peninsula

Gary co-founded
Florida Peninsula in 2005 and has grown it into the 6th largest homeowners
insurance company in Florida. Previously, Gary was the co-founder and President of
Seven Seas Communications, the largest reseller of satellite telephone services in
North America (sold to a Bell Canada subsidiary in 2000). He was also the General
Manager of Boatphone which was the first licensed cellular phone carrier in the
Eastern Caribbean. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989
and BSBA from Boston University in 1984. He currently lives in Telluride with his
wife and 13 year old son, Max.

Cordell Brown

CEO at Airborne Media Group

Co-Founder and CEO of the start-up wireless and social media technology company, AMG, the creators of Audioair--new technology that permits a Smartphone user to selectively listen to televisions and wireless displays that must have their audio muted for practical noise considerations. Among the scores of applications for Audioair is the use of the emerging Audioair network as a powerful location based social media and digital advertising platform.

Jack A. Donenfeld

has been practicing law for over 36 years, both in large and medium size firms and, for the last 20 years, as the founder and President of his own firm. Drawing both on his legal skills and his experience in investing in businesses and real estate ventures, his work focuses on capital formation, securities, corporate/transaction-oriented business law and real estate. He also is a leader in multi-generational trust planning and wealth preservation planning
and regularly leads continuing legal education seminars in his areas of expertise.

Jack Donenfeld’s clients include entrepreneurs, start-up and closely-held businesses, family offices, venture capital and private equity groups, investors and investment funds, securities broker-dealers, sponsors of securities offerings and real estate investors and developers. His work includes business/project and investment planning and negotiation in the U.S. and in several countries outside of the U.S. where he has personal and professional relationships.

In addition to working with individuals and companies, Jack Donenfeld regularly advises other lawyers and law firms in connection with claims of legal malpractice and repairing mishandled transactions and lawyer-client relationships. He has been engaged as an advisor and expert witness in litigation involving fiduciary duties, business acquisitions, securities law
claims and broker-dealer due diligence standards. He also has provided expert opinions in business valuation matters in connection with divorces and buy-sell agreements.


Jon Rossi

Founder/Managing Director Startup Denver   |  

After attending StartupWeekend Boulder in April 2009, Jon took the plunge. He’s now working on his first two startups. He is a social-media, technology and business enthusiast who wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Jon is the lead organizer for StartupWeekend Denver and Boulder. When not working on Startup projects, Jon is busy helping the community and being a social connector for Denver.

Companies: StartupDenver / StartupJobFair / TheStartupShirt

Daniel Marlow

Senior Software Engineer GoDaddy Group

Dan has over 20 years of comprehensive experience in all areas of software development including planning, architecture, integration with other systems, prototyping, delivery and ongoing maintenance of successful projects.

Dan is active in promoting teamwork to succeed with new concepts and enhancements to existing tools.

Dan is currently Senior Software Engineer and Team Leader with the GoDaddy Group in Scottsdale Arizona and a active member of the Durango Tech and Developers community

Ben Thompson

Creative Director at Studiofluid

In 2007 Ben left Sony's Design Center in Santa Monica to start Studiofluid, a boutique branding and UI agency. Since then he's led digital design projects for the Dallas Museum of Art, Garmont, YMCA, the Smithsonian Institution and currently advises tech startups including Credly, eGood and Scratch-it.

Ben recently relocated to Durango with his wife and 2 young children. He is excited to meet members in the tech community, and share from his experiences—be sure to say hello!

Specialties: Brand & Product Strategy, Visual Systems Design, Identity Development, UX, UI Design.

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