Why Denver's tech industry has a chip on its shoulder – Axios

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The theme song for this year's Denver Startup Week might as well be Aretha Franklin's "Respect."
State of play: The annual thinkfest that starts today is celebrating its 10th year, just as the Denver metro is minting "unicorns" — startup companies with valuations over $1 billion.
Yes, but: Denver's tech industry still feels like it doesn't get the kind of respect it deserves, particularly from the navel-gazing crowd in Silicon Valley.
That lament was apparent in a Clubhouse chat hosted by Startups Across America in June that featured leaders of local tech and venture capital firms.
The other side: Local startup leaders had the last laugh.
"You can be just as ambitious, accomplish what you want, and much more easily have the quality of life that you want," Erickson added.
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