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Siemens Energy Inc. will help market Tendril Networks “smart grid” electric power management software to utility companies under a new partnership. Siemens Venture Capital, a VC arm of the industrial giant, also invested an undisclosed amount in Boulder-based Tendril Networks, the companies announced Monday. Siemens will market the Tendril Connect platform to U.S. and Canadian utilities initially, and then expand the partnership internationally. “This alliance vastly expands Tendril’s footprint, putting our next generation energy management solutions into the hands of more utilities around the world,”

Age: 33 Birthplace: Lancaster, Calif. Education: Undergraduate studies in Boulder, Colo; MBA at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Career History: Following college, Cutting lived in Spain and when he returned to the States, taught high school Spanish. He then pursued his business “itch” at Cal Poly and began working on entrepreneurial small businesses with other students, becoming part of the Sun Microsystems E-Commerce Incubator Program. While working for Sun, he co-founded Niveus Media in 2002, leaving in 2004 to focus fully on Niveus. Greatest Business Achievements: Developing the fifth generation of Niveus products in just five years. Advice: “Become an expert

Denver Entrances & Exits: Sears opened a site in the Crossroads Mall in Boulder. CompUSA closed one Computer City location, reformatted one into a CompUSA and opened an additional store. Costco plans to open two stores in the area. Economy: According to a survey by Price WaterhouseCoopers, in 1998 Colorado companies raised a $518 million venture capital. Plus, 75 venture capital firms invested in Colorado companies in the fourth quarter. Many invested in technology-based companies. Plans to develop Stapleton, the area that had once been an airport, are underway. The city hopes to build starter homes, targeting the lower-middle class. Lodo (Lower downtown) is

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