A Whiteboard ‘Spark’ed Innovation

Ben B | 4/23/14

I published an article about whiteboards on SparkBoulder.com recently and it got me thinking about how whiteboards played a big part in the history of Spark Boulder, the first space for startups at CU.

Myself, Fletcher, and the nLab had worked for months trying to find a space on campus for student entrepreneurs. Despite our efforts, we were surprised to find that space on campus was a scarce resource. Without a space, we really didn’t know what to do next.

At about that time Fletcher got a grant from Awesome Boulder to create the Awesome Board (see picture above), a whiteboard setup in the middle of campus where students could write their ideas. The board was quickly filled with all types of thoughts from students, some funny, some sad, some interesting, and some inappropriate. I even busted out some of my street art for the hash tag #awesomeboard. All types of students came together around the idea of innovation, including the students who eventually made Spark a success.

It was at the Awesome Board that Fletcher Richman met Lexi Weiner, the leader of a parallel group looking to create a space on campus for innovation. We quickly joined forces and were excited when we realized that Lexi’s group knew of a space less than a block from campus that we could lease. This changed our focus from getting the school to give space to getting the school to lease space.

Unfortunately, getting them to give money wasn’t any easier than getting them to give space and we eventually turned to the community. This path wasn’t easy either, but eventually we found some amazing sponsors who bankrolled the build-out and launch of Spark Boulder.

It is pretty cool to think that Spark Boulder never would have never happened if some of its founders weren’t brought together by a whiteboard. I also think it is pretty cool that the whole purpose of Spark is to bring like-minded student entrepreneurs together to change the world.

About The Author

Ben currently works as a senior developer and technical business consultant outside of Boulder, Colorado.

Read more about Ben

About Buink

Buink Web Development is a development shop founded in 2009 by Ben Buie. For years, Ben built and modified web assets for clients in Utah. In 2011, he moved the company to Colorado and in 2015 he started taking on new clients full-time.

Buink’s Core Values:

  • Cost effective technology (with business strategy in mind)
  • Eloquent, maintainable code
  • Responsive and transparent communication

Read more about Buink

Seth Lofgreen
Seth L.
21:36 29 Jun 19
Ben and team are incredible to work with. They are reliable and proficient. I'd highly recommend hiring them for web development work. SethVOLTAGE
Craig Adams
Craig A.
20:50 18 Jun 19
It was a pleasure to work with Ben and his team. It is rare to find such attention to high standards of coding and devops.
Lexi Steele
Lexi S.
15:36 18 Jun 19
Grateful to have Ben and his team as such a capable, reliable partner for completing client work!
Tom Showalter
Tom S.
13:18 14 Jun 19
I reached out to Buink after finding Ben’s name in a local developer/consultant listing in 2017, and I have to say, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Buink. Ben consistently understands not just the development task laid in front of him but the business application behind the task. I’ve never felt more comfortable with a development team than I do with Buink. I truly feel Ben and his team are integral partners in the success of my business.read more
Craig Scribner
Craig S.
22:01 13 Jun 19
Buink saved my company's bacon at a very critical moment during my company's evolution. With almost no warning we had found ourselves stranded without any dev support, even though we had hundreds of users from big brands every day logging into our application and relying on things to keep working. We couldn't afford to have system failures, and I was amazed at—and will be forever grateful for—the way the Buink team stepped in and calmly assumed control of the craft. We and our clients were safe in their expert hands from that moment forward. I whole-heartedly recommend the quality of their work and the dedicated and ethical leadership they continually provide.read more
Marilyn Ference
Marilyn F.
22:47 13 May 19
I could not recommend Buink Web Development more highly. Ben and his team have recently developed a budgeting app for me (both web and IOS). I have had the opportunity of working with them for over a year and I am extremely happy with the results. I would say that the biggest plus for me is that I trust Ben completely. From the very first, Ben has helped me make decisions that were in the best interest of my company. I have never felt like he is taking advantage of me. Ben does his best to keep the whole process very open and upfront. I have really appreciated that.I tell people all the time that I love my developers. And I do. I'm very happy that I chose to use Buink to develop my apps. It was the best business decision I could have made.If you are looking for someone to develop a website or app, I strongly suggest choosing Buink Web Development. They are fantastic!Marilyn Ference, President, Defend Your Money, LLCread more
James Landon Buie
James Landon B.
01:33 28 Aug 18
Great company to help with all your web design needs!
Next Reviews

Connect with Buink

Connect with Buink via email, send us a message, or subscribe to our blog.