Your Speakers

Dearest reader,

Denver Startup Week has just begun. Insight Night is on Tuesday (and you should come). There is so much going on, your head is completely spinning. Or maybe you’re wrapped up in Football season. Whatever, you’re busy, we get it. So know that we wouldn’t’ve posted this if it wasn’t super important.

Announcing your Ignite Denver 18 Speakers!

  • Kindergarten is the New First Grade. Is That a Good Thing? (Heather Curnett)
  • How to Raise a Fucking Lady (Kat Atwell)
  • Why I love cities (Chris Jones)
  • Six Things I Learned While Riding My Bike (Paul Iwancio)
  • The JOY Thief! (Maureen McNamara)
  • Dookie Jokes and Being a Consumer in America (Kia M. Ruiz)
  • My Dick is Bigger in Japan: Understanding Women of the World (Reid Fenlaw)
  • How to make your community not suck! (Ian Harwick)
  • And a very, very special appearance you won’t want to miss…

Here we have ten speakers (including Jared Ewy, who always warms up the crowd with an intro deck) ready to share their brilliance, wit, and pithy humor with you. Don’t read anything into the order, now. That won’t be finalized for weeks. This is just the order in which the submissions were received.

With the help of these excellent souls, we will be bringing you a night of inspiration, joy, and toilet humor (which, as we all know, is the very best kind).


You want tickets? We got tickets! Early-bird pricing is in full effect: They’re only five bucks!

Get your tickets here!


Some of the most Useful Ignite Denver Sparks

Again we share the disclaimer that this is by no means a Top 3 or the only 3. If you’d like to be inspired and informed then please go to our Youtube channel and press play. It could be the only place on the Internet where you can search absinthe or sticky and come up with something  that might actually improve your life. But, to save time, we’ve curated a few of our favorites, including the only Ignite Denver Spark we allowed to go longer than five minutes. It was amazing.

But first, please hold for this important announcement.

Ignite Denver is October 9th at 7pm. Save money by clicking here to get your tickets NOW. 

Also, we like to warn people about language. Not only are there smart, revolutionary expressions here (beware JeffCo School Board,) but some words that might be construed as dirty and/or loin-stirring lewdness.

Is My Web Guy F#cking Me?: Erik Wolf

Becky Tate: 30 Days of Pleasure

Aaron Templer: A Rhythm Runs Through It, Our Lives Defined by Beats

Some of the Funniest Ignite Denver Sparks

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As we barrel towards yet another Ignite Denver, we thought we’d prime you with some of the funnier Ignite Sparks.* This is by no means a definitive set of all the funny. It’s only a small selection of the informational wizardry delivered on the stage at the Oriental Theater. Which, btw, our next Ignite Denver is October 9th. Get tickets here and get them now for the early bird special. Now…enjoy killing a fall day by cuddling up with some comedy. If you’re at work, around children, or crammed next to a traveling youth group at a crowded airport, put on some headphones.**

Arif Gangji: Teach your kids how to manage money or they’ll move back home when they are 30

Marissa Berlin: The Art of the Heckle

Tim Davids: The Truth About Sleep Deprivation

Tim Nicklas: Pittsburghese – A Dialectical Primer

Kelly Tidd: Bitches Love Candles: And Other Courtship Fallacies

* Sparks are the 5-minute Ignite presentations. We’re always open to suggestions of Sparks that you think are funny.
**Ah, to hell with headphones. Today’s kids need to get enlightened somehow.