Rule4 named startup of the year by Boulder Chamber
Tuesday March 17, 2020
BOULDER -- Global cybersecurity and emerging technology advisory services firm Rule4 received the Boulder Chamber’s Startup of the Year Award during the chamber’s 2020 Celebration of Leadership ceremony.
Each year, the Boulder Chamber recognizes six local organizations and community leaders for their positive impact in the region. Rule4 was nominated for the award by SomaLogic, a Boulder-based biotechnology company specializing in proteomics.
“[Rule4 has] become really special to us — they’re more than just a vendor,” said Fintan Steele, SomaLogic’s chief corporate communications and culture officer.
“We consider them a full partner not just in data security, but in our mission to bring about a healthier world; we can’t say that about everyone we work with.”
Steele said Rule4’s services are critical to SomaLogic.
“Our work relies not just on our technology, but also on our ability to secure and protect the sensitive personal data of hundreds of thousands of people — soon millions,” he said. “Rule4 has made stuff happen for us in the past year that has helped us leap ahead.”
Rule4’s co-CEOs Dan Mackin and Trent R. Hein accepted the award from Steele and credited the vitality of the Boulder community for much of the company’s success. Boulder has continued to serve as the epicenter of Colorado’s entrepreneurial scene, with six times more tech startups per capita than the nation’s average, according to the 2013 Kauffman Foundation Tech Starts study.
“This community is the tech hotbed. It’s not Silicon Valley, it’s not Manhattan. It’s right here,” said Hein.
“We know there are hundreds of deserving startups out there in Colorado, so we don’t accept this lightly,” said Mackin.
“It’s an incredible honor, and we’re absolutely blown away by the support of the Boulder community.”
Rule4 is a 100% employee-owned, bootstrapped company. Its global client base spans four continents and ranges from small local nonprofits to global companies with more than 50,000 employees.
Since its launch, Rule4 has been selected as one of Built In Colorado's 50 Best Small Companies to Work For, was profiled by The Alliance Center as a Best for Colorado company, and was named a ColoradoBiz Top Company Finalist.
Most recently, the Colorado Technology Association selected Co-CEO Hein as the 2019 Colorado Entrepreneurial Excellence award winner.