Galvanize has tapped into Ethernet services from Comcast to bring faster data speeds to the entrepreneurs and digital start-ups it serves in the Denver area.
Galvanize first opened the doors on its 30,000-square-foot facility in October of last year. The facility was designed for collaboration and helps companies at every stage of the start-up continuum – one individual with an idea working in the shared space, a team of three working in dedicated stations and suites for companies ranging from six to more than 20 employees.
In order to serve its customers, Galvanize had fast Internet speeds and security at the top of its priority list. To solve those needs, Comcast installed both an Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) and Ethernet Private Line (EPL) connection.
Designed for organizations needing more bandwidth and a highly secure, dedicated connection between their existing local area network (LAN) and the public Internet, Ethernet Dedicated Internet provides an Ethernet Virtual Connection from the Galvanize location to a Comcast Internet point of presence (POP) router. The building is connected to 300 Mbps of service to start with, but the service is scalable to 2 Gbps.
"We chose Comcast because they were not only the clear leader for business-class Ethernet, but they came highly recommended from trusted friends, colleagues and other businesses in the area," said Jim Deters, founder of Galvanize. "Comcast's strong interest in aligning with a community focused on innovation affirmed in our mind that we had found the right partner. The planning, guidance and delivery provided by the Comcast team gave all the companies in our space rock-solid service on which to run their businesses. High-speed connectivity is like oxygen to our community – it must be insanely fast, plentiful and be reliable."
Galvanize hosts a community for start-ups that range in size and growth, starting with a community area with "hot desks," which are designed for the earliest of start-ups or solo innovators working remotely.
For companies further along on the growth continuum, Galvanize offers permanent desks, as well as "G Suites," which remain part of the larger entrepreneurial community. Galvanize’s building is open to its members 24/7. Galvanize is currently home to start-ups such as Roximity, Uber, GoSpotCheck and Forkly.
"For entrepreneurs, we know that scalable and reliable connectivity is second only to coffee in terms of importance," said Rich Jennings, regional senior vice president of Comcast in Colorado. "While Comcast isn't in the caffeine business, we have connectivity handled. It's no secret that advanced technology is the foundation for success in the start-up world, and that's why it's so rewarding to partner with forward-thinking organizations such as Galvanize to support entrepreneurs and power the next generation of innovation."
Aided by its Metro Ethernet offerings, Comcast’s business services increased its revenues by 34 percent in the third quarter of last year compared with the same quarter in 2011.