Jewish Entrepreneurs Find Home in Boulder

Andrew Murray, Co-Founder, CTO & Meteorologist at OpenSnow

Even as a kid, Andrew Murray had an entrepreneurial mind. Whether it was building cities in the mud or setting up an ice cream stand in his Evergreen neighborhood, Murray knew he was destined to be his own boss. Starting a web development company while still in high school was Murray’s first real foray into the start-up world. These days, Murray is the co-founder of Boulder-based OpenSnow, a weather forecaster for all 386 ski resorts in the US. Murray and his partner, Joel Gratz are grateful to be a part of the Boulder startup scene as well as the local Jewish community. Says Murray:

I feel being a part of a great community makes me more Jewish than going to synagogue regularly or doing Jewish things on my own. “

Many have their theories as to why Boulder in particular, the Jewish community and the startup scene are tightly connected. For Murray, it’s pretty simple:

With the number of Jews in the Boulder startup community that I know (including my own co- founder), it has to be more than something in the water. I think the desire to create something new, and desire to be successful are values that are supported and encouraged by a Jewish lifestyle.”

Bldr SW Jews BrewsWith this week being Boulder Startup Week, a five-day event that aims to strengthen the ties of the Boulder Startup world through events, parties, and happy hours, as well as Shavuot, Flatiron Tribe, the young professionals group of the Boulder JCC is hosting its 3rd annual Jews, Brews, and Startup Gurus. Come meet Andrew Murray and fellow Jewish entrepreneurs, for this dairy-themed happy hour on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30-7:00 pm at T/ACO. For more information visit the Flatiron Tribe Facebook event page.

About Jayme Zerivitz

Jayme is the Communications and Marketing Director at the Boulder JCC. She holds a BA in Communication from Tulane University. She is also a mom of two girls who loves living in Boulder.

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