Rule4 Named Startup of the Year

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Boulder Chamber honors cybersecurity consulting firm at Celebration of Leadership awards

Global cybersecurity and emerging technology advisory services firm Rule4 was awarded the Startup of the Year Award at Wednesday night’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, Chief Corporate Communications and Culture Officer at SomaLogic. “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 stressed that 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. 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. Mackin built on that, saying, “We know there are hundreds of deserving startups out there in Colorado, so we don’t accept this lightly. 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. Rule4 also completed B Corp certification within its first year, a rigorous process that very few startups undertake. Certified B Corporations are held to the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

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.

In closing, Mackin challenged the Chamber’s business leaders to continue playing a part in growing the next generation of business leaders in Colorado. “Give a little of yourself to help perpetuate this amazing hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Whether it’s a little bit of your time or a lot, make an effort to let someone bounce ideas off of you, to nudge someone in the right direction, and be a friend.”

Learn more about Rule4 at or @rule4 on Twitter.

About Rule4

Rule4 provides cybersecurity and emerging technology advisory services to a global client base. Its offerings range across cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, industrial IoT, incident response, governance and compliance (HIPAA, PCI DSS, ISO/IEC 27001 and more), automation, site-reliability engineering, IT transformation, and more. With close to a century of combined experience and a deep pool of credentials, Rule4’s engineers are uniquely qualified to solve complex problems and create custom solutions.

Rule4’s mission is to build an extraordinary, enduring organization that has a positive impact on the world and brings happiness to clients and staff. As part of that, Rule4 earned status as a Certified B Corporation and prioritizes work with mission-driven clients.

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