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IT'S EASY TO dismiss Boulder as a granola-sprinkled idyll, and it is a healthy kind of place: Triathletes flock here during the first week of August to compete in Ironman Boulder, a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run past creeks and parks on the Boulder Creek Trail. But look closely and you'll see a city on the verge of transformation. Thanks largely to startup accelerator Techstars, it is home to more than a hundred startups. From its gold-mining days to its rep as a hippie haven, Boulder has championed discovery, and its entrepreneurship scene underscores what residents already know: Boulder is a city of the future.