Fast-growing, socially conscious startups Guild Education and Project Canary are a family affair

December 13, 2021
Denver Business Journal
Greg Avery

chris romer and Rachel Carlson

Lots of father-daughter relationships are close, but few have the connection to running tech startups that Chris Romer and Rachel Carlson can claim.

Carlson is co-founder and CEO of Denver-based Guild Education, a nearly 1,300-employee company that “up skills” front-line workers by helping businesses make access to higher education an employee benefit.

Romer, CEO of Denver’s Project Canary, is her father. He was one of the earliest employees at Guild Education and now credits working there as teaching him a lot of what’s needed to run a growing startup.

“I’m probably the only tech CEO in America that was trained by his oldest daughter to be a CEO,” Romer says.

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About Project Canary

Project Canary is a SaaS-based data analytics company focused on accurate corporate climate ESG data for emission-intensive industrial companies. We are the leaders in holistic environmental assessments (air, water, land, and community). Project Canary scores responsible operations, delivering independent emission profiles via high-fidelity continuous monitoring technology to provide actionable environmental performance data. Our sensor portfolio includes high-fidelity spectroscopy-based methane detection and emissions quantification for the oil and gas sectors, plus Aeris Technologies’ laser-based gas analyzers covering other emissions, including ethane, nitrous oxide, formaldehyde, ethylene oxide, benzene, and more. Formed as a Public Benefit Corporation, Project Canary’s Denver-based team of scientists, engineers, and seasoned industry operators identify and quantify areas to reduce emissions.

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