My goal is to have a software/web/app development job by 2016, so one year ago yesterday I started Colorado Tech Weekly to keep myself up-to-date on what was happening in the technology community in Colorado. I turned it into a blog because I knew that if I wanted to know what was going on, so did a lot of other people. This happens to be a theme within the Colorado tech community. Don’t just help yourself, help everyone else!
5 things I’ve learned in no particular order
- Startups are noisy – I mean this in the nicest way possible. They’re launching, acquiring more funding, announcing exciting partnerships, filing for IPOs, getting acquired by larger companies and generally creating a ton of buzz. A lot of our startups are tech startups and it’s fun and easy to get caught up in the excitement!
- There is no shortage of helpful people – The people and companies that make up the Colorado tech community are a helpful bunch. If you can think of a programming language, a framework or a discipline, there is probably a Meetup group here to help you learn about it. Speaking of Meetup groups…
- There is no shortage of fun, helpful events – If I went to every tech related event just in the Denver area, I would be constantly busy. Between monthly group meetups, startup weeks, hackathons and conferences I wouldn’t have any time to do anything else!
- Twitter may not be the best way to keep track of all the tech people in Colorado – I thought I would be clever and follow every person and company related to the Colorado tech industry. I didn’t anticipate that my Colorado Tech list would end up topping 1500 accounts. I also didn’t anticipate that Twitter would only allow me to follow 2001 accounts. Argh!
- I can’t get over the “community” part of the Colorado tech community – Startups are growing and multiplying like rabbits. Large companies are celebrating big projects. There is such a great atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement! Companies, groups and experienced designers and developers are more than willing to help each other, their neighborhoods and newbies to the profession. It’s amazing!
- My site receives around 200 visits per month. About 100 of those come from Colorado
- 1,636 Twitter accounts listed in my Colorado Tech list
- 25 different local news sources found
Top 5 Colorado Tech Weekly posts:
- Colorado Tech Weekly #33: Volunteering, court battles and new things
- Colorado Tech Weekly #22: Thank you from a veteran
- Colorado Tech Weekly #51: Adtech thrives, a #boulderwin and Colorado gets a new CIO
- Colorado Tech Weekly #38: C-Level at Mile High and Promising Futures
- Colorado Tech Weekly #47: So Much News, There’s News About News
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Top 5 most mentioned companies:
Where do I go from here?
- I’m going to keep doing the same thing, just more of it.
- Next week I am going to start a 2nd news series: Dev News Weekly. It will focus on national news for developers. It will probably focus on web development as that’s where my focus has been.
- I will start posting at least 1 opinion post per month.
- I will be better at posting project updates. Half the reason I started my CTW posts was to drive smart people like you to my site so you can see what cool things I am up to.
Thanks a ton for reading! I keep trying to tell myself that I write these blog posts for my benefit and it’s just an extra bonus that other people might read them but it’s really nice to know people do read them.