Colorado Tech Weekly #296: Webroot Gets Acquired and Colorado Tech Continues to Grow

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

I’ve been doing this series for almost 5 years and in that time the already thriving Colorado tech community has continued unprecedented growth. When I started at Infinicept, we had 5 employees and when we went out for a company lunch on Friday we went with 23 people!

It would be really easy for me to take our growth for granted but it is important that we not only stay humble about our growth but also that we do so responsibly and with kindness.

Only 4 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Carbonite to acquire Broomfield’s Webroot for $618.5M [BizWest]
  • EVS shuffles exec team [BizWest]
  • Goodbye WorldView-4? Our perspective on the recent Westminster-based Maxar announcement [apollomapping]
  • Tech’s impact on Denver — A budding scene [InnovatioNews]
  • Shattering the cybersecurity glass ceiling at the
    Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot youth cybersecurity competition in Arvada [YourHub]
  • Centennial’s proposed Amazon HQ2 site actively marketed for commercial development [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s SpotX partners with The Trade Desk for its Unified ID Solution [SpotX]
  • Denver-based Ping announces updates to its software products [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Mersive debuts Solstice 4.0 and the Next Generation hardware platform [Mersive]
  • Our Biggest Year Yet: Colorado Springs-based Titan Robotics gears up for 2019 Expos [TitanRobotics]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #295: SendGrid Highlights Colorado Tech’s Monetary Value and We Talk About Imposter Syndrome

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I’ve been a software developer for just over a year now. My first year was definitely a constant battle against imposter syndrome. Now that I have experience, that imposter syndrome is gone right? Hahahaha-no. It turns out that imposter syndrome isn’t just for newbies. It can be a constant issue for all developers and I like talking about it for the same reason I enjoy talking about mental health. Both issues are things that most people have to deal with and both issues are things that most people don’t talk about. This is why I’m excited to see that a few Colorado tech groups are getting together on February 12 to talk about imposter syndrome openly.

Infinicept is hiring again for a Software Engineer so we can bring our team of developers up to 6! I enjoy working for Infinicept partly because as an employee of a small company I get to help shape the culture. We’re a team that enjoys achieving together, learning together and helping each other out. I joke with my co-workers that I feel like I’m telling candidates what they want to hear when they ask about our culture. Interested? Let us know!

Only 5 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Gusto continues ‘incredible’ growth in Denver with latest expansion to employ 1000 [DBJ]
  • As Denver-based Ibotta hits $500M cash-back milestone a new way to get that cash is in the works [DBJ]
  • Denver’s ThreatX taps cybersecurity veteran Chris Brazdziunas to speed innovation [InnovatioNews]
  • Division of Denver digital services firm,
    Statêra, acquired by Baltimore company, Catalyte [DBJ]
  • Why MyStrength, a Denver tech firm focused on mental health, decided to sell its business [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Inscripta raises $30 million in capital [BizWest]
  • How the chief ethics officer of Denver ethics software firm, Convercent, handles business biggest issues [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Stateless secures $11.3M in Series A funds to improve network connectivity [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado medical device maker, JustRight Surgical, rebrands as Bolder Surgical after $27M raise enters adult surgical market [DBJ]
  • Twilios purchase of Denver-based SendGrid just closed and the deal is now worth $1 billion more [DBJ]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #294: More Than Just Skills, Compensation and Benefits

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

Infinicept is hiring again for a Software Engineer so we can bring our team of developers up to 6! I enjoy working for Infinicept partly because as an employee of a small company I get to help shape the culture. We’re a team that enjoys achieving together, learning together and helping each other out. I joke with my co-workers that I feel like I’m telling candidates what they want to hear when they ask about our culture.

I’ve noticed that there’s been a lot of companies hiring and people starting new jobs recently. It’s neat to see what people and companies bring to the table that is more than just skills, compensation and benefits. It feels like those things are an expected part of getting and keeping talent but the important part is the way you feel about a company or person? Maybe “how they make you feel” is not the right way to put it, but I’m talking about the things that are hard to put in a job posting or resume that makes managing talent (yours and others’) challenging and interesting.

I am dangerously close to launching off on a tangent so before I do that, here’s this week’s latest tech news and events! Only 6 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. After that, you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 minutes with Adam Enbar the founder of a WeWork-owned coding school that’s coming to Denver [DBJ]
  • RingCentral to acquire Boulders Connect First [BizWest]
  • Denver-area cable company, Wideopen West, laying off more than 200 employees [DBJ]
  • New Colorado CIO wants to deliver ‘customer delight’ to state workers and residents [StateScoop]
  • Westminster-based Maxar’s shares plummet after satellite failure [DenverPost]
  • Highlands Ranch’s Field Squared closes 2018 second year of record revenue growth [FieldSquared]
  • Denver-based Choozle donates $2772.33 to two Denver nonprofits [Choozle]
  • Denver-based Visible launches on Android plans to sell smartphones [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Technical Integrity acquires diversity and inclusion startup, Find My Flock [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Nominations open for 2019 Colorado Manufacturing Awards deadline is Feb. 15 [InnovatioNews]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #293: Board Games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week and how they’re all connected

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I run a tech blog series in my spare time so it will come to no surprise that I am a big nerd. After playing board games with friends on Friday (we escaped the Forbidden Island!) I was considering ways to nerd out during the rest of the year. My patient wife went with me to check out the new gaming store near us in Littleton (It’s called The Gaming Goat and it’s pretty cool) and I found a program for Genghis Con.

Genghis Con is a long running gaming convention in Colorado. When I went to the Genghis Con website I saw that it was created by Vaquero Digital Services. I had a feeling that Genghis Con is the type of organization to use a local web development company so I decided to look into Vaquero Digital Services. Vaquero Digital Services makes an app called Time Wrangler which I remember hearing about at Denver Startup Week from Chris Martinez. I got to meet Chris at Denver Startup Week because he was there helping to promote the Denver chapter of Bunker Labs which is an organization to help military veterans start businesses. I’m a Marine Corps veteran. Chris is an Army veteran. This leads me to my highlighted event this week, the Operation Code Relaunch! Operation Code is an organization dedicated to helping military veterans and their families start their careers in tech so if you’re looking to recruit veterans (and I know you are cuz you’ve contacted me), check that event out.

So that is how board games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week are all connected. It’s connected through veterans and community… and mostly Chris Martinez.

We’re 7 weeks away from Colorado Tech Weekly #300 which will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com. I got the Patreon page all set up and running. It’s gonna be cool!

Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Maxar CEO replaced by DigitalGlobe exec a year after Westminster HQ move [DBJ]
  • Broomfield creating Science City other developments on sites submitted for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • Denver-area company, Redefy Holdings, takes first step in plan to consolidate the ‘for sale by owner’ market [DBJ]
  • Front Range Community College officially launches manufacturing technology center [BizWest]
  • Centennial-based Mobile Solutions listed as number 5 on the Built in Colorado’s 2019 Best Places to Work [MobileSolutions]
  • ‘Crypto winter is upon us’: Denver’s ShapeShift lays off one-third of staff [BusinessDen]
  • Linord & Company joins Denver’s Catalyst HTI [MikeBiselli]
  • Loveland approves broadband bonding [BizWest]
  • Boulder utility tech company Tendril buys power consumption data business [DBJ]
  • Meet the 4 Colorado tech companies headed to SXSW Pitch 2019 [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #292: Automation is Great When It Works

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

This week it feels like 2019 is finally starting to kick into gear. It’s one of those weeks where I am REALLY tempted to share more than 10 things but I am stopped only by tradition and sheer stubbornness. However once I start posting these on the cool, new ColoradoTechWeekly.com I will have the option for users to get daily emails of Colorado Tech from me which will, hopefully, add some value for you.

Speaking of emails, as I get things set up for the new site I learned yesterday that my COTechWeekly@gmail.com email has NOT been being forwarded to my email inbox since… August I think. I noticed some cool tips and news stories that you’ve sent that I am very grateful for and very sorry that I’ve been ignoring.

As I get closer to Colorado Tech Weekly #300 which will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com I am increasingly wondering if I have any idea what I’m doing.

Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top Colorado Mobile App Developers 2019 [Kumulos]
  • Boulder’s Yonomi recognized as breakthrough IoT development tool [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Sphero donates $110K to classroom project nonprofit [BizWest]
  • Get to Know the Boulder Automox Team: Namaste Reid Director of Software Engineering [Automox]
  • Denver cloud solutions company Hosting.com merging with Chicago competitor [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Healthgrades acquires Birmingham firm to expand footprint [DBJ]
  • 2019 is the year of artificial intelligence for Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Radish Systems announces leadership transition CEO Szczurek leaves to become states information guru [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Sitter reassesses its future after shrinking margins [BizWest]
  • Boulder sports-tech firm TeamSnap inks its largest U.S. partnership with youth soccer program [DBJ]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #291: Every Kind of Technology

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

I like when there’s a trend in the tech news or a subject that I can focus on here before delivering the Colorado tech news that I find interesting. But I also really like it when there’s no theme because it shows how much is covered by our tech community! I noticed this especially in the upcoming events. It’s really cool that you can find an event for every kind of tech interest in Colorado!

Speaking of events, I’ll be at the Develop Happy Hour tomorrow night and I’ve made it a point to participate more in the Denver Devs Slack so please say “Hi!”

Here’s your reminder that Colorado Tech Weekly #300 will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com. Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Ping Identity expands leadership team with two new veteran executives [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network wants to improve TV ads by analyzing your emotions [DBJ]
  • Boulder company Alpine Media Technology LLC creates chairlift information system [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s Maxar incorporates in U.S. [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s internet of roads is a go. Soon cars will “talk” to signs and traffic signals [ColoradoSun]
  • New year new career? These 25 Denver tech companies have big hiring plans in 2019 [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network to double down on ‘huge gamble’ a narrowband IoT network [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Double Helix Optics raises $1.4 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Catalyst HTI adds Canadian mediation headband company, Muse, to campus [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Simple Energy expects to double revenue and help you cut back on energy [DBJ]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #290: Reflections, Predictions, A Mistake and a Universally Universal Remote

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10  technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning (Unless Monday was a holiday or the eve of a holiday that I used as an excuse to put off writing this post)!

Today is the first business day of 2019. Sure yesterday was New Years Day but today is the first day many of us go back to work after spending at least a little time reflecting. It would be nice if every first day back to work felt this way.

I’m gonna make a prediction that I know will come true because I have full control over the outcome. Colorado Tech Weekly #300 will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on my site because Colorado Tech Weekly is getting its own site!! I’m super excited for this!!

Have a great week and a great new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Ibotta’s Year In Review: 2018 Edition [Ibotta]
  • Looking Back on 2018 [KidsTek]
  • GetSparked Year in Review [SparkFun]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network patent reveals plans for the ultimate universal remote [DBJ]
  • Developer Relations: (More Than) The Art of Talking Good [EmilyFreeman]
  • Predictions for 2019 [KieranMcCarthy]
  • Investing in myself what worked in 2018 and my digital marketing predictions for 2019 [RyanLevander]
  • What caused nationwide CenturyLink outage? The root of the problem was in Denver memo says [DBJ]
  • Loveland names new leader for broadband division [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based Maxar’s decision to sell restructure satellite business looms [DBJ]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #289: Success Sets Up Expectations of Success

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10  technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

The end of the year always brings about feelings of reflection and hope. When I first started this series I would try to do predictions but I found that I was just creating a game that I was certain to lose then being annoyed that I was losing at the prediction game I invented. Instead I’ll just spend some time reflecting which should probably go into a blog post of its own but oh well.

2018 was my first full year as a software engineer!! I graduated with my Computer Science degree from Regis University!! I attended Denver Startup Week! I helped hire 3 more engineers, doubling our engineering team size!! I had an overwhelming year of successes that I am just now realizing and it is, understandably, overwhelming!!

You would think a year of successes would be easy, but a large part of me fears success because success sets expectations higher. Yeah I’m a software engineer, but can I continue to be a good one? Can I show that my degree is worth something? How do I help my team continue to grow and excel and grow?

Success sets up expectations for success. This is true for personal success as well as for companies, industries, areas, organizations, etc. I’m just gonna take a moment to enjoy my current successes and reflect on lessons learned before planning my future successes. I hope you can do the same.

Since I used Christmas Eve as an excuse to postpone Colorado Tech Weekly, I’m gonna do the same thing for New Years Eve! Have a great week! See ya next year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s TeamSnap appoints new leader to expand its fast-growing payments platform [TeamSnap]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics closes on $11 million equity raise [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Giide raises more than $350,000 for new learning app [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot reports 19th consecutive growth quarter [BizWest]
  • 2019 Cybersecurity & Tech Trend Predictions [zvelo]
  • Colorado is No. 2 on Milken Tech and Science Index [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver was a magnet for some of the world’s most recognizable tech companies in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Boulder software developers, Techtonic Group, look to grow apprenticeship program [BizWest]
  • Lockheed Martin Space could add up to 550 jobs in Jefferson County as part of its missile program [DenverPost]
  • California-based high-tech company Xactly making Denver its center of gravity [DenverPost]

Top Upcoming Events

  • THERE ARE NO TECH EVENTS THIS WEEK!

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Lessons I Learned My First Year As A Software Developer That Have Very Little To Do With Coding

December 4th marked my one year anniversary as a software engineer/developer/programmer/coder and after a year I have learned a few things. One of those things is that job titles mean very little, especially in a startup but I’m getting ahead of myself. So here are some of the non-technical lessons I have learned about being a developer in the past year in no particular order.

Being a software developer means being constantly overwhelmed but productive in spite of it

https://workingwomenoffaith.com/a-word-for-the-overwhelmed/

About 2 weeks into my job I had a bad day. Well I had a lot of bad days in my first year but this day I complained about it and the advice I got was that consistently succeeding at this job is hard. It’s true! Technology is constantly changing. Business logic is fuzzy and evolving. Algorithms are hard to track and predict how they’ll interact with other code.

It’s overwhelming. It’s more whelms than anyone can handle every day and it doesn’t get any better which is comforting in a weird way. Hearing that experienced developers struggle is a reminder that programming is hard regardless of how much experience we have.

Programmers are constantly being told we’re wrong. It’s a big part of our jobs and that’s OK

https://www.stilldrinking.org/programming-sucks

The afternoon of my first Friday at my new job I got a message from my lead developer, Nicholas. It was something along the lines of “We need to talk about a mistake in your code on Monday” and I started to worry. “What is he going to say? How will I deal with this criticism? He’s going to tell me I’m wrong!!” Then I started to panic a little. Then I thought about what I had been doing all week. Then I chuckled at myself.

When I run my code that doesn’t work correctly, my compiler tells me I’m wrong. When my code works, but not the way I intended, the results tell me I’m wrong. This happens multiple times a day. I am told constantly that I’m wrong by my computer so why should it be any different when the criticism comes from a person? Being able to take criticisms at face value is a good skill to have in this career. We are wrong and we are wrong a lot. And that’s ok. It’s just part of the job.

Questions are just questions

http://chasetechconsultants.com/featured/do-you-have-any-questions-for-me-what-to-ask-your-interviewer-intelligent-inquiries-to-stand-out-end-of-interview/

One big thing about working in a team is that other people are required to read and understand the code that you write. At Infinicept, this is the primary reason behind pull requests. I had never worked on a team before so initially I got very defensive when another developer would ask me why I did something a certain way and I would assume that I did the thing wrong and that they were passive aggressively letting me know that I was dumb. This is a lot to assume from someone asking a simple question.

Engineers like solving problems and we like finding different ways to solve the same problems. The kind of engineers I work with (and like to work with) like to help each other do this. This should be assumed to be the reason for questions until proven otherwise.

Equal parts pride and humility are required for this career

https://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/h/humility.asp

Being new to professional software development, my humility was unbound. No one was more humble than I was (that’s my favorite humility joke)! For months, my impostor syndrome was a huge part of how I saw myself even though I was aware that impostor syndrome makes no sense especially when I had the job and I was helping to hire more developers and I was contributing code and it was working. Too much humility makes you miserable.

As I took on more tasks, I found that I had to have a certain amount of pride to start the new task. I had to tell myself “I can do this thing I’ve never done” or “I can learn this thing I didn’t know existed til just now” or “This new idea is worth trying even though I came up with it.” We need to be proud of our work and our ideas to write code! However we can all picture working with someone with too much pride. That one person who doesn’t accept feedback and listen because they know all the things? I don’t want to be that person.

Being a software developer requires being proud of your ideas and your work and being accepting and proud of others’ ideas and work!

It’s VERY important to take care of yourself!

https://astepaheadfoundation.tumblr.com/post/163187257644/its-so-important-to-take-care-of-yourself-do

In March I started to feel like I should be more competent. I had been a professional coder for 4 WHOLE MONTHS. Instead of feeling accomplished, I felt stressed that I should be able to do more. Our company was delivering our first real big-deal deliverable to an important client at the end of the month and my daughter was struggling with a strange issue with her elbow that was very painful and required surgery. All employees were working 10+ hour days and weekends. Oh, and I was finishing up my last Computer Science courses for my degree.

For the whole month I didn’t go to the gym once and survived almost solely on caffeine and alcohol. Then at the end of the month, after I had served in the Marine Corps and spent 12 years as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, I had my first real anxiety attack. I never want to do that again. My coworkers, managers and founders never want to have a month like that again. So we all resolved to take better care of ourselves and each other as people.

We do not do good work when we are too tired and/or too stressed. This is why it’s important to take care of our mind and body. Also it just makes the job and life more enjoyable!

Programming knowledge is not linear

https://stackoverflow.blog/2017/02/07/what-programming-languages-weekends/

Working for a brand new startup meant that I got the opportunity to help hire more developers which meant I got to talk with a few developers who had more experience and it makes sense that someone with 5 years of experience as a programmer would have 5 years more knowledge about programming. It turns out this is not true.

First of all, “experience” is a very vague term. Two years of being pigeonholed in doing small repetitive tasks is way different than spending two years building and designing new things. You can have two years of experience or you can have one year of experience twice and it’s hard to tell at a glance what kind of experience someone has.

Then there’s the ever changing world of languages and frameworks. Did you know all the things about JavaScript four years ago but haven’t used it since? Did you switch from a back-end role to a dev-ops role? What knowledge did you or can you retain from the work you did 3 jobs ago?

It is impossible to assume that another programmer knows more or less about a specific technology just by looking at their years of experience.

You’re going to encounter bad code

https://heartbeat.fritz.ai/how-great-data-scientists-can-stop-writing-bad-code-9b054eb62b75

Learning to code involves starting from “Project -> New” and all the code you write is very small in scope, structured properly and efficiently and checked by someone who knows better. Then that project is quickly discarded for another project that highlights another concept.

Writing code as a professional developer involves working on the nth iteration of a code-base using libraries, tools and concepts that may or may not work well together. At first the code won’t make sense because you’re new to all this but sometimes code won’t make sense because it goes against best practices or just doesn’t work and no one really noticed yet.

It’s VERY hard to tell the difference between the two starting out but I found it very liberating to find out that some of the code I didn’t understand was code that didn’t make sense.

It’s also very important to consider why the bad code happened. There are tons of reasons other than “This person is teh stupidz!” for bad code. It’s important to have empathy for that prior developer because that prior developer is going to be you one day.


These are just a few of the things I’ve learned in my first year as a software developer. I look forward to all the things I get to learn in the next year!

Colorado Tech Weekly #288: New Offices, Strategic Acquisitions and Growth

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10  technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

This week’s headline could be the headline for any Colorado Tech Weekly post, but I couldn’t think of a better summary. New workplaces for Western Union, Localhost Arena and Zayo. Acquisitions involving Sovrn, Swiftpage, Avoka and SendGrid and growth involving Jumpcloud, Liqid and Automox! That’s the real summary of the past week but that would make a really long headline.

The next Colorado Tech Weekly post will be delayed until December 26th because I don’t think anyone will pay much attention on Christmas Eve. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Everyone gets a view at Western Union’s new digital-focused Denver HQ (Photos) [DBJ]
  • Localhost Arena, Colorado’s largest Esports arena opens in Lakewood [Westword]
  • Boulder-based Zayo leases former Chipotle headquarters doubles downtown Denver space [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Sovrn acquires CA firm VigLink [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage accelerates growth strategy with acquisition of Kuvana Inc. [InnovatioNews]
  • Swiss company acquires Broomfield’s Avoka for $245M [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Liqid raises more than $7M in capital [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud announces executive leadership appointments [JumpCloud]
  • 5 questions with Denver-based SendGrid CEO after his company sold for $2 billion [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Automox quadruples revenue continues momentum with year of record growth [Automox]

Top Upcoming Events

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