Colorado Tech Weekly #202: Two JS conference recaps, two great WWC events and our tech scene is growing up

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In previous CTW posts I have “complained” that I need new ways of saying that the Colorado tech community is growing. This week our stories point out how we aren’t just growing but we are growing up.  I especially like the Denver Post article by Tamara Chuang on this subject.

I’m going to keep doing my Tuesday coding Twitch stream. I’m starting to get halfway comfortable with it. I’m planning on focusing on writing code challenges in Java until something else piques my interest.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Leadership shakeup: 6 Colorado startups with new leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based section.io adds Chief Revenue Officer Matt Haentzschel, expands US sales team [Yahoo]
  • 5 Colorado adtech companies searching for talented people like you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Twitter’s Gnip chief Chris Moody is joining Boulder’s Foundry Group [VentureBeat]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity appoints Andrew Lewman as Vice President [OWLCybersecurity]
  • Denver-based dating app, MeetMindful, attracts like-minded investors, raises $1.8 million [DenverPost]
  • Ft. Collins’ Trail Ridge Technologies expands production of QuckVu Digital automotive backup camera (PDF) [TrailRidgeTechnologies]
  • The state of Colorado cannatech: Fundings, new launches and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Rachio becomes first smart home company to earn ‘B Corp’ sustainability rating [InnovatioNews]
  • Startups no more? Jobs, funding on the rise for Denver’s maturing tech scene [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #201: Save-a-click and read BuiltinColorado

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Am I doing clickbait right? I think I might be doing it backwards.

I really do pride myself on finding a variety of news sources, but some weeks it just happens that most of my articles come from mostly one source. This week it’s from BuiltinColorado. They do a great job giving insights into Colorado tech companies and it’s rare I have a CTW post without at least one article from them so you should be reading them anyway (plus they let me post these articles on their site but I’d promote them even if they didn’t).

Last week I updated the theme of my site and did my first Twitch stream and both seemed to go well. Tomorrow I’m going to do another Twitch stream and take on FizzBuzz in C#. If you have time, let me know what you think!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber files for bankruptcy with $50M buyout offer [DenverPost]
  • How 4 Colorado startups go above and beyond to welcome new employees [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft acquires Boulder-based cloud technology Deis [DenverPost]
  • Go Code Colorado reveals 10 teams for May 24 2017 final competition event [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver chosen for VERY FIRST Feature Maker Faire in Region! Oct 14th & 15th [DenverMakerFaire]
  • 3 startups proving Colorado tech isn’t just hot in Denver and Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • It’s pretty much free money: 5 Colorado companies with 401(k) match [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sphero, the Boulder firm behind Star Wars’ BB-8 toy robot, adds another $35.4 million from investors [BuiltinColorado]
  • State of Colorado proposes financial services cybersecurity requirements [DigitalColorado]
  • What it’s like to be the boss: 4 Colorado CEOs open up [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #200: Zayo and eBags Get New Leadership, Some Job Tips and a Twitch Stream

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There is only one thing I’ve done consistently for 200 weeks in a row… and this is it!! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for this long. I had these big ideas that when I got to number 200 I’d do some sort of meetup event or restart the podcast but those require much more social interaction than I’m capable of doing. Thank you for reading and sharing these posts. I really enjoy doing what I can to advertise the great people who make up the Colorado technology community.

Even though I won’t be doing a meetup or a podcast, I have decided to do a weekly Twitch stream. My plan is to do CodeEval challenges in Java and C#, then find a way to incorporate those challenges into a simple game using Unity3D. Why? Because I want to write more code and this is a good way to keep me honest. So if you’re so inclined, I’ll be on Twitch on Tuesday, from 4p-7p here: https://www.twitch.tv/chickenheed

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink consolidates Denver operations as Healthgrades expands [DenverPost]
  • Legislation CTA is Supporting this Session [CTA]
  • Denver-based Intelivideo secures $5.6 million funding round to drive continued expansion [Intelivideo]
  • STEM job openings outnumber available workers [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group appoints Level 3 veteran as new president, COO [BizWest]
  • Recruiter pet peeves: What not to do when applying for your next tech gig [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TeleTech acquires Connextions for $80M [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your move: These 6 Colorado tech companies are hiring now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Apto raises $6M, Revolar launches new device and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longtime Denver online retailer eBags agrees to sell itself to Samsonite [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #199: It’s easy to give back and give first

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We are one post away from a milestone of 200 straight weeks of Colorado Tech Weekly posts. Wow! It makes me think about why I do these, where I am and where I want to be.

I compile these posts now because it’s habit and because I love the giving community around Colorado tech! That’s really highlighted this week with the upcoming events. Make sure to check out KidsTek, BEST and the “She Started It” screening to find ways to give back and give first.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Members of the Denver’s Twentyseven Global team attend Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level @ Mile High event [TwentysevenGlobal]
  • Fort Collins-based JobZology raises funds for operational growth [BizWest]
  • Lakewood’s HomeAdvisor acquires British home improvement site [DBJ]
  • Fort Collins-based Remote GeoSystems releases LineVision Google Earth Extension software [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: The gender pay gap is smaller in Denver tech, but women are significantly under-represented [Denverite]
  • Carbondale’s FastG8 featured on CO OEDIT’s Colorado Pulse Blog [FastG8]
  • Denver-based Rachio smart sprinkler controller first to be directly integrated into Google Assistant [InnovatioNews]
  • From dating to smart homes, here’s how Colorado tech companies are using AI [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado startups investing in their employees’ professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sunshine Fire reinforces importance of fire mitigation for Boulder-based RedZone’s CEO and Founder [RedZone]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #198: Heavy on tech news. Light on tech events this week.

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Usually I have a much harder time winnowing down all the awesome tech events into only 10 events for the blog post but this week I ha a hard time figuring out which news stories to share! There was lots of tech news in the past week. Please check out the sources for each article to follow all the tech news.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Changing of the guard: Meet the new leaders at 7 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based ZenPlanner is bought by Alabama firm [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based energy auditor Simuwatt closes first round of funding [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Rapt Media and Kaltura partner to increase customer and employee engagement [RaptMedia]
  • Hey, number nerds: These Colorado startups want you on their team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Refactoring Dos and Don’ts [RadialDevGroup]
  • Denver marketing technology company, TapInfluence, lays off workers as it pivots business strategy [DBJ]
  • Meet the Louisville-based Rogue Wave open source audit team – Jennifer [RogueWave]
  • Why coders code: 3 senior devs on what got them into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based WOW! Internet files for an IPO [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #197: I think JavaScript might be catching on

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Only 3 events listed this week are not directly related to JavaScript and I’ll bet you can find at least one person at each of those events who is capable of talking your ear off about it.

JavaScript and everything around it shows off what can happen when developers think, “What if…?” both good and bad. It’s also my reminder that, at least for me, learning languages is fairly easy but learning how and when to use frameworks is much more difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins approved to train vets [InnovatioNews]
  • The road to code: 4 steps to a career in coding and web development [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado startups investing in their employees’ professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Blinker wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award [Denverite]
  • Douglas County’s CenturyLink and Broomfield’s Level 3 shareholders approve merger [BizWest]
  • Denver health tech startup, CirrusMD, hiring to keep up with growth spurt [DBJ]
  • Taking a tech job in Denver costs an extra $140 a month, Zillow and Linkedin say [Denverite]
  • First driver-less vehicle bill in Colorado headed to Senate debate [DenverPost]
  • Colorado offers $34M tax incentive to cable TV company planning 1,200 Denver-area jobs [DBJ]
  • British, Colorado Springs cybersecurity experts compare notes in panel discussion [CSGazette]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #196: It’s All About Community. Thank You For Being Awesome.

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Maybe I’m naive or too optimistic or.. some other word I can’t think of. Maybe I’m still feeling the high of being done with my Calculus 2 course. But I am feeling the love in the Colorado tech community.

I struggle a lot with the question of “What kind of programming do you want to do?” because the technology being used at a company isn’t as important to me as the culture of the company. I’m just happy at the thought of being paid to make 1s and 0s do things with other nice, talented people. There’s a lot of great people in the Colorado tech community who make our community a place where people want to come and work and create and that’s awesome.

Thank you for being awesome. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 11th Annual C-Level @ A Mile High to set the stage for another milestone year in Colorado tech [CTA]
  • Why Denver VR company, Gravity Jack, wants to bring Colorado’s beauty to the masses [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid expands further into e-mail marketing with Bay-Area acquisition [DenverPost]
  • Ft. Collins-based jobZology closes $750K seed round to fuel national expansion, add 15 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • What’s in the cards for the adtech industry? 3 Colorado companies weigh in [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lakewood’s HomeAdvisor aims to keep up aggressive growth, says CEO [DBJ]
  • How good was Training Days 2017? [RMOUG]
  • Google leases another 30,000 square feet of office space in Boulder [DenverPost]
  • CTA launches program to connect entrepreneurs and big-company IT execs [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado tech CEOs share which local companies they admire [BuiltinColorado]
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New Project added to site – Author Assistant for Marie Trout for “The Blues – Why It Still Hurts So Good”

In October of 2013 I set out on Elance.com (now Upwork.com) to make a few extra bucks. I was lucky enough to find Marie Trout who needed someone to transcribe recorded interviews for her thesis. Since my full time job as a 911 dispatcher requires me to listen, understand, and type quickly, my skills were perfect for the job! After completing her Doctorate, she decided to turn her research into a book “The Blues – Why It Still Hurts So Good” which is now on sale through Amazon in paperback and as a Kindle e-book.

In the 3 and a half years since I met Marie, I have transcribed interviews, analyzed interviews, edited a manuscript into book form, added footnotes to the book, edited the book into an e-book, helped navigate Amazon’s Seller Central, Author Central and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) tools and updated Marie’s WordPress website using PHP, HTML and CSS.

Purpose: Most of my projects start with a specific purpose which drives the project. This project started with me trying to earn a few extra bucks and has turned into “How can I help Marie best?”

Solution(s):

  • Communication: Since Marie is in California most of the time, we communicate mainly via email and Skype.
  • Transcribing: I used Audacity to listen to interviews so I could slow them down to type-able speeds. I can type fast, but not that fast. I typed up the transcriptions using Microsoft Word to make it easier to deliver them to Marie.
  • Analyzing Interviews: Marie and I would review the interviews separately, then meet via Skype to discuss our findings. We also used an application Marie found to tag sections of the interviews, but I forgot what that was.
  • Editing: I used Microsoft Word to help edit the book and turn it into an e-book.
  • Website: Marie’s site was already using WordPress with a custom theme so I had to learn how the theme was set up. All edits are done in HTML and CSS using Atom then copied to Marie’s site using WordPress tools.
  • Amazon: Marie asked for my help getting her book listed on Amazon. I had no experience selling on Amazon so my solution was to dive in head first to learn about any solution that could help Marie.
  • Billing: We started with Elance.com, but soon switched to Paypal for billing.

Challenges:

  • Communication: Marie and I haven’t met in person, yet. I found that working remotely requires a lot of communication. My theory with remote work is to err on the side of over-communication. I would rather have a client say “Too much! I know you’re doing the work. Just tell me about…” than have them wondering if I’m paying attention.
  • Transcribing: It took some trial and error to figure out my workflow, but being paid for the work helped me figure out the best way to get the work done. I learned to create shortcuts for common words to make typing faster then use ‘Find and Replace’ to turn them into real words.
  • Analyzing interviews: Marie is the expert. She’s the wife of a professional blues musician and was the one doing all the research. It was up to me to find ways to add value to her work and she made that easy and comfortable.
  • Editing: I have a theory that most people use barely 10% of Microsoft Office applications. Editing a manuscript into book-sized pages (Marie self-published) and adding footnotes and styles allowed me to learn a lot about Microsoft Word’s capabilities. I think I can use 20% of Word’s tools now.
  • Website: I got to learn how to update a WordPress site with a custom theme without ruining it. This was my first time being paid to do any sort of web development so I was excited and nervous. The biggest challenge was using only WordPress tools and access to update the site.
  • Amazon: The Amazon Seller’s Central dashboard is an intimidating array of options and information. This makes sense since just about anyone anywhere can sell almost anything through Amazon. It takes a jump-in-with-both-feet kind of attitude to sell a physical item through Amazon for the first time. KDP was much easier to set up and navigate thanks to Amazon’s guides and Author Central also has some very helpful tools. We ended up using every kind of support option for sellers (chat, email, phone, etc.) to get things set up.

Outcome:

I have become Marie’s go-to person for most things internet and technology related. I believe this is mostly due to our mutual respect for each others’ time and effort along with a lot of timely and honest communication. I now consider Marie to be a friend and I enjoy helping her succeed any way I can.

Colorado Tech Weekly #195: What is it like to get hired by, and work at, a Colorado tech company?

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This is one of the questions I try to answer every week with the articles I share in these posts. This week Eric Daugherty gives insight into the hiring process, Noel Worden lets us know what life is like as a new junior engineer, Ben Castelli shows how Room214 acts on their company values and Jess Ryan with BuiltinColorado gives us great insight into 5 Colorado tech companies.

When I started this project i thought for sure that I’d be able to answer some of these questions by now. I am very thankful for these people and their insights into the Colorado tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs’ Cherwell Software, maker of codeless software to help legacy tech keep operating, snaps up $50 million [DenverPost]
  • Satellite startup lands at MSU Denver campus [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar cuts 100 employees, another 1,800 moving to Douglas County-based Dish Network [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Room 214 Culture: Finding time to live our values [Room214]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO is poised for $4.2 million payout in CenturyLink merger [DBJ]
  • 5 of the best Colorado companies to work for (and they’re all hiring) [BuiltinColorado]
  • My first 8 weeks as a Junior Engineeer [NoelWorden]
  • Denver tech startup TapInfluence cuts jobs less than a year after raising $14 million [DenverPost]
  • Technical Interviewing and Hiring [EricDaugherty]
  • Techtonic Academy arrives at The Commons on Champa! [CTA]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #194: Education is Hard, Especially in Tech

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I have 6 courses left until I finish my Computer Science degree. I will graduate in Spring of 2018. It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past 3 years. It feels so close, but also still so far away.

Education is frustrating for the simple fact that we are doing something we’ve never done before and we don’t know how to do it. Whenever I get frustrated, I remind myself that it wouldn’t be called learning if I already knew how to do it. 4 years of part-time courses takes its toll so I’m looking forward to my initial education being done. I say “initial education” because, especially in tech, we never stop learning. I’m just looking forward to not taking college courses.

This week I’m not the only one thinking about tech education. Tech education is a focus in Colorado Springs, the capitol building and is the topic of most of the events this week!

Keep learning and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based startup SlamData raises $6.7M [BizWest]
  • AppIt Ventures triples space in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood [BizWest]
  • From waffle parties to international trips, here’s how 3 Colorado tech companies celebrate their wins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software maker, Conga, expects big revenue and job growth after acquisitions [DBJ]
  • Canadian firm buying Colorado’s DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion [DBJ]
  • How Boulder startup, Conclave, is bringing military-grade encryption to your private messages [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s TestPlant appoints software veteran John Bates to lead next phase of global expansion [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers are stepping in to help prepare students for the state’s booming tech sector [Chalkbeat]
  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 positions to Colorado, Florida [DenverPost]
  • Growing technical education and talent in the Springs [CSBJ]
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