Colorado Tech Weekly #257: It’s Not Just Tech People Moving Here, It’s Companies Too

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If you haven’t noticed, a lot of people have been moving to Colorado. Many of them are moving here for tech-related jobs, but it’s not just people that are moving here. Companies are moving here too. Add that to the many startups that call Colorado home and opportunities for tech jobs are endless!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • FrontRange Software has become Ivanti and has big growth plans in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Behind the scenes with Denver-based Red Canary’s Detection Engineering Team [RedCanary]
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day shows off new companies [BizWest]
  • Los Angeles-based Honey opening engineering office in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Charter’s growth prompts expansion to a second new office tower in the south metro Denver area [DBJ]
  • Be the change you want to see in the (tech) world [DBAKevlar]
  • [Inside Denver’s Apto] How we built Apto Maps [Apto]
  • Greenwood Village-based Avalara files for $150 million IPO [DBJ]
  • New Denver-based WOW CEO sees Q1 earnings top expectations; stock jumps [DBJ]
  • Tech Roundup: Welltok partners with benefits provider, Patriot Boot Camp to return, and more [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #256: I Officially Graduate with My Computer Science Degree… and Other News

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5 years ago I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a software developer and I sign up for my first 3 classes at Regis University. I took every class online while working more than full time as a police dispatcher. I sacrificed time with my family and friends and took classes year round doing homework whenever I could. I did homework at work, at home, while on vacation, in the early morning hours, late at night and all hours in between.

Today I went to the Regis University for the first time. The commencement ceremony was an excellent way to cap off my formal education. for me, my wife and my daughter because they also sacrificed a lot for me. It feels great to be so inspired and inspiring at the same time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Choozle snags #2 spot on Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [Choozle]
  • New CTO for Boulder smart home company MindHome [BizWest]
  • Drones take over Colorado Convention Center [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics announces new Misty II personal robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Nonprofit Cyber Institute opens new cyber paths for minorities in Pueblo and Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo misses on earnings for third quarter; COO resigns [BizWest]
  • A stupefying array of activity for Boulder Startup Week 2018 [Name.com]
  • Colorado tech raised over $400M in April. Check out the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies on why they didn’t leave culture up to chance [BuiltinColorado]
  • Dream bigger: 7 Colorado tech companies where opportunity awaits [BuiltinColorado]

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Thank You

Today I graduated from Regis University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. I did not do this alone and I’m grateful for the help, encouragement and inspiration from many people. It’s amazing how 2 small words can mean so much. “Thank You”

To my wife, Corrine – Thank you for your love and encouragement and understanding. The work and dedication I’ve had to put towards my degree has meant I have not given our relationship the work and dedication it deserves and it has been this way for 5 freakin’ years! That means I’ve spent over half of our marriage doing this. You are a saint.

To my daughter, Ashlynn – When I think of the person I want to be, I look at myself through your eyes. Your optimism and enthusiasm for your schoolwork inspires me. This fall you are about to start high school and take as many Honors and AP classes as you can and it won’t be easy but know that if I can pass my classes, you can too and that your mom will support you as much as she supported me and I’m so happy that I’ll be able to also help and support you.

To my Mom – Our relationship has not been close for a while, but you formed the foundation of who I am and I could not have achieved this without your influence.

To my Dad – You work harder than anyone I know and your constant curiosity to learn new things inspires and encourages me. I may be done with schoolwork but I’ll enjoy taking after you and spending the rest of my life staying curious.

To my sister, Sam – I’m lucky to have such a selfless and encouraging sister. No matter what you’ve been through in the past 5 years (and you’ve been through a lot), you’ve always been a much needed source of enthusiasm and encouragement. Thank you.

To my mother-in-law Mary – Your faith, understanding and help have been instrumental to every success in our family. Thank you.

To Marie Trout – I took an odd job as a freelancer online and found a friend who believes in me. I value your support and friendship. Thank you.

To my friend, Dre – When I would get discouraged, I thought of you. You left a job that you could’ve comfortably stayed in to go to school and do something you love. It was always a reminder that what I wanted is possible. And when I was diagnosed with depression last year, it was easy for me to choose exercise over medication because I knew I’d have a friend at the gym to encourage me. Thank you.

To Dan, Anthony, Dave, Lewis and all my other friends that I ignored to get my schoolwork done – Thank you for staying my friend.

To my friend, Candice – You went back to school as an adult, got your degree and work as a developer. You were a reminder that what I wanted to do was possible. Thank you for the inspiration.

To my friend, Roberta – It was so long ago that we worked graveyard shift together while I did homework between phone calls and radio traffic. It is so easy to feel discouraged when it’s 3:30am and the homework is hard and the brain is tired and the people are stupid. Your enthusiasm and encouragement during those times is greatly appreciated and seeing you go back to school to work in a field you love is inspiring.

To my friend, Marla – It’s great to have a friend who is also doing schoolwork. It’s great to be able to say “Homework is hard.” and have a friend understand.

To my friend, Robin – You are a constant source of enthusiasm and encouragement. Thank you.

To my friend, Mark – I knew, at any time, I could call you up for help. It’s great to have a friend with experience in the software industry that I can ask questions of.

To my Go Code Colorado 2015 teammates, Edgar, Thi and Jaylyn – Your knowledge, friendship and successes inspire me. Thank you

To my former supervisors Vance, Carrie, Julie – Thank you for supporting me. You knew that I was working towards a goal that would cause me to change jobs and you still encouraged me. Thank you.

To everyone else who gave an encouraging word, answered a question or just generally showed support. Thank you.

Colorado Tech Weekly #255: AR, VR and RL

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When I was looking for my first developer job (it was just last year, but it’s nice to say it was in the past) I was always asked the seemingly helpful question of “What kind of development do you want to do?” and as someone who had never worked in software development I really didn’t know the answer. I am currently working in the credit card payments industry doing C# and .NET development and I’m enjoying it and that never would’ve been my answer (mostly cuz I knew nothing about the credit card payment process).

AR and VR sound like a lot of fun though. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Havenly leases 10,000 square feet in RiNo [BusinessDen]
  • INterview with Tom McAndrew, CEO of Westminster-based Coalfire [InnovatioNews]
  • Velocity Global Awarded Fifth Spot in The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [VelocityGlobal]
  • The day net neutrality died, Colorado lawmakers put an extra nail in the coffin [DenverPost]
  • Restaurant software company Upserve opens in Denver with 50 employees [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s National CineMedia brings AR gaming to movie theaters [DBJ]
  • Deloitte Consulting hires 25 for Colorado Springs cybersecurity work [CSGazette]
  • Innosphere gets seed money from Community Foundation to build startup laboratory wet space in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Group raises $2M in equity offering [BizWest]
  • A Denver tech company became more diverse and had its best financial year ever. Here’s why that matters for SendGrid and other companies [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #254: Net Neutrality, Art and Tech and Tooting My Own Horn

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This week representatives talk about net neutrality which is vital to the tech industry. There’s also an event about art and tech which are both industries that take creativity and persistence. And I get to toot my own horn and share news about my company, Infinicept. It’s nice to make AND share tech news.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity giant Optiv Security moves to new Denver HQ amid growth [DBJ]
  • Colorado House debates net neutrality versus benefits of competition [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Boulder-based tech firm Jujo raises more than $134,000 [BizWest]
  • Ten years of AVC – and of worrying someone will get hurt – and so far so good (knock on wood) [SparkFun]
  • Zayo CEO Caruso, wife, give $2 million to University of Colorado [DBJ]
  • Feds subpoena Riot Blockchain, Colorado company that saw shares soar and crash after cryptocurrency makeover [DenverPost]
  • HomeAdvisor CEO: How our sensors help summon a plumber fast, if your home has a leak [DBJ]
  • Boulder Startup Week reveals schedule [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Infinicept makes frictionless underwriting available to any payment company [PaymentFacilitator]
  • Smooth operator: 5 Colorado tech companies looking for operations talent [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #253: The Double-Edged Sword of ‘Others In Your Niche’

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Reading tech news now that I am working full-time in the Colorado tech community is a different experience. The company I work for is involved in the payments processing space. This week, 2 companies who are involved in the same space are sharing news. The cool thing about other people being involved in your niche is that it validates your motivations. Other people being involved shows that you are in a good place. The down side to others being involved in your niche is the inherent competition. I prefer promoting community over competition, but when there is competition I want it to be healthy and supportive because it’s more fun for me that way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based PaySimple embeds payments, cash management tools for in-field technicians [PYMNTS]
  • Colorado Legislative Tech Caucus delves into blockchain technology [CTA]
  • Tech startup Wurk raises $3.2M in bridge-funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver payment processing startup QRails nabs $1M in fresh capital [BusinessDen]
  • Hansen-Herod net neutrality bill moves forward [COHouseDems]
  • German-based HERE mapping company is now here with new Boulder office [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha plans major expansion, including Denver [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s SendGrid signs with Pipeline to use AI for workplace gender equity [InnovatioNews]
  • What Does It Take to Transition Into Tech? [SkillDistillery]
  • Large media campus project called off in Parker, developer searches for new site [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #252: Mostly Good News, Municipal Broadband and Go Code Colorado

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This week is mostly full of good news about Colorado tech companies. Also good is the news about more municipal broadband in the state. Rounding out the good news, this weekend is the Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend throughout the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Recruiting Coalition formed to promote state as tech hub, attract talent [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado software company, Evolving Systems announces Q4 loss; stock slumps [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s VictorOps finding big growth helping software developers breathe easy [DBJ]
  • Denver-based WellTok raises $75 million [BizWest]
  • Cherwell Software of Colorado Springs adds $172M from existing investor KKR [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado communities vote to establish municipal broadband, joining dozens of others across the state [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s SendGrid, stockholders offering 6.2M shares for sale [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga continues acquisition run [BizWest]
  • Get connected: Colorado techies share their do’s and don’ts of professional networking [BuiltinColorado]
  • An inside look at the family-friendly perks of 4 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #251: Do Not Sacrifice Yourself for Opportunity

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Last week I had a new experience. I had my first full-blown anxiety attack. In the middle of the afternoon my mind seized up while i was trying to develop a new feature for the startup where I work and I panicked. The feature wasn’t huge, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back after a month of high stress both personally and professionally. I would like to not do it again.

Afterwards, I Googled “anxiety attack” and under self-care it said the best way to treat yourself is to avoid alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, get exercise, consciously manage stress and eat healthy and I read that and I laughed because it basically told me “Do the exact opposite thing you’ve been doing all month.”

Then I read a 5280 Magazine article titled “The 9 Things You Should Know About Colorado’s Work-Life Balance” and I”ll tell you the first thing: We’re not as good at having a balance as we’d like to think. Out of the 251 weeks I’ve written these blog posts, very few of them have not highlighted growth in Colorado tech and with that growth comes new opportunities and with those opportunities comes the urge to be available at any time for those opportunities and with that comes stress.

Take some time to remember that the opportunities we seek are for ourselves, our families and our community and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win, and so is Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers [DenverPost]
  • Golden drone company Juniper Unmanned raises $3.4 million [DBJ]
  • Women of Greenwood Village-based Skill Distillery speak on tech industry [SkillDistillery]
  • Broomfield-based Conga acquires Orchestrate LLC [BizWest]
  • Colorado to spend millions building electric-vehicle charging stations [DBJ]
  • Facebook bringing free week-long web skills program to Denver this summer [DenverPost]
  • What’s the tech industry’s impact on Colorado’s economy? [DBJ]
  • Tech employment in state increases by 6,530 jobs [BizWest]
  • San Francisco tech companies head east to Denver [DBJ]
  • DTC’s first Bitcoin teller on display at Innovation Pavilion in Centennial [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #250: Colorado Tech is Going South… And It’s A Good Thing!

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I like doing everything I can to make sure this blog series is about the entire state so it’s cool to see more events in Colorado Springs and the story from the Canon City Daily Record about another tech partnership that focuses on southern counties in the state. There’s plenty of great, smart tech people outside of the Boulder/Denver area!

I got to be a part of my first software release yesterday! It was exciting and stressful and weirdly anticlimactic. I’m sure today will be busy with fixes.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural broadband bill clears its final step in the General Assembly, heads to governor to sign [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver IT company NIMBL acquired by international tech company [DBJ]
  • Amazon invests in Denver internet sprinkler startup Rachio [DenverPost]
  • Congrats to Boulder’s Simple Energy [NearlyNicole]
  • Colorado’s second technology sector partnership launches in rural region [CanonCityDailyRecord]
  • 5 questions with Terry Olkin of Longmont’s Left Hand Robotics [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Colorado-based Coalfire cybersecurity company CEO leaving, COO promoted to role [DBJ]
  • Louisville’s Gaia Inc. offering 2.3 million shares in public offering [BizWest]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor sued by San Francisco DA over ads touting background checks [DenverPost]
  • From alpacas to homebrews: 5 Colorado software engineers dish on their quirkiest hobbies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #249: Bigger Offices and Rural Broadband

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I’m a big fan of doing more to expand broadband into rural areas. One reason for this is completely selfish. I love the idea of having a nice house in a small town while being able to contribute code remotely to amazing projects. My other reason is more altruistic. People who live in rural areas should be offered the same services and opportunities that those of us in metro areas have.

It’s also cool seeing companies announce expansions in space and people. When our tech companies feels comfortable enough to get more space and hire more people, it’s a great sign for our tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Loveland’s Keypoint Government Solutions will become Perspecta post-merger [BizWest]
  • Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix [DurangoHerald]
  • Broadband bill for rural Colorado amended, but maintains momentum [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Ft. Collins-based Madwire leases more space, expects to have 1,200 workers by 2021 [BizWest]
  • Facebook is hiring in Denver and is eyeing bigger space, but has not signed lease yet [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based InspiringApps opens office in Austin [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe selects SpaceX to launch its next-generation WorldView Legion satellites [BusinessWire]
  • Why Denver’s technology industry is the nation’s next tech mecca [Kore1]
  • Denver cloud computing company, Faction, raises $18 million for growth [DBJ]
  • Denver-based PAIRIN Welcomes Alli Phillips as New COO/CFO [PAIRIN]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 3/21 – Denver Droids – Android Networking 101 by Mike Patterson
  2. 3/21 – Denver Python Meetup – *Flask vs Django* the Throwdown with Vince Buscarello
  3. 3/21 – Tech Confluence – Clustering, Agile Design, Collatz Conjecture, at Sendgrid
  4. 3/21 – Women Who Code – Denver: Women Who Go
  5. 3/22 – Boulder/Denver Big Data Meetup – Using big-data in flood warning systems
  6. 3/22 – The Den of Clojure – Predictive Modeling and the Data Pipeline that Feeds It
  7. 3/26 – Colorado Data Science – Essential Mathematical Foundations for Data Science
  8. 3/26 – Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science – What Happens When AI and Legal Documents Collide? Legal Language Understanding with Dr. Shivakumar Vaithyanathan
  9. 3/27 – CTA – March Policy Webinar
  10. 3/27 – Denver iOS Developer User Group – Understand Mobile Architecture: MVC vs MVVM vs MVP

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