What is a Startup?

 

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If you haven’t heard yet, Colorado is one of the premier regions for tech startups. After following local technology news for the past 2 months with my Colorado Tech Weekly posts I’ve noticed that it is impossible to pay attention to technology news in Colorado without hearing about our thriving startup culture.

I was recently asked to contribute some of my local tech news to the StartupDenver website. As someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who’s goal is to become a software developer, naturally I jumped at the chance! But now as I think about the best way to contribute, I’m stuck with one question in my head: What is a Startup?

My first answer to this question was that a Startup is a new company with a lot of excitement around it, but as I thought about it more that answer didn’t quite work. Three years ago I started my own business as an owner/operator and I was excited about it, but it definitely wasn’t what I would consider a Startup.

What creates that excitement?

Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator explains it best:

 A startup is a company designed to grow fast.  Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup.  Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.”  The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth. http://www.paulgraham.com/growth.html

Startup = Growth. That’s what causes the excitement! Think of businesses as cars. A Startup is a drag racing car at the starting line. The CEO is the driver. The rest of the staff is the parts of the car and the pit crew. The funders are the owners of the car. Everyone involved in the building and operation of this race car is excited, nervous, scared and confident. I’m excited that I am getting the opportunity to experience this excitement in Colorado.

On your mark…
Get set…

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Colorado Tech Weekly #10, August 19, 2013: I’m Already Excited for September

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Anyone who has written a blog as a hobby knows how easy it is to promise ourselves big things, then fail to deliver. Most of the time no one else knows about these disappointments except the authors themselves, but they’re still there. CTW #10 is a milestone for me. 10 weekly posts equals over 2 months of consistency! Woohoo! I’m going to pat myself on the back a little.

September is shaping up to be lots of fun. Locally we have the Colorado Technology Association’s annual APEX Conference followed closely by Denver Startup Week. Nationally, we have Apple unveiling a new iPhone and Samsung more than likely giving us a view of the first big name smart watch with the Galaxy Gear.

Local News

  • Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins-Louisville, and Colorado Springs make up 4 of the top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s tech job growth is the 8th largest in the country. New Jersey is #1, but it’s… you know… New Jersey [TechKnowBytes]
  • Colorado on pace to set record for exports thanks to electronic products, machinery, chemicals and frozen beef. Also: Thank you Canada! [CTA]
  • The schedule for the biggest Denver Startup Week EVER is out. The 2nd Denver Startup Week will be September 16-21 [DBJ]
  • Englewood-based PlayerLync, app provider for the Denver Broncos, receives a $10.5M vote of confidence from local billionaire Philip Anschutz [DBJ]

National News

  • Apple will announce new iPhone on September 10 [TechCrunch]
  • Windows 8.1 to be released on October 18 at 5:00am MT exactly. Please hold all complaints until 5:01am [Engadget]
  • Ubi Interactive turns any surface into a touch screen with a Kinect [TheVerge]
  • Samsung may unveil the Galaxy Gear smart watch in September [Engadget]

Upcoming Events

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If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #9, August 12, 2013: Sometimes things go as planned

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Ever have one of those weeks were everything seems to work despite the world around you? It’s a little disconcerting. It’s been far from a perfect week, but I’ve been able to get all my homework done, reclaim my lawns, and I even found some time to play some computer games with friends. School starts a week from today for my daughter. I can’t tell if that’s going to make things crazier or easier. It should allow me some freedom to check out some of these mid-week events I keep posting. I’m looking forward to it.

Local News

  • Denver startup BrightNest acquired by Angie’s LIst [TechKnowBytes]
  • Colorado Secretary of Technology, Kristin Russell sits down for interview with InnovatioNews [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado is the place for successful tech startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Intermap wins $3.5 million contract to create airborne radar mapping solution [InnovatioNews]
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day features 9 great startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Broncos head of IT shows how they keep fans connected at Sports Authority Field [DBJ]

National News

  • Fallout from the news about the NSA PRISM program could negatively impact US cloud computing industry [DBJ]
  • Amazon includes HTML5 apps in the Amazon Appstore [Techcrunch]
  • Facebook explains how they make something as simple as a timeline so damn complicated [CNet]
  • LinkedIn now allows you to apply for jobs from your phone (OMG! 1 WRK 4 U? KTHXBI) [Techcrunch]

Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #8, August 5, 2013: Colorado is SO great…

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Colorado is SO great that ALL 10 stories this week are about Colorado companies and organizations. Who needs national stories when there’s so many things happening here?

Local News

  • First Annual SofTec Invitational attracts 100 golfers to support Open World Learning [OWL]
  • IHS Headquarters in Englewood fills 198 backpacks with their Back to School Supply Drive [OWL]
  • Dish Network is #1! Unfortunately, they’re the #1 worst company to work for [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid is now a Google Cloud Platform Partner [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Cloud Elements releases developer tool to connect Twilio and SendGrid [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot combats phishing with RSA [InnovatioNews]
  • What does the future of tech jobs in Northern Colorado look like? [InnovatioNews]
  • Lakewood-based Digabit receives $3M in funding and a new chairman [InnovationNews]
  • Did you know that Europe’s biggest cable provider has their headquarters in Douglas County? [DBJ]
  • Online job ads take a dip in Colorado in July [DBJ]
  • Google and Broomfield-based Level3 to take over, and speed up, WiFi service for Starbucks [DBJ]
  • The New Tech Boulder August Update is out – Happy 7th Birthday New Tech Boulder! [New Tech Boulder]

Upcoming Events

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #7, July 29, 2013: New small devices are going to change our world

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The biggest issue I’ve had with set top boxes is that I can’t just go online like I can with my computer or phone. That all changes this week with the tiny $35 Google ChromeCast. I have had issues with making bigger devices touch-enabled because it just seems weird to have to hold my hand out to my computer or TV. This week, the Leap Motion controller fixes that for me too. I am really looking forward to seeing more devices like these. This is the same kind of energy and innovation I am seeing in Colorado every week when I research for these posts.

Local News

  • Colorado is poised to take on the tech world in a big way [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire awarded tax credits to create 500 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Broncos stay local and use Wayin for their social media hub [TechKnowBytes]
  • How to fail at e-recycling and end up in jail [DBJ]
  • COIN names 4 finalists in the “Glorious Failure” contest [DBJ]

National News

  • Google launches ChromeCast. Angers TV networks, but makes me happy [All Things D]
  • Famous hacker Barnaby Jack dies at 35 [Guardian]
  • Apple’s Development Center breached by hackers [TechCrunch]
  • Gesture-based Leap Motion Controllers are out! [TechCrunch]
  • XBox Live to allow independent developers to self publish [Ars Technica]

Upcoming Events

A quick note about why I love Twitter

Sure some people use Twitter to tweet about their lunch or post pictures of their cats, but there is something great about this service that only allows 140 character updates and 160 character profile summaries. It takes away so many social barriers!

This week for my computer science class, we were asked to figure out why the Java GUI components are called “Swing”. I found my answer in a blog post (Why is Swing Called Swing?), but I wanted a more solid source. So I found Georges Saab’s Twitter account and asked him myself. Being the cool guy he is, he responded:

I NEVER would have considered sending Saab an email to ask this question. I would have felt that I was bothering him. I’m perfectly fine sending it as a tweet though. This is why I love Twitter.

Thank you for reading!

If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #6, July 22, 2013: Hackathons are good. Trolls are bad.

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Every week I feel like I am torturing myself when I look through the list of upcoming events because I can’t make it to them! Why do I do it then? So that when I finally get the chance to go, I know where to spend my time. If I were you, I’d go check out the Convercent events, because free beer that’s why.

Local News

  • Congrats to Founder Institute CTA Fellowship recipients Andrea Michels and Michael Catlin [CTA]
  • Tech and consulting giant Accenture is buying Denver-based Mortgage Cadence LLC. [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity raises $44 million [DBJ]
  • Denver has had 2 great hackathons this summer: Hack4Colorado and Music Hack Day Denver [Denver Post]
  • To be a “Student of the Month” in July is pretty impressive. Congrats to Abelard Palmer! [KidsTek]
  • Boulder-based Kapost raises some money, plans on hiring 15 employees by the end of the year [TechKnowBytes]

National News

  • Intel invests in gesture based TV technology [Denver Post]
  • Patent trolls suck [Denver Post]
  • An Internet Sales Tax could boost economic growth [DBJ]
  • First hand account of how the NSA gets in the tubez [BuzzFeed]

Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #5, July 15, 2013: An event every day!

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I found out about a cool new place called Galvanize, so I found a lot more events to include. It looks like a good way to scratch my entrepreneurial and techie itches at the same time. I’m going to have to go check that place out soon. If you know about Galvanize, I’d love to hear for you.

Local News

  • Innovation Pavilion building in the Denver Tech Center to get bigger, stronger, faster [Denver Post]
  • Online job-wanted posts increase in Denver, but decrease state-wide [DBJ]
  • Hasbro acquires Boulder-based game maker Backflip Studios [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup FlixMaster launches mobile video editing app [TechKnowBytes]
  • Tossing electronics in the trash is now banned. Electronic Recyclers Intl. to open up shop in Aurora in September [DBJ]
  • Boulder Digital Arts Scholarship available [New Tech Boulder]

National News

  • An Apple 1 from 1976 is auctioned for $387,750 [Denver Post]
  • Facebook’s new Graph Search pushed out to more users [Denver Post]
  • Microsoft tries to get some mojo back with a big reorganization [Denver Post]
  • Tech firms speak up on immigration reform [Denver Post]

Upcoming Events

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #4, July 8, 2013: Speaker announcements for local events and, of course, PRISM

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I would have thought with Independence Day interrupting the week, there wouldn’t be much news. Luckily, I was wrong! Hope your Independence Day went as well as possible. It was a great day in Colorado to spend time with friends and family.

Local News

  • Colorado researchers collaborate on energy innovation [Denver Post]
  • CTA announces Arjun Gupta of TeleSoft Partners as the 2013 APEX Keynote Speaker [CTA]
  • COIN announces speakers for the 2013 Innovation Summit [COIN]
  • Statewide ban on disposal of electronic waste went into effect this week. How to clear your data from your recycled electronics [TechKnowBytes]
  • Congratulations to KidsTek instructor Nina Amey for her nomination for CTA Teacher of the Year [KidsTek]
  • Will a contract dispute force CenturyLink workers to strike? [Denver Post]

National News

  • An editorial on what PRISM could mean to our society [Freedom Bits]
  • Could the PRISM PR fall out affect US cloud computing companies? [ZD Net]
  • Theme suggestions for the Ludum Dare 27 game making competition (Aug 23-27) are open [Ludum Dare]
  • AT&T is considering selling anonymous user data to advertisers [BGR]

Upcoming Events

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #3, July 1, 2013: The Neapolitan ice cream of tech news

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When it comes to tech news, there are three popular flavors: business, privacy and innovations. This past week we get all three flavors. It’s the Neapolitan ice cream of tech news.

Local News

  • Douglas County-based companies can’t catch a break when it comes to mergers. Liberty Global misses out on Kabel Deutschland [DBJ]
  • I discovered another great local industry group. New Tech Boulder recaps the month that was June [New Tech]
  • Larimer County sues Colorado Customware over failed software [DBJ]
  • Rally Software expands their HQ to stay in Boulder [DBJ]
  • CenturyLink should come up with a better name for their new “Internet Cost Recovery Fee” [Techknowbytes]
  • What is going into the NSA’s new data center in Utah? [Denver Post]

National News

  • Facebook creates ‘shadow profiles’ and accidentally makes some private info public [ZD Net]
  • New PRISM leak says information is being monitored in real-time [The Next Web]
  • The nuts and bolts of transferring 1.6 Tb/s using fiber [Science Magazine]
  • How to see through walls (almost) using WiFi [IT World]

Upcoming Events

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If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you! Happy Fourth of July!

Colorado Tech Weekly #2, June 23, 2013: Yes. One petabyte. PB. No.

BinaryColoradoFlagAre you ready for the end of Google Reader on July 1? How much data can you fit on a DVD? How do you abbreviate “petabyte”? Will Microsoft keep it’s most controversial XBox One “features”?

One of the reasons I started this series was to keep track of good companies so that when I have the skills I need, I know where I want to use them. One of the best way to find good companies is by looking for industry and business awards. This week I’ve learned about a few companies thanks to these awards.

Local News

  • Congratulations to North High School student, Juan Vargas, for getting his KidsTek Summer Internship! [KidsTek]
  • Check out some of the fastest growing companies in Colorado.  [Colorado Companies to Watch]
  • Dish Networks misses out on Sprint and Clearwire. What next? [Techknowbytes]
  • EAGLE-Net has good intentions to provide broadband to Colorado school districts, but is it working? [Techknowbytes]
  • Congratulations to Ajubeo Co-founder Tom Whitcomb for winning CIO of the year [CTA]
  • Congratulations to Mike Shehan and Steve Swoboda of SpotXchange for winning the Ernst & Young Technology Services CEO of the Year [CTA]
  • City and County Denver is looking for nominations for their 2013 Biz Plan Awards [CTA]

National News

  • A few smart Aussies figure out how to fit 1PB on a DVD [The Conversation]
  • Google Reader alternative, Feedly, gets web access just in time! [The Next Web]
  • XBox One backs off from constant internet connection requirement and DRM plans [Game On]

Upcoming Events

Thank you for reading!

If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!