Colorado Tech Weekly #38: C-Level at Mile High and Promising Futures

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This week brings us yet another COLORADO ONLY CTW post! It always makes me happy when this happens. This Thursday I get to volunteer at the CTA’s C-Level @ A Mile High. I’m really looking forward to it! I’m sure I will be completely overwhelmed. I hope to see you there.

I curate these posts not only to keep myself informed, but also to keep myself motivated and after seeing all the exciting things brewing in Colorado I wish I could start applying for developer positions right now. Patience is a hard thing to have, but it’s nice that there’s plenty of news to keep me motivated.

Top News

  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2014 celebrities for C-Level @ A Mile High [CTA]
  • Congratulations for Boulder’s LogRhythm for earning two awards for security intelligence from Cyber Defense Magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado selected for National Advanced Manufacturing Technology Sites [COIN]
  • Boulder-based startup Ramen raises cash for crowd-funding and collaboration software [Xconomy]
  • New Tech’s Febuary Wrap Up [BDNT]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe acquires Spatial Energy, expands its geospatial info platform [InnovatioNews]
  • Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend invites app developers to compete for $50K in prizes [InnovatioNews]
  • 6 Months In: What’s Going on at Boulder’s RefactorU? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s ‘Amazon Tax’ won’t tax Amazon.com, it turns out [DBJ]
  • Colorado investors may get tax credits for backing advanced industries [DBJ]

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I have a break in my courses at Regis University. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #37: Accolades, Innovation and Internships

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This is the 5th CTW post where all 10 stories are about Colorado. I wonder if I could do that every time. I bet I could! However so much of what goes on outside Colorado affects our industry here I can’t just focus on our awesome state alone. Maybe I should consider doing a local edition and a national edition? I’ll think on that later. It’s finals week for me this week so I’ll think on it later.

Speaking of later, next week I get to volunteer for CTA’s C-Level at Mile High on March 6th. It’s the biggest, coolest, geekiest, techiest way to meet some of Colorado’s top-level technology decision makers by bidding for their time, literally! Here are a few tips and tricks for winning those auctions. Hope to see you there!

Top News

  • Ft. Collins-based Crashboxx develops KISS, world’s first vehicle telematics control unit impact test rig [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Oildex celebrates milestone anniversary with record-breaking customer adoption [CTA]
  • Epic River becomes second tenant in Loveland’s Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology [InnovatioNews]
  • Congratulations to Boulder-based Orbotix for being named one of Fast Company’s ’10 Most Innovative Companies’ [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based AlumiFuel forms Bitcoin Capital Corp. to pursue opportunities in crypto-currencies [InnovatioNews]
  • OpenWorld Learning’s 2014 Outcome Report Shows Success [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Looking for a great internship this summer? Startup Summer Applications Close February 28 [BFeld]
  • Denver places No. 6 on Forbes annual ranking of fastest-growing cities [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Whimseybox delivers creative endeavors to doorsteps [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based SportsLabs revs up to manage thousands of live sporting events [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #36: Online video innovation. Leadership changes. Student support.

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Two of this week’s national stories have to do with supporting students who want to become software developers. As one of those students it brings up the internal (eternal?) argument between traditional and non-traditional education programs. I got burned by a non-traditional school which is why I’ve decided to go back to a more well-established school in Regis University. That is not to say I am against non-traditional programs such as the DaVinci Coders program in Louisville and gSchool at Galvanize in Denver, but if you’re considering jumping into the software development field it’s something you should spend some time considering.

Local News

  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Way to Go unveil first-of-its-kind trip planning tool [YourHub]
  • Denver app maker Welltok raises $22 million, featuring first investment from IBM’s Watson Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based Rapt Media releases Site Pairing technology to transform customer online media experience [InnovatioNews]
  • Evergreen-based Wowza launches Wowza Streaming Engine software to improve performance [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association elects Molly Rauzi as its 2014 board chair [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s RoundPegg selects Kevin Grauman as its new CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Level 3 CEO addresses NSA spying revelations, impact on business [DBJ]

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National News

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says next move on net neutrality will come soon [TechKnowBytes]
  • How Facebook’s Open Academy helps students to become better software engineers [TheNextWeb]
  • GitHub introduces new discounts to support student coders [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #35: Developer trends. NoCo makes news. Amazon tax revisited?

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“NoCo” is trendy shorthand for Northern Colorado which incorporates everything north of Denver, south of Wyoming and not called Boulder. Boulder is not NoCo. Boulder is Boulder. It’s always fun when I can shed some light on companies outside of the Boulder/Denver area.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Weather Cloud taps new tech and data to give drivers real-time look at nastiest roads [InnovatioNews]
  • 3DCIC calls for speakers for 2014 event set for May 28-30 in Colorado Springs [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville-based Bounce.io raises $4.8M to make bounce messages a thing of the past [Xconomy]
  • First ever 1 Million Cups in Fort Collins throws spotlight on Fargreen and Intelivideo [InnovatioNews]
  • “Amazon tax” revisited. Colorado legislator reintroduces bill to tax Internet sales [DBJ]
  • Health care tech business GHX, located in Louisville, sold to private equity firm [DBJ]

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National News

  • Dice Survey: Salaries and confidence rise for U.S. tech professionals in 2013 [InnovatioNews]
  • Top programming languages for 2014 [ImpactLab]
  • Microsoft names new CEO; Bill Gates out as chairman [DBJ]
  • 7,000 app developers in 127 countries say e-commerce is now the best mobile monetization strategy [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #34: $17.5M of local stories

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It’s important that I remind myself when I see these funding announcements that the people receiving these funds are being rewarded for their years of hard work. The companies being funded may be new, but the trust earned by the executive staff of these companies are based off of their reputations for success. They are also being rewarded for their hard work by promises of more hard work. These amounts aren’t gifts. They are investments. One of the reasons I do these posts is to not only keep up with local tech news, but also to remind myself that hard work does pay off. It just might not happen as soon as we would all like sometimes.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Simple Energy Raises $6M More to Gamify Utilities, Engage Consumers [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based CipherPoint awarded patent for transparent encryption gateway, key management [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpotXchange reports rapid 2013 growth, expects explosive growth in 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • SocialEngine sold to Boulder-based digital marketing firm Room 214 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left and Sprintly Join Forces [QuickLeft]
  • Federated Media makes Lijit a new Boulder online ad biz again [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based sports app maker TeamSnap raises $7.5 million in equity funding [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck starts 2014 with another $4 million in funding [BuiltinColorado]
  • Proposed tax break has big potential for Colorado aerospace industry [DBJ]
  • Colorado Launches Go Code Colorado to Make Public Data More Accessible [Colorado SoS]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #33: Volunteering, court battles and new things

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I don’t remember making any New Year’s resolutions about volunteering, but if I had I’d be doing a great job following through on those resolutions. Last week I mentioned that I volunteered to help run and promote Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level at Mile High. If you’re looking to get your foot in the door of Colorado’s tech industry, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to volunteer for this event.

In following through on a New Year’s resolution that I DID make, I went to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting at my daughter’s elementary school last week. I ended up volunteering to help monitor the computer lab after school on Tuesdays. I’m excited to help kids with their online homework while I work on my own.

Now to volunteer some interesting news…

Local News

  • Sprint is in the process of rolling out 4G LTE network in Colorado Springs and parts of Denver [TechKnowBytes]
  • First-ever Denver Mini Maker Faire set for May 3-4, exhibitor registration deadline is March 16 [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot releases Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for PC Gamers to protect during online play [InnovatioNews]
  • First layoffs hit Denver-based Convercent; CEO Patrick Quinlan cites startup growing pains [DBJ]
  • Then Convercent announces partnership with Click 4 Compliance [InnovatioNews]
  • As Colorado’s Amazon tax law heads to court, enforcement questions arise [TechknowBytes]
  • Federal budget deal puts $2.7 billion into Colorado space projects [DBJ]

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National News

  • New API will simplify Google Drive integration with Android apps, Google says [ComputerWorld]
  • Will title swap at the top promote more adaptability within GitHub? President Becomes CEO, CEO Becomes President [TechCrunch]
  • Supreme Court to decide several important Intellectual Property cases in 2014 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #32: Overwhelming events and mobile contradictions

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Well my first Built in Brews event was… overwhelming. If you are ever in doubt about the vibrancy of the tech startup scene in Denver, go to one of those events. Your doubts will easily be put to rest. I forgot how loud networking events can get. I also forgot how futile they seem when you don’t have anything to ask of or offer other people. I also learned that admitting ignorance to someone that is 10 years younger than me is much easier to do behind a keyboard than it is face-to-face.small-logo

Speaking of large, overwhelming events, I have signed up to volunteer for the CTA C-Level @ Mile High event on March 6. I also signed up to help market the event online, so be prepared to see me mention it a few times. The only other CTA event I’ve been to was the APEX Conference last summer, so if it’s anywhere as organized as APEX was, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • 2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits (infographic) [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 Colorado cities (Denver, Boulder, Greeley and Ft. Collins) rank among nation’s 20 ‘best performing’ for jobs, tech [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies Dish and Westone win “Best Of” awards at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave acquires Klocwork to enhance code security and reliability [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin secures $3.9M Air Force contract to continue tracking missiles, space debris [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s FullContact buys Latvia-based Cobook, adds contact management apps and 1M users [Xconomy]

National News

  • GitHub acquires Y Combinator Alum Easel, a browser-based web design tool [TechCrunch]
  • Forget trying to make money off mobile apps – App monetization to get tougher still, with Gartner predicting 94.5% of downloads will be free by 2017 [TechCrunch]
  • But make mobile games and you’ll be rich! – Mobile gaming could drive entire video game industry to $100B in revenue by 2017 [VentureBeat]
  • U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules [Reuters]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #31: Do whatever you need wherever you want

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I felt like I could’ve easily posted 20 stories, but part of the fun of these posts is narrowing it down to the 10 most interesting stories of the week. I’m really curious about the trend of the technology industry allowing us to work from anywhere. Whether it’s cloud services, coworking spaces, connected cars or wearable devices we are increasingly allowing (forcing?) us to work from wherever we want.

I am looking forward to my first Built in Brews event this Thursday. Since I like beer and I like smart, ambitious people, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • CES 2014: Colorado roundup with Logic Integration, Revolv, Dish and EnerPlex [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-founded Elihuu positions for national expansion [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado coworking spaces create a statewide membership [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wayin acquires Comenta TV to power on-air social media [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements makes a developer’s life easier with Documents Hub launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cloud service provider Peak, based in Denver, starts 2014 with $4 million and big goals [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ball Aerospace trims workforce by 77 jobs [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network drops out of LightSquared bidding [DBJ]

National News

  • Google announces Open Automotive Alliance to drive Android Into connected cars [TechCrunch]
  • CES 2014: Less Is more for smart watches and other wearable gadgets [TechnologyReview]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #30: Marijuana? CES? Drones? Colorado has a little bit of everything

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It’s the first Monday of the new year, which means it’s back-to-work time. With Christmas and New Years Day being in the middle of the week, I can understand if you’re finding it hard to focus.

Looking at the headlines this week, it’s impossible for me to come up with a theme for the week. Colorado has a little bit of everything going on. It’s fun to be a part of.

My classes at Regis start back up today. This semester I’m taking Control Structures and a class on Influence and Motivation. Maybe I can figure out how to influence my code to do what I mean and not just what I say.

Local News

  • Andy Vuong previews CES 2014 and features participating Colorado companies [AllOverTech]
  • Denver-based Rivet brings in an old friend for new CTO [RMTechLine]
  • If I could cut the cord I would. Dish and DirecTV to raise rates in February, Comcast hiked fees in October [TechKnowBytes]
  • If you didn’t think the new marijuana laws would have a tech spin, you must be high – MassRoots building digital hub for multi-billion cannabis industry [Xconomy]
  • Innovation Pavilion, in Centennial, celebrates their 2nd Anniversary! [BuiltinColorado]
  • Aw, this would have been so cool – Colorado fails to land drone test-site designation [DBJ]

National News

  • Here’s What Mobile Industry Insiders See Ahead for 2014. Could my Amazon prediction come true? [Xconomy]
  • App development trends 2013: JavaScript, APIs and cloud computing [InfoWorld]
  • A Microsoft OS that isn’t Windows piques my curiousity to no end – Microsoft’s Midori: The M# connection [ZDNet]
  • CES 2014 starts tomorrow: 5 trends the geeks are talking about at gadget show and other news bits [TechKnowBytes]

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UX Discovery: Measuring My Success

My goal is to be working as a software developer before the year 2016. My website will help me achieve this goal by showing local tech folk my knowledge, skills and achievements. All updates to this project can be found on the main project page.

Measuring Online Goals is So Easy, It’s Hard

Measuring your goals for a website is so easy it’s hard. What do I mean by that? The internet is full of tools to measure and report metrics! You can measure any and every metric possible, but until you know what it is you want to measure, all these tools will only provide useless fluff.

I only looked into one analytics tool, Google Analytics. Truthfully, It does about 50 times more than I could ever possibly want to do, but it’s free and I’m already immersed in the Google world. Plus I was impressed with the really cool Google Analytics Academy that I got to use as an online, self-paced guide to learn about analytics.

Reviewing My Goals

I need to make sure I’m measuring information from my website that relates to my goals. Essentially I narrowed down my main goal into 3 main parts. I want to attract people who are involved in the local technology industry, because those are the people I want to work for and work with. I want to show off my work to the people who visit my site. And since I am not planning to complete my goal for another 2 years, I want to encourage visitors to return and see more projects.

My Measurement Plan

At the recommendation of the Google Analytics Academy, I decided to use Avinash Kaushik’s measurement planning model to measure my website’s success. Since my website is essentially a branding website, I decided to go with the goals that closely resemble a branding website such as driving awareness, engagement and loyalty. I will attract users, show off my work and encourage loyalty.

MeasurementPlan

I will attract visitors using social media posts. I will measure my success by using the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the amount of visitors and the bounce rate for my landing pages. My target goals are 100 visits per month and a maximum bounce rate for my Colorado Tech Weekly (CTW) posts of 70%.

I will show off my work with blog posts and project updates. I will measure my success by using bounce rate as a KPI. My target goal for my non-CTW landing pages is 60% bounce rate. If you are interested in my blog posts and project updates, I assume you will be more engaged than the average CTW visitor.

I want to encourage returning visitors. I haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet, but I want to measure my success by comparing new vs returning users and by my social media interactions. My target goal is to have 33% of my users to be returning users. This will require some work.

Next up, I will focus on personas. It’s time to me to find out who my audience is so that I can adapt my content accordingly.