Colorado Tech Weekly #17: In the Middle of the Night

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Every once in a while my full time job feels the need to remind me that I’m not doing what I love yet. That happened this week when I went back to my graveyard shift. I’ll be doing the same things I have been, but it will seem more mysterious because I’ll be doing them in the middle of the night. Everything seems a little more mysterious in the middle of the night.

Local News

  • Westminster-based Cloudpath Networks providing BYOD Wi-Fi access to IT professionals at Interop New York [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Placeable releases Placeable Plot to visualize location data across multiple platforms [InnovatioNews]
  • Mile High Roundup: Local Tech Companies Raise Cash, Expand Overseas [Xconomy]
  • NoCo Mini Maker Faire hits home run as thousands throng to RMCIT on Oct. 5 [InnovatioNews]
  • BDNT September Update [BDNT]
  • Tesla opening Colorado’s first charging stations [DBJ]
  • Colorado small-business hiring picked up speed in September [DBJ]

National News

  • A Wild September for Wireless: Putting it in Context [Xconomy]
  • Amazon in the process of developing smartphones [TechCrunch]
  • Western Digital rolls out secure My Cloud drive [ComputerWorld]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #16: Better beautiful than perfect anyway

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When attempting to juggle all of my roles it’s important to remember that juggling is hard. You can only juggle for so long before your arms get tired and you get out of sync. Things will get dropped, but there’s a good chance you can pick them up before too many people notice. Just smile and pretend it’s part of the act. It’s better to be beautiful than perfect.

Local News

  • Audio Video Expo announces agenda for end of October conference [CTA]
  • Costs for Colorado broadband project to connect schools, EAGLE-Net, continue to soar [TechKnowBytes]
  • AT&T Contributes $50,000 to Foothills United Way to help with flood relief [CTA]
  • Rivet readies for rebound with a new CEO [RMTech]
  • A little bit about the shape of work at RoundPegg [BuiltInColorado]
  • Elyse Kent converses about the culture at Convercent [BuiltinColorado]
  • Board chair, Eric Mitisek explains the reasoning behind the BuiltinColorado name change. Turns out it has nothing to do with this newsletter [BuiltinColorado]

National News

  • Twitter adds emergency alert capabilities for public safety accounts [TheVerge]
  • Microsoft may have a good idea and merge the Windows and the Windows Mobile App stores [ZDNet]
  • Steam to power gaming in your living room [SteamPowered]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #15: Things keep changing

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There is that one moment after you go through something that was hectic or traumatic or that just took up all your attention. It’s that moment where you stop and look around and realize the world is still moving and things are still changing. It’s comforting and disconcerting at the same time.

We have survived the flooding, now it’s time to help with the recovery. If you want to help out, go to www.helpcoloradonow.org.

Local News

  • Evergreen-based Wowza acquires Camfoo to improve cloud streaming [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week panel talks Colorado Open Data [Xconomy]
  • Galvanize announces 2nd location in Boulder [Galvanize]
  • Secretary of State and Governor present Colorado Innovation Challenge [DBJ]
  • The flood and Boulder tech startups [DBJ]
  • Governor Hickenlooper charms tech crowd at Denver Startup Week [RMTech]

National News

  • Everyone wants a gold-colored phone? Apple releases new iPhone 5C and 5S [TheVerge]
  • iOS7 released Wednesday. Users immediately find bugs. By Wednesday night, iOS7 is no longer cool [AllThingsD]
  • Will there be a Steam Box next week? All signs point to maybe [TheVerge]
  • Obama Administration urges FCC to urge carriers to have the urge to unlock mobile devices. [WashingtonPost]

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Why Every Student Should Go to a Tech Conference

Last week I got to spend the day at the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Conference in Denver. Going as a student is the best way to visit a technology conference. It was full of professionals eager to share their knowledge and their projects and as a student who isn’t hirable yet, there is no pressure to impress! So what to do I do at a place full of people who do the job and work on the projects that I want to work on? I ask questions of course!

If I wanted to work for your company, what should I learn?

This was my favorite question of the day. Being able to ask straight-forward questions was the best thing about going to the conference. Since I didn’t feel the need to impress people with my knowledge I was able to ask any question that came to mind.

I started my day by grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting at a large table. I ended up sitting next to the CEO of Motocol, Patrick Bailey. Motocol is a Greenwood Villlage-based company that creates enterprise-level mobile software. When I asked Patrick my question I hit a nerve, a good nerve. Patrick is a HTML5 and JavaScript advocate and recommended these languages along with jquery and jquery mobile.

The most popular answer was to learn .NET. This was recommended by representatives with Swiftpage, Slalom and Neudesic. Pivotal Labs educated me about Ruby on Rails. It turns out that Ruby is a language and Rails is a framework. It has nothing to do with red trains. The representative at Ajubeo, a cloud services provider recommended become a DBA and if you want to work for Ping, learn Java.

It’s no longer enough to say “I want to be a developer.” It’s too broad of a statement. I need to figure out what kind of developer I want to be: Web? Enterprise? Mobile? All of the above? None of the above? It’s a fun question to consider.

It’s Nice to Feel Wanted

There seemed to be a theme among the seminars regardless of the subject: A demand for quality developers. No matter which session, whether it was the “Big Data and Analytics”, “Cloud Security” or “The State of the State” the subject of there being not enough developers kept coming up. I wanted to yell out “I’m learning as fast as I can!”

My hope is that other Computer Science students read this and start getting more involved in their tech community before they graduate. It’s a great way to let companies know you’re here working to become the candidate they want. It’s also a great way to find out what you want to learn and what you need to learn to get the job you want.

Good luck and see you at the next tech conference!

Colorado Tech Weekly #14: Awards (and rain), prizes (and rain) and fancy new things (and rain)

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Last week I got to go to the CTA APEX Conference in Denver. It was an amazing experience that every CS and CIS student should have and students should do it BEFORE graduating. I’ll write about that more in a separate blog post later this week.

My hopes and thoughts go to everyone affected by the massive flooding in my state. If you want to help out, go to www.helpcoloradonow.org.

Local News

  • Congrats to the APEX award winners including Cloud Elements, Connect First, iTriage, and the Colorado Office of Information Technology [CTA]
  • Rach.io takes top startup prize for APEX Challenge [InnovatioNews]
  • BDNT debuts their Freelancer Search Engine [BDNT]
  • Greenwood Village-based ViaWest gets tax incentives to continue expansion [DBJ]
  • Raytheon’s GPS III satellite control software developed in Aurora passes crucial test [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence raises $5M [DBJ]

National News

  • iPhone 5S is amazing, but no one is impressed [Xconomy]
  • Twitter goes public [DenverPost]
  • Opera unveils new iPad browser, Coast [TechCrunch]
  • Microsoft introduces their own personal assistance, Cortana [ZDNet]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #13: Release dates and conferences all around!

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Is there a major technology company that is not releasing a new product in the next few months? All these new things are going to be awesome next year after they find a fix the bugs.

I am excited to be going to my first Colorado Technology Association Apex Conference this Wednesday. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the cool people I’ve learned about while doing these CTW posts.

Local News

  • The Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology (RMCIT for short) signs its first tenant [InnovatioNews]
  • CTA announces the 10 Apex Challenge challengers [CTA]
  • The Defrag 2013 conference will be in Broomfield in November and registration is open [DefragCon]
  • What were some of the biggest stories of the past two weeks? Techstars, Graphicly, RoundPegg and Rally [Xconomy]
  • TindrLabs launches MiniUX, a weekly UX newsletter. Also UX stands for user experience. [BDNT]
  • Boulder-based Parascript gets FDA approval for their breast cancer-detection software [DBJ]

National News

  • Samsung unveils the Galaxy Gear smartwatch [9news]
  • November 22 is the release date for XBox One [TechCrunch]
  • Hershey’s announces new chocolate smartphone OS. Android makes candy. Or Android 4.4. [TheVerge]
  • OS X Mavericks release date set for end of October [9to5Mac]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #12: Maybe I Should Make an Amazon App

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I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. Between last July’s news of Amazon allowing HTML5 apps and this week’s news of allowing in-app purchases of real goods, developing for the Amazon App Store is looking more and more appealing.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave Software acquires Broomfield-based OpenLogic [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire accepts their $2.9M Colorado tax credits to create over 300 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics acquires Germany-based distributer, Computerlinks [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont-based DigitalGlobe is going to move their headquarters all the way to Broomfield in 2015 [InnovatioNews]
  • Level 3 Communications cuts 150 jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Wayin announces partnership with the St. Louis Rams, their 3rd NFL team partner [BuiltinDenver]

National News

  • Technology groups call for immigration reform [CTA]
  • Using old versions of Android will put you at risk [ZDNet]
  • Amazon now allows Android developers to earn money off of real goods bought as in-app purchases [TheNextWeb]
  • A glitch in Amazon’s cloud services affects Instragram, Vine and Netflix [BBC]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #11, August 26, 2013: Growth. Glitch. Graphene. Opportunity.

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It is impossible to pay attention to technology news in Colorado without hearing about all the different, interesting and exciting startup companies here. So much so that I have been invited to contribute a weekly technology post to the StartupDenver website! I’m pretty excited. This opportunity made me question whether I really knew what a startup company is, so I did what any blogger with a thirst for knowledge would do, I asked myself “What is a Startup?“. In the post, I reference an essay by Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham (“Startup = Growth”, 2012) . It is a great read for anyone who wants to understand startups.

Local News

  • Boulder cloud infrastructure-as-a-service provider, Ajubeo secures new investment to support their growth [InnovatioNews]
  • 17 Colorado software companies made the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing list [Inc]
  • City of Aurora gets its own app [9news]
  • New Tech August Recap – Denver Startup Week Party and FitTrip [BDNT]
  • Kaiser Permanente opens a new IT center in Greenwood Village [DBJ]

National News

  • A technical glitch shut down the Nasdaq Stock Exchange for over 3 hours on Thursday [DBJ]
  • Who wants to be a CEO? Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire within the next 12 months [DBJ]
  • A list of programming languages by average salary makes me want to learn ActionScript [bpodgursky.wordpress.com]
  • I wish I could ONLY raise $12.8 M. Ubuntu Edge misses their $32M Indiegogo goal [CNet]
  • Graphene research takes one step closer to insanely fast computers [BusinessWeek]

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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]

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