Colorado Tech Weekly #210: ViaWest, Sphero and Revolar

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One of the things I like about being a tech-enthusiast with a blog over being a journalist is that i get to unabashedly be a fan of different companies and people. So here’s the reasons I’m a fan of the companies in the title…

  • ViaWest: When I first started learning about the Colorado tech community, I was welcomed by CTA. ViaWest is a big supporter of CTA. CTA was nice to me. ViaWest was nice to CTA. Therefore ViaWest seems nice to me. It’s like an SAT question.
  • Sphero: In our household we have a SPRK, a BB8, an Ollie and the Force Band for BB8. We are just fans of Sphero. Sphero is also committed to STEAM education with their Sphero EDU app which I’ve yet to dive into since they recently made changes to it.
  • Revolar: For those of you who don’t know, I don’t work in tech yet. I work as a 911 dispatcher for a police department. I know how important it is for responders to get your location when you have an emergency and I think Revolar is doing it the right way.

I rarely post 2 headlines about the same story, but the ViaWest story seems like a big deal. I hope they continue to support the Colorado tech community as much as they do now.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • INterview with Doug Campbell, Louisville-based Solid Power and Longmont-based Roccor CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s Colorado rollout will see robots and humans work together at new Thornton fulfillment center [Denverite]
  • Greenwood Village IT company ViaWest sold for $1.675B [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Notion raises $10M Series A to make homes — and insurers — smarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Inside the deal: ViaWest CEO on Colorado tech company’s $1.7B sale [DBJ]
  • DBJ Offices: Tour Pax8’s high-energy space in the Denver Tech Center (Photos) (Video) [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero is about to release an app-enabled Spider-Man toy [AndroidPolice]
  • Throwback Thursday: 3 leaders reflect on tech in the 80s and 90s — and make forecasts for the future [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Revolar hires ex-Otterbox CEO as its new leader [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Choozle wins Denver Business Journal’s #1 (Medium-Sized) Best Place to Work [Choozle]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #209: The Hardest Part About Programming Isn’t the Code

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I never turn down advice about job seeking. I don’t always get good advice, but if you listen then you’ll find that most good advice gets repeated more than bad advice. I recently found out about, and signed up for, an email series from experienced programmer, Ian Douglas, that helps job seekers understand the questions from interviewers. It’s a great series and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new job.

If I could go to any tech event this week, I would absolutely go to the Denver Java User Group talk about Gradle. Gradle seems like it’s probably a useful tool for Android developers, but for me it just confused me, got in my way and discouraged me from learning Android development using Android Studio. Languages are easy. Frameworks, developer tools, deployment tools and management strategies are the difficult parts.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Jack Forrest Joins Boulder’s Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Beyond the tech: Personal traits recruiters look for in their next developer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why I quit my job to teach kids to code [DenverStartupWeek]
  • 5 startups using tech to make Colorado a healthier place [BuiltinColorado]
  • An Interview with New Denver-based Brandfolder CEO, Digital Media Executive Luke Beatty [Brandfolder]
  • Drones in firefighting could save Colorado tax dollars and lives [ColoradoPolitics]
  • From parties to company retreats, here’s how Colorado tech celebrates closing big rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software company Conga dances to investment deal with Salesforce Ventures [DBJ]
  • Blind CU student blasts through barriers — and now aims to help others envision science and tech careers [DenverPost]
  • PewPewCat Goes to E3 2017 [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #208: Are We Putting The Driverless Cart Before the Horse?

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Like everyone else, I think the idea of autonomous vehicles is a fun idea and I am amazed at the advances made every day in the technologies needed to make driverless cars happen. However I think the biggest roadblocks to driverless cars are the roads themselves. The markings, signs and rules are made for human drivers. I wonder what a road system would really look like if they were designed for autonomous cars and not for people.

I feel like I’m just blathering again, but there is a story about driverless cars this week so at least I’m on some kind of point.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Association adds diverse group of eight tech leaders to Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Boulder-based traffic-solutions firm, Intuicom, lands contract for infrastructure in Superior [BizWest]
  • Comcast launches gigabit internet in Colorado at a 50 percent discount from prior gigabit price [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies offering $1 million in technology scholarships [RimTech]
  • It’s official: Colorado passes first law to regulate driverless vehicles [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 CEO to succeed CenturyLink CEO after merger [BizWest]
  • Your new career is here: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Thanks for five amazing years [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vacation rental company, Evolve, raises $11 million; will relocate HQ and hire 100 [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based restaurant-app developer Splick-It raises $1.1 million [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #206: Tech Visas and #GiveFirst with Go Code Colorado

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What if I just chose one story and one event to talk about instead of blathering on about whatever is inside my head at the moment? Let’s try that.

As someone who is looking for work as an entry-level developer, I should probably pay better attention the the H1-B visa conversation. If I were being completely selfish I would say that companies should just hire developers and teach us, but that’s not realistic at all. There’s no way a company could grow quickly if they don’t have developers who know what they’re doing right now. That’s where these visas come in. I choose to believe that the majority of tech companies use the visas as a last resort.

Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Final Event and I will be there to write about it. I might even see if I can live-stream it again. The community that has been built around Go Code Colorado is full of some of my favorite tech people in Colorado because they really embody that #GiveFirst attitude that makes the Colorado tech community great. See you there!

This week my daughter starts her summer break. I’m jealous. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Critics allege visa program misused at Boulder Valley tech firms that hire foreign workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver insurance software startup, Spex, sells majority stake, sees expansion [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies welcoming new leaders to the team this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity launches Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 by Darknet Footprint and Security Threat Levels [OwlCybersecurity]
  • Spring fever: How 3 Colorado startups take advantage of the warming weather [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s section.io adds new security and performance tools to Its Modular Content Delivery Grid [SectionIO]
  • Boulder Startup Week expands beyond tech, benefits nonprofits [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s SpotX & Douglas County’s Sling TV talk convergence [SpotX]
  • On the hunt for that perfect ops role? Here’s what these Colorado tech companies look for [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s Advanced Industry Accelerator program awards $2.9M to 18 technology startups [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #205: All Good News and Contemplating the Future of Colorado Tech Weekly

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I’ve been thinking of shutting down this newsletter or maybe handing it over to someone else. It’s a thought that has been rattling around my head for about a month. I’m thinking more and more that it’s a good idea.

Since I’ve started Colorado Tech Weekly, BuiltinDenver is now BuiltinColorado and they do their own weekly roundup post, the Denver Business Journal does a weekly tech email, and CTA started Digital Colorado to share tech news stories from various sources. Add to the fact that most of my events come from BuiltinColorado and Meetup.com and you can easily get all the content I provide without me.

This is a great thing! I am one guy who does this newsletter in my limited part-time but those people are passionate professionals with time and resources to do what I’m doing, but just do it better. It would also give me more time to write code because that’s why I started all of this: to get a job as a software developer. And I’ve realized since I started my Twitch streams how much time I haven’t spent actually writing code due to work, school and other obligations so it will be good for me to spend more time doing what I love.

Nothing is being decided anytime soon but if you have any ideas, please let me know.

This week is Boulder Startup Week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 9 Fort Collins tech companies that should be on your radar [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast NBCUniversal is buying Denver’s home-grown video startup Craftsy [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s Q3 earnings per share up 240 percent [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: How 4 Colorado startups chose their technology stacks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google says it has doubled Colorado employees since 2015 as it preps opening of new Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • How these Colorado tech leaders foster collaborative company cultures [BuiltInColorado]
  • Back to school: 5 Colorado tech startups that offer tuition reimbursement [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado named ‘Innovation Champion’ by Consumer Tech Assn. [InnovatioNews]
  • Lafayette-based Liqid Inc. raises $10M in Series A funding [BizWest]
  • Insider advice to land a job in Denver tech [CodeTalent]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #204: Some Things Are Bigger Than Tech

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I spent this weekend with my wife in Steamboat Springs celebrating our 8th anniversary. It was great to get out of the Denver area and spend some time without deadlines or schedules. I think my mind is still there.

Regardless of where my mind is, there are still some great news and events this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lakewood-based HomeAdvisor to merge with Angie’s List, form new public company [DBJ]
  • Denver teaching software startup, Schoolrunner, raises $500,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to offer more tech and education opportunities for women [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg teams with Greeley’s Dairy Tech Inc. [DenverPost]
  • How far does your tech salary stretch in Denver? [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech startups get a boost from legislation OK’d by House [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Making the SparkX Lab [SparkFun]
  • Redux for Rebit: Carbonite sells Rebit assets to Broomfield’s Betsol LLC [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based MergeLane announced it will no longer run its accelerator [BizWest]
  • POSSIBLE Mobile Denver celebrates successful Q1 by giving back [PossibleMobile]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #203: Mostly About Bots and Broomfield

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For those who don’t know, there are cities between Denver and Boulder. One of the cities having the biggest growth in tech is Broomfield. It makes me curious to find out what they are doing up there to attract so many tech companies.

Tomorrow I will do another coding Twitch stream. I’m really starting to like doing the stream. I’ve decided to focus on Java and learned a lot about the language last week thanks to one of the people in the chat. It’s great!

This week may the 4th be with you and happy Cinco De Mayo!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Swisslog changes location of proposed headquarters in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • British cloud-based warehouse management firm, Synergy North America, expands to Denver by moving U.S. HQ to Broomfield [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot apologizes, says antivirus software error that labeled Windows files as malware now fixed [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based startup TurboTenant raises $1.5 million in capital [BizWest]
  • 7 Colorado tech companies doing big things with Big Data [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Project C.U.R.E. [zvelo]
  • How 3 Colorado tech pillars approach hiring, innovation and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU is home to new NSF cyberattack center [InnovatioNews]
  • CenturyLink will add two Level 3 executives to senior staff after merger [DenverPost]
  • Arvada construction-technology firm Prescient adds $40 million from investors [DenverPost]

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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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