Colorado Tech Weekly #227: Influencing Tech News and Forgetting Makers

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I like to think that these posts and the news I share on social media from Colorado tech companies helps Colorado tech reporters find and focus on stories. As you can probably tell I’m a big fan of their work and I like to think I contribute to it in some small way. So I was excited that, after I asked in last Monday’s post “What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community?”, the Denver Business Journal posted this article on Tuesday: Amazon HQ2 could actually help Denver’s talent-starved tech sector. I like to think Greg Avery was answering my question for me. If not, it’s really good timing.

I’m a big fan of creators of every kind, whatever they’re called! Most of my heroes are artists, makers, hackers, tinkerers, inventors, cosplayers, game-makers, podcasters, etc. so imagine my surprise that I somehow completely missed promoting the Denver Maker Faire in last week’s Colorado Tech Weekly post! I’m shocked that I missed promoting it because I would have absolutely gone to it if I wasn’t at work all weekend. If you see, or write, a good recap of the Denver Maker Faire, please send it my way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • They don’t play games: 5 companies using AR/VR for more than gaming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Incident Response Technologies closes $1.2M seed round led by Innosphere Fund [InnovatioNews]
  • Apple hiring software engineers to work in Denver [DBJ]
  • Pay it forward: How Boulder-based Bonusly helped donate over $60,000 to disaster relief [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Georgia’s Tea Leaves, gains access to 400 hospital partners and consumer data [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Homebot raises $4.5M, plans to double team and expand nationally by year’s end [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 coding bootcamps and schools in Denver & Boulder you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara taking investments in equity crowdfunding campaign [BizWest]
  • Colorado investigations company, KeyPoint Government Solutions, to join in 3-way merger to form government IT-services business [DBJ]
  • Nerdwallet: Boulder ranks No. 8 for best city for tech jobs, Springs is No. 12 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #226: Overexertion and the Idea of an Amazon HQ2 in Colorado

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Everyone says they want Amazon’s second headquarters to be in Colorado. I admit, it’s a cool idea but I wonder if it’s a good idea. I am wondering a lot of things today, mainly because I overexerted myself last week and I’m super tired, but the question still lingers in my head. What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community? Or a more fun question to consider would be, “What kind of effect would our inclusive tech community have on Amazon?” I think I like considering that question more.

Pro-tip: Don’t renovate a third of your house in 4 days while taking online senior-level college courses and working a more than full-time, high-stress job while managing contract work and a job search. It’s not healthy.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • California GPS tech company, Trimble, plans big new Westminster building [DBJ]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor completes purchase of Angie’s List, goes public, grows 33 percent in a day [DenverPost]
  • Feds clear CenturyLink to buy Broomfield’s Level 3, but with conditions to keep internet competitive [DenverPost]
  • All Colorado Congress members to Jeff Bezos: Build Amazon HQ2 here [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies Partners with Denver’s SecureSet Academy for cybersecurity Education and hiring [RimTech]
  • Colorado loses a corporate headquarters and a satellite imaging pioneer as Westminster-based DigitalGlobe is purchased [DenverPost]
  • Opportunity awaits: 7 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association adds four new members to board [InnovatioNews]
  • Big month for big hires: 6 Colorado tech companies welcome new leaders this September [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 hit record attendance (again) [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #225: Python and Blockchains

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I have an Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming from Westwood College, I’m almost done with my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Regis Univeristy and I have a huge passion for the Colorado tech community and I have never written Python or have any comfort in my knowledge about Blockchains (I understand them as a crowd-sourced linked-list of transactions about a thing. I hope this is right).

This week, there are 2 events about Blockchain and 2 events about Python and it seems like both subjects are coming up more and more so I should probably pay attention to them. I’ll be at the Boulder Python meetup next week. I should probably find a Blockchain meetup to go to soon.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity, vacation rentals and more nab “Denver Gazelle” top fast-growing company honors [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s DispatchHealth raises $30.8 million from investors in nod to rise of home doctor visits [DenverPost]
  • Denver HR tech firm, Businessolver, finds benefits, and rapid growth, in metro Denver [DBJ]
  • CenturyLink eyes partnerships for rural broadband and rolls out price-for-life in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Show, don’t tell: 3 Colorado tech companies with benefits that support a balanced life [BuiltinColorado]
  • Job report: Freelance engineers in Denver paid among the least in U.S., but trade lower wage for lifestyle [DenverPost]
  • There are better ways to pitch a story than an embargoed press release [Gadgetress]
  • Boulder-based software company Yonomi raises $1.6 million [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Sphero shrinks its toy robot in size and price — and the new Mini runs on smiles and winks [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Zayo encounters turbulence as execs leave, earnings miss and insiders sell stock [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #224: Failure, Open Source, Freelancing, Tech Jobs and Denver Startup Week (50% More Links THIS WEEK ONLY)

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If I was still doing an accompanying podcast with these blog posts, this week I would talk forever. There is so much packed into this week’s headlines that I want to talk about!

I’d talk about the importance of being comfortable with failure because of the SparkFun post. Or I could talk about the allure of game development and talk about Mystic Melee. What about interview struggles and strategies that Built in Colorado brings up?

But wait! There’s more!! I could talk about the deceptive difficulty of freelancing (doing the projects is the easy part) because of the Impact Lab article or I could talk about my frustration with the “talent gap” while looking at the Denver Post’s Amazon-related story. But I’d also want to talk about open-source development thanks to the story about DRUD Tech, especially since Hacktoberfest is starting soon.

Speaking of Hacktoberfest, are you participating? I want to give it a shot but I know I’ll need some knowledge/moral/tech/emotional support to make it worth it.  I know SendGrid is participating. It would be cool to find other Colorado tech companies/people/organizations that are involved.

OH WAIT! THERE’S ALSO DENVER STARTUP WEEK! At the end of this post are 10 posts I’ve collected from the from the Colorado tech community to make sure you get the best Denver Startup Week experience.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Meet Our July 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Project Fails [SparkFun]
  • Denver-based game, Mystic Melee, out on Early Access [PewPewCat]
  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal: What to ask (and what NOT to ask) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: 5 Colorado software engineers share the coolest tech they’ve built [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google buys Boulder campus for $130 million [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute to launch world’s first “freelance colony” at its Westminster, Colorado HQ [ImpactLab]
  • Denver software firm, Choozle, expands HQ after doubling its headcount [BusinessDen]
  • Finding workers a challenge in Colorado’s bid for Amazon campus [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes [CIODive]

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10 Best Denver Startup Week Posts from the Colorado Tech Community

  • Spotlight on the Maker Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Spotlight on the Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • GoSpotCheck & Denver Startup Week [GoSpotCheck]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 will offer 350 programs, big names [DBJ]
  • Your Guide to Everything Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sixth annual Denver Startup Week set for Sept. 25-29 with 300+ events [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 [Choozle]
  • Denver Startup Week: Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s Startup Crawl [BuiltinColorado]
  • The DSW trifecta: Laughs, beer, tech jobs [Name.com]
  • The Colorado Startup Scene and Denver Startup Week 2017 [TechnicalIntegrity]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #223: Never Stop Learning

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Working in tech means we never stop learning. Denver Startup Week looks like it’s going to have some amazing ways to continue learning. But it’s also important to keep the constant learning fun because constantly learning means constantly doing things that are new and uncomfortable is difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The 9 best tech companies in Colorado [MatrixMarketing]
  • Tech for social good: This web app by Denver-based Elevated Third helps victims of violent crime find the resources they need [BuiltinColorado]
  • At Westminster’s Digital Globe, this leader listens to people with big ideas, not just big titles [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSG teams with Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics to monetize Internet of Things [InnovatioNews]
  • BBB issues warning about Denver’s Photobucket [DBJ]
  • Breaking tradition: 4 Colorado companies bringing new-school tech to old-school industries [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder energy auditing company Simuwatt raises $50,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver Startup Week ’17 for cutting-edge devs [CuttleSoft]
  • Silicon Valley GPS developer Trimble acquires Boulder’s 10-4 Systems [DenverPost]
  • Death of the DBA, Long Live the DBA [DBAKevlar]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #222: It’s Important to Ask the Right Questions

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Everything that has to do with creating software requires asking the right questions. Every step of the software development life cycle requires good questions. Studying to learn how to write code requires asking the right questions which usually just lead to more questions.

I highlighted the Denver Data Science Day event because data science seems like an entire industry about asking the right questions and finding the best ways to get answers to those questions. It’s something that doesn’t sound too complex until you really dig into it. Then it becomes very complex.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The Summer Intern [n.io]
  • Reports: Oracle may lay off 200 employees in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • Guild Education closes $21M Series B to grow Denver team and expand platform [BuiltinColorado]
  • Meet Denver-based Beatport’s Manager of Engineering [CodeTalent]
  • Broomfield security-tech firm Webroot hires new CEO after Dick Williams announces retirement [DenverPost]
  • CU Boulder researchers develop tech for flying multiple drones with one pilot [BizWest]
  • Colorado Divide: Broadband gaps threaten to leave rural areas in the dust of digital age [DenverPost]
  • Beyond Bitcoin: How 5 Colorado startups are leveraging blockchain [BuiltinColorado]
  • New York Times story says Denver best choice for Amazon’s second headquarters [DenverPost]
  • Not your typical tech startup: FareHarbor quintuples Denver HQ while turning away venture funding [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #221: Diversity is Easy When You’re Inclusive

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When I hear anyone talk about why they enjoy being a part of the Colorado tech community, one of the first things they say is how inclusive it is here. I take pride in that.

I also just find the business world more fun to participate in when I can be inclusive and cooperative instead of exclusive and competitive. This is why I enjoy promoting the achievements of others, including those who may be competing with me for jobs. The business world, and especially the tech industry, is not a zero-sum game. There are more opportunities than ever!

Be inclusive and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado startups where you can volunteer your time on the company dime [BuiltinColorado]
  • Layoffs begin as Denver-based tech educator Galvanize restructures [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s SpotX fully acquired by RTL Group [SpotX]
  • Englewood-based BillingPlatform raises $18M Series A, announces new CEO [BuiltinColorado]
  • National Cybersecurity Center CEO resigns, replaced by ex-CEO of Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software [CSGazette]
  • How do we drive diversity in tech? 5 female leaders weigh in [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Sphero rolls out Star Wars’ R2-D2, “the toy people have been waiting for 40 years to get” [DenverPost]
  • Lockheed Martin kicks off construction of $350 million Colorado satellite factory in Littleton [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association presents state’s first Stand Up For STEM Award [DigitalColorado]
  • Denver Broncos’ Mile High stadium gets $6 million internet upgrade with faster, reliable Wi-Fi [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #220: Developer Employment is Difficult

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Everything that has to do with employing software developers is difficult.

As a software developer with no paid experience, I have a hard time finding a job because I have no confidence in my abilities because I have no experience. Companies that want to hire entry-level developers have a hard time hiring us because they also have no confidence in our abilities because we have no experience.

Then we have the issue highlighted in the Denver Post article below where tech companies are trying to hire experienced developers at competitive salaries while still trying to stay competitive themselves.

If your job has anything to do with “developers” and “employment” I do not envy your job. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies [zvelo]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation parent company raises $1.25M [Bizwest]
  • A profile of Denver’s own Havenly [CodeTalent]
  • Colorado cybersecurity company Root9B in trouble; faces auction of its assets [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based ZOLL Data’s journey to zero downtime releases [ZOLLData]
  • Are Denver tech salaries too low? Region ranks third for tech executives who feel they can’t pay enough [DenverPost]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies encourage professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Spotlight on the Denver Startup Week Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires CannaRegs tech platform for $12M to track MJ laws [InnovatioNews]
  • Deepening the bench: Meet Colorado tech’s 6 newest leaders [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #219: Sometimes the Best Tech Stories Have Very Little to do with Technology

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Tech companies and organizations are nothing without their people. Seriously, nothing would happen in those organizations without the people and it’s rewarding when those people turn out to be just as nice as I thought. That’s why I highlighted the story about Craftsy and Taylor Swift. It’s just nice people being nice.

I’m a big fan of BuiltinColorado and I’m a big fan of DigitalGlobe, so I highlighted the Built in Brews event. It looks like a great event.

Enjoy the eclipse and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Congrats to our UX Design Program Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • In first earnings report since going public, Englewood-based WOW! results don’t wow [DBJ]
  • Louisville gaming company Pavonis Interactive seeking $250,000 [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe signs $83 million deal with Austrialian defense department [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot acquires Oregon security firm to fix the security industry’s weakest link: humans [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based Sling TV, the nation’s first live internet TV service, has lost its CEO to Pandora [DenverPost]
  • Meet the 8 local tech companies that made the Inc. 500 [BuiltinColorado]
  • NoCo tech CEOs see challenges in recruiting, retaining employees [BizWest]
  • Louisville’s Flashback Technologies raises one-third of $1M goal [BizWest]
  • Taylor Swift sends flowers to Craftsy, the Denver tech company that supported her with Post-It messages [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #218: Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology

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There are times as a developer where you’ll be having a conversation with someone and you’ll understand every word in a sentence except one. I had that happen this weekend and it’s as entertaining as it is annoying. Then I’m looking through events for this week and it happens again! The Google/Android groups are talking about something called Kotlin.

According to the official Kotlin website, it is a “statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications” which tells me not much at all. In short, it’s like Java but different. And in May, Android announced that Kotlin would be an officially supported language for the Android platform so it looks like it’s time for Android devs to learn Java-but-not-Java for Android and in Denver, you can know everything about Kotlin (I may be exaggerating by quite a lot)  by Friday thanks to 2 meetup groups!

Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver shopping-app maker Ibotta’s latest VC round revealed [DBJ]
  • Creating a culture of innovation: How DISH embraced agile [VentureBeat]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap acquires Seattle-based Korrio to expand its youth sports empire [DenverPost]
  • New kids on the block: 7 companies that just launched services in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Stream announces $3M in funding — and plans to grow Boulder-based team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital’s merger with New York firm aims to make video ads more tolerable [DenverPost]
  • How Colorado ranks among top 10 states for internet business [DBJ]
  • Prodege acquires Denver cash-back shopping site ShopAtHome.com [EINNews]
  • Why online sports retailer Fanatics chose Boulder for its tech hub [BizWest]
  • Redbarre details huge facility in Parker that could create 4,000 jobs, bring Hollywood to Colorado [DenverPost]

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