Colorado Tech Weekly #236: 2016 Predictions Results and Net Neutrality Reactions

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Last year I made 3 predictions. I predicted that Broomfield would see the most growth in tech companies, that I would get my first software developer job and that there would be fewer startups in Colorado by the end of this year. I give myself a shaky 2/3 credit for getting my predictions right. Not bad!

I’m not sure about my prediction about Broomfield. It seems as though Denver may have actually seen the most growth in tech companies and I’m pretty certain Boulder’s growth in the number of new tech companies has slowed.

Thanks to Infinicept, I got my second prediction right and, oh man, it feels good to have this job!

I am not sure there are fewer startups in Colorado. I think I overstated the effect that the political uncertainty would have on markets and regulations. I definitely overstated the effects of mistrust in technology. Although there did seem to be a good amount of consolidation in the Colorado tech starutp seen so I’ll take half credit. I hope my fears of a bubble are unfounded and honestly I don’t think we’ve reached the peak yet.

Next week I’ll make my 2018 predictions after Christmas. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Sphero’s droids debut in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” [BizWest]
  • What does the Denver tech job market look like for 2018? [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone gives back – Volunteering with A Precious Child [GreystoneTech]
  • T-Mobile acquires Denver’s Layer3, aims to disrupt TV industry [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based weather-software company Tempo Quest Inc. closes $2.5M financing round [BizWest]
  • Movin’ on up: Meet 10 of the fastest-growing companies in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • MLB Advanced Media leases space at Canyon 28 in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Now that FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, the Colorado tech community ponders what is next [DenverPost]
  • Deposed CEO gets his job back at Colorado pot-tech company MassRoots [DBJ]
  • Fast-growing Velocity Global moving into new RiNo headquarters [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #235: Fundings, Holiday Parties and Net Neutrality

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I have one week of work done in my new job. It still feels surreal but I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Writing code all day is as enjoyable as I thought it would be and I thank my open, honest co-workers for that.

Last week I may have overstated the mass of events happening. There were a lot, but this week is the week to go interact with meetup group members in a more casual holiday party atmosphere. If I didn’t already have plans, I’d love to check out the Denver Game Dev Holiday Party.

This Thursday is when the FCC wants to make their worst decision ever on net neutrality. My current job allows me to work from home and it’s easy and painless because of net neutrality. I can’t imagine what kind of subscription packages I’d have to manage to work from home if net neutrality went away. Make your voice heard!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Clip Interactive embarks on raising $5M [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s bitcoin firm Riot Blockchain sees $8M invested in Canadian unit [DBJ]
  • Boulder Techstars graduate Stateless raises $1.4 million in seed round [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based tech startup CaliberMind raises more than $3 million in capital [BizWest]
  • The Net Neutrality Small Business Primer: Countdown to Dec. 14 [1bg]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network founder Charlie Ergen steps down as CEO, hints at Dish offering wireless service [DenverPost]
  • Colorado’s Madwire, SendGrid make Glassdoor’s list of Best Places to Work [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Maxwell Financial Labs announces $3M in financing from leading fintech investors to accelerate growth [Maxwell]
  • Ting reveals which Centennial neighborhood is getting its gigabit internet first [DBJ]
  • Innosphere plans $18M expansion in Fort Collins, Denver [Coloradoan]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #234: Revolar lives up to their name, I start my first day and all the December tech events

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Last week I happily learned that “revolar” is Spanish for “to take flight again.” Luckily, since I started this blog I have seen very few good companies go away and I was honestly heartbroken to hear about Revolar closing their doors, so I am excited to share the news that they are back in business!

Speaking of exciting news, today is my first day of my new career! I have no idea what my work or my life will be like in the immediate future and I’m super excited about that. Wish me luck!

As always, I only listed 10 tech events, but it seems like the first week of December is when all the monthly tech groups are doing their meetings to get them out of the way before the holidays so if you’re looking for a tech meetup this month, it’s probably happening within the next 2 weeks. I’m tempted by the Misty Robotics hackathon. If you remember, Misty Robotics is the serious-robot spin-off from fun-toy-robot company, Sphero. I’m a big fan of them as well.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Zayo Group to pay $127 million for private fiber network backed by former Netscape CEO [DenverPost]
  • Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based cannabis software firm, Baker Technologies, lands $8M funding round [BusinessDen]
  • Denver’s Revolar takes flight again [Revolar]
  • Cannabis tech partnership: Colorado’s MassRoots teams up with New Frontier Data [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s tech job growth and office rent increases slower than most of the top 30 tech markets [DenverPost]
  • How Denver’s Name.com is helping the community during the season of giving [Name.com]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks named one of Colorado’s Top 250 Private Companies for 4th year in a row by Colorado Biz Magazine [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • In Colorado, do more votes for municipal broadband networks mean instant internet access? Not so fast [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based CodeCraft School suspends enrollment [CodeCraftSchool]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #233: Techstars raises funds, SecureSet expands and MassRoots argues

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A lot goes into evaluating startups and organizations that work with startups. This week we see a little of everything with the stories about Techstars, SecureSet and Massroots.

This is the last CTW post I will do as a 9-1-1 dispatcher! W00t! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • University of Colorado plans $15,000 online degree programs [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver’s Optiv buys data science company [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Tendril releases major enhancements to data analytics software [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Congruex raises $20 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Denver-based cannabis tech firm MassRoots sues founder, alleging “serious misconduct” [DenverPost]
  • MassRoots founder initiates proxy battle to overthrow Denver marijuana firm’s board, leadership [DenverPost]
  • Techstars raising $400 million venture capital fund [DBJ]
  • Denver cybersecurity school, SecureSet, expands outside of Colorado [DBJ]
  • Loveland’s Aleph Objects announces 10 new products for LulzBot 3D printer ecosystem [InnovatioNews]
  • Amid Denver growth, Gusto hires first-ever CFO; is an IPO ahead? [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #232: I GOT A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT JOB! WOOHOO!!

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I started these blog  posts after I started going back to school for my Computer Science degree. That was over 232 weeks (approx 4.5 years) ago. My last course starts in January and, now, my new career starts on December 4!

It feels surreal and good and exciting and scary and overwhelming and expected and surprising. I will end my 12 year career as a 911/police dispatcher on December 1. It’s a job that has given me tons of stress and tons of pride. Instead of working different shifts waiting for bad things to happen I’ll get to do project-based work from home. It will be a whole different lifestyle and I’m very grateful.

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity workers in high demand across Colorado [CSBJ]
  • Chicago app designer, ORA Interactive, to open a satellite office in Denver [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow’s fast Corvette breaks another speed record [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Choozle secures $6M in Series B funding [InnovatioNews]
  • General Atomics buys Colorado satellite business, Surrey Satellite Technology US [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SendGrid’s public debut sees stock price jump 16 percent at opening [DenverPost]
  • Colorado’s bid to lure Amazon HQ2 is heavy on talent and transportation [Denverite]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck adds $21.5 million in venture capital [DenverPost]
  • JumpCloud’s recent investment drives opportunities for us all [JumpCloud]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #231: Municipal Broadband and APEX Awards and Other Stories and Events and… and…

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I am intrigued by the growing popularity of municipal broadband or at least the growing interest. It is my opinion that internet access should be treated like a utility. I have spent the last 4 years going to school, networking for my next job, searching for jobs, learning about the community and there is no way I could not do this without a consistent, reliable internet connection. Everyone should have this kind of opportunity.

Congratulations to this year’s APEX Award winners! It’s neat to see the people and companies I share about are getting recognized!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top Colorado mobile app developers [Kumulos]
  • It takes pay to play in metro Denver’s tech job market, surveys say [DBJ]
  • Girls Who Code plans three new campus programs in Colorado [TechRockies]
  • 18 more Colorado municipalities vote in favor of city-owned internet, while Fort Collins approves $150 million to move forward [DenverPost]
  • Cheyenne-based Green House Data acquires Denver-based Ajubeo [GreenHouseData]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global adds recruiting to suite of employment solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Wayne Williams: Colorado elections run smoothly, with a little help from the National Guard [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Tech firm Liqid moving HQ from Lafayette to Broomfield [BizWest]
  • 17th annual APEX Awards spotlight Colorado’s tech leaders [InnovatioNews]
  • Once flying high, Denver-based MassRoots has nosedived [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #230: Rural Broadband, GO VOTE and Job Interviews

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Last week I had 2 job interviews. I pored over company information, bookmarked Pluralsight courses to show initiative in learning their tech stack, only to be bewildered by value-based questions like “What motivates you?” It’s a simple question but it’s really easy to overthink the answer in a job interview. On the plus side I have at least one follow up interview already scheduled so fingers are crossed!

Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know you’re wondering why I typed that in all caps and made it bold, but if you really want to have a voice in your community, vote in local elections. Government works best when its community is involved in how it operates so GO VOTE!

I highlighted the story about the rural-urban divide in broadband service because I’d really like us to fix this. I dream of being a remote/freelance developer living in a small town in the mountains, enjoying small town life while helping to build cool things. Let’s make this happen!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Valley company, Ampex Data Systems, plans to add up to 30 jobs next month in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Lawmakers have tried to address the rural-urban inequality when it comes to broadband internet service [GJSentinel]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun gets weird for Halloween 2017! [Sparkfun]
  • It’s official: Broomfield’s Level 3 Communications is now CenturyLink [DenverPost]
  • UpCurve buys Denver-based Closely to boost ThriveHive’s marketing tech offerings [Xconomy]
  • Report shows growing tech presence in Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid plans to sell its shares publicly starting at $13.50 each [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap: Record Q3 saw 150K new teams signed to manage schedules [InnovatioNews]
  • Photos and their maker from Maker Faire Denver [DenverMakerFaire]
  • Campaign against Fort Collins internet plan spends $451,000 [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #229: Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat

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If the title of this week’s post puts a song in your head, you have great taste in music.

The Tech Jobs Tour event event last week was amazing! I got to talk with many of the leaders I admire from the Colorado technology community. It was inspiring and made me proud to be a part of this community. This week’s stories span all the emotions!

Love: We get to check in with Sparkfun founder, Nate Seidle, as he follows his passion and HobbyDB gets funding to continue helping others follow their passion.

Loss: Lockheed Martin misses earnings and Revolar shuts down. I’ve seen very few bad-news stories since I’ve started these blog posts and few have been more heartbreaking for me than finding out Revolar has to shut down.

Hope: Every other story deals with hope and it’s one of the things that keeps me going. Speaking of hope, remember how I said last week was a good time to get a new job? I have an interview on Wednesday! Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Occipital acquires Paracosm, plans collaborative 3D mapping projects [Xconomy]
  • Fort Collins voters to decide $150 million gamble in broadband industry [CompleteColorado]
  • Denver tech darling Revolar shuts down, even as its panic buttons still for sale at Target, Best Buy [DenverPost]
  • Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin space business drives surprise earnings miss [DBJ]
  • Check-In with Niwot’s SparkX – Two Rounds Later [SparkFun]
  • Report: Colorado’s tech companies keep growing, up 20 percent in employee numbers over 2016 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based collectible database, HobbyDB raises $325,000 [BizWest]
  • Hickenlooper to unveil Skillful platform Thursday to help jobseekers [ColoradoPolitics]
  • SendGrid, Tendril and Arrow Electronics tops the Hired list of 10 most attractive companies for tech workers in Denver [Recode]
  • 17th annual APEX award finalists announced [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #228: A Good Week to Get a New Job

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I just registered for my last course to complete my Computer Science degree (I graduate Spring of next year). My current job has me coming into work at 3am twice this week and I am participating in 2 job fairs, an online job fair through Regis University on Tuesday, then the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday. I am well motivated to find my next job! I think finding my first software development job will be the hardest part of my new career.

Speaking of jobs, BuiltinColorado finds some tips for dressing for tech interviews (I prefer to suit-up), Denver Business Journal points out that startups may not be the job-creators some think they are (having employees is hard), some Colorado projects get featured in Popular Science (my favorite elementary school library check-out) and Pueblo is hosting a Mini Maker Faire (Yay! I didn’t forget the makers this week!)!

If you are also going to the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday, let’s meet up. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal their top 3 dos and don’ts for dressing for an interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing Colorado startup, Apto, taps software exec as new CEO [DBJ]
  • BizWest announces winners of 2017 IQ Awards [SkylandAnalytics]
  • Denver Maker Faire Recap [JamesMurphy]
  • Denver ranks high for startups, but lags in how many jobs they add [DBJ]
  • Metro Denver submits official bid for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech leader, Kevin Owocki is using blockchain to push open source software forward with Gitcoin [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver marijuana-tech company MassRoots replaces CEO; $12M CannaRegs deal is off [DBJ]
  • Three Colorado-based projects make it onto Popular Science’s 2017 top 10 aerospace inventions [DenverPost]
  • It’s official: SendGrid makes moves toward an IPO [BuiltinColorado]

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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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