Colorado Tech Weekly #290: Reflections, Predictions, A Mistake and a Universally Universal Remote

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10  technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning (Unless Monday was a holiday or the eve of a holiday that I used as an excuse to put off writing this post)!

Today is the first business day of 2019. Sure yesterday was New Years Day but today is the first day many of us go back to work after spending at least a little time reflecting. It would be nice if every first day back to work felt this way.

I’m gonna make a prediction that I know will come true because I have full control over the outcome. Colorado Tech Weekly #300 will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on my site because Colorado Tech Weekly is getting its own site!! I’m super excited for this!!

Have a great week and a great new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Ibotta’s Year In Review: 2018 Edition [Ibotta]
  • Looking Back on 2018 [KidsTek]
  • GetSparked Year in Review [SparkFun]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network patent reveals plans for the ultimate universal remote [DBJ]
  • Developer Relations: (More Than) The Art of Talking Good [EmilyFreeman]
  • Predictions for 2019 [KieranMcCarthy]
  • Investing in myself what worked in 2018 and my digital marketing predictions for 2019 [RyanLevander]
  • What caused nationwide CenturyLink outage? The root of the problem was in Denver memo says [DBJ]
  • Loveland names new leader for broadband division [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based Maxar’s decision to sell restructure satellite business looms [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #289: Success Sets Up Expectations of Success

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The end of the year always brings about feelings of reflection and hope. When I first started this series I would try to do predictions but I found that I was just creating a game that I was certain to lose then being annoyed that I was losing at the prediction game I invented. Instead I’ll just spend some time reflecting which should probably go into a blog post of its own but oh well.

2018 was my first full year as a software engineer!! I graduated with my Computer Science degree from Regis University!! I attended Denver Startup Week! I helped hire 3 more engineers, doubling our engineering team size!! I had an overwhelming year of successes that I am just now realizing and it is, understandably, overwhelming!!

You would think a year of successes would be easy, but a large part of me fears success because success sets expectations higher. Yeah I’m a software engineer, but can I continue to be a good one? Can I show that my degree is worth something? How do I help my team continue to grow and excel and grow?

Success sets up expectations for success. This is true for personal success as well as for companies, industries, areas, organizations, etc. I’m just gonna take a moment to enjoy my current successes and reflect on lessons learned before planning my future successes. I hope you can do the same.

Since I used Christmas Eve as an excuse to postpone Colorado Tech Weekly, I’m gonna do the same thing for New Years Eve! Have a great week! See ya next year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s TeamSnap appoints new leader to expand its fast-growing payments platform [TeamSnap]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics closes on $11 million equity raise [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Giide raises more than $350,000 for new learning app [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot reports 19th consecutive growth quarter [BizWest]
  • 2019 Cybersecurity & Tech Trend Predictions [zvelo]
  • Colorado is No. 2 on Milken Tech and Science Index [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver was a magnet for some of the world’s most recognizable tech companies in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Boulder software developers, Techtonic Group, look to grow apprenticeship program [BizWest]
  • Lockheed Martin Space could add up to 550 jobs in Jefferson County as part of its missile program [DenverPost]
  • California-based high-tech company Xactly making Denver its center of gravity [DenverPost]

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  • THERE ARE NO TECH EVENTS THIS WEEK!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #288: New Offices, Strategic Acquisitions and Growth

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This week’s headline could be the headline for any Colorado Tech Weekly post, but I couldn’t think of a better summary. New workplaces for Western Union, Localhost Arena and Zayo. Acquisitions involving Sovrn, Swiftpage, Avoka and SendGrid and growth involving Jumpcloud, Liqid and Automox! That’s the real summary of the past week but that would make a really long headline.

The next Colorado Tech Weekly post will be delayed until December 26th because I don’t think anyone will pay much attention on Christmas Eve. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Everyone gets a view at Western Union’s new digital-focused Denver HQ (Photos) [DBJ]
  • Localhost Arena, Colorado’s largest Esports arena opens in Lakewood [Westword]
  • Boulder-based Zayo leases former Chipotle headquarters doubles downtown Denver space [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Sovrn acquires CA firm VigLink [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage accelerates growth strategy with acquisition of Kuvana Inc. [InnovatioNews]
  • Swiss company acquires Broomfield’s Avoka for $245M [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Liqid raises more than $7M in capital [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud announces executive leadership appointments [JumpCloud]
  • 5 questions with Denver-based SendGrid CEO after his company sold for $2 billion [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Automox quadruples revenue continues momentum with year of record growth [Automox]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #287: Space, Games, Payments, Public Safety, Tech and Holiday Parties

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week I am struck by the biases I show in the articles I share each week. Some of that bias is explicit. This series is called “Colorado Tech Weekly” so it is obviously going to only share news and events that have to do with Colorado and technology, but my other biases are not explicit so here are my biases I am showing this week:

  • If your news or event is about space or gaming I’m more likely to share those articles for no other reason than I think space is cool and gaming is fun.
  • I spent 12 years as a 911 dispatcher, so I will always be drawn more towards tech companies that try to make public safety easier.
  • I work at Infinicept where we make it easier for our clients to help their clients accept credit cards so I will be drawn towards payments-related tech articles.
  • “Tech” is a HUGE space to cover. Since I am a software developer, I will naturally share more software articles than other Colorado tech subjects. Also few things make me feel more programmer-y than making software for other people to make software.

I think it’s important to be aware and comfortable with biases when sharing information and I’m pretty comfortable with mine. This week’s events mostly have to do with holiday parties which is not one of my biases but still sound like fun.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Rhodium Incident Management is changing how emergency managers plan for natural disasters [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Xero launches open banking API to bring financial data to businesses [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Littleton-made NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid its first visitor [DenverPost]
  • Women in tech to know: 6 more local leaders shaping growth at their companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Marketer Iterable joins Colorado tech rush with new office in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Tendril receives investment from Rubicon Technology Partners to accelerate growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity previews new product for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Slalom reimagines how companies build software and technology with launch of Slalom Build [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap sees big upside with payments [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Denver Rescue Mission [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #286: Space is Still Cool. Hiring is Still Happening

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Speaking of hiring, I had the person behind the Randori Security Twitter account reach out to say that they are hiring engineers. Check them out at www.randori.com. Maybe I should consider adding a “Hiring” or “Job Postings” section?

Last week, Insight landed on Mars after being built in Colorado. That’s just awesome. I will always be excited by stories and tech that have to do with space. It just feels cooler when cool things are doing cool things outside our atmosphere. Now we have companies working on a moon program?! That’s so cool!!

Speaking of cool, Tuesday is my one year anniversary at Infinicept! My software career will be able to be measured by years now!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado-built Lockheed Martin spacecraft succeeds in NASA Mars landing [InnovatioNews]
  • National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs expanding role in cyber competitions [CSGazette]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network taps Colorado’s CIO as its next chief digital officer [DBJ]
  • How Denver cybersecurity company CyberGRX is spending its $30 million raise [DBJ]
  • Slack’s arrival is ‘huge stamp of approval’ for Denver as next big tech hub [DBJ]
  • Durango-based GitPrime scales up business to double its employees by 2019 [SCAPE]
  • Making spirits bright: How 5 Colorado tech companies give back during the holidays [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2 Iranian hackers indicted for ransomware attack on CDOT other agencies [9News]
  • California has Silicon Valley. Could Colorado become home to Aerospace Alley? [DenverPost]
  • NASA picks two Colorado companies for new $2.6B moon program [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #285: Code Schools, Open Source and Growth

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As I look at my headline for this week, I think that could be one really great subject. I wonder how many code school students were able to have an easier time jumping into an open source project and how much growth that allowed for both the students and the projects. As a computer science student myself, I’ve always found the process of contributing to open source projects intimidating which is why I should probably participate in more things like Hacktober. But this isn’t what this post is about!

This week we have a cornucopia of news about the Colorado tech community despite the holiday that causes us to use words like “cornucopia”. We have 2 new entries into the code school space with one in Greeley and one in Denver. The growth of the Denver and greater Colorado tech community continues at a rocketing pace. And we have not one, but two open source meetups coming up on the front range! 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based DISH Names Atilla Tinic Chief Information Officer [DISH]
  • Denver gov-tech firm Granicus not done buying companies after 4th acquisition in past year [DBJ]
  • Construction starts on future Madwire HQ redevelopment project in Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • 9 Colorado companies make Deloitte’s list of fastest-growing tech companies [DBJ]
  • INterview with Magued Eldaief Prescient CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • The Software Guild partners with the University of Northern Colorado to bring new coding bootcamp to Greeley [DigitalColorado]
  • Alpine SG acquires Loveland software company E-Courier [BizWest]
  • Boulder CAD software firm Frustum CEO on why he sold company for $70 million [DBJ]
  • WeWork-backed Flatiron School coding bootcamp opening in Denver [DBJ]
  • Tech firm Xactly moves into new downtown Denver office [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #284: Amazon Finally Makes a Decision and It’s Not Colorado

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

After months of speculation, hot-takes and wild-ass guesses, the Amazon HQ2 search is finally over. I could not be happier that it’s over. I don’t even care about the decision made by Amazon.

Colorado was one of the many reported options not chosen by Amazon and I don’t have much of a reaction to the news. I’m not sure that having a big Amazon tech office here would make much of a difference. We are not hurting for smart, innovative people who want to do new and amazing things with technology. We will just continue to grow our tech community with our patented inclusion and I’m very happy with that.

It’s getting close to the holidays so events are going to be sparse. If you have a tech event or a meetup group you want to promote, now is the time! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial health tech startup MDValuate files for bankruptcy [BizWest]
  • Homegrown wunderkind also a savvy entrepreneur[GJSentinel.com]
  • It’s official: Amazon passes on Denver splits HQ2 between Northern Virginia New York City [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Automox secures $9.3M Series A investment funding [Automox]
  • Denver fintech company SRS Acquiom acquired by private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners [DBJ]
  • From hardware to software: How Colorado continues to innovate to fight wildfires [ColoradoInno]
  • WeWork-backed bootcamp coding school opening in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity adds two to executive leaders team [InnovatioNews]
  • Facebook opens new office in Lower Downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • 9 Colorado companies make Deloittes list of fastest-growing tech companies [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #283: Earnings News and Municipal Broadband Decisions in Loveland, Aurora and Erie

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week had definite themes! There were a lot of headlines about news about tech company earnings. You can find most of those headlines on the BizWest and Denver Business Journal websites.

Also with the election last week, northern Colorado seems like the best place in the state for municipal broadband and Aurora is also looking to get into broadband. I like this a lot as I see internet access as a needed utility that should be available to everyone.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Registria creates millions in new found value for consumer durable brands [Registria]
  • Longmont gig-Internet signups exceed estimates [BizWest]
  • Recently acquired Denver-based SendGrid still isn’t making money despite Q3 revenue increases [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Angi Homeservices reports best quarter since merger [DBJ]
  • 5 takeaways from Dish Network Q3 earnings: Worst quarterly subscriber loss ever [DBJ]
  • Special Report: Colorado Technology 2018-19 APEX Awards winners finalists honored [DBJ]
  • Loveland council reverses decision, moves ahead with broadband [BizWest]
  • Voters allow Aurora to explore broadband services [SentinelColorado]
  • Erie voters allow town to explore broadband alternatives [DailyCamera]
  • Boulder-based Zayo stock prices slip after lackluster earnings split announcement [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #282: My Daughter Knows More About Quizlet Than I Do And GO VOTE!

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Tomorrow is Election Day so please make sure your vote counts!! Democracy works best for those who show up and if we all show up, it works better for us all.

Just as I was finishing up this post, my 14 year old daughter came home and asked if there was any interesting tech news this week. I find the tech news interesting every week or else I wouldn’t do this but considering she’s a 14 year old girl I wasn’t sure if she would find any of it interesting. I told her about Propeller cuz they’re a drone company and told her about PlayerLync because their early clients were professional sports teams. Then I told her about Quizlet bringing employment to Denver because I like bragging about that. “Oh! We use Quizlet all the time!” she said excitedly. It’s one of the tools her teachers encourage her to use. I had never heard of Quizlet before this week, so it’s neat that even though I spend much of my time reading about the tech industry, I can still have my knowledge humbled by my daughter.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Why Advanced Energy is moving 100 management employees to Denver [DBJ]
  • Quizlet online learning platform’s new Denver office could bring 300 jobs paying average annual wage of $156K [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based Coalfire partners with Virta Labs to enhance medical device security [InnovatioNews]
  • CU Denver is Colorado’s only CIBER school. Here’s what that means for business. [DBJ]
  • Drone software company Propeller settling into Denver headquarters with plans to grow [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics posts record Q3 earnings on sales of $7.49B [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks acquires Allen Technology Advising [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • After CDOT attack Colorado CTO talks layers of defense [GovTech]
  • Denver’s PlayerLync receives $12.5M in new growth funding led by Volition Capital [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud’s accelerating growth requires additional office space in Boulder [JumpCloud]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #281: Hiring is Hard! Colorado is Great! Denver Startup Week Was Fun!

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”.

This week’s headlines is more of the same. More growth! You’d think that after almost 300 weeks of mostly good news about growth, it would get boring but it never does!

Speaking of good things, I am slightly ashamed by the lack of original content on this blog so I’m going to start writing more blog posts! Last week I started my 2018 Denver Startup Week Review with a look at Day 1. You’ll never guess what’s in store for this week… ok you probably will so I’ll just tell you that it’s going to be about Day 2.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lightworks Fiber brings jobs and optimism to Colorado coal country in Delta  [NPR]
  • Denver’s tech ecosystem is a work in progress as companies come and grow and others get sold [ColoradoSun]
  • Sumo Logic, another Bay Area tech company has growth plans for its Denver office [DBJ]
  • Assignar raises $6.2M to fund construction of operations management platform software [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs land on list of Top 20 tech towns in America [InnovatioNews]
  • After raising $80M this Denver vacation rental company Evolve is evolving into its second phase [DBJ]
  • Silicon Flatirons GiveFirst Conference: Feld and Zell [BFeld]
  • Boulder’s Zayo to provide dark fiber to data-encryption company [BizWest]
  • 6 takeaways from the Denver and Boulder Tech Census [DBJ]
  • Special report DBJ’s Fast 50, metro Denver s fastest-growing private companies [DBJ]

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