Colorado Tech Weekly #35: Developer trends. NoCo makes news. Amazon tax revisited?

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“NoCo” is trendy shorthand for Northern Colorado which incorporates everything north of Denver, south of Wyoming and not called Boulder. Boulder is not NoCo. Boulder is Boulder. It’s always fun when I can shed some light on companies outside of the Boulder/Denver area.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Weather Cloud taps new tech and data to give drivers real-time look at nastiest roads [InnovatioNews]
  • 3DCIC calls for speakers for 2014 event set for May 28-30 in Colorado Springs [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville-based Bounce.io raises $4.8M to make bounce messages a thing of the past [Xconomy]
  • First ever 1 Million Cups in Fort Collins throws spotlight on Fargreen and Intelivideo [InnovatioNews]
  • “Amazon tax” revisited. Colorado legislator reintroduces bill to tax Internet sales [DBJ]
  • Health care tech business GHX, located in Louisville, sold to private equity firm [DBJ]

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National News

  • Dice Survey: Salaries and confidence rise for U.S. tech professionals in 2013 [InnovatioNews]
  • Top programming languages for 2014 [ImpactLab]
  • Microsoft names new CEO; Bill Gates out as chairman [DBJ]
  • 7,000 app developers in 127 countries say e-commerce is now the best mobile monetization strategy [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #34: $17.5M of local stories

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It’s important that I remind myself when I see these funding announcements that the people receiving these funds are being rewarded for their years of hard work. The companies being funded may be new, but the trust earned by the executive staff of these companies are based off of their reputations for success. They are also being rewarded for their hard work by promises of more hard work. These amounts aren’t gifts. They are investments. One of the reasons I do these posts is to not only keep up with local tech news, but also to remind myself that hard work does pay off. It just might not happen as soon as we would all like sometimes.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Simple Energy Raises $6M More to Gamify Utilities, Engage Consumers [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based CipherPoint awarded patent for transparent encryption gateway, key management [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpotXchange reports rapid 2013 growth, expects explosive growth in 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • SocialEngine sold to Boulder-based digital marketing firm Room 214 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left and Sprintly Join Forces [QuickLeft]
  • Federated Media makes Lijit a new Boulder online ad biz again [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based sports app maker TeamSnap raises $7.5 million in equity funding [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck starts 2014 with another $4 million in funding [BuiltinColorado]
  • Proposed tax break has big potential for Colorado aerospace industry [DBJ]
  • Colorado Launches Go Code Colorado to Make Public Data More Accessible [Colorado SoS]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #33: Volunteering, court battles and new things

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I don’t remember making any New Year’s resolutions about volunteering, but if I had I’d be doing a great job following through on those resolutions. Last week I mentioned that I volunteered to help run and promote Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level at Mile High. If you’re looking to get your foot in the door of Colorado’s tech industry, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to volunteer for this event.

In following through on a New Year’s resolution that I DID make, I went to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting at my daughter’s elementary school last week. I ended up volunteering to help monitor the computer lab after school on Tuesdays. I’m excited to help kids with their online homework while I work on my own.

Now to volunteer some interesting news…

Local News

  • Sprint is in the process of rolling out 4G LTE network in Colorado Springs and parts of Denver [TechKnowBytes]
  • First-ever Denver Mini Maker Faire set for May 3-4, exhibitor registration deadline is March 16 [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot releases Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for PC Gamers to protect during online play [InnovatioNews]
  • First layoffs hit Denver-based Convercent; CEO Patrick Quinlan cites startup growing pains [DBJ]
  • Then Convercent announces partnership with Click 4 Compliance [InnovatioNews]
  • As Colorado’s Amazon tax law heads to court, enforcement questions arise [TechknowBytes]
  • Federal budget deal puts $2.7 billion into Colorado space projects [DBJ]

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National News

  • New API will simplify Google Drive integration with Android apps, Google says [ComputerWorld]
  • Will title swap at the top promote more adaptability within GitHub? President Becomes CEO, CEO Becomes President [TechCrunch]
  • Supreme Court to decide several important Intellectual Property cases in 2014 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #32: Overwhelming events and mobile contradictions

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Well my first Built in Brews event was… overwhelming. If you are ever in doubt about the vibrancy of the tech startup scene in Denver, go to one of those events. Your doubts will easily be put to rest. I forgot how loud networking events can get. I also forgot how futile they seem when you don’t have anything to ask of or offer other people. I also learned that admitting ignorance to someone that is 10 years younger than me is much easier to do behind a keyboard than it is face-to-face.small-logo

Speaking of large, overwhelming events, I have signed up to volunteer for the CTA C-Level @ Mile High event on March 6. I also signed up to help market the event online, so be prepared to see me mention it a few times. The only other CTA event I’ve been to was the APEX Conference last summer, so if it’s anywhere as organized as APEX was, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • 2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits (infographic) [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 Colorado cities (Denver, Boulder, Greeley and Ft. Collins) rank among nation’s 20 ‘best performing’ for jobs, tech [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies Dish and Westone win “Best Of” awards at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave acquires Klocwork to enhance code security and reliability [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin secures $3.9M Air Force contract to continue tracking missiles, space debris [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s FullContact buys Latvia-based Cobook, adds contact management apps and 1M users [Xconomy]

National News

  • GitHub acquires Y Combinator Alum Easel, a browser-based web design tool [TechCrunch]
  • Forget trying to make money off mobile apps – App monetization to get tougher still, with Gartner predicting 94.5% of downloads will be free by 2017 [TechCrunch]
  • But make mobile games and you’ll be rich! – Mobile gaming could drive entire video game industry to $100B in revenue by 2017 [VentureBeat]
  • U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules [Reuters]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #31: Do whatever you need wherever you want

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I felt like I could’ve easily posted 20 stories, but part of the fun of these posts is narrowing it down to the 10 most interesting stories of the week. I’m really curious about the trend of the technology industry allowing us to work from anywhere. Whether it’s cloud services, coworking spaces, connected cars or wearable devices we are increasingly allowing (forcing?) us to work from wherever we want.

I am looking forward to my first Built in Brews event this Thursday. Since I like beer and I like smart, ambitious people, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • CES 2014: Colorado roundup with Logic Integration, Revolv, Dish and EnerPlex [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-founded Elihuu positions for national expansion [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado coworking spaces create a statewide membership [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wayin acquires Comenta TV to power on-air social media [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements makes a developer’s life easier with Documents Hub launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cloud service provider Peak, based in Denver, starts 2014 with $4 million and big goals [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ball Aerospace trims workforce by 77 jobs [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network drops out of LightSquared bidding [DBJ]

National News

  • Google announces Open Automotive Alliance to drive Android Into connected cars [TechCrunch]
  • CES 2014: Less Is more for smart watches and other wearable gadgets [TechnologyReview]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #30: Marijuana? CES? Drones? Colorado has a little bit of everything

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It’s the first Monday of the new year, which means it’s back-to-work time. With Christmas and New Years Day being in the middle of the week, I can understand if you’re finding it hard to focus.

Looking at the headlines this week, it’s impossible for me to come up with a theme for the week. Colorado has a little bit of everything going on. It’s fun to be a part of.

My classes at Regis start back up today. This semester I’m taking Control Structures and a class on Influence and Motivation. Maybe I can figure out how to influence my code to do what I mean and not just what I say.

Local News

  • Andy Vuong previews CES 2014 and features participating Colorado companies [AllOverTech]
  • Denver-based Rivet brings in an old friend for new CTO [RMTechLine]
  • If I could cut the cord I would. Dish and DirecTV to raise rates in February, Comcast hiked fees in October [TechKnowBytes]
  • If you didn’t think the new marijuana laws would have a tech spin, you must be high – MassRoots building digital hub for multi-billion cannabis industry [Xconomy]
  • Innovation Pavilion, in Centennial, celebrates their 2nd Anniversary! [BuiltinColorado]
  • Aw, this would have been so cool – Colorado fails to land drone test-site designation [DBJ]

National News

  • Here’s What Mobile Industry Insiders See Ahead for 2014. Could my Amazon prediction come true? [Xconomy]
  • App development trends 2013: JavaScript, APIs and cloud computing [InfoWorld]
  • A Microsoft OS that isn’t Windows piques my curiousity to no end – Microsoft’s Midori: The M# connection [ZDNet]
  • CES 2014 starts tomorrow: 5 trends the geeks are talking about at gadget show and other news bits [TechKnowBytes]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #29: 10 news stories, 5 predictions and a cat

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Well, it’s the end of the year and this is a blog so it’s time for either a review post or a prediction post or both! I’ll spare you a year-in-review post since I didn’t start this blog until May, but I will supply you with 5 bold predictions for the Colorado tech scene in no particular order.

  • Prediction #1: 2014 will be known as the year for the Internet of Things! Companies like Revolv and Rachio will be bought up by bigger service companies like Comcast or ADT.
  • Prediction #2: Dish Network will not be awarded with the Worst Company to Work For award, breaking their 2 year streak.
  • Prediction #3: Smartphones will reach an innovation plateau until a game-changing audio UI comes out, but that won’t happen until 2015. There will be curved displays, but no flexible displays. Handwringing will ensue.
  • Prediction #4: This may be more of a wish than a prediction. Responsive web design will become the norm throughout the interwebz.
  • Prediction #5: File this under “Go big or go home”. Amazon’s Fire OS will become the #3 most popular tablet OS which will cause HTML5 to finally gain some traction as a popular, device-independent language.

I’m curious to hear what you think of my predictions!

Local News

  • Denver-based Closely improves Perch mobile app to deliver better digital marketing for small business [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Digabit releases Documobile, a mobile version of Documoto, for easy access to parts info [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood-based Pixorial further simplifies photo and video sharing with new features [BuiltinColorado]
  • With CES just over a week away, CES chief Gary Shapiro and CBS still at odds after Dish awards controversy [TechKnowBytes]
  • Fore! Brothers from Fort Collins raise $15K for golf app [AllOverTech]

National News

  • U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year [Bits]
  • Google Offers Developer Checklist for Building Better Mobile Sites [EWeek]
  • Canonical gives developers a preview of a dual-booting Ubuntu and Android future [Engadget]
  • Lawyers staying busy: Google asks US court to rule that Android has not infringed Rockstar patents [PCWorld]
  • Samsung now lets developers build Smart TV apps that can control home appliances [TheNextWeb]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #28: Momentum

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There’s a certain momentum to the Colorado tech industry. Can you feel it? It feels like it’s picking up steam and for once I feel like I’m not left behind. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m not far behind.

If the local tech industry is a moving train, I’m running to catch up and watching others jump on. In a year, I’ll be along side the train looking for a place to jump on and within two years I’ll finally be on board. As long as the momentum keeps building.

Local News

  • Town of Haswell gets new computers with Haswell chips. Residents go, “Meh.” [TechKnowBytes]
  • Want to work in IT in Denver in 2014? Robert Half Technology has good news! [RMTech]
  • Rajat Bhargava jumps into DevOps as new CEO of Boulder-based JumpCloud [Xconomy]
  • Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network really wants a wireless company, reportedly mulling bid for T-Mobile in 2014 [TechKnowBytes]
  • Is that a band in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Denver-based Wimbo Music smartphone application lets musicians put a band in their hand [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood-based Pixorial aims to simplify video and photo storage and sharing across platforms [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Inspirato combines with rival luxury travel startup Portico Club and will add more staff in 2014 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based GutCheck’s crowdsourced marketing research propels expansion (Video) [DBJ]

National News

  • Global job growth for pro developers to slow, but it’s still growing [InfoWorld]
  • In a preliminary hearing, district judge mostly says NSA’s collection of bulk phone records is probably unconstitutional maybe [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #27: Always working. Usually focused.

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December is over halfway over which means my free-time to do my own project is coming to a close. I had planned on spending my time learning the basics of UX design and updating my website. Well it turns out there’s a whole lot more to UX design than I realized. I’ve also spent a good amount of my time doing transcription for a client I found on Elance.com. I’ve learned some good lessons, just not the lessons I had planned on learning.

Local News

  • ColoradoBiz magazine names Westminster-based SpotXchange Top Company of 2013 [CTA]
  • Almost there, Sprint 4G LTE network launch in Denver could be “a few weeks” away [TechKnowBytes]
  • Never fun news. Beatport cuts Denver staff, closes San Francisco office [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Younity adds ephemeral file sharing, which sounds as cool as it is [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Zerista’s apps approach conferences and events from a community angle [BuiltinColorado]
  • By next summer, Colorado Springs-based Exelis Mission Systems will have fewer employees, a different name and a different mission [DBJ]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles 4 Colorado tech CEOs you don’t know (but should) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado explores online gambling as virtual and mobile casinos boom [DenverPost]

National News

  • Supreme Court to decide on patent protections for software [Reuters]
  • Internet giants that make money by tracking us unite to fight government surveillance [DBJ]

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I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #26: Celebration, Education and Information

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There are 52 weeks in a year. This is my 26th weekly post. What does that mean? It’s another milestone! I’ve now been doing these posts for half a year and I still enjoy it.

Speaking of weeks, this week is Computer Science Education Week and I get to celebrate it by volunteering at Mortensen Elementary (my daughter’s school) to help out with their Hour of Code program on Tuesday. I’m very excited!

Speaking of Tuesday, this Tuesday is Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day makes it really easy to donate to local charities by putting all the information in one place. You can get more information on 2 of my favorite charities here: Colorado FIRST and KidsTek.

Speaking of information, here’s what happened in the past week and what’s going on into next week.

Local News

  • A look at Colorado government’s shift to Google, one year later [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Photobucket: Web traffic numbers show 28% increase since site relaunch in Spring [InnovatioNews]
  • Tech Tuesday: Hot startups in Colorado including FlexJobs, HealthGrades and SeedPaths [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm granted patent for architectural foundation of its AI Engine [InnovatioNews]
  • Ex-Googlers that live and work among Colorado’s digital community [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s T3Media wins Department of Defense contract with strength of metadata tagging [BuiltinColorado]

National News

  • SimCity wants to be the killer app of the classroom [Washington Post]
  • Salesforce Adds $1M prize in disputed hackathon [AdWeek]
  • Intel makes another acquisition: Hacker League, A platform for hackathons, is now a part of Mashery [TechCrunch]
  • House passes Innovation Act by vote of 325-91: a small solution to a big patent problem [GigaOm]

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I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.