Colorado Tech Weekly #62: Warm and fuzzies and a non-tech event

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE seeing when Colorado companies do business with each other. Seeing that Galvanize is using Zayo Group to improve their networks really does give me the warm and fuzzies.

My non-tech event also gives me the warm and fuzzies. This Saturday is the third annual Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive at Pepsi Center. It’s listed under events in bold so you see it. It has absolutely nothing to do with tech, but it’s important to me so it gets included.

Jessica was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. She was an aspiring hockey journalist and a pretty awesome person. I did not know Jessica personally, but the people I know who knew Jessica are pretty awesome people, therefore she was an awesome person. How awesome? Before her death, she had a dream to help the families of the 2012 Colorado wildfires by providing hockey equipment. In the spirit of this request, the collection drive expanded to include equipment from all sports for those in need throughout the metro area served by A Precious Child, a local non-profit organization.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wheat Ridge-based aWhere gets $2.45 million to calculate the rains in Africa [BuiltinColorado]
  • ReturnPath, Remy Corp. and SolidFire outline 10 trends impacting tech hiring this year in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based event app maker Zerista closes $2M to snatch up unclaimed market share [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hot or not? Denver’s eBags “Obsession” feature asks shoppers to rate handbags [TechKnowBytes]
  • uGurus Interview with Boulder-based QuickLeft’s Co-Founder Sam Breed: The Journey from Developer to CTO [QuickLeft]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s multi-Gigabit fiber network to enhance Galvanize’s campus-wide digital ecosystem [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent announces record growth in Q2 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Aspenware looks to drive next phase of growth with new CEO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Photobucket gets $3.2 million for international product launches [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage selling CRM software line, narrowing focus [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #61: Success is a fickle beast

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What is more important: Feeling like you’ve succeeded or feeling like you are working towards success? I’m too humble when I succeed, but knowing I am doing worthwhile things with my time makes me happy so I like working towards success better.

I wonder about this as a look through my headlines every week. I’m sure that getting funding feels like a great success because it means you are doing something worthwhile enough for someone to give you a few million dollars to keep going. Is getting purchased or acquired a success? I guess that depends on where you are in your company. If you’re a lower-level employee I would guess it’s a mixture of excitement, uncertainty, dread and pride. If you’ve experienced this, I’d love to hear from you.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Another win for local ad tech: Denver’s Altitude Digital gets $7 million to reach a headcount of 100 [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA’s APEX Awards nomination deadline is Aug. 15 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ibotta receives $20M Series B funding, will expand brands and retail partnerships [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Rapt Media closes on $3.1M funding round, launches Eloqua marketing system [InnovatioNews]
  • Carlin Sack says this is the year for Colorado’s enterprise cloud companies, thanks to local talent and local capital [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based RCSPros to sell Electronic Health Records company [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s IQNavigator sells part of business, shrinks payroll [DBJ]
  • Denver mobile app shop Double Encore acquired by subsidiary of London’s WPP [TechKnowBytes]
  • CenturyLink makes Denver a ‘Gig city’ with ultra-fast Internet offering [DBJ]
  • STEM teacher initiative between Mines, UNC funded by $300K NSF grant [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #60: The only thing that is constant is change

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Did you know that my headline is a quote attributed to Greek philosopher Heraclitus? I wonder if his friends called him Cletus.

See, this is the best/worst thing about the internet. I was all set to be done with my post, but then I spent 10 minutes learning all about Cletus because the knowledge so readily available. Luckily I was able to regain my train of focus and, speaking of change, I need to get back to my calculus homework.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder joins ever expanding Galvanize community with new downtown colearning space [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 to float $600 million in notes for TW Telecom deal [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok announces new president and CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Fort Collins-based startup geekrowd accepted into The Summit Dublin’s ALPHA program [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Radish Systems awarded key patent for ChoiceView [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Health Foundation’s Digital Health Challenge doling out $150,000 to Colorado companies [DBJ]
  • Loveland’s Madwire Media raises $5.5M to fix fragmented digital marketing [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster-based SpotXchange sells majority stake to European broadcaster for $144 million [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver cloud computing company ViaWest to sell for $1.2B [BuiltinColorado]
  • Drone startups, like Greenwood Village-based RoboFlight, seek profit in software and the cloud [Xconomy]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #59: Are Uber, Lyft and Drizly REALLY tech companies?

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A question that piques your interest as a headline? I think those years of reading to occasional copywriting/SEO articles are starting to pay off! Should I put my answer at the end of my blog post to make you at least glance at the rest of it before satisfying your curiosity? Oooh how devious!

I won’t do that though because you value your time and I don’t want to waste it. The answer is: No! Uber, Lyft and Drizly are not tech companies. Yes they are mentioned in tech podcasts and the technology sections of news outlets, but they’re not tech companies. Uber and Lyft are transportation companies. Drizly is a delivery company. They all just happen to use apps and websites. I can order pizza from Dominos from an app or a website but that does not make Dominos a tech company.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Aspen Institute to host Aug. 10-13 roundtable discussion in Aspen on ideas to strengthen Internet [InnovatioNews]
  • On-demand alcohol delivery via Drizly’s smartphone app comes to Denver [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder security firm LogRhythm raises $40M, eyes future IPO [CTA]
  • Business of Coding: Ingrid Alongi, Co-Founder and CEO Consulting at Boulder’s Quick Left talks about the startup world and her career as a female in the programming world (PODCAST) [QuickLeft]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity unveils mobile app, strategy for “Post-Password Era” [Xconomy]
  • Boulder personal cloud app younity teams up with GoPro in a game-changing marketing move [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 things to know about LogRhythm’s $40 million round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 selected to provide services to connect Homeland Security sites in U.S. [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s HOSTING Recognized in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting [CTA]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar exec leaves to launch software startup in Denver [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #58: New services, new partnerships, new data center

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It’s good to see Colorado companies doing business with other Colorado companies as in the first story with Zen Planner and PaySimple. Our tech companies have the option to work with almost any company in the world, but the strength of our Colorado tech community comes from us supporting, and doing business with, each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner and Denver-based PaySimple team up to serve fitness businesses [DBJ]
  • ViaWest opens Compark, its fifth Denver area data center, in Denver Technology Center [InnovatioNews]
  • Rocky Mountain High Performance Computing Symposium set for Aug. 12-13 on Boulder campus [InnovatioNews]
  • NREL in Golden earns two R&D 100 Awards for innovative research in solar and supercomputers [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes five new board members [CTA]
  • Denver’s Swiftpage seeks small business input during beta testing of Act! Cloud management service [InnovatioNews]
  • Kristine Laping joins Denver-based OpenWorld Learning board of directors [YourHub]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot expands its enterprise class security solutions with BrightCloud service portfolio [InnovatioNews]
  • INterview with Kim Niederman, CEO of Boulder’s FreeWave Technologies [InnovatioNews]
  • How 3 Colorado startups are harnessing the power of data [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #57: Some leadership changes, more growth and an annoying paywall

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So there I was, my blog post was all set to publish when I found out that one of my new news sources moved their latest stories behind a paywall. I get it that real reporters of news are struggling to make money at their craft but I don’t think paywalls are the answer. The point of CTW is to direct you (and me) to read articles about the biggest, latest news about tech in Colorado. I can’t send you to a site with a paywall to read an article because I’m not sure if you have access. That doesn’t seem right.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • APEX Awards nominations now open for 14th annual event on Nov. 5 in Denver [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Opsec Security Appoints Richard Cremona As CEO [RTT]
  • Denver ranked in top 10 for best places for STEM graduates [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Ubooly head to Disney Accelerator [MarketWatch]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements appoints Jim Franklin to board of directors [SysConMedia]
  • Sun continues to shine for Denver social media startup Wayin [Xconomy]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group provides dark fiber connectivity to Weld County School District 6 and Greeley community [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs-based Accellos buys Minnesota software rival HighJump [DBJ]
  • Funding in Q2 nearly doubles for Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s FreeWave appoints Kim Niederman new CEO, co-founder Steve Wulchin to serve as president [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #56: Anything that can happen in tech is happening in Colorado

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When I write these posts, I usually create the list of headlines first, then I look for a theme or something that stands out so I can ramble before the headlines. Today I stared at my headlines… and stared… and stared. I could not come up with a theme! Then I realized that IS my theme!

If it has to do with creating, moving, studying or making money off of ones and zeros, it’s happening here in Colorado. Hardware? Yep. Devices? Definitely. Services? You know it. Networking? Uh-huh. Software? Absolutely. I’m running out of ways to say “Yes” so just know that it’s all happening here and that’s pretty cool.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Sprint 4G LTE in Denver by end of June? Didn’t happen. Sprint mum on plans. [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group files to go public, seeks to raise $100M [DBJ]
  • Colorado State scientists develop algorithms to crunch data from new NASA climate satellite [InnovatioNews]
  • An additional $2 million gets Denver’s Peak more data centers, more partnerships [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver software companies urge the city to change its tax stance [CTA]
  • IdeaLAB in Denver helps girls prepare for tech jobs of the future [YourHub]
  • Colorado Technology Associaton’s APEX Awards nominations due by Aug. 15 [InnovatioNews]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems grows with software company acquisition [DBJ]
  • NoCo Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers is now OPEN [DenverMiniMakerFaire]
  • Bluemile’s $15 million acquisition by Englewood-based Wow results in several lawsuits [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #55: It’s not always unicorns and rainbows

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Last weekend Andy Vuong with the Denver Post pointed out a seemingly unfair tax on Denver’s web and app developers. Then I read this article “Do You Believe in LIfe After Startups?” that says all this excitement over startups, accelerators and VCs could just be a bubble priming to burst. Then after that my alternator goes out on my car making me question whether maintaining my car is more expensive than buying a new one. Things were not looking so bright.

But then Greg Avery with the Denver Business Journal put Vuong’s article in some context that Denver’s tax is more old than bad. I realized the startup “bubble” is tempered by the fact that good, experienced VCs and developers won’t fall for bad projects more than once… or twice. And my car? It’s fixed now. I’m also looking for some part-time work so I can get a new car.

If it was always unicorns and rainbows, then we wouldn’t need innovators and disrupters. We wouldn’t need to fail faster or be more agile or lean. Sometimes we need to celebrate these as the opportunities they are.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s tax on web and app development draws ire from software execs [DenverPost]
  • New open source starter kit, from Denver-based AppIt Ventures, saves developers a week of time [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fort Collins-based Bulb raises $1M in Series A funding from angels, prepares for launch of first major digital product [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster online ad firm Trueffect raises $5 million in funding [TechKnowBytes]
  • Louisville-based CodeFutures rethinks databases, offers AgilData to help companies cope with Big Data management [InnovatioNews]
  • CEOs discuss Colorado’s advantages, challenges, and Boulder vs. Denver [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s Foundry-backed Mocavo bought by a London family history company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boomtown Demo Day showcases first six startups to come through unique Boulder accelerator program [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems gets $1.9 billion missile-detection satellite contract [DBJ]
  • Denver’s taxing of software again draws ire of local companies [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #54: $53.1M of funding, some rare bad news and the best network of IT women in the country

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I’m excited about the strong, growing network of IT women in Colorado. The National Center for Women & Information Technology is based in Boulder. CTA’s Women in Tech event was a big success. There is a GDI (Girl Develop It) Boulder chapter and a newly launched GDI Fort Collins chapter (but no GDI Denver chapter yet?). Things are looking good for my 10 year old daughter who wants to follow in, and improve upon, her father’s footsteps.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Scott McNealy’s Denver-based social startup Wayin raises another $12 million [TechKnowBytes]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements closes $3.1M a round to make app integration easier [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Galvanize CEO opens up about $18M round, plan to create Ed startup [Xconomy]
  • Centennial-based Pixorial announces July 18 shutdown after seven years of operation [InnovatioNews]
  • Women in Tech event in Littleton draws 550 female tech leaders to gain insight, inspiration, networking [InnovatioNews]
  • INterview with Mike Freeman, CEO of Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Innosphere [InnovatioNews]
  • With $20 million round, Denver-based Ibotta will double employee base [BuiltinColorado]
  • Attracted to the strong tech scene, Twentyseven Global expands to Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s fast-growing startups of 2014 – and how to get a job at them [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 buying TW Telecom in $5.7B deal [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #53: Not Just For Startups and My Off-By-One Error

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Today marks my one year anniversary of my first CTW post. NOW it’s been one whole year of blogging about the Colorado technology community! Woohoo! I attribute my confusion to the wonderful off-by-one error.

Four of this week’s stories are about businesses and organizations that are not startups. Could I do a CTW post without mentioning startups? Not likely! And why would I want to? Startups are some of the most entertaining, newsworthy companies to follow!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based SendGrid adds automatic email encryption [TechRockies]
  • Loveland’s DataTraks to manage Transportation Technology Center’s track flaw detection system [InnovatioNews]
  • Don’t Be a Technical Dummy – Interview with Bart Lorang of Denver-based FullContact [uGurus]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe receives approval from feds to sell its highest-quality Earth satellite imagery [InnovatioNews]
  • Stealthy Denver-based cloud-based security startup ProtectWise raises $14.1M [Xconomy]
  • Rally launches three new solutions from Boulder to help improve performance, achieve business agility [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Occipital builds first-ever 3D scanner for mobile devices [BuiltinColorado]
  • Zayo Group to hire over 150 and open Denver office in LoDo [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 Insights from 3 C-levels leading Colorado’s connected device industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic in Englewood brings together tech Leaders to support KidsTek [KidsTek]

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