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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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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 #25: Tryptophantastic

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This year was the first year I was in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. I’m thinking of putting it on my resume as proof of my project management skills. If you’ve never done this, the last 20 minutes or so before dinner, you are coordinating the preparation of 4 different side dishes while finishing up the turkey and setting the table using friends and family as volunteers. Nothing says holiday fun like dancing with 3 other people in a small kitchen while holding sharp knives and hot pans! I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Seamless Toy introduces Atoms, the latest robotic toy from Colorado [Xconomy]
  • KidsTek and COMPASS work together in Aurora schools [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Home automation startup Revolv lands $4 million in funding, led by Foundry Group [TechKnowBytes]
  • RoundPegg announces $2.8M fundraising round to beef up sales and marketing efforts [InnovatioNews]
  • Innovation Pavilion, Maverick Software partner to match firms with computer students [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Kindara raises $370K to develop app and expand team, hopes to raise $380K more this year [InnovatioNews]
  • Retired Air Force General Lindell named by Hickenlooper to be state’s aerospace and defense champion [InnovatioNews]
  • NSA may have accessed Google and Yahoo user data via Broomfield-based Level 3’s network [TechKnowBytes]

National News

  • Google moves to attract Chromecast developers [ComputerWorld]
  • Microsoft Now Shipping Kinect For Windows Preview Kits To “Thousands” Of Developers [TechCrunch]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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 #24: Plans for the future. Awards for the past

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This is another Colorado-only edition of CTW! I love when this happens!

I really like reporting on awards won by local technology companies for 2 reasons. The first reason is it’s just fun to tell people “Congratulations” for their hard work. The second reason is it gives me an idea of which companies I should apply for once I have some skills. I also really like hearing about long term plans from companies because I don’t plan on being hirable for 2 years. Enjoy the short week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Top News

  • Denver-based BiggerPockets CEO Dorkin talks about ‘Going all in’ [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fueled by a recent acquisition and a supercomputer, Denver-based WellTok is changing the healthcare game [BuiltinColorado]
  • Congratulations to Ascent Award winners from Communications Technology Professionals: AudioAir for Most Innovative Company, Ajubeo for XaaS Company of the Year and Level 3 for Biggest Impact on Colorado [CTP]
  • A “restructuring” at Trada, Inc. 5000′s fastest growing private company in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • SGI racks up six top honors in 2013 HPCwire Readers and Editors Choice Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • To SpotXchange’s co-founders, it’s a long-term view to reach global success [BuiltinColorado]
  • First Data Corp. to cut 550 jobs in metro Denver [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech execs want to hire, but they worry about talent [DBJ]
  • Five infographics to give you the run down on Colorado companies you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • KidsTek partners with a volunteer from Carbon8 help North High students learn and apply web design and marketing principles [KidsTek]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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 #23: Optimism and Innovation

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Looking over this week’s headlines I am thrilled by the amount of optimism and innovation in Colorado’s technology industry. We have non-profits helping kids learn about tech, a recognized college program, startups creating innovative products and large companies adding quality jobs to the area. Everything’s coming up Colorado!

Local News

  • KidsTek received grants from XCel Energy and Chase Community Giving [CTA]
  • UC-Colorado Springs computer science graduate program rated No. 2 in nation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Revolv flips switch on its Smart Hub to unite home automation devices [Xconomy]
  • Agencies turn to Denver company, Mobile Accord, to raise money for typhoon relief [Xconomy]
  • Loveland-based Madwire Media to launch new digital marketing software that will set standard for industry [InnovatioNews]
  • Forget the $1,500 Google Glass, check out Denver-based Pivothead Smart for $400 [TechKnowBytes]
  • Precision Discovery moving California operations to Denver Tech Center; hiring planned [DBJ]
  • Lockheed changes mean more jobs for Denver [DBJ]

National News

  • Android Is Gaming’s Future, And The One OS To Rule Them All, Says Nvidia CEO [TechCrunch]
  • PlayStation 4 first impressions (review) [DenverPost]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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 #22: Thank you from a veteran

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 If you know a veteran, you will probably tell them “Thank you for your service” today because you’re awesome and they will probably mutter a “You’re welcome” in a way that says “It was no big deal” because they’re awesome. See, we are uncomfortable with the attention because we didn’t join the military for attention or glory. We joined because of a sense of duty, family tradition, or because it sounded easier than getting into college. Those who did sign up for the glory of it soon found out that glory comes with too high of a price.

When I think back on my time in the Marine Corps, I think of trying to get out of barracks duty, hung-over Company runs and buffing floors. I don’t think of it as me being brave, selfless or in anyway better than my friends that didn’t join the military. Most veterans will probably tell you close to the same thing.

On Thursday, my daughter’s school had an assembly to recognize the veterans that are in students’ lives. After having each student introduce their veteran the principal told all the students to cheer for the veterans. Oh man did they cheer! It felt amazing. If I did something that can make an entire school of elementary students cheer, I must have done something pretty cool. I know it sounds silly, but thank you for saying “thank you”.

Local News

  • DigitalGlobe rejected more money from Longmont [DBJ]
  • How Colorado voted on fracking, schools, broadband, pot, Boulder utilities [DBJ]
  • Longmont-based Lassy Project focuses on child safety with smartphone app, GPS and “village” community [InnovatioNews]
  • Developing A Spirit of inspiration and collaboration at the Internet of Things Hackathon in Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • OpenWorld Learning (OWL) Gala and Silent Auction “Writing the Code for Success” raises more than $133K to support OWL students [OWL]
  • LUCAN Technologies launches $500K Indiegogo campaign for PC aimed at reducing e-waste [InnovatioNews]
  • Hip to be cubed: Modular Robotics raises more Than $56K via Kickstarter [Xconomy]

National News

  • KitKat’s WebView is powered by Chromium, enabling Android app developers to use new HTML5 and CSS features [TheNextWeb]
  • New API Commons Platform Allows Developers To Share APIs Under Creative Commons Licenses [TechCrunch]
  • ‘Vets in Tech’ expands its work helping veterans find tech jobs [SiliconValley]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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 #21: No such thing as too many “helps”

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I backed my first Kickstarter project this week. It’s an online edu-tainment (that’s education and entertainment mashed together) game called BotLogic created by Arvada developer Brad Wedell. Help me help him help kids learn the fun of programming. Was that too many “helps”? Probably. But is there really such a thing as too many “helps”? I say there is no such thing. Just check out all the helpful events this week that has developers helping developers.

Local News

  • INterview with New Tech Boulder-Denver-Fort Collins organizer Robert Reich [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot Secures Future by Moving Consumer Anti-Malware Suite to Cloud [Xconomy]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud hosts first DevOps conference, defines DevOps through conversation [BFeld]
  • Denver-based cloud service provider Virtela changing hands for $525 million [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association reaching out to Springs companies [CTA]
  • Loveland-based Madwire Media introduces UXi software platform to give customers more website design control [InnovatioNews]
  • Defrag Conference returns in Broomfield with underwater “DIY” robots, user-friendly Skynet [Xconomy]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire announces the Cloud Builders Channel Partner Program [BuiltinColorado]

National News

  • HTML5: From Facebook disaster to a potential rival mobile-gaming platform for iOS and Android [VentureBeat]
  • Gucci organizes hackathon to inspire mobile app solutions [LuxuryDaily]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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. My latest update is about the Discovery phase of UX design. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #20: Please excuse my bad dancing

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Half of this week’s stories are either about business funding or acquisitions, but I’m not getting ahead of myself. This IS a tech blog! These business stories are about local tech companies. As I found out during the  recession, it’s important to consider a company’s health when seeking employment. It’s not enough just to apply to work for companies that do cool things, you need to apply to companies that will stick around.

You’ll notice that I have no national news this week. This isn’t because nothing cool happened outside of Colorado. It’s because SO MANY things are happening here! This is the second time this has happened since starting this blog and I get all happy-dance excited when it happens. I also get all excited when I hit a milestone. 20 in a row! Please excuse my bad dancing.

Local News

  • JobZology and Colorado Job Base partner to provide one-stop shopping for job seekers [InnovatioNews]
  • Ad Tech Startup, Integrate, raises $7M from Foundry, cable companies [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Shopventory raises $1M in seed round, launches new business inventory management platform [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Convercent closes $10M Series B round led by SAP Ventures [Xconomy]
  • Datalogix expands Westminster HQ by 20,000 square feet to accommodate rapid growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont-based UQM PowerPhase motor helps set two new Guinness World Records at California air show [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based NewsGator Acquires business productivity company Sitrion [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner beefs up with $10M investment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Union workers ratify CenturyLink contract [DBJ]
  • War of robots: Student teams vie for Colorado supremacy [Denver Post]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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 my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #19: More news than you can shake a stick at

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I thought by limiting myself to 10 news stories per week I was making it easier on myself. This week I had over 50 news stories to choose from for this post! That’s a lot of news! I need to think of a way to share more news. Maybe I’ll do a Reddit page or something like that.

Local News

  • Pivothead Wearable Imaging moves from New York to Colorado [InnovatioNews]
  • SolidFire, Ping Identity, VictorOps, Kapost and TapInfluence are a few of companies in the Boulder, Denver areas that raised large amounts of VC funding in Q3 [Xconomy]
  • DigitalGlobe changes plans, chooses Westminster over Broomfield for new HQ [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Evver teams up with ReverbNation to help indie bands get discovered [BuiltinColorado]
  • New Tech October Wrap Up features plans for expansion [BDNT]
  • Boulder-based Ubooly shows howw being cute, collaborative and agile changes business [DBJ]
  • Evolve Vacation Rental joins HomeAway referral network [DBJ]

National News

  • Google will live-stream the Chrome Development Summit November 20-21 [TheNextWeb]
  • Windows 8.1 released [TheNextWeb]
  • Canonical releases first ‘true’ version of Ubuntu Touch for smartphones with Ubuntu 13.10 [TheNextWeb]

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If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #18: You can’t stop the future

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The federal government is mostly shut down. Default is looming. Is this the end? Looking at the headlines from this week, the answer is a resounding “No!” The tech industry continues marching on. Does this have to do with the tech industry’s inherent independence? Sure the internet got its start from the federal government, but now it’s now run mostly by independent organizations and private companies. This independence is seen throughout the tech industry. Enough editorializing though.

Local News

  • Colorado Springs-based Exelis receives $121.8M, five-year Navy contract to deliver systems engineering services [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Rally Software’s IPO Set to Provide $1.3M for Colorado Nonprofits [Xconomy]
  • SolarWinds Breezes into Colorado, Acquires Confio Software for $103M [Xconomy]
  • New Search Engine Seeks to Help Colorado Companies Find Freelancers [Xconomy]
  • Durango-based Airborne Media Group finds opportunities in un-muting TV and silent displays with Audioair [InnovatioNews]
  • FORETHOUGHT.net Becomes Colorado’s Largest Independent Communications Provider [CTA]
  • Internet of Things Hackathon set for November 1-2 [BDNT]
  • Denver within top 10 for tech job growth [DBJ]

National News

  • New Amazon Appstore Incentive Program encourages developers to build for Amazon, will give consumers “Cash Back” on apps [TechCrunch]
  • Disney invents touchscreen that lets you feel textures [Washington Post]

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If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!