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 #187: Cybersecurity, 3D Printing at CES and 2 Cool Colorado Stories

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I will follow ANY blog and ANY Twitter account that has to do with the Colorado technology community, so if your 2017 resolution is to write a tech blog, send me the link. I’ll subscribe. This way I can get more cool first-hand stories like the 2 bottom stories featured this week.

One is by Jud Valeski on how the Gnip/Twitter deal happened. The last story featured is by Noel Warden, a local online coding boot camp student who shared some of his strategies that landed him his first software developer job. Congrats Noel!

This week also features 2 Colorado companies that showed leadership in the 3D printing industry at CES and 2 other articles highlighting the growing cybersecurity industry in Colorado.

Send me your links! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 4 Colorado tech CEOs share their New Year’s resolutions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cybersecurity training program expands to Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • S4 Inc. will add 100 workers in Colorado Springs [BizWest]
  • Loveland’s Aleph Objects announces new software at CES 2017 [InnovatioNews]
  • New year, new you: 7 Colorado companies hiring like crazy in 2017 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Security Weekly Talks to Brian Beyer, Denver-based Red Canary CEO [RedCanary]
  • MacGyver Moment #1: Data sharing for the rest of us [ColoradoOIT]
  • Colorado Springs’s Titan Robotics unveils the Cronus at CES 2017 [Titan3DRobotics]
  • How did Boulder-based Gnip get the Twitter deal? [JudValeski]
  • Becoming a Full Stack Developer with Bloc.io [NoelWorden]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #165: The technology isn’t the hard part

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I listen to a few tech-related podcasts and read more than a few tech blogs. One of the things that always gets me is that most of the problems discussed about technology have very little to do with technology and a lot to do about what we want to do with technology. Take the Olympics for example. It is technologically possible for anyone in the world to watch any Olympic event, live or recorded, on any device that supports video. The only thing that prevents this from happening are the partnerships and business deals that are used to profit from, and recoup the costs of, creating and distributing the video.

Technology is easy. People are difficult. The only reason we relate this problems to technology is because technology requires us to spell out the specifics since computers only do what we tell them to do, not what we mean for them to do.

Anyways, last week’s news was all good. I suggest spending some time exploring the posts in the Colorado Tech Tour Summary link.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Former Atmel spinoff, Unipixel, plans to double workforce in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Denver-area tech companies growing up, growing out of startup office spaces [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity makes first big purchase, says new owner is “aggressive about growth” [DenverPost]
  • Denver cybersecurity company Red Canary raises $6.1M Series A, plans to double team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects nearly doubles 2Q revenue [BizWest]
  • Colorado tech continues to grow in 2016: A look at the hottest tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why these Colorado tech employees chose the startup life [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado companies we want to work for right now (and they’re hiring!) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish’s do or die: New pick-your-own TV channels plan starts at $30 [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech Tour Summary [CTA]

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My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con

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This weekend is Denver Comic Con (DCC)! Woohoo!

DCC is the premier event for all things geek in Colorado. No matter what it is you geek-out about, there’s a good chance you’ll find other people who share your interests there. As much as I like to geek-out about normal geeky things like Stan Lee, some of the cast of Doctor Who, Cary Elwes and Tentacle Kitty, I especially like to geek-out about Colorado technology. So what can you expect if you want to see Colorado Tech at Denver Comic Con?

Tech (and Gaming) Panels

Denver Comic Con made it easy and created a ‘Gaming & Tech’ track for their panels. You can see all the cool ‘Gaming & Tech’ panels here. The ones I am hoping to go to are…

  • (Friday 12:15pm-1:05pm in Room 603) – SPRK your passion: Inspiring new ways to learn through robotos! w/Sphero
  • (Friday 4pm-4:50pm in room 703) – Create a Simple Vidoe Game in 30 minutes w/ Unity Game Engine – Art Institute
  • (Friday 5:15pm-6:05pm in room 703) – How to Design Video Games and Get into the Game Design Field
  • (Saturday 12:15pm-1:05pm in room 703) – DIY Tabletop Game Design
  • (Saturday 5:15pm-6:05pm in room 703) – Mobile Game Development – Art Institute
  • (Sunday 1:30[m-2:20pm in room 703) – How to Start Your Own Droid Build
  • (Sunday 4pm-4:50pm in room 703) – Virtual Reality & Interactive Experience, Collaborative Work – Art Instutite

There will also be panels and exhibits in the E.D.G.E. featuring Colorado game developers and makers that are not in the DCC scheduling app so make sure to check in there for cool Colorado tech things. For example, on Saturday, Zhengua “Z” Yang, founder of Boulder-based Serenity Forge and all around good guy, is doing a presentation at 1pm in the 8-bit Lounge that is not listed in the DCC sheduling app.

Colorado Tech Exhibitors

It appears that the exhibitors in the E.D.G.E. are not included in the DCC app. I know that game developers Synaptic Switch and Serenity Forge will be there along with the Denhac maker space but they are not listed in the app so make sure to go check out the E.D.G.E. if you’re going to DCC. The exhibitors that are listed that I’m looking forward to are…

  • Aleph Objects, Inc. (because Colorado-made 3D printers)
  • Arapahoe Library District (because they are doing cool things for Colorado makers)
  • Backflip Studios (because they’re the biggest Colorado game developer)
  • RMCAD (because they are hosting a few of the game panels)
  • Sphero (because Colorado-made robotic spheres including BB-8)

Other Panels and Exhibitors

I can’t just spend 3 days focusing on Colorado tech. There are tons of other fun things to see. Here is my short list of other things to see at DCC.

-Panels

  • (Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Room 601) NASA – Futurama: Learning Science with Fry and the Gang (because Futurama)
  • (Friday 2:15pm-3pm at the Xfinity Stage) Meet the Actors Behind the Voices (because voice actors seem like really cool people. Just watch “I Know That Voice” on Netflix)
  • (Saturday 10:45am-11:30am at the Bellco Theater) Ladies of Doctor Who w/ Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman (because its Doctor Who. Also Jenna Coleman is cute)
  • (Saturday 1:30pm-2:15pm at the Bellco Theater) Spotlight on Stan Lee (because… well if you can’t figure it out, maybe DCC isn’t for you)
  • (Saturday 2:45pm-3:35pm in room 502/503) Steampunk: Beyond Gears and Cogs (because Steampunk is cool in a very un-cool way)
  • (Saturday 4pm-4:45pm at the Bellco Theater) Spotlight on Cary Elwes (because Princess Bride)
  • (Saturday 11am-11:45am at the Bellco Theater) Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration (because my daughter shows early signs of being a trekkie)
  • (Sunday 1pm-1:50pm in Room 402) Let’s Draw! Workshop w/ Terryl Whitlatch & Copic Markers (Because I like to draw and want to be better at it)
  • (Sunday 1:30pm-2:20pm) The Best Writing Advice I was Ever Given (because I like to write and I want to be better at it)

-Exhibitors

  • Jay Peteranetz (because he did the art on the DCC passes)
  • Red Tempest Studios (because mobile apps + comics sounds cool)
  • Rothic (because I really like looking at their comics)
  • Tabletop Fables (because tabletop gaming is cool)
  • TeeTurtle (because they have cute/fun shirts)
  • Tentacle Kitty (because Ninja Kitty is now household lore)
  • The 1UP Arcarde Bar (because pinball)

For more information about all things Denver Comic Con, go to denvercomiccon.com. If you’re there, send me a tweet on teh Twitterz. I hope to see you there!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #143: Event Reviews, Podcasts and C-Level

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I always say that the top upcoming events are events I wish I could go to and it’s entirely true. I wish I could go to every event I post! This is why I appreciate event reviews. This week we have reviews of the T9Hacks hackathon and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. This week I also get to go to C-Level @ A Mile High! It’s the only technology event I have been able to go to on a consistent basis. I will be bringing my recorder to see if I can add some interviews to my podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, I learned this week that there is more than one Colorado tech podcast and that’s awesome! Of course there is only one Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast but this week, Tamara Chuang from the Denver Post profiles the Turnpikers podcast and Jess Ryan gave a cool list of 5 Colorado tech podcasts where she perfectly describes my podcast and made me want to listen to the others on the list.

So go check those out and come say “Hi” at C-Level this Thursday!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Teams face off in Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by Raytheon [DenverPost]
  • Mitisek leaving as head of Colorado Technology Association, joining DU [DenverPost]
  • Colorado ranks 13th nationwide for tech jobs in new report [Tech+]
  • Entrepreneurs hope new podcast unites Denver, Boulder tech communities [DenverPost]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects prints millionth 3D part for LulzBot desktop printers [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your own luck: 5 companies looking to hire in March [BuiltinColorado]
  • Robot Revolution powering up at Denver Museum [InnovatioNews]
  • Keysight Technologies to bring 200 jobs to Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • CU-Boulder’s Atlas Institute hosts inaugural women-centric hack-a-thon [DailyCamera]
  • Why digital health is Colorado tech’s next big thing [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech podcasts to add to your feed [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #129: It’s Cyber-Small-Business-Shop-Local Monday!

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One of the cool things about Colorado being a great place for tech startups is that we can get all the shopping “holidays” in one day!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based SendGrid names two more new members to its leadership team [InnovatioNews]
  • How Colorado tech gives back for the holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Gift guide: Internet of Things products by local companies [DenverPost]
  • Colorado tech tackles your gift list: 6 innovative gifts that’ll run less than $100 [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado startups reveal the secrets to their successful Kickstarter campaigns [BuiltinColorado]
  • Loveland-based Aleph’s LulzBot TAZ 5 rated best overall 3D printer by Make Magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • DaVinci Institute moves startup space, coding school to Westminster [DBJ]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: DispatchHealth [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s Rapt Media wins gold Stevie Award in 2015 Stevie Awards for Women in Business [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group to buy Canada’s 4th largest telecom [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #106: Is there an area of tech that Colorado does not do well?

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The short answer is “No.” Every once in a while the headlines I compile point out how many different ways Colorado is involved in technology. In this week’s headlines alone we have wireless tech, social media, hardware, startups and 3-D printing. It’s a little mind blowing to think of all the things that are included in tech in Colorado. Then when I try to think of all the money and all the different kinds of people involved my brain shorts out and I have to stare at the wall for a few minutes to let it reboot.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wireless data use fuels big growth for Golden’s Centerline Solutions [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Wayin partners with Klout to provide greater marketing context and relevancy in social conversations [Wayin]
  • Niwot’s SparkFun to open 1st offline store, host 7th driver-less vehicle race [Tech+]
  • Here’s what the 10 companies in Techstars’ Boulder 2015 class actually do [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 of Colorado’s top companies to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU to revamp engineering, computer-science curriculum [DBJ]
  • Fast-growing 3-D printer maker, Loveland’s Aleph Objects, counts kids, NASA as customers [DenverPost]
  • Houston firm pays MAVDevelopment $53.2M for Rally Software HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Techstars and UP Global (aka Startup Weekend) UNITE! [NearlyNicole]
  • Women tech leaders ask tech companies: Show us your diversity numbers [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #76: A tech drive and 100 companies

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“Hi” to everyone I met at the RefactorU job fair! It was a good event. I highly suggest anyone looking into changing careers into tech to go to a job fair and ask questions. It’s amazing how helpful recruiters are. It makes sense though, the better prepared job-seekers are the easier it should be for recruiters.

Please make sure you check out the link to the Open World Learning tech drive! I was excited to see that most of the companies listed in the Top 100 digital employers post have been mentioned in Colorado Tech Weekly. For those I haven’t mentioned, I’m looking forward to learning about you!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cognizant completes purchase of Douglas County-based TriZetto [DBJ]
  • APEX Conference showcased leadership, innovation and culture for company growth [CTA]
  • Ibotta and Best Buy offer customers cash back on their electronics this holiday shopping season [Ibotta]
  • Boulder-based Flashback Technologies closes on $2M Series A round [InnovatioNews]
  • Feed your drive for tech this Thanksgiving [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects’ LulzBot TAZ 4 3D printer named Most Maker Machine by Make: magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield’s Return Path acquires e-commerce data analysis firm, adds data and digital veteran to executive team [ReturnPath]
  • Colorado sees tech job growth, but also a need to prepare future workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Twentyseven Global to award a Denver health IT startup With $25,000 tech investment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Garrett Reim lists the top 100 digital employers in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

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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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