Colorado Tech Weekly #250: Colorado Tech is Going South… And It’s A Good Thing!

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I like doing everything I can to make sure this blog series is about the entire state so it’s cool to see more events in Colorado Springs and the story from the Canon City Daily Record about another tech partnership that focuses on southern counties in the state. There’s plenty of great, smart tech people outside of the Boulder/Denver area!

I got to be a part of my first software release yesterday! It was exciting and stressful and weirdly anticlimactic. I’m sure today will be busy with fixes.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural broadband bill clears its final step in the General Assembly, heads to governor to sign [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver IT company NIMBL acquired by international tech company [DBJ]
  • Amazon invests in Denver internet sprinkler startup Rachio [DenverPost]
  • Congrats to Boulder’s Simple Energy [NearlyNicole]
  • Colorado’s second technology sector partnership launches in rural region [CanonCityDailyRecord]
  • 5 questions with Terry Olkin of Longmont’s Left Hand Robotics [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Colorado-based Coalfire cybersecurity company CEO leaving, COO promoted to role [DBJ]
  • Louisville’s Gaia Inc. offering 2.3 million shares in public offering [BizWest]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor sued by San Francisco DA over ads touting background checks [DenverPost]
  • From alpacas to homebrews: 5 Colorado software engineers dish on their quirkiest hobbies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #248: Big or Small, New or Old, Colorado Tech Makes News

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One of the things I enjoy about doing this blog series is placing news about big, well-known companies like Amazon, Google and Level3 next to new or less well-known companies like Conga, Redeam and Automox. It’s important to me to point out that you don’t need to be big or well-known to make Colorado tech better and bigger. You just have to do cool things and tell people about it. That’s it!

Speaking of cool things, I’m done with schoolwork! No more. Nada! Done! Fin! No mas! I don’t graduate until May but all I have left to do for school is wait for the ceremony so I can wear the cap and gown. Woohoo!

 

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • PHOTOS: Google’s new Boulder campus shows off the perks of working for a tech giant [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Conga to acquire Octiv to speed intelligent document automation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based tech company, Redeam, closes $7.7M round [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Automox receives $2M investment to speed platform development [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s HQ2 team tours Denver metro area, rides RTD A line and talks diversity [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s Jeff Storey to start CenturyLink CEO job eight months earlier than expected [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech Association chief leaving for new job; here’s where she’s headed next [DBJ]
  • Introducing the Broomfield-based SpotX Developer Blog [SpotX]
  • Sprint hits Colorado’s WOW! with patent lawsuit; company delays earnings release [DBJ]
  • So long, status quo: How 6 Colorado companies drive diversity in tech [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #243: Move Fast and Name Things

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The hardest thing that programmers have to do is name things. I’m learning that the business world is not immune to this issue either. I highlighted the story about WorldPay/Vantiv/Mercury Pay cuz I’ve been able to use Vantiv’s info for my day job work and it points out the issue with names. When you’re moving fast and growing and acquiring and being acquired, how much time should you spend renaming and rebranding to make work easier?

There seems to be an artificial permanence to the names of things. It’s frustrating in a different kind of way. I’m not sure what to do about it or if anything should be done.

I’ll be at the Go Code Colorado Kickoff on Wednesday. I’m not participating in the challenge, but I really like the people who run and mentor the chalenge.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo purchases Neutral Path for $31.5 million [BizWest]
  • Durango startup WorldPay (Formerly Vantiv, formally Mercury Payment Systems) now ranks among world’s largest [BizWest]
  • What Denver should do when Amazon doesn’t choose it for HQ2 [BradFeld]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network races into internet of things world by buying Denver parking startup ParkiFi [DenverPost]
  • Colorado eyes blockchain to secure government data, legal pot [DBJ]
  • Silicon Valley software firm Xactly expands in Denver, plans to hire hundreds [DenverPost]
  • Robots, referees and a shot at the regional tournament: Hundreds of students compete in technological throwdown at Regis [DenverPost]
  • An inside look at the morning routines of highly successful tech leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $41M in January. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2018’s top technology trends: How Colorado tech is pushing the envelope [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #241: Blockchains and Headquarters

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The headlines aren’t usually the most interesting story. Yes, Bitcoin’s value is very interesting and the Amazon HQ2 story is fascinating but when I look past the big headlines I see the stories that have more meaning.

This week we have 4 companies that want to move their headquarters, or at least a big part of their operation, to Colorado that aren’t named Amazon. We also have 2 meetups coming up that talk about blockchain which is most well known as the technology behind cryptocurrencies but is way more interesting because it is capable of being so much more!

Infinicept is hiring for a mid-senior level Software Engineer! Come work with me and my team! If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll help you out. 

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Los Angeles private equity firm buys Denver tech company Mersive [DBJ]
  • A Look Back: 15 Years of SparkFun and the Maker Movement [SparkFun]
  • Two Colorado tech companies on Fortune’s ‘great place to work’ list [DBJ]
  • California cloud software maker Accelo plans to bring 787 jobs to Denver [DenverPost]
  • 2018 Bringing Changes for the Colorado Maker Hub [ColoradoMakerHub]
  • 2 international firms eye Denver area for American HQ locations [DBJ]
  • Australian software company is making Denver its U.S. base [DBJ]
  • Denver makes Amazon’s HQ2 finalist list — along with 19 other cities [DenverPost]
  • Get paid to go back to school: 3 techies share how their companies support continued growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Built In Colorado’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2018 [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #232: I GOT A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT JOB! WOOHOO!!

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I started these blog  posts after I started going back to school for my Computer Science degree. That was over 232 weeks (approx 4.5 years) ago. My last course starts in January and, now, my new career starts on December 4!

It feels surreal and good and exciting and scary and overwhelming and expected and surprising. I will end my 12 year career as a 911/police dispatcher on December 1. It’s a job that has given me tons of stress and tons of pride. Instead of working different shifts waiting for bad things to happen I’ll get to do project-based work from home. It will be a whole different lifestyle and I’m very grateful.

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity workers in high demand across Colorado [CSBJ]
  • Chicago app designer, ORA Interactive, to open a satellite office in Denver [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow’s fast Corvette breaks another speed record [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Choozle secures $6M in Series B funding [InnovatioNews]
  • General Atomics buys Colorado satellite business, Surrey Satellite Technology US [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SendGrid’s public debut sees stock price jump 16 percent at opening [DenverPost]
  • Colorado’s bid to lure Amazon HQ2 is heavy on talent and transportation [Denverite]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck adds $21.5 million in venture capital [DenverPost]
  • JumpCloud’s recent investment drives opportunities for us all [JumpCloud]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #228: A Good Week to Get a New Job

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I just registered for my last course to complete my Computer Science degree (I graduate Spring of next year). My current job has me coming into work at 3am twice this week and I am participating in 2 job fairs, an online job fair through Regis University on Tuesday, then the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday. I am well motivated to find my next job! I think finding my first software development job will be the hardest part of my new career.

Speaking of jobs, BuiltinColorado finds some tips for dressing for tech interviews (I prefer to suit-up), Denver Business Journal points out that startups may not be the job-creators some think they are (having employees is hard), some Colorado projects get featured in Popular Science (my favorite elementary school library check-out) and Pueblo is hosting a Mini Maker Faire (Yay! I didn’t forget the makers this week!)!

If you are also going to the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday, let’s meet up. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal their top 3 dos and don’ts for dressing for an interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing Colorado startup, Apto, taps software exec as new CEO [DBJ]
  • BizWest announces winners of 2017 IQ Awards [SkylandAnalytics]
  • Denver Maker Faire Recap [JamesMurphy]
  • Denver ranks high for startups, but lags in how many jobs they add [DBJ]
  • Metro Denver submits official bid for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech leader, Kevin Owocki is using blockchain to push open source software forward with Gitcoin [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver marijuana-tech company MassRoots replaces CEO; $12M CannaRegs deal is off [DBJ]
  • Three Colorado-based projects make it onto Popular Science’s 2017 top 10 aerospace inventions [DenverPost]
  • It’s official: SendGrid makes moves toward an IPO [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #227: Influencing Tech News and Forgetting Makers

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I like to think that these posts and the news I share on social media from Colorado tech companies helps Colorado tech reporters find and focus on stories. As you can probably tell I’m a big fan of their work and I like to think I contribute to it in some small way. So I was excited that, after I asked in last Monday’s post “What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community?”, the Denver Business Journal posted this article on Tuesday: Amazon HQ2 could actually help Denver’s talent-starved tech sector. I like to think Greg Avery was answering my question for me. If not, it’s really good timing.

I’m a big fan of creators of every kind, whatever they’re called! Most of my heroes are artists, makers, hackers, tinkerers, inventors, cosplayers, game-makers, podcasters, etc. so imagine my surprise that I somehow completely missed promoting the Denver Maker Faire in last week’s Colorado Tech Weekly post! I’m shocked that I missed promoting it because I would have absolutely gone to it if I wasn’t at work all weekend. If you see, or write, a good recap of the Denver Maker Faire, please send it my way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • They don’t play games: 5 companies using AR/VR for more than gaming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Incident Response Technologies closes $1.2M seed round led by Innosphere Fund [InnovatioNews]
  • Apple hiring software engineers to work in Denver [DBJ]
  • Pay it forward: How Boulder-based Bonusly helped donate over $60,000 to disaster relief [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Georgia’s Tea Leaves, gains access to 400 hospital partners and consumer data [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Homebot raises $4.5M, plans to double team and expand nationally by year’s end [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 coding bootcamps and schools in Denver & Boulder you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara taking investments in equity crowdfunding campaign [BizWest]
  • Colorado investigations company, KeyPoint Government Solutions, to join in 3-way merger to form government IT-services business [DBJ]
  • Nerdwallet: Boulder ranks No. 8 for best city for tech jobs, Springs is No. 12 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #226: Overexertion and the Idea of an Amazon HQ2 in Colorado

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Everyone says they want Amazon’s second headquarters to be in Colorado. I admit, it’s a cool idea but I wonder if it’s a good idea. I am wondering a lot of things today, mainly because I overexerted myself last week and I’m super tired, but the question still lingers in my head. What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community? Or a more fun question to consider would be, “What kind of effect would our inclusive tech community have on Amazon?” I think I like considering that question more.

Pro-tip: Don’t renovate a third of your house in 4 days while taking online senior-level college courses and working a more than full-time, high-stress job while managing contract work and a job search. It’s not healthy.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • California GPS tech company, Trimble, plans big new Westminster building [DBJ]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor completes purchase of Angie’s List, goes public, grows 33 percent in a day [DenverPost]
  • Feds clear CenturyLink to buy Broomfield’s Level 3, but with conditions to keep internet competitive [DenverPost]
  • All Colorado Congress members to Jeff Bezos: Build Amazon HQ2 here [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies Partners with Denver’s SecureSet Academy for cybersecurity Education and hiring [RimTech]
  • Colorado loses a corporate headquarters and a satellite imaging pioneer as Westminster-based DigitalGlobe is purchased [DenverPost]
  • Opportunity awaits: 7 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association adds four new members to board [InnovatioNews]
  • Big month for big hires: 6 Colorado tech companies welcome new leaders this September [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 hit record attendance (again) [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #224: Failure, Open Source, Freelancing, Tech Jobs and Denver Startup Week (50% More Links THIS WEEK ONLY)

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If I was still doing an accompanying podcast with these blog posts, this week I would talk forever. There is so much packed into this week’s headlines that I want to talk about!

I’d talk about the importance of being comfortable with failure because of the SparkFun post. Or I could talk about the allure of game development and talk about Mystic Melee. What about interview struggles and strategies that Built in Colorado brings up?

But wait! There’s more!! I could talk about the deceptive difficulty of freelancing (doing the projects is the easy part) because of the Impact Lab article or I could talk about my frustration with the “talent gap” while looking at the Denver Post’s Amazon-related story. But I’d also want to talk about open-source development thanks to the story about DRUD Tech, especially since Hacktoberfest is starting soon.

Speaking of Hacktoberfest, are you participating? I want to give it a shot but I know I’ll need some knowledge/moral/tech/emotional support to make it worth it.  I know SendGrid is participating. It would be cool to find other Colorado tech companies/people/organizations that are involved.

OH WAIT! THERE’S ALSO DENVER STARTUP WEEK! At the end of this post are 10 posts I’ve collected from the from the Colorado tech community to make sure you get the best Denver Startup Week experience.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Meet Our July 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Project Fails [SparkFun]
  • Denver-based game, Mystic Melee, out on Early Access [PewPewCat]
  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal: What to ask (and what NOT to ask) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: 5 Colorado software engineers share the coolest tech they’ve built [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google buys Boulder campus for $130 million [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute to launch world’s first “freelance colony” at its Westminster, Colorado HQ [ImpactLab]
  • Denver software firm, Choozle, expands HQ after doubling its headcount [BusinessDen]
  • Finding workers a challenge in Colorado’s bid for Amazon campus [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes [CIODive]

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10 Best Denver Startup Week Posts from the Colorado Tech Community

  • Spotlight on the Maker Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Spotlight on the Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • GoSpotCheck & Denver Startup Week [GoSpotCheck]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 will offer 350 programs, big names [DBJ]
  • Your Guide to Everything Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sixth annual Denver Startup Week set for Sept. 25-29 with 300+ events [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 [Choozle]
  • Denver Startup Week: Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s Startup Crawl [BuiltinColorado]
  • The DSW trifecta: Laughs, beer, tech jobs [Name.com]
  • The Colorado Startup Scene and Denver Startup Week 2017 [TechnicalIntegrity]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #222: It’s Important to Ask the Right Questions

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Everything that has to do with creating software requires asking the right questions. Every step of the software development life cycle requires good questions. Studying to learn how to write code requires asking the right questions which usually just lead to more questions.

I highlighted the Denver Data Science Day event because data science seems like an entire industry about asking the right questions and finding the best ways to get answers to those questions. It’s something that doesn’t sound too complex until you really dig into it. Then it becomes very complex.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The Summer Intern [n.io]
  • Reports: Oracle may lay off 200 employees in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • Guild Education closes $21M Series B to grow Denver team and expand platform [BuiltinColorado]
  • Meet Denver-based Beatport’s Manager of Engineering [CodeTalent]
  • Broomfield security-tech firm Webroot hires new CEO after Dick Williams announces retirement [DenverPost]
  • CU Boulder researchers develop tech for flying multiple drones with one pilot [BizWest]
  • Colorado Divide: Broadband gaps threaten to leave rural areas in the dust of digital age [DenverPost]
  • Beyond Bitcoin: How 5 Colorado startups are leveraging blockchain [BuiltinColorado]
  • New York Times story says Denver best choice for Amazon’s second headquarters [DenverPost]
  • Not your typical tech startup: FareHarbor quintuples Denver HQ while turning away venture funding [DenverPost]

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