Colorado Tech Weekly #282: My Daughter Knows More About Quizlet Than I Do And GO VOTE!

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Tomorrow is Election Day so please make sure your vote counts!! Democracy works best for those who show up and if we all show up, it works better for us all.

Just as I was finishing up this post, my 14 year old daughter came home and asked if there was any interesting tech news this week. I find the tech news interesting every week or else I wouldn’t do this but considering she’s a 14 year old girl I wasn’t sure if she would find any of it interesting. I told her about Propeller cuz they’re a drone company and told her about PlayerLync because their early clients were professional sports teams. Then I told her about Quizlet bringing employment to Denver because I like bragging about that. “Oh! We use Quizlet all the time!” she said excitedly. It’s one of the tools her teachers encourage her to use. I had never heard of Quizlet before this week, so it’s neat that even though I spend much of my time reading about the tech industry, I can still have my knowledge humbled by my daughter.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Why Advanced Energy is moving 100 management employees to Denver [DBJ]
  • Quizlet online learning platform’s new Denver office could bring 300 jobs paying average annual wage of $156K [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based Coalfire partners with Virta Labs to enhance medical device security [InnovatioNews]
  • CU Denver is Colorado’s only CIBER school. Here’s what that means for business. [DBJ]
  • Drone software company Propeller settling into Denver headquarters with plans to grow [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics posts record Q3 earnings on sales of $7.49B [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks acquires Allen Technology Advising [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • After CDOT attack Colorado CTO talks layers of defense [GovTech]
  • Denver’s PlayerLync receives $12.5M in new growth funding led by Volition Capital [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud’s accelerating growth requires additional office space in Boulder [JumpCloud]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #277: Solidly Built on Colorado’s Lifestyle and Generous Culture

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I had a great time at Denver Startup Week! It was my first time attending and my list of connections on LinkedIn, my To-Read list on GoodReads and my list of ideas for my career and the startup team I work with have all grown!

There was a definite theme to Denver Startup Week. The Colorado lifestyle (Work is important but so is your health and well-being) and the generous culture of our Colorado tech community make Colorado a great place to work. I heard this listening to Erik Mitisek at the Denver Startup Week kick-off on Monday. I heard this from the panel of engineering leaders from Slack, Gusto, Strava and TradeDesk on Wednesday. I heard this from Manuela Cardenas and Meghan McGinnis, both of whom want to move to Colorado from out of state to start their tech careers. And I experienced it when talking to… (ok I tried to list all the names of the people I talked to who embodied this generosity but the list was to long) …anyone and everyone at Denver Startup Week!

Don’t forget, it’s how we live and treat others that makes our community great! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • When it comes to attracting tech talent in Denver, space matters [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Facebook partner to increase access to computer programming [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘It feels very Slacky’ — Engineers at top tech companies rave about Denver [DBJ]
  • Louisville-based Vaisala reaffirms commitment to Front Range with campus expansion [BizWest]
  • Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Humane Society of Boulder [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver cannabis-tech company MJ Freeway raises $10 million, appoints new CFO [DBJ]
  • A closer look at the hot, fast-growing companies of Denver Startup Week [DBJ]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies are diversifying their engineering teams [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver makes Cushman & Wakefield’s 2018 list for top tech cities [DBJ]
  • As company prepares to move its HQ to Denver, HomeAdvisor basks in glow of big year [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #263: Recognition from Glassdoor and Colorado Companies To Watch Highlight Colorado Tech Accomplishments

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I started this blog series to keep up on the Colorado tech community because I wanted to stay up to date while looking for my first software job, but I’ve found that what I really enjoy doing is bragging about our community. Congratulations to the companies and people recognized this week and thank you to the organizations that put together these awards.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Greystone volunteers with the American Heart Association [GreystoneTech]
  • Resume & Portfolio advice for game developers and artists [StevenHarmonGames]
  • Glassdoor puts Denver’s Ibotta chief on list of 2018 Top CEOs [DenverPost]
  • Denver fintech company P2Binvestor raises $17 million for bank partnership [DBJ]
  • Gov2Go app allows Coloradans to skip the DMV when renewing vehicle tags [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based Madwire execs score Glassdoor recognition [BizWest]
  • Sphero, Boulder toymaker behind BB-8, just bought local startup Specdrums [DBJ]
  • Montrose-based Proximity is a 2018 Colorado Company to Watch! [Proximity]
  • Durango’s GitPrime named a Colorado Company to Watch Winner [GitPrime]
  • 4 Colorado companies reflect on how their tech has evolved — and where they want to head next [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #251: Do Not Sacrifice Yourself for Opportunity

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Last week I had a new experience. I had my first full-blown anxiety attack. In the middle of the afternoon my mind seized up while i was trying to develop a new feature for the startup where I work and I panicked. The feature wasn’t huge, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back after a month of high stress both personally and professionally. I would like to not do it again.

Afterwards, I Googled “anxiety attack” and under self-care it said the best way to treat yourself is to avoid alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, get exercise, consciously manage stress and eat healthy and I read that and I laughed because it basically told me “Do the exact opposite thing you’ve been doing all month.”

Then I read a 5280 Magazine article titled “The 9 Things You Should Know About Colorado’s Work-Life Balance” and I”ll tell you the first thing: We’re not as good at having a balance as we’d like to think. Out of the 251 weeks I’ve written these blog posts, very few of them have not highlighted growth in Colorado tech and with that growth comes new opportunities and with those opportunities comes the urge to be available at any time for those opportunities and with that comes stress.

Take some time to remember that the opportunities we seek are for ourselves, our families and our community and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win, and so is Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers [DenverPost]
  • Golden drone company Juniper Unmanned raises $3.4 million [DBJ]
  • Women of Greenwood Village-based Skill Distillery speak on tech industry [SkillDistillery]
  • Broomfield-based Conga acquires Orchestrate LLC [BizWest]
  • Colorado to spend millions building electric-vehicle charging stations [DBJ]
  • Facebook bringing free week-long web skills program to Denver this summer [DenverPost]
  • What’s the tech industry’s impact on Colorado’s economy? [DBJ]
  • Tech employment in state increases by 6,530 jobs [BizWest]
  • San Francisco tech companies head east to Denver [DBJ]
  • DTC’s first Bitcoin teller on display at Innovation Pavilion in Centennial [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #247: Straight From Colorado Tech Companies To You. Also JavaScript Events.

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I’m proud of Colorado’s tech journalists and I enjoy being able to amplify their work, but I also like that technology allows us to hear thoughts, opinions and views from companies straight from the companies themselves. This week has a lot of that which makes me happy.

There’s also a lot of events coming up that focus on JavaScript. JavaScript does not make me happy. However my opinion of JavaScript should not affect our opinion of these events. I’d go if I had the time. Maybe they would help me see JavaScript in a different light.

On a side note, this week is my last week of schoolwork! It’s been 4.5 years of work to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and I’m one week away from accomplishing it. Today is also my wife’s birthday who has been amazingly supportive during the whole time and who I can’t thank enough. I love you, Corrine. Happy birthday!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Ergen’s Douglas County-Based Dish Network prepares to spend $1 billion to launch a wireless network [DBJ]
  • Why a hackathon-friendly office culture is good for everyone at Denver’s Name.com [Name.com]
  • Denver-based cable TV tech company, CSG International, searching for new CFO [DBJ]
  • Ransomware strikes CDOT for second time even as agency still recovering from first SamSam attack [DenverPost]
  • New gigabit internet service in Centennial almost ready as city signs lease for fiber network [DenverPost]
  • A Bird’s Eye View: Behind the Scenes of Beastmode at Denver’s RedCanary [RedCanary]
  • Brandfolder moves into Zeppelin Station in Denver [BusinessDen]
  • [Inside Denver’s Apto] How we built our integrations and created a seamless product experience [Apto]
  • Longmont-based Left Hand Robotics scaling up SnowBots [BizWest]
  • Podcast: Durango-based GitPrime’s CEO on measuring software engineering productivity [GitPrime]

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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 #238: Starting Off 2018 the Right Way

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January 2nd is one of the best days of the year. Resolutions are made, hopes are high, your not hungover from partying on New Years Eve like you were yesterday and it’s time to get moving on your goals. This week our tech community helps out with that with a bunch of great events!

Have a great week and excellent 2018!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Engine, contracts and other big milestones on deck for Denver’s ULA in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Celebrating Denver-based Red Canary’s best security blogs of 2017 [RedCanary]
  • Remote Colorado counties rally for broadband coverage [ColoradoOIT]
  • Denver’s MassRoots unveils action plan to tap California rec MJ market opening Jan. 3, appoints Dietrich CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ibotta’s 2017 year in review [Ibotta]
  • Tech talent chasing cheap housing is fleeing Silicon Valley and Denver is one of the top 5 destinations, real estate CEO says [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation’s parent company seeking $1.5M [BizWest]
  • OnDeck adds a BlackRock-managed fund to its platform of financing partners [OnDeck]
  • From NCC to NIST, cyber’s center stage [CSBJ]
  • Kevin Owocki @ Ignite Boulder 34 presentation of Blockchain is the next TCP/IP [KevinOwocki]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #221: Diversity is Easy When You’re Inclusive

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When I hear anyone talk about why they enjoy being a part of the Colorado tech community, one of the first things they say is how inclusive it is here. I take pride in that.

I also just find the business world more fun to participate in when I can be inclusive and cooperative instead of exclusive and competitive. This is why I enjoy promoting the achievements of others, including those who may be competing with me for jobs. The business world, and especially the tech industry, is not a zero-sum game. There are more opportunities than ever!

Be inclusive and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado startups where you can volunteer your time on the company dime [BuiltinColorado]
  • Layoffs begin as Denver-based tech educator Galvanize restructures [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s SpotX fully acquired by RTL Group [SpotX]
  • Englewood-based BillingPlatform raises $18M Series A, announces new CEO [BuiltinColorado]
  • National Cybersecurity Center CEO resigns, replaced by ex-CEO of Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software [CSGazette]
  • How do we drive diversity in tech? 5 female leaders weigh in [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Sphero rolls out Star Wars’ R2-D2, “the toy people have been waiting for 40 years to get” [DenverPost]
  • Lockheed Martin kicks off construction of $350 million Colorado satellite factory in Littleton [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association presents state’s first Stand Up For STEM Award [DigitalColorado]
  • Denver Broncos’ Mile High stadium gets $6 million internet upgrade with faster, reliable Wi-Fi [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #216: What is Your School’s Reputation?

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4 years ago I decided to go back to school for my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science through Regis University.  After I started, I learned about the various code schools in Colorado and I am jealous of the students who started the same time I did. Many of them have been working as developers for over 2 years and a few of them are mentoring newer students. Meanwhile, I am still a Computer Science student.

When I heard about Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down, I thought of the fate of the code schools and code school students in Colorado. All schools (even colleges), as well as the recent graduates of those schools, depend on the school’s reputation to succeed. I did not take this into consideration in 2002 when I spent my GI Bill benefits to go the now defunct Westwood College. It’s important for everyone associated with an education institution (private and public) to take their school’s reputation seriously so that students and alumni can continue to benefit from their education.

What is your school’s reputation?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Want to get involved in a Colorado meetup group? Here are 5 great places to start [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver pot technology company, MassRoots, says it raised $1.2 million [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Ibotta lands big investor, plans hiring spree [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies help to propel fledgling drone industry forward [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s Greystone Career & Culture, July 26 [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver-based Dizzion hires new VP of Operations [Dizzion]
  • Boulder’s CodeCraft responds to Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down [CodeCraft]
  • Denver data center company, Fortrust, bought for $128 million [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe shareholders give OK to $2.4B purchase by Canadian firm [DBJ]
  • Denver data-protection company, eFolder, to merge with Silicon Valley tech firm [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #186: Colorado Tech Will Ride 2016 Momentum into a Slower 2017

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Happy New Year! The holiday season is behind us and it feels like it’s time to get to work on the people and companies we want to be. Good luck!

It seems like I have fewer predictions each year. I started out with 5, last year I had 4. This year has only 3, but they’re big predictions:

  • Broomfield will see the most growth in tech companies. I’m not sure what they are doing up there to attract tech companies but it seems to be working.
  • I will get my first software developer job. My original plan was that I would have a software developer job by the end of 2015. That obviously did not happen. However I am having a really hard time imagining myself ringing in 2018 as a dispatcher. If you want to help me make this prediction a reality, check out my resume!
  • There will be fewer startups in Colorado at the end of the year. This is my big prediction. Startup growth will stall out in 2017. The tech community will continue to grow, but the number of startup companies will diminish and here’s why…
    • Market and regulatory uncertainty: In 2016 the Colorado tech community grew by leaps and bounds. It feels like we are reaching the peak of a cycle. With any luck, we peak and slow down instead of pop a bubble. The political surprises of 2016 also means uncertainty in regulations which will lead to less people starting companies.
    • 2017 will feel the effects of mistrust in tech: In 2016, IoT devices took down part of the internet, data breaches became common news and social media helped spread fake-news. People will be less likely to try new things because of these events.
    • Colorado tech startups will consolidate: There will be few tech startups in Colorado that will not either be bought or buy someone else in 2017. I predict at least 3 big, jaw-dropping acquisitions for the year.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Built In Colorado’s favorite tech stories from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Z, CEO of Boulder’s Serenity Forge, featured on Extra Credits episode [ExtraCredits]
  • A look inside 5 of our favorite Colorado startup offices from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing IT staffing firm, Fast Switch, adding offices in Denver, Silicon Valley and Chicago [DBJ]
  • Built In Colorado’s top 10 stories of 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based Swimlane raises $3 million through equity offering [BizWest]
  • Colorado tech closes 2016 with $20M in December funding. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denverite Startups: Where are they now? [Denverite]
  • Side Project Roundup 2016 [Owocki]
  • Top business stories of 2016: A busy year in Colorado business will likely reverberate into the future [DenverPost]

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