Colorado Tech Weekly #194: Education is Hard, Especially in Tech

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I have 6 courses left until I finish my Computer Science degree. I will graduate in Spring of 2018. It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past 3 years. It feels so close, but also still so far away.

Education is frustrating for the simple fact that we are doing something we’ve never done before and we don’t know how to do it. Whenever I get frustrated, I remind myself that it wouldn’t be called learning if I already knew how to do it. 4 years of part-time courses takes its toll so I’m looking forward to my initial education being done. I say “initial education” because, especially in tech, we never stop learning. I’m just looking forward to not taking college courses.

This week I’m not the only one thinking about tech education. Tech education is a focus in Colorado Springs, the capitol building and is the topic of most of the events this week!

Keep learning and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based startup SlamData raises $6.7M [BizWest]
  • AppIt Ventures triples space in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood [BizWest]
  • From waffle parties to international trips, here’s how 3 Colorado tech companies celebrate their wins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software maker, Conga, expects big revenue and job growth after acquisitions [DBJ]
  • Canadian firm buying Colorado’s DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion [DBJ]
  • How Boulder startup, Conclave, is bringing military-grade encryption to your private messages [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s TestPlant appoints software veteran John Bates to lead next phase of global expansion [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers are stepping in to help prepare students for the state’s booming tech sector [Chalkbeat]
  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 positions to Colorado, Florida [DenverPost]
  • Growing technical education and talent in the Springs [CSBJ]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #114: Mind the Talent Gap

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The Talent Gap is that annoying void between the demand for skilled software developers and the current amount of available skilled software developers. It’s something I’ve heard tech companies talk about since I started this blog over 2 years ago. There have been encouraging efforts by industry groups, companies and tech schools to fill the gap as quickly as they can but filling that gap is still a slow process because the biggest thing that turns new developers into skilled developers is time. It is frustrating for everyone involved. New developers want to have the skills companies need yesterday and companies want more skilled developers 2 months ago!

The best thing companies can do is support these programs, initiatives, schools and the students they teach because they will pay off in the long run. As students, the best thing we can do is keep learning, keep experimenting and show that we want to learn and contribute. Together, with time, effort and focus, we can narrow the Talent Gap.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Seeking software developers, Denver’s AppIt Ventures buys firm in India [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize, IBM partner to back women, minorities in tech careers [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s most well-funded tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boosted by new Agco deal, growing Ft. Collins-based Agribotix moving to larger Boulder space [BizWest]
  • 132 Colorado companies make U.S. ‘fastest growing’ list [BuiltinColorado]
  • BlacKnight Cyber Security partners with Boulder-based Knowledge Factor to mitigate risk of cyber attack through employee training [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Talent Pipeline Update: August 2015 [CTA]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe releases DigitalGlobe Maps API for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Rise awarded $16.9 million by FCC to offer broadband in rural areas [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire to triple size, move headquarters to Boulder’s new PearlWest [Tech+]

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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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