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 #88: Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer

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For once, I feel like I am in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time. Many of this week’s articles point out great things about the software developer job market in Colorado. We have 4 cities ranked among the ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs’. The Denver Metro area is number one in aerospace employment. Software companies continue to succeed. Code schools and colleges are improving their developer education. All around, Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2015 Colorado tech job salary guide: How does your salary stack up? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Apple changes cannabis policies; Denver-based MassRoots returns to App Store! [MassRoots]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic Group coding apprenticeships aim to close workforce gap [BoulderDailyCamera]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Aventura raises $14M, T3Media announces new executives, SendGrid announces new app [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA seeking silent auction donations for C-Level [CTA]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders launching new JavaScript beginner course starting April 13 [InnovatioNews]
  • FCC, FTC chiefs urge Internet openness, security at CU conference [BizWest]
  • NerdWallet: Four Colorado cities among nation’s ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs,’ 8 of Top 10 in West [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: Denver Metro region ranks No. 1 in aerospace employment [InnovatioNews]
  • The Colorado guide to jumpstarting your coding career [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations

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Ever say or think a word so many times it starts to lose its meaning? I just did that to myself with my headline. “Aggregating” is now just a jumble of too many “g” sounds in my head.

I like when actual reporters bunch together stories under a headline. It means I don’t have to be as picky when I pick my 10 headlines. This way I can have these 10 headlines about 25 Colorado companies.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based maker of Ubooly, the smart toy that tells stories, is bought by Cartwheel Kids [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ecrypt Technologies appoints Urvashi Mehra as new VP of Global Healthcare Solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left Recognized for the Second Year in a Row by Inc 500 [CTA]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 secures $2B loan for TW Telecom acquisition [BizWest]
  • Tech this week: Denver-based Ping and Sprint, Boulder-based Zayo IPO and a new Apple iPad? [TechKnowBytes]
  • Roundup: Partners for Ping Identity, Westminster’s Datalogix; Denver-based Craftsy’s Milestone [Xconomy]
  • Tech Tuesday: Colorado’s hottest high-tech companies include Louisville’s Envysion, Denver’s Lassy Project and Boulder’s LogRhythm [9news]
  • INterview with John Oechsle, president and CEO of Denver-based Swiftpage [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Welltok Raises $25M More, Takes Aim at $2.7T Healthcare Industry [Xconomy]
  • Boulder Techstars Demo Day concludes with new Foundry investment [BuiltinColorado]

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Dev News Weekly #5: Where it’s mostly about mobile… and niceness

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I’m not usually one to quote Mother Teresa, but I like this quote a lot. I do have to admit to having ulterior motives with this newsletter though. If I keep this up, I’ll soon learn which technologies I am most interested in. You would think that would be an easy thing for me to figure out, but it’s surprisingly difficult.

Developer News

  • Where are the mobile dev payouts? In enterprise apps [InfoWorld]
  • Sprint partners with Google to sell apps for business [ReCode]
  • Can the Amazon Fire Phone take on iPhone and Samsung? [ReCode]
  • New Firefox 31 focuses on improving developer tools [VentureBeat]
  • Nvidia announces Shield Tablet, an Android device for hardcore gamers [ReCode]
  • Microsoft Open Tech brings support for more open-source projects to Azure [TechCrunch]
  • Cisco launches DevNet to woo software developers [eWeek]
  • Apple has paid $20 billion to iOS devs, half of it in the past year [TechCrunch]
  • For half, degrees In computing, math, Or stats lead to other jobs [Slashdot]
  • Tango luring developers to its platform with new $25 Million Global Games Fund [TechCrunch]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

Ruby Rogues logoThe Ruby Rogues podcast has quickly become one of my favorite programming podcasts! I started listening to it because I am teaching myself Ruby on Rails. This is not why you should listen to this podcast.

It’s a weekly podcast that spends most of the time talking about issues that ALL programmers have, regardless of the language you code in. It’s fun. You should give it a listen.

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Dev News Weekly #4: Where there are 10 stories, no more, no less

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Dev News Weekly is designed to give you (and me) 10 useful software/web developer stories every Tuesday morning!

I have a hard and fast rule for myself when it comes to my Dev News Weekly and Colorado Tech Weekly posts: There will be 10 stories, no more, no less. 10 shall be the number of stories, and the number of stories shall be 10. 11 stories there shall not be, neither should there be 9, excepting that when there is one more to make 10.

This week was especially difficult to narrow all the stories down to 10. No wonder so many people narrow their blogs down to specific languages and frameworks. It’s a little mind-blowing to keep track of it all. I eventually ended up getting frustrated and picking stories that had the word “developer” in the headline. Speaking of frustrating, I realized that I haven’t written any code since I started this news letter. I see little green squares in my near future…and Monty Python.

Developer News

  • We don’t need new image formats: Mozilla works to build a better JPEG [ArsTechnica]
  • Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says [ComputerWorld]
  • Apple and IBM want you to use an iPhone at work, please [ArsTechnica]
  • Google offers up a free crash course in Android development [TechCrunch]
  • Net neutrality comments flood FCC, crashing site as deadline extended [ReCode]
  • Microsoft seeks developer partners for mobile-first, cloud-first world [eWeek]
  • Microsoft merges developer resources for Windows Store and Windows Phone, adds 21 new payout markets [TheNextWeb]
  • Developers and Apple open up on new Swift programming language [ZDNet]
  • Amazon sets sights on snagging mobile developers [InfoWorld]
  • Microsoft slashing up to 18,000 jobs [DBJ]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

static.squarespace.comThe Application Developers Alliance is one of the first good, general sources I found for development. It is “a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.” It’s geared a little more towards the developer as a business person crowd so if you wonder about ROI as much as you wonder about TDD, then this could be a good group for you.

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Dev News Weekly #3: All the big names doing all the big things

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Satya Nadella laid out his vision for Microsoft this week. I like “productivity and platform” over “software and services”. “Software and services” sounds like “stuff and junk” just without the cool alliteration. Apple showed transparency with Swift. Amazon showed off some new AWS services and Google released a cross-platform SDK! I feel like I’m cheating at SEO but this all really did happen this week.

Developer News

  • Apple opens up with a new blog about Swift, its new programming language [TechCrunch]
  • App developers gain resource hub, search engine to build the future [MediaPost]
  • Microsoft is a ‘productivity and platform company’ now, Nadella says [VentureBeat]
  • Software developers rank ALM tools as best to use [eWeek]
  • Game of Code: Checkio gamifies and crowdsources the task of programming [VentureBeat]
  • Apigee initiates global API challenge [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities [ACM]
  • Amazon courts mobile devs with a new suite of AWS services [VentureBeat]
  • Google Updates Android’s Play Games and Cross-Platform SDKs [ProgrammableWeb]
  • New Raspberry Pi “B+” uses less power, has more USB ports [ArsTechnica]

Pick of the Week

I needed to have something else in these posts besides my usual blathering and 10 news stories, so I will choose one thing each week to promote just because I like it.

My last 2 picks have been podcasts so I felt the need to change it up. This week my pick is codecademy.com. For too long I said “I want to be a developer” without having an answer to the question “What kind of developer?” Codecademy allowed me to try out a language without too much overhead, actually without any overhead! It’s all on their site. If you want to check out a new web programming language, give them a visit!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #39: Taking it one step at a time in awesome Colorado

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I think it’s about time I stop being surprised by the amount of tech news in Colorado. This is the 3rd week in a row that all 10 stories are from Colorado and I love it!

I had a blast volunteering for C-Level @ A Mile High on Thursday! It was amazing to talk to, and work with, so many people who have already achieved milestones in their careers that I can only dream about right now. It’s like running a marathon where the path doubles back on itself. I got to briefly see people who are way ahead of me and I want to be there! I gotta take one step at a time though. I’ll get there eventually.

Top News

  • Boulder’s Gaiam TV video subscription service now available via Apple Store [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize is one of 40 global tech hubs to receive $1M from Google to boost women-led companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Report says Denver tech workers earn 3rd highest cost-of-living adjusted salaries [TechKnowBytes]
  • C-Level @ A Mile High event draws hundreds to meet execs, bid on face-time to build business relationships [InnovatioNews]
  • It’s not just the Front Range, check out the Western Slope DTC (Durango Tech Center) [BuiltinColorado]
  • After opening up shop in Denver just last year, Signpost plans to triple its Colorado employee base [BuiltinColorado]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles the 5 coolest tech offices in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid hires proven tech leader, Paul Ford, to drive global marketing; relocates headquarters (to another Boulder location) to support growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • State of Colorado wants millions more to fix computer system [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based TriZetto reports record earnings for 2013 [DBJ]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #16: Better beautiful than perfect anyway

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When attempting to juggle all of my roles it’s important to remember that juggling is hard. You can only juggle for so long before your arms get tired and you get out of sync. Things will get dropped, but there’s a good chance you can pick them up before too many people notice. Just smile and pretend it’s part of the act. It’s better to be beautiful than perfect.

Local News

  • Audio Video Expo announces agenda for end of October conference [CTA]
  • Costs for Colorado broadband project to connect schools, EAGLE-Net, continue to soar [TechKnowBytes]
  • AT&T Contributes $50,000 to Foothills United Way to help with flood relief [CTA]
  • Rivet readies for rebound with a new CEO [RMTech]
  • A little bit about the shape of work at RoundPegg [BuiltInColorado]
  • Elyse Kent converses about the culture at Convercent [BuiltinColorado]
  • Board chair, Eric Mitisek explains the reasoning behind the BuiltinColorado name change. Turns out it has nothing to do with this newsletter [BuiltinColorado]

National News

  • Twitter adds emergency alert capabilities for public safety accounts [TheVerge]
  • Microsoft may have a good idea and merge the Windows and the Windows Mobile App stores [ZDNet]
  • Steam to power gaming in your living room [SteamPowered]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #15: Things keep changing

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There is that one moment after you go through something that was hectic or traumatic or that just took up all your attention. It’s that moment where you stop and look around and realize the world is still moving and things are still changing. It’s comforting and disconcerting at the same time.

We have survived the flooding, now it’s time to help with the recovery. If you want to help out, go to www.helpcoloradonow.org.

Local News

  • Evergreen-based Wowza acquires Camfoo to improve cloud streaming [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week panel talks Colorado Open Data [Xconomy]
  • Galvanize announces 2nd location in Boulder [Galvanize]
  • Secretary of State and Governor present Colorado Innovation Challenge [DBJ]
  • The flood and Boulder tech startups [DBJ]
  • Governor Hickenlooper charms tech crowd at Denver Startup Week [RMTech]

National News

  • Everyone wants a gold-colored phone? Apple releases new iPhone 5C and 5S [TheVerge]
  • iOS7 released Wednesday. Users immediately find bugs. By Wednesday night, iOS7 is no longer cool [AllThingsD]
  • Will there be a Steam Box next week? All signs point to maybe [TheVerge]
  • Obama Administration urges FCC to urge carriers to have the urge to unlock mobile devices. [WashingtonPost]

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