Colorado Tech Weekly #223: Never Stop Learning

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Working in tech means we never stop learning. Denver Startup Week looks like it’s going to have some amazing ways to continue learning. But it’s also important to keep the constant learning fun because constantly learning means constantly doing things that are new and uncomfortable is difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The 9 best tech companies in Colorado [MatrixMarketing]
  • Tech for social good: This web app by Denver-based Elevated Third helps victims of violent crime find the resources they need [BuiltinColorado]
  • At Westminster’s Digital Globe, this leader listens to people with big ideas, not just big titles [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSG teams with Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics to monetize Internet of Things [InnovatioNews]
  • BBB issues warning about Denver’s Photobucket [DBJ]
  • Breaking tradition: 4 Colorado companies bringing new-school tech to old-school industries [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder energy auditing company Simuwatt raises $50,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver Startup Week ’17 for cutting-edge devs [CuttleSoft]
  • Silicon Valley GPS developer Trimble acquires Boulder’s 10-4 Systems [DenverPost]
  • Death of the DBA, Long Live the DBA [DBAKevlar]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #220: Developer Employment is Difficult

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Everything that has to do with employing software developers is difficult.

As a software developer with no paid experience, I have a hard time finding a job because I have no confidence in my abilities because I have no experience. Companies that want to hire entry-level developers have a hard time hiring us because they also have no confidence in our abilities because we have no experience.

Then we have the issue highlighted in the Denver Post article below where tech companies are trying to hire experienced developers at competitive salaries while still trying to stay competitive themselves.

If your job has anything to do with “developers” and “employment” I do not envy your job. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies [zvelo]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation parent company raises $1.25M [Bizwest]
  • A profile of Denver’s own Havenly [CodeTalent]
  • Colorado cybersecurity company Root9B in trouble; faces auction of its assets [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based ZOLL Data’s journey to zero downtime releases [ZOLLData]
  • Are Denver tech salaries too low? Region ranks third for tech executives who feel they can’t pay enough [DenverPost]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies encourage professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Spotlight on the Denver Startup Week Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires CannaRegs tech platform for $12M to track MJ laws [InnovatioNews]
  • Deepening the bench: Meet Colorado tech’s 6 newest leaders [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #219: Sometimes the Best Tech Stories Have Very Little to do with Technology

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Tech companies and organizations are nothing without their people. Seriously, nothing would happen in those organizations without the people and it’s rewarding when those people turn out to be just as nice as I thought. That’s why I highlighted the story about Craftsy and Taylor Swift. It’s just nice people being nice.

I’m a big fan of BuiltinColorado and I’m a big fan of DigitalGlobe, so I highlighted the Built in Brews event. It looks like a great event.

Enjoy the eclipse and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Congrats to our UX Design Program Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • In first earnings report since going public, Englewood-based WOW! results don’t wow [DBJ]
  • Louisville gaming company Pavonis Interactive seeking $250,000 [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe signs $83 million deal with Austrialian defense department [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot acquires Oregon security firm to fix the security industry’s weakest link: humans [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based Sling TV, the nation’s first live internet TV service, has lost its CEO to Pandora [DenverPost]
  • Meet the 8 local tech companies that made the Inc. 500 [BuiltinColorado]
  • NoCo tech CEOs see challenges in recruiting, retaining employees [BizWest]
  • Louisville’s Flashback Technologies raises one-third of $1M goal [BizWest]
  • Taylor Swift sends flowers to Craftsy, the Denver tech company that supported her with Post-It messages [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #218: Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology

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There are times as a developer where you’ll be having a conversation with someone and you’ll understand every word in a sentence except one. I had that happen this weekend and it’s as entertaining as it is annoying. Then I’m looking through events for this week and it happens again! The Google/Android groups are talking about something called Kotlin.

According to the official Kotlin website, it is a “statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications” which tells me not much at all. In short, it’s like Java but different. And in May, Android announced that Kotlin would be an officially supported language for the Android platform so it looks like it’s time for Android devs to learn Java-but-not-Java for Android and in Denver, you can know everything about Kotlin (I may be exaggerating by quite a lot)  by Friday thanks to 2 meetup groups!

Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver shopping-app maker Ibotta’s latest VC round revealed [DBJ]
  • Creating a culture of innovation: How DISH embraced agile [VentureBeat]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap acquires Seattle-based Korrio to expand its youth sports empire [DenverPost]
  • New kids on the block: 7 companies that just launched services in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Stream announces $3M in funding — and plans to grow Boulder-based team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital’s merger with New York firm aims to make video ads more tolerable [DenverPost]
  • How Colorado ranks among top 10 states for internet business [DBJ]
  • Prodege acquires Denver cash-back shopping site ShopAtHome.com [EINNews]
  • Why online sports retailer Fanatics chose Boulder for its tech hub [BizWest]
  • Redbarre details huge facility in Parker that could create 4,000 jobs, bring Hollywood to Colorado [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #217: CTA Tours Colorado and Our Never-Ending Quest to Understand Ourselves

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Last week the Colorado Technology Association did their annual Colorado Tech Tour which I look forward to reading about every year because the tour does a much better job of highlighting cool tech stories around the state than I could ever do. In the interest of aggregating news from different news sources for you, I did not just share all the Colorado Tech Tour stories. Instead you can read them here.

I highlighted the Denver R User Group event this week because I am intrigued about our never-ending quest to understand ourselves. It seems that about 10 years ago, our answer to understand more was to get more data. Now we are overwhelmed with data and we want to know how to turn it into knowledge. I wonder how we’ll decide to try to understand ourselves 10 years from now.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greetings, earthlings: Westminster’s DigitalGlobe team helps customers derive insights from satellite imagery [BuiltinColorado]
  • Amazon probing for Boulder office space [BusinessDen]
  • Westminster-based SpotX celebrates 10 years of business with a new office [SpotX]
  • Lockheed Martin begins building $350 million satellite facility in Jeffco [DBJ]
  • Redbarre teases 4,000 jobs at new video production facility in Parker [DenverPost]
  • Find your dream job: These 5 Colorado companies are hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network’s Q2 net income drops like a rock [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3’s earnings down 2 cents per share year-over-year [BizWest]
  • Fintech and Fort Lewis College power Durango’s growth [CTA]
  • CTA tours Colorado tech industry [CSBJ]

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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 #215: Another Week Where I Brag About Colorado

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I was born and raised in Colorado so I’m going to admit I am biased about this state. In the 215 weeks I’ve bragged about the Colorado tech community, I haven’t yet been proven wrong about the reasons I love bragging about the Colorado tech community. It’s open, encouraging, cooperative and successful. It’s great to see that view repeated by others in Colorado.

The other great thing is that the Colorado tech community really exists all over the state. It’s not just Denver or Boulder or just the Front Range. Check out the CTA’s Colorado Tech Tour events next week to see what is going on in the rest of the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado to be first state doing check cybersecurity pros say everyone should do [Denverite]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies where your dev skills may be the perfect fit [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast to launch ‘internet of things’ network in Denver [DBJ]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun and Los Angeles-based myDevices partner to speed IoT project development for makers and engineers [InnovatioNews]
  • SolidFire founder launches Boulder-based Automox, a new cybersecurity company [BizWest]
  • Native Vs Hybrid App Development: Beginner’s Guide [Mobile-DI]
  • Where are they now? Checking in on our Top 50 Startups to Watch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Stapleton’s new coworking space, Cartasite raises $7.5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest is retiring its JavaScript Maps API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Beyond the mountains: A look at what makes Colorado tech unique [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #208: Are We Putting The Driverless Cart Before the Horse?

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Like everyone else, I think the idea of autonomous vehicles is a fun idea and I am amazed at the advances made every day in the technologies needed to make driverless cars happen. However I think the biggest roadblocks to driverless cars are the roads themselves. The markings, signs and rules are made for human drivers. I wonder what a road system would really look like if they were designed for autonomous cars and not for people.

I feel like I’m just blathering again, but there is a story about driverless cars this week so at least I’m on some kind of point.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Association adds diverse group of eight tech leaders to Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Boulder-based traffic-solutions firm, Intuicom, lands contract for infrastructure in Superior [BizWest]
  • Comcast launches gigabit internet in Colorado at a 50 percent discount from prior gigabit price [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies offering $1 million in technology scholarships [RimTech]
  • It’s official: Colorado passes first law to regulate driverless vehicles [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 CEO to succeed CenturyLink CEO after merger [BizWest]
  • Your new career is here: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Thanks for five amazing years [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vacation rental company, Evolve, raises $11 million; will relocate HQ and hire 100 [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based restaurant-app developer Splick-It raises $1.1 million [BizWest]

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