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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Colorado Tech Weekly #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #206: Tech Visas and #GiveFirst with Go Code Colorado

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What if I just chose one story and one event to talk about instead of blathering on about whatever is inside my head at the moment? Let’s try that.

As someone who is looking for work as an entry-level developer, I should probably pay better attention the the H1-B visa conversation. If I were being completely selfish I would say that companies should just hire developers and teach us, but that’s not realistic at all. There’s no way a company could grow quickly if they don’t have developers who know what they’re doing right now. That’s where these visas come in. I choose to believe that the majority of tech companies use the visas as a last resort.

Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Final Event and I will be there to write about it. I might even see if I can live-stream it again. The community that has been built around Go Code Colorado is full of some of my favorite tech people in Colorado because they really embody that #GiveFirst attitude that makes the Colorado tech community great. See you there!

This week my daughter starts her summer break. I’m jealous. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Critics allege visa program misused at Boulder Valley tech firms that hire foreign workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver insurance software startup, Spex, sells majority stake, sees expansion [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies welcoming new leaders to the team this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity launches Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 by Darknet Footprint and Security Threat Levels [OwlCybersecurity]
  • Spring fever: How 3 Colorado startups take advantage of the warming weather [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s section.io adds new security and performance tools to Its Modular Content Delivery Grid [SectionIO]
  • Boulder Startup Week expands beyond tech, benefits nonprofits [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s SpotX & Douglas County’s Sling TV talk convergence [SpotX]
  • On the hunt for that perfect ops role? Here’s what these Colorado tech companies look for [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s Advanced Industry Accelerator program awards $2.9M to 18 technology startups [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #205: All Good News and Contemplating the Future of Colorado Tech Weekly

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I’ve been thinking of shutting down this newsletter or maybe handing it over to someone else. It’s a thought that has been rattling around my head for about a month. I’m thinking more and more that it’s a good idea.

Since I’ve started Colorado Tech Weekly, BuiltinDenver is now BuiltinColorado and they do their own weekly roundup post, the Denver Business Journal does a weekly tech email, and CTA started Digital Colorado to share tech news stories from various sources. Add to the fact that most of my events come from BuiltinColorado and Meetup.com and you can easily get all the content I provide without me.

This is a great thing! I am one guy who does this newsletter in my limited part-time but those people are passionate professionals with time and resources to do what I’m doing, but just do it better. It would also give me more time to write code because that’s why I started all of this: to get a job as a software developer. And I’ve realized since I started my Twitch streams how much time I haven’t spent actually writing code due to work, school and other obligations so it will be good for me to spend more time doing what I love.

Nothing is being decided anytime soon but if you have any ideas, please let me know.

This week is Boulder Startup Week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 9 Fort Collins tech companies that should be on your radar [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast NBCUniversal is buying Denver’s home-grown video startup Craftsy [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s Q3 earnings per share up 240 percent [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: How 4 Colorado startups chose their technology stacks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google says it has doubled Colorado employees since 2015 as it preps opening of new Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • How these Colorado tech leaders foster collaborative company cultures [BuiltInColorado]
  • Back to school: 5 Colorado tech startups that offer tuition reimbursement [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado named ‘Innovation Champion’ by Consumer Tech Assn. [InnovatioNews]
  • Lafayette-based Liqid Inc. raises $10M in Series A funding [BizWest]
  • Insider advice to land a job in Denver tech [CodeTalent]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #204: Some Things Are Bigger Than Tech

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I spent this weekend with my wife in Steamboat Springs celebrating our 8th anniversary. It was great to get out of the Denver area and spend some time without deadlines or schedules. I think my mind is still there.

Regardless of where my mind is, there are still some great news and events this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lakewood-based HomeAdvisor to merge with Angie’s List, form new public company [DBJ]
  • Denver teaching software startup, Schoolrunner, raises $500,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to offer more tech and education opportunities for women [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg teams with Greeley’s Dairy Tech Inc. [DenverPost]
  • How far does your tech salary stretch in Denver? [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech startups get a boost from legislation OK’d by House [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Making the SparkX Lab [SparkFun]
  • Redux for Rebit: Carbonite sells Rebit assets to Broomfield’s Betsol LLC [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based MergeLane announced it will no longer run its accelerator [BizWest]
  • POSSIBLE Mobile Denver celebrates successful Q1 by giving back [PossibleMobile]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #203: Mostly About Bots and Broomfield

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For those who don’t know, there are cities between Denver and Boulder. One of the cities having the biggest growth in tech is Broomfield. It makes me curious to find out what they are doing up there to attract so many tech companies.

Tomorrow I will do another coding Twitch stream. I’m really starting to like doing the stream. I’ve decided to focus on Java and learned a lot about the language last week thanks to one of the people in the chat. It’s great!

This week may the 4th be with you and happy Cinco De Mayo!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Swisslog changes location of proposed headquarters in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • British cloud-based warehouse management firm, Synergy North America, expands to Denver by moving U.S. HQ to Broomfield [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot apologizes, says antivirus software error that labeled Windows files as malware now fixed [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based startup TurboTenant raises $1.5 million in capital [BizWest]
  • 7 Colorado tech companies doing big things with Big Data [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Project C.U.R.E. [zvelo]
  • How 3 Colorado tech pillars approach hiring, innovation and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU is home to new NSF cyberattack center [InnovatioNews]
  • CenturyLink will add two Level 3 executives to senior staff after merger [DenverPost]
  • Arvada construction-technology firm Prescient adds $40 million from investors [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #200: Zayo and eBags Get New Leadership, Some Job Tips and a Twitch Stream

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There is only one thing I’ve done consistently for 200 weeks in a row… and this is it!! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for this long. I had these big ideas that when I got to number 200 I’d do some sort of meetup event or restart the podcast but those require much more social interaction than I’m capable of doing. Thank you for reading and sharing these posts. I really enjoy doing what I can to advertise the great people who make up the Colorado technology community.

Even though I won’t be doing a meetup or a podcast, I have decided to do a weekly Twitch stream. My plan is to do CodeEval challenges in Java and C#, then find a way to incorporate those challenges into a simple game using Unity3D. Why? Because I want to write more code and this is a good way to keep me honest. So if you’re so inclined, I’ll be on Twitch on Tuesday, from 4p-7p here: https://www.twitch.tv/chickenheed

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink consolidates Denver operations as Healthgrades expands [DenverPost]
  • Legislation CTA is Supporting this Session [CTA]
  • Denver-based Intelivideo secures $5.6 million funding round to drive continued expansion [Intelivideo]
  • STEM job openings outnumber available workers [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group appoints Level 3 veteran as new president, COO [BizWest]
  • Recruiter pet peeves: What not to do when applying for your next tech gig [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TeleTech acquires Connextions for $80M [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your move: These 6 Colorado tech companies are hiring now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Apto raises $6M, Revolar launches new device and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longtime Denver online retailer eBags agrees to sell itself to Samsonite [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #199: It’s easy to give back and give first

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We are one post away from a milestone of 200 straight weeks of Colorado Tech Weekly posts. Wow! It makes me think about why I do these, where I am and where I want to be.

I compile these posts now because it’s habit and because I love the giving community around Colorado tech! That’s really highlighted this week with the upcoming events. Make sure to check out KidsTek, BEST and the “She Started It” screening to find ways to give back and give first.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Members of the Denver’s Twentyseven Global team attend Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level @ Mile High event [TwentysevenGlobal]
  • Fort Collins-based JobZology raises funds for operational growth [BizWest]
  • Lakewood’s HomeAdvisor acquires British home improvement site [DBJ]
  • Fort Collins-based Remote GeoSystems releases LineVision Google Earth Extension software [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: The gender pay gap is smaller in Denver tech, but women are significantly under-represented [Denverite]
  • Carbondale’s FastG8 featured on CO OEDIT’s Colorado Pulse Blog [FastG8]
  • Denver-based Rachio smart sprinkler controller first to be directly integrated into Google Assistant [InnovatioNews]
  • From dating to smart homes, here’s how Colorado tech companies are using AI [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado startups investing in their employees’ professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sunshine Fire reinforces importance of fire mitigation for Boulder-based RedZone’s CEO and Founder [RedZone]

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