Colorado Tech Weekly #258: When Turning Ideas into Tech, The Details Matter

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This week’s headlines have me thinking about details. As a business-person or entrepreneur you are going to tell someone with some technical knowledge “I want to do a thing” and they are going to ask you “Yeah, but how?” which makes me want to ask: At which point is it best to answer the question “Yeah, but how?” At the project management level? UX level? When acquiring resources? When creating the programming?

When is it best to answer that question? Easy! It’s at every level! The more you’re willing to answer questions about the details, the better work you’ll get out of every step of your process.

On the other side, I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea as a developer, project manager, or anyone involved in the implementation process to ask “Yeah, but how?” It’s important for everyone involved to be on the same page.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Zenman Celebrates 20th Anniversary:: Recap Photos [Zenman]
  • Denver marijuana tech firm Baker gets scooped up in four-way merger, with IPO planned [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Terma Software Recognized in Silicon Review’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies in 2018 [TermaSoftware]
  • Bootstrappers, behemoths discuss tech industry in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Greenwood Village cloud computing/IT company, NexusTek, gains national reach in merger [DBJ]
  • BDS Analytics, a Boulder-based cannabis data leader, lands $3.5 million investment [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Photobucket restores photos “taken hostage,” hopes to lure back customers with cheaper plans after last year’s $399 debacle [DenverPost]
  • Slack confirms Denver office, but will it be its ‘HQ2?’ [DBJ]
  • Teardown of Boulder-based Misty Robotics Misty II [Feld]
  • Senior developers: Take a look inside the tech stacks of these 7 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #257: It’s Not Just Tech People Moving Here, It’s Companies Too

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If you haven’t noticed, a lot of people have been moving to Colorado. Many of them are moving here for tech-related jobs, but it’s not just people that are moving here. Companies are moving here too. Add that to the many startups that call Colorado home and opportunities for tech jobs are endless!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • FrontRange Software has become Ivanti and has big growth plans in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Behind the scenes with Denver-based Red Canary’s Detection Engineering Team [RedCanary]
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day shows off new companies [BizWest]
  • Los Angeles-based Honey opening engineering office in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Charter’s growth prompts expansion to a second new office tower in the south metro Denver area [DBJ]
  • Be the change you want to see in the (tech) world [DBAKevlar]
  • [Inside Denver’s Apto] How we built Apto Maps [Apto]
  • Greenwood Village-based Avalara files for $150 million IPO [DBJ]
  • New Denver-based WOW CEO sees Q1 earnings top expectations; stock jumps [DBJ]
  • Tech Roundup: Welltok partners with benefits provider, Patriot Boot Camp to return, and more [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #256: I Officially Graduate with My Computer Science Degree… and Other News

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5 years ago I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a software developer and I sign up for my first 3 classes at Regis University. I took every class online while working more than full time as a police dispatcher. I sacrificed time with my family and friends and took classes year round doing homework whenever I could. I did homework at work, at home, while on vacation, in the early morning hours, late at night and all hours in between.

Today I went to the Regis University for the first time. The commencement ceremony was an excellent way to cap off my formal education. for me, my wife and my daughter because they also sacrificed a lot for me. It feels great to be so inspired and inspiring at the same time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Choozle snags #2 spot on Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [Choozle]
  • New CTO for Boulder smart home company MindHome [BizWest]
  • Drones take over Colorado Convention Center [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics announces new Misty II personal robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Nonprofit Cyber Institute opens new cyber paths for minorities in Pueblo and Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo misses on earnings for third quarter; COO resigns [BizWest]
  • A stupefying array of activity for Boulder Startup Week 2018 [Name.com]
  • Colorado tech raised over $400M in April. Check out the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies on why they didn’t leave culture up to chance [BuiltinColorado]
  • Dream bigger: 7 Colorado tech companies where opportunity awaits [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #254: Net Neutrality, Art and Tech and Tooting My Own Horn

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This week representatives talk about net neutrality which is vital to the tech industry. There’s also an event about art and tech which are both industries that take creativity and persistence. And I get to toot my own horn and share news about my company, Infinicept. It’s nice to make AND share tech news.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity giant Optiv Security moves to new Denver HQ amid growth [DBJ]
  • Colorado House debates net neutrality versus benefits of competition [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Boulder-based tech firm Jujo raises more than $134,000 [BizWest]
  • Ten years of AVC – and of worrying someone will get hurt – and so far so good (knock on wood) [SparkFun]
  • Zayo CEO Caruso, wife, give $2 million to University of Colorado [DBJ]
  • Feds subpoena Riot Blockchain, Colorado company that saw shares soar and crash after cryptocurrency makeover [DenverPost]
  • HomeAdvisor CEO: How our sensors help summon a plumber fast, if your home has a leak [DBJ]
  • Boulder Startup Week reveals schedule [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Infinicept makes frictionless underwriting available to any payment company [PaymentFacilitator]
  • Smooth operator: 5 Colorado tech companies looking for operations talent [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #154: CTA, BSW, Go Code Colorado and Influence

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I don’t know where to start this week!

Do I start with the Boulder Startup Week highlights from BuiltinColorado? Highlights that do not include Brad Feld in shiny gold shorts as the ring card holder for the Founder Fights? That was my highlight. Or do I start with the news about the Colorado Technology Association’s announcement of their new CEO, Andrea Young? Maybe I should start with being named a top 50 influential person in Colorado tech for the second year in a row? That’s pretty darn cool. Or I could start with being asked to cover the Go Code Colorado Final Event as a blogger? I was part of a winning team last year after all. It’s just all too much. I can’t decide.

This week I will be at ReadyTalk’s FoxDen Launch Party and at the Go Code Colorado Final Event, both of which are on Thursday so let me know if you’ll be there too. I’d love to say “Hi”.

Also if you’re looking for an influential, self-motivated, entry-level software developer, I am looking for a new job so get in touch!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado startup Aventeer takes the price tag off of searching for local talent [CTA]
  • CEO and Co-founder of Boulder-based Amadeus Consulting, Lisa Calkins named Female CEO of the Year by CEO World Awards [AmadeusConsulting]
  • Colorado Springs software company, Altia Inc., has big plans, starting with interactive dashboard displays [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • Denver’s Choozle Appoints Eric Princen as Vice President of Engineering and Ashley Albrecht as East Coast Sales Director [Choozle]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to work on Denver-based ShopAtHome.com’s product team [BuiltinColorado]
  • You don’t have to start in startups: the past lives of 5 members of Colorado’s tech community [BuiltinColorado]
  • Andrea Young named Colorado Tech Association’s new CEO [DenverPost]
  • 50 influential people in Colorado tech you should follow on Twitter [BuiltinColorado]
  • We asked, you answered: Highlights from Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck is the #1 Place to Work in Denver! [GoSpotCheck]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #153: Podcast Guesting, Linux Learning, DevOps and BSW Watching

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Last Monday I was invited to be a guest on the EleventyTwelve podcast with Jared Ewy and Aaron Templer. It was fun to meet Jared and Aaron and see how another podcast is put together.

We talked a little bit about AirBnB rules and we talked about upcoming tech events and the people and groups that make them happen. Give it a listen and let me know what you think because I can’t listen to it. I tried, but I will just constantly second guess myself and be entirely too hard on myself so the only way I will hear if Jared’s editing magic made me sound smart is to hear it from you.

Last week I also said I would get serious about my job search and I already had my first interview. It was a phone interview for a Jr. DevOps position and the conclusion reached was that I was good on all my skills needed for the job except my Linux knowledge. I have some, but it’s old and rusty. This makes sense though since DevOps is that middle ground between “an IT worker who wants to be a part of the development process” and “a developer that can actually put continuously integrated code into production.” So I decided to brush up on my Linux skills.

Since then I’ve learned that Lynda.com has a great CentOS lesson. I also learned that it was quicker for me to start an Amazon AWS instance than it was to get set up with Docker, how to use Git Bash, and that creating a Linux server in a virtual machine to follow a tutorial is a pain. I’d rather just connect to another computer than try to figure out pretend networking.

My plan is to use AWS instances and virtual machines to get as comfortable as I can with Linux in the next month then see if the position I applied for, or a similar position, is available.

If you have, or know of, a position you think I would fit in check out my resume and my projects page and let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 82 technology jobs in the Denver region pay for salaries [Tech+]
  • 4 Colorado companies using tech to tackle mental health challenges [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder tech star SendGrid moving HQ to downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot jumps into ‘internet of things’ protection [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Serenity Forge goes publisher with new title [BentoByte]
  • Startup Crawl preview: what 11 Boulder startups have in store [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Academy recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as first tech apprenticeship program in Colorado [CTA]
  • Denver, Boulder called top places to live for tech pros [BizWest]
  • 25 Colorado women startup founders you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left’s right turn – to Cognizant [QuickLeft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #152: Finding Opportunities in Colorado is Easy

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Finding opportunities is easy. Taking advantage of opportunities? That’s the difficult part.

With achievement of my degree within sight and a few projects completed it is time for me to take job searching seriously. Last night I started trying to figure out how to get paid for doing something I love. I looked at a few online job postings but this does not seem like a good strategy considering the network of awesome people I’ve cultivated in the last 152 weeks. Then there’s the question of “What is a good strategy?” Should I put my head down and charge at a dream job or should I keep my eye out for other software developer jobs? My heart wants to go for the dream job but my heart also really wants to get out of this job so I can work as a developer full time as soon as possible!

If you have any job searching advice, I’d love to hear it. If you just have a job offer, I’d love to hear that even more!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Tech Center-based cable company, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, says it raised $40M [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo cuts 21 jobs as growth and and acquisitions created redundancies [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Wayin gets new CEO after acquiring UK’s EngageSciences [Tech+]
  • 7 key players in Colorado’s cybersecurity industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Break up with your bad job: 7 Colorado companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs tech storage firm, X-IO Technologies, closes facility, cuts 107 workers [DenverPost]
  • AT&T’s pledge to hire more veterans for tech jobs in Colorado [Tech+]
  • Your guide to making the most of Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 drastic changes some companies are making to lure tech workers [DenverPost]
  • Bootcamps Vs. Traditional Education: My experience as a new woman in tech [CodeCraft]

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