Colorado Tech Weekly #249: Bigger Offices and Rural Broadband

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I’m a big fan of doing more to expand broadband into rural areas. One reason for this is completely selfish. I love the idea of having a nice house in a small town while being able to contribute code remotely to amazing projects. My other reason is more altruistic. People who live in rural areas should be offered the same services and opportunities that those of us in metro areas have.

It’s also cool seeing companies announce expansions in space and people. When our tech companies feels comfortable enough to get more space and hire more people, it’s a great sign for our tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Loveland’s Keypoint Government Solutions will become Perspecta post-merger [BizWest]
  • Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix [DurangoHerald]
  • Broadband bill for rural Colorado amended, but maintains momentum [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Ft. Collins-based Madwire leases more space, expects to have 1,200 workers by 2021 [BizWest]
  • Facebook is hiring in Denver and is eyeing bigger space, but has not signed lease yet [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based InspiringApps opens office in Austin [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe selects SpaceX to launch its next-generation WorldView Legion satellites [BusinessWire]
  • Why Denver’s technology industry is the nation’s next tech mecca [Kore1]
  • Denver cloud computing company, Faction, raises $18 million for growth [DBJ]
  • Denver-based PAIRIN Welcomes Alli Phillips as New COO/CFO [PAIRIN]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 3/21 – Denver Droids – Android Networking 101 by Mike Patterson
  2. 3/21 – Denver Python Meetup – *Flask vs Django* the Throwdown with Vince Buscarello
  3. 3/21 – Tech Confluence – Clustering, Agile Design, Collatz Conjecture, at Sendgrid
  4. 3/21 – Women Who Code – Denver: Women Who Go
  5. 3/22 – Boulder/Denver Big Data Meetup – Using big-data in flood warning systems
  6. 3/22 – The Den of Clojure – Predictive Modeling and the Data Pipeline that Feeds It
  7. 3/26 – Colorado Data Science – Essential Mathematical Foundations for Data Science
  8. 3/26 – Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science – What Happens When AI and Legal Documents Collide? Legal Language Understanding with Dr. Shivakumar Vaithyanathan
  9. 3/27 – CTA – March Policy Webinar
  10. 3/27 – Denver iOS Developer User Group – Understand Mobile Architecture: MVC vs MVVM vs MVP

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Colorado Tech Weekly #158: DMMF and DCC put the A in STEAM

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That’s a lot of acronyms in my title. Let’s take a moment to define those. DMMF stands for Denver Mini Maker Faire. You can read my review in “More Than Tech at Denver Mini Maker Faire.” DCC stands for Denver Comic Con. You can read my preview of the tech events that were at DCC in “My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con.” STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It’s an extension of the more normally referenced STEM acronym but, oh man, that A is important.

This was my second year going to DCC. I go for inspiration and motivation and you can find it there in spades. I heard Stan Lee talk about getting shot down when he proposed the idea of a Spider-Man. I heard Adam Wilson talk about Sphero and how it’s cool to work with Star Wars but what he’s really passionate about is helping kids learn.  How amazing is that?! I talked with artists, authors and game developers who are doing what they love because they love it. I saw crafts and designs and cosplay costumes and prints that show so much passion, skill and patience! How can you not be inspired?

If you are interested in using Sphero to help kids learn, check out my Sphero SPRK Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet.

If you want to help me do what I love to do, hire me!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based StickyDocs and INDUSTRY team to launch Hop Up [InnovatioNews]
  • Comcast signs big office lease at growing Centennial development [DBJ]
  • Virtual reality is set to take off, says Broomfield’s Level 3 study [DBJ]
  • These 7 companies just got funding and are ready to hire [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Evolve secures $5.5M as vacation rental market matures [BuiltinColorado]
  • Changes at Westmister’s Lassy Project – Escalation [LassyProject]
  • Denver-based SecureSet launches nation’s first commercial cybersecurity accelerator [SecureSet]
  • Meet the 12 latest Boulder CodeCraft graduates [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based concept3D announces launch of atlas3D mapping and interactive platform [InnovatioNews]
  • New tech push by Denver online retailer eBags aims for the connected traveler [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #145: Partnerships, Opportunities and a Logo Challenge

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As someone who has been following Colorado tech companies for the last 145 weeks I took it as a personal challenge when I saw the BuiltinColorado tech startup logo challenge as a personal challenge. I thought, “If anyone should be able to list all 30 companies, it should be me.” Well I still have a few yet to identify. If you’re going to the Built in Brews event on Thursday and you want a cool t-shirt maybe you can get 2 shirts and I’ll help you out. I wear a large. Shhh! Don’t tell Jess Ryan.

After being overwhelmed last week, I feel almost on target this week. Classes are over for now. Birthdays are celebrated and I even get 2 whole days off with my wife and daughter this week! I’m excited to recharge, refocus and get moving on some personal projects. I should probably write up another blog post about those. Until then, here’s some cool news and events!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based 303 Software celebrates ten year anniversary with brand re-launch and website redesign [CTA]
  • Prosper Marketplace and Golden’s HomeAdvisor partner to bring home improvement financing to millions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 shares diversity philosophy on women, global community and millennials [Tech+]
  • Fort Collins-based Innosphere startups create 296 jobs in 2015 [Coloradoan]
  • CTOs to Know: Here’s what the tech leaders of 5 Colorado companies are working on this year[BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital joins forces with DoubleVerify to combat non-human fraudulent traffic [AltitudeDigital]
  • Two companies consider relocating North American headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup Kindara names former SendGrid exec CEO [BizWest]
  • Skillful launches in Colorado to help companies with skills-based hiring and recruiting [CTA]
  • Can you guess these 30 Colorado tech startups by their logos? [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #131: At Least 3 Reasons to Be a Software Developer in Colorado

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Welcome to The Last Real Week of Work in 2015! It’s the last week in the year without a holiday which means it’s really the last week of the year where your coworkers will have any focus (That is, if you don’t count Friday “OMG Star Wars!!!”). Of course it’s THEM who aren’t focused. You’re still working hard. I’ll put in a good word with your boss for you.

This is one of those weeks that reaffirms my belief in my goal of becoming a software developer here. We have companies here that make awesome things. The pay is high. Companies want to come here. Oh and that’s not including all the other reasons why it’s great to just be living in Colorado.

The upcoming events are getting a little sparse because it’s the end of the year, so if you know of anyNext week I will be reviewing my 2015 predictions for 2016.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SnapLogic, with offices in Boulder, snaps up $37.5M to expand internationally, continue hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • No contest: Boulder-based Congo.io changes name to Lawbooth [BizWest]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor to open offices in Indianapolis and downtown Denver [CTA]
  • Austin, Denver score high in U.S. list of software engineer pay [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado robotics companies building the future of robots [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 out of state companies explain why they moved to Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish CEO Charlie Ergen to relinquish president role [DenverPost]
  • New Compute Colorado Task Force aims to prepare students for Colorado tech jobs [YourHub]
  • Seattle-area IT company Apptio opens Denver engineering center [DBJ]
  • Ft. Collin’s based Turbo Tenant marks national launch [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #130: Writing and Programming

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Last month was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers’ Month). I was challenged by a friend to participate. She got about 20k words of the 50k word challenge written. I wrote… zero.

I planned and brainstormed. I explored characters and settings. However I didn’t write any of the story because it seemed so… daunting. It’s amazing how similar programming is to writing. To succeed at either one, you need plenty of focus, passion and organization. I hope you find yours for this week. I’m still looking for my focus. I’m pretty sure I put it around here somewhere.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado CTOs you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Every week is Computer Science Education Week for Denver non-profit, Open World Learning [CTA]
  • Lockheed Martin expands offices in Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Kickfurther set to pitch at Consumer Electronics Show in Extreme Tech Challenge [BizWest]
  • Where’s Santa on Christmas Eve? Broomfield-based Level 3 to help Colorado Springs-based NORAD track St. Nick [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok bolsters growth with $45M funding, Silverlink Acquisition [Xconomy]
  • Meet Broomfield-based Conga’s CEO – Matt Schiltz! [Conga]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Fort Collins: Noisapp [Tech+]
  • Denver/Boulder Hour of Code & Computer Science Ed Week events [Tech+]
  • Boomtown’s 4th class includes 6 Boulder startups [Boulderopolis]

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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 #110: Ello Shrinks, Envysion, Cherwell, Pathar and Lockheed Martin Grow in Colorado

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A net gain in employment in Colorado tech this week. It’s never fun when I have to justify the good news but nevertheless it’s good news. It’s one of the main reasons I do this newsletter. I want to keep track of how tech companies in Colorado are performing. Between the news about the Colorado Springs companies as well as the tech talent pipeline update from CTA, it’s nice to see we’re doing well.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Two Colorado Springs startups land biggest venture funding haul since 2012 [CSGazette]
  • Lockheed Martin Space creates satellite R&D lab, bringing new jobs to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Webolutions gets new office [Webolutions]
  • Louisville’s BluFlux partners with Google on hand-gesture sensor [BizWest]
  • 3 beer-fueled networking events every techie should attend [BuiltinColorado]
  • Ad-free Boulder-based social network Ello readjusts staff, says bye to 5 [Tech+]
  • Colorado Tech Talent Pipeline Update [CTA]
  • Envysion moving HQ to Superior, plans to hire 30 workers [Tech+]
  • The most popular programming languages of 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Viget and Pebble partner to present Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #103: It’s fun watching the people you admire succeed

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Congratulations to Rally Software for being acquired. When I first started reading about Colorado software development Rally Software was one of the first companies I heard about as a “Place you want to be.”

Congratulations to J.B. Holston for his appointment as a Dean at DU. I consider J.B. Holston to be one of the leaders of the Colorado tech startup community. I’ve only had brief encounters with him online, but he is always welcoming and willing to listen.

I love watching the people I admire succeed. It gives me hope and motivates me to continue working.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • University of Denver appoints JB Holston as Dean of School of Engineering & Computer Science [CTA]
  • Malone-backed Charter agrees to buy Time Warner Cable (Video) [DBJ]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe and Saab AB partner to form 3-D imagery company Vricon [BizWest]
  • Comcast begins rollout of residential 2-gig service in Colorado [CTA]
  • Ft. Collins employer Avago Technologies announces deal to buy Broadcom for $37 billion [BizWest]
  • CA Technologies acquiring Boulder-based Rally Software for $480M [BizWest]
  • Cybergy Labs names Terry DiVittorio as Vice President, Cyber Operations [CybergyPartners]
  • Five Colorado Springs companies honored for technology work [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • Englewood-based NewCloud Networks names Steve Foster chair of its Executive Cloud Board [InnovatioNews]
  • Zayo Group Holdings appoints two from within to be new company COOs [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #97: The Force is Strong in Colorado

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3 different stories about California tech companies bringing at least part of the operations to Colorado in one week, an entire tech startup community full of people who do or do not,  new Star Wars droid thanks to a Boulder company, aerospace’s biggest show in Colorado Springs and I’m pretty sure a week doesn’t go by that you can’t find a wookie somewhere in the state. Add that to our large aerospace industry and other futuristic work in digital health, energy and robotics and we’re a canteen full of alien outlaws with really catchy music away from being Mos Eisley.

Also I may be excited about the newest Star Wars trailer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 27 tech companies named Top Workplaces of 2015 [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital announces $30M in funding, expanding in Europe [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud raises $3.2M funding round [BizWest]
  • California-based SnapLogic hiring for new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Does Google want you? Here’s what they’re searching for in Boulder [DBJ]
  • Zayo Group opens new data center in downtown Denver [DBJ]
  • San Francisco-based Recurly to open Boulder office, hire 30 by end of year [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s health exchange to spend $5.1M on IT fix [DBJ]
  • A look at Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, aerospace’s big show [DBJ]
  • Boulder bot a force in new ‘Star Wars’ entry [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #62: Warm and fuzzies and a non-tech event

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE seeing when Colorado companies do business with each other. Seeing that Galvanize is using Zayo Group to improve their networks really does give me the warm and fuzzies.

My non-tech event also gives me the warm and fuzzies. This Saturday is the third annual Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive at Pepsi Center. It’s listed under events in bold so you see it. It has absolutely nothing to do with tech, but it’s important to me so it gets included.

Jessica was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. She was an aspiring hockey journalist and a pretty awesome person. I did not know Jessica personally, but the people I know who knew Jessica are pretty awesome people, therefore she was an awesome person. How awesome? Before her death, she had a dream to help the families of the 2012 Colorado wildfires by providing hockey equipment. In the spirit of this request, the collection drive expanded to include equipment from all sports for those in need throughout the metro area served by A Precious Child, a local non-profit organization.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wheat Ridge-based aWhere gets $2.45 million to calculate the rains in Africa [BuiltinColorado]
  • ReturnPath, Remy Corp. and SolidFire outline 10 trends impacting tech hiring this year in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based event app maker Zerista closes $2M to snatch up unclaimed market share [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hot or not? Denver’s eBags “Obsession” feature asks shoppers to rate handbags [TechKnowBytes]
  • uGurus Interview with Boulder-based QuickLeft’s Co-Founder Sam Breed: The Journey from Developer to CTO [QuickLeft]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s multi-Gigabit fiber network to enhance Galvanize’s campus-wide digital ecosystem [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent announces record growth in Q2 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Aspenware looks to drive next phase of growth with new CEO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Photobucket gets $3.2 million for international product launches [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage selling CRM software line, narrowing focus [DBJ]

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