Colorado Tech Weekly #297: Full Body Sound, Great Events and Buzzwords Made Real

Colorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning (Unless Monday was a holiday. I hope you had a good President’s Day!)!

There’s a lot that I like about this week’s news and events. One thing I look forward to doing on the new ColoradoTechWeekly.com is doing features on companies, people and organizations. To get that started I got to visit with Allison and Griffin of Full Body Sound at SolderWorks in Westminster last week and I got to feel music and it was pretty cool! They will be at the New Tech Colorado event in Boulder on the 21st.

Speaking of events, I like seeing combo events like the Boulder React Coding Night also on the 21st and my work would be directly impacted by the Visual Studio and Azure meetups too!

But then there’s the news! I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before about buzzwords in Colorado. They’re not just buzzwords! This week we have blockchain, diversity, security and autonomous robots! And this is just the top 10 stories! I love it!

Only 3 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA hosts SheTech Explorer Day in Denver to inspire young female techies [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s NOAA and NCAR to partner on computer modeling [BizWest]
  • Carbonite’s largest office could be in Broomfield after $618M Webroot acquisition [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Velocity Global receives national recognition for its culture-driven workplace [VelocityGlobal]
  • Jack Waters named president of Boulder’s Zayo Networks and COO of Zayo Group Holdings [InnovatioNews]
  • CDOT installing fiber optic cable to make Highway 24 ‘smarter’ between Colorado Springs and Woodland Park [KKTV]
  • Longmont puts locally invented SnowBot to work in 2019 storms: Says its a financial game-changer [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Buyers circle for Boulder-based Zayo; company confirms it isn’t splitting [BizWest]
  • The Blucifer video game is ready for those of you who want to be Denver’s airport demon horse [Denverite]
  • How Denver’s System76 uses blockchain to deliver firmware updates [System76]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #296: Webroot Gets Acquired and Colorado Tech Continues to Grow

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I’ve been doing this series for almost 5 years and in that time the already thriving Colorado tech community has continued unprecedented growth. When I started at Infinicept, we had 5 employees and when we went out for a company lunch on Friday we went with 23 people!

It would be really easy for me to take our growth for granted but it is important that we not only stay humble about our growth but also that we do so responsibly and with kindness.

Only 4 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Carbonite to acquire Broomfield’s Webroot for $618.5M [BizWest]
  • EVS shuffles exec team [BizWest]
  • Goodbye WorldView-4? Our perspective on the recent Westminster-based Maxar announcement [apollomapping]
  • Tech’s impact on Denver — A budding scene [InnovatioNews]
  • Shattering the cybersecurity glass ceiling at the
    Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot youth cybersecurity competition in Arvada [YourHub]
  • Centennial’s proposed Amazon HQ2 site actively marketed for commercial development [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s SpotX partners with The Trade Desk for its Unified ID Solution [SpotX]
  • Denver-based Ping announces updates to its software products [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Mersive debuts Solstice 4.0 and the Next Generation hardware platform [Mersive]
  • Our Biggest Year Yet: Colorado Springs-based Titan Robotics gears up for 2019 Expos [TitanRobotics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #295: SendGrid Highlights Colorado Tech’s Monetary Value and We Talk About Imposter Syndrome

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I’ve been a software developer for just over a year now. My first year was definitely a constant battle against imposter syndrome. Now that I have experience, that imposter syndrome is gone right? Hahahaha-no. It turns out that imposter syndrome isn’t just for newbies. It can be a constant issue for all developers and I like talking about it for the same reason I enjoy talking about mental health. Both issues are things that most people have to deal with and both issues are things that most people don’t talk about. This is why I’m excited to see that a few Colorado tech groups are getting together on February 12 to talk about imposter syndrome openly.

Infinicept is hiring again for a Software Engineer so we can bring our team of developers up to 6! I enjoy working for Infinicept partly because as an employee of a small company I get to help shape the culture. We’re a team that enjoys achieving together, learning together and helping each other out. I joke with my co-workers that I feel like I’m telling candidates what they want to hear when they ask about our culture. Interested? Let us know!

Only 5 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Gusto continues ‘incredible’ growth in Denver with latest expansion to employ 1000 [DBJ]
  • As Denver-based Ibotta hits $500M cash-back milestone a new way to get that cash is in the works [DBJ]
  • Denver’s ThreatX taps cybersecurity veteran Chris Brazdziunas to speed innovation [InnovatioNews]
  • Division of Denver digital services firm,
    Statêra, acquired by Baltimore company, Catalyte [DBJ]
  • Why MyStrength, a Denver tech firm focused on mental health, decided to sell its business [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Inscripta raises $30 million in capital [BizWest]
  • How the chief ethics officer of Denver ethics software firm, Convercent, handles business biggest issues [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Stateless secures $11.3M in Series A funds to improve network connectivity [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado medical device maker, JustRight Surgical, rebrands as Bolder Surgical after $27M raise enters adult surgical market [DBJ]
  • Twilios purchase of Denver-based SendGrid just closed and the deal is now worth $1 billion more [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #294: More Than Just Skills, Compensation and Benefits

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Infinicept is hiring again for a Software Engineer so we can bring our team of developers up to 6! I enjoy working for Infinicept partly because as an employee of a small company I get to help shape the culture. We’re a team that enjoys achieving together, learning together and helping each other out. I joke with my co-workers that I feel like I’m telling candidates what they want to hear when they ask about our culture.

I’ve noticed that there’s been a lot of companies hiring and people starting new jobs recently. It’s neat to see what people and companies bring to the table that is more than just skills, compensation and benefits. It feels like those things are an expected part of getting and keeping talent but the important part is the way you feel about a company or person? Maybe “how they make you feel” is not the right way to put it, but I’m talking about the things that are hard to put in a job posting or resume that makes managing talent (yours and others’) challenging and interesting.

I am dangerously close to launching off on a tangent so before I do that, here’s this week’s latest tech news and events! Only 6 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. After that, you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 minutes with Adam Enbar the founder of a WeWork-owned coding school that’s coming to Denver [DBJ]
  • RingCentral to acquire Boulders Connect First [BizWest]
  • Denver-area cable company, Wideopen West, laying off more than 200 employees [DBJ]
  • New Colorado CIO wants to deliver ‘customer delight’ to state workers and residents [StateScoop]
  • Westminster-based Maxar’s shares plummet after satellite failure [DenverPost]
  • Highlands Ranch’s Field Squared closes 2018 second year of record revenue growth [FieldSquared]
  • Denver-based Choozle donates $2772.33 to two Denver nonprofits [Choozle]
  • Denver-based Visible launches on Android plans to sell smartphones [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Technical Integrity acquires diversity and inclusion startup, Find My Flock [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Nominations open for 2019 Colorado Manufacturing Awards deadline is Feb. 15 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #293: Board Games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week and how they’re all connected

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I run a tech blog series in my spare time so it will come to no surprise that I am a big nerd. After playing board games with friends on Friday (we escaped the Forbidden Island!) I was considering ways to nerd out during the rest of the year. My patient wife went with me to check out the new gaming store near us in Littleton (It’s called The Gaming Goat and it’s pretty cool) and I found a program for Genghis Con.

Genghis Con is a long running gaming convention in Colorado. When I went to the Genghis Con website I saw that it was created by Vaquero Digital Services. I had a feeling that Genghis Con is the type of organization to use a local web development company so I decided to look into Vaquero Digital Services. Vaquero Digital Services makes an app called Time Wrangler which I remember hearing about at Denver Startup Week from Chris Martinez. I got to meet Chris at Denver Startup Week because he was there helping to promote the Denver chapter of Bunker Labs which is an organization to help military veterans start businesses. I’m a Marine Corps veteran. Chris is an Army veteran. This leads me to my highlighted event this week, the Operation Code Relaunch! Operation Code is an organization dedicated to helping military veterans and their families start their careers in tech so if you’re looking to recruit veterans (and I know you are cuz you’ve contacted me), check that event out.

So that is how board games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week are all connected. It’s connected through veterans and community… and mostly Chris Martinez.

We’re 7 weeks away from Colorado Tech Weekly #300 which will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com. I got the Patreon page all set up and running. It’s gonna be cool!

Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Maxar CEO replaced by DigitalGlobe exec a year after Westminster HQ move [DBJ]
  • Broomfield creating Science City other developments on sites submitted for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • Denver-area company, Redefy Holdings, takes first step in plan to consolidate the ‘for sale by owner’ market [DBJ]
  • Front Range Community College officially launches manufacturing technology center [BizWest]
  • Centennial-based Mobile Solutions listed as number 5 on the Built in Colorado’s 2019 Best Places to Work [MobileSolutions]
  • ‘Crypto winter is upon us’: Denver’s ShapeShift lays off one-third of staff [BusinessDen]
  • Linord & Company joins Denver’s Catalyst HTI [MikeBiselli]
  • Loveland approves broadband bonding [BizWest]
  • Boulder utility tech company Tendril buys power consumption data business [DBJ]
  • Meet the 4 Colorado tech companies headed to SXSW Pitch 2019 [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #289: Success Sets Up Expectations of Success

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The end of the year always brings about feelings of reflection and hope. When I first started this series I would try to do predictions but I found that I was just creating a game that I was certain to lose then being annoyed that I was losing at the prediction game I invented. Instead I’ll just spend some time reflecting which should probably go into a blog post of its own but oh well.

2018 was my first full year as a software engineer!! I graduated with my Computer Science degree from Regis University!! I attended Denver Startup Week! I helped hire 3 more engineers, doubling our engineering team size!! I had an overwhelming year of successes that I am just now realizing and it is, understandably, overwhelming!!

You would think a year of successes would be easy, but a large part of me fears success because success sets expectations higher. Yeah I’m a software engineer, but can I continue to be a good one? Can I show that my degree is worth something? How do I help my team continue to grow and excel and grow?

Success sets up expectations for success. This is true for personal success as well as for companies, industries, areas, organizations, etc. I’m just gonna take a moment to enjoy my current successes and reflect on lessons learned before planning my future successes. I hope you can do the same.

Since I used Christmas Eve as an excuse to postpone Colorado Tech Weekly, I’m gonna do the same thing for New Years Eve! Have a great week! See ya next year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s TeamSnap appoints new leader to expand its fast-growing payments platform [TeamSnap]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics closes on $11 million equity raise [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Giide raises more than $350,000 for new learning app [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot reports 19th consecutive growth quarter [BizWest]
  • 2019 Cybersecurity & Tech Trend Predictions [zvelo]
  • Colorado is No. 2 on Milken Tech and Science Index [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver was a magnet for some of the world’s most recognizable tech companies in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Boulder software developers, Techtonic Group, look to grow apprenticeship program [BizWest]
  • Lockheed Martin Space could add up to 550 jobs in Jefferson County as part of its missile program [DenverPost]
  • California-based high-tech company Xactly making Denver its center of gravity [DenverPost]

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  • THERE ARE NO TECH EVENTS THIS WEEK!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #288: New Offices, Strategic Acquisitions and Growth

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This week’s headline could be the headline for any Colorado Tech Weekly post, but I couldn’t think of a better summary. New workplaces for Western Union, Localhost Arena and Zayo. Acquisitions involving Sovrn, Swiftpage, Avoka and SendGrid and growth involving Jumpcloud, Liqid and Automox! That’s the real summary of the past week but that would make a really long headline.

The next Colorado Tech Weekly post will be delayed until December 26th because I don’t think anyone will pay much attention on Christmas Eve. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Everyone gets a view at Western Union’s new digital-focused Denver HQ (Photos) [DBJ]
  • Localhost Arena, Colorado’s largest Esports arena opens in Lakewood [Westword]
  • Boulder-based Zayo leases former Chipotle headquarters doubles downtown Denver space [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Sovrn acquires CA firm VigLink [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage accelerates growth strategy with acquisition of Kuvana Inc. [InnovatioNews]
  • Swiss company acquires Broomfield’s Avoka for $245M [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Liqid raises more than $7M in capital [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud announces executive leadership appointments [JumpCloud]
  • 5 questions with Denver-based SendGrid CEO after his company sold for $2 billion [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Automox quadruples revenue continues momentum with year of record growth [Automox]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #281: Hiring is Hard! Colorado is Great! Denver Startup Week Was Fun!

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”.

This week’s headlines is more of the same. More growth! You’d think that after almost 300 weeks of mostly good news about growth, it would get boring but it never does!

Speaking of good things, I am slightly ashamed by the lack of original content on this blog so I’m going to start writing more blog posts! Last week I started my 2018 Denver Startup Week Review with a look at Day 1. You’ll never guess what’s in store for this week… ok you probably will so I’ll just tell you that it’s going to be about Day 2.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lightworks Fiber brings jobs and optimism to Colorado coal country in Delta  [NPR]
  • Denver’s tech ecosystem is a work in progress as companies come and grow and others get sold [ColoradoSun]
  • Sumo Logic, another Bay Area tech company has growth plans for its Denver office [DBJ]
  • Assignar raises $6.2M to fund construction of operations management platform software [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs land on list of Top 20 tech towns in America [InnovatioNews]
  • After raising $80M this Denver vacation rental company Evolve is evolving into its second phase [DBJ]
  • Silicon Flatirons GiveFirst Conference: Feld and Zell [BFeld]
  • Boulder’s Zayo to provide dark fiber to data-encryption company [BizWest]
  • 6 takeaways from the Denver and Boulder Tech Census [DBJ]
  • Special report DBJ’s Fast 50, metro Denver s fastest-growing private companies [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #280: Combine Companies? Move Offices? Still Colorado!

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Undeniably, the biggest news in Colorado tech last week was the purchase of Denver’s SendGrid by San Fransisco-based Twilio. The immediate reaction is to question the future of SendGrid in Denver and wonder “What does this purchase mean for Colorado?” in very concerned ways.

There’s no reason for concern. When this series started 5 years ago, Rally Software and Quickleft were staples of the Boulder startup community. Now Rally is part of the much bigger CA Technologies and QuickLeft is part of Cognizant and both still have their offices here and I’d bet that those offices are bigger and more stable for their employees. Change is part of growth and growth has been a constant part of our community for the past 5 years. Denver Startup Week was not a smoke-blowing session. Colorado is attracting talent and attention from all over the world.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs on front lines of cyber Cold War with Russia [Colorado Politics]
  • Allen Technology merges with Denver’s Platte River Networks [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • HomeAdvisor expands HQ lease in RiNo ahead of moving in [BusinessDen]
  • Denver fintech platform, FIMAC Solutions LLC, acquired by Birmingham cybersecurity firm [DBJ]
  • Fort Collins BillGo acquires Prism [BizWest]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell has big plans to grow Denver office after hiring former Travelocity CEO [DBJ]
  • Breckenridge OKs $8 million to build town-owned fiber optic network [SummitDaily]
  • New COO and CFO for Fort Collins’ TurboTenant [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot launches VPN product [BizWest]
  • Denver’s SendGrid remains ‘committed’ to Denver after $2 billion buyout [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #279: Home, Health and Finances

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We’ve long passed the time when technology was something aside from our everyday life. It used to be that there were those internet people and that computers were something you used only for work, school and entertainment. But now technology is deeply intertwined into every part of our lives including the things we need to manage the most in our lives: Our homes, our health and our finances. And every one of those tech related industries is represented well in Colorado.

Speaking of one of those tech related companies, the fintech company I work for, Infinicept, is hiring for 3 crucial positions (When you’re a small startup every position is critical isn’t it?). Those jobs are:

  • Front-End Developer: We want someone who can both UX design and help us developers make ReactJS follow those designs.
  • Software Implementation Consultant: If you can help a payments company understand how our SaaS can help them, this is for you.
  • Software Engineer:  Lots of ideas, new projects and more customers means we need to create a lot of code. If you like working with the latest .NET tools in C# and doing everything from front-end code in React to database queries in SQL Server, this is for you!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • APEX Award finalists announced for Nov. 7 event [InnovatioNews]
  • SpotX Hackathon recap from Broomfield [SpotX]
  • Rocky Mountain fintech: How Denver is evolving as a hub for financial innovation [DBJ]
  • Denver tech company SendGrid ranks among the ‘happiest’ in the country [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Angi Homeservices CEO Chris Terrill stepping down [DBJ]
  • Bay Area job board startup Localwise to move headquarters to Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver’s ANGI Homeservices to Acquire Handy [ANGIHomeservices]
  • Denver-based HeartHero wins national pitch competition with AED life-saving device [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s candidates for governor offer a first glimpse into the importance they will place on cybersecurity [ColoradoSun]
  • DispatchHealth brings back the house call just in time for flu season [BizWest]

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