Colorado Tech Weekly #211: Not Just The Front Range, Serious-er Robots, Denver Comic Con

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This week is my occasional reminder to myself that the Colorado tech community is bigger than just those of us on the front range. It’s a nice thing to remember.  I’m very interested in Sphero’s split into Sphero and Misty Robotics. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of innovative serious robots they can come up with.

This weekend is my yearly creative re-charge also known as Denver Comic Con! I always look forward to talking with talented artists, authors and game developers at DCC! If you’re going, lemme know. I’d love to meet you.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Royalty Exchange lands $6.4M, adds music industry power players to board [BuiltinColorado]
  • The CX Academy at Lakewood’s Computronix [Computronix]
  • U.S. Senator Cory Gardner visits TechSTART in Freemont [CanonCityDailyRecord]
  • Advanced Industries Accelerator sends $2.9 million in grants to stir technology innovation in rural Colorado [DenverPost]
  • Tech Talk with Broomfield n.io Director of Innovation, James Holmes [n.io]
  • Recent grad? Land your first gig at one of these 4 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero launches Misty Robotics for home and office personal robots [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Wayin App Store launches partnership with preferred data enrichment partner, Denver-based FullContact [Wayin]
  • Lockheed Martin funds advanced space manufacturing lab at MSU Denver [DBJ]
  • 5 Colorado startups shaping the future of green technology [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #209: The Hardest Part About Programming Isn’t the Code

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I never turn down advice about job seeking. I don’t always get good advice, but if you listen then you’ll find that most good advice gets repeated more than bad advice. I recently found out about, and signed up for, an email series from experienced programmer, Ian Douglas, that helps job seekers understand the questions from interviewers. It’s a great series and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new job.

If I could go to any tech event this week, I would absolutely go to the Denver Java User Group talk about Gradle. Gradle seems like it’s probably a useful tool for Android developers, but for me it just confused me, got in my way and discouraged me from learning Android development using Android Studio. Languages are easy. Frameworks, developer tools, deployment tools and management strategies are the difficult parts.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Jack Forrest Joins Boulder’s Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Beyond the tech: Personal traits recruiters look for in their next developer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why I quit my job to teach kids to code [DenverStartupWeek]
  • 5 startups using tech to make Colorado a healthier place [BuiltinColorado]
  • An Interview with New Denver-based Brandfolder CEO, Digital Media Executive Luke Beatty [Brandfolder]
  • Drones in firefighting could save Colorado tax dollars and lives [ColoradoPolitics]
  • From parties to company retreats, here’s how Colorado tech celebrates closing big rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software company Conga dances to investment deal with Salesforce Ventures [DBJ]
  • Blind CU student blasts through barriers — and now aims to help others envision science and tech careers [DenverPost]
  • PewPewCat Goes to E3 2017 [PewPewCat]

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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 #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 #197: I think JavaScript might be catching on

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Only 3 events listed this week are not directly related to JavaScript and I’ll bet you can find at least one person at each of those events who is capable of talking your ear off about it.

JavaScript and everything around it shows off what can happen when developers think, “What if…?” both good and bad. It’s also my reminder that, at least for me, learning languages is fairly easy but learning how and when to use frameworks is much more difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins approved to train vets [InnovatioNews]
  • The road to code: 4 steps to a career in coding and web development [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado startups investing in their employees’ professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Blinker wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award [Denverite]
  • Douglas County’s CenturyLink and Broomfield’s Level 3 shareholders approve merger [BizWest]
  • Denver health tech startup, CirrusMD, hiring to keep up with growth spurt [DBJ]
  • Taking a tech job in Denver costs an extra $140 a month, Zillow and Linkedin say [Denverite]
  • First driver-less vehicle bill in Colorado headed to Senate debate [DenverPost]
  • Colorado offers $34M tax incentive to cable TV company planning 1,200 Denver-area jobs [DBJ]
  • British, Colorado Springs cybersecurity experts compare notes in panel discussion [CSGazette]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #195: What is it like to get hired by, and work at, a Colorado tech company?

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This is one of the questions I try to answer every week with the articles I share in these posts. This week Eric Daugherty gives insight into the hiring process, Noel Worden lets us know what life is like as a new junior engineer, Ben Castelli shows how Room214 acts on their company values and Jess Ryan with BuiltinColorado gives us great insight into 5 Colorado tech companies.

When I started this project i thought for sure that I’d be able to answer some of these questions by now. I am very thankful for these people and their insights into the Colorado tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs’ Cherwell Software, maker of codeless software to help legacy tech keep operating, snaps up $50 million [DenverPost]
  • Satellite startup lands at MSU Denver campus [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar cuts 100 employees, another 1,800 moving to Douglas County-based Dish Network [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Room 214 Culture: Finding time to live our values [Room214]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO is poised for $4.2 million payout in CenturyLink merger [DBJ]
  • 5 of the best Colorado companies to work for (and they’re all hiring) [BuiltinColorado]
  • My first 8 weeks as a Junior Engineeer [NoelWorden]
  • Denver tech startup TapInfluence cuts jobs less than a year after raising $14 million [DenverPost]
  • Technical Interviewing and Hiring [EricDaugherty]
  • Techtonic Academy arrives at The Commons on Champa! [CTA]
Thursday, March 16

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Colorado Tech Weekly #194: Education is Hard, Especially in Tech

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I have 6 courses left until I finish my Computer Science degree. I will graduate in Spring of 2018. It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past 3 years. It feels so close, but also still so far away.

Education is frustrating for the simple fact that we are doing something we’ve never done before and we don’t know how to do it. Whenever I get frustrated, I remind myself that it wouldn’t be called learning if I already knew how to do it. 4 years of part-time courses takes its toll so I’m looking forward to my initial education being done. I say “initial education” because, especially in tech, we never stop learning. I’m just looking forward to not taking college courses.

This week I’m not the only one thinking about tech education. Tech education is a focus in Colorado Springs, the capitol building and is the topic of most of the events this week!

Keep learning and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based startup SlamData raises $6.7M [BizWest]
  • AppIt Ventures triples space in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood [BizWest]
  • From waffle parties to international trips, here’s how 3 Colorado tech companies celebrate their wins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software maker, Conga, expects big revenue and job growth after acquisitions [DBJ]
  • Canadian firm buying Colorado’s DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion [DBJ]
  • How Boulder startup, Conclave, is bringing military-grade encryption to your private messages [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s TestPlant appoints software veteran John Bates to lead next phase of global expansion [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers are stepping in to help prepare students for the state’s booming tech sector [Chalkbeat]
  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 positions to Colorado, Florida [DenverPost]
  • Growing technical education and talent in the Springs [CSBJ]
Thursday, March 16

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Colorado Tech Weekly #189: Dependable or Boring?

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I am almost at 200 weeks of posting these news summaries. I am proud that I have been able to do it and I feel great whenever I hear that someone got value out of these posts. As with most things technology-related, I feel the need to change things up and keep it exciting and new but I wonder, are these posts seen as dependable or boring?

I’ve been thinking of trying the podcast again, but this time with co-host(s) and more discussion.s I also like the idea of an event board. And the biggest idea I have is turning this project into its own company but that means I have to find ways to make money off of this. I’m thinking a few ads maybe, sponsors for the podcast and a Patreon account with fun extras that I haven’t thought of yet.

I hope you find these posts more dependable than boring for now because I don’t have any time to make these ideas happen. I just started an accelerated, online Calculus II course and it’s kicking my ass so I will focus on that.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How IT company, World Wide Technology, with new Denver hub used innovation to become a $9B giant [DBJ]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2017 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver cybersecurity accelerator, SecureSet Academy, secures $4 million investment [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s ProtectWise closes $25M Series B, looks to add 30 employees in 2017 [DenverPost]
  • eFolder to move home base from Atlanta to Denver [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Datavail acquires second company in 6 months [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based DaVinci Coders form team to compete for IBM Watson AI X-Prize [DaVinciCoders]
  • TeleTech, and Denver’s Welltok partner to deliver high-touch experience for consumers [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: For the top-hiring tech jobs in 2017, it pays to live in Denver [Denverite]
  • Full Stack & UX Design: A Boulder-based CodeCraft grad tells why she wanted to double down on tech bootcamps [Codecraft]

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  1. 1/25 – Colorado Data Science – Intro to Python for Data Science
  2. 1/25 – DeRailed – Get some graphQL
  3. 1/25 – Rocky Mountain AngularJS – Angular 2 Unit and Integration Testing
  4. 1/25 – UX Book Club Denver – UXBCD // Annual UX Book Exchange + Potluck 2017!
  5. 1/26 – Flock – Diversity in Tech Career Day
  6. 1/26 – Learn to Code Colorado – Hack the Dot with Galvanize and Name.com!
  7. 1/26 – Turing School – New Campus Open House
  8. 1/27 – Girl Develop It – DENVER: Job Readiness Day with Skillfull
  9. 1/31 – Boulder iOS Developer Meetup – SpriteKit and SceneKit

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