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]
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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]

Top Upcoming Events

  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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Colorado Tech Weekly #186: Colorado Tech Will Ride 2016 Momentum into a Slower 2017

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Happy New Year! The holiday season is behind us and it feels like it’s time to get to work on the people and companies we want to be. Good luck!

It seems like I have fewer predictions each year. I started out with 5, last year I had 4. This year has only 3, but they’re big predictions:

  • Broomfield will see the most growth in tech companies. I’m not sure what they are doing up there to attract tech companies but it seems to be working.
  • I will get my first software developer job. My original plan was that I would have a software developer job by the end of 2015. That obviously did not happen. However I am having a really hard time imagining myself ringing in 2018 as a dispatcher. If you want to help me make this prediction a reality, check out my resume!
  • There will be fewer startups in Colorado at the end of the year. This is my big prediction. Startup growth will stall out in 2017. The tech community will continue to grow, but the number of startup companies will diminish and here’s why…
    • Market and regulatory uncertainty: In 2016 the Colorado tech community grew by leaps and bounds. It feels like we are reaching the peak of a cycle. With any luck, we peak and slow down instead of pop a bubble. The political surprises of 2016 also means uncertainty in regulations which will lead to less people starting companies.
    • 2017 will feel the effects of mistrust in tech: In 2016, IoT devices took down part of the internet, data breaches became common news and social media helped spread fake-news. People will be less likely to try new things because of these events.
    • Colorado tech startups will consolidate: There will be few tech startups in Colorado that will not either be bought or buy someone else in 2017. I predict at least 3 big, jaw-dropping acquisitions for the year.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Built In Colorado’s favorite tech stories from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Z, CEO of Boulder’s Serenity Forge, featured on Extra Credits episode [ExtraCredits]
  • A look inside 5 of our favorite Colorado startup offices from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing IT staffing firm, Fast Switch, adding offices in Denver, Silicon Valley and Chicago [DBJ]
  • Built In Colorado’s top 10 stories of 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based Swimlane raises $3 million through equity offering [BizWest]
  • Colorado tech closes 2016 with $20M in December funding. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denverite Startups: Where are they now? [Denverite]
  • Side Project Roundup 2016 [Owocki]
  • Top business stories of 2016: A busy year in Colorado business will likely reverberate into the future [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #185: Colorado Tech is on the Move

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Happy Boxing Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Last Monday of 2016! I was going to do my 2017 predictions this week but I stayed up too late Saturday night trying to see Santa to make predictions.

This week was all about moving companies. SpotX to Broomfield, TapInfluence to Denver and BuiltinColorado explores reasons why companies move here.

Have a great end of the year! See you in 2017!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How 3 Colorado companies are working to get more women in tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • SpotX moving HQ from Westminster to Broomfield [BizWest]
  • Denver’s SecureSet Academy now offers GI Bill to vets [SecureSet]
  • Boulder-based VictorOps says more investors brought in, updates recent funding to $15 million [DenverPost]
  • Top 8 job searching tips we heard from Colorado recruiters this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster’s Coalfire acquires Veris Group to expand cybersecurity services [InnovatioNews]
  • Marketing technology company, TapInfluence, relocates to Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SendGrid’s 2017 plans: Become a “unicorn.” Here’s why Colorado’s tech scene will be watching closely. [Denverite]
  • Why these 6 companies chose to open Colorado offices in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s high-flying potential for commercial drone development still waiting to take off [DenverPost]

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  • No tech events listed for this week. Enjoy the end of the year! Enjoy your friends and family. 2017 is going to be awesome!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #183: Holiday Parties and Company Insights

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I love the lists that Jess Ryan does at BuiltinColorado because it gives us a peek into the inner workings of Colorado tech startups that we would not otherwise see. My other favorite resource is company blogs themselves. I love seeing what makes tech employees and their companies proud to be them.

Enjoy the insights and the upcoming tech holiday parties. I’m sure there will be even more next week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Viget’s Pointless Weekend 2016 in Durham and Boulder [Viget]
  • North Carolina cybersecurity company, Root9B Technologies, moving corporate headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Optiv IPO halted by private equity purchase [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 wins reversal of military contract awarded to Verizon Deutschland [DBJ]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies go beyond the beer keg to keep employees happy [BuiltinColorado]
  • Find a job you love: 7 Colorado companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Seagate lays off another 70 workers in Longmont [DenverPost]
  • These 4 Colorado tech pros are breaking down the stuffy HR stereotype [BuiltinColorado]
  • Vertiba, Salesforce and Arapahoe Ridge join millions in teaching computer science [Vertiba]
  • Denver smart city Peña Station Next a technological testing ground for Panasonic [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #178: If I Could Go To Every Event, I Would

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Tomorrow is the most important #TacoTuesday yet. Make sure you vote!

After last week’s Colorado Tech Weekly post had an article hinting at a CenturyLInk/Level 3 combo, it happened this week. That’s crazy. Speaking of crazy combos, check out FADC4. It is the fourth annual fighting-game event to collect food for families in need this Thanksgiving and it’s the first year I’ve heard of it so I’m happy to promote it.

I would go to all nine of the other top events listed this week too if I could. The APEX awards was the first industry event I volunteered for 2 years ago and I’ve been a fan of CTA ever since. Then there’s the Java meetup, cloud security, new web developers, experienced web developers, a school district STEAM event, etc. etc. In fact I had to narrow down 37 possible events down to just 10.

Part of me is thinking of a way to share all the events I consider each week. Maybe it could be a Patreon perk? That could be cool.

This week is a great big patriotic week considering we have Election Day and Veterans Day in the same week. Not to mention the 241st birthday of the Marine Corps. So go vote! Happy birthday and Semper Fi! And regardless of which branch you may have served in, thank you for your service.

Have a great week! It should be an interesting one!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink to acquire Broomfield-based Level 3 for $25B [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s CaliberMind raises $1.1M to bring psychographic behavioral analytics to B2B [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado officials, Panasonic team up on tech approach to tackling I-70 traffic [DBJ]
  • Prime Health Challenge awards $150K to three of Colorado’s top companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Comcast announces new gigabit Internet service coming to Colorado [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs aerospace firm, RT Logic, more than doubling headquarters size [BizWest]
  • What employers are actually looking to see in your Github profile [BuiltinColorado]
  • Greenwood Village-based Recondo Technology closes $16M funding round to support growth [InnovatioNews]
  • 7 Colorado companies hiring where you can build your career [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST creates veterans group to support former military employees [YourHub]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #177: A Semi With No Driver, a Technical Interview and Other Scary Things

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The biggest tech news in Colorado this week was the self-driving semi beer delivery. I wonder if anyone noticed that the Budweiser semi didn’t have a driver when they passed it. If they did notice, did they try to tell a friend? Did the friend write them off as crazy? I know I would.

I had my first technical interview Friday afternoon. That’s definitely a scary thing. it was a phone interview so luckily my interviewer couldn’t see my face light up in panic when he started asking the technical questions. He was very nice though and did a good job describing the scenarios. He kept repeating something that anyone on the receving end of a technical interview needs to keep in mind: It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you think. Remember this. Seriously. It’s ok to say “I don’t know” or ask more questions. Hopefully the interview went as well as I thought it did. I’ll let you know.

Other scary topics this week are cybersecurity, big-business mergers and entreprenuership. Happy Halloween!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How does Colorado rank for its science and tech job scene? [DBJ]
  • Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles through Colorado on beer delivery [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based SpotX’s founder nominated for CEO of the Year [SpotX]
  • Denver’s PaySimple enters next phase of growth with $115M investment from Providence Equity [PaySimple]
  • CenturyLink in advanced talks to merge with Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications [DenverPost]
  • 13 Colorado tech experts offer startup advice for entrepreneurs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Parker playground basis for new app aimed at getting kids to play [InnovationPavilion]
  • Denver’s cybersecurity workers paid higher than national average [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Craftsy’s big rewrite: The art and craft of scaling a startup [DenverPost]
  • The 2016 Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

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  1. 11/2 – Analyze Boulder – Healthcare Data Checkup
  2. 11/2 – Arapahoe Library – Beginner Python Course
  3. 11/3 – Cloudegy – Data and Power BI
  4. 11/3 – CTP – 2016 TEY Gala
  5. 11/3 – Denver Creative Tech – Creative Sound Design and Robotic Bartenders
  6. 11/3 – Node.js Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins – Nodeschool Workshop: Learn NodeJS with us!
  7. 11/3 – Trustpilot – Denver Launch Party
  8. 11/3 – Women Who Code Boulder/Denver – React Native Workshop with Lawson Kurtz of Viget Labs [Boulder]
  9. 11/4 – CiGDA – Northside Casual

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Colorado Tech Weekly #176: Every Tech Job is a Security Tech Job

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When most people think of cybersecurity they think of antivirus companies and IT commandos in bunkers with entirely too many computer screens who track attacks on a large map while furiously typing away to keep the bad hackers away. The reality is not so sexy. The DDoS attack using IoT devices on Friday and the Denver Post story below highlight the fact that whether you’re designing an operating system for distributed servers or writing code on a internet-connected blinking light you need to be thinking about security.

Everyone involved in creating or maintaining systems needs to consider security when doing our jobs. This cannot be solved with a new technology or a disruptive startup. It requires the paradigm shift mentioned by Ed Rios. Every tech job is a security tech job.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster’s SpotX partners with BrightLine to accelerate automation of interactive video ad sales for connected TV [SpotX]
  • CTA Teams Up with Denver Broncos to Celebrate Colorado’s Innovative STEM Educators [DigitalColorado]
  • How focusing on travel is helping this legacy Colorado startup take off once again [BuiltinColorado]
  • TestPlant establishes Americas HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor gets nod in new Facebook feature [DenverPost]
  • Tech industry ponders how to fill Colorado’s 10,000 cybersecurity job openings [DenverPost]
  • INterview with Mark Turnage, Denver-based OWL Security CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • zvelo On The Go: An Interview With Joshua Rubin [zvelo]
  • Tech roundup: Denver ranked top in Forbes list, a VR haunted house and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Code42 opens Broomfield office to tap growing regional talent pool [InnovatioNews]

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