Colorado Tech Weekly #287: Space, Games, Payments, Public Safety, Tech and Holiday Parties

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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) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for 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”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week I am struck by the biases I show in the articles I share each week. Some of that bias is explicit. This series is called “Colorado Tech Weekly” so it is obviously going to only share news and events that have to do with Colorado and technology, but my other biases are not explicit so here are my biases I am showing this week:

  • If your news or event is about space or gaming I’m more likely to share those articles for no other reason than I think space is cool and gaming is fun.
  • I spent 12 years as a 911 dispatcher, so I will always be drawn more towards tech companies that try to make public safety easier.
  • I work at Infinicept where we make it easier for our clients to help their clients accept credit cards so I will be drawn towards payments-related tech articles.
  • “Tech” is a HUGE space to cover. Since I am a software developer, I will naturally share more software articles than other Colorado tech subjects. Also few things make me feel more programmer-y than making software for other people to make software.

I think it’s important to be aware and comfortable with biases when sharing information and I’m pretty comfortable with mine. This week’s events mostly have to do with holiday parties which is not one of my biases but still sound like fun.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Rhodium Incident Management is changing how emergency managers plan for natural disasters [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Xero launches open banking API to bring financial data to businesses [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Littleton-made NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid its first visitor [DenverPost]
  • Women in tech to know: 6 more local leaders shaping growth at their companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Marketer Iterable joins Colorado tech rush with new office in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Tendril receives investment from Rubicon Technology Partners to accelerate growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity previews new product for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Slalom reimagines how companies build software and technology with launch of Slalom Build [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap sees big upside with payments [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Denver Rescue Mission [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #286: Space is Still Cool. Hiring is Still Happening

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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) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for 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”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Speaking of hiring, I had the person behind the Randori Security Twitter account reach out to say that they are hiring engineers. Check them out at www.randori.com. Maybe I should consider adding a “Hiring” or “Job Postings” section?

Last week, Insight landed on Mars after being built in Colorado. That’s just awesome. I will always be excited by stories and tech that have to do with space. It just feels cooler when cool things are doing cool things outside our atmosphere. Now we have companies working on a moon program?! That’s so cool!!

Speaking of cool, Tuesday is my one year anniversary at Infinicept! My software career will be able to be measured by years now!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado-built Lockheed Martin spacecraft succeeds in NASA Mars landing [InnovatioNews]
  • National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs expanding role in cyber competitions [CSGazette]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network taps Colorado’s CIO as its next chief digital officer [DBJ]
  • How Denver cybersecurity company CyberGRX is spending its $30 million raise [DBJ]
  • Slack’s arrival is ‘huge stamp of approval’ for Denver as next big tech hub [DBJ]
  • Durango-based GitPrime scales up business to double its employees by 2019 [SCAPE]
  • Making spirits bright: How 5 Colorado tech companies give back during the holidays [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2 Iranian hackers indicted for ransomware attack on CDOT other agencies [9News]
  • California has Silicon Valley. Could Colorado become home to Aerospace Alley? [DenverPost]
  • NASA picks two Colorado companies for new $2.6B moon program [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #285: Code Schools, Open Source and Growth

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As I look at my headline for this week, I think that could be one really great subject. I wonder how many code school students were able to have an easier time jumping into an open source project and how much growth that allowed for both the students and the projects. As a computer science student myself, I’ve always found the process of contributing to open source projects intimidating which is why I should probably participate in more things like Hacktober. But this isn’t what this post is about!

This week we have a cornucopia of news about the Colorado tech community despite the holiday that causes us to use words like “cornucopia”. We have 2 new entries into the code school space with one in Greeley and one in Denver. The growth of the Denver and greater Colorado tech community continues at a rocketing pace. And we have not one, but two open source meetups coming up on the front range! 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based DISH Names Atilla Tinic Chief Information Officer [DISH]
  • Denver gov-tech firm Granicus not done buying companies after 4th acquisition in past year [DBJ]
  • Construction starts on future Madwire HQ redevelopment project in Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • 9 Colorado companies make Deloitte’s list of fastest-growing tech companies [DBJ]
  • INterview with Magued Eldaief Prescient CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • The Software Guild partners with the University of Northern Colorado to bring new coding bootcamp to Greeley [DigitalColorado]
  • Alpine SG acquires Loveland software company E-Courier [BizWest]
  • Boulder CAD software firm Frustum CEO on why he sold company for $70 million [DBJ]
  • WeWork-backed Flatiron School coding bootcamp opening in Denver [DBJ]
  • Tech firm Xactly moves into new downtown Denver office [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #283: Earnings News and Municipal Broadband Decisions in Loveland, Aurora and Erie

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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”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week had definite themes! There were a lot of headlines about news about tech company earnings. You can find most of those headlines on the BizWest and Denver Business Journal websites.

Also with the election last week, northern Colorado seems like the best place in the state for municipal broadband and Aurora is also looking to get into broadband. I like this a lot as I see internet access as a needed utility that should be available to everyone.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Registria creates millions in new found value for consumer durable brands [Registria]
  • Longmont gig-Internet signups exceed estimates [BizWest]
  • Recently acquired Denver-based SendGrid still isn’t making money despite Q3 revenue increases [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Angi Homeservices reports best quarter since merger [DBJ]
  • 5 takeaways from Dish Network Q3 earnings: Worst quarterly subscriber loss ever [DBJ]
  • Special Report: Colorado Technology 2018-19 APEX Awards winners finalists honored [DBJ]
  • Loveland council reverses decision, moves ahead with broadband [BizWest]
  • Voters allow Aurora to explore broadband services [SentinelColorado]
  • Erie voters allow town to explore broadband alternatives [DailyCamera]
  • Boulder-based Zayo stock prices slip after lackluster earnings split announcement [BizWest]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #278: Reflecting on Success and Creating More

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We are constantly trying to create more success. It’s to the point that many of us measure success just as a measure of change. If you are just as successful today as you were last year, many people don’t see that as successful and that sucks!

We spend so much time trying to be better than we are now, we often forget to celebrate our current successes. Take some time and celebrate the history of yourself, your company and your community and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield’s Conga prepares for growth with three strategic hires [InnovatioNews]
  • Fort Collins-based BillGO expands to new office space [BillGO]
  • Denver ethics software maker Convercent moves into new RiNo office, pushes toward $100M revenue goal (Photos) [DBJ]
  • Fort Collins company DataSplice sold to Prometheus [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm receives patent for data monitoring tech [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver health-tech startup Sopris Health raises $3.4 million to expand AI app [DBJ]
  • Inside the meteoric rise of Fort Collins-born Radar Relay [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud adds two new experienced exec hires [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ibotta’s 6th Birthday: Milestones & Celebrations [Ibotta]
  • Boulder’s Kickfurther wins $500,000 in startup competition [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #277: Solidly Built on Colorado’s Lifestyle and Generous Culture

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I had a great time at Denver Startup Week! It was my first time attending and my list of connections on LinkedIn, my To-Read list on GoodReads and my list of ideas for my career and the startup team I work with have all grown!

There was a definite theme to Denver Startup Week. The Colorado lifestyle (Work is important but so is your health and well-being) and the generous culture of our Colorado tech community make Colorado a great place to work. I heard this listening to Erik Mitisek at the Denver Startup Week kick-off on Monday. I heard this from the panel of engineering leaders from Slack, Gusto, Strava and TradeDesk on Wednesday. I heard this from Manuela Cardenas and Meghan McGinnis, both of whom want to move to Colorado from out of state to start their tech careers. And I experienced it when talking to… (ok I tried to list all the names of the people I talked to who embodied this generosity but the list was to long) …anyone and everyone at Denver Startup Week!

Don’t forget, it’s how we live and treat others that makes our community great! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • When it comes to attracting tech talent in Denver, space matters [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Facebook partner to increase access to computer programming [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘It feels very Slacky’ — Engineers at top tech companies rave about Denver [DBJ]
  • Louisville-based Vaisala reaffirms commitment to Front Range with campus expansion [BizWest]
  • Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Humane Society of Boulder [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver cannabis-tech company MJ Freeway raises $10 million, appoints new CFO [DBJ]
  • A closer look at the hot, fast-growing companies of Denver Startup Week [DBJ]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies are diversifying their engineering teams [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver makes Cushman & Wakefield’s 2018 list for top tech cities [DBJ]
  • As company prepares to move its HQ to Denver, HomeAdvisor basks in glow of big year [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #274: Tech is Taking Over Denver

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Growth, expansion, buy-outs, acquisitions. These words have been constant in the Colorado tech community for last the past 5 years and it doesn’t show any sign of stopping. Denver especially has been seeing a lot of growth in tech companies and jobs. Will Denver become known as a tech city in the same way we think of San Francisco or Seattle? OR are we so excited to talk about exciting growth in an exciting field that we’re losing focus on other great industries in Denver? Or maybe a little bit of both.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • From Rockets to Jams, SCAPE highlights its latest round of entrepreneurs [DurangoTelegraph]
  • New Colorado law shows ‘stakes are higher’ for businesses dealing with consumer data [DBJ]
  • Boulder tech firm JumpCloud growing headcount to 150 with $10M in latest funding [DBJ]
  • The tech industry is taking over downtown Denver’s office space [Denverite]
  • Inside the new Choozle office in Denver [Choozle]
  • Denver-based Silvernest, a startup that connects seniors with a roommate, raises $3 million [DBJ]
  • Colorado “war games” tests election preparedness [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver-based credit union fintech startup CULedger raises $8.5 million [DBJ]
  • Downtown Denver keeps up tech momentum as Xero celebrates opening Americas’ HQ on Platte Street [DenverPost]
  • Loveland to host broadband meetings [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #273: If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Time is the Father

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I have been doing this series for over 5 years and I’ve been doing it almost the same way this whole time. I have needed to change things up, to do things differently and more efficient but I have not had the knowledge or the time to make any changes.

The old saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has always bothered me because some think that if you take away time and resources that people will be forced to innovate. This doesn’t work at all! Invention and innovation require time and resources to experiment and fail.

My new job has me creating and using APIs and just recently I got to dive into React so I found a cool new way to get info about tech events, but in doing things differently I’ve disturbed my comfortable, but inefficient way of doing this. The necessity has been there for a very long time, but only recently have I been able to play with my process to come up with a new way of doing things.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based aerospace company Maxar Technologies, parent company of DigitalGlobe considers selling part of satellite campus worth $150 million [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud hire three new executive team members [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap continues rapid growth by adding video to platform [DBJ]
  • Greeley ag-tech company Xiant Technologies raises nearly $9 million [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union expands mobile and online transfers to three more global regions [DigitalTransactions]
  • “War games, election style”: Cybersecurity training exercise in Englewood to attract national leaders [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Amazon plans to hire 100-plus in Denver metro following Boulder expansion [DBJ]
  • SIM Women Conference brings together women in technology [KidsTek]
  • Tech Rush: Front Range has seen tech companies sucking up commercial space during the past year [DenverPost]
  • From CU Denver to startup founder: 10 former Lynxes leading local tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #269: “Blockchain”, “Cybersecurity”, “Diversity” Are Not Just Buzzwords Here

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Buzzwords in technology can be annoying as they are exciting. They are annoying because they are often used as click-bait and by people who don’t understand the buzzwords but who really want to make some money off of them.

Looking at this week’s headlines, I’m proud to see that while our community is covered in buzzwords, these headlines are backed by people putting in real time, effort and money into turning their innovative ideas into success. That’s amazing!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Swiftpage establishes Small Business Idea and Invention Scholarship [InnovatioNews]
  • DexYP to close last Denver metro office, eliminating at least 39 jobs [DenverPost]
  • Denver mobile service provider Visible launches program to boost tech-centric nonprofits [DenverPost]
  • AgEagle signs agreement to acquire Boulder-based agricultural analytics company Agribotix [Agribotix]
  • Leadership Changes: New CEO Kitty Kolding brings decades of executive experience to Centennial’s Innovation Pavilion [InnovationPavilion]
  • Colorado blockchain, cryptocurrency startup Radar Relay secures $10 million in funding [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell welcomes Sam Gilliland as CEO [Cherwell]
  • Drone company Propeller Aero makes final approach to Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Editor’s Notebook: As DBJ turns 70, Denver metro’s tech sector is booming [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SecureSet Academy launches SecureSet Foundation to promote cybersecurity career education [SecureSet]

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