Colorado Tech Weekly #210: ViaWest, Sphero and Revolar

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One of the things I like about being a tech-enthusiast with a blog over being a journalist is that i get to unabashedly be a fan of different companies and people. So here’s the reasons I’m a fan of the companies in the title…

  • ViaWest: When I first started learning about the Colorado tech community, I was welcomed by CTA. ViaWest is a big supporter of CTA. CTA was nice to me. ViaWest was nice to CTA. Therefore ViaWest seems nice to me. It’s like an SAT question.
  • Sphero: In our household we have a SPRK, a BB8, an Ollie and the Force Band for BB8. We are just fans of Sphero. Sphero is also committed to STEAM education with their Sphero EDU app which I’ve yet to dive into since they recently made changes to it.
  • Revolar: For those of you who don’t know, I don’t work in tech yet. I work as a 911 dispatcher for a police department. I know how important it is for responders to get your location when you have an emergency and I think Revolar is doing it the right way.

I rarely post 2 headlines about the same story, but the ViaWest story seems like a big deal. I hope they continue to support the Colorado tech community as much as they do now.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • INterview with Doug Campbell, Louisville-based Solid Power and Longmont-based Roccor CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s Colorado rollout will see robots and humans work together at new Thornton fulfillment center [Denverite]
  • Greenwood Village IT company ViaWest sold for $1.675B [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Notion raises $10M Series A to make homes — and insurers — smarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Inside the deal: ViaWest CEO on Colorado tech company’s $1.7B sale [DBJ]
  • DBJ Offices: Tour Pax8’s high-energy space in the Denver Tech Center (Photos) (Video) [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero is about to release an app-enabled Spider-Man toy [AndroidPolice]
  • Throwback Thursday: 3 leaders reflect on tech in the 80s and 90s — and make forecasts for the future [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Revolar hires ex-Otterbox CEO as its new leader [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Choozle wins Denver Business Journal’s #1 (Medium-Sized) Best Place to Work [Choozle]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #154: CTA, BSW, Go Code Colorado and Influence

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I don’t know where to start this week!

Do I start with the Boulder Startup Week highlights from BuiltinColorado? Highlights that do not include Brad Feld in shiny gold shorts as the ring card holder for the Founder Fights? That was my highlight. Or do I start with the news about the Colorado Technology Association’s announcement of their new CEO, Andrea Young? Maybe I should start with being named a top 50 influential person in Colorado tech for the second year in a row? That’s pretty darn cool. Or I could start with being asked to cover the Go Code Colorado Final Event as a blogger? I was part of a winning team last year after all. It’s just all too much. I can’t decide.

This week I will be at ReadyTalk’s FoxDen Launch Party and at the Go Code Colorado Final Event, both of which are on Thursday so let me know if you’ll be there too. I’d love to say “Hi”.

Also if you’re looking for an influential, self-motivated, entry-level software developer, I am looking for a new job so get in touch!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado startup Aventeer takes the price tag off of searching for local talent [CTA]
  • CEO and Co-founder of Boulder-based Amadeus Consulting, Lisa Calkins named Female CEO of the Year by CEO World Awards [AmadeusConsulting]
  • Colorado Springs software company, Altia Inc., has big plans, starting with interactive dashboard displays [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • Denver’s Choozle Appoints Eric Princen as Vice President of Engineering and Ashley Albrecht as East Coast Sales Director [Choozle]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to work on Denver-based ShopAtHome.com’s product team [BuiltinColorado]
  • You don’t have to start in startups: the past lives of 5 members of Colorado’s tech community [BuiltinColorado]
  • Andrea Young named Colorado Tech Association’s new CEO [DenverPost]
  • 50 influential people in Colorado tech you should follow on Twitter [BuiltinColorado]
  • We asked, you answered: Highlights from Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck is the #1 Place to Work in Denver! [GoSpotCheck]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #148: Feedback Needed

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I need your help! The future of Colorado Tech Weekly DEPENDS ON YOU! OK, maybe that’s a little too dramatic but I’m finding out that doing this blog and doing a podcast might be too much. I want to change things up, but I’m not sure how I want to do that. So yesterday I wrote up a post: The Future of Colorado Tech Weekly… with some of my thoughts and ideas. Since I write this blog and do the podcast for you as much as for me I would love to hear your feedback. Thank you for reading and listening!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, kicks off CU’s Conference on World Affairs [DenverPost]
  • 10 teams advance in 2016 Go Code Colorado challenge, finals May 26 [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot adds Cloud Harmonics to global distributor network [InnovatioNews]
  • Revolv becomes history and ends service; Boulder team moves to Nest [Tech+]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer at Apptio in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Choozle Announces Partnership with Digital First Media [Choozle]
  • Never “work” again: 7 Colorado startups hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broadband measures pass, pot doesn’t do so well in Tuesday’s election [DenverPost]
  • ULA cuts 375 jobs as new commercial space-race heats up [DenverPost]
  • Whole Foods partners with Boomtown on technology and snacks [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #41: Denver Tech Weekly?

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I pride myself on the ability to find tech news all over the state of Colorado, but this week it seems that almost all the headlines I chose were in Denver and I’m proud of that as well.

Top News

  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes new board members Shawn Adamson from Comcast and J.B. Holston from Sitrion [CTA]
  • Denver rated No. 2 on Forbes’ list of ‘Best Cities to Launch a Business’ [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Room 214 acquires custom social network provider, Social Engine [Room214]
  • Denver-based ad-tech start-up Choozle raises $1.8M seed round [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Seattle-based mobile health developer Mindbloom [Xconomy]
  • With new clients, new hires and new product releases, 2014 is a big year for SpireMedia in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 creatives who are making waves in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • HOSTING, headquartered in Denver, acquires Boston’s Ntirety, upping its total employee base to 400 [BuiltinColorado]
  • 23rd Studios reviews Go Code Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based Absio launches Dispatch Application -A confidential alternative to email [BDNT]

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