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 #284: Amazon Finally Makes a Decision and It’s Not Colorado

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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)!!

After months of speculation, hot-takes and wild-ass guesses, the Amazon HQ2 search is finally over. I could not be happier that it’s over. I don’t even care about the decision made by Amazon.

Colorado was one of the many reported options not chosen by Amazon and I don’t have much of a reaction to the news. I’m not sure that having a big Amazon tech office here would make much of a difference. We are not hurting for smart, innovative people who want to do new and amazing things with technology. We will just continue to grow our tech community with our patented inclusion and I’m very happy with that.

It’s getting close to the holidays so events are going to be sparse. If you have a tech event or a meetup group you want to promote, now is the time! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial health tech startup MDValuate files for bankruptcy [BizWest]
  • Homegrown wunderkind also a savvy entrepreneur[GJSentinel.com]
  • It’s official: Amazon passes on Denver splits HQ2 between Northern Virginia New York City [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Automox secures $9.3M Series A investment funding [Automox]
  • Denver fintech company SRS Acquiom acquired by private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners [DBJ]
  • From hardware to software: How Colorado continues to innovate to fight wildfires [ColoradoInno]
  • WeWork-backed bootcamp coding school opening in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity adds two to executive leaders team [InnovatioNews]
  • Facebook opens new office in Lower Downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • 9 Colorado companies make Deloittes list of fastest-growing tech 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 #276: Denver Startup Week is Just a Taste of the Colorado Tech/Startup Community

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This week, most of the focus of the Colorado tech community will be on Denver Startup Week. My focus will also be on Denver Startup Week because I’m super excited to go for the first time. But the really cool thing? It was really easy for me to find at least 10 events to help you connect to the Colorado tech community this week that are NOT a part of Denver Startup Week because this kind of sense of community is not just a once-a-year thing. It happens every day here and that makes me proud to be here.

I finally got my ideal Denver Startup Week itinerary finished this weekend. I’ll be spending some time at the Basecamp Monday and Thursday, but for the most part you can find me in developer panels. This is especially true Tuesday where it looks like I’ll be in developer panels from 8am-6pm!! I think I might need a bigger notebook.

Another reason I didn’t include Denver Startup Week events in this post is because there’s already one easy-to-use place to get info about all of those events at DenverStartupWeek.org.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Spire Global to debut its expanded Boulder office, now a key hub [BizWest]
  • Douglas County’s Western Union and Boulder’s Techstars partner on accelerator [BizWest]
  • Denver’s top tech jobs: Survey says Arrow Electronics, HomeAdvisor are the leaders [DenverPost]
  • Google pays Boulder employees $5 a day to leave their cars at home [DenverPost]
  • Boulder startup, Recruiting Innovation, is helping recruiters speak the language of tech [BizWest]
  • Arrow Electronics and Colorado Smart Cities Alliance launch Colorado Open Lab in Centennial [InnovatioNews]
  • Sonu Kansal joins Denver-based NextHealth as Chief Product Officer [NextHealth]
  • Marketo Denver office to keep growing after Adobe acquisition [DBJ]
  • This year, Denver Startup Week is riding a wave of moment in the local tech scene [Denverite]
  • Don’t understand blockchain? Denver Startup Week events will provide deeper understanding of new technology. [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #275: Cybersecurity, Space and Things That High Tech Dreams are Made Of

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This past week we got to see the future in Colorado! We have 3 headlines about innovative, cutting edge cybersecurity companies. We have 2 headlines about space technology being created here. Then we have an article about futuristic roadways that are starting to be created in Colorado AND the announcement of the new Sphero BOLT which is the kind of cool technology that motivates people to make even more technology. What’s not to love?

Speaking of the future, Denver Startup Week is next week and I’m excited to participate in my first Denver Startup Week! I’ve already gone through the events and chosen the ones that interest me, but now I need to figure out which events I can actually go to because I’m only one person.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Technology could transform transportation to the Vail Valley, and fairly soon [VailDaily]
  • Boulder’s Sphero launches BOLT, most advanced app-enabled robotic ball [InnovatioNews]
  • Boeing invests $10 million in Denver aerospace startup BridgeSat [DBJ]
  • Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black picked Boulder over Portland, Seattle and Austin, plans to grow headcount to 150 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based OverWatchID closes $2.5M seed financing round [InnovatioNews]
  • $80 million gift is Gunnison-based Western State’s largest ever. Here’s how the school plans to use it starting with a 75,000 square foot school of computer science. [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot reports double-digit growth in fiscal year [BizWest]
  • What Adobe’s rumored acquisition of Marketo could mean for Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Wellpass to enhance consumer health platform [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin wins $7.2B Air Force contract to build satellites at Littleton facility [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #271: Colorado Tech Is Booming, But We Still Need More “Talent”

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When I started going back to school for my computer science degree 5 years ago, Colorado had a small but thriving inclusive tech community. Today we has a large and thriving inclusive tech community that is still growing! Denver and Boulder share the spotlight, but, like we see with the headlines this week, other Colorado areas are also growing and in need of talented workers.

This tempts me to get on a soapbox about “talented workers” but I’ll keep it short. There is a line between being unable to find talented workers for a role and having expectations that are too high for a role. If you are constantly unable to find someone to fit your role, could your expectations be too high? Can you train someone to fit this role? This is not an easy line to define. If I knew how to accurately define where this line exists, I’d be a very well off consultant but I think it’s worth thinking about.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to be acquired by Veritone [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Filling backpacks for A Precious Child [Greystone]
  • Cybersecurity industry booming in Springs, but worker shortage remains [KOAA]
  • Denver-based AdSwerve acquires Seattle firm for $24 million [DBJ]
  • Talent acquisition, security breaches weigh on NoCo tech CEOs [BizWest]
  • Gusto hiring up to 100 in Denver, growing office faster than San Francisco HQ [DBJ]
  • Xerox spinoff to lay off 410 employees in Colorado Springs, continuing trend of cutting jobs in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • 5 steps to change your career and transition into tech [CodingBlonde]
  • Denver’s Red Canary and Endgame announce partnership [RedCanary]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe co-founds and leads new World Geospatial Industry Council [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #270: There’s Tech News!

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I can’t think of anything to say this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Exclusive: Slack’s Denver office will ‘house hundreds of employees’ [DBJ]
  • Jared Polis talks up Colorado blockchain opportunities at Boulder conference [DBJ]
  • Cannabis tech firm Wurk tripling office space in move to Ballpark neighborhood in Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Boulder-based cyber-security startup PasswordPing hires Michael Greene as chief executive [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s Left Hand Robotics receives $3.7M in seed funding for first snow-clearing robot [InnovatioNews]
  • New entrepreneur-in-residence for CU engineering school [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Red Canary and Endgame announce partnership [RedCanary]
  • Is downtown becoming Denver’s new tech hub? [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $43.3M [BizWest]
  • San Francisco startups open offices in Denver and elsewhere to help employees leave Bay Area [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #266: Leadership Matters and Fintech Grows in Denver

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The 2 subjects of this week’s headline directly affect me on a daily basis. As an employee of a startup with less than 10 people, our company is not only affected by the decisions made by our leadership but also the moods and attitudes that are shown by our founders, our managers and each of us. Leadership is not dependent on job title in a small organization, however the people with the big job titles have the most direct affect on the mood and culture of an organization. I’m excited to see what’s in store for OpenWorldLearning and Colorado Technology Association after their leadership changes.

My startup is also involved in fintech and seeing The Funding Circle opening an office here and seeing OnDeck grow their presence here makes me excited about the industry I get to work in.

I hope there’s something to get you excited this week! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s OpenWorldLearning announced the appointment of Annie Grenier Wright as its Chair [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Louisville-based Global Healthcare acquiring firm in Germany [BizWest]
  • Denver-based  Intermap Technologies’ 3D Earth mapping tech used to rescue Thai soccer team [DenverPost]
  • British fintech firm, The Funding Circle, leases 19,000 square feet in downtown Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Frannie Matthews named Colorado Technology Association’s new president & CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • New Colorado Technology Association chief looks to help connect companies and skilled workers [DBJ]
  • Fintech company, OnDeck, to grow Denver office by 15 percent within next five months [DBJ]
  • CA Technologies, with an office in Bouder, sold To Broadcom for $19B [PYMNTS]
  • Denver cybersecurity company OverWatchID expands, moves downtown from Tech Center [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech company, FreeWave Technologies, and CU hackathon may have unlocked the key to detecting wildfires [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #264: Agriculture, Blockchain, Funds, Hiring and Offices

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I could probably go on long tangents on most of the subjects in this week’s headline but I won’t because I like to keep my intro short so you can find the headlines you’re interested in and get on with your day. Let’s see if I can sum up each tangent:

  • Agriculture is an amazing industry for high-tech innovation that few people think about.
  • Blockchain tech interest is still more hype than knowledge.
  • Getting funding is cool, but not needing it is even better.
  • Colorado is still a great place to look for a software job. Speaking of which, my company, Infinicept, is looking to hire a mid-senior level .NET engineer. Come work with me!
  • How you set up your office can be both a great way to waste time and an important set of decisions to make your company more productive. Speaking of setting up offices, Infinicept got to set up our new office at Galvanize Denver Golden Triangle so if you end up at Galvanize, come say hi!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How we set up our office in Loveland, and why [RadialDevGroup]
  • Centennial airline mail-tracking service, Velocity Mail, bought for $25.5 million [DBJ]
  • Governor appoints 12 to Colorado blockchain technology council [DBJ]
  • Colorado will be ‘Silicon Valley for blockchain technology,’ National Cybersecurity Center CEO says [DBJ]
  • Two-thirds of Denver tech managers plan on hiring more people in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Denver Dating app MeetMindful raises $5.5M [BusinessDen]
  • Google gives more than $2M to NCWIT, CU Boulder [BizWest]
  • AgrAbility partners with Boulder-based Agribotix to help farmers with disabilities stay productive and progressive [Agribotix]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe, CGIAR partner to accelerate machine learning for agriculture [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity partners with SailPoint Technologies, acquires Elastic Beam [InnovatioNews]

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