Colorado Tech Weekly #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #205: All Good News and Contemplating the Future of Colorado Tech Weekly

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I’ve been thinking of shutting down this newsletter or maybe handing it over to someone else. It’s a thought that has been rattling around my head for about a month. I’m thinking more and more that it’s a good idea.

Since I’ve started Colorado Tech Weekly, BuiltinDenver is now BuiltinColorado and they do their own weekly roundup post, the Denver Business Journal does a weekly tech email, and CTA started Digital Colorado to share tech news stories from various sources. Add to the fact that most of my events come from BuiltinColorado and Meetup.com and you can easily get all the content I provide without me.

This is a great thing! I am one guy who does this newsletter in my limited part-time but those people are passionate professionals with time and resources to do what I’m doing, but just do it better. It would also give me more time to write code because that’s why I started all of this: to get a job as a software developer. And I’ve realized since I started my Twitch streams how much time I haven’t spent actually writing code due to work, school and other obligations so it will be good for me to spend more time doing what I love.

Nothing is being decided anytime soon but if you have any ideas, please let me know.

This week is Boulder Startup Week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 9 Fort Collins tech companies that should be on your radar [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast NBCUniversal is buying Denver’s home-grown video startup Craftsy [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s Q3 earnings per share up 240 percent [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: How 4 Colorado startups chose their technology stacks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google says it has doubled Colorado employees since 2015 as it preps opening of new Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • How these Colorado tech leaders foster collaborative company cultures [BuiltInColorado]
  • Back to school: 5 Colorado tech startups that offer tuition reimbursement [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado named ‘Innovation Champion’ by Consumer Tech Assn. [InnovatioNews]
  • Lafayette-based Liqid Inc. raises $10M in Series A funding [BizWest]
  • Insider advice to land a job in Denver tech [CodeTalent]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #202: Two JS conference recaps, two great WWC events and our tech scene is growing up

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In previous CTW posts I have “complained” that I need new ways of saying that the Colorado tech community is growing. This week our stories point out how we aren’t just growing but we are growing up.  I especially like the Denver Post article by Tamara Chuang on this subject.

I’m going to keep doing my Tuesday coding Twitch stream. I’m starting to get halfway comfortable with it. I’m planning on focusing on writing code challenges in Java until something else piques my interest.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Leadership shakeup: 6 Colorado startups with new leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based section.io adds Chief Revenue Officer Matt Haentzschel, expands US sales team [Yahoo]
  • 5 Colorado adtech companies searching for talented people like you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Twitter’s Gnip chief Chris Moody is joining Boulder’s Foundry Group [VentureBeat]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity appoints Andrew Lewman as Vice President [OWLCybersecurity]
  • Denver-based dating app, MeetMindful, attracts like-minded investors, raises $1.8 million [DenverPost]
  • Ft. Collins’ Trail Ridge Technologies expands production of QuckVu Digital automotive backup camera (PDF) [TrailRidgeTechnologies]
  • The state of Colorado cannatech: Fundings, new launches and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Rachio becomes first smart home company to earn ‘B Corp’ sustainability rating [InnovatioNews]
  • Startups no more? Jobs, funding on the rise for Denver’s maturing tech scene [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #201: Save-a-click and read BuiltinColorado

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Am I doing clickbait right? I think I might be doing it backwards.

I really do pride myself on finding a variety of news sources, but some weeks it just happens that most of my articles come from mostly one source. This week it’s from BuiltinColorado. They do a great job giving insights into Colorado tech companies and it’s rare I have a CTW post without at least one article from them so you should be reading them anyway (plus they let me post these articles on their site but I’d promote them even if they didn’t).

Last week I updated the theme of my site and did my first Twitch stream and both seemed to go well. Tomorrow I’m going to do another Twitch stream and take on FizzBuzz in C#. If you have time, let me know what you think!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber files for bankruptcy with $50M buyout offer [DenverPost]
  • How 4 Colorado startups go above and beyond to welcome new employees [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft acquires Boulder-based cloud technology Deis [DenverPost]
  • Go Code Colorado reveals 10 teams for May 24 2017 final competition event [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver chosen for VERY FIRST Feature Maker Faire in Region! Oct 14th & 15th [DenverMakerFaire]
  • 3 startups proving Colorado tech isn’t just hot in Denver and Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • It’s pretty much free money: 5 Colorado companies with 401(k) match [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sphero, the Boulder firm behind Star Wars’ BB-8 toy robot, adds another $35.4 million from investors [BuiltinColorado]
  • State of Colorado proposes financial services cybersecurity requirements [DigitalColorado]
  • What it’s like to be the boss: 4 Colorado CEOs open up [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #192: Mostly Good News and Awesome Events

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If all the news was good news would we really appreciate the good news? That’s a pretty deep question for a tech newsletter.

The events this week look amazing. I wish I could go to all of them, but I can’t. You should go! It’ll be great!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder adtech startup, Brandzooka, lands seed round, plans to add 25 new team members [BuiltinColorado]
  • Compri Consulting acquires Gunther Douglas to keep pace with jobs demand of Colorado’s Tech Industry [CTA]
  • From Immigration to Innovation: Why I Co-founded Denver-based Revolar [Revolar]
  • Big week for big hires as 7 Colorado startups see leadership changes [BuiltinColorado]
  • Layoffs follow Denver’s ReadyTalk acquisition [DBJ]
  • Denver ranked as 2nd-most appealing city in U.S. for tech employees [DenverPost]
  • How immigration has shaped the experiences of these 8 Colorado tech founders [BuiltinColorado]
  • SpotX Hot Seat: Q&A with VP of Engineering in Westminster, Joel DuBien [SpotX]
  • How do Denver software engineer salaries compare nationally? [DBJ]
  • Viavi laying off 61 in Colorado Springs (by The Gazette) [DenverPost]
Thursday, March 16

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Colorado Tech Weekly #188: CloudElements Grows, NewMedia Grew Too Fast and Tech-Related Politics

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This week we have some political news, but don’t worry it’s political news about technology in Colorado!

This week includes a state grant to improve rural internet access, Governor Hickenlooper talks about transportation and broadband while Colorado startups look to disrupt transportation while using broadband and (2 news items that are not listed below) Colorado’s U.S. Representative Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner have both proposed technology-related legislation. It’s important to look past the loud, headline-grabbing political stories and pay attention to what is being done in government that affects our industry. The more people we have involved in governing, the better governing we will get.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Year’s resolutions from the Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner team [ZenPlanner]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements lands $13M to expand API integration platform and grow team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg to debut “FitBit” for cows at National Western Stock Show [DenverPost]
  • State awards grants to improve Internet access in rural areas [BizWest]
  • Fast-growing Denver tech company, NewMedia restructures, lays off employees as it plots growth [DBJ]
  • What I’ve learned about Longmont’s Viget in 2016 – And what it means for recruiting in 2017 [Viget]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies that give back to their communities year-round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hickenlooper names transportation, broadband as his priorities for 2017 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ReadyTalk prepares to be acquired by much larger PGi, as founders prepare to exit [DenverPost]
  • How these 6 Colorado startups are disrupting the transportation industry [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #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 #181: Holidays Don’t Slow Colorado Tech

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I thought with the Thanksgiving holiday last week and the upcoming holidays that it would be more difficult to find Colorado tech news and events. I was wrong. Dead wrong. Sometimes I really like being wrong.

On that note, I won’t get a developer job before the end of the year (I’d love to be wrong about this too).

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 7 Colorado tech employees are thankful for this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • How 4 Colorado startups are giving back to their communities this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tired of the same tiny emojis? Heck yeah, Kwippit is from Denver! [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Optiv files for an IPO [DBJ]
  • Galvanize to close Fort Collins campus after 18 months of operation [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Tectonic helps companies use Big Data analytics to better target customers needing their services [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global CEO, Ben Wright named as a ColoradoBiz Magzine’s CEO of the Year Finalist [VelocityGlobal]
  • NewCo Boulder 2016 at Viget [Viget]
  • Ft.t Collins-based RLE Technologies promotes Jeremy Swanner to president [BizWest]
  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber gets delisting warning from New York Stock Exchange [DBJ]

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