Colorado Tech Weekly #253: The Double-Edged Sword of ‘Others In Your Niche’

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Reading tech news now that I am working full-time in the Colorado tech community is a different experience. The company I work for is involved in the payments processing space. This week, 2 companies who are involved in the same space are sharing news. The cool thing about other people being involved in your niche is that it validates your motivations. Other people being involved shows that you are in a good place. The down side to others being involved in your niche is the inherent competition. I prefer promoting community over competition, but when there is competition I want it to be healthy and supportive because it’s more fun for me that way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based PaySimple embeds payments, cash management tools for in-field technicians [PYMNTS]
  • Colorado Legislative Tech Caucus delves into blockchain technology [CTA]
  • Tech startup Wurk raises $3.2M in bridge-funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver payment processing startup QRails nabs $1M in fresh capital [BusinessDen]
  • Hansen-Herod net neutrality bill moves forward [COHouseDems]
  • German-based HERE mapping company is now here with new Boulder office [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha plans major expansion, including Denver [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s SendGrid signs with Pipeline to use AI for workplace gender equity [InnovatioNews]
  • What Does It Take to Transition Into Tech? [SkillDistillery]
  • Large media campus project called off in Parker, developer searches for new site [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #246: Bigger and Better and Databases and Game Developers

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Two themes for you this week. The Colorado tech community keeps getting bigger and better with big companies moving into the state and with local companies growing their presence. Growth is what we do here.

The two things i highlighted this week have to do with database administration and game development. Those are two specialties that I don’t think get enough credit for how hard their work is. Most web development is done with an ORM (Object Relational Mapper) that tries to obfuscate all the database stuff. I just started using Entity Framework Core and it’s theory seems to be “Seriously, don’t worry about the database. I got this. You go do your thing” which is nice but doesn’t always work. Also game development is really hard so give them kudos too.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Google shows off new Boulder campus, funds K-12 computer science program (Photos) [DBJ]
  • Woodward provides info on adding jobs in Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • Global tech company Levels Beyond trades longtime RiNo location for downtown Denver office space [ReachEngine]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe expands agreements with two major commercial tech customers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity takes gold cybersecurity award [InnovatioNews]
  • Pandora sweeps into dedicated Denver office space [BusinessDen]
  • Denver-based boojers participate in the 2017 Furry Scurry [Booj]
  • Scene and Cut. A wrap up of Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days 2018 [DBAKevlar]
  • Rockin’ the ‘burbs: Meet 5 Colorado tech companies that call Castle Rock home [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTOs to know: Meet 4 Colorado tech leaders driving innovation in their industries [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #245: Discover. Learn. Create. Repeat.

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I’m almost 3 months into my career as a software developer. Every day I wonder what I would tell someone who wants to become a developer. I’ve decided the best way to describe the job of a developer is with the four words in the headline.

As a student, whether in a school or learning by ourselves, that process is guided by instructors or ourselves. In a work environment, what we discover and create is usually defined by our clients but the process is still the same.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor-Angie’s List merger is off to a good start, CEO says [DBJ]
  • JumpCloud is hiring 50 engineers in Boulder [BFeld]
  • Maxar Technologies, parent of DigitalGlobe, moves 800-job HQ to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Inside Denver’s Apto: Why we host hackathons every quarter [Apto]
  • Denver-based FullContact shuts down networking site Conspire 18 months after buying it [DBJ]
  • Finding a good use for blockchain technology will take a community [DenverPost]
  • Lead the way: Here are the 8 newest execs in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech tour: A behind-the-scenes look at 4 sleek Colorado office spaces [BuiltinColorado]
  • Game on: 6 Colorado game development studios giving us a break from reality [BuiltinColorado]
  • Python pros, these 5 Colorado tech companies want to put your skills to use [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #240: Reflection, Direction and an Open Software Engineer Position

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This week has a good amount of both reflection and direction stories. I never thought too much about the relationship between the two until just now. In order to have good direction, it is important to reflect well on what has happened, where you are and where you intend to be.  I’m in a very good spot for this as I settle in after my first month at Infinicept and as I start my very last class to finish off my CS degree!

Speaking of Infinicept, we are hiring for a mid-senior level Software Engineer! Come work with me and my team! If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll help you out.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder smart-home software developer Yonomi adds $5 million from manufacturer of car technology [DenverPost]
  • Our Role in Colorado Tech’s Continued Growth: A letter from the CEO [CTA]
  • Colorado Springs-based FoodMaven secures $8.6M in Series A fund round [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs software firm Cherwell Technology is looking for a new CEO [DBJ]
  • Centennial-based Innovation Pavilion greets the New Year [InnovationPavilion]
  • Staffing leader KORE1 invests in Denver through acquisition of Kranect [KORE1]
  • Denver-based Choozle CTO John Schnipkoweit on creating a dynamic and diverse workplace [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Misty Robotics unveils its first personal robot, but not just anyone can buy it [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s GutCheck by the Numbers: 2017 [GutCheck]
  • CSU-Pueblo ‘CyberWolves’ win in national online security contest [PuebloChieftain]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #234: Revolar lives up to their name, I start my first day and all the December tech events

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Last week I happily learned that “revolar” is Spanish for “to take flight again.” Luckily, since I started this blog I have seen very few good companies go away and I was honestly heartbroken to hear about Revolar closing their doors, so I am excited to share the news that they are back in business!

Speaking of exciting news, today is my first day of my new career! I have no idea what my work or my life will be like in the immediate future and I’m super excited about that. Wish me luck!

As always, I only listed 10 tech events, but it seems like the first week of December is when all the monthly tech groups are doing their meetings to get them out of the way before the holidays so if you’re looking for a tech meetup this month, it’s probably happening within the next 2 weeks. I’m tempted by the Misty Robotics hackathon. If you remember, Misty Robotics is the serious-robot spin-off from fun-toy-robot company, Sphero. I’m a big fan of them as well.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Zayo Group to pay $127 million for private fiber network backed by former Netscape CEO [DenverPost]
  • Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based cannabis software firm, Baker Technologies, lands $8M funding round [BusinessDen]
  • Denver’s Revolar takes flight again [Revolar]
  • Cannabis tech partnership: Colorado’s MassRoots teams up with New Frontier Data [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s tech job growth and office rent increases slower than most of the top 30 tech markets [DenverPost]
  • How Denver’s Name.com is helping the community during the season of giving [Name.com]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks named one of Colorado’s Top 250 Private Companies for 4th year in a row by Colorado Biz Magazine [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • In Colorado, do more votes for municipal broadband networks mean instant internet access? Not so fast [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based CodeCraft School suspends enrollment [CodeCraftSchool]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #231: Municipal Broadband and APEX Awards and Other Stories and Events and… and…

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I am intrigued by the growing popularity of municipal broadband or at least the growing interest. It is my opinion that internet access should be treated like a utility. I have spent the last 4 years going to school, networking for my next job, searching for jobs, learning about the community and there is no way I could not do this without a consistent, reliable internet connection. Everyone should have this kind of opportunity.

Congratulations to this year’s APEX Award winners! It’s neat to see the people and companies I share about are getting recognized!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top Colorado mobile app developers [Kumulos]
  • It takes pay to play in metro Denver’s tech job market, surveys say [DBJ]
  • Girls Who Code plans three new campus programs in Colorado [TechRockies]
  • 18 more Colorado municipalities vote in favor of city-owned internet, while Fort Collins approves $150 million to move forward [DenverPost]
  • Cheyenne-based Green House Data acquires Denver-based Ajubeo [GreenHouseData]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global adds recruiting to suite of employment solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Wayne Williams: Colorado elections run smoothly, with a little help from the National Guard [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Tech firm Liqid moving HQ from Lafayette to Broomfield [BizWest]
  • 17th annual APEX Awards spotlight Colorado’s tech leaders [InnovatioNews]
  • Once flying high, Denver-based MassRoots has nosedived [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #226: Overexertion and the Idea of an Amazon HQ2 in Colorado

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Everyone says they want Amazon’s second headquarters to be in Colorado. I admit, it’s a cool idea but I wonder if it’s a good idea. I am wondering a lot of things today, mainly because I overexerted myself last week and I’m super tired, but the question still lingers in my head. What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community? Or a more fun question to consider would be, “What kind of effect would our inclusive tech community have on Amazon?” I think I like considering that question more.

Pro-tip: Don’t renovate a third of your house in 4 days while taking online senior-level college courses and working a more than full-time, high-stress job while managing contract work and a job search. It’s not healthy.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • California GPS tech company, Trimble, plans big new Westminster building [DBJ]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor completes purchase of Angie’s List, goes public, grows 33 percent in a day [DenverPost]
  • Feds clear CenturyLink to buy Broomfield’s Level 3, but with conditions to keep internet competitive [DenverPost]
  • All Colorado Congress members to Jeff Bezos: Build Amazon HQ2 here [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies Partners with Denver’s SecureSet Academy for cybersecurity Education and hiring [RimTech]
  • Colorado loses a corporate headquarters and a satellite imaging pioneer as Westminster-based DigitalGlobe is purchased [DenverPost]
  • Opportunity awaits: 7 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association adds four new members to board [InnovatioNews]
  • Big month for big hires: 6 Colorado tech companies welcome new leaders this September [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 hit record attendance (again) [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #223: Never Stop Learning

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Working in tech means we never stop learning. Denver Startup Week looks like it’s going to have some amazing ways to continue learning. But it’s also important to keep the constant learning fun because constantly learning means constantly doing things that are new and uncomfortable is difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The 9 best tech companies in Colorado [MatrixMarketing]
  • Tech for social good: This web app by Denver-based Elevated Third helps victims of violent crime find the resources they need [BuiltinColorado]
  • At Westminster’s Digital Globe, this leader listens to people with big ideas, not just big titles [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSG teams with Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics to monetize Internet of Things [InnovatioNews]
  • BBB issues warning about Denver’s Photobucket [DBJ]
  • Breaking tradition: 4 Colorado companies bringing new-school tech to old-school industries [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder energy auditing company Simuwatt raises $50,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver Startup Week ’17 for cutting-edge devs [CuttleSoft]
  • Silicon Valley GPS developer Trimble acquires Boulder’s 10-4 Systems [DenverPost]
  • Death of the DBA, Long Live the DBA [DBAKevlar]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #221: Diversity is Easy When You’re Inclusive

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When I hear anyone talk about why they enjoy being a part of the Colorado tech community, one of the first things they say is how inclusive it is here. I take pride in that.

I also just find the business world more fun to participate in when I can be inclusive and cooperative instead of exclusive and competitive. This is why I enjoy promoting the achievements of others, including those who may be competing with me for jobs. The business world, and especially the tech industry, is not a zero-sum game. There are more opportunities than ever!

Be inclusive and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado startups where you can volunteer your time on the company dime [BuiltinColorado]
  • Layoffs begin as Denver-based tech educator Galvanize restructures [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s SpotX fully acquired by RTL Group [SpotX]
  • Englewood-based BillingPlatform raises $18M Series A, announces new CEO [BuiltinColorado]
  • National Cybersecurity Center CEO resigns, replaced by ex-CEO of Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software [CSGazette]
  • How do we drive diversity in tech? 5 female leaders weigh in [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Sphero rolls out Star Wars’ R2-D2, “the toy people have been waiting for 40 years to get” [DenverPost]
  • Lockheed Martin kicks off construction of $350 million Colorado satellite factory in Littleton [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association presents state’s first Stand Up For STEM Award [DigitalColorado]
  • Denver Broncos’ Mile High stadium gets $6 million internet upgrade with faster, reliable Wi-Fi [DenverPost]

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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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