Colorado Tech Weekly #81: Crystal Ball. Lego Block. Business Triangle?

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I was trying to go for some sort of shape theme for my headline. I’m not sure I did it right.  I’m not sure I did it right.I don’t know about you, but my living room is a mess with new Legos. It’s that weird “work week” between Christmas and New Years where you can’t get any momentum to get things accomplished but you don’t feel right bringing your new Sega Genesis emulator to work and just playing around all day either.

I hope your holidays were filled with better than expected family time, gifts and reactions to gifts. Since focusing on the present is difficult let’s look into the future with 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015:

  1. WellTok gets some local competition in health tech: Welltok seems to be the Colorado leader in healthcare tech in 2014. In 2015, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, wearables, security fears and better cloud services health tech will change a lot but will not grow in a huge way. This will allow smaller and newer companies to step in to the health tech industry.
  2. Colorado’s information security industry doubles: Looking through my 2014 posts I mentioned over a dozen Colorado-based information security companies. I didn’t realize there were so many! The 2014 headlines about chain-store security breaches,state-sponsored industrial espionage, and NSA overreach is putting the focus on information security and these Colorado companies will benefit greatly.
  3. “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize: In 2014 Galvanize expanded to Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco. Its growth not only kept up with the pace of the growth of the startup community, it probably also helped to push the expansion of Colorado’s startup community. In 2015 the next big thing will come from Galvanize. I don’t know what it is, but it’ll be cool.

Happy New Year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The road to municipal Internet: Boulder benefits from Longmont’s journey [DailyCamera]
  • FASTG8 launched in Carbondale by Adconion founder Tyler Moebius to help retailers drive online shopping [InnovatioNews]
  • iTriage, StackExchange, Quick Left and Sovrn are a few of the Colorado startups giving back this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • The top 3 digital marketing and social media trends in 2015 [Room214]
  • Golden-based NREL’s Peregrine supercomputer honored by two magazines with Editor’s Choice awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Oracle to buy Denver’s Datalogix, expand in online advertising services [DBJ]
  • Bike to work? CDOT to expand Colorado website with local trail information [DBJ]
  • Hour of Code opens window for students across Douglas County [YourHub]
  • Denver-based PaySimple gathers the best small business predictions for 2015 [PaySimple]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity hires Ed Murray, David Packer to lead company in engineering and sales [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #80: Reviewing my predictions for 2014, 1 event and business

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Christmas is in 3 days. That thought didn’t quite hit me until I just typed it. I should start wrapping presents. At least I have them all purchased.

Since this is the 2nd to last Monday of the year, I figured i would look back at my predictions I made for 2014. I give myself a generous 50% accuracy.

  • I predicted that Revolv and Rachio would be purchased. Revolv is now part of Nest. Rachio is still Rachio. I was half right.
  • I predicted that Dish Network would not be awarded the Worst Company to Work For award. They’re not even in the “top” 10. Good job Dish! Also I was right!
  • I predicted that smartphone innovation would plateau. I was right! But I thought there would be a cool game-changing audio UI. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that responsive web design would become the norm. It’s not the norm yet, but it’s slowly getting there. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that Fire OS would become the #3 most popular tablet OS. I generously give myself half credit because Amazon botched this one. They could have made this happen, but instead they focused on building a phone that focused on convincing users to buy more from Amazon. Damn you Bezos!

I don’t anticipate much news being made this week, so I should have plenty of time and room for predictions for 2015 in next week’s post. I wonder if I can make them all Colorado tech focused.

Happy Holidays!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Rally Software teams with Code for America [TechKnowBytes]
  • Westminster-based Lassy Project raises $750K of $1.6M equity investment round offering [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver lands Panasonic Enterprise Solutions near airport [DenverPost]
  • Boulder won’t stand in the way of Google’s expansion [DBJ]
  • Denver-Based Altitude Digital appoints former Federated Media/Lijit Exec Manny Puentes as Chief Technology Officer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes in Denver with PaySimple Customer Experience [PaySimple]
  • Douglas County-based Dish is first pay-TV company to integrate Netflix [TechKnowBytes]
  • Littleton’s Lockheed Martin Space Systems lands another $16.7 million in tax incentives (Video) [DBJ]
  • Take a Quick Look at Boulder-based Quick Left in our 2014 Annual Report [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast doubles Internet speeds for most Colorado customers [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #79: 10 Different Areas of Tech

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Sometimes I try to write headlines that summarize the 10 articles I feature. Most of the time, that’s really hard to do. This week is no different. Everything from video games to satellite surveillance, cloud computing to education and beyond. It’s amazing how many things technology touches and how much of that happens here in Colorado.

I just finished 2 courses at Regis. That doesn’t mean I stop learning now that class is over, I just get to choose what it is I learn. Trying to narrow it down is tough. Have a happy Monday!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Embark on exploration in open-world game ‘Seabeard’ from Boulder-based Backflip Studios [USAToday]
  • Longmont’s AllSource joins effort to monitor North Korea’s political prisons [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Wayin appoints software sales veteran Mike Rosol to be VP of sales [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SuiteHop completes $1M equity funding round, adds more than $5M in suite inventory [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster-based SpotXchange reports ‘incredible’ year of revenue growth and network expansion in 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Zayo Group acquires Kansas-based IdeaTek Systems, adds new route between Omaha and Dallas [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left closes $500K funding round with Lighter Capital [QuickLeft]
  • General: Aerospace industry Colorado’s best-kept secret [BizWest]
  • Denver’s MapQuest professors host “Hour of Code” Academy [CTA]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements releases CRM & marketing automation API “Hub” [ProgrammableWeb]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #78: It’s Computer Science Education Week! Woohoo!

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Woohoo! It’s Computer Science Education Week! Last year I volunteered to help out with the Hour of Code at my daughter’s elementary school. It was a blast. So this year I get to be in charge of the Hour of Code at the school so we’re cranking it up a notch. Forget ONE hour of code, we’re doing FIVE hours of code. One hour each day. I’m so excited!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • STEM-focused Metro State University of Denver earns spot on national approved college list [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Rally reports 3Q loss while setting revenue record [BizWest]
  • Google made staying in Boulder priority in expansion quest [BizWest]
  • Vista Equity Partners leads $35 million investment in Broomfield-based Return Path to accelerate growth in email [ReturnPath]
  • InnovatioNews launches new Talent section to spotlight how companies manage talent for growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SendGrid raises $20M, plots new strategy for new markets [Xconomy]
  • Littleton-based 5280 Prosthetics gives amputees first-ever smartphone connection to artificial limbs [InnovatioNews]
  • Jobs may come to Colorado Springs from joint venture between Colorado Springs-based defense contractors Delta Solutions & Strategies and Apogee Engineering [Gazette]
  • More Denver-area CIOs plan to add IT workers in early 2015 [DBJ]
  • Orion: Colorado leaders celebrate successful mission (Video) [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #77: Security Space Dog Job Events

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My headline looks like a bad spam subject line, doesn’t it? Am I talking about a crazy, out of this world, canine job fair? That would be pretty cool, but no! Each word in the headline is something I’m excited about in this week’s news. IT security, high-tech dog collars, a ton of cool developer-centric events and the Orion Mission leaves Earth!

Between the ESA landing on a freaking comet, the fact that I’m in the middle of reading “The Martian” and Orion having so many Colorado ties I am on a super space kick and I’m loving it! I may have to get up early Thursday to watch the Orion launch just to geek out even more. I included a link to the NASA channel in the Events section. You’re welcome. 🙂

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado retains No. 4 position on Milken Institute’s State Technology and Science Index [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot achieves significant business growth in first fiscal quarter [YahooFinance]
  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft (built by Littleton’s Lockheed Martin) will launch Dec. 4 (On a Denver-based ULA rocket) into deep space (then communicate and record data using Broomfield’s Ball Aerospace technology) [DenverPost]
  • Microsoft CSO and Boulder-based Ecrypt CEO share inaugural Security Industry Award [Ecrypt]
  • Englewood’s Civergy acquired by New York firm, changes name [DBJ]
  • Behind the scenes of Kickstarting Wuf a smart dog collar from Boulder [DenverPost]
  • Tim Shanahan hired as Greenwood Village-based InteliSecure sales VP [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver e-commerce startup Active Junky preps for holidays, big 2015 [Xconomy]
  • Two Denver Internet radio sites, MadGenius and Digitally Imported, join T-Mobile’s unlimited music service [TechKnowBytes]
  • Software-services firm Xpanxion opens Fort Collins office [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #76: A tech drive and 100 companies

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“Hi” to everyone I met at the RefactorU job fair! It was a good event. I highly suggest anyone looking into changing careers into tech to go to a job fair and ask questions. It’s amazing how helpful recruiters are. It makes sense though, the better prepared job-seekers are the easier it should be for recruiters.

Please make sure you check out the link to the Open World Learning tech drive! I was excited to see that most of the companies listed in the Top 100 digital employers post have been mentioned in Colorado Tech Weekly. For those I haven’t mentioned, I’m looking forward to learning about you!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cognizant completes purchase of Douglas County-based TriZetto [DBJ]
  • APEX Conference showcased leadership, innovation and culture for company growth [CTA]
  • Ibotta and Best Buy offer customers cash back on their electronics this holiday shopping season [Ibotta]
  • Boulder-based Flashback Technologies closes on $2M Series A round [InnovatioNews]
  • Feed your drive for tech this Thanksgiving [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects’ LulzBot TAZ 4 3D printer named Most Maker Machine by Make: magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield’s Return Path acquires e-commerce data analysis firm, adds data and digital veteran to executive team [ReturnPath]
  • Colorado sees tech job growth, but also a need to prepare future workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Twentyseven Global to award a Denver health IT startup With $25,000 tech investment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Garrett Reim lists the top 100 digital employers in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #75: Say “Hi” to someone new this week

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Last week I said you should get inspired and go meet people. This week I get to follow my own advice! After all it doesn’t seem right for me to give advice and not follow it.

I had originally planned to attend the Apex Conference as a volunteer. I went last year as a wide-eyed newbie and was pretty impressed, but due to my own poor planning I won’t be going this year. Instead I will make up for it by going to RefactorU’s Web Development Career Fair in Boulder followed by logging into the Regis University’s ACM meeting. After that, I’ll be at Galvanize for the Denver New Tech meetup. Looking forward to seeing some of you in person!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder tech’s open house: NewCo lets you inside Techstars, Galvanize, PivotDesk, Google & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Evergreen-based Wowza Media Systems entices developers with $15,000 App Challenge [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Ken Lund to leave OEDIT position and be replaced by River North’s Fiona Arnold in January [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado aerospace to take center stage Dec. 4 with launch of Orion crew module in Florida [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s smart sprinkler maker Rachio working with Nest, raising seed round [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Cloud CRM firm tectonic acquires Local Cloud9 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Boomtown Accelerator’s Second Batch of Startups Make Their Debuts [Xconomy]
  • Galvanize Boulder taking 27,000 square feet at Pearl West [BizWest]
  • Go Code Colorado wins Project of the Year at Apex Awards [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Economic Development Commission offers $19M in incentives for more than 1,200 jobs [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #74: Finding Inspiration

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I just finished listening to the latest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Ruby Rogues. It’s a few Ruby programmers who spend most of their time talking about higher level concepts that ANY programmer of any language can appreciate. They had Kinsey Ann Durham, developer for Denver-based GoSpotCheck, as a guest and she talked about being a new developer and her path to that job. It’s inspiring to hear stories from developers like Kinsey. Give it a listen, get inspired and go to one of the events below!

For EVEN MOAR inspiration check out the stories of the CTA APEX awards and the TechStars “Where are they now” story.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • City of Denver clarifies software-tax policies to quiet concerns [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Rachio gets $2.5M so you can water your lawn from your cell phone [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara receives $1.25M in new funding, $50K vote of confidence from consumers [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest growing in Denver with Commute app [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Tech startup of the month: Boulder-based OpenSnow [CoBizMag]
  • Denver’s gSchool announces Go Microservices Track [galvanize]
  • Colorado Springs-based ISSAC receives 2014 Award of Excellence in Aerospace/Defense [CTA]
  • Denver-based Skiing in Colorado just got a whole lot cheaper with Outdoors.io [BuiltinColorado]
  • 14th annual APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders [CTA]
  • Where Are They Now? Featuring Rapt Media, Occipital and RoundPegg [Techstars]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #73: Mad Geniuses, Ty Lawson and GO VOTE!

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Tomorrow is Election Day! It should be a holiday, but for some weird reason it’s not. Make sure that you vote! Even better would be doing some research, and then voting.

Whether your interest is in startups, technology jobs or STEM education, you need to make sure your voice is heard at every level of government. GO VOTE!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Cloud Elements on growing up, moving out, and spending $3.1M [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 secrets of Boulder-based SolidFire’s Colorado success [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s “Mad Geniuses” take on Pandora in quest to create online radio magic [Xconomy]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders earns state OK to become newest certified occupational school [InnovatioNews]
  • APEX Conference to showcase top technology leaders in Colorado [CTA]
  • Denver Nuggets star basketball player Ty Lawson launches Denver-based Bottles Waiting app to reshape, enhance nightclub experience [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements Learns from developer users and offers single API integration [Tech Cocktail]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 deal for TW Telecom closes, creating $28 billion business data company [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s TrainingPeaks creates top athletes with web and mobile apps [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based BiggerPockets celebrates 10 years as the leading real estate investing network [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #72: Almost all the things happened in Boulder

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In Colorado Tech Weekly 41, I joked about renaming this series Denver Tech Weekly. This week it could be called Boulder Tech Weekly! I’m really curious how Nest’s purchase of Revolv will play out. I finally post about Ello. I’m not sure about it, but I’m not sure why. And Longmont has a municipal broadband service? That’s cool!

Also MAKE SURE YOU GO VOTE!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • FCC clears Broomfield-based Level 3’s purchase of TW Telecom [DBJ]
  • Built In Colorado gives you 9 tips for getting hired at a Colorado tech company straight from recruiters [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Galvanize announces GalvanizeU: Accedited Master’s of Data Science [Galvanize]
  • Boulder’s Rogue Wave releases Klocwork 10.1, the newest version of its static analysis tool for developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Zayo adding 93 route-miles in Boulder area to its 800-mile Front Range fiber network [InnovatioNews]
  • City of Longmont unveils “NextLight”, a municipal internet service [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Ello raises $5.5 million, vows to remain ad-free by becoming Public Charter [TechKnowBytes]
  • Google’s Nest adds Boulder home automation hub maker, Revolv to its technology team [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based cloud security firm Managed Methods raises $1.5 million [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s FreeWave Technologies launches WaveContact family of wireless I/O solutions for M2M [InnovatioNews]

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