Colorado Tech Weekly #299: Guild Plans More Jobs, Maxar Cuts Jobs, and Sparkfun Plays With the Newest From Sphero

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It’s another week where we have a little bit of everything. I’ve finally caught up my Colorado Tech Weekly Email Apology Tour after learning that I haven’t been checking the email account for over a year. I’m fairly certain the new site is gonna work. I’ve learned about domain registration things… oh and there’s tech news of every kind! Hardware, satellites, blockchain, social media, healthcare, municipal news, etc. This week we get a little bit of everything including some bad news about Maxar and Colorado Springs.

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Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver / Boulder startups most connected tech companies [Nudge]
  • Want to work at Twitter? This Colorado school is one of the top feeders for the company [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces the new RVR KickStarter ( and Nederland-based SparkFun gets to hack it) [SparkFun]
  • A city where all the traffic lights are green? The tech is live in Lakewood and coming soon to other Colorado cities [ColoradoSun]
  • Denver-based BridgeSat forms new partnership to build laser-based broadband network across Middle East [DenverPost]
  • After tripling in size last year fast-growing Denver tech startup Guild Education plans to hire 240 more employees [DBJ]
  • Governor aims to make Colorado ‘national hub for blockchain innovation’ [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based SCL Health and Zocdoc partner on real-time appointment booking [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based Maxar Technologies slashing 200-plus jobs after recent satellite failure [DenverPost]
  • Study: Springs is the worst for women in tech [CSBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #297: Full Body Sound, Great Events and Buzzwords Made Real

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There’s a lot that I like about this week’s news and events. One thing I look forward to doing on the new ColoradoTechWeekly.com is doing features on companies, people and organizations. To get that started I got to visit with Allison and Griffin of Full Body Sound at SolderWorks in Westminster last week and I got to feel music and it was pretty cool! They will be at the New Tech Colorado event in Boulder on the 21st.

Speaking of events, I like seeing combo events like the Boulder React Coding Night also on the 21st and my work would be directly impacted by the Visual Studio and Azure meetups too!

But then there’s the news! I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before about buzzwords in Colorado. They’re not just buzzwords! This week we have blockchain, diversity, security and autonomous robots! And this is just the top 10 stories! I love it!

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Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA hosts SheTech Explorer Day in Denver to inspire young female techies [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s NOAA and NCAR to partner on computer modeling [BizWest]
  • Carbonite’s largest office could be in Broomfield after $618M Webroot acquisition [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Velocity Global receives national recognition for its culture-driven workplace [VelocityGlobal]
  • Jack Waters named president of Boulder’s Zayo Networks and COO of Zayo Group Holdings [InnovatioNews]
  • CDOT installing fiber optic cable to make Highway 24 ‘smarter’ between Colorado Springs and Woodland Park [KKTV]
  • Longmont puts locally invented SnowBot to work in 2019 storms: Says its a financial game-changer [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Buyers circle for Boulder-based Zayo; company confirms it isn’t splitting [BizWest]
  • The Blucifer video game is ready for those of you who want to be Denver’s airport demon horse [Denverite]
  • How Denver’s System76 uses blockchain to deliver firmware updates [System76]

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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 #282: My Daughter Knows More About Quizlet Than I Do And GO VOTE!

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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)!!

Tomorrow is Election Day so please make sure your vote counts!! Democracy works best for those who show up and if we all show up, it works better for us all.

Just as I was finishing up this post, my 14 year old daughter came home and asked if there was any interesting tech news this week. I find the tech news interesting every week or else I wouldn’t do this but considering she’s a 14 year old girl I wasn’t sure if she would find any of it interesting. I told her about Propeller cuz they’re a drone company and told her about PlayerLync because their early clients were professional sports teams. Then I told her about Quizlet bringing employment to Denver because I like bragging about that. “Oh! We use Quizlet all the time!” she said excitedly. It’s one of the tools her teachers encourage her to use. I had never heard of Quizlet before this week, so it’s neat that even though I spend much of my time reading about the tech industry, I can still have my knowledge humbled by my daughter.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Why Advanced Energy is moving 100 management employees to Denver [DBJ]
  • Quizlet online learning platform’s new Denver office could bring 300 jobs paying average annual wage of $156K [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based Coalfire partners with Virta Labs to enhance medical device security [InnovatioNews]
  • CU Denver is Colorado’s only CIBER school. Here’s what that means for business. [DBJ]
  • Drone software company Propeller settling into Denver headquarters with plans to grow [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics posts record Q3 earnings on sales of $7.49B [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks acquires Allen Technology Advising [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • After CDOT attack Colorado CTO talks layers of defense [GovTech]
  • Denver’s PlayerLync receives $12.5M in new growth funding led by Volition Capital [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud’s accelerating growth requires additional office space in Boulder [JumpCloud]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #281: Hiring is Hard! Colorado is Great! Denver Startup Week Was Fun!

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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”.

This week’s headlines is more of the same. More growth! You’d think that after almost 300 weeks of mostly good news about growth, it would get boring but it never does!

Speaking of good things, I am slightly ashamed by the lack of original content on this blog so I’m going to start writing more blog posts! Last week I started my 2018 Denver Startup Week Review with a look at Day 1. You’ll never guess what’s in store for this week… ok you probably will so I’ll just tell you that it’s going to be about Day 2.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lightworks Fiber brings jobs and optimism to Colorado coal country in Delta  [NPR]
  • Denver’s tech ecosystem is a work in progress as companies come and grow and others get sold [ColoradoSun]
  • Sumo Logic, another Bay Area tech company has growth plans for its Denver office [DBJ]
  • Assignar raises $6.2M to fund construction of operations management platform software [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs land on list of Top 20 tech towns in America [InnovatioNews]
  • After raising $80M this Denver vacation rental company Evolve is evolving into its second phase [DBJ]
  • Silicon Flatirons GiveFirst Conference: Feld and Zell [BFeld]
  • Boulder’s Zayo to provide dark fiber to data-encryption company [BizWest]
  • 6 takeaways from the Denver and Boulder Tech Census [DBJ]
  • Special report DBJ’s Fast 50, metro Denver s fastest-growing private 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 #272: Namaste! Willkommen! Kia Ora! From All Over The World To Colorado

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This week points out a trend that has been going for a while. Tech companies from all over the world are opening and growing offices and Colorado. I think that’s pretty cool!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How a Denver blockchain firm, BurstIQ, is making sense of health-care data [DBJ]
  • Spaceport Colorado lands FAA license, moving closer to space tourism flights from Front Range Airport in Adams County [DBJ]
  • Tata Consultancy adding 120 jobs in Denver [BizWest]
  • Denver Startup Week 18: Spotlight on the Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Swisslog opens technology center in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • Munich-based eGym plans to grow U.S. HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Talent, financing, IP on minds of Boulder innovators [BizWest]
  • Centennial’s new gigabit internet service ready to light up [DBJ]
  • Software firm Xero to grow Denver headcount to 300 at new U.S. headquarters [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group beats analyst expectations on Q4 revenue [BizWest]

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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 #269: “Blockchain”, “Cybersecurity”, “Diversity” Are Not Just Buzzwords Here

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Buzzwords in technology can be annoying as they are exciting. They are annoying because they are often used as click-bait and by people who don’t understand the buzzwords but who really want to make some money off of them.

Looking at this week’s headlines, I’m proud to see that while our community is covered in buzzwords, these headlines are backed by people putting in real time, effort and money into turning their innovative ideas into success. That’s amazing!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Swiftpage establishes Small Business Idea and Invention Scholarship [InnovatioNews]
  • DexYP to close last Denver metro office, eliminating at least 39 jobs [DenverPost]
  • Denver mobile service provider Visible launches program to boost tech-centric nonprofits [DenverPost]
  • AgEagle signs agreement to acquire Boulder-based agricultural analytics company Agribotix [Agribotix]
  • Leadership Changes: New CEO Kitty Kolding brings decades of executive experience to Centennial’s Innovation Pavilion [InnovationPavilion]
  • Colorado blockchain, cryptocurrency startup Radar Relay secures $10 million in funding [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell welcomes Sam Gilliland as CEO [Cherwell]
  • Drone company Propeller Aero makes final approach to Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Editor’s Notebook: As DBJ turns 70, Denver metro’s tech sector is booming [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SecureSet Academy launches SecureSet Foundation to promote cybersecurity career education [SecureSet]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #265: TECHNOLOGY IS MADE OF PEOPLE!!!

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When interacting with technology and companies it is very easy to get lost in the names of products and titles. However the harder you look, the more you realize that most tech companies are mostly just about a dozen people who believe in each other. That’s it.

Industry groups, companies, conferences, even meetups are nothing without the people who make them happen.

Celebrate the people around you and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rabbit Hole brings cool maker tech to new Louisville escape room [MakerBoulder]
  • Private equity giant closes deal for Boulder cybersecurity company LogRhythm [DBJ]
  • New eCommerce platform joins Boulder-based ShipCompliant’s certified partner program [ShipCompliant]
  • After a most unusual start, Denver health IT company access.moble charts U.S. growth [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe appoints Mike Edwards as VP for defense [InnovatioNews]
  • TiVo CEO is bolting after 8 months to join Denver-based Liberty Global [DBJ]
  • Deloitte exec: Why Denver is poised for blockchain growth, especially for certain sectors [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union patent application mentions cryptocurrency, biometric verification [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Inovonics Engineer, Christian Huber, dies during high-alpine climb in Pakistan [Inovonics]
  • Colorado tech raised over $101M in June. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]

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