Colorado Tech Weekly #102: Winning the Go Code Colorado Challenge, Visiting Denver Comic Con… Oh and Colorado Tech News

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This past week has been amazing!! Thursday night my Go Code Colorado team, MentorMatter, was one of 3 teams that won a $25,000 contract with the State of Colorado. I worked as a developer on the team to create our site using the Meteor JavaScript framework. I had no prior knowledge of Meteor before the challenge so it was amazing to be able to re-familiarize myself with JavaScript, learn Meteor and contribute to the project all in less than a month. Phew!

This weekend my wife and I got to experience our first ever Comic Con at Denver Comic Con thanks to 2 passes I won from the CTA C-Level event (Thanks for that, by the way)! It was overwhelming, amazing, fun, crazy and amazing (yes, I know I said amazing twice). I loved that Denver Comic Con featured local game development companies and maker spaces with their own section. I would list them all, but I’m afraid I would leave some out. It was so inspiring talking to Colorado authors, artists and developers who get to make a living being creative everyday.

I could go on and on about the Go Code Colorado Challenge and Denver Comic Con and I probably will in separate blog posts, but you didn’t open this post to read about that so without further ado…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero launches new Darkside robot toy [InnovatioNews]
  • Hosting a summer intern? Join Colorado Technology Foundation’s cohort! [CTA]
  • 6 awesome tech companies in Colorado you want to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con exhibitor, Boulder-based Serenity Forge overcomes odds to mingle gaming with education (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings at Colorado tech startups that’ll exercise your creative muscles [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver man hacked airliners but he can’t say what he’s learned (yet) [DBJ]
  • 5 places anybody can learn to code in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado awards three teams $25,000 contracts with Secretary of State [InnovatioNews]
  • Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, takes the helm at Denver tech startup Wayin [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #101: Jobs, Growth and New Funding

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The final judging for Go Code Colorado is this Thursday. This marks the end of 2 1/2 straight months of trying to squeeze my life in between learning, coding and learning and coding. It has made me rethink a few things. I still love making 1s and 0s do all the things I just might have finally figured out how I want to do that.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based VictorOps raises $2.6 million in new funding [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s NextLight fastest Internet service in U.S. [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based JAB rolls five brands into Rise Broadband, plows $30 million into network [DenverPost]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Broomfield: Webroot [Tech+]
  • Colorado Springs software company’s growth leads to bigger digs [Gazette]
  • EXCLUSIVE: Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs [DBJ]
  • IBM and Denver’s AlchemyAPI Announce AlchemyData News API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder-based Kapost raises $10.25M, opening new Pearl Street office [BuiltinColorado]
  • Nine tips for nailing an awesome internship [QuickLeft]
  • Workforce development will give Coloradans training for hard-to-fill tech jobs [ColoradoIndependent]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #99: Is Colorado the best place for women in tech?

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It was almost a year ago that I bragged about the great network of IT women in Colorado. There are some great groups and inspiring leaders here and many of them are women.

This week’s headlines and events are just a nice reminder. When I get serious about my job search, I hope I can find a friend to search with so I can go to some of those great WomenWhoCode events like the interviewing panel highlighted in the Events section. Speaking of helpful, inspiring people, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs-based Soap announces retail release of Soap Home app to link home automation [InnovatioNews]
  • Partnerships seek to boost pool of qualified women in Colorado’s STEM workforce [YourHub]
  • N.Y.’s Signpost raises $20.5 million, plans to expand Denver office [DenverPost]
  • FiveStars Loyalty opening Denver office, hiring 100 this year [DenverPost]
  • 3 Colorado cities rank in top 15 on “Best Places for Tech Jobs” [Tech+]
  • Denver’s mayoral election is tomorrow — here’s what the candidates are saying about tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 shares climb after company posts sixth quarterly profit in a row [BizWest]
  • Nepal relief efforts aided by Longmont-based DigitalGlobe crowdfunding effort [DBJ]
  • SBA names CEO of woman-owned tech company Colorado Small Business Person of the Year [DBJ]
  • UpCounsel expands on-demand legal service platform to Colorado [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #93: Too Many Excitements!!

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I have no doubt that grammar snobs read my headline and thought “It’s supposed to be ‘Too much excitement!'” but those grammar snobs would be wrong!

I’m excited about the Denver Post TechKnowBytes blog being rebranded to Tech+ with more and more good content. I’m excited that I won two tickets to Denver Comic Con at CTA’s C-Level @ Mile High. Speaking of C-Level, I’m really excited for the new ColoradoTech.biz directory that was unveiled at C-Level. I’m excited that a Colorado company is responsible for Sling TV which is finally starting to change the way we get TV in a big way. I’m excited to participate in my first hackathon next month at the GoCodeColorado hackathon. And I’m excited to start putting my social capital to use by looking for a developer job in May.

See, it’s not that I have too much excitement for one thing, I just have too many things to be excited about!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Dish’s Sling TV releases app for Xbox One, first gaming console to support live TV [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Rally Software loss widens despite revenue increase [BizWest]
  • New app allows you to find Colorado businesses from your smart phone [DBJ]
  • Tamara Chuang highlights local tech companies: Heck yeah, we’re from Boulder: Sphero [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s telehealth expansion signed into law [DBJ]
  • Longmont-based DigitalGlobe layoffs could affect state job-creation tax credits [DenverPost]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor opening Colorado Springs office, plans to hire 100 [DenverPost]
  • New Colorado Tech directory spotlights Front Range technology industry [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid expands to Silicon Valley, hires new software VP [DBJ]
  • CEO of former Douglas County-based business, SofTec, pleads guilty to defrauding SBA [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #91: Acquisitions and jobs come and go

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Local company, Arrow Electronics, acquires a company. Local company, Alchemy API gets acquired by a company. DigitalGlobe to cut 150+ jobs. Innosphere helped create 150+ jobs. The sun rises. The sun sets. There’s a zen kind of feeling to this week’s headlines… unless you’re one of the 155 employees of DigitalGlobe. Then it’s more of a shaking-your-fist kind of headline. Time for me to get back to homework. Here’s your headlines…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Tech group exploring format change, seeking new venue [BizWest]
  • Longmont satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe cutting 155 jobs [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Placeable hires digital industry veteran Jonathan Ewert as president [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado legislators back data center tax breaks — for now [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics acquires distributor ImmixGroup [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘Internet of Everything’ thought leader joins Denver-based BuildingDNA’s Board of Directors [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s AlchemyAPI acquired by IBM Watson Group [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based health-care technology group, Prime Health Collaborative, expanding into Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • 2014 was a very successful year for the Fort Collins Innosphere incubator with 179 high-paying jobs created [InnovatioNews]
  • Supreme Court clears the way for challenge to Colorado ‘Amazon tax’ [DBJ]

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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 #70: The spirit of cooperation stays true

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If you have spent any time in the business networking world (networking with people, not machines), you’ve seen dishonest enthusiasm. You’ve seen the mouth-only smiles, heard the distracted golf claps and felt the half-assed handshakes when announcing good news about your company. While I only have an outsider’s online view of the Colorado tech community right now, when I do see enthusiasm for other peoples’ news it appears to be genuine enthusiasm! It’s a great thing to see!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Kindara releases Wink app to build on its technology for managing fertility [InnovatioNews]
  • Boston’s Iron Mountain acquires Denver software firm Fontis International [DBJ]
  • 7 fast growing Colorado tech companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Distinguished technology companies join NCWIT in inspiring women in computing [NCWIT]
  • Local impacts in Ft. Collins and Boulder from Hewlett-Packard split are unclear [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire lands $82 million to expand flash memory in data centers [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Lassy Project highlights Techstars Demo Day [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Springs entrepreneurs trying to restart local tech industry [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group ready to face Wall Street as IPO commences [DBJ]
  • Speakers announced for Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Conference [CTA]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #69: Expansion in Colorado Springs, finding things in Steamboat and Colorado has the best ‘Outside’ companies

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Would it surprise you to learn that over 1/10th of the companies listed on Outside’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’ were Colorado tech companies? It didn’t surprise me either, but it’s still nice to hear. It’s like when my wife tells me I’m awesome. It’s something I already know, but it’s nice to hear it from someone else.

A note about my news sources: Lately a lot of the stories I’ve found have come from CTA’s  news aggregation site Digital Colorado. Since they post a summary and a link to the original story I don’t often link directly to Digital Colorado because I don’t want you to have to click a link to click a link to read a story. That being said, If you want your tech news aggregated more often than once a week, you should definitely check them out!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Big sale, equity rounds, surprises make headlines in 3rd quarter [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Lassy Project launches updates and new features [LassyProject]
  • Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Exelis completes spinoff of Colorado-based unit [DBJ]
  • Booming Colorado Springs software company, Cherwell Software, looks for space to grow even more [Gazette]
  • Technology startup U Grok It celebrates new milestones in Steamboat Springs [SteamboatToday]
  • Franklin Out, VMLogix and Citrix Exec in as SendGrid Replaces CEO [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes Suma Nallapati to board of directors [CTA]
  • Insurance software company, Insurance Technologies, expands in downtown Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • 11 Colorado tech companies make Outside’s 100 The Best Places to Work in 2014 [Outside]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #57: Some leadership changes, more growth and an annoying paywall

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So there I was, my blog post was all set to publish when I found out that one of my new news sources moved their latest stories behind a paywall. I get it that real reporters of news are struggling to make money at their craft but I don’t think paywalls are the answer. The point of CTW is to direct you (and me) to read articles about the biggest, latest news about tech in Colorado. I can’t send you to a site with a paywall to read an article because I’m not sure if you have access. That doesn’t seem right.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • APEX Awards nominations now open for 14th annual event on Nov. 5 in Denver [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Opsec Security Appoints Richard Cremona As CEO [RTT]
  • Denver ranked in top 10 for best places for STEM graduates [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Ubooly head to Disney Accelerator [MarketWatch]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements appoints Jim Franklin to board of directors [SysConMedia]
  • Sun continues to shine for Denver social media startup Wayin [Xconomy]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group provides dark fiber connectivity to Weld County School District 6 and Greeley community [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs-based Accellos buys Minnesota software rival HighJump [DBJ]
  • Funding in Q2 nearly doubles for Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s FreeWave appoints Kim Niederman new CEO, co-founder Steve Wulchin to serve as president [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #42: Little Bit of Everything. Startups, 3D printing, Education and Media

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Last week I wrapped up my journey into UX Design. I didn’t finish my journey, I just wrapped it up for now. It’s a much bigger subject than I realized and I have a new respect for those that do it as a profession. On Wednesday, I picked up the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. I spent all day Sunday troubleshooting tools that I only halfway understand so I could learn and develop with Ruby on Rails. Self-directed learning is a lot like the TARDIS, it doesn’t always take me where I mean to go, but it takes me to where I need to be.

I hope you check out Open World Learning’s request for volunteers. Few things are more fun than helping kids get excited about technology. I will get to do just that tomorrow as I am hosting a Hour of Hardware event at my daughter’s elementary school to compliment the Hour of Code event we hosted in the fall. Wish me luck!

Top News

  • 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3DCIC) announces final speaker lineup for three-day Colorado Springs gathering in May [InnovatioNews]
  • Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Fort Collins adds first 2014 group of six new client startup companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based PQCareers works to humanize the recruiting process [W3W3]
  • Open World Learning’s 5th Annual TechFair Competition Needs Your Help! [CTA]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave unveils WavePoint M2M platform for industry and government applications [InnovatioNews]
  • From Techstars to Galvanize, Denver’s GoSpotCheck now heads to Google HQ for inaugural Demo Day [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity ups its mobile security hold with acquisition of Accells Technologies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Legislature declares Colorado Aerospace Day; criticizes feds for NASA cuts [DBJ]
  • This would be huge! Dish Network’s Ergen talks merger with DirecTV CEO, says report (Video) [DBJ]
  • ShowMobile, a media app based in Denver, meets kids where they live — on their phones [DBJ]

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