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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Colorado Tech Weekly #35: Developer trends. NoCo makes news. Amazon tax revisited?

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“NoCo” is trendy shorthand for Northern Colorado which incorporates everything north of Denver, south of Wyoming and not called Boulder. Boulder is not NoCo. Boulder is Boulder. It’s always fun when I can shed some light on companies outside of the Boulder/Denver area.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Weather Cloud taps new tech and data to give drivers real-time look at nastiest roads [InnovatioNews]
  • 3DCIC calls for speakers for 2014 event set for May 28-30 in Colorado Springs [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville-based Bounce.io raises $4.8M to make bounce messages a thing of the past [Xconomy]
  • First ever 1 Million Cups in Fort Collins throws spotlight on Fargreen and Intelivideo [InnovatioNews]
  • “Amazon tax” revisited. Colorado legislator reintroduces bill to tax Internet sales [DBJ]
  • Health care tech business GHX, located in Louisville, sold to private equity firm [DBJ]

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National News

  • Dice Survey: Salaries and confidence rise for U.S. tech professionals in 2013 [InnovatioNews]
  • Top programming languages for 2014 [ImpactLab]
  • Microsoft names new CEO; Bill Gates out as chairman [DBJ]
  • 7,000 app developers in 127 countries say e-commerce is now the best mobile monetization strategy [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #34: $17.5M of local stories

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It’s important that I remind myself when I see these funding announcements that the people receiving these funds are being rewarded for their years of hard work. The companies being funded may be new, but the trust earned by the executive staff of these companies are based off of their reputations for success. They are also being rewarded for their hard work by promises of more hard work. These amounts aren’t gifts. They are investments. One of the reasons I do these posts is to not only keep up with local tech news, but also to remind myself that hard work does pay off. It just might not happen as soon as we would all like sometimes.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Simple Energy Raises $6M More to Gamify Utilities, Engage Consumers [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based CipherPoint awarded patent for transparent encryption gateway, key management [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SpotXchange reports rapid 2013 growth, expects explosive growth in 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • SocialEngine sold to Boulder-based digital marketing firm Room 214 [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left and Sprintly Join Forces [QuickLeft]
  • Federated Media makes Lijit a new Boulder online ad biz again [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based sports app maker TeamSnap raises $7.5 million in equity funding [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck starts 2014 with another $4 million in funding [BuiltinColorado]
  • Proposed tax break has big potential for Colorado aerospace industry [DBJ]
  • Colorado Launches Go Code Colorado to Make Public Data More Accessible [Colorado SoS]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #33: Volunteering, court battles and new things

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I don’t remember making any New Year’s resolutions about volunteering, but if I had I’d be doing a great job following through on those resolutions. Last week I mentioned that I volunteered to help run and promote Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level at Mile High. If you’re looking to get your foot in the door of Colorado’s tech industry, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to volunteer for this event.

In following through on a New Year’s resolution that I DID make, I went to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting at my daughter’s elementary school last week. I ended up volunteering to help monitor the computer lab after school on Tuesdays. I’m excited to help kids with their online homework while I work on my own.

Now to volunteer some interesting news…

Local News

  • Sprint is in the process of rolling out 4G LTE network in Colorado Springs and parts of Denver [TechKnowBytes]
  • First-ever Denver Mini Maker Faire set for May 3-4, exhibitor registration deadline is March 16 [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot releases Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for PC Gamers to protect during online play [InnovatioNews]
  • First layoffs hit Denver-based Convercent; CEO Patrick Quinlan cites startup growing pains [DBJ]
  • Then Convercent announces partnership with Click 4 Compliance [InnovatioNews]
  • As Colorado’s Amazon tax law heads to court, enforcement questions arise [TechknowBytes]
  • Federal budget deal puts $2.7 billion into Colorado space projects [DBJ]

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National News

  • New API will simplify Google Drive integration with Android apps, Google says [ComputerWorld]
  • Will title swap at the top promote more adaptability within GitHub? President Becomes CEO, CEO Becomes President [TechCrunch]
  • Supreme Court to decide several important Intellectual Property cases in 2014 [InnovatioNews]

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