Colorado Tech Weekly #14: Awards (and rain), prizes (and rain) and fancy new things (and rain)

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Last week I got to go to the CTA APEX Conference in Denver. It was an amazing experience that every CS and CIS student should have and students should do it BEFORE graduating. I’ll write about that more in a separate blog post later this week.

My hopes and thoughts go to everyone affected by the massive flooding in my state. If you want to help out, go to www.helpcoloradonow.org.

Local News

  • Congrats to the APEX award winners including Cloud Elements, Connect First, iTriage, and the Colorado Office of Information Technology [CTA]
  • Rach.io takes top startup prize for APEX Challenge [InnovatioNews]
  • BDNT debuts their Freelancer Search Engine [BDNT]
  • Greenwood Village-based ViaWest gets tax incentives to continue expansion [DBJ]
  • Raytheon’s GPS III satellite control software developed in Aurora passes crucial test [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence raises $5M [DBJ]

National News

  • iPhone 5S is amazing, but no one is impressed [Xconomy]
  • Twitter goes public [DenverPost]
  • Opera unveils new iPad browser, Coast [TechCrunch]
  • Microsoft introduces their own personal assistance, Cortana [ZDNet]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #13: Release dates and conferences all around!

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Is there a major technology company that is not releasing a new product in the next few months? All these new things are going to be awesome next year after they find a fix the bugs.

I am excited to be going to my first Colorado Technology Association Apex Conference this Wednesday. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the cool people I’ve learned about while doing these CTW posts.

Local News

  • The Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology (RMCIT for short) signs its first tenant [InnovatioNews]
  • CTA announces the 10 Apex Challenge challengers [CTA]
  • The Defrag 2013 conference will be in Broomfield in November and registration is open [DefragCon]
  • What were some of the biggest stories of the past two weeks? Techstars, Graphicly, RoundPegg and Rally [Xconomy]
  • TindrLabs launches MiniUX, a weekly UX newsletter. Also UX stands for user experience. [BDNT]
  • Boulder-based Parascript gets FDA approval for their breast cancer-detection software [DBJ]

National News

  • Samsung unveils the Galaxy Gear smartwatch [9news]
  • November 22 is the release date for XBox One [TechCrunch]
  • Hershey’s announces new chocolate smartphone OS. Android makes candy. Or Android 4.4. [TheVerge]
  • OS X Mavericks release date set for end of October [9to5Mac]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #12: Maybe I Should Make an Amazon App

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I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. Between last July’s news of Amazon allowing HTML5 apps and this week’s news of allowing in-app purchases of real goods, developing for the Amazon App Store is looking more and more appealing.

Local News

  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave Software acquires Broomfield-based OpenLogic [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire accepts their $2.9M Colorado tax credits to create over 300 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics acquires Germany-based distributer, Computerlinks [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont-based DigitalGlobe is going to move their headquarters all the way to Broomfield in 2015 [InnovatioNews]
  • Level 3 Communications cuts 150 jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Wayin announces partnership with the St. Louis Rams, their 3rd NFL team partner [BuiltinDenver]

National News

  • Technology groups call for immigration reform [CTA]
  • Using old versions of Android will put you at risk [ZDNet]
  • Amazon now allows Android developers to earn money off of real goods bought as in-app purchases [TheNextWeb]
  • A glitch in Amazon’s cloud services affects Instragram, Vine and Netflix [BBC]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #11, August 26, 2013: Growth. Glitch. Graphene. Opportunity.

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It is impossible to pay attention to technology news in Colorado without hearing about all the different, interesting and exciting startup companies here. So much so that I have been invited to contribute a weekly technology post to the StartupDenver website! I’m pretty excited. This opportunity made me question whether I really knew what a startup company is, so I did what any blogger with a thirst for knowledge would do, I asked myself “What is a Startup?“. In the post, I reference an essay by Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham (“Startup = Growth”, 2012) . It is a great read for anyone who wants to understand startups.

Local News

  • Boulder cloud infrastructure-as-a-service provider, Ajubeo secures new investment to support their growth [InnovatioNews]
  • 17 Colorado software companies made the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing list [Inc]
  • City of Aurora gets its own app [9news]
  • New Tech August Recap – Denver Startup Week Party and FitTrip [BDNT]
  • Kaiser Permanente opens a new IT center in Greenwood Village [DBJ]

National News

  • A technical glitch shut down the Nasdaq Stock Exchange for over 3 hours on Thursday [DBJ]
  • Who wants to be a CEO? Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire within the next 12 months [DBJ]
  • A list of programming languages by average salary makes me want to learn ActionScript [bpodgursky.wordpress.com]
  • I wish I could ONLY raise $12.8 M. Ubuntu Edge misses their $32M Indiegogo goal [CNet]
  • Graphene research takes one step closer to insanely fast computers [BusinessWeek]

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I will be at the CTA Member Meetup tomorrow night at Swiftpage. It would be pretty cool to see you there. If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

What is a Startup?

 

Image courtesy of http://bloomvc.com/blog-post/crowdfunding-for-startups

If you haven’t heard yet, Colorado is one of the premier regions for tech startups. After following local technology news for the past 2 months with my Colorado Tech Weekly posts I’ve noticed that it is impossible to pay attention to technology news in Colorado without hearing about our thriving startup culture.

I was recently asked to contribute some of my local tech news to the StartupDenver website. As someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who’s goal is to become a software developer, naturally I jumped at the chance! But now as I think about the best way to contribute, I’m stuck with one question in my head: What is a Startup?

My first answer to this question was that a Startup is a new company with a lot of excitement around it, but as I thought about it more that answer didn’t quite work. Three years ago I started my own business as an owner/operator and I was excited about it, but it definitely wasn’t what I would consider a Startup.

What creates that excitement?

Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator explains it best:

 A startup is a company designed to grow fast.  Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup.  Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.”  The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth. http://www.paulgraham.com/growth.html

Startup = Growth. That’s what causes the excitement! Think of businesses as cars. A Startup is a drag racing car at the starting line. The CEO is the driver. The rest of the staff is the parts of the car and the pit crew. The funders are the owners of the car. Everyone involved in the building and operation of this race car is excited, nervous, scared and confident. I’m excited that I am getting the opportunity to experience this excitement in Colorado.

On your mark…
Get set…

Image courtesy of Denver Post (http://www.denverpost.com/motorsports/ci_23697552/cruz-pedregon-leads-mile-high-nationals-bandimere-big-time)

Colorado Tech Weekly #10, August 19, 2013: I’m Already Excited for September

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Anyone who has written a blog as a hobby knows how easy it is to promise ourselves big things, then fail to deliver. Most of the time no one else knows about these disappointments except the authors themselves, but they’re still there. CTW #10 is a milestone for me. 10 weekly posts equals over 2 months of consistency! Woohoo! I’m going to pat myself on the back a little.

September is shaping up to be lots of fun. Locally we have the Colorado Technology Association’s annual APEX Conference followed closely by Denver Startup Week. Nationally, we have Apple unveiling a new iPhone and Samsung more than likely giving us a view of the first big name smart watch with the Galaxy Gear.

Local News

  • Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins-Louisville, and Colorado Springs make up 4 of the top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s tech job growth is the 8th largest in the country. New Jersey is #1, but it’s… you know… New Jersey [TechKnowBytes]
  • Colorado on pace to set record for exports thanks to electronic products, machinery, chemicals and frozen beef. Also: Thank you Canada! [CTA]
  • The schedule for the biggest Denver Startup Week EVER is out. The 2nd Denver Startup Week will be September 16-21 [DBJ]
  • Englewood-based PlayerLync, app provider for the Denver Broncos, receives a $10.5M vote of confidence from local billionaire Philip Anschutz [DBJ]

National News

  • Apple will announce new iPhone on September 10 [TechCrunch]
  • Windows 8.1 to be released on October 18 at 5:00am MT exactly. Please hold all complaints until 5:01am [Engadget]
  • Ubi Interactive turns any surface into a touch screen with a Kinect [TheVerge]
  • Samsung may unveil the Galaxy Gear smart watch in September [Engadget]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #9, August 12, 2013: Sometimes things go as planned

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Ever have one of those weeks were everything seems to work despite the world around you? It’s a little disconcerting. It’s been far from a perfect week, but I’ve been able to get all my homework done, reclaim my lawns, and I even found some time to play some computer games with friends. School starts a week from today for my daughter. I can’t tell if that’s going to make things crazier or easier. It should allow me some freedom to check out some of these mid-week events I keep posting. I’m looking forward to it.

Local News

  • Denver startup BrightNest acquired by Angie’s LIst [TechKnowBytes]
  • Colorado Secretary of Technology, Kristin Russell sits down for interview with InnovatioNews [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado is the place for successful tech startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Intermap wins $3.5 million contract to create airborne radar mapping solution [InnovatioNews]
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day features 9 great startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Broncos head of IT shows how they keep fans connected at Sports Authority Field [DBJ]

National News

  • Fallout from the news about the NSA PRISM program could negatively impact US cloud computing industry [DBJ]
  • Amazon includes HTML5 apps in the Amazon Appstore [Techcrunch]
  • Facebook explains how they make something as simple as a timeline so damn complicated [CNet]
  • LinkedIn now allows you to apply for jobs from your phone (OMG! 1 WRK 4 U? KTHXBI) [Techcrunch]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #8, August 5, 2013: Colorado is SO great…

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Colorado is SO great that ALL 10 stories this week are about Colorado companies and organizations. Who needs national stories when there’s so many things happening here?

Local News

  • First Annual SofTec Invitational attracts 100 golfers to support Open World Learning [OWL]
  • IHS Headquarters in Englewood fills 198 backpacks with their Back to School Supply Drive [OWL]
  • Dish Network is #1! Unfortunately, they’re the #1 worst company to work for [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid is now a Google Cloud Platform Partner [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Cloud Elements releases developer tool to connect Twilio and SendGrid [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot combats phishing with RSA [InnovatioNews]
  • What does the future of tech jobs in Northern Colorado look like? [InnovatioNews]
  • Lakewood-based Digabit receives $3M in funding and a new chairman [InnovationNews]
  • Did you know that Europe’s biggest cable provider has their headquarters in Douglas County? [DBJ]
  • Online job ads take a dip in Colorado in July [DBJ]
  • Google and Broomfield-based Level3 to take over, and speed up, WiFi service for Starbucks [DBJ]
  • The New Tech Boulder August Update is out – Happy 7th Birthday New Tech Boulder! [New Tech Boulder]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #7, July 29, 2013: New small devices are going to change our world

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The biggest issue I’ve had with set top boxes is that I can’t just go online like I can with my computer or phone. That all changes this week with the tiny $35 Google ChromeCast. I have had issues with making bigger devices touch-enabled because it just seems weird to have to hold my hand out to my computer or TV. This week, the Leap Motion controller fixes that for me too. I am really looking forward to seeing more devices like these. This is the same kind of energy and innovation I am seeing in Colorado every week when I research for these posts.

Local News

  • Colorado is poised to take on the tech world in a big way [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire awarded tax credits to create 500 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Broncos stay local and use Wayin for their social media hub [TechKnowBytes]
  • How to fail at e-recycling and end up in jail [DBJ]
  • COIN names 4 finalists in the “Glorious Failure” contest [DBJ]

National News

  • Google launches ChromeCast. Angers TV networks, but makes me happy [All Things D]
  • Famous hacker Barnaby Jack dies at 35 [Guardian]
  • Apple’s Development Center breached by hackers [TechCrunch]
  • Gesture-based Leap Motion Controllers are out! [TechCrunch]
  • XBox Live to allow independent developers to self publish [Ars Technica]

Upcoming Events

A quick note about why I love Twitter

Sure some people use Twitter to tweet about their lunch or post pictures of their cats, but there is something great about this service that only allows 140 character updates and 160 character profile summaries. It takes away so many social barriers!

This week for my computer science class, we were asked to figure out why the Java GUI components are called “Swing”. I found my answer in a blog post (Why is Swing Called Swing?), but I wanted a more solid source. So I found Georges Saab’s Twitter account and asked him myself. Being the cool guy he is, he responded:

I NEVER would have considered sending Saab an email to ask this question. I would have felt that I was bothering him. I’m perfectly fine sending it as a tweet though. This is why I love Twitter.

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My Head in the Clouds – Cloud Computing

06/11/13 – I went to my first Colorado Technology Association (CTA) event on Tuesday. It was a presentation on cloud computing hosted by CTA, OCx Networks and Nebula, Inc. with Chris Kemp, co-founder of Nebula, Inc. as the keynote speaker. The audience was a fun mix of sales representatives and engineers and lucky for me OCx Networks was giving out notebooks. As far as I know, I was the only student there. There should really be more students at these things.

What is cloud computing? 

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or  service provider interaction. (http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-145/SP800-145.pdf)

If that went over your head, cloud computing is what allows Google Drive, Dropbox and social media to exist. It’s what allows 1 million Android users to download Instagram in one day.

What can I do with Cloud Computing?

Kemp talked mostly about Openstack. Openstack is an open source software for building
private and public clouds (Openstack.org). It is one of the fastest growing open source technologies and is growing one of the biggest developer communities. As a computer science student, I asked Kemp, “What should I focus on to become an Openstack developer?” Here are some of the resources mentioned by Kemp and a guy sitting behind me who’s name I didn’t catch:

If you know of any good Openstack or cloud computing resources, both online and local, please share them in the comments.