Colorado Tech Weekly #162: Back to Growth and Startups

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This week’s headlines return to that old familiar trend of growth and startups. Have a good week.

Be kind to each other.

 

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Asynchrony Labs growing in Denver [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Wazee Digital becomes a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership [WazeeDigital]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 deal speculation entices investors [DBJ]
  • A typical day in the life of a startup CEO [BodeTree]
  • Big updates from Colorado’s 50 startups to watch — and we’re only halfway through the year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Interview: Dave Calabrese creator of A Purrtato Tail [PewPewCat]
  • Denver’s CyberGRX closes $9M Series A, plans to add jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • HomeAdvisor’s new home sweet home will be in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood [DenverPost]
  • Data Driven Analysis: The top 5 fastest growing companies in Boulder [KickFurther]
  • Denver-based POSSIBLE MoBowl [PossibleMobile]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #142: Awesome Business/Education Collaborations

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This week has three different stories about collaboration between businesses and education organizations and it’s AWESOME!

This spirit of collaboration is what I love about the Colorado technology community. People will try to tell you that, to get ahead in business, you have to be cutthroat and that it’s survival of the fittest. They’ll tell you that it’s a game that means your competitors loss is your gain. You may be able to win playing that game, but that is not a game I like to play. The growth of the Colorado tech community is proof you don’t have to play that way. There are other ways to win and I like that we play the fun way.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Name.com partners with Denver-based Galvanize to offer free coding lessons [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Denver’s Commerce Kitchen lands amongst DBJ’s Top 10 Healthiest Employers [CommerceKitchen]
  • Boulder-based CodeCraft reacts to feedback from Leading Boulder SaaS Provider, ShipCompliant [CodeCraft]
  • Governor Hickenlooper appoints Erik Mitisek as state’s new Chief Innovation Officer [CTA]
  • Vail Public Library’s Tech Studio open for innovation [VailDaily]
  • CU-Boulder, Lockheed team up to inspire next-generation engineers [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO Jeff Storey on medical leave following successful heart surgery [InnovatioNews]
  • Get to know the real Scott Ford, Boulder-based Rapt Media’s new Chief Operating Officer [RaptMedia]
  • 16 Meetup groups to introduce you to Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • SolidFire CEO: We will stay in Boulder, with plans to grow [DenverPost]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #135: Buses, toys, games and keeping it in Colorado

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There are so many cool headlines this week! I hope it’s a hint of what is to come for the rest of 2016. I’m looking forward to seeing what cool things come from RTD’s open data. A Colorado-made video game is being featured in a Smithsonian exhibit. Congratulations to Sphero on winning a spot in Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge at CES. Speaking of CES, there were 43 Colorado companies represented at CES and I expect that number will grow next year.

Then there’s the cool events! CiGDA is showing kids game development in VR and a UX talk at the Joomla Denver meetup highlight some of the cool events this week.

It’s this kind of week that really motivates me.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Sphero nabs spot in Extreme Tech Challenge to pitch Richard Branson [Tech+]
  • RTD opens live bus location data to apps makers [DBJ]
  • Denver, Panasonic unveil ‘smart city’ tech projects at CES [DBJ]
  • CES 2016 hosted 43 Colorado companies, spotlights three [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital selects Denver-based FORTRUST as data center partner [AltitudeDigital]
  • Thornton’s Ascent Solar announces partnership with Englewood-based eBags [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lands at #11 for top-grossing mobile apps [Tech+]
  • Content delivery network Fastly opens in LoDo [ConfluenceDenver]
  • New year, new career: 6 hot Colorado companies hiring in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Indie Arcade features Pixel Galaxy by Boulder-based Serenity Forge [SerenityForge]

Top Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #132: Zayo does good, FullContact makes a good purchase and I make good predictions!

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Last year I made 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015, let’s see how i did (SPOILER ALERT: I did pretty good):

  1. I predicted that WellTok gets some local competition in health tech and I NAILED IT! Check out the stories below about Catalyst and the interview with Tom Highley in the Confluence Denver article to see how well I nailed this one.
  2. I predicted that Colorado’s information security industry doubles. Anytime you quantify a prediction, there’s a good chance you can’t prove you got it right. The information security industry has definitely grown in Colorado, but I can’t say if it doubled. 2014 saw the first big data breaches. I think 2015 is the year companies try to fix things themselves. I think 2016 will see a lot more of security companies providing more services to other companies. Security companies aren’t that loud so it’s hard to make good predictions about them. I generously give myself half credit.
  3. I predicted that “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize. I was thinking that a startup that got its start in Galvanize would make a big splash so in that regard, I got this wrong. However, Galvanize seemed to focus a lot more on developer education than startups. Developer boot camps are definitely a huge deal but I can’t give myself credit for getting this one right.

Next week look for my 2016 predictions! They will not be as nearly as expansive as FreeWave’s predictions in their article below.

Also speaking of spoilers, I have not seen the new Stars Wars yet. I’m going to see it tomorrow. I am very impressed and thankful for all the people I follow on Twitter who have seen the movie at least once and have not spoiled it for me. You all rock. Merry Christmas and may the force be with you!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s SolidFire receives three ‘Best in Biz Awards’ [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver cloud infrastructure firm Faction raises $6M [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Zayo wins Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal [Zayo]
  • Meghan Saylor describes the 4 stages of a Flying Trapeze that is career change [QuickLeft]
  • An exclusive inside peek at 3 of Colorado tech’s most successful (and swankiest) offices [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies makes bold predictions for IIoT in 2016 [FreeWave Technologies]
  • Denver’s Catalyst Health Tech Innovation adds two new tenants to its campus [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based contact management software maker FullContact buys Dallas’s nGame [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015 [Confluence Denver]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm appoints tech veteran Daniel Wilbricht to head federal sales [InnovatioNews]

Upcoming Events

  • 12/25 – Christmas (There are no tech events between 12/23 and 12/29)

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Colorado Tech Weekly #122: True Crime Edition

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You probably don’t know this, but as much as I love talking about the Colorado technology community, I don’t work in the industry. Last week I celebrated my 10 year anniversary as a 911 police dispatcher and, even better, I still have my sanity! At least that’s what the voices tell me. I like when the tech industry and law enforcement work together well like in the Level 3 story below. I am not as much of a fan of the SofTec story, but it’s good to see people like that get caught.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lone Tree-based SofTec Solutions CEO sentenced to 6 months in jail [DBJ]
  • PHP pioneers Zend Technologies acquired by Louisville-based Rogue Wave Software [VentureBeat]
  • Altitude Digital’s Jeremy Ostermiller speaks at Colorado Tech Association’s ad tech industry briefing [AltitudeDIgital]
  • Colorado Technology Foundation launches tech job shadow program [YourHub]
  • 3 Boulder Valley companies selected for digital-health pilot program [BizWest]
  • Alternative cable service Layer3 TV still launching this year, just hired Boulder ad agency [Tech+]
  • Denver Startup Week 2015: Postgame wrap-up and five lessons learned [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Level 3, Cisco take down major cybercrime network online [DBJ]
  • Seagate completes $696 million purchase of Longmont’s Dot Hill [Tech+]
  • Denver-based SPYR welcomes former Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds Developer) marketing expert to advisory board [Yahoo]

Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

Upcoming Events

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Colorado Tech Weekly #83: More predictions! More jobs! Fewer CES stories!

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It’s the Monday after the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and I only have one CES related story! I think Wayin’s Jamey Wood might be on to something in the below BuiltinColorado article “What’s next for Colorado tech in 2015” when he says Colorado should get more involved in the physical realm. More robotics! More devices! I’m all for it!

Until then, I guess we’ll just have to deal with only having more jobs and more optimism. That works just fine for me.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Security Pursuit opens Lafayette office [BuiltinColorado]
  • How Boulder-based Uvize combines college prep and mentorship for student veterans [BuiltinColorado]
  • What’s next for Colorado tech in 2015, including Governor Hickenlooper, a venture capitalist, a founder and a CTO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Recruitment Strategies: How Denver’s Signpost tripled its sales team in Denver this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network’s Sling TV wins big at CES [DBJ]
  • Colorado health exchange snafus trip up thousands as cost overruns mount [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Simple Energy’s 2015 predictions [SimpleEnergy]
  • Denver luxury box broker SuiteHop hiring in 2015 with $1M in new funding [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Health care IT scholarships available from the Colorado Health Information Management Systems Society [CSBJ]
  • Four Colorado storylines to watch as 2015 gets underway [Xconomy]

Upcoming Events

  1. 1/14 – 1 Million Cups Denver – CivicData & Flowh
  2. 1/14 – CIGDA – One game a month
  3. 1/14 – CTA – 101 Luncheon
  4. 1/14 – DJUG – Holiday Party
  5. 1/14 – Full Stack Meetup – Physical computing and creative coding for the masses. #OhHeckYeah
  6. 1/14 – Reed Group – Job Fair
  7. 1/14 – Refresh Denver – Alexander Diner & Mike Cummings, Partners @ Young & Hungry
  8. 1/15 – BDNT – New Tech Denver
  9. 1/15 – NetApp User Group – Tech OnTap Live: Denver
  10. 1/15 – Girl Develop It – [DENVER] Get involved with Girl Develop It
  11. 1/17 – DaVinci Coders – Swift Developers Workshop
  12. 1/17-1/18 – Girl Develop It – BOULDER: Intermediate HTML & CSS / Intro to Responsive
  13. 1/20 – All Things API – Scott Feinberg: Developer Evangelist at WePay
  14. 1/20 – Geospatial Amateurs –The Ugly, Bad, and the Good: An Evening of Web artography
  15. 1/20 – WomenWhoCode – (Boulder) Mobile Study Group + Talk
  16. 1/20 – WomenWhoCode – (Denver) Technical Interview Skills: Behavioral Preparation

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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]

Upcoming Events

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10 links to get you ready for Denver Startup Week

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Monday is the beginning of the 2014 Denver Startup Week. This is DSW’s third iteration and it’s turning into quite the big deal. In the spirit of my Colorado Tech Weekly posts, here are 10 links from local tech news sources and companies to get you ready for this week!

10 Awesome Denver Startup Week Links

  • What makes Colorado startups unique? [DBJ]
  • A Denver Startup Week guide for First-Timers [CommerceKitchen]
  • What’s happening at Galvanize during Denver Startup Week! [Galvanize]
  • Denver Startup Week: The Importance Celebration! [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech Cocktail hypes Denver Startup Week [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech, Networking, and Beer: A quick guide for Denver Startup Week [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • DSW Startup Crawl Preview: 12 startups reveal their hiring & planned hoopla [BuiltinColorado]
  • The New Signpost and Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]