Colorado Tech Weekly #267: Big Names, Small Names and New Names

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One of my favorite things about doing this blog is putting the news about the big name companies next to the lesser known companies because big tech news is big tech news regardless of the size of the company.  I am also constantly surprised to find Colorado tech companies that I don’t know about. It really amazes me to think about how big our tech community really is.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fintech company OnDeck to grow Denver office by 15 percent within next five months [OnDeck]
  • Centennial’s SSP Innovations completes third add-on acquisition [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Ball Aerospace leadership change announced [BizWest]
  • New Colorado law allocates $1.2M to bolster Colorado State University cybersecurity education [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin, Colorado satellite startup Orbital Micro Systems part of U.K. spaceport project [DBJ]
  • Englewood software company Evolving Systems fires CEO ‘for cause’ [DBJ]
  • San Francisco tech company Slack buys Denver app maker Robots & Pencils [DBJ]
  • NBCUniversal rebrands Denver-based digital service provider Craftsy as Bluprint [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield technology company Conga will add 570 jobs, establish global HQ in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Staffing tech company TalentReef takes a 40,000-square-foot space in Denver [BusinessDen]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #259: Growing and Being New and Honesty

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I’m coming up on 6th months as a junior developer. I’m fairly certain I’m doing well. It’s hard to tell with the imposter syndrome and the constant learning about technology and the business logic, but I think it’s going well. I attribute this to being honest with my co-workers and myself.

As someone looking for my first job as a developer,  I spent a lot of time learning how to sell my knowledge, skills and abilities. After you get the job, it’s important to be realistic about your knowledge, skills and abilities with everyone, especially yourself. It’s not easy to say “I don’t understand” or “This is going to take longer than we planned” but these are important things for junior developers to say when we need to.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs defense contractor Polaris Alpha to be sold with eye toward faster growth [CSGazette]
  • Boulder-based Jujotech ranked among top AR/VR tech providers [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster’s SpotX launches online resource library for publishers seeking GDPR guidance [SpotX]
  • New Digs in Denver, and We’re Hiring! [Statera]
  • Broomfield’s Intelivideo appoints three new board members [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga raises $47 million from investors [BizWest]
  • Choozlers to compete in finals at Go Code Colorado [Choozle]
  • Interview with Thomas Frey – Futurist Speaker and Executive Director at the DaVinci Institute [DavinciInstitute]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies get outside as the weather warms up [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based LockState secures $5.8M in funding, with plans to expand its team [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #252: Mostly Good News, Municipal Broadband and Go Code Colorado

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This week is mostly full of good news about Colorado tech companies. Also good is the news about more municipal broadband in the state. Rounding out the good news, this weekend is the Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend throughout the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Recruiting Coalition formed to promote state as tech hub, attract talent [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado software company, Evolving Systems announces Q4 loss; stock slumps [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s VictorOps finding big growth helping software developers breathe easy [DBJ]
  • Denver-based WellTok raises $75 million [BizWest]
  • Cherwell Software of Colorado Springs adds $172M from existing investor KKR [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado communities vote to establish municipal broadband, joining dozens of others across the state [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s SendGrid, stockholders offering 6.2M shares for sale [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga continues acquisition run [BizWest]
  • Get connected: Colorado techies share their do’s and don’ts of professional networking [BuiltinColorado]
  • An inside look at the family-friendly perks of 4 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #251: Do Not Sacrifice Yourself for Opportunity

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Last week I had a new experience. I had my first full-blown anxiety attack. In the middle of the afternoon my mind seized up while i was trying to develop a new feature for the startup where I work and I panicked. The feature wasn’t huge, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back after a month of high stress both personally and professionally. I would like to not do it again.

Afterwards, I Googled “anxiety attack” and under self-care it said the best way to treat yourself is to avoid alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, get exercise, consciously manage stress and eat healthy and I read that and I laughed because it basically told me “Do the exact opposite thing you’ve been doing all month.”

Then I read a 5280 Magazine article titled “The 9 Things You Should Know About Colorado’s Work-Life Balance” and I”ll tell you the first thing: We’re not as good at having a balance as we’d like to think. Out of the 251 weeks I’ve written these blog posts, very few of them have not highlighted growth in Colorado tech and with that growth comes new opportunities and with those opportunities comes the urge to be available at any time for those opportunities and with that comes stress.

Take some time to remember that the opportunities we seek are for ourselves, our families and our community and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win, and so is Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers [DenverPost]
  • Golden drone company Juniper Unmanned raises $3.4 million [DBJ]
  • Women of Greenwood Village-based Skill Distillery speak on tech industry [SkillDistillery]
  • Broomfield-based Conga acquires Orchestrate LLC [BizWest]
  • Colorado to spend millions building electric-vehicle charging stations [DBJ]
  • Facebook bringing free week-long web skills program to Denver this summer [DenverPost]
  • What’s the tech industry’s impact on Colorado’s economy? [DBJ]
  • Tech employment in state increases by 6,530 jobs [BizWest]
  • San Francisco tech companies head east to Denver [DBJ]
  • DTC’s first Bitcoin teller on display at Innovation Pavilion in Centennial [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #248: Big or Small, New or Old, Colorado Tech Makes News

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One of the things I enjoy about doing this blog series is placing news about big, well-known companies like Amazon, Google and Level3 next to new or less well-known companies like Conga, Redeam and Automox. It’s important to me to point out that you don’t need to be big or well-known to make Colorado tech better and bigger. You just have to do cool things and tell people about it. That’s it!

Speaking of cool things, I’m done with schoolwork! No more. Nada! Done! Fin! No mas! I don’t graduate until May but all I have left to do for school is wait for the ceremony so I can wear the cap and gown. Woohoo!

 

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • PHOTOS: Google’s new Boulder campus shows off the perks of working for a tech giant [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Conga to acquire Octiv to speed intelligent document automation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based tech company, Redeam, closes $7.7M round [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Automox receives $2M investment to speed platform development [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s HQ2 team tours Denver metro area, rides RTD A line and talks diversity [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s Jeff Storey to start CenturyLink CEO job eight months earlier than expected [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech Association chief leaving for new job; here’s where she’s headed next [DBJ]
  • Introducing the Broomfield-based SpotX Developer Blog [SpotX]
  • Sprint hits Colorado’s WOW! with patent lawsuit; company delays earnings release [DBJ]
  • So long, status quo: How 6 Colorado companies drive diversity in tech [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #209: The Hardest Part About Programming Isn’t the Code

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I never turn down advice about job seeking. I don’t always get good advice, but if you listen then you’ll find that most good advice gets repeated more than bad advice. I recently found out about, and signed up for, an email series from experienced programmer, Ian Douglas, that helps job seekers understand the questions from interviewers. It’s a great series and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new job.

If I could go to any tech event this week, I would absolutely go to the Denver Java User Group talk about Gradle. Gradle seems like it’s probably a useful tool for Android developers, but for me it just confused me, got in my way and discouraged me from learning Android development using Android Studio. Languages are easy. Frameworks, developer tools, deployment tools and management strategies are the difficult parts.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Jack Forrest Joins Boulder’s Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Beyond the tech: Personal traits recruiters look for in their next developer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why I quit my job to teach kids to code [DenverStartupWeek]
  • 5 startups using tech to make Colorado a healthier place [BuiltinColorado]
  • An Interview with New Denver-based Brandfolder CEO, Digital Media Executive Luke Beatty [Brandfolder]
  • Drones in firefighting could save Colorado tax dollars and lives [ColoradoPolitics]
  • From parties to company retreats, here’s how Colorado tech celebrates closing big rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software company Conga dances to investment deal with Salesforce Ventures [DBJ]
  • Blind CU student blasts through barriers — and now aims to help others envision science and tech careers [DenverPost]
  • PewPewCat Goes to E3 2017 [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #194: Education is Hard, Especially in Tech

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I have 6 courses left until I finish my Computer Science degree. I will graduate in Spring of 2018. It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past 3 years. It feels so close, but also still so far away.

Education is frustrating for the simple fact that we are doing something we’ve never done before and we don’t know how to do it. Whenever I get frustrated, I remind myself that it wouldn’t be called learning if I already knew how to do it. 4 years of part-time courses takes its toll so I’m looking forward to my initial education being done. I say “initial education” because, especially in tech, we never stop learning. I’m just looking forward to not taking college courses.

This week I’m not the only one thinking about tech education. Tech education is a focus in Colorado Springs, the capitol building and is the topic of most of the events this week!

Keep learning and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based startup SlamData raises $6.7M [BizWest]
  • AppIt Ventures triples space in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood [BizWest]
  • From waffle parties to international trips, here’s how 3 Colorado tech companies celebrate their wins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software maker, Conga, expects big revenue and job growth after acquisitions [DBJ]
  • Canadian firm buying Colorado’s DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion [DBJ]
  • How Boulder startup, Conclave, is bringing military-grade encryption to your private messages [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s TestPlant appoints software veteran John Bates to lead next phase of global expansion [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers are stepping in to help prepare students for the state’s booming tech sector [Chalkbeat]
  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 positions to Colorado, Florida [DenverPost]
  • Growing technical education and talent in the Springs [CSBJ]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #131: At Least 3 Reasons to Be a Software Developer in Colorado

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Welcome to The Last Real Week of Work in 2015! It’s the last week in the year without a holiday which means it’s really the last week of the year where your coworkers will have any focus (That is, if you don’t count Friday “OMG Star Wars!!!”). Of course it’s THEM who aren’t focused. You’re still working hard. I’ll put in a good word with your boss for you.

This is one of those weeks that reaffirms my belief in my goal of becoming a software developer here. We have companies here that make awesome things. The pay is high. Companies want to come here. Oh and that’s not including all the other reasons why it’s great to just be living in Colorado.

The upcoming events are getting a little sparse because it’s the end of the year, so if you know of anyNext week I will be reviewing my 2015 predictions for 2016.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SnapLogic, with offices in Boulder, snaps up $37.5M to expand internationally, continue hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • No contest: Boulder-based Congo.io changes name to Lawbooth [BizWest]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor to open offices in Indianapolis and downtown Denver [CTA]
  • Austin, Denver score high in U.S. list of software engineer pay [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado robotics companies building the future of robots [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 out of state companies explain why they moved to Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish CEO Charlie Ergen to relinquish president role [DenverPost]
  • New Compute Colorado Task Force aims to prepare students for Colorado tech jobs [YourHub]
  • Seattle-area IT company Apptio opens Denver engineering center [DBJ]
  • Ft. Collin’s based Turbo Tenant marks national launch [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #130: Writing and Programming

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Last month was NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers’ Month). I was challenged by a friend to participate. She got about 20k words of the 50k word challenge written. I wrote… zero.

I planned and brainstormed. I explored characters and settings. However I didn’t write any of the story because it seemed so… daunting. It’s amazing how similar programming is to writing. To succeed at either one, you need plenty of focus, passion and organization. I hope you find yours for this week. I’m still looking for my focus. I’m pretty sure I put it around here somewhere.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 5 Colorado CTOs you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Every week is Computer Science Education Week for Denver non-profit, Open World Learning [CTA]
  • Lockheed Martin expands offices in Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Kickfurther set to pitch at Consumer Electronics Show in Extreme Tech Challenge [BizWest]
  • Where’s Santa on Christmas Eve? Broomfield-based Level 3 to help Colorado Springs-based NORAD track St. Nick [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok bolsters growth with $45M funding, Silverlink Acquisition [Xconomy]
  • Meet Broomfield-based Conga’s CEO – Matt Schiltz! [Conga]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Fort Collins: Noisapp [Tech+]
  • Denver/Boulder Hour of Code & Computer Science Ed Week events [Tech+]
  • Boomtown’s 4th class includes 6 Boulder startups [Boulderopolis]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #107: New innovations and sad news

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I mentioned last week how amazing the Colorado tech community was. This week helps prove that. A new way to use technical publications. An open source way to collaborate about maps. New ways to improve job skills. Invisible computers. Gamified prescriptions. It’s all here in Colorado! It’s amazing!

Another thing that constantly amazes me about the Colorado tech community is the “community” part. With that, my heart goes out to the family and friends of Coalfire CEO Rick Dakin who died while on a hike last week. Please consider giving to the Harambee Foundation, a non-profit started co-founded by Dakin’s son, Luke, in his memory.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Longmont’s TechPubs raises funding ahead of United Airlines app launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • NGA and Longmont-based DigitalGlobe open source toolkit to harness the power of collaborative mapping [BusinessWire]
  • Colorado, Markle Foundation launching digital jobs platform [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based Conga nets $70M investment from New York VC firm [BizWest]
  • 5 jobs at Colorado tech companies that come with awesome titles [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics perfecting the art of invisible computers through its multi-billion-dollar computing division [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville-based Coalfire CEO, co-founder Rick Dakin dies while hiking near Colorado Springs [BizWest]
  • Fortune names Broomfield’s Return Path a Best Place to Work for Millennials [ReturnPath]
  • Denver-based RxAssurance, which gamified prescriptions, raises $500k [Tech+]
  • Veena Bricker appointed first chief human resources officer for Denver’s Optiv Security [InnovatioNews]

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