Colorado Tech Weekly #193: Startups Startuping to Startup Startups

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Remember the old days of the internet when SEO meant putting a bunch of keywords in your web pages with the same font color as the background so only the web crawlers could see it? That’s what this week’s title reminds me of. Ah those were…. well those were dumb. Don’t do that.

Once again I found myself wanting to promote more events than just 10. These are just the highlights. Go meet some cool tech people.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs’ Rim Technologies to take part in Veteran’s Small Business & Why Hire a Vet Conference [RimTech]
  • Denver-based Convercent’s latest $10M will help companies track and prevent ethics violations [BuiltinColorado]
  • Thought Leader: Quick Queries with Denver-based Sairoop Technologies CEO Rupali Raghavan (video) [DBJ]
  • Why breaking itself into 3 parts helped Denver’s NewMedia serve more clients [BuiltinColorado]
  • You’re covered: 5 Colorado startups with 100%-paid insurance premiums [BuiltinColorado]
  • Xero zeroes in on Denver for new HQ, citing tech community, prospective workforce and local culture [DenverPost]
  • Investment software developer, InvestorTools, to bring jobs to Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Colorado’s DigitalGlobe is in advanced talks to sell to Canadian company, report says [DBJ]
  • IBM partners with Douglas County-based Arrow and Indiegogo to bring innovative IoT ideas to life [Arrow]
  • A look inside some of Colorado tech’s hottest offices [BuiltinColorado]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #174: An Ironic Miscalculation About Time

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I am trying to get this post published just before it’s scheduled to be emailed to those of you who get this post in email. I hope that happens.

My grand plan has been to go to school, do my own projects, go to meetups and continue to work full time to get my first software developer job. It’s a long term plan that I implemented before I published Colorado Tech Weekly #1. I made a miscalculation though, in order to find and take advantage of new opportunities I need time. I have not given myself any time to be open to new opportunities while searching high and low for new opportunities.

A little bit ironic, don’t ya think? (Great, now the song is stuck in my head)

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech brought in more than $35M in September: Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Charter Communications signs huge lease in Greenwood Village, plans 800 jobs [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Turing School of Software & Design now accepts GI Bill benefits [TuringSchool]
  • Fort Collins, Digital Workshop Center teaming up on scholarships to close tech-skills gap [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Convercent releases Convercent 4.0, most important product to date [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SendGrid adds Money as chief people officer [InnovatioNews]
  • Pathway to STEM degrees made smoother for community college students [CUBoulderToday]
  • Brilliant, but bored? 5 Colorado tech companies looking for talent like you [BuiltinColorado]
  • With a $33.7M Series E, Denver-based Welltok plans to continue optimizing consumer health [BuiltinColorado]
  • Inside Twitter’s New Downtown Boulder Digs [5280Magazine]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #157: Be nice to each other.

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Being nice sounds like such a simple, innocent thing to do. However it does require some courage because people might not be nice back to you and that hurts.

This week I celebrate 3 years of doing these Colorado Tech Weekly posts and I’m proud to continue  to help show off the Colorado technology community. I’m proud of this community! There are a ton of successful people and community leaders in the Colorado tech community who are just really nice people! This week’s articles about Brad Feld’s matching donations to improve diversity and CEOs that are loved by their employees highlight some of the nice people and the nice things they do for our community. And if I really think about it, every week I share 10 events that are almost all usually free events hosted by people who are doing nice things by giving away their time for free to help others succeed.

If I have half the influence that Jess with BuiltinColorado says I do, then I want to use that influence by being one of those nice people who succeeds by being nice.

This weekend in Orlando, Florida someone decided to kill people because of hate. If we want to fight hate, we have to do the opposite of hate and be kind and nice. Spewing more hate, just with different targets, will only encourage more hateful acts. Be nice to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics is Colorado’s top Fortune 500 firm again [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Maker Hub founder, Elise VanDyne, to represent Colorado at White House during National Week of Making, June 17-23 [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont Startup Week kicks off with robots, biz pitches, legal advice [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent raises $11 million, aims for profitability [DenverPost]
  • Why this company thinks job interviews should be less stressful [BuiltinColorado]
  • Matching Grant to the Techstars Foundation to Help Improve Diversity In Entrepreneurship [BradFeld]
  • Denver prepares final Smart City Challenge pitch to win $50M for transportation tech [DenverPost]
  • CEOs loved by their employees: These Colorado execs rank in the top 10 [DBJ]
  • Cathy Avgiris put family first, became most powerful woman at Comcast [DenverPost]
  • What you missed Saturday at the Denver Mini Maker Faire (Photo Album) [PewPewCat]

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What I’ve learned about the Colorado tech community after Year 2 of CTW

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2 years ago, on June 16, I posted my first Colorado Tech Weekly. A year ago I reflected on what I learned so I figured since I’m still going and the last reflection was fun I’d do it again.

5 things I’ve learned in no particular order

  • You need style AND substance to succeed – Colorado is a tech startup hub and opportunities for growth and new businesses are everywhere. To succeed, you need style. You need marketing, PR and a supportive and fervent community of fans. However this is not enough. The successful companies are the ones that also have solid products and services. Without both, your startup will not succeed here.
  • A good idea does not guarantee success – This follows up on my first point. Last year I lamented how Twitter may not have been the best way to keep track of Colorado technology companies since I can only follow 2,001. I found a way to cull my following list to accounts that are only active and while doing that I have found plenty of Twitter accounts for tech companies that no longer exist. They were good ideas, but they just didn’t work out.
  • There’s a huge difference between writing code and making apps – Taking the college education route I’ve learned a lot about programming theory, data structures and how to write code. Making an app, whether that means a web app, mobile app or any other software, is a whole other animal. It requires more than just writing code.
  • Colorado Tech journalism is getting better – When I first started Colorado Tech Weekly I posted 5 national news stories and 5 Colorado news stories because I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find enough Colorado news stories. Now every week I sort through 70-100 articles to get it down to the 10 articles I post. It can be very overwhelming, and that is awesome.
  • Building is fun. Maintaining is harder. – Startups are fun because they’re new and exciting! It’s hard work, but you get to experiment with new ways of doing things and try new ideas. It’s when you get something set up that the maintenance starts. Whether it’s starting a company, owning a home or writing a weekly newsletter, it’s the maintenance that makes the difference.

Numbers:

  • My site receives around 1,000 visits per month. About 125 of those come from Colorado.
  • 2,435 Twitter accounts listed in my Colorado Tech list with 34 people subscribed to it. That’s almost 1,000 more on the list than last year.
  • I am subscribed to 221 Colorado tech news sources including news sites and company websites as well as blogs written by local developers and organizations.

Top 5 Colorado Tech Weekly posts in the past year:

  1. Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations
  2. Colorado Tech Weekly #95: GoCodeColorado and More Security News
  3. Colorado Tech Weekly #63: A meme, some money and my school
  4. Colorado Tech Weekly #99: Is Colorado the best place for women in tech?
  5. Colorado Tech Weekly #94: All About Denver, Security and Maybe Even Google Fiber?

Top 5 most mentioned companies:

  1. Zayo Group
  2. LogRhythm
  3. QuickLeft
  4. Level 3
  5. Wayin

Where do I go from here?

  • I said it last year and I’ll say it again now, I will be better at posting project updates and general blog posts. Half the reason I started my CTW posts was to drive smart people like you to my site so you can see what cool things I am up to.
  • Let’s revamp the site! As much as I enjoy back-end web development I need to know some front-end web development to show off my projects. Like I said when I tried to teach myself UX, if I want people to use the apps I make, I need to make them easy to use. So why not practice where it counts?
  • Site Maintenance: I need to kick the tires, check the oil and replace the gaskets on this site. I need to make sure my content matches who I am and that it’s easy to read.

Thanks a ton for reading! I keep trying to tell myself that I write these blog posts for my benefit and it’s just an extra bonus that other people might read them but it’s really nice to know people do read them. Let’s do this again in a year!

Colorado Tech Weekly #64: Power of two

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64 is a power of two. It’s amazing how powerful the number two is. Do you ever stop to think that everything we do with computers is all just ones and zeros? It blows my mind whenever I think about it.

I got to witness the power of two in a completely different way this weekend. I saw my best friend get married. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a wedding and it was a very moving thing to be a part of my best friend’s wedding. Congratulations Dan and Jen!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fort Collins-based DH2i offers Microsoft SQL Server high availability, lower costs, data protection peace of mind [InnovatioNews]
  • Team sports app TeamSnap in Boulder makes another acquisition, prepares for a beta launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • COIN Summit wraps with goals of better connecting state’s key industries, beefing up STEM education [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Roundup: TeamSnap buys rival, Corgenix sells for $16M [Xconomy]
  • 4 Colorado startups that will make your life easier [BuiltinColorado]
  • JobAdder.com relocates U.S. facility to Denver [DBJ]
  • Centennial-based HotSpot Tax Services gets investment from HomeAway, eyes growth [DBJ]
  • David McCurdy hired to be state’s new chief technology officer [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent brings three new appointments to its executive team to build on record company growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Ecrypt Technologies partners with Cicada Security to market Cicada’s privacy products [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #62: Warm and fuzzies and a non-tech event

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE seeing when Colorado companies do business with each other. Seeing that Galvanize is using Zayo Group to improve their networks really does give me the warm and fuzzies.

My non-tech event also gives me the warm and fuzzies. This Saturday is the third annual Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive at Pepsi Center. It’s listed under events in bold so you see it. It has absolutely nothing to do with tech, but it’s important to me so it gets included.

Jessica was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. She was an aspiring hockey journalist and a pretty awesome person. I did not know Jessica personally, but the people I know who knew Jessica are pretty awesome people, therefore she was an awesome person. How awesome? Before her death, she had a dream to help the families of the 2012 Colorado wildfires by providing hockey equipment. In the spirit of this request, the collection drive expanded to include equipment from all sports for those in need throughout the metro area served by A Precious Child, a local non-profit organization.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wheat Ridge-based aWhere gets $2.45 million to calculate the rains in Africa [BuiltinColorado]
  • ReturnPath, Remy Corp. and SolidFire outline 10 trends impacting tech hiring this year in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based event app maker Zerista closes $2M to snatch up unclaimed market share [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hot or not? Denver’s eBags “Obsession” feature asks shoppers to rate handbags [TechKnowBytes]
  • uGurus Interview with Boulder-based QuickLeft’s Co-Founder Sam Breed: The Journey from Developer to CTO [QuickLeft]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s multi-Gigabit fiber network to enhance Galvanize’s campus-wide digital ecosystem [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent announces record growth in Q2 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Aspenware looks to drive next phase of growth with new CEO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Photobucket gets $3.2 million for international product launches [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage selling CRM software line, narrowing focus [DBJ]

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What I’ve learned about the Colorado tech community after 1 year

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My goal is to have a software/web/app development job by 2016, so one year ago yesterday I started Colorado Tech Weekly to keep myself up-to-date on what was happening in the technology community in Colorado. I turned it into a blog because I knew that if I wanted to know what was going on, so did a lot of other people. This happens to be a theme within the Colorado tech community. Don’t just help yourself, help everyone else!

5 things I’ve learned in no particular order

  • Startups are noisy – I mean this in the nicest way possible. They’re launching, acquiring more funding, announcing exciting partnerships, filing for IPOs, getting acquired by larger companies and generally creating a ton of buzz. A lot of our startups are tech startups and it’s fun and easy to get caught up in the excitement!
  • There is no shortage of helpful people – The people and companies that make up the Colorado tech community are a helpful bunch. If you can think of a programming language, a framework or a discipline, there is probably a Meetup group here to help you learn about it. Speaking of Meetup groups…
  • There is no shortage of fun, helpful events – If I went to every tech related event just in the Denver area, I would be constantly busy. Between monthly group meetups, startup weeks, hackathons and conferences I wouldn’t have any time to do anything else!
  • Twitter may not be the best way to keep track of all the tech people in Colorado – I thought I would be clever and follow every person and company related to the Colorado tech industry. I didn’t anticipate that my Colorado Tech list would end up topping 1500 accounts. I also didn’t anticipate that Twitter would only allow me to follow 2001 accounts. Argh!
  • I can’t get over the “community” part of the Colorado tech community – Startups are growing and multiplying like rabbits. Large companies are celebrating big projects. There is such a great atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement! Companies, groups and experienced designers and developers are more than willing to help each other, their neighborhoods and newbies to the profession. It’s amazing!

Numbers:

  • My site receives around 200 visits per month. About 100 of those come from Colorado
  • 1,636 Twitter accounts listed in my Colorado Tech list
  • 25 different local news sources found

Top 5 Colorado Tech Weekly posts:

  1. Colorado Tech Weekly #33: Volunteering, court battles and new things
  2. Colorado Tech Weekly #22: Thank you from a veteran
  3. Colorado Tech Weekly #51: Adtech thrives, a #boulderwin and Colorado gets a new CIO
  4. Colorado Tech Weekly #38: C-Level at Mile High and Promising Futures
  5. Colorado Tech Weekly #47: So Much News, There’s News About News

Top 5 News Sources:

  1. BuiltinColorado.com
  2. InnovatioNews.com
  3. Denver Business Journal
  4. TechKnowBytes Blog
  5. Xconomy.com

Top 5 most mentioned companies:

  1. Convercent
  2. Level 3
  3. Quick Left
  4. SendGrid
  5. Dish Network

Where do I go from here?

  • I’m going to keep doing the same thing, just more of it.
  • Next week I am going to start a 2nd news series: Dev News Weekly. It will focus on national news for developers. It will probably focus on web development as that’s where my focus has been.
  • I will start posting at least 1 opinion post per month.
  • I will be better at posting project updates. Half the reason I started my CTW posts was to drive smart people like you to my site so you can see what cool things I am up to.

Thanks a ton for reading! I keep trying to tell myself that I write these blog posts for my benefit and it’s just an extra bonus that other people might read them but it’s really nice to know people do read them.

Colorado Tech Weekly #39: Taking it one step at a time in awesome Colorado

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I think it’s about time I stop being surprised by the amount of tech news in Colorado. This is the 3rd week in a row that all 10 stories are from Colorado and I love it!

I had a blast volunteering for C-Level @ A Mile High on Thursday! It was amazing to talk to, and work with, so many people who have already achieved milestones in their careers that I can only dream about right now. It’s like running a marathon where the path doubles back on itself. I got to briefly see people who are way ahead of me and I want to be there! I gotta take one step at a time though. I’ll get there eventually.

Top News

  • Boulder’s Gaiam TV video subscription service now available via Apple Store [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize is one of 40 global tech hubs to receive $1M from Google to boost women-led companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Report says Denver tech workers earn 3rd highest cost-of-living adjusted salaries [TechKnowBytes]
  • C-Level @ A Mile High event draws hundreds to meet execs, bid on face-time to build business relationships [InnovatioNews]
  • It’s not just the Front Range, check out the Western Slope DTC (Durango Tech Center) [BuiltinColorado]
  • After opening up shop in Denver just last year, Signpost plans to triple its Colorado employee base [BuiltinColorado]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles the 5 coolest tech offices in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid hires proven tech leader, Paul Ford, to drive global marketing; relocates headquarters (to another Boulder location) to support growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • State of Colorado wants millions more to fix computer system [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based TriZetto reports record earnings for 2013 [DBJ]

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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!

I have a break in my courses at Regis University. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #20: Please excuse my bad dancing

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Half of this week’s stories are either about business funding or acquisitions, but I’m not getting ahead of myself. This IS a tech blog! These business stories are about local tech companies. As I found out during the  recession, it’s important to consider a company’s health when seeking employment. It’s not enough just to apply to work for companies that do cool things, you need to apply to companies that will stick around.

You’ll notice that I have no national news this week. This isn’t because nothing cool happened outside of Colorado. It’s because SO MANY things are happening here! This is the second time this has happened since starting this blog and I get all happy-dance excited when it happens. I also get all excited when I hit a milestone. 20 in a row! Please excuse my bad dancing.

Local News

  • JobZology and Colorado Job Base partner to provide one-stop shopping for job seekers [InnovatioNews]
  • Ad Tech Startup, Integrate, raises $7M from Foundry, cable companies [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Shopventory raises $1M in seed round, launches new business inventory management platform [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Convercent closes $10M Series B round led by SAP Ventures [Xconomy]
  • Datalogix expands Westminster HQ by 20,000 square feet to accommodate rapid growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont-based UQM PowerPhase motor helps set two new Guinness World Records at California air show [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based NewsGator Acquires business productivity company Sitrion [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner beefs up with $10M investment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Union workers ratify CenturyLink contract [DBJ]
  • War of robots: Student teams vie for Colorado supremacy [Denver Post]

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Thank you for reading!

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!

I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find my updates on my website design project here.