Colorado Tech Weekly #255: AR, VR and RL

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When I was looking for my first developer job (it was just last year, but it’s nice to say it was in the past) I was always asked the seemingly helpful question of “What kind of development do you want to do?” and as someone who had never worked in software development I really didn’t know the answer. I am currently working in the credit card payments industry doing C# and .NET development and I’m enjoying it and that never would’ve been my answer (mostly cuz I knew nothing about the credit card payment process).

AR and VR sound like a lot of fun though. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Havenly leases 10,000 square feet in RiNo [BusinessDen]
  • INterview with Tom McAndrew, CEO of Westminster-based Coalfire [InnovatioNews]
  • Velocity Global Awarded Fifth Spot in The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [VelocityGlobal]
  • The day net neutrality died, Colorado lawmakers put an extra nail in the coffin [DenverPost]
  • Restaurant software company Upserve opens in Denver with 50 employees [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s National CineMedia brings AR gaming to movie theaters [DBJ]
  • Deloitte Consulting hires 25 for Colorado Springs cybersecurity work [CSGazette]
  • Innosphere gets seed money from Community Foundation to build startup laboratory wet space in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Group raises $2M in equity offering [BizWest]
  • A Denver tech company became more diverse and had its best financial year ever. Here’s why that matters for SendGrid and other companies [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #246: Bigger and Better and Databases and Game Developers

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Two themes for you this week. The Colorado tech community keeps getting bigger and better with big companies moving into the state and with local companies growing their presence. Growth is what we do here.

The two things i highlighted this week have to do with database administration and game development. Those are two specialties that I don’t think get enough credit for how hard their work is. Most web development is done with an ORM (Object Relational Mapper) that tries to obfuscate all the database stuff. I just started using Entity Framework Core and it’s theory seems to be “Seriously, don’t worry about the database. I got this. You go do your thing” which is nice but doesn’t always work. Also game development is really hard so give them kudos too.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Google shows off new Boulder campus, funds K-12 computer science program (Photos) [DBJ]
  • Woodward provides info on adding jobs in Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • Global tech company Levels Beyond trades longtime RiNo location for downtown Denver office space [ReachEngine]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe expands agreements with two major commercial tech customers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity takes gold cybersecurity award [InnovatioNews]
  • Pandora sweeps into dedicated Denver office space [BusinessDen]
  • Denver-based boojers participate in the 2017 Furry Scurry [Booj]
  • Scene and Cut. A wrap up of Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days 2018 [DBAKevlar]
  • Rockin’ the ‘burbs: Meet 5 Colorado tech companies that call Castle Rock home [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTOs to know: Meet 4 Colorado tech leaders driving innovation in their industries [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #242: Society’s Issues and the Tech Community’s Issues are the Same Issues

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I put these posts together on Sundays so I got to watch Hidden Figures for the first time while putting this together. That movie and a few of this week’s headlines served as a reminder to me that the tech industry is not separate from society in general.

Many of us hope that the things we create and maintain help to address those issues in healthy ways, but we know that not everyone has the same hopes.  Our creations have been used to divide, shame and target people. They have also been used to connect, support and liberate people. Technology is a tool. Use it for good.

Tonight I’ll be at the Denver Visual Studio Meetup. If you’re there too, say “HI!”

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero lays off 45 employees after lackluster holiday sales [DenverPost]
  • National Cybersecurity Center opens for business in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • T-Mobile completes purchase of Denver’s Layer3 TV, plans to offer TV service to all — including AT&T and Verizon customers [DenverPost]
  • Social fitness app Strava opening office in Denver to take advantage of outdoors, tech talent [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based tech company Occipital raises nearly $11 million [BizWest]
  • Tech-related bills introduced in the Colorado State Legislature from Jan. 10 – 24 [CTA]
  • Denver-based Revolar founder, Jacqueline Ros opens up about #MeToo and #TimesUp [Revolar]
  • New year, new career: 11 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Havenly nabs $12.5M Series B to make interior design more accessible [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech tour: A behind-the-scenes look at 4 sleek Colorado office spaces [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #216: What is Your School’s Reputation?

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4 years ago I decided to go back to school for my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science through Regis University.  After I started, I learned about the various code schools in Colorado and I am jealous of the students who started the same time I did. Many of them have been working as developers for over 2 years and a few of them are mentoring newer students. Meanwhile, I am still a Computer Science student.

When I heard about Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down, I thought of the fate of the code schools and code school students in Colorado. All schools (even colleges), as well as the recent graduates of those schools, depend on the school’s reputation to succeed. I did not take this into consideration in 2002 when I spent my GI Bill benefits to go the now defunct Westwood College. It’s important for everyone associated with an education institution (private and public) to take their school’s reputation seriously so that students and alumni can continue to benefit from their education.

What is your school’s reputation?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Want to get involved in a Colorado meetup group? Here are 5 great places to start [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver pot technology company, MassRoots, says it raised $1.2 million [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Ibotta lands big investor, plans hiring spree [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies help to propel fledgling drone industry forward [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s Greystone Career & Culture, July 26 [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver-based Dizzion hires new VP of Operations [Dizzion]
  • Boulder’s CodeCraft responds to Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down [CodeCraft]
  • Denver data center company, Fortrust, bought for $128 million [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe shareholders give OK to $2.4B purchase by Canadian firm [DBJ]
  • Denver data-protection company, eFolder, to merge with Silicon Valley tech firm [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #212: DinosaurJS, Sharepoint Fest and Game Developers at Denver Comic Con

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I love reading event reviews mainly for the simple fact that I can rarely go to events. This week I am happy to promote local reviews from Cuttlesoft about DinosaurJS and from Greystone Tech about SharePoint Fest. Also we get a quick word about the game developers at Denver Comic Con from Denverite. It’s great! I love it. I hope to see more event reviews in the future!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Takeaways from DinosaurJS 2017 [Cuttlesoft]
  • Erik Mitisek leaving University of Denver to join IMA’s insurance-tech startup [DenverPost]
  • Tech firm TapInfluence bids farewell to Denver, moves headquarters to Silicon Valley [DenverPost]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft gives $25.8 million to expand Colorado workforce training program [DBJ]
  • Ibotta expands (again!) by doubling office space in downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • SharePoint Fest 2017 [Greystone]
  • A behind-the-scenes look at 4 of the coolest offices in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con showcases a slew of indie gamemakers hailing from the Front Range [Denverite]
  • Behind the scenes with one of Denver’s most influential entrepreneurs: Luke Beatty [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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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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