Colorado Tech Weekly #197: I think JavaScript might be catching on

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Only 3 events listed this week are not directly related to JavaScript and I’ll bet you can find at least one person at each of those events who is capable of talking your ear off about it.

JavaScript and everything around it shows off what can happen when developers think, “What if…?” both good and bad. It’s also my reminder that, at least for me, learning languages is fairly easy but learning how and when to use frameworks is much more difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins approved to train vets [InnovatioNews]
  • The road to code: 4 steps to a career in coding and web development [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado startups investing in their employees’ professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Blinker wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award [Denverite]
  • Douglas County’s CenturyLink and Broomfield’s Level 3 shareholders approve merger [BizWest]
  • Denver health tech startup, CirrusMD, hiring to keep up with growth spurt [DBJ]
  • Taking a tech job in Denver costs an extra $140 a month, Zillow and Linkedin say [Denverite]
  • First driver-less vehicle bill in Colorado headed to Senate debate [DenverPost]
  • Colorado offers $34M tax incentive to cable TV company planning 1,200 Denver-area jobs [DBJ]
  • British, Colorado Springs cybersecurity experts compare notes in panel discussion [CSGazette]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #187: Cybersecurity, 3D Printing at CES and 2 Cool Colorado Stories

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I will follow ANY blog and ANY Twitter account that has to do with the Colorado technology community, so if your 2017 resolution is to write a tech blog, send me the link. I’ll subscribe. This way I can get more cool first-hand stories like the 2 bottom stories featured this week.

One is by Jud Valeski on how the Gnip/Twitter deal happened. The last story featured is by Noel Warden, a local online coding boot camp student who shared some of his strategies that landed him his first software developer job. Congrats Noel!

This week also features 2 Colorado companies that showed leadership in the 3D printing industry at CES and 2 other articles highlighting the growing cybersecurity industry in Colorado.

Send me your links! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 4 Colorado tech CEOs share their New Year’s resolutions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cybersecurity training program expands to Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • S4 Inc. will add 100 workers in Colorado Springs [BizWest]
  • Loveland’s Aleph Objects announces new software at CES 2017 [InnovatioNews]
  • New year, new you: 7 Colorado companies hiring like crazy in 2017 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Security Weekly Talks to Brian Beyer, Denver-based Red Canary CEO [RedCanary]
  • MacGyver Moment #1: Data sharing for the rest of us [ColoradoOIT]
  • Colorado Springs’s Titan Robotics unveils the Cronus at CES 2017 [Titan3DRobotics]
  • How did Boulder-based Gnip get the Twitter deal? [JudValeski]
  • Becoming a Full Stack Developer with Bloc.io [NoelWorden]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #177: A Semi With No Driver, a Technical Interview and Other Scary Things

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The biggest tech news in Colorado this week was the self-driving semi beer delivery. I wonder if anyone noticed that the Budweiser semi didn’t have a driver when they passed it. If they did notice, did they try to tell a friend? Did the friend write them off as crazy? I know I would.

I had my first technical interview Friday afternoon. That’s definitely a scary thing. it was a phone interview so luckily my interviewer couldn’t see my face light up in panic when he started asking the technical questions. He was very nice though and did a good job describing the scenarios. He kept repeating something that anyone on the receving end of a technical interview needs to keep in mind: It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you think. Remember this. Seriously. It’s ok to say “I don’t know” or ask more questions. Hopefully the interview went as well as I thought it did. I’ll let you know.

Other scary topics this week are cybersecurity, big-business mergers and entreprenuership. Happy Halloween!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How does Colorado rank for its science and tech job scene? [DBJ]
  • Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles through Colorado on beer delivery [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based SpotX’s founder nominated for CEO of the Year [SpotX]
  • Denver’s PaySimple enters next phase of growth with $115M investment from Providence Equity [PaySimple]
  • CenturyLink in advanced talks to merge with Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications [DenverPost]
  • 13 Colorado tech experts offer startup advice for entrepreneurs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Parker playground basis for new app aimed at getting kids to play [InnovationPavilion]
  • Denver’s cybersecurity workers paid higher than national average [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Craftsy’s big rewrite: The art and craft of scaling a startup [DenverPost]
  • The 2016 Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 11/2 – Analyze Boulder – Healthcare Data Checkup
  2. 11/2 – Arapahoe Library – Beginner Python Course
  3. 11/3 – Cloudegy – Data and Power BI
  4. 11/3 – CTP – 2016 TEY Gala
  5. 11/3 – Denver Creative Tech – Creative Sound Design and Robotic Bartenders
  6. 11/3 – Node.js Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins – Nodeschool Workshop: Learn NodeJS with us!
  7. 11/3 – Trustpilot – Denver Launch Party
  8. 11/3 – Women Who Code Boulder/Denver – React Native Workshop with Lawson Kurtz of Viget Labs [Boulder]
  9. 11/4 – CiGDA – Northside Casual

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Colorado Tech Weekly #176: Every Tech Job is a Security Tech Job

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When most people think of cybersecurity they think of antivirus companies and IT commandos in bunkers with entirely too many computer screens who track attacks on a large map while furiously typing away to keep the bad hackers away. The reality is not so sexy. The DDoS attack using IoT devices on Friday and the Denver Post story below highlight the fact that whether you’re designing an operating system for distributed servers or writing code on a internet-connected blinking light you need to be thinking about security.

Everyone involved in creating or maintaining systems needs to consider security when doing our jobs. This cannot be solved with a new technology or a disruptive startup. It requires the paradigm shift mentioned by Ed Rios. Every tech job is a security tech job.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster’s SpotX partners with BrightLine to accelerate automation of interactive video ad sales for connected TV [SpotX]
  • CTA Teams Up with Denver Broncos to Celebrate Colorado’s Innovative STEM Educators [DigitalColorado]
  • How focusing on travel is helping this legacy Colorado startup take off once again [BuiltinColorado]
  • TestPlant establishes Americas HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor gets nod in new Facebook feature [DenverPost]
  • Tech industry ponders how to fill Colorado’s 10,000 cybersecurity job openings [DenverPost]
  • INterview with Mark Turnage, Denver-based OWL Security CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • zvelo On The Go: An Interview With Joshua Rubin [zvelo]
  • Tech roundup: Denver ranked top in Forbes list, a VR haunted house and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Code42 opens Broomfield office to tap growing regional talent pool [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #152: Finding Opportunities in Colorado is Easy

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Finding opportunities is easy. Taking advantage of opportunities? That’s the difficult part.

With achievement of my degree within sight and a few projects completed it is time for me to take job searching seriously. Last night I started trying to figure out how to get paid for doing something I love. I looked at a few online job postings but this does not seem like a good strategy considering the network of awesome people I’ve cultivated in the last 152 weeks. Then there’s the question of “What is a good strategy?” Should I put my head down and charge at a dream job or should I keep my eye out for other software developer jobs? My heart wants to go for the dream job but my heart also really wants to get out of this job so I can work as a developer full time as soon as possible!

If you have any job searching advice, I’d love to hear it. If you just have a job offer, I’d love to hear that even more!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Tech Center-based cable company, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, says it raised $40M [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo cuts 21 jobs as growth and and acquisitions created redundancies [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Wayin gets new CEO after acquiring UK’s EngageSciences [Tech+]
  • 7 key players in Colorado’s cybersecurity industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Break up with your bad job: 7 Colorado companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs tech storage firm, X-IO Technologies, closes facility, cuts 107 workers [DenverPost]
  • AT&T’s pledge to hire more veterans for tech jobs in Colorado [Tech+]
  • Your guide to making the most of Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 drastic changes some companies are making to lure tech workers [DenverPost]
  • Bootcamps Vs. Traditional Education: My experience as a new woman in tech [CodeCraft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #150: Almost All The Demos

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An amazing week of events coming up for student developers: Demo displays by RefactorU, Turing School and DaVinci Coders, tech fairs from Maker Boulder and Open World Learning and a high school team coding competition by Lockheed Martin. If you like seeing what things new developers are learning and creating, this is a good time for you.

Speaking of being a student it appears my time away from schoolwork is coming to a quicker end than I had realized. After a month off, My Computer Organization/Architecture course starts a week from today, not 2 weeks from today like I had originally thought. I’m looking forward to the course, though. Some might say developers don’t need to know about hardware as much anymore because so much code is built on top of layers of abstraction but I call BS on that. Between the amazing amount of devices already plus the IoT devices hardware is pretty darn important. Also someone still has to write those layers of abstraction so don’t disregard that hardware knowledge.

Just because I wasn’t doing schoolwork for a month doesn’t mean I wasn’t learning. In fact I’m pretty darn proud of my month off. I developed a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department which I will post to GitHub this week to show off. I made a game for Ludum Dare 35 called “Zorg’s Crash Landing.” It’s a very simple puzzle-like game that I did not work on as much as I would have liked, however I actually made a thing so that’s awesome. I also started learning Sphero capabilities with my entirely too long Sphero Android App Reviews post. I just started playing with the Sphero educational apps so look for that soon.

Remember, no more podcast so look for me to post something interesting this week. Looking at how much I’ve typed already I apparently have a lot to say.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Know a veteran? No Barriers Warriors, sponsored by Douglas County’s Rise Broadband, offers all-expenses-paid trip [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Ajubeo announces Chief Executive Officer, solidifying leadership [CTA]
  • Denver’s MarketPay acquired by Seattle firm; new owner plans to hire more in Denver [Tech+]
  • Online reviews site, Trustpilot, to open an offline office in Denver [Tech+]
  • How a combination of product and passion helped Boulder-based startup Tapinfluence raise $14M [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Boulder’s SnapLogic [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado wants to duplicate Israel’s success in cybersecurity [DenverPost]
  • CodeCraft March Graduates’ Final Portfolio Apps & Demo Videos [CodeCraft]
  • From social media managers to senior developers, here’s what tech employees in Colorado actually make [BuiltinColorado]
  • Level 3 named Advanced Partner in Amazon Web Services Network [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #149 (Now with 30% MORE FUN): Fun Robots and Last CTW with a Podcast

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As I’m typing this I’m watching an episode of Sword Art Online after spending a good part of the weekend making a game for the Ludum Dare Jam. I want to work as a developer because I think writing code is fun! I also do these blog posts because I enjoy learning, and sharing, about the Colorado tech community. So, let’s have some fun with it!

So, fun things:

  • The Ludum Dare Jam ends at 7pm tonight. I should have my game “Zorg’s Crash Landing” posted somewhere on the interwebz by then. A big thanks to my daughter, Ashlynn, who gave me the inspiration for the game.
  • I will be meeting soon with my current boss to implement my Trespass Notice System app. It’s my first Ruby on Rails app and it’s all done except the password recovery portion of it.
  • In my pursuit of my dream job, I recently bought a Sphero SPRK and have started a big long post reviewing most of the Sphero-related apps in the Google Play store. Look for that to be posted fairly soon.

Things that haven’t been fun:

  • The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast turned out to be less fun and more work than I thought it would be. Being a part of a podcast still sounds like a blast, so if you want to talk Colorado tech I am all for it but the CTW Podcast in its current form will not be continuing after today.
  • Cable TV: I don’t remember the last time we changed the channel on our cable box. Now that we added Amazon Prime along with our current Netflix subscription and live sports have become less of a priority in our house, it’s time to ditch the cable box.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • AVC and Niwot-based SparkFun – fueling DIY fun! [DenverMakerFaire]
  • University of Denver program looks to bridge cybersecurity skills gap [Xconomy]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s AUTOPAY [BuiltinColorado]
  • Facing slower and lower funding, Colorado tech adapts to a new environment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Visibl raises $1.5M, rebrands to Brandzooka [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Surrey Satellite and Boston’s BridgeSat partner to develop free space optical communications system [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes three new members of the Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Colorado springs focused on being cybersecurity industry hub [DenverPost]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor Releases Alexa Skill on Amazon Echo [HomeAdvisor]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics sponsors Regional FIRST Robotics Competition [ArrowElectronics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #144: That urge to do all the things right now

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Last week was my attempt at doing all the things. I finished up a class. I prepared a large essay for a second class. I went to C-Level @ A Mile High. My dad came into town for the weekend so we could all go to the Denver St. Patrick’s Day. We had friends over to celebrate birthdays. Then played some card games with friends on Sunday. Meanwhile I’m getting my ToDo lists ready to go because after this week, I’m free from classes for 6 months so I want to do some projects to show that I really do know how to code.

I’m trying to do all this all right now. It’s one of those moments where I feel trapped somewhere between pride, guilt, ambition and time. It’s a feeling that many adult students and entrepreneurs feel too often. This is all stuff I chose to do and I enjoy most of it. Sometimes it just gets too overwhelming. Anyway, here’s the tech news!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Workers report layoffs at IBM in Boulder, nationally [DenverPost]
  • Announcing Leah Leaves as Boulder-based Ramblin Jackson’s COO! [RamblinJackson]
  • Meet 10 of the students graduating from Boulder’s CodeCraft this week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence opening Silicon Valley office, adds CTO [BizWest]
  • DU’s new Cybersecurity degree comes with 50% tuition discount [Tech+]
  • Everything you need to know to break into Colorado’s tech world [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Announces CTO [BusinessWire]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor expands in Colorado Springs, plans to hire another 100 [Tech+]
  • Nest to grow Boulder presence separate from new Google campus [BizWest]
  • CTOs to know: meet Denver-based Tack Mobile’s Jan Birkelund [BuiltinColorado]

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