Colorado Tech Weekly #217: CTA Tours Colorado and Our Never-Ending Quest to Understand Ourselves

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Last week the Colorado Technology Association did their annual Colorado Tech Tour which I look forward to reading about every year because the tour does a much better job of highlighting cool tech stories around the state than I could ever do. In the interest of aggregating news from different news sources for you, I did not just share all the Colorado Tech Tour stories. Instead you can read them here.

I highlighted the Denver R User Group event this week because I am intrigued about our never-ending quest to understand ourselves. It seems that about 10 years ago, our answer to understand more was to get more data. Now we are overwhelmed with data and we want to know how to turn it into knowledge. I wonder how we’ll decide to try to understand ourselves 10 years from now.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greetings, earthlings: Westminster’s DigitalGlobe team helps customers derive insights from satellite imagery [BuiltinColorado]
  • Amazon probing for Boulder office space [BusinessDen]
  • Westminster-based SpotX celebrates 10 years of business with a new office [SpotX]
  • Lockheed Martin begins building $350 million satellite facility in Jeffco [DBJ]
  • Redbarre teases 4,000 jobs at new video production facility in Parker [DenverPost]
  • Find your dream job: These 5 Colorado companies are hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network’s Q2 net income drops like a rock [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3’s earnings down 2 cents per share year-over-year [BizWest]
  • Fintech and Fort Lewis College power Durango’s growth [CTA]
  • CTA tours Colorado tech industry [CSBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #164: Happy Colorado Tech Week!

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Happy Colorado Tech Week, everyone! Granted every week is Colorado Tech Week for me, but this week it’s Colorado Tech Week for everyone! It’s true, the governor said so.

Since it is Colorado Tech Week, you should pay special attention to this week’s headlines and events because they accurately portray the awesomeness of the Colorado Tech community. There’s space, hackathons, startups, big data, developers, game development, online shopping. It’s all there!

I’m excited for a few of the events this week. Today starts the Colorado Technology Association’s 2nd annual Tech Tour to coincide with Colorado Tech Week. This week is also the 5th annual Develop Denver conference. And this weekend is the first ever Serenity Forge Game Jam. Unfortunately I won’t be participating in any of these events, but that just leaves more room for you. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield database outsourcer Datavail acquires Oracle business-intelligence consultant [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech directory published [BizWest]
  • Sierra Nevada’s Louisville-based Dream Chaser to begin Phase 2 flight testing in California at Edwards AFB [InnovatioNews]
  • The keys to a killer hackathon, according to 4 Colorado startups [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 reports $149M profit for second quarter [BizWest]
  • 4 students share what it’s really like to intern at a Colorado startup [BuiltinColorado]
  • Rocky Mountain DataCon 2016 launches [AgileData]
  • Denver-based MuscleSound names Andy Jackson President and Chief Executive Officer [MuscleSound]
  • Here’s what you need to know about Develop Denver, returning this week [BuiltinColorado]
  • How companies with Colorado ties are competing with Amazon [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #151: The Nuts and Bolts of Bits and Bytes

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I love learning the ins and outs of how things work. This is why I am pursuing a Computer Science degree as opposed to going to a coding school. I don’t want to just learning how to write good code, I like learning how that code interacts with hardware and networks and all the interactions that happen when I press a button on my keyboard that saves a character in a database on my website. This interest in all the things has gotten in my way as much as it’s propelled me to learn.

Last month I successfully tempered my desire to know all the things and created a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department to keep track of Trespass Notices. This week I start my Computer Organization and Architecture 400-level course at Regis University so I will need to feed of that desire to understand all the things. I’m a little bit intimidated by the course but I’m also really looking forward to it.

This week a few of the headlines dive into how things work which is really cool and is why I love doing these blog posts! The headlines include behind the scenes at Havenly, new ways to produce electron currents from CSU, a look into office culture with music and a peek into the interview process from StatusPage.io.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Accurence moving to new Louisville facility [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be an engineer for Denver’s Havenly [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage goes all out: Integrations to hundreds of online business applications now available [CTA]
  • Ibotta Milestones: Our New Denver Headquarters [Ibotta]
  • CSU research reveals new way to produce electron currents, power devices [InnovatioNews]
  • Fusion partners With Boulder-based Rapt Media to reinvent investigative news [RaptMedia]
  • Boulder’s Stream raises $1.75M seed round [Stream]
  • Colorado tech’s office anthems [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero takes top prize at Edison Awards for Star Wars’ BB-8 droid [DenverPost]
  • How and why StatusPage.io uses coding challenges to interview developers [StatusPage.io]

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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 #143: Event Reviews, Podcasts and C-Level

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I always say that the top upcoming events are events I wish I could go to and it’s entirely true. I wish I could go to every event I post! This is why I appreciate event reviews. This week we have reviews of the T9Hacks hackathon and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. This week I also get to go to C-Level @ A Mile High! It’s the only technology event I have been able to go to on a consistent basis. I will be bringing my recorder to see if I can add some interviews to my podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, I learned this week that there is more than one Colorado tech podcast and that’s awesome! Of course there is only one Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast but this week, Tamara Chuang from the Denver Post profiles the Turnpikers podcast and Jess Ryan gave a cool list of 5 Colorado tech podcasts where she perfectly describes my podcast and made me want to listen to the others on the list.

So go check those out and come say “Hi” at C-Level this Thursday!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Teams face off in Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by Raytheon [DenverPost]
  • Mitisek leaving as head of Colorado Technology Association, joining DU [DenverPost]
  • Colorado ranks 13th nationwide for tech jobs in new report [Tech+]
  • Entrepreneurs hope new podcast unites Denver, Boulder tech communities [DenverPost]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects prints millionth 3D part for LulzBot desktop printers [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your own luck: 5 companies looking to hire in March [BuiltinColorado]
  • Robot Revolution powering up at Denver Museum [InnovatioNews]
  • Keysight Technologies to bring 200 jobs to Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • CU-Boulder’s Atlas Institute hosts inaugural women-centric hack-a-thon [DailyCamera]
  • Why digital health is Colorado tech’s next big thing [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech podcasts to add to your feed [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #141: The slow, steady hum of progress

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At work we have this air conditioning unit that makes a low buzzing noise. The only time we really notice it is when it turns off or starts up otherwise it’s just a constant source of background noise we get used to.

The Colorado technology community is starting to feel that way to me and in the best way possible. I look ta these headlines this week and I see constant progress. Constant hiring, constant releases, constant adjustments. Just because the general growth in Colorado tech appears constant and fades into the background, just like the air conditioner, we shouldn’t take it for granted.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fast Company names Boulder-based Agribotix to Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in drones for 2016 [Agribotix]
  • Denver’s AppThis launches two new products for app discovery and user acquisition [InnovatioNews]
  • Amadeus Consulting launches free software development planning tool [InnovatioNews]
  • Texas technology company, Apto, makes Denver home [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Dizzion Releases zLink Virtual Desktop Device [Dizzion]
  • Twitter plans expansion in Boulder, doubling office space and staff [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based SolidFire parent NetApp plans to slash 1,500 jobs in $400M cost-cutting move [DBJ]
  • Techstars 2016 Boulder class has dating, genealogy and Bitcoin startups [Tech+]
  • Making the difference in Zen Planner’s culture in Highlands Ranch with OHANA [ZenPlanner]
  • Another RMOUG Training Days success! [DBAKevlar]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #137: A good week for companies with ‘Z’ in their name

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Zillow is going to grow. Dizzion is expanding. Galvanize gets funding. And Sierra Nevadza will need to hire to fulfill their awesome cool NASA contract. OK, there’s no ‘Z’ in Sierra Nevada but that’s still pretty exciting news for them. It’s great seeing front range companies grow!

I’m going to start figuring out how to turn this weekly post into a podcast and I’m going to start looking for tweets with the hashtag #coloradotech to build my lists. I’m looking forward to interacting with you in new, fun ways!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Slopes: 5 innovative tech companies that call ski towns home [BuiltinColorado]
  • No love for Loveland: Madwire Media is moving to Ft. Collins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hiring likely soon at Louisville-based Sierra Nevada Space Systems thanks to NASA contract [Boulderopolis]
  • Denver’s Dizzion expands offices, staff to accommodate record growth [Dizzion]
  • 4 companies leading the charge for a more diverse Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broncos use technology to deepen fan support [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $3 million in venture from Colorado fund [Tech+]
  • Lunch & Learn Recap: Kendra Prospero, CEO of Turning the Corner, on tips from a technical recruiter & job placement professional [CodeCraft]
  • The Colorado Office of Information Technology FY15 Annual Report is hot off the press [ColoradoOIT]
  • Zillow says it will add 150 Denver-area jobs [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #125: Things improved, soapbox avoided and GO VOTE!

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Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know there’s no large-scale elections, but honestly the local elections impact our lives more than the big ones. I could easily jump on a soapbox about this but I’ll cut myself off before I get going. However, if you live in Jefferson County and still haven’t decided who to vote for, contact me and I’ll help you out.

I am homework free for the rest of the year, so look forward to some project updates, new projects and general blog posts about learning programming. I’m looking forward to expanding my voice on this site, instead of just churn out a top 10 list every week. That’s not to say I don’t like my top 10 lists. I do. They look like this…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What it takes to be a software consultant (by Ben Lewis) [QuickLeft]
  • New acquisition, new HQ fuel Rogue Wave’s growth in Louisville [BizWest]
  • INterview with Charisse Bowen, Galvanize Fort Collins campus director [InnovatioNews]
  • FIRST LEGO League  CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS [CTA]
  • Alteryx scores $85M funding round that will help fuel growth in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • CSU researchers land $2.1M DARPA grant to develop gesture technology [BizWest]
  • Denver-based GutCheck raises $12M in Series D investment round [InnovatioNews]
  • Louisville startup TermScout back in fundraising mode as it grows sales staff [Boulderopolis]
  • Colorado’s code school grads near top (plus bootcamp resources) [Tech+]
  • Witness police wrongdoing? There’s an app for that [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #116: Mobile Phones, Mobile People and IoT

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I’m starting the second week of my Assembly course this week and this coming weekend I’m lucky enough to participate in the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. I’ve noticed I seem to be more comfortable with lower-level languages so I’m pretty darn excited for this upcoming week.

The creative potential of IoT is amazing and I’m curious to see how I feel about it after the hackathon. Regardless of how I feel after this weekend, I definitely need to visit SparkFun’s Home of Tomorrow sometime soon. That looks really cool.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xerox to add 300 customer-care jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • T-Mobile upgrades Colorado network to improve rural and indoor quality [Tech+]
  • PlanetiQ to hire ‘one or two dozen’ at new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies launches new IoT blog [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver travel app drops Native name, switches to friendlier ‘Pana’ [Tech+]
  • CenturyLink lays off 150 workers in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue, as is rising housing costs [DenverPost]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun starts on building the Home of Tomorrow [SparkFun]
  • Tech Roundup: Stream.io raises $1.75M, Pana grabs $1.35M, WeWork leases another space & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Verizon tops two reports on mobile service quality in Colorado [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #108: I Need More Ways To Say “Growing”

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This week has all the signs of growth in the Colorado tech community. We have a Colorado connection partnership which I always love seeing, two acquisitions for Colorado companies and the other normal signs of growth. I’m not complaining about the growth, I just wish I had more ways to phrase it. I think I need to start using a thesaurus.

In case you missed it, and you probably did because you were too busy celebrating Independence Day, I wrote my second “What I’ve Learned About the Colorado Tech Community” post on Friday to celebrate 2 years of Colorado Tech Weekly. I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you for reading!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SolidFire CEO Dave Wright Wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award [Yahoo]
  • Innovation Pavilion announces strategic partnership with Arrow Electronics [InnovationPavilion]
  • FBI investigating attack on Colorado’s Level 3 and Zayo data lines [DBJ]
  • Engineer buys Longmont building to house SVVSD robotics club [BizWest]
  • 5 Boulder tech job openings at offices with amazing locations [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 acquires cybersecurity firm Black Lotus [BizWest]
  • Littleton’s Fahrenheit IT acquires ITEC [InnovatioNews]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: FullContact [Tech+]
  • Programmatic expert Brian Kane joins Denver-based Altitude Digital Board of Directors [AltitudeDigital]
  • The 5 largest reported fundings in Colorado in June [BuiltinColorado]

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