Colorado Tech Weekly #189: Dependable or Boring?

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I am almost at 200 weeks of posting these news summaries. I am proud that I have been able to do it and I feel great whenever I hear that someone got value out of these posts. As with most things technology-related, I feel the need to change things up and keep it exciting and new but I wonder, are these posts seen as dependable or boring?

I’ve been thinking of trying the podcast again, but this time with co-host(s) and more discussion.s I also like the idea of an event board. And the biggest idea I have is turning this project into its own company but that means I have to find ways to make money off of this. I’m thinking a few ads maybe, sponsors for the podcast and a Patreon account with fun extras that I haven’t thought of yet.

I hope you find these posts more dependable than boring for now because I don’t have any time to make these ideas happen. I just started an accelerated, online Calculus II course and it’s kicking my ass so I will focus on that.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How IT company, World Wide Technology, with new Denver hub used innovation to become a $9B giant [DBJ]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2017 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver cybersecurity accelerator, SecureSet Academy, secures $4 million investment [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s ProtectWise closes $25M Series B, looks to add 30 employees in 2017 [DenverPost]
  • eFolder to move home base from Atlanta to Denver [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Datavail acquires second company in 6 months [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based DaVinci Coders form team to compete for IBM Watson AI X-Prize [DaVinciCoders]
  • TeleTech, and Denver’s Welltok partner to deliver high-touch experience for consumers [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: For the top-hiring tech jobs in 2017, it pays to live in Denver [Denverite]
  • Full Stack & UX Design: A Boulder-based CodeCraft grad tells why she wanted to double down on tech bootcamps [Codecraft]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 1/25 – Colorado Data Science – Intro to Python for Data Science
  2. 1/25 – DeRailed – Get some graphQL
  3. 1/25 – Rocky Mountain AngularJS – Angular 2 Unit and Integration Testing
  4. 1/25 – UX Book Club Denver – UXBCD // Annual UX Book Exchange + Potluck 2017!
  5. 1/26 – Flock – Diversity in Tech Career Day
  6. 1/26 – Learn to Code Colorado – Hack the Dot with Galvanize and Name.com!
  7. 1/26 – Turing School – New Campus Open House
  8. 1/27 – Girl Develop It – DENVER: Job Readiness Day with Skillfull
  9. 1/31 – Boulder iOS Developer Meetup – SpriteKit and SceneKit

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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 #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 #133: Is ‘I don’t know’ a valid prediction?

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I normally don’t put too much thought into what I write in these paragraphs before the headlines but since I promised predictions I should deliver. I’ve had a hard time figuring out what my predictions should be but I think I figured out a way to make sense of this. So without further ado (I’ve never been a fan of too much ado), my predictions for Colorado tech in 2016 in no particular order:

  • Dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016: I am in no way saying that dev schools are just hype. I think they’re great! I’ve seen many people in Colorado succeed because of dev schools and I watch them with envy while I plug away at my CS degree part time (only 2 year to go!). I’m just saying the hype and excitement around dev schools reaches crazy-pants levels next year.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life: There’s a funny thing about personal technology. It’s sold as this great, ground-breaking thing but it is always treated as something “in the future” that seems unreachable. Then one day you look around and that unreachable, ground-breaking technology is everywhere! That day will happen for IoT next year.
  • Cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements: Speaking of unreachable, ground-breaking technology, a lot has to happen for those promises to come to fruition. Next year there will be great improvements in these areas, but unless you’re following them closely you won’t really notice.
  • Colorado tech will see constant growth: Speaking of things we don’t notice (I’m getting pretty good at these transitions), the Colorado tech community will continue to grow at a steady pace. This is awesome but since we tune things out when they’re constant, people won’t really notice. I haven’t decided yet if that’s good or bad yet.

I have typed entirely too much here. Here’s the news. Happy new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s LogRhythm is finalist for two SC Magazine Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Faction doubles down on expansion After $6M round [Xconomy]
  • Englewood-based Cybergy Partners taps Terrence DiVittorio as new president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire being acquired for $870M in cash [DenverPost]
  • Colorado CIOs plan to add, fill tech jobs in 2016 [DBJ]
  • Tim Spark reviews his time at the Westminster-based DaVinci Coders Bootcamp [TimSpark]
  • Get to know Denver’s PaySimple better with an inside look at our culture [PaySimple]
  • Get to know Boulder-based Greystone by the numbers [GreystoneTech]
  • Yelp Security Head Joins Denver’s Gamma 2 Robotics’ Advisory Board [Gamma2Robotics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #117: Pushing the Boundaries of Real Space, Sci-Fi Space, Job Space and Spacing Out

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Space is all about pushing boundaries and pushing boundaries is a popular thing to do in Colorado. We have the Orion capsule at Lockheed Martin that pushes the boundaries of space exploration. Sphero is pushing the boundaries of robotic toys with the BB-8 and MassRoots and other marijuana-focused tech companies are helping to make marijuana legalization find its footing as an acceptable industry. Pushing boundaries is exciting!

I pushed my own boundaries this weekend and attended the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. It turned out that I pushed too far and was unable to finish the hackathon. It was very disappointing but definitely a very good learning experience.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SpotXchange re-brands itself to become SpotX [InnovatioNews]
  • NASA Orion capsule lands back at Lockheed Martin campus in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based MassRoots marijuana social network files for Nasdaq listing [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces the 2015 APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • BB-8 Star Wars droid by Boulder’s Sphero sells out online; stores may have some [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence planning 40-plus hires over coming year [BizWest]
  • Denver remains tech job hub, but momentum may be slowing [DBJ]
  • Meet the tech companies behind Colorado’s booming cannabis industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Raytheon has big expansion plans for Colorado Springs, will hire 700 [DBJ]
  • Star Command Galaxies, from a company in Longmont, on Steam Greenlight! [WarBalloon]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #111: Made-to-Order Hackathons, EAGLE-Net Gets a Reboot and DaVinci Will Move to Westminster

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Lord of the RIngs has dragons, elves and an entire world that is completely made up, but one of the most creative things to come out of that story for me is the number “eleventy-one”. I love that this is CTW number eleventy-one.

It seems like almost every week I’m excited for the stories I share. I’m very excited to see EAGLE-Net get a reboot with Zayo. EAGLE-Net is a project to get better internet access to public places in rural parts of Colorado. Doing anything with technology on a large scale over a large area is difficult to do correctly. I have confidence in Zayo. I wish them luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NoCo Mini Maker Faire calls for makers to present at Oct. 9-11 event at RMCIT [InnovatioNews]
  • Golden Police to add drone to department’s tool kit [YourHub]
  • FCC poised to reject Douglas County-based Dish Network’s $3.3 billion airwaves discount [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute moving headquarters from Louisville to Westminster [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Arrow Electronics now letting customers order up a hackathon [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s top 50 startups to watch: Where are they now? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s Evolution Digital buys Chicago TV-tech firm [Tech+]
  • FCC signs off on AT&T’s $48.5B buy of Dish competitor DirecTV [DBJ]
  • New Colorado STEMworks database spotlights successful STEM programs [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group Holdings to oversee and support EAGLE-Net Alliance [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #96: My Team is a GoCodeColorado Finalist!

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I signed up for GoCodeColorado because I like the spirit of the competition and just to try out my programming skills outside of homework. I figured it would be a good first experience, a good way to see what a hackathon is like. I ended up in a dynamic, diverse team that is one of 2 finalist groups from the Denver GoCodeColorado challenge!

Our idea is called MentorMatter. The site will make it easy for college students to connect with potential industry mentors. If you want to see some of the reasons why this idea is such a success for Colorado, just check out the first 2 top technology headlines.

If I thought I was excited and scared last week, that was nothing compared to how I feel now. Thanks for the good luck last week! WE WON!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The simple secret to Colorado’s startup community success [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Giving back to improve education [CTA]
  • Colorado offers money for 903 new jobs — and may land Accuvant HQ [DBJ]
  • Denver startup ProtectWise uses cloud to create safety in numbers [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Tech Download April – C-Level wraps while our Foundation kicks off its summer internship program [CTA]
  • 8 Colorado tech companies you should intern with [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software adds Elizabeth Salomon as CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s data-centers tax break still alive, student-loan repayment tax break dead [DBJ]
  • The 10 highest paying programming languages: Ten more reasons to learn to code [DaVinciCoders]
  • Webolutions named top Denver website design agency for 14th straight year [Webolutions]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #89: 50 Startups, 70 Awards and One Refocus

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Sharing technology news from Colorado is a lot like going to the grocery store when I’m hungry. I started these posts with a fairly concise goal, but now I just want to share all the stories! That reminds me, I have a few great ideas for Colorado Tech Weekly, but that list is for another blog post.

Congratulations to the Denver Business Journal for their 69 awards for excellence. The DBJ technology news feed is one of my favorite news sources! And big kudos to Simple Energy for being awarded the DBJ’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Simple Energy wins Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award [SimpleEnergy]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces new board leadership for 2015 [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Gorilla Logic builds top-rated, Saturday Night Live App for NBC [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech roundup: WorldRemit expanding in Denver, new COO for sovrn and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder approves LogRhythm for up to $75,000 in incentives [BizWest]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boomtown and Comcast Labs to build Internet of Things lab [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Business Journal named Colorado’s best large weekly newspaper; staff wins 69 awards [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 introduces new tool to combat increasing enterprise cyber attacks [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Social platform Wayin adds a search engine to better sift those valuable posts [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #88: Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer

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For once, I feel like I am in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time. Many of this week’s articles point out great things about the software developer job market in Colorado. We have 4 cities ranked among the ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs’. The Denver Metro area is number one in aerospace employment. Software companies continue to succeed. Code schools and colleges are improving their developer education. All around, Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2015 Colorado tech job salary guide: How does your salary stack up? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Apple changes cannabis policies; Denver-based MassRoots returns to App Store! [MassRoots]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic Group coding apprenticeships aim to close workforce gap [BoulderDailyCamera]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Aventura raises $14M, T3Media announces new executives, SendGrid announces new app [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA seeking silent auction donations for C-Level [CTA]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders launching new JavaScript beginner course starting April 13 [InnovatioNews]
  • FCC, FTC chiefs urge Internet openness, security at CU conference [BizWest]
  • NerdWallet: Four Colorado cities among nation’s ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs,’ 8 of Top 10 in West [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: Denver Metro region ranks No. 1 in aerospace employment [InnovatioNews]
  • The Colorado guide to jumpstarting your coding career [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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