Colorado Tech Weekly #55: It’s not always unicorns and rainbows

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Last weekend Andy Vuong with the Denver Post pointed out a seemingly unfair tax on Denver’s web and app developers. Then I read this article “Do You Believe in LIfe After Startups?” that says all this excitement over startups, accelerators and VCs could just be a bubble priming to burst. Then after that my alternator goes out on my car making me question whether maintaining my car is more expensive than buying a new one. Things were not looking so bright.

But then Greg Avery with the Denver Business Journal put Vuong’s article in some context that Denver’s tax is more old than bad. I realized the startup “bubble” is tempered by the fact that good, experienced VCs and developers won’t fall for bad projects more than once… or twice. And my car? It’s fixed now. I’m also looking for some part-time work so I can get a new car.

If it was always unicorns and rainbows, then we wouldn’t need innovators and disrupters. We wouldn’t need to fail faster or be more agile or lean. Sometimes we need to celebrate these as the opportunities they are.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s tax on web and app development draws ire from software execs [DenverPost]
  • New open source starter kit, from Denver-based AppIt Ventures, saves developers a week of time [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fort Collins-based Bulb raises $1M in Series A funding from angels, prepares for launch of first major digital product [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster online ad firm Trueffect raises $5 million in funding [TechKnowBytes]
  • Louisville-based CodeFutures rethinks databases, offers AgilData to help companies cope with Big Data management [InnovatioNews]
  • CEOs discuss Colorado’s advantages, challenges, and Boulder vs. Denver [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s Foundry-backed Mocavo bought by a London family history company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boomtown Demo Day showcases first six startups to come through unique Boulder accelerator program [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems gets $1.9 billion missile-detection satellite contract [DBJ]
  • Denver’s taxing of software again draws ire of local companies [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 #52: Consistency feels good

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There are 52 weeks in a year. This is my 52nd CTW post, so it makes sense that I’ve been at this for a year straight! But when I look back, CTW #1 was posted on June 16, 2013 so I’m feeling a bit off. I’ll dance to a year of consistency anyway because I can!

June must be a good time to start covering technology and innovation in Colorado. Congrats to one of my favorite news sources, InnovatioNews, on their 2 year anniversary! I hope I’m always a year behind you.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Datalogix Closes $45M Round, Reportedly Considering IPO This Year [CTA]
  • HappyGov, MoveMyMusic Take Top Prizes at Hack4Colorado Competition [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s ColdQuanta taps quantum physics to carve Nobel-winning niche in supercomputing industry [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado accepting Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs grant applications [COIN]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $13M, looking for more amid major expansion push [Xconomy]
  • Westminster’s TermScout breaks into commercial real estate market with $635,000 seed round [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 young Front Range tech companies to keep tabs on [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don’t call it the World Cup) [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup, SnowGate, takes home $20,000 in Miller Lite business competition (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • ViaWest opens its latest Denver-area data center [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #50: Growth, more growth and an Airlife app

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I work full-time as an emergency dispatcher, so the Airlife app story got me super excited! There needs to be more out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to technology and emergency services. If only there was some sort of event where creative minds got together to try to improve government services in Colorado…. OH WAIT! Hack4Colorado is this weekend!

If you are planning on participating in Hack4Colorado and you want some cool public safety ideas, let me know. I’ll give you all sorts of ideas. Unfortunately I can’t be there. I’ll be staying up all night waiting for 911 calls instead.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Uvize determined to help veterans make transition to college life [Xconomy]
  • SendGrid moves corporate HQ to larger space in downtown Boulder to support hiring growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Air Ambulance By iPhone: AirLife Denver Releases App [TechRockies]
  • Verizon lights up super fast XLTE mobile broadband network in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • Red Rocks Community College Announces Cyber Security Scholarship Program [YourHub]
  • Westminster’s SpotXchange reports 145 percent revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • Quickleft recaps Boulder Startup Week 2014 [QuickLeft]
  • Galvanize to open Fort Collins campus next year [BuiltinColorado]
  • OneNeck picks location of new Douglas County data center [DBJ]
  • Walter Scott Jr. officially steps down at Broomfield’s Level 3 [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #49: Incoming jobs from Lockheed, Sendgrid, Layer3 and other good news

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There is a LOT of good news bouncing around this square state and I have a feeling with Boulder Startup Week just wrapping up, Aspen’s and Fort Collins’ Startup Weeks just about to start and Denver Startup Week not too far away that the good news is gonna keep coming. Is there a Startup Week in southern Colorado? There should be.

Also I recently just found out how cool Evernote is. It’s especially cool for a blog like this one. If you have any tips on how to make the best of Evernote, please pass them along. Thanks!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems adding hundreds of commercial space jobs to Colorado HQ in Littleton [DBJ]
  • Vantiv to acquire Durango-based MercuryPay for $1.65 billion [BuiltInColorado]
  • 4 Galvanize Boulder companies you should look out for at its launch this week [BuiltInColorado]
  • SendGrid Expands In Boulder, Ramps Hiring [TechRockies]
  • Layer3 TV picks Denver for its new corporate headquarters [InnovatioNews]
  • gSchool students dominate Boulder Startup Week Hackfest [Galvanize]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 selected to provide secure global content delivery network for Russian game maker [InnovatioNews]
  • Fort Collins startup, Beagle, wins Go Code Colorado Challenge [CTA]
  • New telecom regulations offer benefits to consumers, tech sector [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder to welcome Twitter to town, and celebrate Gnip deal, on June 4 [TechKnowBytes]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #48: Let’s Keep the Net Neutral and Colorado in Drive

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If you use the internet, create things for the internet or just giggle at Lolcats on the internet in Colorado there are some things going on at the state and federal level that you should be aware of. Andy Vuong’s TechKnowBytes post about Level 3 is a good place to start if you are concerned about what FCC director Tom Wheeler has proposed in regards to net neutrality (You should be concerned). Meanwhile the Denver Business Journal article about telecom reform is great news for the expanse of high-speed internet in Colorado. Happy Monday!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Dish Network to start streaming video service by early 2015; Ergen reveals plans [DBJ]
  • Telecom reform, ride-sharing app rules emerge from Colorado Legislature [DBJ]
  • University of Denver to break ground on $41M STEM facility [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Peak gets another $4 million for its innovative approach to cloud technology [BuiltInColorado]
  • What 5 Startup Crawl host companies have up their sleeves for Boulder Startup Week [BuiltInColorado]
  • Scaling SendGrid: Interview With Jim Franklin [BuiltInColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 accuses five U.S. ISPs of throttling traffic [TechKnowBytes]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects releases LulzBot TAZ 4, the company’s most robust and capable 3D printer [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Orbotix Raises $15.5 M to Develop Next Generation of Toys [Xconomy]
  • A review of the Energy & Tech Mashup at Galvanize in Denver: Novel format designed for momentum [BuiltInColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #44: Beer, Startups and Can a Technology Blog Go Without Mentioning the Heartbleed Bug?

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I almost made it without mentioning the Heartbleed bug, but when I saw that Denver-based Accuvant released a paper with recommendations for it, I had to include it. This week, if you talk about technology, you’ll talk about Heartbleed. If you talk about technology in Colorado, you’ll talk about startups. And if you talk about startups in Colorado you will talk about beer. There, I feel I’ve justified my title to this post now.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s gSchool announces first classes on web design and its’ newest instructor, Matthew Leach [Galvanize]
  • Denver-based Closely picks up $3M in Series A funding round led by Growtech Ventures [InnovatioNews]
  • Accuvant releases paper to help organizations defend against Heartbleed Bug security risk [InnovatioNews]
  • 31 Colorado Startups Raised Over $85M in Q1 of 2014 [BuiltInColorado]
  • Mmmm, craft beer: Boulder-based ShipCompliant launches automated beer compliance software for growing craft brewing industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s RxRevu closes initial funding to keep saving patients money [BuiltinColorado]
  • Jim Breyer, backer of Facebook, Spotify and other startups, invests in Westminster-based Datalogix [DBJ]
  • Telecommunications reform package moves to Colorado Senate after House approval [DBJ]
  • Greewood Village-based Microsoft consultant mcaConnect acquires SalesMetrix of Texas [DBJ]
  • Longmont-based UQM Technologies chairman Rankin retires; ex-Ball Aerospace CEO to step in [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #43: Life, the Universe and Everything Plus One

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The number 42 always inspires Douglas Adams puns from me, For the life of me I can’t figure out why I missed out on such a great pun opportunity last week. I suppose I was too nervous about the Hour of Hardware event I was running at my daughter’s elementary school. It went great! The kids seemed to have a great time and the computers we used all worked after all the students left. You can read my review of the event here.

The news I read about the tech industry inspires and motivates me and it’s nice to pass that inspiration on to others.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Durango-based Mercury Payment Systems goes for $100M IPO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 and Elemental team to demonstrate world’s first real-time 4K Ultra HD streaming system [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck Returns From Google’s Inaugural Demo Day With $100K [Xconomy]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles 5 amazing women developers in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Is startup life a fit for you? BuiltinColorado provides insight into 4 local startup jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Open source thrives in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based MassRoots, a social app for cannabis users, gains $475K in follow-up funding [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado companies Dish Network and Arrow Electronics named to InformationWeek Elite 100 [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Mobile Accord helped U.S. start covert Twitter-like service to stoke dissent in Cuba, says AP (Video) [DBJ]
  • Congrats to the GoCodeColorado Challenge Weekend Finalists [GoCodeColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #42: Little Bit of Everything. Startups, 3D printing, Education and Media

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Last week I wrapped up my journey into UX Design. I didn’t finish my journey, I just wrapped it up for now. It’s a much bigger subject than I realized and I have a new respect for those that do it as a profession. On Wednesday, I picked up the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. I spent all day Sunday troubleshooting tools that I only halfway understand so I could learn and develop with Ruby on Rails. Self-directed learning is a lot like the TARDIS, it doesn’t always take me where I mean to go, but it takes me to where I need to be.

I hope you check out Open World Learning’s request for volunteers. Few things are more fun than helping kids get excited about technology. I will get to do just that tomorrow as I am hosting a Hour of Hardware event at my daughter’s elementary school to compliment the Hour of Code event we hosted in the fall. Wish me luck!

Top News

  • 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3DCIC) announces final speaker lineup for three-day Colorado Springs gathering in May [InnovatioNews]
  • Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Fort Collins adds first 2014 group of six new client startup companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based PQCareers works to humanize the recruiting process [W3W3]
  • Open World Learning’s 5th Annual TechFair Competition Needs Your Help! [CTA]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave unveils WavePoint M2M platform for industry and government applications [InnovatioNews]
  • From Techstars to Galvanize, Denver’s GoSpotCheck now heads to Google HQ for inaugural Demo Day [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity ups its mobile security hold with acquisition of Accells Technologies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Legislature declares Colorado Aerospace Day; criticizes feds for NASA cuts [DBJ]
  • This would be huge! Dish Network’s Ergen talks merger with DirecTV CEO, says report (Video) [DBJ]
  • ShowMobile, a media app based in Denver, meets kids where they live — on their phones [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #40: A wish, a request and Go Code Colorado

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for!

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Top News

  • Report ranks Big 4 wireless carriers’ service quality in Colorado. And the winner is… [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid sees 85 percent growth in 2013, hits 200 billion emails delivered, 150,000 customers served [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe’s Tomnod allows for crowd searching for clues about missing Malaysian plane [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Technology Professionals President Stephanie Lindquist interview with w3w3.com [CTP]
  • Englewood’s Arrow named one of ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ for 14th consecutive year [InnovatioNews]
  • Go Code Colorado Partners with Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade [GoCodeColorado]
  • Google giving cloud platform products to Go Code Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado legislature readies to tackle telecom, rural broadband reform again [DBJ]
  • Colorado doles out more grants to innovative companies and projects [DBJ]
  • gSchool opens in Boulder, builds world-class instructor team [Galvanize]

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