Colorado Tech Weekly #266: Leadership Matters and Fintech Grows in Denver

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The 2 subjects of this week’s headline directly affect me on a daily basis. As an employee of a startup with less than 10 people, our company is not only affected by the decisions made by our leadership but also the moods and attitudes that are shown by our founders, our managers and each of us. Leadership is not dependent on job title in a small organization, however the people with the big job titles have the most direct affect on the mood and culture of an organization. I’m excited to see what’s in store for OpenWorldLearning and Colorado Technology Association after their leadership changes.

My startup is also involved in fintech and seeing The Funding Circle opening an office here and seeing OnDeck grow their presence here makes me excited about the industry I get to work in.

I hope there’s something to get you excited this week! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s OpenWorldLearning announced the appointment of Annie Grenier Wright as its Chair [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Louisville-based Global Healthcare acquiring firm in Germany [BizWest]
  • Denver-based  Intermap Technologies’ 3D Earth mapping tech used to rescue Thai soccer team [DenverPost]
  • British fintech firm, The Funding Circle, leases 19,000 square feet in downtown Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Frannie Matthews named Colorado Technology Association’s new president & CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • New Colorado Technology Association chief looks to help connect companies and skilled workers [DBJ]
  • Fintech company, OnDeck, to grow Denver office by 15 percent within next five months [DBJ]
  • CA Technologies, with an office in Bouder, sold To Broadcom for $19B [PYMNTS]
  • Denver cybersecurity company OverWatchID expands, moves downtown from Tech Center [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech company, FreeWave Technologies, and CU hackathon may have unlocked the key to detecting wildfires [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #262: Five Years Ago, This Week and #NewsMatters

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It’s been 5 years and 2 days since the very first Colorado Tech Weekly. When I started, I didn’t think it was possible for me to find 10 news stories about Colorado Tech so I only had 5 stories. One of those first stories was that Sprint could have been a Colorado company with a merger with Dish Networks that fell through. Now I sift through about 80 articles every week to come up with 10 stories.

Last week I was also surprised by the news that Tamara Chuang was leaving the Denver Post. I have not had the pleasure to meet Tamara yet but she has only been the 2nd Denver Post technology reporter since I started this blog series. It made me realize how important it was to me to have good local reporting of local tech stories. I decided that if Tamara stayed in Colorado, I would do what I can to support that news source. Yesterday, the Colorado Sun was announced as a new journalistic project and new news source created by exiled Denver Post employees.

I look forward to supporting the Colorado Sun as well as doing more to support all the other great local journalism covering our tech community. Any time someone mistakes this blog for journalism, I kindly remind them that I only aggregate news reported by real journalists.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • San Francisco’s Splunk to acquire Boulder-based VictorOps in $120M deal [BizWest]
  • Fort Collins’ Madwire acquires Loveland-based payment company [BizWest]
  • Is Denver a new kind of tech town? Positively. [DigitalColorado]
  • Denver tech employees earn a lot more than other workers in the state [DBJ]
  • Regis University adds cybersecurity undergraduate degree [CSBJ]
  • Colorado awards first blockchain, cryptocurrency startup Radar Relay economic development grant [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Sphero raises $12 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Spanish telecom startup, Teltoo, moves to Boulder, plans to hire in key positions [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Bitsbox raises $3 million, plans to grow team [BizWest]
  • Shake it up: 5 executive leadership changes we saw in May [BuiltinColorado]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 6/21 – Boulder/Denver BigData Meetup – The Amazon Infrastructure team: Big Data of Data Centers
  2. 6/21 – Denver Code Club – An Introduction to Modern Microservices
  3. 6/23 – GirlDevelopIt – 5 Year Anniversary Party
  4. 6/26 – Denver iOS Developer User Group – WWDC Recap

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Colorado Tech Weekly #257: It’s Not Just Tech People Moving Here, It’s Companies Too

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If you haven’t noticed, a lot of people have been moving to Colorado. Many of them are moving here for tech-related jobs, but it’s not just people that are moving here. Companies are moving here too. Add that to the many startups that call Colorado home and opportunities for tech jobs are endless!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • FrontRange Software has become Ivanti and has big growth plans in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Behind the scenes with Denver-based Red Canary’s Detection Engineering Team [RedCanary]
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day shows off new companies [BizWest]
  • Los Angeles-based Honey opening engineering office in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Charter’s growth prompts expansion to a second new office tower in the south metro Denver area [DBJ]
  • Be the change you want to see in the (tech) world [DBAKevlar]
  • [Inside Denver’s Apto] How we built Apto Maps [Apto]
  • Greenwood Village-based Avalara files for $150 million IPO [DBJ]
  • New Denver-based WOW CEO sees Q1 earnings top expectations; stock jumps [DBJ]
  • Tech Roundup: Welltok partners with benefits provider, Patriot Boot Camp to return, and more [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #241: Blockchains and Headquarters

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The headlines aren’t usually the most interesting story. Yes, Bitcoin’s value is very interesting and the Amazon HQ2 story is fascinating but when I look past the big headlines I see the stories that have more meaning.

This week we have 4 companies that want to move their headquarters, or at least a big part of their operation, to Colorado that aren’t named Amazon. We also have 2 meetups coming up that talk about blockchain which is most well known as the technology behind cryptocurrencies but is way more interesting because it is capable of being so much more!

Infinicept is hiring for a mid-senior level Software Engineer! Come work with me and my team! If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll help you out. 

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Los Angeles private equity firm buys Denver tech company Mersive [DBJ]
  • A Look Back: 15 Years of SparkFun and the Maker Movement [SparkFun]
  • Two Colorado tech companies on Fortune’s ‘great place to work’ list [DBJ]
  • California cloud software maker Accelo plans to bring 787 jobs to Denver [DenverPost]
  • 2018 Bringing Changes for the Colorado Maker Hub [ColoradoMakerHub]
  • 2 international firms eye Denver area for American HQ locations [DBJ]
  • Australian software company is making Denver its U.S. base [DBJ]
  • Denver makes Amazon’s HQ2 finalist list — along with 19 other cities [DenverPost]
  • Get paid to go back to school: 3 techies share how their companies support continued growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Built In Colorado’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2018 [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #234: Revolar lives up to their name, I start my first day and all the December tech events

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Last week I happily learned that “revolar” is Spanish for “to take flight again.” Luckily, since I started this blog I have seen very few good companies go away and I was honestly heartbroken to hear about Revolar closing their doors, so I am excited to share the news that they are back in business!

Speaking of exciting news, today is my first day of my new career! I have no idea what my work or my life will be like in the immediate future and I’m super excited about that. Wish me luck!

As always, I only listed 10 tech events, but it seems like the first week of December is when all the monthly tech groups are doing their meetings to get them out of the way before the holidays so if you’re looking for a tech meetup this month, it’s probably happening within the next 2 weeks. I’m tempted by the Misty Robotics hackathon. If you remember, Misty Robotics is the serious-robot spin-off from fun-toy-robot company, Sphero. I’m a big fan of them as well.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Zayo Group to pay $127 million for private fiber network backed by former Netscape CEO [DenverPost]
  • Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based cannabis software firm, Baker Technologies, lands $8M funding round [BusinessDen]
  • Denver’s Revolar takes flight again [Revolar]
  • Cannabis tech partnership: Colorado’s MassRoots teams up with New Frontier Data [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s tech job growth and office rent increases slower than most of the top 30 tech markets [DenverPost]
  • How Denver’s Name.com is helping the community during the season of giving [Name.com]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks named one of Colorado’s Top 250 Private Companies for 4th year in a row by Colorado Biz Magazine [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • In Colorado, do more votes for municipal broadband networks mean instant internet access? Not so fast [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based CodeCraft School suspends enrollment [CodeCraftSchool]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #228: A Good Week to Get a New Job

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I just registered for my last course to complete my Computer Science degree (I graduate Spring of next year). My current job has me coming into work at 3am twice this week and I am participating in 2 job fairs, an online job fair through Regis University on Tuesday, then the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday. I am well motivated to find my next job! I think finding my first software development job will be the hardest part of my new career.

Speaking of jobs, BuiltinColorado finds some tips for dressing for tech interviews (I prefer to suit-up), Denver Business Journal points out that startups may not be the job-creators some think they are (having employees is hard), some Colorado projects get featured in Popular Science (my favorite elementary school library check-out) and Pueblo is hosting a Mini Maker Faire (Yay! I didn’t forget the makers this week!)!

If you are also going to the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday, let’s meet up. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal their top 3 dos and don’ts for dressing for an interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing Colorado startup, Apto, taps software exec as new CEO [DBJ]
  • BizWest announces winners of 2017 IQ Awards [SkylandAnalytics]
  • Denver Maker Faire Recap [JamesMurphy]
  • Denver ranks high for startups, but lags in how many jobs they add [DBJ]
  • Metro Denver submits official bid for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech leader, Kevin Owocki is using blockchain to push open source software forward with Gitcoin [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver marijuana-tech company MassRoots replaces CEO; $12M CannaRegs deal is off [DBJ]
  • Three Colorado-based projects make it onto Popular Science’s 2017 top 10 aerospace inventions [DenverPost]
  • It’s official: SendGrid makes moves toward an IPO [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #224: Failure, Open Source, Freelancing, Tech Jobs and Denver Startup Week (50% More Links THIS WEEK ONLY)

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If I was still doing an accompanying podcast with these blog posts, this week I would talk forever. There is so much packed into this week’s headlines that I want to talk about!

I’d talk about the importance of being comfortable with failure because of the SparkFun post. Or I could talk about the allure of game development and talk about Mystic Melee. What about interview struggles and strategies that Built in Colorado brings up?

But wait! There’s more!! I could talk about the deceptive difficulty of freelancing (doing the projects is the easy part) because of the Impact Lab article or I could talk about my frustration with the “talent gap” while looking at the Denver Post’s Amazon-related story. But I’d also want to talk about open-source development thanks to the story about DRUD Tech, especially since Hacktoberfest is starting soon.

Speaking of Hacktoberfest, are you participating? I want to give it a shot but I know I’ll need some knowledge/moral/tech/emotional support to make it worth it.  I know SendGrid is participating. It would be cool to find other Colorado tech companies/people/organizations that are involved.

OH WAIT! THERE’S ALSO DENVER STARTUP WEEK! At the end of this post are 10 posts I’ve collected from the from the Colorado tech community to make sure you get the best Denver Startup Week experience.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Meet Our July 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Project Fails [SparkFun]
  • Denver-based game, Mystic Melee, out on Early Access [PewPewCat]
  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal: What to ask (and what NOT to ask) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: 5 Colorado software engineers share the coolest tech they’ve built [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google buys Boulder campus for $130 million [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute to launch world’s first “freelance colony” at its Westminster, Colorado HQ [ImpactLab]
  • Denver software firm, Choozle, expands HQ after doubling its headcount [BusinessDen]
  • Finding workers a challenge in Colorado’s bid for Amazon campus [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes [CIODive]

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10 Best Denver Startup Week Posts from the Colorado Tech Community

  • Spotlight on the Maker Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Spotlight on the Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • GoSpotCheck & Denver Startup Week [GoSpotCheck]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 will offer 350 programs, big names [DBJ]
  • Your Guide to Everything Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sixth annual Denver Startup Week set for Sept. 25-29 with 300+ events [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 [Choozle]
  • Denver Startup Week: Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s Startup Crawl [BuiltinColorado]
  • The DSW trifecta: Laughs, beer, tech jobs [Name.com]
  • The Colorado Startup Scene and Denver Startup Week 2017 [TechnicalIntegrity]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #220: Developer Employment is Difficult

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Everything that has to do with employing software developers is difficult.

As a software developer with no paid experience, I have a hard time finding a job because I have no confidence in my abilities because I have no experience. Companies that want to hire entry-level developers have a hard time hiring us because they also have no confidence in our abilities because we have no experience.

Then we have the issue highlighted in the Denver Post article below where tech companies are trying to hire experienced developers at competitive salaries while still trying to stay competitive themselves.

If your job has anything to do with “developers” and “employment” I do not envy your job. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies [zvelo]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation parent company raises $1.25M [Bizwest]
  • A profile of Denver’s own Havenly [CodeTalent]
  • Colorado cybersecurity company Root9B in trouble; faces auction of its assets [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based ZOLL Data’s journey to zero downtime releases [ZOLLData]
  • Are Denver tech salaries too low? Region ranks third for tech executives who feel they can’t pay enough [DenverPost]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies encourage professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Spotlight on the Denver Startup Week Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires CannaRegs tech platform for $12M to track MJ laws [InnovatioNews]
  • Deepening the bench: Meet Colorado tech’s 6 newest leaders [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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