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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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 #179: VR, Municipal Broadband, APEX Awards and More

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. Take a break from politics and check out all the cool things happening in the Colorado tech community. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial-based SSP Junior Developer blog: My first year in the family [SSPInnovations]
  • Boulder telecom Zayo Group swings to profit [BizWest]
  • Virtual and augmented reality on the rise: 10 Colorado companies shaping the industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • FirstNet to unveil new Boulder testing lab for nationwide first-responders network [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Webolutions earns multiple W3 Awards for web design [Webolutions]
  • Golden, Lafayette and 24 Colorado communities vote yes on broadband internet alternatives [DenverPost]
  • Why these Colorado startups don’t believe in the 9-to-5 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2016 APEX award winners [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s ULA launches Westminster-based DigitalGlobe satellite into orbit [DBJ]
  • New Beginnings: Boulder’s Amadeus merges with Exadel [AmadeusConsulting]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #175: Expanding Companies and Expanding Knowledge

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Working in tech means constantly learning. At no point do we stop and say “Oh, now it all makes sense” because there’s always something new.

This week’s expanding companies include HomeAdvisor, Simpro Software, Jumpcloud and DigitalGlobe. The expanding knowledge comes from the BuiltinColorado article about mentorship, the National Cybersecurity Center and Denver University’s cool new building. That’s not even including the cool upcoming events.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Jobber Group focuses on the talent struggles of fast growth companies [CTA]
  • Denver’s HomeAdvisor expands to Germany with purchase of MyHammer [DenverPost]
  • Simpro Software opening U.S. headquarters in Broomfield that could bring 100 jobs [BizWest]
  • How these Colorado tech companies protect you from the world’s nefarious netizens [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe to acquire The Radiant Group for $140M [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial’s Innovation Pavilion announces first group of TechrIoT graduates [InnovatioNews]
  • How 2 Colorado tech companies encourage mentorship and professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud ups Series B offering amount to $10M [BizWest]
  • National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs aims to share intel worldwide, act as a broker [GovernmentTechnology]
  • Denver University opens new Engineering and Computer Science Building [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #29: 10 news stories, 5 predictions and a cat

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Well, it’s the end of the year and this is a blog so it’s time for either a review post or a prediction post or both! I’ll spare you a year-in-review post since I didn’t start this blog until May, but I will supply you with 5 bold predictions for the Colorado tech scene in no particular order.

  • Prediction #1: 2014 will be known as the year for the Internet of Things! Companies like Revolv and Rachio will be bought up by bigger service companies like Comcast or ADT.
  • Prediction #2: Dish Network will not be awarded with the Worst Company to Work For award, breaking their 2 year streak.
  • Prediction #3: Smartphones will reach an innovation plateau until a game-changing audio UI comes out, but that won’t happen until 2015. There will be curved displays, but no flexible displays. Handwringing will ensue.
  • Prediction #4: This may be more of a wish than a prediction. Responsive web design will become the norm throughout the interwebz.
  • Prediction #5: File this under “Go big or go home”. Amazon’s Fire OS will become the #3 most popular tablet OS which will cause HTML5 to finally gain some traction as a popular, device-independent language.

I’m curious to hear what you think of my predictions!

Local News

  • Denver-based Closely improves Perch mobile app to deliver better digital marketing for small business [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Digabit releases Documobile, a mobile version of Documoto, for easy access to parts info [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood-based Pixorial further simplifies photo and video sharing with new features [BuiltinColorado]
  • With CES just over a week away, CES chief Gary Shapiro and CBS still at odds after Dish awards controversy [TechKnowBytes]
  • Fore! Brothers from Fort Collins raise $15K for golf app [AllOverTech]

National News

  • U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year [Bits]
  • Google Offers Developer Checklist for Building Better Mobile Sites [EWeek]
  • Canonical gives developers a preview of a dual-booting Ubuntu and Android future [Engadget]
  • Lawyers staying busy: Google asks US court to rule that Android has not infringed Rockstar patents [PCWorld]
  • Samsung now lets developers build Smart TV apps that can control home appliances [TheNextWeb]

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