Colorado Tech Weekly #218: Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology

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There are times as a developer where you’ll be having a conversation with someone and you’ll understand every word in a sentence except one. I had that happen this weekend and it’s as entertaining as it is annoying. Then I’m looking through events for this week and it happens again! The Google/Android groups are talking about something called Kotlin.

According to the official Kotlin website, it is a “statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications” which tells me not much at all. In short, it’s like Java but different. And in May, Android announced that Kotlin would be an officially supported language for the Android platform so it looks like it’s time for Android devs to learn Java-but-not-Java for Android and in Denver, you can know everything about Kotlin (I may be exaggerating by quite a lot)  by Friday thanks to 2 meetup groups!

Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver shopping-app maker Ibotta’s latest VC round revealed [DBJ]
  • Creating a culture of innovation: How DISH embraced agile [VentureBeat]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap acquires Seattle-based Korrio to expand its youth sports empire [DenverPost]
  • New kids on the block: 7 companies that just launched services in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Stream announces $3M in funding — and plans to grow Boulder-based team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital’s merger with New York firm aims to make video ads more tolerable [DenverPost]
  • How Colorado ranks among top 10 states for internet business [DBJ]
  • Prodege acquires Denver cash-back shopping site ShopAtHome.com [EINNews]
  • Why online sports retailer Fanatics chose Boulder for its tech hub [BizWest]
  • Redbarre details huge facility in Parker that could create 4,000 jobs, bring Hollywood to Colorado [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #213: Local Tech Podcasts and Python Events

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Just over a year ago I tried adding a podcast to this blog series and found out that doing podcasts is hard. If your favorite podcast is updated inconsistently, it’s because the creator has realized just how hard it is to create and post podcast episodes. This week I wanted to point out 2 great local tech podcasts:

  • Colorado TechCast: This podcast is hosted by local tech enthusiast, Trapper Little, and  just started with great interviews by local tech community members. Trapper asked me to guest-host the show and although I REALLY wanted to, I just don’t have the time to participate and that sucks.
  • Turing School Podcast: This is a great listen for anyone who is looking to get their first job as a software developer. Even though the podcast is geared towards Turing students, it’s a great resource for all of us. Even this Computer Science student.

There are a few other good local tech podcasts, but if I start trying to list all of them you’ll never get to read the news. I’ve highlighted a few Python meetups this week. I have an AI course coming up in a few months so I’m curious to try out Python. It is a language used for AI, right?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Comic Con 2017 Hall of Games [PewPewCat]
  • Alex Ford joins Boulder-based Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Major Colorado employer Vantiv reaches $10 billion deal for Worldpay [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association Hosts Inaugural SheTech Explorer Day in Colorado [27Global]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires Odava to create one of largest cannabis tech conglomerates [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Photobucket addresses complaints over new policy that charges heavy users $400 [DenverPost]
  • Mobile Apps + Birthdays + Animals = Awesome Radial Q2 in Loveland! [RadialDevGroup]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe partners with SSL to build next-gen WorldView satellites [InnovatioNews]
  • NexusTek rallies tech community to support Colorado’s college-bound teens [CTA]
  • Louisville-based energy-tech company, Generative Technology Operatives, raises $300,000 [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #201: Save-a-click and read BuiltinColorado

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Am I doing clickbait right? I think I might be doing it backwards.

I really do pride myself on finding a variety of news sources, but some weeks it just happens that most of my articles come from mostly one source. This week it’s from BuiltinColorado. They do a great job giving insights into Colorado tech companies and it’s rare I have a CTW post without at least one article from them so you should be reading them anyway (plus they let me post these articles on their site but I’d promote them even if they didn’t).

Last week I updated the theme of my site and did my first Twitch stream and both seemed to go well. Tomorrow I’m going to do another Twitch stream and take on FizzBuzz in C#. If you have time, let me know what you think!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber files for bankruptcy with $50M buyout offer [DenverPost]
  • How 4 Colorado startups go above and beyond to welcome new employees [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft acquires Boulder-based cloud technology Deis [DenverPost]
  • Go Code Colorado reveals 10 teams for May 24 2017 final competition event [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver chosen for VERY FIRST Feature Maker Faire in Region! Oct 14th & 15th [DenverMakerFaire]
  • 3 startups proving Colorado tech isn’t just hot in Denver and Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • It’s pretty much free money: 5 Colorado companies with 401(k) match [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sphero, the Boulder firm behind Star Wars’ BB-8 toy robot, adds another $35.4 million from investors [BuiltinColorado]
  • State of Colorado proposes financial services cybersecurity requirements [DigitalColorado]
  • What it’s like to be the boss: 4 Colorado CEOs open up [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #196: It’s All About Community. Thank You For Being Awesome.

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Maybe I’m naive or too optimistic or.. some other word I can’t think of. Maybe I’m still feeling the high of being done with my Calculus 2 course. But I am feeling the love in the Colorado tech community.

I struggle a lot with the question of “What kind of programming do you want to do?” because the technology being used at a company isn’t as important to me as the culture of the company. I’m just happy at the thought of being paid to make 1s and 0s do things with other nice, talented people. There’s a lot of great people in the Colorado tech community who make our community a place where people want to come and work and create and that’s awesome.

Thank you for being awesome. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 11th Annual C-Level @ A Mile High to set the stage for another milestone year in Colorado tech [CTA]
  • Why Denver VR company, Gravity Jack, wants to bring Colorado’s beauty to the masses [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid expands further into e-mail marketing with Bay-Area acquisition [DenverPost]
  • Ft. Collins-based jobZology closes $750K seed round to fuel national expansion, add 15 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • What’s in the cards for the adtech industry? 3 Colorado companies weigh in [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lakewood’s HomeAdvisor aims to keep up aggressive growth, says CEO [DBJ]
  • How good was Training Days 2017? [RMOUG]
  • Google leases another 30,000 square feet of office space in Boulder [DenverPost]
  • CTA launches program to connect entrepreneurs and big-company IT execs [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado tech CEOs share which local companies they admire [BuiltinColorado]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #167: Sometimes things make sense

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FullContact acquiring Conspire makes complete sense. These 2 Denver companies work to help us make sense of our contacts as opposed to just dumping every contact we’ve used in a big list (Google) or making contact information secondary to their real purpose (just about any social media site). I’m excited to see what comes from this.

Other things that made sense this week include Galvanize growing their education programs, growth in health-tech and AI as a service. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Galvanize closes $45M Series B to grow their education programs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based SparkFun taps Glenn Samala as new CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Google targeting Boulder, 23 other cities to test new wireless network [BizWest]
  • Denver’s FullContact acquires Denver-based Conspire [InnovatioNews]
  • Greenwood Village-based zvelo signs multi-million dollar contract with first AI as a Service customer [zvelo]
  • Inc. 5000: Which Colorado companies are on the list? [DBJ]
  • What’s new in tech: 4 Colorado startups share their views on the latest trends [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based defense contractor adding 85 jobs [Gazette]
  • CTOs to Know: Meet Gusto’s Edward Kim [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s NextHealth Technologies closes $8.5M Series A, looks to add 50 employees [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #166: Space, Startups and 2 New Names

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This is week number one-hundred sixty-six in a row, although you probably figured that out by looking at the title of the post. Over three years of weekly posts and it’s still fun that I can find out about new companies and organizations that add to the Colorado technology community.

This week is full of my 3 of my favorite things about the Colorado technology community: Space, Startups and new names. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Serenity Forge “Healing” Game Jam recap [PewPewCat]
  • One year in, lessons from CA Technologies’ acquisition of Boulder’s Rally Software [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech CEOs: Talent tough to come by despite NoCo being ‘on the map’ [BizWest]
  • Denver start-up FullContact nabs $25 million in venture backing [DenverPost]
  • My Experience as a Zenman Intern [Zenman]
  • Why these big companies want to act like startups [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver messaging startup, Kwippit, pulls in $2.5 million as it launches app [DBJ]
  • Boulder software firm JumpCloud raises $4.25M in new funding [BizWest]
  • NASA picks Colorado companies Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada for deep-space habitats [DBJ]
  • Following Denver expansion, Seattle online insurance company, QuoteWizard, lays off HQ employees [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #157: Be nice to each other.

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Being nice sounds like such a simple, innocent thing to do. However it does require some courage because people might not be nice back to you and that hurts.

This week I celebrate 3 years of doing these Colorado Tech Weekly posts and I’m proud to continue  to help show off the Colorado technology community. I’m proud of this community! There are a ton of successful people and community leaders in the Colorado tech community who are just really nice people! This week’s articles about Brad Feld’s matching donations to improve diversity and CEOs that are loved by their employees highlight some of the nice people and the nice things they do for our community. And if I really think about it, every week I share 10 events that are almost all usually free events hosted by people who are doing nice things by giving away their time for free to help others succeed.

If I have half the influence that Jess with BuiltinColorado says I do, then I want to use that influence by being one of those nice people who succeeds by being nice.

This weekend in Orlando, Florida someone decided to kill people because of hate. If we want to fight hate, we have to do the opposite of hate and be kind and nice. Spewing more hate, just with different targets, will only encourage more hateful acts. Be nice to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics is Colorado’s top Fortune 500 firm again [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Maker Hub founder, Elise VanDyne, to represent Colorado at White House during National Week of Making, June 17-23 [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont Startup Week kicks off with robots, biz pitches, legal advice [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent raises $11 million, aims for profitability [DenverPost]
  • Why this company thinks job interviews should be less stressful [BuiltinColorado]
  • Matching Grant to the Techstars Foundation to Help Improve Diversity In Entrepreneurship [BradFeld]
  • Denver prepares final Smart City Challenge pitch to win $50M for transportation tech [DenverPost]
  • CEOs loved by their employees: These Colorado execs rank in the top 10 [DBJ]
  • Cathy Avgiris put family first, became most powerful woman at Comcast [DenverPost]
  • What you missed Saturday at the Denver Mini Maker Faire (Photo Album) [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #144: That urge to do all the things right now

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Last week was my attempt at doing all the things. I finished up a class. I prepared a large essay for a second class. I went to C-Level @ A Mile High. My dad came into town for the weekend so we could all go to the Denver St. Patrick’s Day. We had friends over to celebrate birthdays. Then played some card games with friends on Sunday. Meanwhile I’m getting my ToDo lists ready to go because after this week, I’m free from classes for 6 months so I want to do some projects to show that I really do know how to code.

I’m trying to do all this all right now. It’s one of those moments where I feel trapped somewhere between pride, guilt, ambition and time. It’s a feeling that many adult students and entrepreneurs feel too often. This is all stuff I chose to do and I enjoy most of it. Sometimes it just gets too overwhelming. Anyway, here’s the tech news!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Workers report layoffs at IBM in Boulder, nationally [DenverPost]
  • Announcing Leah Leaves as Boulder-based Ramblin Jackson’s COO! [RamblinJackson]
  • Meet 10 of the students graduating from Boulder’s CodeCraft this week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence opening Silicon Valley office, adds CTO [BizWest]
  • DU’s new Cybersecurity degree comes with 50% tuition discount [Tech+]
  • Everything you need to know to break into Colorado’s tech world [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority Announces CTO [BusinessWire]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor expands in Colorado Springs, plans to hire another 100 [Tech+]
  • Nest to grow Boulder presence separate from new Google campus [BizWest]
  • CTOs to know: meet Denver-based Tack Mobile’s Jan Birkelund [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #140: Sometimes being a day off is ok

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Ever have one of those days where you can never remember what day it is even though you know what day it is? It’s pretty annoying. I’ve felt that way for the past few days thanks to a nasty cold. Today’s Colorado Tech Weekly post is off a day too, but that’s because of Presidents’ Day. So because of the holiday, this post could be off a day so that I could recover from feeling off a day. I think…. I don’t know. Maybe I’m still a little bit off.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  1. Denver’s Commerce Sync integrates small business accounting for Square and QuickBooks Desktop users [CommerceSync]
  2. Boulder-based Agribotix partnership with The Nature Conservancy provides drone-enabled aerial survey, processing, and analytics [Agribotix]
  3. CDOT, with mountains of info to sort through, seeks 1st chief data officer [DBJ]
  4. Beyond the beer fridge: 2 Colorado companies on creating a killer company culture [BuiltinColorado]
  5. Denver-based Evolve Vacation Rentals partners with Airbnb and TripAdvisor! [EvolveVacationRentals]
  6. Westminster’s DigitalGlobe getting involved with Summer Olympics security [DBJ]
  7. RxREVU, Notion and 22 others get $4.6 million in state innovation grants [Tech+]
  8. Colorado digital health companies win big at the first annual Innovation Awards [InnovationPavilion]
  9. How Denver’s tech scene sees itself [Technical.ly]
  10. Mack Web is now Genuinely [Genuinely]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #136: Leadership Changes and More Dev Schools

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The main reason I share stories about funding amounts and leadership changes in tech companies is because you can learn a lot by a company by paying attention to their leadership. Company culture starts at the top. The traits of a company’s executives and founders is found throughout their companies. Curious about a company? Look at their leaders.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech News Roundup: Slice of Lime acquired, Cloud Elements raises $5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • INterview with Bill Adkins, campus director of Boulder-based CodeCraft [InnovatioNews]
  • Harris Morris Named Chairman of Denver’s Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Gamers on Valve’s Steam getting gigabit kick from Broomfield’s Level 3 [Tech+]
  • Denver-based Aspenware launches public beta of Aventeer, an all-in-one marketplace and platform [CTA]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies that give back all year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Datavail’s $47.3 million tops Colorado’s 4Q venture-capital deals list [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Photobucket replaces CEO and other top executives [Tech+]
  • Dev school General Assembly expands to Denver, classes to start in February [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity names Robb Reck as CSIO [InnovatioNews]

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