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 #210: ViaWest, Sphero and Revolar

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One of the things I like about being a tech-enthusiast with a blog over being a journalist is that i get to unabashedly be a fan of different companies and people. So here’s the reasons I’m a fan of the companies in the title…

  • ViaWest: When I first started learning about the Colorado tech community, I was welcomed by CTA. ViaWest is a big supporter of CTA. CTA was nice to me. ViaWest was nice to CTA. Therefore ViaWest seems nice to me. It’s like an SAT question.
  • Sphero: In our household we have a SPRK, a BB8, an Ollie and the Force Band for BB8. We are just fans of Sphero. Sphero is also committed to STEAM education with their Sphero EDU app which I’ve yet to dive into since they recently made changes to it.
  • Revolar: For those of you who don’t know, I don’t work in tech yet. I work as a 911 dispatcher for a police department. I know how important it is for responders to get your location when you have an emergency and I think Revolar is doing it the right way.

I rarely post 2 headlines about the same story, but the ViaWest story seems like a big deal. I hope they continue to support the Colorado tech community as much as they do now.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • INterview with Doug Campbell, Louisville-based Solid Power and Longmont-based Roccor CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon’s Colorado rollout will see robots and humans work together at new Thornton fulfillment center [Denverite]
  • Greenwood Village IT company ViaWest sold for $1.675B [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Notion raises $10M Series A to make homes — and insurers — smarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Inside the deal: ViaWest CEO on Colorado tech company’s $1.7B sale [DBJ]
  • DBJ Offices: Tour Pax8’s high-energy space in the Denver Tech Center (Photos) (Video) [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero is about to release an app-enabled Spider-Man toy [AndroidPolice]
  • Throwback Thursday: 3 leaders reflect on tech in the 80s and 90s — and make forecasts for the future [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Revolar hires ex-Otterbox CEO as its new leader [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Choozle wins Denver Business Journal’s #1 (Medium-Sized) Best Place to Work [Choozle]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #206: Tech Visas and #GiveFirst with Go Code Colorado

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What if I just chose one story and one event to talk about instead of blathering on about whatever is inside my head at the moment? Let’s try that.

As someone who is looking for work as an entry-level developer, I should probably pay better attention the the H1-B visa conversation. If I were being completely selfish I would say that companies should just hire developers and teach us, but that’s not realistic at all. There’s no way a company could grow quickly if they don’t have developers who know what they’re doing right now. That’s where these visas come in. I choose to believe that the majority of tech companies use the visas as a last resort.

Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Final Event and I will be there to write about it. I might even see if I can live-stream it again. The community that has been built around Go Code Colorado is full of some of my favorite tech people in Colorado because they really embody that #GiveFirst attitude that makes the Colorado tech community great. See you there!

This week my daughter starts her summer break. I’m jealous. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Critics allege visa program misused at Boulder Valley tech firms that hire foreign workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver insurance software startup, Spex, sells majority stake, sees expansion [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies welcoming new leaders to the team this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity launches Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 by Darknet Footprint and Security Threat Levels [OwlCybersecurity]
  • Spring fever: How 3 Colorado startups take advantage of the warming weather [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s section.io adds new security and performance tools to Its Modular Content Delivery Grid [SectionIO]
  • Boulder Startup Week expands beyond tech, benefits nonprofits [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s SpotX & Douglas County’s Sling TV talk convergence [SpotX]
  • On the hunt for that perfect ops role? Here’s what these Colorado tech companies look for [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s Advanced Industry Accelerator program awards $2.9M to 18 technology startups [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #192: Mostly Good News and Awesome Events

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If all the news was good news would we really appreciate the good news? That’s a pretty deep question for a tech newsletter.

The events this week look amazing. I wish I could go to all of them, but I can’t. You should go! It’ll be great!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder adtech startup, Brandzooka, lands seed round, plans to add 25 new team members [BuiltinColorado]
  • Compri Consulting acquires Gunther Douglas to keep pace with jobs demand of Colorado’s Tech Industry [CTA]
  • From Immigration to Innovation: Why I Co-founded Denver-based Revolar [Revolar]
  • Big week for big hires as 7 Colorado startups see leadership changes [BuiltinColorado]
  • Layoffs follow Denver’s ReadyTalk acquisition [DBJ]
  • Denver ranked as 2nd-most appealing city in U.S. for tech employees [DenverPost]
  • How immigration has shaped the experiences of these 8 Colorado tech founders [BuiltinColorado]
  • SpotX Hot Seat: Q&A with VP of Engineering in Westminster, Joel DuBien [SpotX]
  • How do Denver software engineer salaries compare nationally? [DBJ]
  • Viavi laying off 61 in Colorado Springs (by The Gazette) [DenverPost]
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