Colorado Tech Weekly #267: Big Names, Small Names and New Names

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One of my favorite things about doing this blog is putting the news about the big name companies next to the lesser known companies because big tech news is big tech news regardless of the size of the company.  I am also constantly surprised to find Colorado tech companies that I don’t know about. It really amazes me to think about how big our tech community really is.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fintech company OnDeck to grow Denver office by 15 percent within next five months [OnDeck]
  • Centennial’s SSP Innovations completes third add-on acquisition [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Ball Aerospace leadership change announced [BizWest]
  • New Colorado law allocates $1.2M to bolster Colorado State University cybersecurity education [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin, Colorado satellite startup Orbital Micro Systems part of U.K. spaceport project [DBJ]
  • Englewood software company Evolving Systems fires CEO ‘for cause’ [DBJ]
  • San Francisco tech company Slack buys Denver app maker Robots & Pencils [DBJ]
  • NBCUniversal rebrands Denver-based digital service provider Craftsy as Bluprint [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield technology company Conga will add 570 jobs, establish global HQ in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Staffing tech company TalentReef takes a 40,000-square-foot space in Denver [BusinessDen]

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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 #249: Bigger Offices and Rural Broadband

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I’m a big fan of doing more to expand broadband into rural areas. One reason for this is completely selfish. I love the idea of having a nice house in a small town while being able to contribute code remotely to amazing projects. My other reason is more altruistic. People who live in rural areas should be offered the same services and opportunities that those of us in metro areas have.

It’s also cool seeing companies announce expansions in space and people. When our tech companies feels comfortable enough to get more space and hire more people, it’s a great sign for our tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Loveland’s Keypoint Government Solutions will become Perspecta post-merger [BizWest]
  • Improving rural internet about more than watching Netflix [DurangoHerald]
  • Broadband bill for rural Colorado amended, but maintains momentum [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Ft. Collins-based Madwire leases more space, expects to have 1,200 workers by 2021 [BizWest]
  • Facebook is hiring in Denver and is eyeing bigger space, but has not signed lease yet [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based InspiringApps opens office in Austin [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe selects SpaceX to launch its next-generation WorldView Legion satellites [BusinessWire]
  • Why Denver’s technology industry is the nation’s next tech mecca [Kore1]
  • Denver cloud computing company, Faction, raises $18 million for growth [DBJ]
  • Denver-based PAIRIN Welcomes Alli Phillips as New COO/CFO [PAIRIN]

Top Upcoming Events

  1. 3/21 – Denver Droids – Android Networking 101 by Mike Patterson
  2. 3/21 – Denver Python Meetup – *Flask vs Django* the Throwdown with Vince Buscarello
  3. 3/21 – Tech Confluence – Clustering, Agile Design, Collatz Conjecture, at Sendgrid
  4. 3/21 – Women Who Code – Denver: Women Who Go
  5. 3/22 – Boulder/Denver Big Data Meetup – Using big-data in flood warning systems
  6. 3/22 – The Den of Clojure – Predictive Modeling and the Data Pipeline that Feeds It
  7. 3/26 – Colorado Data Science – Essential Mathematical Foundations for Data Science
  8. 3/26 – Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science – What Happens When AI and Legal Documents Collide? Legal Language Understanding with Dr. Shivakumar Vaithyanathan
  9. 3/27 – CTA – March Policy Webinar
  10. 3/27 – Denver iOS Developer User Group – Understand Mobile Architecture: MVC vs MVVM vs MVP

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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 #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]
Thursday, March 16

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