Colorado Tech Weekly #298: Sphero’s New Bot and Legislators Talk Tech

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As members of the Colorado tech community, things that affect us directly are talked about daily by legislators at the state and federal level. This week those topics are artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency which are very much tech related. However it’s important to realize that the other big topics such as our booming growth, traffic, income-inequality, etc. are issues that we are a part of so it’s important for us to pay attention to our effect on Colorado and keep involved so that we can do what we can to mitigate and help Colorado’s issues.

Not every issue can be/should be fixed with technology, but if you like working with technology you like solving problems so I think we can still help.

Only 2 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com so I should probably make sure the RSS to email stuff works now. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero enters into new market with latest robot and Kickstarter campaign [DBJ]
  • Colorado leaders launch artificial intelligence strategy group [PagosaDailyPost]
  • Unanimously passed Colorado cryptocurrency token exemption bill heads to governor’s desk [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Fruition announces Zach Wilensky as new VP of Finance [Fruition]
  • Boulder’s TriBuild looks to raise $3 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics CEO sells off $4.35M of company stock [DBJ]
  • These are the startups competing in PitchNo.CO [BizWest]
  • Whats new in Denver-based Choozle: Supported Services [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons names interim director, starts search committee [BizWest]
  • Hyperloop-inspired test track in Colorado is no more after Arrivo shuts down [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #293: Board Games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week and how they’re all connected

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I run a tech blog series in my spare time so it will come to no surprise that I am a big nerd. After playing board games with friends on Friday (we escaped the Forbidden Island!) I was considering ways to nerd out during the rest of the year. My patient wife went with me to check out the new gaming store near us in Littleton (It’s called The Gaming Goat and it’s pretty cool) and I found a program for Genghis Con.

Genghis Con is a long running gaming convention in Colorado. When I went to the Genghis Con website I saw that it was created by Vaquero Digital Services. I had a feeling that Genghis Con is the type of organization to use a local web development company so I decided to look into Vaquero Digital Services. Vaquero Digital Services makes an app called Time Wrangler which I remember hearing about at Denver Startup Week from Chris Martinez. I got to meet Chris at Denver Startup Week because he was there helping to promote the Denver chapter of Bunker Labs which is an organization to help military veterans start businesses. I’m a Marine Corps veteran. Chris is an Army veteran. This leads me to my highlighted event this week, the Operation Code Relaunch! Operation Code is an organization dedicated to helping military veterans and their families start their careers in tech so if you’re looking to recruit veterans (and I know you are cuz you’ve contacted me), check that event out.

So that is how board games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week are all connected. It’s connected through veterans and community… and mostly Chris Martinez.

We’re 7 weeks away from Colorado Tech Weekly #300 which will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com. I got the Patreon page all set up and running. It’s gonna be cool!

Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Maxar CEO replaced by DigitalGlobe exec a year after Westminster HQ move [DBJ]
  • Broomfield creating Science City other developments on sites submitted for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • Denver-area company, Redefy Holdings, takes first step in plan to consolidate the ‘for sale by owner’ market [DBJ]
  • Front Range Community College officially launches manufacturing technology center [BizWest]
  • Centennial-based Mobile Solutions listed as number 5 on the Built in Colorado’s 2019 Best Places to Work [MobileSolutions]
  • ‘Crypto winter is upon us’: Denver’s ShapeShift lays off one-third of staff [BusinessDen]
  • Linord & Company joins Denver’s Catalyst HTI [MikeBiselli]
  • Loveland approves broadband bonding [BizWest]
  • Boulder utility tech company Tendril buys power consumption data business [DBJ]
  • Meet the 4 Colorado tech companies headed to SXSW Pitch 2019 [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #285: Code Schools, Open Source and Growth

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As I look at my headline for this week, I think that could be one really great subject. I wonder how many code school students were able to have an easier time jumping into an open source project and how much growth that allowed for both the students and the projects. As a computer science student myself, I’ve always found the process of contributing to open source projects intimidating which is why I should probably participate in more things like Hacktober. But this isn’t what this post is about!

This week we have a cornucopia of news about the Colorado tech community despite the holiday that causes us to use words like “cornucopia”. We have 2 new entries into the code school space with one in Greeley and one in Denver. The growth of the Denver and greater Colorado tech community continues at a rocketing pace. And we have not one, but two open source meetups coming up on the front range! 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based DISH Names Atilla Tinic Chief Information Officer [DISH]
  • Denver gov-tech firm Granicus not done buying companies after 4th acquisition in past year [DBJ]
  • Construction starts on future Madwire HQ redevelopment project in Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • 9 Colorado companies make Deloitte’s list of fastest-growing tech companies [DBJ]
  • INterview with Magued Eldaief Prescient CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • The Software Guild partners with the University of Northern Colorado to bring new coding bootcamp to Greeley [DigitalColorado]
  • Alpine SG acquires Loveland software company E-Courier [BizWest]
  • Boulder CAD software firm Frustum CEO on why he sold company for $70 million [DBJ]
  • WeWork-backed Flatiron School coding bootcamp opening in Denver [DBJ]
  • Tech firm Xactly moves into new downtown Denver office [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #275: Cybersecurity, Space and Things That High Tech Dreams are Made Of

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This past week we got to see the future in Colorado! We have 3 headlines about innovative, cutting edge cybersecurity companies. We have 2 headlines about space technology being created here. Then we have an article about futuristic roadways that are starting to be created in Colorado AND the announcement of the new Sphero BOLT which is the kind of cool technology that motivates people to make even more technology. What’s not to love?

Speaking of the future, Denver Startup Week is next week and I’m excited to participate in my first Denver Startup Week! I’ve already gone through the events and chosen the ones that interest me, but now I need to figure out which events I can actually go to because I’m only one person.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Technology could transform transportation to the Vail Valley, and fairly soon [VailDaily]
  • Boulder’s Sphero launches BOLT, most advanced app-enabled robotic ball [InnovatioNews]
  • Boeing invests $10 million in Denver aerospace startup BridgeSat [DBJ]
  • Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black picked Boulder over Portland, Seattle and Austin, plans to grow headcount to 150 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based OverWatchID closes $2.5M seed financing round [InnovatioNews]
  • $80 million gift is Gunnison-based Western State’s largest ever. Here’s how the school plans to use it starting with a 75,000 square foot school of computer science. [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot reports double-digit growth in fiscal year [BizWest]
  • What Adobe’s rumored acquisition of Marketo could mean for Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Wellpass to enhance consumer health platform [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin wins $7.2B Air Force contract to build satellites at Littleton facility [DenverPost]

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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 #258: When Turning Ideas into Tech, The Details Matter

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This week’s headlines have me thinking about details. As a business-person or entrepreneur you are going to tell someone with some technical knowledge “I want to do a thing” and they are going to ask you “Yeah, but how?” which makes me want to ask: At which point is it best to answer the question “Yeah, but how?” At the project management level? UX level? When acquiring resources? When creating the programming?

When is it best to answer that question? Easy! It’s at every level! The more you’re willing to answer questions about the details, the better work you’ll get out of every step of your process.

On the other side, I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea as a developer, project manager, or anyone involved in the implementation process to ask “Yeah, but how?” It’s important for everyone involved to be on the same page.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Zenman Celebrates 20th Anniversary:: Recap Photos [Zenman]
  • Denver marijuana tech firm Baker gets scooped up in four-way merger, with IPO planned [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Terma Software Recognized in Silicon Review’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies in 2018 [TermaSoftware]
  • Bootstrappers, behemoths discuss tech industry in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Greenwood Village cloud computing/IT company, NexusTek, gains national reach in merger [DBJ]
  • BDS Analytics, a Boulder-based cannabis data leader, lands $3.5 million investment [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Photobucket restores photos “taken hostage,” hopes to lure back customers with cheaper plans after last year’s $399 debacle [DenverPost]
  • Slack confirms Denver office, but will it be its ‘HQ2?’ [DBJ]
  • Teardown of Boulder-based Misty Robotics Misty II [Feld]
  • Senior developers: Take a look inside the tech stacks of these 7 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #250: Colorado Tech is Going South… And It’s A Good Thing!

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I like doing everything I can to make sure this blog series is about the entire state so it’s cool to see more events in Colorado Springs and the story from the Canon City Daily Record about another tech partnership that focuses on southern counties in the state. There’s plenty of great, smart tech people outside of the Boulder/Denver area!

I got to be a part of my first software release yesterday! It was exciting and stressful and weirdly anticlimactic. I’m sure today will be busy with fixes.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural broadband bill clears its final step in the General Assembly, heads to governor to sign [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver IT company NIMBL acquired by international tech company [DBJ]
  • Amazon invests in Denver internet sprinkler startup Rachio [DenverPost]
  • Congrats to Boulder’s Simple Energy [NearlyNicole]
  • Colorado’s second technology sector partnership launches in rural region [CanonCityDailyRecord]
  • 5 questions with Terry Olkin of Longmont’s Left Hand Robotics [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Colorado-based Coalfire cybersecurity company CEO leaving, COO promoted to role [DBJ]
  • Louisville’s Gaia Inc. offering 2.3 million shares in public offering [BizWest]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor sued by San Francisco DA over ads touting background checks [DenverPost]
  • From alpacas to homebrews: 5 Colorado software engineers dish on their quirkiest hobbies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #219: Sometimes the Best Tech Stories Have Very Little to do with Technology

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Tech companies and organizations are nothing without their people. Seriously, nothing would happen in those organizations without the people and it’s rewarding when those people turn out to be just as nice as I thought. That’s why I highlighted the story about Craftsy and Taylor Swift. It’s just nice people being nice.

I’m a big fan of BuiltinColorado and I’m a big fan of DigitalGlobe, so I highlighted the Built in Brews event. It looks like a great event.

Enjoy the eclipse and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Congrats to our UX Design Program Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • In first earnings report since going public, Englewood-based WOW! results don’t wow [DBJ]
  • Louisville gaming company Pavonis Interactive seeking $250,000 [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe signs $83 million deal with Austrialian defense department [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot acquires Oregon security firm to fix the security industry’s weakest link: humans [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based Sling TV, the nation’s first live internet TV service, has lost its CEO to Pandora [DenverPost]
  • Meet the 8 local tech companies that made the Inc. 500 [BuiltinColorado]
  • NoCo tech CEOs see challenges in recruiting, retaining employees [BizWest]
  • Louisville’s Flashback Technologies raises one-third of $1M goal [BizWest]
  • Taylor Swift sends flowers to Craftsy, the Denver tech company that supported her with Post-It messages [Denverite]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #215: Another Week Where I Brag About Colorado

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I was born and raised in Colorado so I’m going to admit I am biased about this state. In the 215 weeks I’ve bragged about the Colorado tech community, I haven’t yet been proven wrong about the reasons I love bragging about the Colorado tech community. It’s open, encouraging, cooperative and successful. It’s great to see that view repeated by others in Colorado.

The other great thing is that the Colorado tech community really exists all over the state. It’s not just Denver or Boulder or just the Front Range. Check out the CTA’s Colorado Tech Tour events next week to see what is going on in the rest of the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado to be first state doing check cybersecurity pros say everyone should do [Denverite]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies where your dev skills may be the perfect fit [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast to launch ‘internet of things’ network in Denver [DBJ]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun and Los Angeles-based myDevices partner to speed IoT project development for makers and engineers [InnovatioNews]
  • SolidFire founder launches Boulder-based Automox, a new cybersecurity company [BizWest]
  • Native Vs Hybrid App Development: Beginner’s Guide [Mobile-DI]
  • Where are they now? Checking in on our Top 50 Startups to Watch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Stapleton’s new coworking space, Cartasite raises $7.5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest is retiring its JavaScript Maps API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Beyond the mountains: A look at what makes Colorado tech unique [BuiltinColorado]

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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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