Colorado Tech Weekly #273: If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Time is the Father

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I have been doing this series for over 5 years and I’ve been doing it almost the same way this whole time. I have needed to change things up, to do things differently and more efficient but I have not had the knowledge or the time to make any changes.

The old saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has always bothered me because some think that if you take away time and resources that people will be forced to innovate. This doesn’t work at all! Invention and innovation require time and resources to experiment and fail.

My new job has me creating and using APIs and just recently I got to dive into React so I found a cool new way to get info about tech events, but in doing things differently I’ve disturbed my comfortable, but inefficient way of doing this. The necessity has been there for a very long time, but only recently have I been able to play with my process to come up with a new way of doing things.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based aerospace company Maxar Technologies, parent company of DigitalGlobe considers selling part of satellite campus worth $150 million [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud hire three new executive team members [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap continues rapid growth by adding video to platform [DBJ]
  • Greeley ag-tech company Xiant Technologies raises nearly $9 million [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union expands mobile and online transfers to three more global regions [DigitalTransactions]
  • “War games, election style”: Cybersecurity training exercise in Englewood to attract national leaders [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Amazon plans to hire 100-plus in Denver metro following Boulder expansion [DBJ]
  • SIM Women Conference brings together women in technology [KidsTek]
  • Tech Rush: Front Range has seen tech companies sucking up commercial space during the past year [DenverPost]
  • From CU Denver to startup founder: 10 former Lynxes leading local tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #243: Move Fast and Name Things

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The hardest thing that programmers have to do is name things. I’m learning that the business world is not immune to this issue either. I highlighted the story about WorldPay/Vantiv/Mercury Pay cuz I’ve been able to use Vantiv’s info for my day job work and it points out the issue with names. When you’re moving fast and growing and acquiring and being acquired, how much time should you spend renaming and rebranding to make work easier?

There seems to be an artificial permanence to the names of things. It’s frustrating in a different kind of way. I’m not sure what to do about it or if anything should be done.

I’ll be at the Go Code Colorado Kickoff on Wednesday. I’m not participating in the challenge, but I really like the people who run and mentor the chalenge.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo purchases Neutral Path for $31.5 million [BizWest]
  • Durango startup WorldPay (Formerly Vantiv, formally Mercury Payment Systems) now ranks among world’s largest [BizWest]
  • What Denver should do when Amazon doesn’t choose it for HQ2 [BradFeld]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network races into internet of things world by buying Denver parking startup ParkiFi [DenverPost]
  • Colorado eyes blockchain to secure government data, legal pot [DBJ]
  • Silicon Valley software firm Xactly expands in Denver, plans to hire hundreds [DenverPost]
  • Robots, referees and a shot at the regional tournament: Hundreds of students compete in technological throwdown at Regis [DenverPost]
  • An inside look at the morning routines of highly successful tech leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $41M in January. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2018’s top technology trends: How Colorado tech is pushing the envelope [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #239: The Gyms and Meetups are Packed. Welcome teh n00bs!

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It’s the first full week of the year. The gyms are full! At least mine was last week. Locally-owned 212 Degree Fitness is a great gym in Littleton, by the way. And almost all the upcoming tech meetups are filled with people! We have only given up on half of our resolution and optimism still abounds!

If you’re one of the longtime members of a gym or meetup, please go out of your way to welcome the n00bs. Your attitude can affect how much someone commits to their resolution, goal or dream.

Speaking of being a n00b. I just finished my first month at Infinicept so I can tell you how overwhelming it is to be a n00b. We also start working out of the Alchemy co-working space today so if you’re there too, come by and say “Hi!”

Have a great week (BTW: “n00b” is gamer-speak for newbie)!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Arrow buys San Jose/Indian software firm for reported $282M [DBJ]
  • Denver smart-home tech startup Rachio raises a new VC round [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Galvanize hires former top tech executive for city of Denver as its new CEO [DenverPost]
  • Washington insurance technology firm Vertafore moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Vista Equity buys another Denver tech firm, Granicus [DenverPost]
  • IN RESPONSE: Don’t trust the legislature to improve rural internet [ColoradoPolitics]
  • After beating cable lobby, Fort Collins moves ahead with muni broadband [ArsTechnica]
  • CU researchers create next-gen soft robots [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based health care ratings site Healthgrades confirms employee layoffs [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s NextHealth highlighted in 5280’s “Digital Health Boom” [NextHealth]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #230: Rural Broadband, GO VOTE and Job Interviews

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Last week I had 2 job interviews. I pored over company information, bookmarked Pluralsight courses to show initiative in learning their tech stack, only to be bewildered by value-based questions like “What motivates you?” It’s a simple question but it’s really easy to overthink the answer in a job interview. On the plus side I have at least one follow up interview already scheduled so fingers are crossed!

Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know you’re wondering why I typed that in all caps and made it bold, but if you really want to have a voice in your community, vote in local elections. Government works best when its community is involved in how it operates so GO VOTE!

I highlighted the story about the rural-urban divide in broadband service because I’d really like us to fix this. I dream of being a remote/freelance developer living in a small town in the mountains, enjoying small town life while helping to build cool things. Let’s make this happen!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Valley company, Ampex Data Systems, plans to add up to 30 jobs next month in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Lawmakers have tried to address the rural-urban inequality when it comes to broadband internet service [GJSentinel]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun gets weird for Halloween 2017! [Sparkfun]
  • It’s official: Broomfield’s Level 3 Communications is now CenturyLink [DenverPost]
  • UpCurve buys Denver-based Closely to boost ThriveHive’s marketing tech offerings [Xconomy]
  • Report shows growing tech presence in Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid plans to sell its shares publicly starting at $13.50 each [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap: Record Q3 saw 150K new teams signed to manage schedules [InnovatioNews]
  • Photos and their maker from Maker Faire Denver [DenverMakerFaire]
  • Campaign against Fort Collins internet plan spends $451,000 [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #226: Overexertion and the Idea of an Amazon HQ2 in Colorado

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Everyone says they want Amazon’s second headquarters to be in Colorado. I admit, it’s a cool idea but I wonder if it’s a good idea. I am wondering a lot of things today, mainly because I overexerted myself last week and I’m super tired, but the question still lingers in my head. What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community? Or a more fun question to consider would be, “What kind of effect would our inclusive tech community have on Amazon?” I think I like considering that question more.

Pro-tip: Don’t renovate a third of your house in 4 days while taking online senior-level college courses and working a more than full-time, high-stress job while managing contract work and a job search. It’s not healthy.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • California GPS tech company, Trimble, plans big new Westminster building [DBJ]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor completes purchase of Angie’s List, goes public, grows 33 percent in a day [DenverPost]
  • Feds clear CenturyLink to buy Broomfield’s Level 3, but with conditions to keep internet competitive [DenverPost]
  • All Colorado Congress members to Jeff Bezos: Build Amazon HQ2 here [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies Partners with Denver’s SecureSet Academy for cybersecurity Education and hiring [RimTech]
  • Colorado loses a corporate headquarters and a satellite imaging pioneer as Westminster-based DigitalGlobe is purchased [DenverPost]
  • Opportunity awaits: 7 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association adds four new members to board [InnovatioNews]
  • Big month for big hires: 6 Colorado tech companies welcome new leaders this September [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 hit record attendance (again) [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #217: CTA Tours Colorado and Our Never-Ending Quest to Understand Ourselves

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Last week the Colorado Technology Association did their annual Colorado Tech Tour which I look forward to reading about every year because the tour does a much better job of highlighting cool tech stories around the state than I could ever do. In the interest of aggregating news from different news sources for you, I did not just share all the Colorado Tech Tour stories. Instead you can read them here.

I highlighted the Denver R User Group event this week because I am intrigued about our never-ending quest to understand ourselves. It seems that about 10 years ago, our answer to understand more was to get more data. Now we are overwhelmed with data and we want to know how to turn it into knowledge. I wonder how we’ll decide to try to understand ourselves 10 years from now.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greetings, earthlings: Westminster’s DigitalGlobe team helps customers derive insights from satellite imagery [BuiltinColorado]
  • Amazon probing for Boulder office space [BusinessDen]
  • Westminster-based SpotX celebrates 10 years of business with a new office [SpotX]
  • Lockheed Martin begins building $350 million satellite facility in Jeffco [DBJ]
  • Redbarre teases 4,000 jobs at new video production facility in Parker [DenverPost]
  • Find your dream job: These 5 Colorado companies are hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network’s Q2 net income drops like a rock [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3’s earnings down 2 cents per share year-over-year [BizWest]
  • Fintech and Fort Lewis College power Durango’s growth [CTA]
  • CTA tours Colorado tech industry [CSBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #211: Not Just The Front Range, Serious-er Robots, Denver Comic Con

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This week is my occasional reminder to myself that the Colorado tech community is bigger than just those of us on the front range. It’s a nice thing to remember.  I’m very interested in Sphero’s split into Sphero and Misty Robotics. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of innovative serious robots they can come up with.

This weekend is my yearly creative re-charge also known as Denver Comic Con! I always look forward to talking with talented artists, authors and game developers at DCC! If you’re going, lemme know. I’d love to meet you.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Royalty Exchange lands $6.4M, adds music industry power players to board [BuiltinColorado]
  • The CX Academy at Lakewood’s Computronix [Computronix]
  • U.S. Senator Cory Gardner visits TechSTART in Freemont [CanonCityDailyRecord]
  • Advanced Industries Accelerator sends $2.9 million in grants to stir technology innovation in rural Colorado [DenverPost]
  • Tech Talk with Broomfield n.io Director of Innovation, James Holmes [n.io]
  • Recent grad? Land your first gig at one of these 4 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero launches Misty Robotics for home and office personal robots [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Wayin App Store launches partnership with preferred data enrichment partner, Denver-based FullContact [Wayin]
  • Lockheed Martin funds advanced space manufacturing lab at MSU Denver [DBJ]
  • 5 Colorado startups shaping the future of green technology [BuiltinColorado]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #81: Crystal Ball. Lego Block. Business Triangle?

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I was trying to go for some sort of shape theme for my headline. I’m not sure I did it right.  I’m not sure I did it right.I don’t know about you, but my living room is a mess with new Legos. It’s that weird “work week” between Christmas and New Years where you can’t get any momentum to get things accomplished but you don’t feel right bringing your new Sega Genesis emulator to work and just playing around all day either.

I hope your holidays were filled with better than expected family time, gifts and reactions to gifts. Since focusing on the present is difficult let’s look into the future with 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015:

  1. WellTok gets some local competition in health tech: Welltok seems to be the Colorado leader in healthcare tech in 2014. In 2015, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, wearables, security fears and better cloud services health tech will change a lot but will not grow in a huge way. This will allow smaller and newer companies to step in to the health tech industry.
  2. Colorado’s information security industry doubles: Looking through my 2014 posts I mentioned over a dozen Colorado-based information security companies. I didn’t realize there were so many! The 2014 headlines about chain-store security breaches,state-sponsored industrial espionage, and NSA overreach is putting the focus on information security and these Colorado companies will benefit greatly.
  3. “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize: In 2014 Galvanize expanded to Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco. Its growth not only kept up with the pace of the growth of the startup community, it probably also helped to push the expansion of Colorado’s startup community. In 2015 the next big thing will come from Galvanize. I don’t know what it is, but it’ll be cool.

Happy New Year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The road to municipal Internet: Boulder benefits from Longmont’s journey [DailyCamera]
  • FASTG8 launched in Carbondale by Adconion founder Tyler Moebius to help retailers drive online shopping [InnovatioNews]
  • iTriage, StackExchange, Quick Left and Sovrn are a few of the Colorado startups giving back this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • The top 3 digital marketing and social media trends in 2015 [Room214]
  • Golden-based NREL’s Peregrine supercomputer honored by two magazines with Editor’s Choice awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Oracle to buy Denver’s Datalogix, expand in online advertising services [DBJ]
  • Bike to work? CDOT to expand Colorado website with local trail information [DBJ]
  • Hour of Code opens window for students across Douglas County [YourHub]
  • Denver-based PaySimple gathers the best small business predictions for 2015 [PaySimple]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity hires Ed Murray, David Packer to lead company in engineering and sales [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #71: Aggregating the Aggregations

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Ever say or think a word so many times it starts to lose its meaning? I just did that to myself with my headline. “Aggregating” is now just a jumble of too many “g” sounds in my head.

I like when actual reporters bunch together stories under a headline. It means I don’t have to be as picky when I pick my 10 headlines. This way I can have these 10 headlines about 25 Colorado companies.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based maker of Ubooly, the smart toy that tells stories, is bought by Cartwheel Kids [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ecrypt Technologies appoints Urvashi Mehra as new VP of Global Healthcare Solutions [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left Recognized for the Second Year in a Row by Inc 500 [CTA]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 secures $2B loan for TW Telecom acquisition [BizWest]
  • Tech this week: Denver-based Ping and Sprint, Boulder-based Zayo IPO and a new Apple iPad? [TechKnowBytes]
  • Roundup: Partners for Ping Identity, Westminster’s Datalogix; Denver-based Craftsy’s Milestone [Xconomy]
  • Tech Tuesday: Colorado’s hottest high-tech companies include Louisville’s Envysion, Denver’s Lassy Project and Boulder’s LogRhythm [9news]
  • INterview with John Oechsle, president and CEO of Denver-based Swiftpage [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Welltok Raises $25M More, Takes Aim at $2.7T Healthcare Industry [Xconomy]
  • Boulder Techstars Demo Day concludes with new Foundry investment [BuiltinColorado]

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