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 #195: What is it like to get hired by, and work at, a Colorado tech company?

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This is one of the questions I try to answer every week with the articles I share in these posts. This week Eric Daugherty gives insight into the hiring process, Noel Worden lets us know what life is like as a new junior engineer, Ben Castelli shows how Room214 acts on their company values and Jess Ryan with BuiltinColorado gives us great insight into 5 Colorado tech companies.

When I started this project i thought for sure that I’d be able to answer some of these questions by now. I am very thankful for these people and their insights into the Colorado tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs’ Cherwell Software, maker of codeless software to help legacy tech keep operating, snaps up $50 million [DenverPost]
  • Satellite startup lands at MSU Denver campus [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar cuts 100 employees, another 1,800 moving to Douglas County-based Dish Network [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Room 214 Culture: Finding time to live our values [Room214]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO is poised for $4.2 million payout in CenturyLink merger [DBJ]
  • 5 of the best Colorado companies to work for (and they’re all hiring) [BuiltinColorado]
  • My first 8 weeks as a Junior Engineeer [NoelWorden]
  • Denver tech startup TapInfluence cuts jobs less than a year after raising $14 million [DenverPost]
  • Technical Interviewing and Hiring [EricDaugherty]
  • Techtonic Academy arrives at The Commons on Champa! [CTA]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #173: Developers As People

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I keep waiting for the week I mess up on my count of CTW posts, but Week #173 isn’t that time!

Every post I share is because I like it and/or I think it’s important news. It’s a pretty simple setup. This week I especially like 2 posts from BuiltinColorado by Jess Ryan that highlight Colorado software developers. The posts aren’t just about the tech or statistics about tech jobs, they show how to be as a developer. They’re awesome! it makes me wonder how I want to be as a developer.

Our companies and our community are nothing more than a collection of people. It sounds stupid simple when I say it out loud but it can be an easy thing to forget. Each of us affect our community not just with what we produce, but with how we be.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Review: Boulder’s Sphero Force Band will get Star Wars BB-8 to do your bidding [DenverPost]
  • TechRIoT delivers ‘Yellow Brick Road’ to 8 graduating IoT startups [TechRIoT]
  • Denver-based MassRoots lays off staff, defaults on debt [DBJ]
  • With $8.5M Series A, Denver’s Guild Education will expand services to help more adults learn [BuiltinColorado]
  • From nail art to karaoke, these 13 Colorado tech employees do more than work [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s CANVAS Technology breaks out of stealth, revealing just what their robots do [BuiltinColorado]
  • Rep. Jared Polis launches bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus [InnovatioNews]
  • How 7 Colorado developers handle big pushes [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week Recap from a Denver Gazelle [MindAptiv]
  • 20 years ago, communications satellite gave a boost to Littleton-based Lockheed [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #156: Open Source, Job Searching, Security

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Lately I’ve had issues finding themes in the headlines, but this week we get three!

I made my first open source contribution about a week ago. It was just a typo fix on a SDK website but it made me realized how much I misunderstood pull requests and it was nice to finally make one. To fit that theme we have an OSCON 2016 (Open Source Convention) recap and a post about open source development from another developer, Brian Hartz.

I am looking for a job as a software developer (Check out my resume) and I got to meet Brian Schooley with Aventeer last week who coached me on great ways to improve my Aventeer profile (I haven’t improved it yet) AND improve my online presence in general which was awesome! I will never turn down job searching advice, especially from Brian.

This week I also feature a customary post from BuiltinColorado about companies that are hiring and, if you’re looking to get started in a tech career, really check out the TEC-P Orientation Session hosted by Tuliva. They’re hosting 3 orientations this week on the 8th, 9th and 13th but I only listed one to show off other events.

I found out recently that my police department actually wants to use my Trespass Notice Web App! That means I need someone to check the security of the app to make sure no one can gain any unauthorized access. Police departments tend to like secure things. Speaking of security, Denver-based Inversoft released their 2016 Guide to User Data Security and SecureSet is hosting a talk on Application Security which I should probably go to.

Speaking of going to things, I’ll be at the Denver Mini Maker Faire on Saturday finding cool things to blog about so say “Hi” if you see me there. I won’t go on too long about things.

Speaking of going on too long about things, I’ve typed well enough for one CTW post. Here’s your news. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech brought in more than $13M in May: here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Four years and counting for InnovatioNews [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group names Chris Morley new COO, co-founder Matt Erickson leaving in July [InnovatioNews]
  • Aardman and Boulder’s Rapt Media launch ‘Dead Lonely,’ an interactive zombie love story [RaptMedia]
  • OSCON 2016 recap [RogueWave]
  • 2016 Guide to User Data Security [Inversoft]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity acquired by Vista Equity Partners [InnovatioNews]
  • Love your job: 5 Colorado tech companies hiring like crazy this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SecureSet aims to produce cyber warriors to beat back hacker attacks [InnovatioNews]
  • Open Source – contribute too [BrianHartz]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #147: Learning Takes Time

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This week a few of the articles have to do with new developers learning programming. Turing adds a new Front-End development program. Businesses are still worried about talent shortages. And the BuiltinColorado article asking 7 local developers about their learning journey is great!

One of my favorite answers from the BuiltinColorado article is from Joanne Cheng, “It takes a lot of time to learn what you need to know.” It’s difficult as a developer to find out what is important to learn and that’s even before you start learning the important things. Then once you have it figured out, it all changes and you get to start over again!

Podcast Version: No podcast version this week.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Durango’s GitPrime featured as 1 of Inc’s 4 cloud startups to watch from Y Combinator [INC]
  • Section.io puts down Boulder roots, raises new equity round [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Havenly adds $5.8 million as demand for online design attracts VCs [Tech+]
  • How 7 Colorado developers learned to code — and what they wish they’d known before [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Artifact Uprising hires former Photobucket exec Mike Clark [Tech+]
  • Colorado businesses worry about talent shortage; optimism down from a year ago [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Regis University competition highlights growing demand for cyber defense skills [YourHub]
  • Tattoo Tuesdays and custom cakes: Colorado tech’s coolest company perks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Turing School launches new Front-End engineering program for developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun, Blynk release SparkFun Blynk Board and IoT Starter Kit [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #138: Numbers and Culture

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I started Colorado Tech Weekly to learn more about the tech companies in Colorado. I wanted to know which companies were growing, which ones were shrinking, which companies looked like fun, etc. I wanted to know all about a company before I ever submit a resume and one of the easiest ways to learn about a company is to look at their numbers. How many are they hiring or firing? How much funding do they have? Where are their offices and do they have room for growth?

These are all great ways to start to get to know a company, but what about their culture? What is it really like to work there? This is why I have the events section. It’s a great way to see offices and meet employees. It’s also why I started my way-too-large-now Twitter list of Colorado Tech. But even then, sometimes we get a real peek into a company’s culture. Check out the BuiltinColorado story about Kapost for that. It makes me proud that they are in Colorado.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Zayo buys Canadian Allstream for $465M [InnovatioNews]
  • What the companies in Mergelane’s 2016 cohort actually do [BuiltinColorado]
  • The modern office: How Boulder-based Kapost navigated an employee gender transition [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements tripled clients, revenue in 2015 [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs company, root9B named world’s top cybersecurity company [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Bogusky’s Boulder-based Visibl strikes deal with Westminster-based SpotX, gives small advertisers access to premium video inventory [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver security firm, Ping Identity, prepping for possible IPO, say revenues could grow to $100M [Tech+]
  • VMware cut 86 jobs in Broomfield, Colorado Springs [DenverPost]
  • World Wide Technology opening office in Denver, will hire 70 this year [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #108: I Need More Ways To Say “Growing”

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This week has all the signs of growth in the Colorado tech community. We have a Colorado connection partnership which I always love seeing, two acquisitions for Colorado companies and the other normal signs of growth. I’m not complaining about the growth, I just wish I had more ways to phrase it. I think I need to start using a thesaurus.

In case you missed it, and you probably did because you were too busy celebrating Independence Day, I wrote my second “What I’ve Learned About the Colorado Tech Community” post on Friday to celebrate 2 years of Colorado Tech Weekly. I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you for reading!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SolidFire CEO Dave Wright Wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award [Yahoo]
  • Innovation Pavilion announces strategic partnership with Arrow Electronics [InnovationPavilion]
  • FBI investigating attack on Colorado’s Level 3 and Zayo data lines [DBJ]
  • Engineer buys Longmont building to house SVVSD robotics club [BizWest]
  • 5 Boulder tech job openings at offices with amazing locations [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 acquires cybersecurity firm Black Lotus [BizWest]
  • Littleton’s Fahrenheit IT acquires ITEC [InnovatioNews]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: FullContact [Tech+]
  • Programmatic expert Brian Kane joins Denver-based Altitude Digital Board of Directors [AltitudeDigital]
  • The 5 largest reported fundings in Colorado in June [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #95: GoCodeColorado and More Security News

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I am so excited/nervous/apprehensive/scared/excited for the GoCodeColorado Apps Challenge Weekend this weekend. This will be the first time I say in public “I know how to code. Give me a problem to fix” and just typing that makes my imposter syndrome kick in. Then yesterday I saw who the five finals judges are and that kicked my excitement/nervousness into overdrive. Following tech news in Colorado for 95 weeks, these 5 people are definitely leaders in the Colorado tech community and it’s so awesome that they volunteer their time for this.

So I’ll be spending my entire week at my laptop getting homework done and trying to learn all the things to prepare for the weekend. Wish me luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Wayin secures major talent with former Spredfast veteran [Wayin]
  • Denver-based Red Canary secures $2.5M, helps customers identify actual cyber threats [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Photobucket selects Hitachi Data Systems Cloud Solutions to host & serve billions [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Ello raises another $5M, launches new beta version [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder ad-tech firm Trada shuts down [BizWest]
  • Colorado Springs cybersecurity firm, CertainSafe, forms $10 million partnership [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST expands staff due to growth, focuses on hiring veterans [CTA]
  • Raytheon awarded $700M NORAD contract for Colorado, other states [DBJ]
  • Vonage buys Denver’s SimpleSignal in move to dominate business VoIP [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based ShipCompliant acquired by Boston software firm [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #42: Little Bit of Everything. Startups, 3D printing, Education and Media

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Last week I wrapped up my journey into UX Design. I didn’t finish my journey, I just wrapped it up for now. It’s a much bigger subject than I realized and I have a new respect for those that do it as a profession. On Wednesday, I picked up the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. I spent all day Sunday troubleshooting tools that I only halfway understand so I could learn and develop with Ruby on Rails. Self-directed learning is a lot like the TARDIS, it doesn’t always take me where I mean to go, but it takes me to where I need to be.

I hope you check out Open World Learning’s request for volunteers. Few things are more fun than helping kids get excited about technology. I will get to do just that tomorrow as I am hosting a Hour of Hardware event at my daughter’s elementary school to compliment the Hour of Code event we hosted in the fall. Wish me luck!

Top News

  • 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3DCIC) announces final speaker lineup for three-day Colorado Springs gathering in May [InnovatioNews]
  • Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Fort Collins adds first 2014 group of six new client startup companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based PQCareers works to humanize the recruiting process [W3W3]
  • Open World Learning’s 5th Annual TechFair Competition Needs Your Help! [CTA]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave unveils WavePoint M2M platform for industry and government applications [InnovatioNews]
  • From Techstars to Galvanize, Denver’s GoSpotCheck now heads to Google HQ for inaugural Demo Day [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity ups its mobile security hold with acquisition of Accells Technologies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Legislature declares Colorado Aerospace Day; criticizes feds for NASA cuts [DBJ]
  • This would be huge! Dish Network’s Ergen talks merger with DirecTV CEO, says report (Video) [DBJ]
  • ShowMobile, a media app based in Denver, meets kids where they live — on their phones [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #30: Marijuana? CES? Drones? Colorado has a little bit of everything

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It’s the first Monday of the new year, which means it’s back-to-work time. With Christmas and New Years Day being in the middle of the week, I can understand if you’re finding it hard to focus.

Looking at the headlines this week, it’s impossible for me to come up with a theme for the week. Colorado has a little bit of everything going on. It’s fun to be a part of.

My classes at Regis start back up today. This semester I’m taking Control Structures and a class on Influence and Motivation. Maybe I can figure out how to influence my code to do what I mean and not just what I say.

Local News

  • Andy Vuong previews CES 2014 and features participating Colorado companies [AllOverTech]
  • Denver-based Rivet brings in an old friend for new CTO [RMTechLine]
  • If I could cut the cord I would. Dish and DirecTV to raise rates in February, Comcast hiked fees in October [TechKnowBytes]
  • If you didn’t think the new marijuana laws would have a tech spin, you must be high – MassRoots building digital hub for multi-billion cannabis industry [Xconomy]
  • Innovation Pavilion, in Centennial, celebrates their 2nd Anniversary! [BuiltinColorado]
  • Aw, this would have been so cool – Colorado fails to land drone test-site designation [DBJ]

National News

  • Here’s What Mobile Industry Insiders See Ahead for 2014. Could my Amazon prediction come true? [Xconomy]
  • App development trends 2013: JavaScript, APIs and cloud computing [InfoWorld]
  • A Microsoft OS that isn’t Windows piques my curiousity to no end – Microsoft’s Midori: The M# connection [ZDNet]
  • CES 2014 starts tomorrow: 5 trends the geeks are talking about at gadget show and other news bits [TechKnowBytes]

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