Colorado Tech Weekly #287: Space, Games, Payments, Public Safety, Tech and Holiday Parties

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week I am struck by the biases I show in the articles I share each week. Some of that bias is explicit. This series is called “Colorado Tech Weekly” so it is obviously going to only share news and events that have to do with Colorado and technology, but my other biases are not explicit so here are my biases I am showing this week:

  • If your news or event is about space or gaming I’m more likely to share those articles for no other reason than I think space is cool and gaming is fun.
  • I spent 12 years as a 911 dispatcher, so I will always be drawn more towards tech companies that try to make public safety easier.
  • I work at Infinicept where we make it easier for our clients to help their clients accept credit cards so I will be drawn towards payments-related tech articles.
  • “Tech” is a HUGE space to cover. Since I am a software developer, I will naturally share more software articles than other Colorado tech subjects. Also few things make me feel more programmer-y than making software for other people to make software.

I think it’s important to be aware and comfortable with biases when sharing information and I’m pretty comfortable with mine. This week’s events mostly have to do with holiday parties which is not one of my biases but still sound like fun.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Rhodium Incident Management is changing how emergency managers plan for natural disasters [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Xero launches open banking API to bring financial data to businesses [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Littleton-made NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid its first visitor [DenverPost]
  • Women in tech to know: 6 more local leaders shaping growth at their companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Marketer Iterable joins Colorado tech rush with new office in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Tendril receives investment from Rubicon Technology Partners to accelerate growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity previews new product for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Slalom reimagines how companies build software and technology with launch of Slalom Build [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap sees big upside with payments [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Denver Rescue Mission [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #286: Space is Still Cool. Hiring is Still Happening

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Speaking of hiring, I had the person behind the Randori Security Twitter account reach out to say that they are hiring engineers. Check them out at www.randori.com. Maybe I should consider adding a “Hiring” or “Job Postings” section?

Last week, Insight landed on Mars after being built in Colorado. That’s just awesome. I will always be excited by stories and tech that have to do with space. It just feels cooler when cool things are doing cool things outside our atmosphere. Now we have companies working on a moon program?! That’s so cool!!

Speaking of cool, Tuesday is my one year anniversary at Infinicept! My software career will be able to be measured by years now!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado-built Lockheed Martin spacecraft succeeds in NASA Mars landing [InnovatioNews]
  • National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs expanding role in cyber competitions [CSGazette]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network taps Colorado’s CIO as its next chief digital officer [DBJ]
  • How Denver cybersecurity company CyberGRX is spending its $30 million raise [DBJ]
  • Slack’s arrival is ‘huge stamp of approval’ for Denver as next big tech hub [DBJ]
  • Durango-based GitPrime scales up business to double its employees by 2019 [SCAPE]
  • Making spirits bright: How 5 Colorado tech companies give back during the holidays [BuiltinColorado]
  • 2 Iranian hackers indicted for ransomware attack on CDOT other agencies [9News]
  • California has Silicon Valley. Could Colorado become home to Aerospace Alley? [DenverPost]
  • NASA picks two Colorado companies for new $2.6B moon program [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #269: “Blockchain”, “Cybersecurity”, “Diversity” Are Not Just Buzzwords Here

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Buzzwords in technology can be annoying as they are exciting. They are annoying because they are often used as click-bait and by people who don’t understand the buzzwords but who really want to make some money off of them.

Looking at this week’s headlines, I’m proud to see that while our community is covered in buzzwords, these headlines are backed by people putting in real time, effort and money into turning their innovative ideas into success. That’s amazing!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Swiftpage establishes Small Business Idea and Invention Scholarship [InnovatioNews]
  • DexYP to close last Denver metro office, eliminating at least 39 jobs [DenverPost]
  • Denver mobile service provider Visible launches program to boost tech-centric nonprofits [DenverPost]
  • AgEagle signs agreement to acquire Boulder-based agricultural analytics company Agribotix [Agribotix]
  • Leadership Changes: New CEO Kitty Kolding brings decades of executive experience to Centennial’s Innovation Pavilion [InnovationPavilion]
  • Colorado blockchain, cryptocurrency startup Radar Relay secures $10 million in funding [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell welcomes Sam Gilliland as CEO [Cherwell]
  • Drone company Propeller Aero makes final approach to Denver [BusinessDen]
  • Editor’s Notebook: As DBJ turns 70, Denver metro’s tech sector is booming [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SecureSet Academy launches SecureSet Foundation to promote cybersecurity career education [SecureSet]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #265: TECHNOLOGY IS MADE OF PEOPLE!!!

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When interacting with technology and companies it is very easy to get lost in the names of products and titles. However the harder you look, the more you realize that most tech companies are mostly just about a dozen people who believe in each other. That’s it.

Industry groups, companies, conferences, even meetups are nothing without the people who make them happen.

Celebrate the people around you and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rabbit Hole brings cool maker tech to new Louisville escape room [MakerBoulder]
  • Private equity giant closes deal for Boulder cybersecurity company LogRhythm [DBJ]
  • New eCommerce platform joins Boulder-based ShipCompliant’s certified partner program [ShipCompliant]
  • After a most unusual start, Denver health IT company access.moble charts U.S. growth [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe appoints Mike Edwards as VP for defense [InnovatioNews]
  • TiVo CEO is bolting after 8 months to join Denver-based Liberty Global [DBJ]
  • Deloitte exec: Why Denver is poised for blockchain growth, especially for certain sectors [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union patent application mentions cryptocurrency, biometric verification [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Inovonics Engineer, Christian Huber, dies during high-alpine climb in Pakistan [Inovonics]
  • Colorado tech raised over $101M in June. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #256: I Officially Graduate with My Computer Science Degree… and Other News

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5 years ago I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a software developer and I sign up for my first 3 classes at Regis University. I took every class online while working more than full time as a police dispatcher. I sacrificed time with my family and friends and took classes year round doing homework whenever I could. I did homework at work, at home, while on vacation, in the early morning hours, late at night and all hours in between.

Today I went to the Regis University for the first time. The commencement ceremony was an excellent way to cap off my formal education. for me, my wife and my daughter because they also sacrificed a lot for me. It feels great to be so inspired and inspiring at the same time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Choozle snags #2 spot on Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [Choozle]
  • New CTO for Boulder smart home company MindHome [BizWest]
  • Drones take over Colorado Convention Center [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Misty Robotics announces new Misty II personal robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Nonprofit Cyber Institute opens new cyber paths for minorities in Pueblo and Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo misses on earnings for third quarter; COO resigns [BizWest]
  • A stupefying array of activity for Boulder Startup Week 2018 [Name.com]
  • Colorado tech raised over $400M in April. Check out the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies on why they didn’t leave culture up to chance [BuiltinColorado]
  • Dream bigger: 7 Colorado tech companies where opportunity awaits [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #244: Not All Hard Work Gets a Headline

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Last week, as much as I was looking forward to going, I had to skip out on going to the Go Code Colorado Kickoff event. Instead I stayed home and worked on the specifications and UX design for my app that I am creating for my capstone project.

My project will be a Software-as-a-Service web app for comic book stores to manage their subscribers (or “pull lists” as they’re called). I’m excited to make it, but it’s a lot of work especially when the class is only 8 weeks long. Add to the fact that my new job that I love involves me working all day and not just waiting for bad things to happen, I don’t have a lot of time.

My headline for this week is my reminder that just because someone, or some organization, is not active online or posting news releases doesn’t mean they’re not doing cool things. Doing cool things requires a lot of work that no one sees.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Name.com’s API v4 is here [Name.com]
  • Jim Lejeal joins Boulder’s VictorOps as chief financial officer [InnovatioNews]
  • CEO Mike Shehan on progress of the Broomfield-based SpotX / smartclip merger [SpotX]
  • Denver’s FullContact appoints Tim Prunk president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vs. San Francisco: How they compare on tech salaries might surprise you [DBJ]]
  • Denver-based Swiftpage recognized as leader in Colorado tech scene by G2 Crowd [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers back faster rural broadband funding; CenturyLink predicts rate spike [DBJ]
  • Why coders code: 6 Colorado techies share how they got into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado: another year of data-driven competition [ColoradoSOS]
  • Lessons in hypergrowth: How 5 Colorado tech startups overcame the challenges of scaling [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #224: Failure, Open Source, Freelancing, Tech Jobs and Denver Startup Week (50% More Links THIS WEEK ONLY)

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If I was still doing an accompanying podcast with these blog posts, this week I would talk forever. There is so much packed into this week’s headlines that I want to talk about!

I’d talk about the importance of being comfortable with failure because of the SparkFun post. Or I could talk about the allure of game development and talk about Mystic Melee. What about interview struggles and strategies that Built in Colorado brings up?

But wait! There’s more!! I could talk about the deceptive difficulty of freelancing (doing the projects is the easy part) because of the Impact Lab article or I could talk about my frustration with the “talent gap” while looking at the Denver Post’s Amazon-related story. But I’d also want to talk about open-source development thanks to the story about DRUD Tech, especially since Hacktoberfest is starting soon.

Speaking of Hacktoberfest, are you participating? I want to give it a shot but I know I’ll need some knowledge/moral/tech/emotional support to make it worth it.  I know SendGrid is participating. It would be cool to find other Colorado tech companies/people/organizations that are involved.

OH WAIT! THERE’S ALSO DENVER STARTUP WEEK! At the end of this post are 10 posts I’ve collected from the from the Colorado tech community to make sure you get the best Denver Startup Week experience.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Meet Our July 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Project Fails [SparkFun]
  • Denver-based game, Mystic Melee, out on Early Access [PewPewCat]
  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal: What to ask (and what NOT to ask) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: 5 Colorado software engineers share the coolest tech they’ve built [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google buys Boulder campus for $130 million [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute to launch world’s first “freelance colony” at its Westminster, Colorado HQ [ImpactLab]
  • Denver software firm, Choozle, expands HQ after doubling its headcount [BusinessDen]
  • Finding workers a challenge in Colorado’s bid for Amazon campus [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based DRUD Tech Releases DDEV Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes [CIODive]

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10 Best Denver Startup Week Posts from the Colorado Tech Community

  • Spotlight on the Maker Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Spotlight on the Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • GoSpotCheck & Denver Startup Week [GoSpotCheck]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 will offer 350 programs, big names [DBJ]
  • Your Guide to Everything Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sixth annual Denver Startup Week set for Sept. 25-29 with 300+ events [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 [Choozle]
  • Denver Startup Week: Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s Startup Crawl [BuiltinColorado]
  • The DSW trifecta: Laughs, beer, tech jobs [Name.com]
  • The Colorado Startup Scene and Denver Startup Week 2017 [TechnicalIntegrity]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #222: It’s Important to Ask the Right Questions

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Everything that has to do with creating software requires asking the right questions. Every step of the software development life cycle requires good questions. Studying to learn how to write code requires asking the right questions which usually just lead to more questions.

I highlighted the Denver Data Science Day event because data science seems like an entire industry about asking the right questions and finding the best ways to get answers to those questions. It’s something that doesn’t sound too complex until you really dig into it. Then it becomes very complex.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The Summer Intern [n.io]
  • Reports: Oracle may lay off 200 employees in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • Guild Education closes $21M Series B to grow Denver team and expand platform [BuiltinColorado]
  • Meet Denver-based Beatport’s Manager of Engineering [CodeTalent]
  • Broomfield security-tech firm Webroot hires new CEO after Dick Williams announces retirement [DenverPost]
  • CU Boulder researchers develop tech for flying multiple drones with one pilot [BizWest]
  • Colorado Divide: Broadband gaps threaten to leave rural areas in the dust of digital age [DenverPost]
  • Beyond Bitcoin: How 5 Colorado startups are leveraging blockchain [BuiltinColorado]
  • New York Times story says Denver best choice for Amazon’s second headquarters [DenverPost]
  • Not your typical tech startup: FareHarbor quintuples Denver HQ while turning away venture funding [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #209: The Hardest Part About Programming Isn’t the Code

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I never turn down advice about job seeking. I don’t always get good advice, but if you listen then you’ll find that most good advice gets repeated more than bad advice. I recently found out about, and signed up for, an email series from experienced programmer, Ian Douglas, that helps job seekers understand the questions from interviewers. It’s a great series and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new job.

If I could go to any tech event this week, I would absolutely go to the Denver Java User Group talk about Gradle. Gradle seems like it’s probably a useful tool for Android developers, but for me it just confused me, got in my way and discouraged me from learning Android development using Android Studio. Languages are easy. Frameworks, developer tools, deployment tools and management strategies are the difficult parts.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Jack Forrest Joins Boulder’s Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Beyond the tech: Personal traits recruiters look for in their next developer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why I quit my job to teach kids to code [DenverStartupWeek]
  • 5 startups using tech to make Colorado a healthier place [BuiltinColorado]
  • An Interview with New Denver-based Brandfolder CEO, Digital Media Executive Luke Beatty [Brandfolder]
  • Drones in firefighting could save Colorado tax dollars and lives [ColoradoPolitics]
  • From parties to company retreats, here’s how Colorado tech celebrates closing big rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software company Conga dances to investment deal with Salesforce Ventures [DBJ]
  • Blind CU student blasts through barriers — and now aims to help others envision science and tech careers [DenverPost]
  • PewPewCat Goes to E3 2017 [PewPewCat]

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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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