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 #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 #213: Local Tech Podcasts and Python Events

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Just over a year ago I tried adding a podcast to this blog series and found out that doing podcasts is hard. If your favorite podcast is updated inconsistently, it’s because the creator has realized just how hard it is to create and post podcast episodes. This week I wanted to point out 2 great local tech podcasts:

  • Colorado TechCast: This podcast is hosted by local tech enthusiast, Trapper Little, and  just started with great interviews by local tech community members. Trapper asked me to guest-host the show and although I REALLY wanted to, I just don’t have the time to participate and that sucks.
  • Turing School Podcast: This is a great listen for anyone who is looking to get their first job as a software developer. Even though the podcast is geared towards Turing students, it’s a great resource for all of us. Even this Computer Science student.

There are a few other good local tech podcasts, but if I start trying to list all of them you’ll never get to read the news. I’ve highlighted a few Python meetups this week. I have an AI course coming up in a few months so I’m curious to try out Python. It is a language used for AI, right?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Comic Con 2017 Hall of Games [PewPewCat]
  • Alex Ford joins Boulder-based Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Major Colorado employer Vantiv reaches $10 billion deal for Worldpay [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association Hosts Inaugural SheTech Explorer Day in Colorado [27Global]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires Odava to create one of largest cannabis tech conglomerates [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Photobucket addresses complaints over new policy that charges heavy users $400 [DenverPost]
  • Mobile Apps + Birthdays + Animals = Awesome Radial Q2 in Loveland! [RadialDevGroup]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe partners with SSL to build next-gen WorldView satellites [InnovatioNews]
  • NexusTek rallies tech community to support Colorado’s college-bound teens [CTA]
  • Louisville-based energy-tech company, Generative Technology Operatives, raises $300,000 [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #190: Go Code Colorado, C-Level at Mile High and Why It’s Good to #GiveFirst

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Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Kick-Off event. I’ll be there! Say “Hi” if you can.

The Go Code Colorado event in 2015 was my first-ever “hackathon” and I got to be a part of a winning team of amazing people who I still love talking with when I get a chance. I put hackathon in quotes because the Go Code Colorado challenge is much more of an entrepreneurial challenge with code than it is a straight up hackathon. It’s still a great challenge that I love being a part of in anyway I can.

Speaking of events I enjoy being a part of, it’s that time of the year that I start promoting CTA’s C-Level @ A Mile High. It’s CTA’s yearly silent auction where you can bid for fun items and event packages, but the big draw is the silent auction for time with some of the top C-Level executives in the Colorado technology community.

I enjoy promoting Go Code Colorado and C-Level because when I first started looking into the Colorado tech community in 2013 these were some of the first organizations to be welcoming and inviting to someone who had no idea what he was doing.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA announces speakers for C-Level @ A Mile High [InnovatioNews]
  • A new employee’s view of Niwot’s SparkFun: Start Something [SparkFun]
  • UAS Colorado Joins Wohnrade Civil Engineers for Great Sand Dunes National Park Mapping Project [UASColorado]
  • 2016 Colorado Startup Report: $780M in funding and $35B in exits [BuiltinColorado]
  • Meet our January 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Lockheed Martin shows off autonomous vehicle tech it’s developing in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck by The Numbers [GutCheck]
  • Denver’s Faction closes $11M Series B, plans to expand global footprint [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Room 214 Culture: Doing Our Best [Room214]
  • Technology back in driver’s seat in metro Denver [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #186: Colorado Tech Will Ride 2016 Momentum into a Slower 2017

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Happy New Year! The holiday season is behind us and it feels like it’s time to get to work on the people and companies we want to be. Good luck!

It seems like I have fewer predictions each year. I started out with 5, last year I had 4. This year has only 3, but they’re big predictions:

  • Broomfield will see the most growth in tech companies. I’m not sure what they are doing up there to attract tech companies but it seems to be working.
  • I will get my first software developer job. My original plan was that I would have a software developer job by the end of 2015. That obviously did not happen. However I am having a really hard time imagining myself ringing in 2018 as a dispatcher. If you want to help me make this prediction a reality, check out my resume!
  • There will be fewer startups in Colorado at the end of the year. This is my big prediction. Startup growth will stall out in 2017. The tech community will continue to grow, but the number of startup companies will diminish and here’s why…
    • Market and regulatory uncertainty: In 2016 the Colorado tech community grew by leaps and bounds. It feels like we are reaching the peak of a cycle. With any luck, we peak and slow down instead of pop a bubble. The political surprises of 2016 also means uncertainty in regulations which will lead to less people starting companies.
    • 2017 will feel the effects of mistrust in tech: In 2016, IoT devices took down part of the internet, data breaches became common news and social media helped spread fake-news. People will be less likely to try new things because of these events.
    • Colorado tech startups will consolidate: There will be few tech startups in Colorado that will not either be bought or buy someone else in 2017. I predict at least 3 big, jaw-dropping acquisitions for the year.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Built In Colorado’s favorite tech stories from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Z, CEO of Boulder’s Serenity Forge, featured on Extra Credits episode [ExtraCredits]
  • A look inside 5 of our favorite Colorado startup offices from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing IT staffing firm, Fast Switch, adding offices in Denver, Silicon Valley and Chicago [DBJ]
  • Built In Colorado’s top 10 stories of 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based Swimlane raises $3 million through equity offering [BizWest]
  • Colorado tech closes 2016 with $20M in December funding. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denverite Startups: Where are they now? [Denverite]
  • Side Project Roundup 2016 [Owocki]
  • Top business stories of 2016: A busy year in Colorado business will likely reverberate into the future [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #168: Pioneers in Every Way

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We take pride in being pioneers here. There are license plates just for families of pioneers that settled in Colorado but it’s not just the historical pioneers that make us proud. Our startup scene is full of successful and fun pioneers that pass on their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge to others and some of the stories this week highlight the different ways Coloradans continue to be pioneers. This week we get to be internet, space and cybersecurity pioneers. I’m looking forward to seeing what we have in store in the next week.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s ThoughtWorks [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTOs to know: What Colorado’s tech leaders are working on now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group posts $76.2M loss for fiscal year [BizWest]
  • Denver entrepreneur to run Project Loon, a Google ‘moonshot’ project [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics ups its Indiegogo support with $1 million offered to makers of tech products [DenverPost]
  • Lockheed gives CU Boulder $3 million to fund space communications research [DailyCamera]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe teams up with CosmiQ Works, NVIDIA and Amazon to launch SpaceNet [InnovatioNews]
  • Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs to hire CEO and host national conference [Gazette]
  • Seattle-area IT firm, Apptio, expanding in Denver files for IPO [DBJ]
  • Meet Our September 2016 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]

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