Colorado Tech Weekly #216: What is Your School’s Reputation?

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4 years ago I decided to go back to school for my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science through Regis University.  After I started, I learned about the various code schools in Colorado and I am jealous of the students who started the same time I did. Many of them have been working as developers for over 2 years and a few of them are mentoring newer students. Meanwhile, I am still a Computer Science student.

When I heard about Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down, I thought of the fate of the code schools and code school students in Colorado. All schools (even colleges), as well as the recent graduates of those schools, depend on the school’s reputation to succeed. I did not take this into consideration in 2002 when I spent my GI Bill benefits to go the now defunct Westwood College. It’s important for everyone associated with an education institution (private and public) to take their school’s reputation seriously so that students and alumni can continue to benefit from their education.

What is your school’s reputation?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Want to get involved in a Colorado meetup group? Here are 5 great places to start [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver pot technology company, MassRoots, says it raised $1.2 million [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Ibotta lands big investor, plans hiring spree [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies help to propel fledgling drone industry forward [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s Greystone Career & Culture, July 26 [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver-based Dizzion hires new VP of Operations [Dizzion]
  • Boulder’s CodeCraft responds to Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down [CodeCraft]
  • Denver data center company, Fortrust, bought for $128 million [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe shareholders give OK to $2.4B purchase by Canadian firm [DBJ]
  • Denver data-protection company, eFolder, to merge with Silicon Valley tech firm [DBJ]

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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 #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #204: Some Things Are Bigger Than Tech

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I spent this weekend with my wife in Steamboat Springs celebrating our 8th anniversary. It was great to get out of the Denver area and spend some time without deadlines or schedules. I think my mind is still there.

Regardless of where my mind is, there are still some great news and events this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lakewood-based HomeAdvisor to merge with Angie’s List, form new public company [DBJ]
  • Denver teaching software startup, Schoolrunner, raises $500,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to offer more tech and education opportunities for women [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg teams with Greeley’s Dairy Tech Inc. [DenverPost]
  • How far does your tech salary stretch in Denver? [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech startups get a boost from legislation OK’d by House [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Making the SparkX Lab [SparkFun]
  • Redux for Rebit: Carbonite sells Rebit assets to Broomfield’s Betsol LLC [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based MergeLane announced it will no longer run its accelerator [BizWest]
  • POSSIBLE Mobile Denver celebrates successful Q1 by giving back [PossibleMobile]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #203: Mostly About Bots and Broomfield

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For those who don’t know, there are cities between Denver and Boulder. One of the cities having the biggest growth in tech is Broomfield. It makes me curious to find out what they are doing up there to attract so many tech companies.

Tomorrow I will do another coding Twitch stream. I’m really starting to like doing the stream. I’ve decided to focus on Java and learned a lot about the language last week thanks to one of the people in the chat. It’s great!

This week may the 4th be with you and happy Cinco De Mayo!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Swisslog changes location of proposed headquarters in Broomfield [BizWest]
  • British cloud-based warehouse management firm, Synergy North America, expands to Denver by moving U.S. HQ to Broomfield [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot apologizes, says antivirus software error that labeled Windows files as malware now fixed [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based startup TurboTenant raises $1.5 million in capital [BizWest]
  • 7 Colorado tech companies doing big things with Big Data [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Project C.U.R.E. [zvelo]
  • How 3 Colorado tech pillars approach hiring, innovation and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU is home to new NSF cyberattack center [InnovatioNews]
  • CenturyLink will add two Level 3 executives to senior staff after merger [DenverPost]
  • Arvada construction-technology firm Prescient adds $40 million from investors [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #196: It’s All About Community. Thank You For Being Awesome.

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Maybe I’m naive or too optimistic or.. some other word I can’t think of. Maybe I’m still feeling the high of being done with my Calculus 2 course. But I am feeling the love in the Colorado tech community.

I struggle a lot with the question of “What kind of programming do you want to do?” because the technology being used at a company isn’t as important to me as the culture of the company. I’m just happy at the thought of being paid to make 1s and 0s do things with other nice, talented people. There’s a lot of great people in the Colorado tech community who make our community a place where people want to come and work and create and that’s awesome.

Thank you for being awesome. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 11th Annual C-Level @ A Mile High to set the stage for another milestone year in Colorado tech [CTA]
  • Why Denver VR company, Gravity Jack, wants to bring Colorado’s beauty to the masses [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid expands further into e-mail marketing with Bay-Area acquisition [DenverPost]
  • Ft. Collins-based jobZology closes $750K seed round to fuel national expansion, add 15 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • What’s in the cards for the adtech industry? 3 Colorado companies weigh in [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lakewood’s HomeAdvisor aims to keep up aggressive growth, says CEO [DBJ]
  • How good was Training Days 2017? [RMOUG]
  • Google leases another 30,000 square feet of office space in Boulder [DenverPost]
  • CTA launches program to connect entrepreneurs and big-company IT execs [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado tech CEOs share which local companies they admire [BuiltinColorado]
Thursday, March 16

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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]
Thursday, March 16

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Colorado Tech Weekly #188: CloudElements Grows, NewMedia Grew Too Fast and Tech-Related Politics

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This week we have some political news, but don’t worry it’s political news about technology in Colorado!

This week includes a state grant to improve rural internet access, Governor Hickenlooper talks about transportation and broadband while Colorado startups look to disrupt transportation while using broadband and (2 news items that are not listed below) Colorado’s U.S. Representative Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner have both proposed technology-related legislation. It’s important to look past the loud, headline-grabbing political stories and pay attention to what is being done in government that affects our industry. The more people we have involved in governing, the better governing we will get.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Year’s resolutions from the Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner team [ZenPlanner]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements lands $13M to expand API integration platform and grow team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg to debut “FitBit” for cows at National Western Stock Show [DenverPost]
  • State awards grants to improve Internet access in rural areas [BizWest]
  • Fast-growing Denver tech company, NewMedia restructures, lays off employees as it plots growth [DBJ]
  • What I’ve learned about Longmont’s Viget in 2016 – And what it means for recruiting in 2017 [Viget]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies that give back to their communities year-round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hickenlooper names transportation, broadband as his priorities for 2017 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ReadyTalk prepares to be acquired by much larger PGi, as founders prepare to exit [DenverPost]
  • How these 6 Colorado startups are disrupting the transportation industry [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #181: Holidays Don’t Slow Colorado Tech

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I thought with the Thanksgiving holiday last week and the upcoming holidays that it would be more difficult to find Colorado tech news and events. I was wrong. Dead wrong. Sometimes I really like being wrong.

On that note, I won’t get a developer job before the end of the year (I’d love to be wrong about this too).

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 7 Colorado tech employees are thankful for this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • How 4 Colorado startups are giving back to their communities this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tired of the same tiny emojis? Heck yeah, Kwippit is from Denver! [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Optiv files for an IPO [DBJ]
  • Galvanize to close Fort Collins campus after 18 months of operation [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Tectonic helps companies use Big Data analytics to better target customers needing their services [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global CEO, Ben Wright named as a ColoradoBiz Magzine’s CEO of the Year Finalist [VelocityGlobal]
  • NewCo Boulder 2016 at Viget [Viget]
  • Ft.t Collins-based RLE Technologies promotes Jeremy Swanner to president [BizWest]
  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber gets delisting warning from New York Stock Exchange [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #160: Tech and Politics

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This week has had some big news combining Colorado tech and politics. Our Governor decided to celebrate Colorado’s tech success with Tech Week in August and the two most popular US Presidential candidates visited the state. Hillary Clinton visited Galvanize and talked about tech, education and entrepreneurship and Donald Trump visited Colorado and, while he didn’t say anything specific about technology he did say that Colorado could win so much we would be tired of winning. I don’t think it’s possible to get tired of winning. The Colorado tech community has been mostly winning for the past 3 years and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Regardless of party affiliation we all need to be more involved in politics (this means doing more than just voting in November and posting rants on social media. I need to be better at this too), especially local politics, because like technology, politics affects everything whether we like it or not.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner partners with Denver-based Cloud Elements on replatforming venture [CTA]
  • Hillary Clinton touts entrepreneurship, tech education at Denver’s Galvanize [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces organizational changes to expand leadership team [CTA]
  • How Colorado coding schools are helping veterans — and filling the gap in tech worker demand [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based GHX acquires Omaha software firm [BizWest]
  • Seagate begins cutting 1,600 jobs, some possibly in Longmont [DenverPost]
  • Centennial-based ULA downsizing triggers hundreds of layoffs, buyouts [DBJ]
  • Hickenlooper proclaims August 1-5 as Tech Week to celebrate Colorado as a tech hub [CTA]
  • Virtual companions, interactive incubators and more at Denver’s 10.10.10 health event [DBJ]
  • Report cites $50M-worth of unpaid software jobs in Boulder [BizWest]

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