Colorado Tech Weekly #205: All Good News and Contemplating the Future of Colorado Tech Weekly

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I’ve been thinking of shutting down this newsletter or maybe handing it over to someone else. It’s a thought that has been rattling around my head for about a month. I’m thinking more and more that it’s a good idea.

Since I’ve started Colorado Tech Weekly, BuiltinDenver is now BuiltinColorado and they do their own weekly roundup post, the Denver Business Journal does a weekly tech email, and CTA started Digital Colorado to share tech news stories from various sources. Add to the fact that most of my events come from BuiltinColorado and Meetup.com and you can easily get all the content I provide without me.

This is a great thing! I am one guy who does this newsletter in my limited part-time but those people are passionate professionals with time and resources to do what I’m doing, but just do it better. It would also give me more time to write code because that’s why I started all of this: to get a job as a software developer. And I’ve realized since I started my Twitch streams how much time I haven’t spent actually writing code due to work, school and other obligations so it will be good for me to spend more time doing what I love.

Nothing is being decided anytime soon but if you have any ideas, please let me know.

This week is Boulder Startup Week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 9 Fort Collins tech companies that should be on your radar [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast NBCUniversal is buying Denver’s home-grown video startup Craftsy [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s Q3 earnings per share up 240 percent [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: How 4 Colorado startups chose their technology stacks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google says it has doubled Colorado employees since 2015 as it preps opening of new Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • How these Colorado tech leaders foster collaborative company cultures [BuiltInColorado]
  • Back to school: 5 Colorado tech startups that offer tuition reimbursement [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado named ‘Innovation Champion’ by Consumer Tech Assn. [InnovatioNews]
  • Lafayette-based Liqid Inc. raises $10M in Series A funding [BizWest]
  • Insider advice to land a job in Denver tech [CodeTalent]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #201: Save-a-click and read BuiltinColorado

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Am I doing clickbait right? I think I might be doing it backwards.

I really do pride myself on finding a variety of news sources, but some weeks it just happens that most of my articles come from mostly one source. This week it’s from BuiltinColorado. They do a great job giving insights into Colorado tech companies and it’s rare I have a CTW post without at least one article from them so you should be reading them anyway (plus they let me post these articles on their site but I’d promote them even if they didn’t).

Last week I updated the theme of my site and did my first Twitch stream and both seemed to go well. Tomorrow I’m going to do another Twitch stream and take on FizzBuzz in C#. If you have time, let me know what you think!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber files for bankruptcy with $50M buyout offer [DenverPost]
  • How 4 Colorado startups go above and beyond to welcome new employees [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft acquires Boulder-based cloud technology Deis [DenverPost]
  • Go Code Colorado reveals 10 teams for May 24 2017 final competition event [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver chosen for VERY FIRST Feature Maker Faire in Region! Oct 14th & 15th [DenverMakerFaire]
  • 3 startups proving Colorado tech isn’t just hot in Denver and Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • It’s pretty much free money: 5 Colorado companies with 401(k) match [BuiltinColorado]
  • Sphero, the Boulder firm behind Star Wars’ BB-8 toy robot, adds another $35.4 million from investors [BuiltinColorado]
  • State of Colorado proposes financial services cybersecurity requirements [DigitalColorado]
  • What it’s like to be the boss: 4 Colorado CEOs open up [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #175: Expanding Companies and Expanding Knowledge

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Working in tech means constantly learning. At no point do we stop and say “Oh, now it all makes sense” because there’s always something new.

This week’s expanding companies include HomeAdvisor, Simpro Software, Jumpcloud and DigitalGlobe. The expanding knowledge comes from the BuiltinColorado article about mentorship, the National Cybersecurity Center and Denver University’s cool new building. That’s not even including the cool upcoming events.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Jobber Group focuses on the talent struggles of fast growth companies [CTA]
  • Denver’s HomeAdvisor expands to Germany with purchase of MyHammer [DenverPost]
  • Simpro Software opening U.S. headquarters in Broomfield that could bring 100 jobs [BizWest]
  • How these Colorado tech companies protect you from the world’s nefarious netizens [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe to acquire The Radiant Group for $140M [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial’s Innovation Pavilion announces first group of TechrIoT graduates [InnovatioNews]
  • How 2 Colorado tech companies encourage mentorship and professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud ups Series B offering amount to $10M [BizWest]
  • National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs aims to share intel worldwide, act as a broker [GovernmentTechnology]
  • Denver University opens new Engineering and Computer Science Building [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #171: Software Development is Like Home Ownership

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Last week I missed out on Denver Startup Week because I had to deal with home repairs but that doesn’t mean I didn’t learn something about software development.

While I was ripping out carpet, purchasing new carpet and setting up 2 other projects I’ve never attempted before, I realized that software development is very similar to owning a home. There is only so much you can learn from reading. Sometimes you just have to jump in and give it a try to get things done. Having a lack of expertise has kept me from diving into software projects but now that I’ve dived into home repair projects, software projects are a lot less intimidating. After-all, starting over on a software project is way easier than fixing a home repair project.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • High-speed internet in Silverton pulls mining village out of digital desert [DenverPost]
  • A Summer in Denver at Wazee Digital, an Intern’s-Eye View [WazeeDigital]
  • Denver-based Layer3 TV turns on its ‘new cable’ service in its first market [DBJ]
  • Hard Code and Soft Skills at 360iDev Conference in Denver [Greeblehaus]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity partners with Microsoft to deliver secure connections via Azure [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week breaks attendance records, report cites tech growth [InnovatioNews]
  • 3 Colorado tech companies with epic lunch programs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s eBags helps lost bags get found with app-enabled connected luggage tag [InnovatioNews]
  • Four Winds Interactive launches visual communications app store [InnovatioNews]
  • 5 Lessons Learned from Denver Startup Week [KateMills]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #162: Back to Growth and Startups

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This week’s headlines return to that old familiar trend of growth and startups. Have a good week.

Be kind to each other.

 

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Asynchrony Labs growing in Denver [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Wazee Digital becomes a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership [WazeeDigital]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 deal speculation entices investors [DBJ]
  • A typical day in the life of a startup CEO [BodeTree]
  • Big updates from Colorado’s 50 startups to watch — and we’re only halfway through the year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Interview: Dave Calabrese creator of A Purrtato Tail [PewPewCat]
  • Denver’s CyberGRX closes $9M Series A, plans to add jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • HomeAdvisor’s new home sweet home will be in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood [DenverPost]
  • Data Driven Analysis: The top 5 fastest growing companies in Boulder [KickFurther]
  • Denver-based POSSIBLE MoBowl [PossibleMobile]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #158: DMMF and DCC put the A in STEAM

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That’s a lot of acronyms in my title. Let’s take a moment to define those. DMMF stands for Denver Mini Maker Faire. You can read my review in “More Than Tech at Denver Mini Maker Faire.” DCC stands for Denver Comic Con. You can read my preview of the tech events that were at DCC in “My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con.” STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It’s an extension of the more normally referenced STEM acronym but, oh man, that A is important.

This was my second year going to DCC. I go for inspiration and motivation and you can find it there in spades. I heard Stan Lee talk about getting shot down when he proposed the idea of a Spider-Man. I heard Adam Wilson talk about Sphero and how it’s cool to work with Star Wars but what he’s really passionate about is helping kids learn.  How amazing is that?! I talked with artists, authors and game developers who are doing what they love because they love it. I saw crafts and designs and cosplay costumes and prints that show so much passion, skill and patience! How can you not be inspired?

If you are interested in using Sphero to help kids learn, check out my Sphero SPRK Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet.

If you want to help me do what I love to do, hire me!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based StickyDocs and INDUSTRY team to launch Hop Up [InnovatioNews]
  • Comcast signs big office lease at growing Centennial development [DBJ]
  • Virtual reality is set to take off, says Broomfield’s Level 3 study [DBJ]
  • These 7 companies just got funding and are ready to hire [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Evolve secures $5.5M as vacation rental market matures [BuiltinColorado]
  • Changes at Westmister’s Lassy Project – Escalation [LassyProject]
  • Denver-based SecureSet launches nation’s first commercial cybersecurity accelerator [SecureSet]
  • Meet the 12 latest Boulder CodeCraft graduates [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based concept3D announces launch of atlas3D mapping and interactive platform [InnovatioNews]
  • New tech push by Denver online retailer eBags aims for the connected traveler [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #157: Be nice to each other.

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Being nice sounds like such a simple, innocent thing to do. However it does require some courage because people might not be nice back to you and that hurts.

This week I celebrate 3 years of doing these Colorado Tech Weekly posts and I’m proud to continue  to help show off the Colorado technology community. I’m proud of this community! There are a ton of successful people and community leaders in the Colorado tech community who are just really nice people! This week’s articles about Brad Feld’s matching donations to improve diversity and CEOs that are loved by their employees highlight some of the nice people and the nice things they do for our community. And if I really think about it, every week I share 10 events that are almost all usually free events hosted by people who are doing nice things by giving away their time for free to help others succeed.

If I have half the influence that Jess with BuiltinColorado says I do, then I want to use that influence by being one of those nice people who succeeds by being nice.

This weekend in Orlando, Florida someone decided to kill people because of hate. If we want to fight hate, we have to do the opposite of hate and be kind and nice. Spewing more hate, just with different targets, will only encourage more hateful acts. Be nice to each other.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Englewood-based Arrow Electronics is Colorado’s top Fortune 500 firm again [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Maker Hub founder, Elise VanDyne, to represent Colorado at White House during National Week of Making, June 17-23 [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont Startup Week kicks off with robots, biz pitches, legal advice [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Convercent raises $11 million, aims for profitability [DenverPost]
  • Why this company thinks job interviews should be less stressful [BuiltinColorado]
  • Matching Grant to the Techstars Foundation to Help Improve Diversity In Entrepreneurship [BradFeld]
  • Denver prepares final Smart City Challenge pitch to win $50M for transportation tech [DenverPost]
  • CEOs loved by their employees: These Colorado execs rank in the top 10 [DBJ]
  • Cathy Avgiris put family first, became most powerful woman at Comcast [DenverPost]
  • What you missed Saturday at the Denver Mini Maker Faire (Photo Album) [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #153: Podcast Guesting, Linux Learning, DevOps and BSW Watching

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Last Monday I was invited to be a guest on the EleventyTwelve podcast with Jared Ewy and Aaron Templer. It was fun to meet Jared and Aaron and see how another podcast is put together.

We talked a little bit about AirBnB rules and we talked about upcoming tech events and the people and groups that make them happen. Give it a listen and let me know what you think because I can’t listen to it. I tried, but I will just constantly second guess myself and be entirely too hard on myself so the only way I will hear if Jared’s editing magic made me sound smart is to hear it from you.

Last week I also said I would get serious about my job search and I already had my first interview. It was a phone interview for a Jr. DevOps position and the conclusion reached was that I was good on all my skills needed for the job except my Linux knowledge. I have some, but it’s old and rusty. This makes sense though since DevOps is that middle ground between “an IT worker who wants to be a part of the development process” and “a developer that can actually put continuously integrated code into production.” So I decided to brush up on my Linux skills.

Since then I’ve learned that Lynda.com has a great CentOS lesson. I also learned that it was quicker for me to start an Amazon AWS instance than it was to get set up with Docker, how to use Git Bash, and that creating a Linux server in a virtual machine to follow a tutorial is a pain. I’d rather just connect to another computer than try to figure out pretend networking.

My plan is to use AWS instances and virtual machines to get as comfortable as I can with Linux in the next month then see if the position I applied for, or a similar position, is available.

If you have, or know of, a position you think I would fit in check out my resume and my projects page and let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 82 technology jobs in the Denver region pay for salaries [Tech+]
  • 4 Colorado companies using tech to tackle mental health challenges [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder tech star SendGrid moving HQ to downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot jumps into ‘internet of things’ protection [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Serenity Forge goes publisher with new title [BentoByte]
  • Startup Crawl preview: what 11 Boulder startups have in store [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Academy recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as first tech apprenticeship program in Colorado [CTA]
  • Denver, Boulder called top places to live for tech pros [BizWest]
  • 25 Colorado women startup founders you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left’s right turn – to Cognizant [QuickLeft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #149 (Now with 30% MORE FUN): Fun Robots and Last CTW with a Podcast

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As I’m typing this I’m watching an episode of Sword Art Online after spending a good part of the weekend making a game for the Ludum Dare Jam. I want to work as a developer because I think writing code is fun! I also do these blog posts because I enjoy learning, and sharing, about the Colorado tech community. So, let’s have some fun with it!

So, fun things:

  • The Ludum Dare Jam ends at 7pm tonight. I should have my game “Zorg’s Crash Landing” posted somewhere on the interwebz by then. A big thanks to my daughter, Ashlynn, who gave me the inspiration for the game.
  • I will be meeting soon with my current boss to implement my Trespass Notice System app. It’s my first Ruby on Rails app and it’s all done except the password recovery portion of it.
  • In my pursuit of my dream job, I recently bought a Sphero SPRK and have started a big long post reviewing most of the Sphero-related apps in the Google Play store. Look for that to be posted fairly soon.

Things that haven’t been fun:

  • The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast turned out to be less fun and more work than I thought it would be. Being a part of a podcast still sounds like a blast, so if you want to talk Colorado tech I am all for it but the CTW Podcast in its current form will not be continuing after today.
  • Cable TV: I don’t remember the last time we changed the channel on our cable box. Now that we added Amazon Prime along with our current Netflix subscription and live sports have become less of a priority in our house, it’s time to ditch the cable box.

Podcast Version: Click here to listen to the last, longest (and probably the best) episode of the Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast

Top Colorado Technology News

  • AVC and Niwot-based SparkFun – fueling DIY fun! [DenverMakerFaire]
  • University of Denver program looks to bridge cybersecurity skills gap [Xconomy]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s AUTOPAY [BuiltinColorado]
  • Facing slower and lower funding, Colorado tech adapts to a new environment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Visibl raises $1.5M, rebrands to Brandzooka [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Surrey Satellite and Boston’s BridgeSat partner to develop free space optical communications system [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes three new members of the Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Colorado springs focused on being cybersecurity industry hub [DenverPost]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor Releases Alexa Skill on Amazon Echo [HomeAdvisor]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics sponsors Regional FIRST Robotics Competition [ArrowElectronics]

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