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.

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #145: Partnerships, Opportunities and a Logo Challenge

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As someone who has been following Colorado tech companies for the last 145 weeks I took it as a personal challenge when I saw the BuiltinColorado tech startup logo challenge as a personal challenge. I thought, “If anyone should be able to list all 30 companies, it should be me.” Well I still have a few yet to identify. If you’re going to the Built in Brews event on Thursday and you want a cool t-shirt maybe you can get 2 shirts and I’ll help you out. I wear a large. Shhh! Don’t tell Jess Ryan.

After being overwhelmed last week, I feel almost on target this week. Classes are over for now. Birthdays are celebrated and I even get 2 whole days off with my wife and daughter this week! I’m excited to recharge, refocus and get moving on some personal projects. I should probably write up another blog post about those. Until then, here’s some cool news and events!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based 303 Software celebrates ten year anniversary with brand re-launch and website redesign [CTA]
  • Prosper Marketplace and Golden’s HomeAdvisor partner to bring home improvement financing to millions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 shares diversity philosophy on women, global community and millennials [Tech+]
  • Fort Collins-based Innosphere startups create 296 jobs in 2015 [Coloradoan]
  • CTOs to Know: Here’s what the tech leaders of 5 Colorado companies are working on this year[BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital joins forces with DoubleVerify to combat non-human fraudulent traffic [AltitudeDigital]
  • Two companies consider relocating North American headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup Kindara names former SendGrid exec CEO [BizWest]
  • Skillful launches in Colorado to help companies with skills-based hiring and recruiting [CTA]
  • Can you guess these 30 Colorado tech startups by their logos? [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #110: Ello Shrinks, Envysion, Cherwell, Pathar and Lockheed Martin Grow in Colorado

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A net gain in employment in Colorado tech this week. It’s never fun when I have to justify the good news but nevertheless it’s good news. It’s one of the main reasons I do this newsletter. I want to keep track of how tech companies in Colorado are performing. Between the news about the Colorado Springs companies as well as the tech talent pipeline update from CTA, it’s nice to see we’re doing well.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Two Colorado Springs startups land biggest venture funding haul since 2012 [CSGazette]
  • Lockheed Martin Space creates satellite R&D lab, bringing new jobs to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Webolutions gets new office [Webolutions]
  • Louisville’s BluFlux partners with Google on hand-gesture sensor [BizWest]
  • 3 beer-fueled networking events every techie should attend [BuiltinColorado]
  • Ad-free Boulder-based social network Ello readjusts staff, says bye to 5 [Tech+]
  • Colorado Tech Talent Pipeline Update [CTA]
  • Envysion moving HQ to Superior, plans to hire 30 workers [Tech+]
  • The most popular programming languages of 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Viget and Pebble partner to present Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #105: 10-gigabit fiber in NoCo and more jobs and growth in Denver

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Tomorrow I celebrate the 2 year anniversary of the very first Colorado Tech Weekly! It still amazes me that I’ve been doing these posts every week for 2 years! The other crazy thing is that the tone of the news has been mostly the same: More jobs, more growth!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Signs of growth abound at Denver digital software company Four Winds [DBJ]
  • Front Range Internet unveils 10-gigabit fiber network in Northern Colorado [BizWest]
  • EDC offers $7.8 million to two tech companies to expand in Denver area [DBJ]
  • Boulder places No. 3 on NerdWallet’s Best Places for STEM Grads list [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver job market among best in country for women [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based Boecore and Summit Technical Solutions land big defense contract [DenverPost]
  • Denver startup Tectonic expands to New York City [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network said to be lining up loans to buy T-Mobile (Video) [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s LogRhythm appoints finance veteran Karen Blasing to directors board [InnovatioNews]
  • ViaWest to acquire Boulder-based AppliedTrust [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #104: If I already knew how to do it, it wouldn’t be called learning

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This week my Computation Theory homework kicked my ass. I learned there are 2 ways to find the intersection of 2 languages. There’s the hard way and the easy way. Without realizing until the end of the week, I had chosen to use the hard way to do my homework. Sometimes that’s how you learn. I always tell my daughter this when she’s struggling with homework so I might as well tell myself:

“If you already knew how to do it, it would’t be called learning.”

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Trendy tech bootcamps reach out to veterans, with support from VA [DenverPost]
  • Making the most of the midlevel: Tech community goes beyond startups [DenverPost]
  • Englewood-based IHS reappoints Jerre Stead as CEO following resignation of Scott Key [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network said to be in early merger talks with T-Mobile [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings Colorado coders and developers need to check out [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Download – APEX Awards nominations are open + Join our Foundation’s internship cohort [CTA]
  • Force is Strong With Boulder-based Orbotix: $45M in Funding from Mercato, Disney [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Layer3’s pay TV service to launch this year, raises $51 million [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Rally Software reports 26 percent jump in first-quarter revenue [BizWest]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot sees 40% growth to small, medium biz users [Tech+]

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