Colorado Tech Weekly #298: Sphero’s New Bot and Legislators Talk Tech

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As members of the Colorado tech community, things that affect us directly are talked about daily by legislators at the state and federal level. This week those topics are artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency which are very much tech related. However it’s important to realize that the other big topics such as our booming growth, traffic, income-inequality, etc. are issues that we are a part of so it’s important for us to pay attention to our effect on Colorado and keep involved so that we can do what we can to mitigate and help Colorado’s issues.

Not every issue can be/should be fixed with technology, but if you like working with technology you like solving problems so I think we can still help.

Only 2 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com so I should probably make sure the RSS to email stuff works now. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero enters into new market with latest robot and Kickstarter campaign [DBJ]
  • Colorado leaders launch artificial intelligence strategy group [PagosaDailyPost]
  • Unanimously passed Colorado cryptocurrency token exemption bill heads to governor’s desk [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Fruition announces Zach Wilensky as new VP of Finance [Fruition]
  • Boulder’s TriBuild looks to raise $3 million in capital [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics CEO sells off $4.35M of company stock [DBJ]
  • These are the startups competing in PitchNo.CO [BizWest]
  • Whats new in Denver-based Choozle: Supported Services [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons names interim director, starts search committee [BizWest]
  • Hyperloop-inspired test track in Colorado is no more after Arrivo shuts down [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #292: Automation is Great When It Works

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This week it feels like 2019 is finally starting to kick into gear. It’s one of those weeks where I am REALLY tempted to share more than 10 things but I am stopped only by tradition and sheer stubbornness. However once I start posting these on the cool, new ColoradoTechWeekly.com I will have the option for users to get daily emails of Colorado Tech from me which will, hopefully, add some value for you.

Speaking of emails, as I get things set up for the new site I learned yesterday that my COTechWeekly@gmail.com email has NOT been being forwarded to my email inbox since… August I think. I noticed some cool tips and news stories that you’ve sent that I am very grateful for and very sorry that I’ve been ignoring.

As I get closer to Colorado Tech Weekly #300 which will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com I am increasingly wondering if I have any idea what I’m doing.

Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top Colorado Mobile App Developers 2019 [Kumulos]
  • Boulder’s Yonomi recognized as breakthrough IoT development tool [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Sphero donates $110K to classroom project nonprofit [BizWest]
  • Get to Know the Boulder Automox Team: Namaste Reid Director of Software Engineering [Automox]
  • Denver cloud solutions company Hosting.com merging with Chicago competitor [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Healthgrades acquires Birmingham firm to expand footprint [DBJ]
  • 2019 is the year of artificial intelligence for Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Radish Systems announces leadership transition CEO Szczurek leaves to become states information guru [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Sitter reassesses its future after shrinking margins [BizWest]
  • Boulder sports-tech firm TeamSnap inks its largest U.S. partnership with youth soccer program [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #290: Reflections, Predictions, A Mistake and a Universally Universal Remote

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Today is the first business day of 2019. Sure yesterday was New Years Day but today is the first day many of us go back to work after spending at least a little time reflecting. It would be nice if every first day back to work felt this way.

I’m gonna make a prediction that I know will come true because I have full control over the outcome. Colorado Tech Weekly #300 will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on my site because Colorado Tech Weekly is getting its own site!! I’m super excited for this!!

Have a great week and a great new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Ibotta’s Year In Review: 2018 Edition [Ibotta]
  • Looking Back on 2018 [KidsTek]
  • GetSparked Year in Review [SparkFun]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network patent reveals plans for the ultimate universal remote [DBJ]
  • Developer Relations: (More Than) The Art of Talking Good [EmilyFreeman]
  • Predictions for 2019 [KieranMcCarthy]
  • Investing in myself what worked in 2018 and my digital marketing predictions for 2019 [RyanLevander]
  • What caused nationwide CenturyLink outage? The root of the problem was in Denver memo says [DBJ]
  • Loveland names new leader for broadband division [BizWest]
  • Westminster-based Maxar’s decision to sell restructure satellite business looms [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #280: Combine Companies? Move Offices? Still Colorado!

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Undeniably, the biggest news in Colorado tech last week was the purchase of Denver’s SendGrid by San Fransisco-based Twilio. The immediate reaction is to question the future of SendGrid in Denver and wonder “What does this purchase mean for Colorado?” in very concerned ways.

There’s no reason for concern. When this series started 5 years ago, Rally Software and Quickleft were staples of the Boulder startup community. Now Rally is part of the much bigger CA Technologies and QuickLeft is part of Cognizant and both still have their offices here and I’d bet that those offices are bigger and more stable for their employees. Change is part of growth and growth has been a constant part of our community for the past 5 years. Denver Startup Week was not a smoke-blowing session. Colorado is attracting talent and attention from all over the world.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs on front lines of cyber Cold War with Russia [Colorado Politics]
  • Allen Technology merges with Denver’s Platte River Networks [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • HomeAdvisor expands HQ lease in RiNo ahead of moving in [BusinessDen]
  • Denver fintech platform, FIMAC Solutions LLC, acquired by Birmingham cybersecurity firm [DBJ]
  • Fort Collins BillGo acquires Prism [BizWest]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell has big plans to grow Denver office after hiring former Travelocity CEO [DBJ]
  • Breckenridge OKs $8 million to build town-owned fiber optic network [SummitDaily]
  • New COO and CFO for Fort Collins’ TurboTenant [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot launches VPN product [BizWest]
  • Denver’s SendGrid remains ‘committed’ to Denver after $2 billion buyout [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #264: Agriculture, Blockchain, Funds, Hiring and Offices

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I could probably go on long tangents on most of the subjects in this week’s headline but I won’t because I like to keep my intro short so you can find the headlines you’re interested in and get on with your day. Let’s see if I can sum up each tangent:

  • Agriculture is an amazing industry for high-tech innovation that few people think about.
  • Blockchain tech interest is still more hype than knowledge.
  • Getting funding is cool, but not needing it is even better.
  • Colorado is still a great place to look for a software job. Speaking of which, my company, Infinicept, is looking to hire a mid-senior level .NET engineer. Come work with me!
  • How you set up your office can be both a great way to waste time and an important set of decisions to make your company more productive. Speaking of setting up offices, Infinicept got to set up our new office at Galvanize Denver Golden Triangle so if you end up at Galvanize, come say hi!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How we set up our office in Loveland, and why [RadialDevGroup]
  • Centennial airline mail-tracking service, Velocity Mail, bought for $25.5 million [DBJ]
  • Governor appoints 12 to Colorado blockchain technology council [DBJ]
  • Colorado will be ‘Silicon Valley for blockchain technology,’ National Cybersecurity Center CEO says [DBJ]
  • Two-thirds of Denver tech managers plan on hiring more people in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Denver Dating app MeetMindful raises $5.5M [BusinessDen]
  • Google gives more than $2M to NCWIT, CU Boulder [BizWest]
  • AgrAbility partners with Boulder-based Agribotix to help farmers with disabilities stay productive and progressive [Agribotix]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe, CGIAR partner to accelerate machine learning for agriculture [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity partners with SailPoint Technologies, acquires Elastic Beam [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #263: Recognition from Glassdoor and Colorado Companies To Watch Highlight Colorado Tech Accomplishments

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I started this blog series to keep up on the Colorado tech community because I wanted to stay up to date while looking for my first software job, but I’ve found that what I really enjoy doing is bragging about our community. Congratulations to the companies and people recognized this week and thank you to the organizations that put together these awards.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Greystone volunteers with the American Heart Association [GreystoneTech]
  • Resume & Portfolio advice for game developers and artists [StevenHarmonGames]
  • Glassdoor puts Denver’s Ibotta chief on list of 2018 Top CEOs [DenverPost]
  • Denver fintech company P2Binvestor raises $17 million for bank partnership [DBJ]
  • Gov2Go app allows Coloradans to skip the DMV when renewing vehicle tags [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based Madwire execs score Glassdoor recognition [BizWest]
  • Sphero, Boulder toymaker behind BB-8, just bought local startup Specdrums [DBJ]
  • Montrose-based Proximity is a 2018 Colorado Company to Watch! [Proximity]
  • Durango’s GitPrime named a Colorado Company to Watch Winner [GitPrime]
  • 4 Colorado companies reflect on how their tech has evolved — and where they want to head next [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #252: Mostly Good News, Municipal Broadband and Go Code Colorado

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This week is mostly full of good news about Colorado tech companies. Also good is the news about more municipal broadband in the state. Rounding out the good news, this weekend is the Go Code Colorado Challenge Weekend throughout the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Recruiting Coalition formed to promote state as tech hub, attract talent [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado software company, Evolving Systems announces Q4 loss; stock slumps [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s VictorOps finding big growth helping software developers breathe easy [DBJ]
  • Denver-based WellTok raises $75 million [BizWest]
  • Cherwell Software of Colorado Springs adds $172M from existing investor KKR [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado communities vote to establish municipal broadband, joining dozens of others across the state [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s SendGrid, stockholders offering 6.2M shares for sale [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Conga continues acquisition run [BizWest]
  • Get connected: Colorado techies share their do’s and don’ts of professional networking [BuiltinColorado]
  • An inside look at the family-friendly perks of 4 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #242: Society’s Issues and the Tech Community’s Issues are the Same Issues

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I put these posts together on Sundays so I got to watch Hidden Figures for the first time while putting this together. That movie and a few of this week’s headlines served as a reminder to me that the tech industry is not separate from society in general.

Many of us hope that the things we create and maintain help to address those issues in healthy ways, but we know that not everyone has the same hopes.  Our creations have been used to divide, shame and target people. They have also been used to connect, support and liberate people. Technology is a tool. Use it for good.

Tonight I’ll be at the Denver Visual Studio Meetup. If you’re there too, say “HI!”

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero lays off 45 employees after lackluster holiday sales [DenverPost]
  • National Cybersecurity Center opens for business in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • T-Mobile completes purchase of Denver’s Layer3 TV, plans to offer TV service to all — including AT&T and Verizon customers [DenverPost]
  • Social fitness app Strava opening office in Denver to take advantage of outdoors, tech talent [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based tech company Occipital raises nearly $11 million [BizWest]
  • Tech-related bills introduced in the Colorado State Legislature from Jan. 10 – 24 [CTA]
  • Denver-based Revolar founder, Jacqueline Ros opens up about #MeToo and #TimesUp [Revolar]
  • New year, new career: 11 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Havenly nabs $12.5M Series B to make interior design more accessible [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech tour: A behind-the-scenes look at 4 sleek Colorado office spaces [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #236: 2016 Predictions Results and Net Neutrality Reactions

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Last year I made 3 predictions. I predicted that Broomfield would see the most growth in tech companies, that I would get my first software developer job and that there would be fewer startups in Colorado by the end of this year. I give myself a shaky 2/3 credit for getting my predictions right. Not bad!

I’m not sure about my prediction about Broomfield. It seems as though Denver may have actually seen the most growth in tech companies and I’m pretty certain Boulder’s growth in the number of new tech companies has slowed.

Thanks to Infinicept, I got my second prediction right and, oh man, it feels good to have this job!

I am not sure there are fewer startups in Colorado. I think I overstated the effect that the political uncertainty would have on markets and regulations. I definitely overstated the effects of mistrust in technology. Although there did seem to be a good amount of consolidation in the Colorado tech starutp seen so I’ll take half credit. I hope my fears of a bubble are unfounded and honestly I don’t think we’ve reached the peak yet.

Next week I’ll make my 2018 predictions after Christmas. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Sphero’s droids debut in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” [BizWest]
  • What does the Denver tech job market look like for 2018? [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone gives back – Volunteering with A Precious Child [GreystoneTech]
  • T-Mobile acquires Denver’s Layer3, aims to disrupt TV industry [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based weather-software company Tempo Quest Inc. closes $2.5M financing round [BizWest]
  • Movin’ on up: Meet 10 of the fastest-growing companies in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • MLB Advanced Media leases space at Canyon 28 in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Now that FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, the Colorado tech community ponders what is next [DenverPost]
  • Deposed CEO gets his job back at Colorado pot-tech company MassRoots [DBJ]
  • Fast-growing Velocity Global moving into new RiNo headquarters [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #228: A Good Week to Get a New Job

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I just registered for my last course to complete my Computer Science degree (I graduate Spring of next year). My current job has me coming into work at 3am twice this week and I am participating in 2 job fairs, an online job fair through Regis University on Tuesday, then the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday. I am well motivated to find my next job! I think finding my first software development job will be the hardest part of my new career.

Speaking of jobs, BuiltinColorado finds some tips for dressing for tech interviews (I prefer to suit-up), Denver Business Journal points out that startups may not be the job-creators some think they are (having employees is hard), some Colorado projects get featured in Popular Science (my favorite elementary school library check-out) and Pueblo is hosting a Mini Maker Faire (Yay! I didn’t forget the makers this week!)!

If you are also going to the Tech Job Tours event on Wednesday, let’s meet up. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech recruiters reveal their top 3 dos and don’ts for dressing for an interview [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing Colorado startup, Apto, taps software exec as new CEO [DBJ]
  • BizWest announces winners of 2017 IQ Awards [SkylandAnalytics]
  • Denver Maker Faire Recap [JamesMurphy]
  • Denver ranks high for startups, but lags in how many jobs they add [DBJ]
  • Metro Denver submits official bid for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • How Boulder tech leader, Kevin Owocki is using blockchain to push open source software forward with Gitcoin [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver marijuana-tech company MassRoots replaces CEO; $12M CannaRegs deal is off [DBJ]
  • Three Colorado-based projects make it onto Popular Science’s 2017 top 10 aerospace inventions [DenverPost]
  • It’s official: SendGrid makes moves toward an IPO [BuiltinColorado]

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