Colorado Tech Weekly #220: Developer Employment is Difficult

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Everything that has to do with employing software developers is difficult.

As a software developer with no paid experience, I have a hard time finding a job because I have no confidence in my abilities because I have no experience. Companies that want to hire entry-level developers have a hard time hiring us because they also have no confidence in our abilities because we have no experience.

Then we have the issue highlighted in the Denver Post article below where tech companies are trying to hire experienced developers at competitive salaries while still trying to stay competitive themselves.

If your job has anything to do with “developers” and “employment” I do not envy your job. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies [zvelo]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation parent company raises $1.25M [Bizwest]
  • A profile of Denver’s own Havenly [CodeTalent]
  • Colorado cybersecurity company Root9B in trouble; faces auction of its assets [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based ZOLL Data’s journey to zero downtime releases [ZOLLData]
  • Are Denver tech salaries too low? Region ranks third for tech executives who feel they can’t pay enough [DenverPost]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies encourage professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Spotlight on the Denver Startup Week Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires CannaRegs tech platform for $12M to track MJ laws [InnovatioNews]
  • Deepening the bench: Meet Colorado tech’s 6 newest leaders [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #218: Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology

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There are times as a developer where you’ll be having a conversation with someone and you’ll understand every word in a sentence except one. I had that happen this weekend and it’s as entertaining as it is annoying. Then I’m looking through events for this week and it happens again! The Google/Android groups are talking about something called Kotlin.

According to the official Kotlin website, it is a “statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications” which tells me not much at all. In short, it’s like Java but different. And in May, Android announced that Kotlin would be an officially supported language for the Android platform so it looks like it’s time for Android devs to learn Java-but-not-Java for Android and in Denver, you can know everything about Kotlin (I may be exaggerating by quite a lot)  by Friday thanks to 2 meetup groups!

Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver shopping-app maker Ibotta’s latest VC round revealed [DBJ]
  • Creating a culture of innovation: How DISH embraced agile [VentureBeat]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap acquires Seattle-based Korrio to expand its youth sports empire [DenverPost]
  • New kids on the block: 7 companies that just launched services in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Stream announces $3M in funding — and plans to grow Boulder-based team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital’s merger with New York firm aims to make video ads more tolerable [DenverPost]
  • How Colorado ranks among top 10 states for internet business [DBJ]
  • Prodege acquires Denver cash-back shopping site ShopAtHome.com [EINNews]
  • Why online sports retailer Fanatics chose Boulder for its tech hub [BizWest]
  • Redbarre details huge facility in Parker that could create 4,000 jobs, bring Hollywood to Colorado [DenverPost]

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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 #209: The Hardest Part About Programming Isn’t the Code

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I never turn down advice about job seeking. I don’t always get good advice, but if you listen then you’ll find that most good advice gets repeated more than bad advice. I recently found out about, and signed up for, an email series from experienced programmer, Ian Douglas, that helps job seekers understand the questions from interviewers. It’s a great series and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new job.

If I could go to any tech event this week, I would absolutely go to the Denver Java User Group talk about Gradle. Gradle seems like it’s probably a useful tool for Android developers, but for me it just confused me, got in my way and discouraged me from learning Android development using Android Studio. Languages are easy. Frameworks, developer tools, deployment tools and management strategies are the difficult parts.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Jack Forrest Joins Boulder’s Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Beyond the tech: Personal traits recruiters look for in their next developer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why I quit my job to teach kids to code [DenverStartupWeek]
  • 5 startups using tech to make Colorado a healthier place [BuiltinColorado]
  • An Interview with New Denver-based Brandfolder CEO, Digital Media Executive Luke Beatty [Brandfolder]
  • Drones in firefighting could save Colorado tax dollars and lives [ColoradoPolitics]
  • From parties to company retreats, here’s how Colorado tech celebrates closing big rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software company Conga dances to investment deal with Salesforce Ventures [DBJ]
  • Blind CU student blasts through barriers — and now aims to help others envision science and tech careers [DenverPost]
  • PewPewCat Goes to E3 2017 [PewPewCat]

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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 #202: Two JS conference recaps, two great WWC events and our tech scene is growing up

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In previous CTW posts I have “complained” that I need new ways of saying that the Colorado tech community is growing. This week our stories point out how we aren’t just growing but we are growing up.  I especially like the Denver Post article by Tamara Chuang on this subject.

I’m going to keep doing my Tuesday coding Twitch stream. I’m starting to get halfway comfortable with it. I’m planning on focusing on writing code challenges in Java until something else piques my interest.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Leadership shakeup: 6 Colorado startups with new leaders [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based section.io adds Chief Revenue Officer Matt Haentzschel, expands US sales team [Yahoo]
  • 5 Colorado adtech companies searching for talented people like you [BuiltinColorado]
  • Twitter’s Gnip chief Chris Moody is joining Boulder’s Foundry Group [VentureBeat]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity appoints Andrew Lewman as Vice President [OWLCybersecurity]
  • Denver-based dating app, MeetMindful, attracts like-minded investors, raises $1.8 million [DenverPost]
  • Ft. Collins’ Trail Ridge Technologies expands production of QuckVu Digital automotive backup camera (PDF) [TrailRidgeTechnologies]
  • The state of Colorado cannatech: Fundings, new launches and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Rachio becomes first smart home company to earn ‘B Corp’ sustainability rating [InnovatioNews]
  • Startups no more? Jobs, funding on the rise for Denver’s maturing tech scene [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #200: Zayo and eBags Get New Leadership, Some Job Tips and a Twitch Stream

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There is only one thing I’ve done consistently for 200 weeks in a row… and this is it!! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for this long. I had these big ideas that when I got to number 200 I’d do some sort of meetup event or restart the podcast but those require much more social interaction than I’m capable of doing. Thank you for reading and sharing these posts. I really enjoy doing what I can to advertise the great people who make up the Colorado technology community.

Even though I won’t be doing a meetup or a podcast, I have decided to do a weekly Twitch stream. My plan is to do CodeEval challenges in Java and C#, then find a way to incorporate those challenges into a simple game using Unity3D. Why? Because I want to write more code and this is a good way to keep me honest. So if you’re so inclined, I’ll be on Twitch on Tuesday, from 4p-7p here: https://www.twitch.tv/chickenheed

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink consolidates Denver operations as Healthgrades expands [DenverPost]
  • Legislation CTA is Supporting this Session [CTA]
  • Denver-based Intelivideo secures $5.6 million funding round to drive continued expansion [Intelivideo]
  • STEM job openings outnumber available workers [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group appoints Level 3 veteran as new president, COO [BizWest]
  • Recruiter pet peeves: What not to do when applying for your next tech gig [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TeleTech acquires Connextions for $80M [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your move: These 6 Colorado tech companies are hiring now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Apto raises $6M, Revolar launches new device and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longtime Denver online retailer eBags agrees to sell itself to Samsonite [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #198: Heavy on tech news. Light on tech events this week.

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Usually I have a much harder time winnowing down all the awesome tech events into only 10 events for the blog post but this week I ha a hard time figuring out which news stories to share! There was lots of tech news in the past week. Please check out the sources for each article to follow all the tech news.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Changing of the guard: Meet the new leaders at 7 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based ZenPlanner is bought by Alabama firm [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based energy auditor Simuwatt closes first round of funding [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Rapt Media and Kaltura partner to increase customer and employee engagement [RaptMedia]
  • Hey, number nerds: These Colorado startups want you on their team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Refactoring Dos and Don’ts [RadialDevGroup]
  • Denver marketing technology company, TapInfluence, lays off workers as it pivots business strategy [DBJ]
  • Meet the Louisville-based Rogue Wave open source audit team – Jennifer [RogueWave]
  • Why coders code: 3 senior devs on what got them into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based WOW! Internet files for an IPO [DBJ]

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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]
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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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