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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Colorado Tech Weekly #186: Colorado Tech Will Ride 2016 Momentum into a Slower 2017

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Happy New Year! The holiday season is behind us and it feels like it’s time to get to work on the people and companies we want to be. Good luck!

It seems like I have fewer predictions each year. I started out with 5, last year I had 4. This year has only 3, but they’re big predictions:

  • Broomfield will see the most growth in tech companies. I’m not sure what they are doing up there to attract tech companies but it seems to be working.
  • I will get my first software developer job. My original plan was that I would have a software developer job by the end of 2015. That obviously did not happen. However I am having a really hard time imagining myself ringing in 2018 as a dispatcher. If you want to help me make this prediction a reality, check out my resume!
  • There will be fewer startups in Colorado at the end of the year. This is my big prediction. Startup growth will stall out in 2017. The tech community will continue to grow, but the number of startup companies will diminish and here’s why…
    • Market and regulatory uncertainty: In 2016 the Colorado tech community grew by leaps and bounds. It feels like we are reaching the peak of a cycle. With any luck, we peak and slow down instead of pop a bubble. The political surprises of 2016 also means uncertainty in regulations which will lead to less people starting companies.
    • 2017 will feel the effects of mistrust in tech: In 2016, IoT devices took down part of the internet, data breaches became common news and social media helped spread fake-news. People will be less likely to try new things because of these events.
    • Colorado tech startups will consolidate: There will be few tech startups in Colorado that will not either be bought or buy someone else in 2017. I predict at least 3 big, jaw-dropping acquisitions for the year.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Built In Colorado’s favorite tech stories from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Z, CEO of Boulder’s Serenity Forge, featured on Extra Credits episode [ExtraCredits]
  • A look inside 5 of our favorite Colorado startup offices from 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fast-growing IT staffing firm, Fast Switch, adding offices in Denver, Silicon Valley and Chicago [DBJ]
  • Built In Colorado’s top 10 stories of 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based Swimlane raises $3 million through equity offering [BizWest]
  • Colorado tech closes 2016 with $20M in December funding. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denverite Startups: Where are they now? [Denverite]
  • Side Project Roundup 2016 [Owocki]
  • Top business stories of 2016: A busy year in Colorado business will likely reverberate into the future [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #183: Holiday Parties and Company Insights

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I love the lists that Jess Ryan does at BuiltinColorado because it gives us a peek into the inner workings of Colorado tech startups that we would not otherwise see. My other favorite resource is company blogs themselves. I love seeing what makes tech employees and their companies proud to be them.

Enjoy the insights and the upcoming tech holiday parties. I’m sure there will be even more next week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Viget’s Pointless Weekend 2016 in Durham and Boulder [Viget]
  • North Carolina cybersecurity company, Root9B Technologies, moving corporate headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Optiv IPO halted by private equity purchase [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 wins reversal of military contract awarded to Verizon Deutschland [DBJ]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies go beyond the beer keg to keep employees happy [BuiltinColorado]
  • Find a job you love: 7 Colorado companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Seagate lays off another 70 workers in Longmont [DenverPost]
  • These 4 Colorado tech pros are breaking down the stuffy HR stereotype [BuiltinColorado]
  • Vertiba, Salesforce and Arapahoe Ridge join millions in teaching computer science [Vertiba]
  • Denver smart city Peña Station Next a technological testing ground for Panasonic [DenverPost]

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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 #180: I Went to an Event, I Missed an Event and Half a Circle

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It’s been a while since I’ve celebrated a blog milestone, so let’s do it. One hundred and eighty is a great milestone! It’s half a circle. It’s 20 away from 200. It’s even and… ok enough.

Last week I went to the Develop Denver meetup at Stoneys in Denver. I got to hear the KU fight song but that had nothing to do with the meetup. There were nametags and beer and nice people. What more do you need? I met a few nice developers and a few Galvanize students and instructors. It’s a good, low-key kind of event. You should check it out.

I also completely missed that WordCamp Denver was going on. I use WordPress for my site and despite the ‘uncool’ factor of PHP, it is still one of the most accessable platforms out there.

Be thankful for things this week. I’m thankful for you for reading this and I know it sounds cheesy but I just really enjoy being a part of the Colorado tech community. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fort Collins mulls internet options [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Law Father wins two W3 Silver Awards [LawFather]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital changes CEO as it pivots to technology [AltitudeDigital]
  • Denver-based marketplace lender P2Binvestor closes $7.7M Series A1 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Videos for all WordCamp Denver sessions are now available on WordPress TV! [WordCampDenver]
  • As SendGrid opens Denver HQ, CEO talks of hiring hundreds [DBJ]
  • Tech roundup: Colorado tech sweeps Outside’s best places to work, big week for funding and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • How the Broncos are embracing tech, on game day and beyond [BuiltinColorado]
  • U.S. defense agencies choose Denver’s CH2M for $35M biosecurity contract [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Greystone Technology is excited to announce $2M in funding from Cypress Growth Capital! [GreystoneTechnology]

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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 #172: More Phsyical-to-Digital Comparisons

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I took time off work so I could spend all day Saturday sanding drywall and all day yesterday painting ceilings. I have half-assed my homework and have not written any code since… well it’s been a while. But this week’s CTW post is going up because I take immense pride in the fact that it has been going for 172 consecutive weeks!

Here are a few more things I’ve learned while working on my home:

  1. Changing the back-end is difficult and fraught with unforeseen problems. We had foundation issues with our house. They lifted the foundation, but the basement floor didn’t lift. Then they attempted to lift the basement floor but it started to crack. Hopefully today they will lift the floor and make it work. Whether you’re dealing with the foundation of a house or the underlying code of an application, things will be difficult.
  2. The front-end takes meticulous attention to detail and, while not as structurally important as back-end work, still takes a lot of work. Since we had tore up our carpet in the basement, we used this as an opportunity to get rid of the ugly popcorn ceiling we had. I scraped it off, then had to patch and sand to make the ceiling appear smooth. This took a lot of work and attention to detail. Whether you are painting a wall or ceiling or changing the look of an application, know that there will be many adjustments made to make sure it looks good.

I hope you, and I, have a great week. Wish us luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield’s Webroot expands with CyberFlow Analytics purchase [DBJ]
  • How Developers Led Denver-based SendGrid to Its JSON Driven API Request Payloads [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder’s Foundry Group’s newest fund closes at $500M [DBJ]
  • CU-Boulder and Westminster-based DigitalGlobe partner to advance research innovation locally, worldwide [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave partners with Resilio for enhanced data transfer, management [InnovatioNews]
  • How paid internships benefit startups as much as students [BuiltinColorado]
  • 10 Colorado startups shaking up the healthcare industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Littleton-based Lockheed wins $395 million Air Force order for two GPS satellites [DBJ]
  • JavaOne 2016 Recap [FreeWave]
  • KidsTek Receives Generous Donation from Denver’s FORTRUST [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #170: Dizzion and GoSpotCheck Grow, Denver Celebrates Startups and Amazon Office Opens in Broomfield

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Today officially starts Denver Startup Week! I have purposely left DSW events out of this post for two reasons. The first reason is that the DSW website is an excellent and easy to use resource for all things DSW.

The second reason is that I’m a little bitter about DSW. Last week I was all excited to spend Tuesday downtown at panels, meeting people and participating in the Cognizant Quick Left hackathon however life had other plans for me. My house needs foundation repairs so instead of spending Tuesday meeting you cool people in real life I will spend it moving everything out of my basement to get my basement slab repaired.

Things don’t always go as planned but they often work out for the best. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs-based Titan Robotics Engineer, Allison Jones, named Flag Bearer for Rio Paralympics [Titan3DRobotics]
  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo spent the week with over 20,000 hackers at DEF CON 24 — Here’s what we saw [zvelo]
  • Denver-based Dizzion secures $6.4M Series A1 funding led by Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners [Dizzion]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck pulls in $16.5M Series B, plans to double headcount [BuiltinColorado]
  • Anschutz doubles down on e-sports with five-year ESL joint venture [DenverPost]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies where you could land your dream job this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Lockheed-built NASA probe made in Littleton launches on mission to fetch asteroid sample [DBJ]
  • Golden’s Wowza Media Systems partners with Alibaba Cloud to deliver streaming to Chinese markets [InnovatioNews]
  • Amazon tech operation opens in Colorado; hiring under way in Broomfield [DBJ]
  • Are you a stranded ITT Tech student? Colorado’s community colleges are offering help [DenverPost]

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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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