Colorado Tech Weekly #287: Space, Games, Payments, Public Safety, Tech and Holiday Parties

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) has hired a Front-End Engineer and he will be the first employee we hire with less experience than I have which is pretty exciting. We are still hiring for a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

This week I am struck by the biases I show in the articles I share each week. Some of that bias is explicit. This series is called “Colorado Tech Weekly” so it is obviously going to only share news and events that have to do with Colorado and technology, but my other biases are not explicit so here are my biases I am showing this week:

  • If your news or event is about space or gaming I’m more likely to share those articles for no other reason than I think space is cool and gaming is fun.
  • I spent 12 years as a 911 dispatcher, so I will always be drawn more towards tech companies that try to make public safety easier.
  • I work at Infinicept where we make it easier for our clients to help their clients accept credit cards so I will be drawn towards payments-related tech articles.
  • “Tech” is a HUGE space to cover. Since I am a software developer, I will naturally share more software articles than other Colorado tech subjects. Also few things make me feel more programmer-y than making software for other people to make software.

I think it’s important to be aware and comfortable with biases when sharing information and I’m pretty comfortable with mine. This week’s events mostly have to do with holiday parties which is not one of my biases but still sound like fun.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Rhodium Incident Management is changing how emergency managers plan for natural disasters [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Xero launches open banking API to bring financial data to businesses [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Littleton-made NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid its first visitor [DenverPost]
  • Women in tech to know: 6 more local leaders shaping growth at their companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Marketer Iterable joins Colorado tech rush with new office in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Tendril receives investment from Rubicon Technology Partners to accelerate growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity previews new product for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Slalom reimagines how companies build software and technology with launch of Slalom Build [DigitalColorado]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap sees big upside with payments [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Denver Rescue Mission [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #282: My Daughter Knows More About Quizlet Than I Do And GO VOTE!

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The startup I work for (I keep wanting to say “My company” but I don’t want people to think I’m in charge) is hiring for a front-end engineer/designer, a full stack .NET engineer and a software implementation engineer. Infinicept is a very small company so we don’t have a single person to do recruiting and hiring, we just have us and it’s made me appreciate what work is done by a good “people person”. It’s also a great place to work (although I’m admittedly biased)!!

Tomorrow is Election Day so please make sure your vote counts!! Democracy works best for those who show up and if we all show up, it works better for us all.

Just as I was finishing up this post, my 14 year old daughter came home and asked if there was any interesting tech news this week. I find the tech news interesting every week or else I wouldn’t do this but considering she’s a 14 year old girl I wasn’t sure if she would find any of it interesting. I told her about Propeller cuz they’re a drone company and told her about PlayerLync because their early clients were professional sports teams. Then I told her about Quizlet bringing employment to Denver because I like bragging about that. “Oh! We use Quizlet all the time!” she said excitedly. It’s one of the tools her teachers encourage her to use. I had never heard of Quizlet before this week, so it’s neat that even though I spend much of my time reading about the tech industry, I can still have my knowledge humbled by my daughter.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Why Advanced Energy is moving 100 management employees to Denver [DBJ]
  • Quizlet online learning platform’s new Denver office could bring 300 jobs paying average annual wage of $156K [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based Coalfire partners with Virta Labs to enhance medical device security [InnovatioNews]
  • CU Denver is Colorado’s only CIBER school. Here’s what that means for business. [DBJ]
  • Drone software company Propeller settling into Denver headquarters with plans to grow [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics posts record Q3 earnings on sales of $7.49B [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Platte River Networks acquires Allen Technology Advising [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • After CDOT attack Colorado CTO talks layers of defense [GovTech]
  • Denver’s PlayerLync receives $12.5M in new growth funding led by Volition Capital [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based JumpCloud’s accelerating growth requires additional office space in Boulder [JumpCloud]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #277: Solidly Built on Colorado’s Lifestyle and Generous Culture

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I had a great time at Denver Startup Week! It was my first time attending and my list of connections on LinkedIn, my To-Read list on GoodReads and my list of ideas for my career and the startup team I work with have all grown!

There was a definite theme to Denver Startup Week. The Colorado lifestyle (Work is important but so is your health and well-being) and the generous culture of our Colorado tech community make Colorado a great place to work. I heard this listening to Erik Mitisek at the Denver Startup Week kick-off on Monday. I heard this from the panel of engineering leaders from Slack, Gusto, Strava and TradeDesk on Wednesday. I heard this from Manuela Cardenas and Meghan McGinnis, both of whom want to move to Colorado from out of state to start their tech careers. And I experienced it when talking to… (ok I tried to list all the names of the people I talked to who embodied this generosity but the list was to long) …anyone and everyone at Denver Startup Week!

Don’t forget, it’s how we live and treat others that makes our community great! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • When it comes to attracting tech talent in Denver, space matters [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Facebook partner to increase access to computer programming [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘It feels very Slacky’ — Engineers at top tech companies rave about Denver [DBJ]
  • Louisville-based Vaisala reaffirms commitment to Front Range with campus expansion [BizWest]
  • Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with The Humane Society of Boulder [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver cannabis-tech company MJ Freeway raises $10 million, appoints new CFO [DBJ]
  • A closer look at the hot, fast-growing companies of Denver Startup Week [DBJ]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies are diversifying their engineering teams [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver makes Cushman & Wakefield’s 2018 list for top tech cities [DBJ]
  • As company prepares to move its HQ to Denver, HomeAdvisor basks in glow of big year [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #276: Denver Startup Week is Just a Taste of the Colorado Tech/Startup Community

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This week, most of the focus of the Colorado tech community will be on Denver Startup Week. My focus will also be on Denver Startup Week because I’m super excited to go for the first time. But the really cool thing? It was really easy for me to find at least 10 events to help you connect to the Colorado tech community this week that are NOT a part of Denver Startup Week because this kind of sense of community is not just a once-a-year thing. It happens every day here and that makes me proud to be here.

I finally got my ideal Denver Startup Week itinerary finished this weekend. I’ll be spending some time at the Basecamp Monday and Thursday, but for the most part you can find me in developer panels. This is especially true Tuesday where it looks like I’ll be in developer panels from 8am-6pm!! I think I might need a bigger notebook.

Another reason I didn’t include Denver Startup Week events in this post is because there’s already one easy-to-use place to get info about all of those events at DenverStartupWeek.org.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Spire Global to debut its expanded Boulder office, now a key hub [BizWest]
  • Douglas County’s Western Union and Boulder’s Techstars partner on accelerator [BizWest]
  • Denver’s top tech jobs: Survey says Arrow Electronics, HomeAdvisor are the leaders [DenverPost]
  • Google pays Boulder employees $5 a day to leave their cars at home [DenverPost]
  • Boulder startup, Recruiting Innovation, is helping recruiters speak the language of tech [BizWest]
  • Arrow Electronics and Colorado Smart Cities Alliance launch Colorado Open Lab in Centennial [InnovatioNews]
  • Sonu Kansal joins Denver-based NextHealth as Chief Product Officer [NextHealth]
  • Marketo Denver office to keep growing after Adobe acquisition [DBJ]
  • This year, Denver Startup Week is riding a wave of moment in the local tech scene [Denverite]
  • Don’t understand blockchain? Denver Startup Week events will provide deeper understanding of new technology. [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #275: Cybersecurity, Space and Things That High Tech Dreams are Made Of

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This past week we got to see the future in Colorado! We have 3 headlines about innovative, cutting edge cybersecurity companies. We have 2 headlines about space technology being created here. Then we have an article about futuristic roadways that are starting to be created in Colorado AND the announcement of the new Sphero BOLT which is the kind of cool technology that motivates people to make even more technology. What’s not to love?

Speaking of the future, Denver Startup Week is next week and I’m excited to participate in my first Denver Startup Week! I’ve already gone through the events and chosen the ones that interest me, but now I need to figure out which events I can actually go to because I’m only one person.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Technology could transform transportation to the Vail Valley, and fairly soon [VailDaily]
  • Boulder’s Sphero launches BOLT, most advanced app-enabled robotic ball [InnovatioNews]
  • Boeing invests $10 million in Denver aerospace startup BridgeSat [DBJ]
  • Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black picked Boulder over Portland, Seattle and Austin, plans to grow headcount to 150 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based OverWatchID closes $2.5M seed financing round [InnovatioNews]
  • $80 million gift is Gunnison-based Western State’s largest ever. Here’s how the school plans to use it starting with a 75,000 square foot school of computer science. [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot reports double-digit growth in fiscal year [BizWest]
  • What Adobe’s rumored acquisition of Marketo could mean for Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Wellpass to enhance consumer health platform [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin wins $7.2B Air Force contract to build satellites at Littleton facility [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #274: Tech is Taking Over Denver

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Growth, expansion, buy-outs, acquisitions. These words have been constant in the Colorado tech community for last the past 5 years and it doesn’t show any sign of stopping. Denver especially has been seeing a lot of growth in tech companies and jobs. Will Denver become known as a tech city in the same way we think of San Francisco or Seattle? OR are we so excited to talk about exciting growth in an exciting field that we’re losing focus on other great industries in Denver? Or maybe a little bit of both.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • From Rockets to Jams, SCAPE highlights its latest round of entrepreneurs [DurangoTelegraph]
  • New Colorado law shows ‘stakes are higher’ for businesses dealing with consumer data [DBJ]
  • Boulder tech firm JumpCloud growing headcount to 150 with $10M in latest funding [DBJ]
  • The tech industry is taking over downtown Denver’s office space [Denverite]
  • Inside the new Choozle office in Denver [Choozle]
  • Denver-based Silvernest, a startup that connects seniors with a roommate, raises $3 million [DBJ]
  • Colorado “war games” tests election preparedness [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Denver-based credit union fintech startup CULedger raises $8.5 million [DBJ]
  • Downtown Denver keeps up tech momentum as Xero celebrates opening Americas’ HQ on Platte Street [DenverPost]
  • Loveland to host broadband meetings [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #273: If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Time is the Father

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I have been doing this series for over 5 years and I’ve been doing it almost the same way this whole time. I have needed to change things up, to do things differently and more efficient but I have not had the knowledge or the time to make any changes.

The old saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has always bothered me because some think that if you take away time and resources that people will be forced to innovate. This doesn’t work at all! Invention and innovation require time and resources to experiment and fail.

My new job has me creating and using APIs and just recently I got to dive into React so I found a cool new way to get info about tech events, but in doing things differently I’ve disturbed my comfortable, but inefficient way of doing this. The necessity has been there for a very long time, but only recently have I been able to play with my process to come up with a new way of doing things.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based aerospace company Maxar Technologies, parent company of DigitalGlobe considers selling part of satellite campus worth $150 million [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud hire three new executive team members [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap continues rapid growth by adding video to platform [DBJ]
  • Greeley ag-tech company Xiant Technologies raises nearly $9 million [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union expands mobile and online transfers to three more global regions [DigitalTransactions]
  • “War games, election style”: Cybersecurity training exercise in Englewood to attract national leaders [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Amazon plans to hire 100-plus in Denver metro following Boulder expansion [DBJ]
  • SIM Women Conference brings together women in technology [KidsTek]
  • Tech Rush: Front Range has seen tech companies sucking up commercial space during the past year [DenverPost]
  • From CU Denver to startup founder: 10 former Lynxes leading local tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #260: Read All These Stories. Consider All These Events

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There are some weeks where I find a theme in the stories I share. There are other weeks where I just rant about something else before presenting the headlines. This week I’m not sure what to do so read all these stories and consider going to as many of these events as you can because I can’t decide.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado governor signs law requiring more protection of consumer data [DBJ]
  • PAIRIN and Skillful, two Denver-based companies, announce partnership to increase competency-based hiring [PAIRIN]
  • Boulder’s Boomtown seeks applicants for health-tech accelerator [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Choozle is one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2018 [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Redeam Inc. hires new chief executive as company grows [BizWest]
  • “Data is the new asphalt”: High-tech Colorado road test to be first of its kind in the U.S., may improve traffic and save lives [DenverPost]
  • Innovation Pavilion CEO resigns amid sexual assault allegations, claims relationships consensual [DBJ]
  • Boulder cybersecurity firm LogRhythm acquired as it heads into next growth phase [DenverPost]
  • Enginursday: Boulder Bounces [SparkFun]
  • Breaking barriers: How 4 Colorado companies are taking an active approach to diversity [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #258: When Turning Ideas into Tech, The Details Matter

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This week’s headlines have me thinking about details. As a business-person or entrepreneur you are going to tell someone with some technical knowledge “I want to do a thing” and they are going to ask you “Yeah, but how?” which makes me want to ask: At which point is it best to answer the question “Yeah, but how?” At the project management level? UX level? When acquiring resources? When creating the programming?

When is it best to answer that question? Easy! It’s at every level! The more you’re willing to answer questions about the details, the better work you’ll get out of every step of your process.

On the other side, I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea as a developer, project manager, or anyone involved in the implementation process to ask “Yeah, but how?” It’s important for everyone involved to be on the same page.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Zenman Celebrates 20th Anniversary:: Recap Photos [Zenman]
  • Denver marijuana tech firm Baker gets scooped up in four-way merger, with IPO planned [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Terma Software Recognized in Silicon Review’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies in 2018 [TermaSoftware]
  • Bootstrappers, behemoths discuss tech industry in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Greenwood Village cloud computing/IT company, NexusTek, gains national reach in merger [DBJ]
  • BDS Analytics, a Boulder-based cannabis data leader, lands $3.5 million investment [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Photobucket restores photos “taken hostage,” hopes to lure back customers with cheaper plans after last year’s $399 debacle [DenverPost]
  • Slack confirms Denver office, but will it be its ‘HQ2?’ [DBJ]
  • Teardown of Boulder-based Misty Robotics Misty II [Feld]
  • Senior developers: Take a look inside the tech stacks of these 7 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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