Colorado Tech Weekly #117: Pushing the Boundaries of Real Space, Sci-Fi Space, Job Space and Spacing Out

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Space is all about pushing boundaries and pushing boundaries is a popular thing to do in Colorado. We have the Orion capsule at Lockheed Martin that pushes the boundaries of space exploration. Sphero is pushing the boundaries of robotic toys with the BB-8 and MassRoots and other marijuana-focused tech companies are helping to make marijuana legalization find its footing as an acceptable industry. Pushing boundaries is exciting!

I pushed my own boundaries this weekend and attended the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. It turned out that I pushed too far and was unable to finish the hackathon. It was very disappointing but definitely a very good learning experience.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SpotXchange re-brands itself to become SpotX [InnovatioNews]
  • NASA Orion capsule lands back at Lockheed Martin campus in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based MassRoots marijuana social network files for Nasdaq listing [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces the 2015 APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • BB-8 Star Wars droid by Boulder’s Sphero sells out online; stores may have some [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence planning 40-plus hires over coming year [BizWest]
  • Denver remains tech job hub, but momentum may be slowing [DBJ]
  • Meet the tech companies behind Colorado’s booming cannabis industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Raytheon has big expansion plans for Colorado Springs, will hire 700 [DBJ]
  • Star Command Galaxies, from a company in Longmont, on Steam Greenlight! [WarBalloon]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #116: Mobile Phones, Mobile People and IoT

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I’m starting the second week of my Assembly course this week and this coming weekend I’m lucky enough to participate in the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. I’ve noticed I seem to be more comfortable with lower-level languages so I’m pretty darn excited for this upcoming week.

The creative potential of IoT is amazing and I’m curious to see how I feel about it after the hackathon. Regardless of how I feel after this weekend, I definitely need to visit SparkFun’s Home of Tomorrow sometime soon. That looks really cool.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xerox to add 300 customer-care jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • T-Mobile upgrades Colorado network to improve rural and indoor quality [Tech+]
  • PlanetiQ to hire ‘one or two dozen’ at new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies launches new IoT blog [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver travel app drops Native name, switches to friendlier ‘Pana’ [Tech+]
  • CenturyLink lays off 150 workers in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue, as is rising housing costs [DenverPost]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun starts on building the Home of Tomorrow [SparkFun]
  • Tech Roundup: Stream.io raises $1.75M, Pana grabs $1.35M, WeWork leases another space & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Verizon tops two reports on mobile service quality in Colorado [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #114: Mind the Talent Gap

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The Talent Gap is that annoying void between the demand for skilled software developers and the current amount of available skilled software developers. It’s something I’ve heard tech companies talk about since I started this blog over 2 years ago. There have been encouraging efforts by industry groups, companies and tech schools to fill the gap as quickly as they can but filling that gap is still a slow process because the biggest thing that turns new developers into skilled developers is time. It is frustrating for everyone involved. New developers want to have the skills companies need yesterday and companies want more skilled developers 2 months ago!

The best thing companies can do is support these programs, initiatives, schools and the students they teach because they will pay off in the long run. As students, the best thing we can do is keep learning, keep experimenting and show that we want to learn and contribute. Together, with time, effort and focus, we can narrow the Talent Gap.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Seeking software developers, Denver’s AppIt Ventures buys firm in India [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Galvanize, IBM partner to back women, minorities in tech careers [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s most well-funded tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boosted by new Agco deal, growing Ft. Collins-based Agribotix moving to larger Boulder space [BizWest]
  • 132 Colorado companies make U.S. ‘fastest growing’ list [BuiltinColorado]
  • BlacKnight Cyber Security partners with Boulder-based Knowledge Factor to mitigate risk of cyber attack through employee training [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Tech Talent Pipeline Update: August 2015 [CTA]
  • Westminster’s DigitalGlobe releases DigitalGlobe Maps API for app developers [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Rise awarded $16.9 million by FCC to offer broadband in rural areas [Tech+]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire to triple size, move headquarters to Boulder’s new PearlWest [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #113: Let the good news continue!

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Every week I see great news about Colorado’s growing tech community. It’s one of the thing that motivates me to finish my coursework, work on projects and publish these blogs.

It makes me wish I could learn all the things now so I can jump in and do great things. Patience is difficult. I can’t learn and do all the things now and trying to fit that amount of effort in that short amount of time is impossible. So I’ll keep working and keep learning and hope the good news keeps coming.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Golden-based Wowza Media Systems reports strong 2015 first half, rapid growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s T3Media rebrands as Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Q2 net income rises, but number of subscribers falls [DBJ]
  • How high does Denver rank for tech hiring? [DBJ]
  • Google breaks ground on new 330,000-square-foot Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • 5 amazing job opportunities for Colorado software engineers [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver company helped run Hillary Clinton’s email set-up [DBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid adds former DigitalGlobe CFO Yancey Spruill to executive team [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Sphero launches new SPRK Edition robot designed to inspire future innovators [InnovatioNews]
  • Target testing location-tracking app in Denver [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #112: Every kind of tech in every kind of way

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You know all the cool buzzwords: “internet of things”, “wearables”, “smart watches”, “drones” and guess what? It’s all happening in Colorado!

This is a week where I had the hardest time ONLY posting 10 news items. I would suggest you follow me on Twitter to see all the news stories I want to put in these posts but am unable to due to my own artificial constraints. Granted I could add more stories, but then I’d add too much so I’ll just stick with 10.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech Roundup: Colorado’s largest hiring initiative, Kapow comes to Denver & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hickenlooper: Google-backed ZenPayroll plans to hire 1,750 people in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Denver rated America’s best place for business by Forbes; 4 other Colorado cities in top 40 [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s Arrow launching ‘Internet of Things’ boot camp [InnovatioNews]
  • Ft. Collins-based Agribotix drones approved by FAA [Agribotix]
  • Alteryx moves Boulder office to Broomfield, with plans for major growth [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Occipital raises $13M Series B funding round [BizWest]
  • Gaugewear licenses wearable sensor technology from CU-Boulder [BizWest]
  • Greeley-based Lucan Technologies to launch re-designed modular SmartWatch [InnovatioNews]
  • Tomorrow’s tech talent [ColoradoOIT]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #106: Is there an area of tech that Colorado does not do well?

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The short answer is “No.” Every once in a while the headlines I compile point out how many different ways Colorado is involved in technology. In this week’s headlines alone we have wireless tech, social media, hardware, startups and 3-D printing. It’s a little mind blowing to think of all the things that are included in tech in Colorado. Then when I try to think of all the money and all the different kinds of people involved my brain shorts out and I have to stare at the wall for a few minutes to let it reboot.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Wireless data use fuels big growth for Golden’s Centerline Solutions [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Wayin partners with Klout to provide greater marketing context and relevancy in social conversations [Wayin]
  • Niwot’s SparkFun to open 1st offline store, host 7th driver-less vehicle race [Tech+]
  • Here’s what the 10 companies in Techstars’ Boulder 2015 class actually do [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 of Colorado’s top companies to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • CSU to revamp engineering, computer-science curriculum [DBJ]
  • Fast-growing 3-D printer maker, Loveland’s Aleph Objects, counts kids, NASA as customers [DenverPost]
  • Houston firm pays MAVDevelopment $53.2M for Rally Software HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Techstars and UP Global (aka Startup Weekend) UNITE! [NearlyNicole]
  • Women tech leaders ask tech companies: Show us your diversity numbers [DenverPost]

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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 #101: Jobs, Growth and New Funding

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The final judging for Go Code Colorado is this Thursday. This marks the end of 2 1/2 straight months of trying to squeeze my life in between learning, coding and learning and coding. It has made me rethink a few things. I still love making 1s and 0s do all the things I just might have finally figured out how I want to do that.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based VictorOps raises $2.6 million in new funding [BizWest]
  • Longmont’s NextLight fastest Internet service in U.S. [DenverPost]
  • Douglas County-based JAB rolls five brands into Rise Broadband, plows $30 million into network [DenverPost]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Broomfield: Webroot [Tech+]
  • Colorado Springs software company’s growth leads to bigger digs [Gazette]
  • EXCLUSIVE: Comcast is creating a campus, adding jobs in south metro suburbs [DBJ]
  • IBM and Denver’s AlchemyAPI Announce AlchemyData News API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Boulder-based Kapost raises $10.25M, opening new Pearl Street office [BuiltinColorado]
  • Nine tips for nailing an awesome internship [QuickLeft]
  • Workforce development will give Coloradans training for hard-to-fill tech jobs [ColoradoIndependent]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #99: Is Colorado the best place for women in tech?

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It was almost a year ago that I bragged about the great network of IT women in Colorado. There are some great groups and inspiring leaders here and many of them are women.

This week’s headlines and events are just a nice reminder. When I get serious about my job search, I hope I can find a friend to search with so I can go to some of those great WomenWhoCode events like the interviewing panel highlighted in the Events section. Speaking of helpful, inspiring people, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs-based Soap announces retail release of Soap Home app to link home automation [InnovatioNews]
  • Partnerships seek to boost pool of qualified women in Colorado’s STEM workforce [YourHub]
  • N.Y.’s Signpost raises $20.5 million, plans to expand Denver office [DenverPost]
  • FiveStars Loyalty opening Denver office, hiring 100 this year [DenverPost]
  • 3 Colorado cities rank in top 15 on “Best Places for Tech Jobs” [Tech+]
  • Denver’s mayoral election is tomorrow — here’s what the candidates are saying about tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 shares climb after company posts sixth quarterly profit in a row [BizWest]
  • Nepal relief efforts aided by Longmont-based DigitalGlobe crowdfunding effort [DBJ]
  • SBA names CEO of woman-owned tech company Colorado Small Business Person of the Year [DBJ]
  • UpCounsel expands on-demand legal service platform to Colorado [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #98: Photobucket acquires all the things, social pot, Apple Watch and Go Code Colorado

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Since I sort through all my news stories on Sunday so this can go out Monday morning I’m typing this up from the offices of Rally Software in Boulder! Woohoo! I’m working in a software development office writing software! My software has nothing to do with Rally Software, but that’s just the details.

Rally is awesome enough to host the Go Code Colorado Mentor Weekend. It’s an incredible experience for anyone who’s even halfway interested in the idea of starting a tech startup to benefit Colorado. I’m definitely going to have to write a separate blog post about the Go Code Colorado Challenge. I have way more to say about it then you want to read right now. Until then, the news…

Top Colorado Technology News

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