Colorado Tech Weekly #80: Reviewing my predictions for 2014, 1 event and business

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Christmas is in 3 days. That thought didn’t quite hit me until I just typed it. I should start wrapping presents. At least I have them all purchased.

Since this is the 2nd to last Monday of the year, I figured i would look back at my predictions I made for 2014. I give myself a generous 50% accuracy.

  • I predicted that Revolv and Rachio would be purchased. Revolv is now part of Nest. Rachio is still Rachio. I was half right.
  • I predicted that Dish Network would not be awarded the Worst Company to Work For award. They’re not even in the “top” 10. Good job Dish! Also I was right!
  • I predicted that smartphone innovation would plateau. I was right! But I thought there would be a cool game-changing audio UI. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that responsive web design would become the norm. It’s not the norm yet, but it’s slowly getting there. I was wrong.
  • I predicted that Fire OS would become the #3 most popular tablet OS. I generously give myself half credit because Amazon botched this one. They could have made this happen, but instead they focused on building a phone that focused on convincing users to buy more from Amazon. Damn you Bezos!

I don’t anticipate much news being made this week, so I should have plenty of time and room for predictions for 2015 in next week’s post. I wonder if I can make them all Colorado tech focused.

Happy Holidays!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Rally Software teams with Code for America [TechKnowBytes]
  • Westminster-based Lassy Project raises $750K of $1.6M equity investment round offering [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver lands Panasonic Enterprise Solutions near airport [DenverPost]
  • Boulder won’t stand in the way of Google’s expansion [DBJ]
  • Denver-Based Altitude Digital appoints former Federated Media/Lijit Exec Manny Puentes as Chief Technology Officer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes in Denver with PaySimple Customer Experience [PaySimple]
  • Douglas County-based Dish is first pay-TV company to integrate Netflix [TechKnowBytes]
  • Littleton’s Lockheed Martin Space Systems lands another $16.7 million in tax incentives (Video) [DBJ]
  • Take a Quick Look at Boulder-based Quick Left in our 2014 Annual Report [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast doubles Internet speeds for most Colorado customers [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #77: Security Space Dog Job Events

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My headline looks like a bad spam subject line, doesn’t it? Am I talking about a crazy, out of this world, canine job fair? That would be pretty cool, but no! Each word in the headline is something I’m excited about in this week’s news. IT security, high-tech dog collars, a ton of cool developer-centric events and the Orion Mission leaves Earth!

Between the ESA landing on a freaking comet, the fact that I’m in the middle of reading “The Martian” and Orion having so many Colorado ties I am on a super space kick and I’m loving it! I may have to get up early Thursday to watch the Orion launch just to geek out even more. I included a link to the NASA channel in the Events section. You’re welcome. 🙂

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado retains No. 4 position on Milken Institute’s State Technology and Science Index [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot achieves significant business growth in first fiscal quarter [YahooFinance]
  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft (built by Littleton’s Lockheed Martin) will launch Dec. 4 (On a Denver-based ULA rocket) into deep space (then communicate and record data using Broomfield’s Ball Aerospace technology) [DenverPost]
  • Microsoft CSO and Boulder-based Ecrypt CEO share inaugural Security Industry Award [Ecrypt]
  • Englewood’s Civergy acquired by New York firm, changes name [DBJ]
  • Behind the scenes of Kickstarting Wuf a smart dog collar from Boulder [DenverPost]
  • Tim Shanahan hired as Greenwood Village-based InteliSecure sales VP [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver e-commerce startup Active Junky preps for holidays, big 2015 [Xconomy]
  • Two Denver Internet radio sites, MadGenius and Digitally Imported, join T-Mobile’s unlimited music service [TechKnowBytes]
  • Software-services firm Xpanxion opens Fort Collins office [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #76: A tech drive and 100 companies

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“Hi” to everyone I met at the RefactorU job fair! It was a good event. I highly suggest anyone looking into changing careers into tech to go to a job fair and ask questions. It’s amazing how helpful recruiters are. It makes sense though, the better prepared job-seekers are the easier it should be for recruiters.

Please make sure you check out the link to the Open World Learning tech drive! I was excited to see that most of the companies listed in the Top 100 digital employers post have been mentioned in Colorado Tech Weekly. For those I haven’t mentioned, I’m looking forward to learning about you!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cognizant completes purchase of Douglas County-based TriZetto [DBJ]
  • APEX Conference showcased leadership, innovation and culture for company growth [CTA]
  • Ibotta and Best Buy offer customers cash back on their electronics this holiday shopping season [Ibotta]
  • Boulder-based Flashback Technologies closes on $2M Series A round [InnovatioNews]
  • Feed your drive for tech this Thanksgiving [OpenWorldLearning]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects’ LulzBot TAZ 4 3D printer named Most Maker Machine by Make: magazine [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield’s Return Path acquires e-commerce data analysis firm, adds data and digital veteran to executive team [ReturnPath]
  • Colorado sees tech job growth, but also a need to prepare future workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Twentyseven Global to award a Denver health IT startup With $25,000 tech investment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Garrett Reim lists the top 100 digital employers in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #55: It’s not always unicorns and rainbows

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Last weekend Andy Vuong with the Denver Post pointed out a seemingly unfair tax on Denver’s web and app developers. Then I read this article “Do You Believe in LIfe After Startups?” that says all this excitement over startups, accelerators and VCs could just be a bubble priming to burst. Then after that my alternator goes out on my car making me question whether maintaining my car is more expensive than buying a new one. Things were not looking so bright.

But then Greg Avery with the Denver Business Journal put Vuong’s article in some context that Denver’s tax is more old than bad. I realized the startup “bubble” is tempered by the fact that good, experienced VCs and developers won’t fall for bad projects more than once… or twice. And my car? It’s fixed now. I’m also looking for some part-time work so I can get a new car.

If it was always unicorns and rainbows, then we wouldn’t need innovators and disrupters. We wouldn’t need to fail faster or be more agile or lean. Sometimes we need to celebrate these as the opportunities they are.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s tax on web and app development draws ire from software execs [DenverPost]
  • New open source starter kit, from Denver-based AppIt Ventures, saves developers a week of time [BuiltinColorado]
  • Fort Collins-based Bulb raises $1M in Series A funding from angels, prepares for launch of first major digital product [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster online ad firm Trueffect raises $5 million in funding [TechKnowBytes]
  • Louisville-based CodeFutures rethinks databases, offers AgilData to help companies cope with Big Data management [InnovatioNews]
  • CEOs discuss Colorado’s advantages, challenges, and Boulder vs. Denver [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s Foundry-backed Mocavo bought by a London family history company [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boomtown Demo Day showcases first six startups to come through unique Boulder accelerator program [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems gets $1.9 billion missile-detection satellite contract [DBJ]
  • Denver’s taxing of software again draws ire of local companies [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #23: Optimism and Innovation

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Looking over this week’s headlines I am thrilled by the amount of optimism and innovation in Colorado’s technology industry. We have non-profits helping kids learn about tech, a recognized college program, startups creating innovative products and large companies adding quality jobs to the area. Everything’s coming up Colorado!

Local News

  • KidsTek received grants from XCel Energy and Chase Community Giving [CTA]
  • UC-Colorado Springs computer science graduate program rated No. 2 in nation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Revolv flips switch on its Smart Hub to unite home automation devices [Xconomy]
  • Agencies turn to Denver company, Mobile Accord, to raise money for typhoon relief [Xconomy]
  • Loveland-based Madwire Media to launch new digital marketing software that will set standard for industry [InnovatioNews]
  • Forget the $1,500 Google Glass, check out Denver-based Pivothead Smart for $400 [TechKnowBytes]
  • Precision Discovery moving California operations to Denver Tech Center; hiring planned [DBJ]
  • Lockheed changes mean more jobs for Denver [DBJ]

National News

  • Android Is Gaming’s Future, And The One OS To Rule Them All, Says Nvidia CEO [TechCrunch]
  • PlayStation 4 first impressions (review) [DenverPost]

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I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find all my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #20: Please excuse my bad dancing

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Half of this week’s stories are either about business funding or acquisitions, but I’m not getting ahead of myself. This IS a tech blog! These business stories are about local tech companies. As I found out during the  recession, it’s important to consider a company’s health when seeking employment. It’s not enough just to apply to work for companies that do cool things, you need to apply to companies that will stick around.

You’ll notice that I have no national news this week. This isn’t because nothing cool happened outside of Colorado. It’s because SO MANY things are happening here! This is the second time this has happened since starting this blog and I get all happy-dance excited when it happens. I also get all excited when I hit a milestone. 20 in a row! Please excuse my bad dancing.

Local News

  • JobZology and Colorado Job Base partner to provide one-stop shopping for job seekers [InnovatioNews]
  • Ad Tech Startup, Integrate, raises $7M from Foundry, cable companies [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Shopventory raises $1M in seed round, launches new business inventory management platform [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Convercent closes $10M Series B round led by SAP Ventures [Xconomy]
  • Datalogix expands Westminster HQ by 20,000 square feet to accommodate rapid growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont-based UQM PowerPhase motor helps set two new Guinness World Records at California air show [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based NewsGator Acquires business productivity company Sitrion [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner beefs up with $10M investment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Union workers ratify CenturyLink contract [DBJ]
  • War of robots: Student teams vie for Colorado supremacy [Denver Post]

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Thank you for reading!

If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

I have a break in my courses at Regis until January. I am using that time to work on my own projects. During this break I am focusing on learning UX design and how to implement it with my website. You can find my updates on my website design project here.

Colorado Tech Weekly #14: Awards (and rain), prizes (and rain) and fancy new things (and rain)

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Last week I got to go to the CTA APEX Conference in Denver. It was an amazing experience that every CS and CIS student should have and students should do it BEFORE graduating. I’ll write about that more in a separate blog post later this week.

My hopes and thoughts go to everyone affected by the massive flooding in my state. If you want to help out, go to www.helpcoloradonow.org.

Local News

  • Congrats to the APEX award winners including Cloud Elements, Connect First, iTriage, and the Colorado Office of Information Technology [CTA]
  • Rach.io takes top startup prize for APEX Challenge [InnovatioNews]
  • BDNT debuts their Freelancer Search Engine [BDNT]
  • Greenwood Village-based ViaWest gets tax incentives to continue expansion [DBJ]
  • Raytheon’s GPS III satellite control software developed in Aurora passes crucial test [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence raises $5M [DBJ]

National News

  • iPhone 5S is amazing, but no one is impressed [Xconomy]
  • Twitter goes public [DenverPost]
  • Opera unveils new iPad browser, Coast [TechCrunch]
  • Microsoft introduces their own personal assistance, Cortana [ZDNet]

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