Colorado Tech Weekly #297: Full Body Sound, Great Events and Buzzwords Made Real

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There’s a lot that I like about this week’s news and events. One thing I look forward to doing on the new ColoradoTechWeekly.com is doing features on companies, people and organizations. To get that started I got to visit with Allison and Griffin of Full Body Sound at SolderWorks in Westminster last week and I got to feel music and it was pretty cool! They will be at the New Tech Colorado event in Boulder on the 21st.

Speaking of events, I like seeing combo events like the Boulder React Coding Night also on the 21st and my work would be directly impacted by the Visual Studio and Azure meetups too!

But then there’s the news! I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before about buzzwords in Colorado. They’re not just buzzwords! This week we have blockchain, diversity, security and autonomous robots! And this is just the top 10 stories! I love it!

Only 3 more Colorado Tech Weekly posts will be on ScottPantall.com. Starting on March 11 (if I’ve done my math correctly) you’ll be able to find them on the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA hosts SheTech Explorer Day in Denver to inspire young female techies [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s NOAA and NCAR to partner on computer modeling [BizWest]
  • Carbonite’s largest office could be in Broomfield after $618M Webroot acquisition [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Velocity Global receives national recognition for its culture-driven workplace [VelocityGlobal]
  • Jack Waters named president of Boulder’s Zayo Networks and COO of Zayo Group Holdings [InnovatioNews]
  • CDOT installing fiber optic cable to make Highway 24 ‘smarter’ between Colorado Springs and Woodland Park [KKTV]
  • Longmont puts locally invented SnowBot to work in 2019 storms: Says its a financial game-changer [LeftHandRobotics]
  • Buyers circle for Boulder-based Zayo; company confirms it isn’t splitting [BizWest]
  • The Blucifer video game is ready for those of you who want to be Denver’s airport demon horse [Denverite]
  • How Denver’s System76 uses blockchain to deliver firmware updates [System76]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #293: Board Games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week and how they’re all connected

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I run a tech blog series in my spare time so it will come to no surprise that I am a big nerd. After playing board games with friends on Friday (we escaped the Forbidden Island!) I was considering ways to nerd out during the rest of the year. My patient wife went with me to check out the new gaming store near us in Littleton (It’s called The Gaming Goat and it’s pretty cool) and I found a program for Genghis Con.

Genghis Con is a long running gaming convention in Colorado. When I went to the Genghis Con website I saw that it was created by Vaquero Digital Services. I had a feeling that Genghis Con is the type of organization to use a local web development company so I decided to look into Vaquero Digital Services. Vaquero Digital Services makes an app called Time Wrangler which I remember hearing about at Denver Startup Week from Chris Martinez. I got to meet Chris at Denver Startup Week because he was there helping to promote the Denver chapter of Bunker Labs which is an organization to help military veterans start businesses. I’m a Marine Corps veteran. Chris is an Army veteran. This leads me to my highlighted event this week, the Operation Code Relaunch! Operation Code is an organization dedicated to helping military veterans and their families start their careers in tech so if you’re looking to recruit veterans (and I know you are cuz you’ve contacted me), check that event out.

So that is how board games, Operation Code and Denver Startup Week are all connected. It’s connected through veterans and community… and mostly Chris Martinez.

We’re 7 weeks away from Colorado Tech Weekly #300 which will be the last Colorado Tech Weekly post on ScottPantall.com. I got the Patreon page all set up and running. It’s gonna be cool!

Look forward to the new and improved ColoradoTechWeekly.com and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Maxar CEO replaced by DigitalGlobe exec a year after Westminster HQ move [DBJ]
  • Broomfield creating Science City other developments on sites submitted for Amazon HQ2 [DBJ]
  • Denver-area company, Redefy Holdings, takes first step in plan to consolidate the ‘for sale by owner’ market [DBJ]
  • Front Range Community College officially launches manufacturing technology center [BizWest]
  • Centennial-based Mobile Solutions listed as number 5 on the Built in Colorado’s 2019 Best Places to Work [MobileSolutions]
  • ‘Crypto winter is upon us’: Denver’s ShapeShift lays off one-third of staff [BusinessDen]
  • Linord & Company joins Denver’s Catalyst HTI [MikeBiselli]
  • Loveland approves broadband bonding [BizWest]
  • Boulder utility tech company Tendril buys power consumption data business [DBJ]
  • Meet the 4 Colorado tech companies headed to SXSW Pitch 2019 [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #284: Amazon Finally Makes a Decision and It’s Not Colorado

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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)!!

After months of speculation, hot-takes and wild-ass guesses, the Amazon HQ2 search is finally over. I could not be happier that it’s over. I don’t even care about the decision made by Amazon.

Colorado was one of the many reported options not chosen by Amazon and I don’t have much of a reaction to the news. I’m not sure that having a big Amazon tech office here would make much of a difference. We are not hurting for smart, innovative people who want to do new and amazing things with technology. We will just continue to grow our tech community with our patented inclusion and I’m very happy with that.

It’s getting close to the holidays so events are going to be sparse. If you have a tech event or a meetup group you want to promote, now is the time! Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial health tech startup MDValuate files for bankruptcy [BizWest]
  • Homegrown wunderkind also a savvy entrepreneur[GJSentinel.com]
  • It’s official: Amazon passes on Denver splits HQ2 between Northern Virginia New York City [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Automox secures $9.3M Series A investment funding [Automox]
  • Denver fintech company SRS Acquiom acquired by private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners [DBJ]
  • From hardware to software: How Colorado continues to innovate to fight wildfires [ColoradoInno]
  • WeWork-backed bootcamp coding school opening in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity adds two to executive leaders team [InnovatioNews]
  • Facebook opens new office in Lower Downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • 9 Colorado companies make Deloittes list of fastest-growing tech companies [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #280: Combine Companies? Move Offices? Still Colorado!

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Undeniably, the biggest news in Colorado tech last week was the purchase of Denver’s SendGrid by San Fransisco-based Twilio. The immediate reaction is to question the future of SendGrid in Denver and wonder “What does this purchase mean for Colorado?” in very concerned ways.

There’s no reason for concern. When this series started 5 years ago, Rally Software and Quickleft were staples of the Boulder startup community. Now Rally is part of the much bigger CA Technologies and QuickLeft is part of Cognizant and both still have their offices here and I’d bet that those offices are bigger and more stable for their employees. Change is part of growth and growth has been a constant part of our community for the past 5 years. Denver Startup Week was not a smoke-blowing session. Colorado is attracting talent and attention from all over the world.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs on front lines of cyber Cold War with Russia [Colorado Politics]
  • Allen Technology merges with Denver’s Platte River Networks [PlatteRiverNetworks]
  • HomeAdvisor expands HQ lease in RiNo ahead of moving in [BusinessDen]
  • Denver fintech platform, FIMAC Solutions LLC, acquired by Birmingham cybersecurity firm [DBJ]
  • Fort Collins BillGo acquires Prism [BizWest]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell has big plans to grow Denver office after hiring former Travelocity CEO [DBJ]
  • Breckenridge OKs $8 million to build town-owned fiber optic network [SummitDaily]
  • New COO and CFO for Fort Collins’ TurboTenant [BizWest]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot launches VPN product [BizWest]
  • Denver’s SendGrid remains ‘committed’ to Denver after $2 billion buyout [DBJ]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #245: Discover. Learn. Create. Repeat.

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I’m almost 3 months into my career as a software developer. Every day I wonder what I would tell someone who wants to become a developer. I’ve decided the best way to describe the job of a developer is with the four words in the headline.

As a student, whether in a school or learning by ourselves, that process is guided by instructors or ourselves. In a work environment, what we discover and create is usually defined by our clients but the process is still the same.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor-Angie’s List merger is off to a good start, CEO says [DBJ]
  • JumpCloud is hiring 50 engineers in Boulder [BFeld]
  • Maxar Technologies, parent of DigitalGlobe, moves 800-job HQ to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Inside Denver’s Apto: Why we host hackathons every quarter [Apto]
  • Denver-based FullContact shuts down networking site Conspire 18 months after buying it [DBJ]
  • Finding a good use for blockchain technology will take a community [DenverPost]
  • Lead the way: Here are the 8 newest execs in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech tour: A behind-the-scenes look at 4 sleek Colorado office spaces [BuiltinColorado]
  • Game on: 6 Colorado game development studios giving us a break from reality [BuiltinColorado]
  • Python pros, these 5 Colorado tech companies want to put your skills to use [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #240: Reflection, Direction and an Open Software Engineer Position

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This week has a good amount of both reflection and direction stories. I never thought too much about the relationship between the two until just now. In order to have good direction, it is important to reflect well on what has happened, where you are and where you intend to be.  I’m in a very good spot for this as I settle in after my first month at Infinicept and as I start my very last class to finish off my CS degree!

Speaking of Infinicept, we are hiring for a mid-senior level Software Engineer! Come work with me and my team! If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll help you out.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder smart-home software developer Yonomi adds $5 million from manufacturer of car technology [DenverPost]
  • Our Role in Colorado Tech’s Continued Growth: A letter from the CEO [CTA]
  • Colorado Springs-based FoodMaven secures $8.6M in Series A fund round [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs software firm Cherwell Technology is looking for a new CEO [DBJ]
  • Centennial-based Innovation Pavilion greets the New Year [InnovationPavilion]
  • Staffing leader KORE1 invests in Denver through acquisition of Kranect [KORE1]
  • Denver-based Choozle CTO John Schnipkoweit on creating a dynamic and diverse workplace [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Misty Robotics unveils its first personal robot, but not just anyone can buy it [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s GutCheck by the Numbers: 2017 [GutCheck]
  • CSU-Pueblo ‘CyberWolves’ win in national online security contest [PuebloChieftain]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #232: I GOT A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT JOB! WOOHOO!!

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I started these blog  posts after I started going back to school for my Computer Science degree. That was over 232 weeks (approx 4.5 years) ago. My last course starts in January and, now, my new career starts on December 4!

It feels surreal and good and exciting and scary and overwhelming and expected and surprising. I will end my 12 year career as a 911/police dispatcher on December 1. It’s a job that has given me tons of stress and tons of pride. Instead of working different shifts waiting for bad things to happen I’ll get to do project-based work from home. It will be a whole different lifestyle and I’m very grateful.

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Cybersecurity workers in high demand across Colorado [CSBJ]
  • Chicago app designer, ORA Interactive, to open a satellite office in Denver [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow’s fast Corvette breaks another speed record [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Choozle secures $6M in Series B funding [InnovatioNews]
  • General Atomics buys Colorado satellite business, Surrey Satellite Technology US [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SendGrid’s public debut sees stock price jump 16 percent at opening [DenverPost]
  • Colorado’s bid to lure Amazon HQ2 is heavy on talent and transportation [Denverite]
  • Denver’s GoSpotCheck adds $21.5 million in venture capital [DenverPost]
  • JumpCloud’s recent investment drives opportunities for us all [JumpCloud]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #205: All Good News and Contemplating the Future of Colorado Tech Weekly

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I’ve been thinking of shutting down this newsletter or maybe handing it over to someone else. It’s a thought that has been rattling around my head for about a month. I’m thinking more and more that it’s a good idea.

Since I’ve started Colorado Tech Weekly, BuiltinDenver is now BuiltinColorado and they do their own weekly roundup post, the Denver Business Journal does a weekly tech email, and CTA started Digital Colorado to share tech news stories from various sources. Add to the fact that most of my events come from BuiltinColorado and Meetup.com and you can easily get all the content I provide without me.

This is a great thing! I am one guy who does this newsletter in my limited part-time but those people are passionate professionals with time and resources to do what I’m doing, but just do it better. It would also give me more time to write code because that’s why I started all of this: to get a job as a software developer. And I’ve realized since I started my Twitch streams how much time I haven’t spent actually writing code due to work, school and other obligations so it will be good for me to spend more time doing what I love.

Nothing is being decided anytime soon but if you have any ideas, please let me know.

This week is Boulder Startup Week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 9 Fort Collins tech companies that should be on your radar [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast NBCUniversal is buying Denver’s home-grown video startup Craftsy [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group’s Q3 earnings per share up 240 percent [BizWest]
  • Behind the scenes: How 4 Colorado startups chose their technology stacks [BuiltinColorado]
  • Google says it has doubled Colorado employees since 2015 as it preps opening of new Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • How these Colorado tech leaders foster collaborative company cultures [BuiltInColorado]
  • Back to school: 5 Colorado tech startups that offer tuition reimbursement [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado named ‘Innovation Champion’ by Consumer Tech Assn. [InnovatioNews]
  • Lafayette-based Liqid Inc. raises $10M in Series A funding [BizWest]
  • Insider advice to land a job in Denver tech [CodeTalent]

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