Colorado Tech Weekly #206: Tech Visas and #GiveFirst with Go Code Colorado

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What if I just chose one story and one event to talk about instead of blathering on about whatever is inside my head at the moment? Let’s try that.

As someone who is looking for work as an entry-level developer, I should probably pay better attention the the H1-B visa conversation. If I were being completely selfish I would say that companies should just hire developers and teach us, but that’s not realistic at all. There’s no way a company could grow quickly if they don’t have developers who know what they’re doing right now. That’s where these visas come in. I choose to believe that the majority of tech companies use the visas as a last resort.

Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Final Event and I will be there to write about it. I might even see if I can live-stream it again. The community that has been built around Go Code Colorado is full of some of my favorite tech people in Colorado because they really embody that #GiveFirst attitude that makes the Colorado tech community great. See you there!

This week my daughter starts her summer break. I’m jealous. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Critics allege visa program misused at Boulder Valley tech firms that hire foreign workers [DenverPost]
  • Denver insurance software startup, Spex, sells majority stake, sees expansion [DBJ]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies welcoming new leaders to the team this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based OWL Cybersecurity launches Darknet Index: Reranking the Fortune 500 by Darknet Footprint and Security Threat Levels [OwlCybersecurity]
  • Spring fever: How 3 Colorado startups take advantage of the warming weather [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s section.io adds new security and performance tools to Its Modular Content Delivery Grid [SectionIO]
  • Boulder Startup Week expands beyond tech, benefits nonprofits [BizWest]
  • Westminster’s SpotX & Douglas County’s Sling TV talk convergence [SpotX]
  • On the hunt for that perfect ops role? Here’s what these Colorado tech companies look for [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s Advanced Industry Accelerator program awards $2.9M to 18 technology startups [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #197: I think JavaScript might be catching on

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Only 3 events listed this week are not directly related to JavaScript and I’ll bet you can find at least one person at each of those events who is capable of talking your ear off about it.

JavaScript and everything around it shows off what can happen when developers think, “What if…?” both good and bad. It’s also my reminder that, at least for me, learning languages is fairly easy but learning how and when to use frameworks is much more difficult.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins approved to train vets [InnovatioNews]
  • The road to code: 4 steps to a career in coding and web development [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado startups investing in their employees’ professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Blinker wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award [Denverite]
  • Douglas County’s CenturyLink and Broomfield’s Level 3 shareholders approve merger [BizWest]
  • Denver health tech startup, CirrusMD, hiring to keep up with growth spurt [DBJ]
  • Taking a tech job in Denver costs an extra $140 a month, Zillow and Linkedin say [Denverite]
  • First driver-less vehicle bill in Colorado headed to Senate debate [DenverPost]
  • Colorado offers $34M tax incentive to cable TV company planning 1,200 Denver-area jobs [DBJ]
  • British, Colorado Springs cybersecurity experts compare notes in panel discussion [CSGazette]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #195: What is it like to get hired by, and work at, a Colorado tech company?

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This is one of the questions I try to answer every week with the articles I share in these posts. This week Eric Daugherty gives insight into the hiring process, Noel Worden lets us know what life is like as a new junior engineer, Ben Castelli shows how Room214 acts on their company values and Jess Ryan with BuiltinColorado gives us great insight into 5 Colorado tech companies.

When I started this project i thought for sure that I’d be able to answer some of these questions by now. I am very thankful for these people and their insights into the Colorado tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs’ Cherwell Software, maker of codeless software to help legacy tech keep operating, snaps up $50 million [DenverPost]
  • Satellite startup lands at MSU Denver campus [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar cuts 100 employees, another 1,800 moving to Douglas County-based Dish Network [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Room 214 Culture: Finding time to live our values [Room214]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO is poised for $4.2 million payout in CenturyLink merger [DBJ]
  • 5 of the best Colorado companies to work for (and they’re all hiring) [BuiltinColorado]
  • My first 8 weeks as a Junior Engineeer [NoelWorden]
  • Denver tech startup TapInfluence cuts jobs less than a year after raising $14 million [DenverPost]
  • Technical Interviewing and Hiring [EricDaugherty]
  • Techtonic Academy arrives at The Commons on Champa! [CTA]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #168: Pioneers in Every Way

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We take pride in being pioneers here. There are license plates just for families of pioneers that settled in Colorado but it’s not just the historical pioneers that make us proud. Our startup scene is full of successful and fun pioneers that pass on their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge to others and some of the stories this week highlight the different ways Coloradans continue to be pioneers. This week we get to be internet, space and cybersecurity pioneers. I’m looking forward to seeing what we have in store in the next week.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s ThoughtWorks [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTOs to know: What Colorado’s tech leaders are working on now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group posts $76.2M loss for fiscal year [BizWest]
  • Denver entrepreneur to run Project Loon, a Google ‘moonshot’ project [DBJ]
  • Douglas County’s Arrow Electronics ups its Indiegogo support with $1 million offered to makers of tech products [DenverPost]
  • Lockheed gives CU Boulder $3 million to fund space communications research [DailyCamera]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe teams up with CosmiQ Works, NVIDIA and Amazon to launch SpaceNet [InnovatioNews]
  • Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs to hire CEO and host national conference [Gazette]
  • Seattle-area IT firm, Apptio, expanding in Denver files for IPO [DBJ]
  • Meet Our September 2016 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #165: The technology isn’t the hard part

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I listen to a few tech-related podcasts and read more than a few tech blogs. One of the things that always gets me is that most of the problems discussed about technology have very little to do with technology and a lot to do about what we want to do with technology. Take the Olympics for example. It is technologically possible for anyone in the world to watch any Olympic event, live or recorded, on any device that supports video. The only thing that prevents this from happening are the partnerships and business deals that are used to profit from, and recoup the costs of, creating and distributing the video.

Technology is easy. People are difficult. The only reason we relate this problems to technology is because technology requires us to spell out the specifics since computers only do what we tell them to do, not what we mean for them to do.

Anyways, last week’s news was all good. I suggest spending some time exploring the posts in the Colorado Tech Tour Summary link.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Former Atmel spinoff, Unipixel, plans to double workforce in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Denver-area tech companies growing up, growing out of startup office spaces [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity makes first big purchase, says new owner is “aggressive about growth” [DenverPost]
  • Denver cybersecurity company Red Canary raises $6.1M Series A, plans to double team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects nearly doubles 2Q revenue [BizWest]
  • Colorado tech continues to grow in 2016: A look at the hottest tech neighborhoods [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why these Colorado tech employees chose the startup life [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado companies we want to work for right now (and they’re hiring!) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish’s do or die: New pick-your-own TV channels plan starts at $30 [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech Tour Summary [CTA]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #159: New Executives for Soundwall, Optiv and Massroots

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This week there’s a new CEO, a new CIO and a new CTO in Colorado; Our amazing growth in Colorado tech seems to be slowing to just “really really good growth”; and I celebrate 3 years of Colorado Tech Weekly.

3 years and 2 weeks ago I posted my very first Colorado Tech Weekly post. I had big dreams of it being an ongoing thing, but having started a few blogs before I was realistic that it wouldn’t happen. Well it’s good to see my big dream pay out. When I look at all the projects I’ve worked on and realize all the things I’ve learned in the past 3 years I’m a little bit amazed with myself. I am excited and curious to see what I could do if I were given 40 hours per week to write code and solve problems instead of trying to fit it in around working graveyard shift, school and life in general. If you’re curious too, check out my resume page!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Brexit won’t stop $13 billion IHS-Markit deal, Douglas County company says [DenverPost]
  • Denver tech leaders plan to hire fewer IT workers this year, says survey [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Soundwall eyes growth with new CEO, $3M funding round [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Optiv Security appoints Paul Lehman to be CIO [InnovatioNews]
  • These 15 Colorado tech companies have been around for more than 15 years [BuiltinColorado]
  • LDAP inventor joins Boulder-based JumpCloud Technical Advisory Board [JumpCloud]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces launch of new SPRK+ robot [InnovatioNews]
  • Columbus beats out Denver for $50M Smart City Challenge transportation program [DenverPost]
  • Comcast moving 1,000 employees to new Centennial location [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based MassRoots hires former Salesforce VP as CTO [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #150: Almost All The Demos

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An amazing week of events coming up for student developers: Demo displays by RefactorU, Turing School and DaVinci Coders, tech fairs from Maker Boulder and Open World Learning and a high school team coding competition by Lockheed Martin. If you like seeing what things new developers are learning and creating, this is a good time for you.

Speaking of being a student it appears my time away from schoolwork is coming to a quicker end than I had realized. After a month off, My Computer Organization/Architecture course starts a week from today, not 2 weeks from today like I had originally thought. I’m looking forward to the course, though. Some might say developers don’t need to know about hardware as much anymore because so much code is built on top of layers of abstraction but I call BS on that. Between the amazing amount of devices already plus the IoT devices hardware is pretty darn important. Also someone still has to write those layers of abstraction so don’t disregard that hardware knowledge.

Just because I wasn’t doing schoolwork for a month doesn’t mean I wasn’t learning. In fact I’m pretty darn proud of my month off. I developed a Ruby on Rails web app for my police department which I will post to GitHub this week to show off. I made a game for Ludum Dare 35 called “Zorg’s Crash Landing.” It’s a very simple puzzle-like game that I did not work on as much as I would have liked, however I actually made a thing so that’s awesome. I also started learning Sphero capabilities with my entirely too long Sphero Android App Reviews post. I just started playing with the Sphero educational apps so look for that soon.

Remember, no more podcast so look for me to post something interesting this week. Looking at how much I’ve typed already I apparently have a lot to say.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Know a veteran? No Barriers Warriors, sponsored by Douglas County’s Rise Broadband, offers all-expenses-paid trip [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Ajubeo announces Chief Executive Officer, solidifying leadership [CTA]
  • Denver’s MarketPay acquired by Seattle firm; new owner plans to hire more in Denver [Tech+]
  • Online reviews site, Trustpilot, to open an offline office in Denver [Tech+]
  • How a combination of product and passion helped Boulder-based startup Tapinfluence raise $14M [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Boulder’s SnapLogic [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado wants to duplicate Israel’s success in cybersecurity [DenverPost]
  • CodeCraft March Graduates’ Final Portfolio Apps & Demo Videos [CodeCraft]
  • From social media managers to senior developers, here’s what tech employees in Colorado actually make [BuiltinColorado]
  • Level 3 named Advanced Partner in Amazon Web Services Network [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #139: Startups, cabs, sprinklers, Super Bowl ad and jobs

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Every week I do this I am blown away by all the amazing things we do with technology in Colorado. Half the time I stare at my screen, dumbfounded, trying to find a way to summarize all 10 stories into one coherent summary. I usually can’t find a way to summarize so I just find another subject to talk about that’s somewhat related to at least one article. Or I just ramble about not knowing what to say… like this.

Hey did you hear I am now doing a podcast version of Colorado Tech Weekly? You can find individual episodes on Soundcloud, you can subscribe to the podcast here and you can support the show on Patreon.

I record the shows Monday afternoons and I would love to hear your opinions on the headlines so I can include them in the podcast. So send your opinions, comments or random obscenities to feedback@coloradotechweekly.com.

Podcast Version:

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado tech brought in more than $15M in January: here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder County Yellow Cabs get makeover, technology upgrade [DailyCamera]
  • 8 Colorado IoT companies leading the charge to a connected future [BuiltinColorado]
  • Greenwood Village-based zvelo secures $2.75M from Cypress Growth Capital to meet demand for services [InnovatioNews]
  • Find your perfect match: 6 companies hiring like crazy this February [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech news roundup: Denver-based Rachio’s new product, Denver a top STEM city and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications profit, revenue rise [DenverPost]
  • Colorado attorney general issues warning about tech support scams [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Elevation Digital Media points Douglas County-based Arrow the way to the future with Super Bowl spot [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Third annual Fort Collins Startup Week wraps on a high note for numbers of attendees, sessions [InnovatioNews]

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Last week I shared a link to a Denver Business Journal article about Cloud Elements revenues for 2015 but it was a subscriber only link. If you couldn’t read it, here’s the same news straight from Cloud Elements.

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Colorado Tech Weekly #126: 4, 127.5, 5, 10, 44, 4, 5, 1, 7.5, 50 and 100

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You are either very curious why the title of this post is nothing but numbers or just very annoyed. Is it a secret code? Is it a pattern? Has Scott lost his marbles?

The answers to these questions are: “No”, “no” and “probably but he still functions well, so we let him be.” Each number is from one of the headlines for this week that helps us quantify what is going on in the Colorado tech community. We have become very good at quantifying with our computers. We are now to the point where we are overwhelmed with quantities and want our computers to calculate qualities which is proving much more difficult than we realized it would be. However, if you look at some of the most successful tech companies in Colorado, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How they got in: 4 Colorado techies discuss how they found their jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech brought in over $127.5M in October: Here are the top 5 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Association’s APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders [CTA]
  • 44 Colorado cities and counties voted yes to municipal broadband [Tech+]
  • 4 of the biggest names in tech discuss why Colorado is so collaborative [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Colorado companies chosen as finalists for Richard Branson’s massive pitch competition [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Tradiv, the Amazon of marijuana wholesalers, celebrates $1 million in financing [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Arrow Electronics points to slowdown [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Havenly raises $7.5M for flat-fee interior design site [Xconomy]
  • Douglas County-based Rise Broadband moving to LTE to offer 50-to-100 Mbps wireless Internet [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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