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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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 #111: Made-to-Order Hackathons, EAGLE-Net Gets a Reboot and DaVinci Will Move to Westminster

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Lord of the RIngs has dragons, elves and an entire world that is completely made up, but one of the most creative things to come out of that story for me is the number “eleventy-one”. I love that this is CTW number eleventy-one.

It seems like almost every week I’m excited for the stories I share. I’m very excited to see EAGLE-Net get a reboot with Zayo. EAGLE-Net is a project to get better internet access to public places in rural parts of Colorado. Doing anything with technology on a large scale over a large area is difficult to do correctly. I have confidence in Zayo. I wish them luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NoCo Mini Maker Faire calls for makers to present at Oct. 9-11 event at RMCIT [InnovatioNews]
  • Golden Police to add drone to department’s tool kit [YourHub]
  • FCC poised to reject Douglas County-based Dish Network’s $3.3 billion airwaves discount [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute moving headquarters from Louisville to Westminster [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Arrow Electronics now letting customers order up a hackathon [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s top 50 startups to watch: Where are they now? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s Evolution Digital buys Chicago TV-tech firm [Tech+]
  • FCC signs off on AT&T’s $48.5B buy of Dish competitor DirecTV [DBJ]
  • New Colorado STEMworks database spotlights successful STEM programs [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group Holdings to oversee and support EAGLE-Net Alliance [InnovatioNews]

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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 #104: If I already knew how to do it, it wouldn’t be called learning

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This week my Computation Theory homework kicked my ass. I learned there are 2 ways to find the intersection of 2 languages. There’s the hard way and the easy way. Without realizing until the end of the week, I had chosen to use the hard way to do my homework. Sometimes that’s how you learn. I always tell my daughter this when she’s struggling with homework so I might as well tell myself:

“If you already knew how to do it, it would’t be called learning.”

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Trendy tech bootcamps reach out to veterans, with support from VA [DenverPost]
  • Making the most of the midlevel: Tech community goes beyond startups [DenverPost]
  • Englewood-based IHS reappoints Jerre Stead as CEO following resignation of Scott Key [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network said to be in early merger talks with T-Mobile [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings Colorado coders and developers need to check out [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Download – APEX Awards nominations are open + Join our Foundation’s internship cohort [CTA]
  • Force is Strong With Boulder-based Orbotix: $45M in Funding from Mercato, Disney [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Layer3’s pay TV service to launch this year, raises $51 million [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Rally Software reports 26 percent jump in first-quarter revenue [BizWest]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot sees 40% growth to small, medium biz users [Tech+]

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