Colorado Tech Weekly #63: A meme, some money and my school

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As memes go, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a good one. There are two challenges going on right now that I know of. One is to support the ALS Association, a non-profit organization to battle ALS (known to most as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The other is to support the Officer Down Memorial Page, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen law enforcement officers and supporting their families. Just a reminder, you can still donate to these organizations without needing to dump any amount of water on your head. It’s no surprise to me that our Colorado tech businesses and leaders are diving into the challenge with enthusiasm.

This week features some news about funding for local companies and makes me wonder if I have a CTW post that does not mention funding. I’m also excited for Regis University’s new College of Computer & Information Science. I really need to talk to my adviser about that.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion [DBJ]
  • Congrats to Denver’s One World Labs for being named a Top Company Finalist in the ColoradoBiz Top Company Awards [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wayin completes #IceBucketChallenge and donates $500 to ALSA.org [Wayin]
  • Denver’s RxREVU raises $1 million to optimize patient prescription drug usage [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TrackVia teams with Zapier to enable users to build Web or mobile apps to connect Web services [InnovatioNews]
  • Sendgrid, Trueffect, Madwire Media, Swiftpage land spots on Inc 500 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based MobileDay raises $6.6M to cut enterprises’ conference call bills [Xconomy]
  • Regis University in Denver to open region’s first dedicated College of Computer & Information Science [CTA]
  • Boulder’s RoundPegg gets $500,000 to find companies engaged, culturally-fit employees [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado’s 5 best tech companies for new developers [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #59: Are Uber, Lyft and Drizly REALLY tech companies?

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A question that piques your interest as a headline? I think those years of reading to occasional copywriting/SEO articles are starting to pay off! Should I put my answer at the end of my blog post to make you at least glance at the rest of it before satisfying your curiosity? Oooh how devious!

I won’t do that though because you value your time and I don’t want to waste it. The answer is: No! Uber, Lyft and Drizly are not tech companies. Yes they are mentioned in tech podcasts and the technology sections of news outlets, but they’re not tech companies. Uber and Lyft are transportation companies. Drizly is a delivery company. They all just happen to use apps and websites. I can order pizza from Dominos from an app or a website but that does not make Dominos a tech company.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Aspen Institute to host Aug. 10-13 roundtable discussion in Aspen on ideas to strengthen Internet [InnovatioNews]
  • On-demand alcohol delivery via Drizly’s smartphone app comes to Denver [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder security firm LogRhythm raises $40M, eyes future IPO [CTA]
  • Business of Coding: Ingrid Alongi, Co-Founder and CEO Consulting at Boulder’s Quick Left talks about the startup world and her career as a female in the programming world (PODCAST) [QuickLeft]
  • Denver-based Ping Identity unveils mobile app, strategy for “Post-Password Era” [Xconomy]
  • Boulder personal cloud app younity teams up with GoPro in a game-changing marketing move [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 things to know about LogRhythm’s $40 million round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 selected to provide services to connect Homeland Security sites in U.S. [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s HOSTING Recognized in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting [CTA]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar exec leaves to launch software startup in Denver [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #51: Adtech thrives, a #boulderwin and Colorado gets a new CIO

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With my blog approaching on year of consistency I’ve been toying with the idea of adding some advertising to cover some costs so this week’s headlines are perfect!

Next week will be my 52nd CTW post. That’s one year of weekly posts! I feel a little strange approaching this milestone because half of me wants to make it a big deal, but the other half knows this is still just the beginning. I’m definitely going to have to do a recap post about it though to figure out if I’m still doing what I meant to do.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado’s FirstBank updates mobile app with FirstGlance, other new features [TechKnowBytes]
  • Governor Hickenlooper names Suma Nallapati as Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer [CTA]
  • “Girl Develop It” to launch in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based DISH to become first pay-TV and largest company to accept Bitcoin payment [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Datalogix lands $45 million as IPO rumors rise [BuiltinColorado]
  • Behind the growth of 3 thriving Colorado adtech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 new Boulder startups to look out for this quarter [BuiltinColorado]
  • Opensource and Python development with Ivy Hastings of Fusionbox [BuiltinColorado]
  • New Tech May wrap up [BDNT]
  • KidsTek students in Denver prepare for Swiftie.U [KidsTek]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #50: Growth, more growth and an Airlife app

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I work full-time as an emergency dispatcher, so the Airlife app story got me super excited! There needs to be more out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to technology and emergency services. If only there was some sort of event where creative minds got together to try to improve government services in Colorado…. OH WAIT! Hack4Colorado is this weekend!

If you are planning on participating in Hack4Colorado and you want some cool public safety ideas, let me know. I’ll give you all sorts of ideas. Unfortunately I can’t be there. I’ll be staying up all night waiting for 911 calls instead.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Uvize determined to help veterans make transition to college life [Xconomy]
  • SendGrid moves corporate HQ to larger space in downtown Boulder to support hiring growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Air Ambulance By iPhone: AirLife Denver Releases App [TechRockies]
  • Verizon lights up super fast XLTE mobile broadband network in Colorado [TechKnowBytes]
  • Red Rocks Community College Announces Cyber Security Scholarship Program [YourHub]
  • Westminster’s SpotXchange reports 145 percent revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • Quickleft recaps Boulder Startup Week 2014 [QuickLeft]
  • Galvanize to open Fort Collins campus next year [BuiltinColorado]
  • OneNeck picks location of new Douglas County data center [DBJ]
  • Walter Scott Jr. officially steps down at Broomfield’s Level 3 [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #48: Let’s Keep the Net Neutral and Colorado in Drive

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If you use the internet, create things for the internet or just giggle at Lolcats on the internet in Colorado there are some things going on at the state and federal level that you should be aware of. Andy Vuong’s TechKnowBytes post about Level 3 is a good place to start if you are concerned about what FCC director Tom Wheeler has proposed in regards to net neutrality (You should be concerned). Meanwhile the Denver Business Journal article about telecom reform is great news for the expanse of high-speed internet in Colorado. Happy Monday!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Dish Network to start streaming video service by early 2015; Ergen reveals plans [DBJ]
  • Telecom reform, ride-sharing app rules emerge from Colorado Legislature [DBJ]
  • University of Denver to break ground on $41M STEM facility [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Peak gets another $4 million for its innovative approach to cloud technology [BuiltInColorado]
  • What 5 Startup Crawl host companies have up their sleeves for Boulder Startup Week [BuiltInColorado]
  • Scaling SendGrid: Interview With Jim Franklin [BuiltInColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 accuses five U.S. ISPs of throttling traffic [TechKnowBytes]
  • Loveland-based Aleph Objects releases LulzBot TAZ 4, the company’s most robust and capable 3D printer [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Orbotix Raises $15.5 M to Develop Next Generation of Toys [Xconomy]
  • A review of the Energy & Tech Mashup at Galvanize in Denver: Novel format designed for momentum [BuiltInColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #47: So Much News, There’s News About News

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58. Cincuenta y ocho. That is how many stories I had to choose from to create my list of 10 stories for this week. That’s a ton of news!

Part of the reason for all the news are due to the awesome news sources I follow. Congratulations to Michael Davidson of Xconomy for his 2 first place awards in the “Top of the Rockies” journalism competition run by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Also congratulations to InnovatioNews for their 5 “Top of the Rockies” awards. You can find their stories at http://www.xconomy.com/boulder-denver/ and http://innovationews.com/

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s PivotDesk Launches in 23 New Markets in Rapid Nationwide Expansion [Xconomy]
  • Boulder-based Sphero robot maker Orbotix raises $15.5 Million [re/code]
  • Colorado Tech Roundup: News From SendGrid, Zayo Group, and JumpCloud [Xconomy]
  • How Denver-based Ping Identity has achieved its fastest growth yet – without sacrificing culture [BuiltinColorado]
  • Built In Colorado profiles the 7 coolest company culture perks in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado telecom reforms pass Senate [DBJ]
  • Charter Communications picks Douglas County for new lab [DBJ]
  • Colorado Legislature passes 5 bills on energy, tax, other tech-related business issues [DBJ]
  • TechStars, 500 Startups, Global Accelerator Network companies to get Boulder-based SendGrid technology [DBJ]
  • April New Tech Wrap-up [BDNT]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #46: Doing big things in Colorado

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Uber moves out of their Galvanize workspace. Dish reinvents mobile broadband. RoundPegg anticipates 10 fold growth in 2 years. This week’s headlines are all about doing big things and it’s all happening here in Colorado and that is pretty awesome.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Uber Technologies exits Galvanize to anchor Industry Denver workspace in RiNo [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based CodeFutures granted patent for Continuous Replication technology for database functions [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Dish partners with Artemis, a San Francisco tech upstart aiming to reinvent mobile broadband [TechKnowBytes]
  • 5 Questions with Kevin Grauman, CEO of Boulder’s RoundPegg [BuiltinColorado]
  • Open source wins again: Boulder-based OpDemand closes 3rd seed round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Twitter says Gnip deal will lead to tech giant’s first Colorado office [BuiltinColorado]
  • Going Local: Elyse Kent profiles 5 local tech companies for your business [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tax break for data-center equipment introduced in state Legislature [DBJ]
  • Colorado loses its CIO to Deloitte [DBJ]
  • Denver-based FORETHOUGHT.net expands internet and hosted PBX services in Grand Junction [PRWeb]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #39: Taking it one step at a time in awesome Colorado

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I think it’s about time I stop being surprised by the amount of tech news in Colorado. This is the 3rd week in a row that all 10 stories are from Colorado and I love it!

I had a blast volunteering for C-Level @ A Mile High on Thursday! It was amazing to talk to, and work with, so many people who have already achieved milestones in their careers that I can only dream about right now. It’s like running a marathon where the path doubles back on itself. I got to briefly see people who are way ahead of me and I want to be there! I gotta take one step at a time though. I’ll get there eventually.

Top News

  • Boulder’s Gaiam TV video subscription service now available via Apple Store [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize is one of 40 global tech hubs to receive $1M from Google to boost women-led companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Report says Denver tech workers earn 3rd highest cost-of-living adjusted salaries [TechKnowBytes]
  • C-Level @ A Mile High event draws hundreds to meet execs, bid on face-time to build business relationships [InnovatioNews]
  • It’s not just the Front Range, check out the Western Slope DTC (Durango Tech Center) [BuiltinColorado]
  • After opening up shop in Denver just last year, Signpost plans to triple its Colorado employee base [BuiltinColorado]
  • BuiltinColorado profiles the 5 coolest tech offices in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid hires proven tech leader, Paul Ford, to drive global marketing; relocates headquarters (to another Boulder location) to support growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • State of Colorado wants millions more to fix computer system [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based TriZetto reports record earnings for 2013 [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #31: Do whatever you need wherever you want

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I felt like I could’ve easily posted 20 stories, but part of the fun of these posts is narrowing it down to the 10 most interesting stories of the week. I’m really curious about the trend of the technology industry allowing us to work from anywhere. Whether it’s cloud services, coworking spaces, connected cars or wearable devices we are increasingly allowing (forcing?) us to work from wherever we want.

I am looking forward to my first Built in Brews event this Thursday. Since I like beer and I like smart, ambitious people, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • CES 2014: Colorado roundup with Logic Integration, Revolv, Dish and EnerPlex [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-founded Elihuu positions for national expansion [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado coworking spaces create a statewide membership [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Wayin acquires Comenta TV to power on-air social media [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements makes a developer’s life easier with Documents Hub launch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Cloud service provider Peak, based in Denver, starts 2014 with $4 million and big goals [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Ball Aerospace trims workforce by 77 jobs [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network drops out of LightSquared bidding [DBJ]

National News

  • Google announces Open Automotive Alliance to drive Android Into connected cars [TechCrunch]
  • CES 2014: Less Is more for smart watches and other wearable gadgets [TechnologyReview]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #28: Momentum

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There’s a certain momentum to the Colorado tech industry. Can you feel it? It feels like it’s picking up steam and for once I feel like I’m not left behind. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m not far behind.

If the local tech industry is a moving train, I’m running to catch up and watching others jump on. In a year, I’ll be along side the train looking for a place to jump on and within two years I’ll finally be on board. As long as the momentum keeps building.

Local News

  • Town of Haswell gets new computers with Haswell chips. Residents go, “Meh.” [TechKnowBytes]
  • Want to work in IT in Denver in 2014? Robert Half Technology has good news! [RMTech]
  • Rajat Bhargava jumps into DevOps as new CEO of Boulder-based JumpCloud [Xconomy]
  • Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network really wants a wireless company, reportedly mulling bid for T-Mobile in 2014 [TechKnowBytes]
  • Is that a band in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Denver-based Wimbo Music smartphone application lets musicians put a band in their hand [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood-based Pixorial aims to simplify video and photo storage and sharing across platforms [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Inspirato combines with rival luxury travel startup Portico Club and will add more staff in 2014 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based GutCheck’s crowdsourced marketing research propels expansion (Video) [DBJ]

National News

  • Global job growth for pro developers to slow, but it’s still growing [InfoWorld]
  • In a preliminary hearing, district judge mostly says NSA’s collection of bulk phone records is probably unconstitutional maybe [DBJ]

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