Colorado Tech Weekly #82: Let’s get 2015 going

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It’s the first full week of 2015! The kids go back to school this week. The holidays are wrapped up ( Get it? “Wrapped up” cuz there were presents and… ok you know what, nevermind) and it’s time to set our sights on the new year!

With some time off between classes, I have two projects I want to get going. I’ve started a Ruby app to clean up the list of accounts I’m following on Twitter. It’s not pretty code, but it works and it’s a start. Because of it, I found that over 1000 of the accounts I follow haven’t had any activity in over 6 months which is a little crazy. I’m also making an app to make report writing easier on the cops I work with.

2015 is also the year I get out and start meeting people! I’ll be at the CTA C-Level volunteer kick-off next Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

What do you have going on for 2015?

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Zayo Group CEO Dan Caruso discloses re-emergence of cancer [DBJ]
  • Steve Porter looks back on year filled with new innovation, new investment and new incubation [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder mom and daughter kick off iPhone case company at CES [TechKnowBytes]
  • 5 Colorado startups to help you make the most out of 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • INterview with Suma Nallapati, Colorado Secretary of Technology [InnovatioNews]
  • 5 cutting edge tech companies making Colorado their second home [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado AG reaches $2M settlement with Douglas County-based Dish over price hikes [DBJ]
  • Denver’s FullContact introduces Version 2.0 for Java [FullContact]
  • Golden-based NREL provides support for microgrid projects aimed at reducing electric grid outages [InnovatioNews]
  • Zayo’s IPO, Datalogix, Orion Launch Highlight Last Quarter of ’14 [Xconomy]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #81: Crystal Ball. Lego Block. Business Triangle?

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I was trying to go for some sort of shape theme for my headline. I’m not sure I did it right.  I’m not sure I did it right.I don’t know about you, but my living room is a mess with new Legos. It’s that weird “work week” between Christmas and New Years where you can’t get any momentum to get things accomplished but you don’t feel right bringing your new Sega Genesis emulator to work and just playing around all day either.

I hope your holidays were filled with better than expected family time, gifts and reactions to gifts. Since focusing on the present is difficult let’s look into the future with 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015:

  1. WellTok gets some local competition in health tech: Welltok seems to be the Colorado leader in healthcare tech in 2014. In 2015, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, wearables, security fears and better cloud services health tech will change a lot but will not grow in a huge way. This will allow smaller and newer companies to step in to the health tech industry.
  2. Colorado’s information security industry doubles: Looking through my 2014 posts I mentioned over a dozen Colorado-based information security companies. I didn’t realize there were so many! The 2014 headlines about chain-store security breaches,state-sponsored industrial espionage, and NSA overreach is putting the focus on information security and these Colorado companies will benefit greatly.
  3. “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize: In 2014 Galvanize expanded to Boulder, Fort Collins and San Francisco. Its growth not only kept up with the pace of the growth of the startup community, it probably also helped to push the expansion of Colorado’s startup community. In 2015 the next big thing will come from Galvanize. I don’t know what it is, but it’ll be cool.

Happy New Year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The road to municipal Internet: Boulder benefits from Longmont’s journey [DailyCamera]
  • FASTG8 launched in Carbondale by Adconion founder Tyler Moebius to help retailers drive online shopping [InnovatioNews]
  • iTriage, StackExchange, Quick Left and Sovrn are a few of the Colorado startups giving back this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • The top 3 digital marketing and social media trends in 2015 [Room214]
  • Golden-based NREL’s Peregrine supercomputer honored by two magazines with Editor’s Choice awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Oracle to buy Denver’s Datalogix, expand in online advertising services [DBJ]
  • Bike to work? CDOT to expand Colorado website with local trail information [DBJ]
  • Hour of Code opens window for students across Douglas County [YourHub]
  • Denver-based PaySimple gathers the best small business predictions for 2015 [PaySimple]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity hires Ed Murray, David Packer to lead company in engineering and sales [InnovatioNews]

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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 #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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