Colorado Tech Weekly #200: Zayo and eBags Get New Leadership, Some Job Tips and a Twitch Stream

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There is only one thing I’ve done consistently for 200 weeks in a row… and this is it!! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for this long. I had these big ideas that when I got to number 200 I’d do some sort of meetup event or restart the podcast but those require much more social interaction than I’m capable of doing. Thank you for reading and sharing these posts. I really enjoy doing what I can to advertise the great people who make up the Colorado technology community.

Even though I won’t be doing a meetup or a podcast, I have decided to do a weekly Twitch stream. My plan is to do CodeEval challenges in Java and C#, then find a way to incorporate those challenges into a simple game using Unity3D. Why? Because I want to write more code and this is a good way to keep me honest. So if you’re so inclined, I’ll be on Twitch on Tuesday, from 4p-7p here: https://www.twitch.tv/chickenheed

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink consolidates Denver operations as Healthgrades expands [DenverPost]
  • Legislation CTA is Supporting this Session [CTA]
  • Denver-based Intelivideo secures $5.6 million funding round to drive continued expansion [Intelivideo]
  • STEM job openings outnumber available workers [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group appoints Level 3 veteran as new president, COO [BizWest]
  • Recruiter pet peeves: What not to do when applying for your next tech gig [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TeleTech acquires Connextions for $80M [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your move: These 6 Colorado tech companies are hiring now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Apto raises $6M, Revolar launches new device and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longtime Denver online retailer eBags agrees to sell itself to Samsonite [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #176: Every Tech Job is a Security Tech Job

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When most people think of cybersecurity they think of antivirus companies and IT commandos in bunkers with entirely too many computer screens who track attacks on a large map while furiously typing away to keep the bad hackers away. The reality is not so sexy. The DDoS attack using IoT devices on Friday and the Denver Post story below highlight the fact that whether you’re designing an operating system for distributed servers or writing code on a internet-connected blinking light you need to be thinking about security.

Everyone involved in creating or maintaining systems needs to consider security when doing our jobs. This cannot be solved with a new technology or a disruptive startup. It requires the paradigm shift mentioned by Ed Rios. Every tech job is a security tech job.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster’s SpotX partners with BrightLine to accelerate automation of interactive video ad sales for connected TV [SpotX]
  • CTA Teams Up with Denver Broncos to Celebrate Colorado’s Innovative STEM Educators [DigitalColorado]
  • How focusing on travel is helping this legacy Colorado startup take off once again [BuiltinColorado]
  • TestPlant establishes Americas HQ in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Denver-based HomeAdvisor gets nod in new Facebook feature [DenverPost]
  • Tech industry ponders how to fill Colorado’s 10,000 cybersecurity job openings [DenverPost]
  • INterview with Mark Turnage, Denver-based OWL Security CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • zvelo On The Go: An Interview With Joshua Rubin [zvelo]
  • Tech roundup: Denver ranked top in Forbes list, a VR haunted house and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Code42 opens Broomfield office to tap growing regional talent pool [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #171: Software Development is Like Home Ownership

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Last week I missed out on Denver Startup Week because I had to deal with home repairs but that doesn’t mean I didn’t learn something about software development.

While I was ripping out carpet, purchasing new carpet and setting up 2 other projects I’ve never attempted before, I realized that software development is very similar to owning a home. There is only so much you can learn from reading. Sometimes you just have to jump in and give it a try to get things done. Having a lack of expertise has kept me from diving into software projects but now that I’ve dived into home repair projects, software projects are a lot less intimidating. After-all, starting over on a software project is way easier than fixing a home repair project.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • High-speed internet in Silverton pulls mining village out of digital desert [DenverPost]
  • A Summer in Denver at Wazee Digital, an Intern’s-Eye View [WazeeDigital]
  • Denver-based Layer3 TV turns on its ‘new cable’ service in its first market [DBJ]
  • Hard Code and Soft Skills at 360iDev Conference in Denver [Greeblehaus]
  • Denver’s Ping Identity partners with Microsoft to deliver secure connections via Azure [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Startup Week breaks attendance records, report cites tech growth [InnovatioNews]
  • 3 Colorado tech companies with epic lunch programs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s eBags helps lost bags get found with app-enabled connected luggage tag [InnovatioNews]
  • Four Winds Interactive launches visual communications app store [InnovatioNews]
  • 5 Lessons Learned from Denver Startup Week [KateMills]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #164: Happy Colorado Tech Week!

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Happy Colorado Tech Week, everyone! Granted every week is Colorado Tech Week for me, but this week it’s Colorado Tech Week for everyone! It’s true, the governor said so.

Since it is Colorado Tech Week, you should pay special attention to this week’s headlines and events because they accurately portray the awesomeness of the Colorado Tech community. There’s space, hackathons, startups, big data, developers, game development, online shopping. It’s all there!

I’m excited for a few of the events this week. Today starts the Colorado Technology Association’s 2nd annual Tech Tour to coincide with Colorado Tech Week. This week is also the 5th annual Develop Denver conference. And this weekend is the first ever Serenity Forge Game Jam. Unfortunately I won’t be participating in any of these events, but that just leaves more room for you. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Broomfield database outsourcer Datavail acquires Oracle business-intelligence consultant [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Tech directory published [BizWest]
  • Sierra Nevada’s Louisville-based Dream Chaser to begin Phase 2 flight testing in California at Edwards AFB [InnovatioNews]
  • The keys to a killer hackathon, according to 4 Colorado startups [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 reports $149M profit for second quarter [BizWest]
  • 4 students share what it’s really like to intern at a Colorado startup [BuiltinColorado]
  • Rocky Mountain DataCon 2016 launches [AgileData]
  • Denver-based MuscleSound names Andy Jackson President and Chief Executive Officer [MuscleSound]
  • Here’s what you need to know about Develop Denver, returning this week [BuiltinColorado]
  • How companies with Colorado ties are competing with Amazon [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #158: DMMF and DCC put the A in STEAM

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That’s a lot of acronyms in my title. Let’s take a moment to define those. DMMF stands for Denver Mini Maker Faire. You can read my review in “More Than Tech at Denver Mini Maker Faire.” DCC stands for Denver Comic Con. You can read my preview of the tech events that were at DCC in “My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con.” STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It’s an extension of the more normally referenced STEM acronym but, oh man, that A is important.

This was my second year going to DCC. I go for inspiration and motivation and you can find it there in spades. I heard Stan Lee talk about getting shot down when he proposed the idea of a Spider-Man. I heard Adam Wilson talk about Sphero and how it’s cool to work with Star Wars but what he’s really passionate about is helping kids learn.  How amazing is that?! I talked with artists, authors and game developers who are doing what they love because they love it. I saw crafts and designs and cosplay costumes and prints that show so much passion, skill and patience! How can you not be inspired?

If you are interested in using Sphero to help kids learn, check out my Sphero SPRK Lightning Lab Cheat Sheet.

If you want to help me do what I love to do, hire me!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based StickyDocs and INDUSTRY team to launch Hop Up [InnovatioNews]
  • Comcast signs big office lease at growing Centennial development [DBJ]
  • Virtual reality is set to take off, says Broomfield’s Level 3 study [DBJ]
  • These 7 companies just got funding and are ready to hire [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Evolve secures $5.5M as vacation rental market matures [BuiltinColorado]
  • Changes at Westmister’s Lassy Project – Escalation [LassyProject]
  • Denver-based SecureSet launches nation’s first commercial cybersecurity accelerator [SecureSet]
  • Meet the 12 latest Boulder CodeCraft graduates [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based concept3D announces launch of atlas3D mapping and interactive platform [InnovatioNews]
  • New tech push by Denver online retailer eBags aims for the connected traveler [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #135: Buses, toys, games and keeping it in Colorado

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There are so many cool headlines this week! I hope it’s a hint of what is to come for the rest of 2016. I’m looking forward to seeing what cool things come from RTD’s open data. A Colorado-made video game is being featured in a Smithsonian exhibit. Congratulations to Sphero on winning a spot in Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge at CES. Speaking of CES, there were 43 Colorado companies represented at CES and I expect that number will grow next year.

Then there’s the cool events! CiGDA is showing kids game development in VR and a UX talk at the Joomla Denver meetup highlight some of the cool events this week.

It’s this kind of week that really motivates me.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Sphero nabs spot in Extreme Tech Challenge to pitch Richard Branson [Tech+]
  • RTD opens live bus location data to apps makers [DBJ]
  • Denver, Panasonic unveil ‘smart city’ tech projects at CES [DBJ]
  • CES 2016 hosted 43 Colorado companies, spotlights three [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital selects Denver-based FORTRUST as data center partner [AltitudeDigital]
  • Thornton’s Ascent Solar announces partnership with Englewood-based eBags [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lands at #11 for top-grossing mobile apps [Tech+]
  • Content delivery network Fastly opens in LoDo [ConfluenceDenver]
  • New year, new career: 6 hot Colorado companies hiring in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Indie Arcade features Pixel Galaxy by Boulder-based Serenity Forge [SerenityForge]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #118: The Work That Causes the Headlines

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Every once in a while I have to remind myself that most of the news behind these headlines are the culmination of months or years of work. The awards, acquisitions, mergers and events are the headlines but the important part is the work and time put into those events long before they become headlines.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Sprint ties Verizon for best mobile performance in Denver after four years at bottom [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Rogue Wave acquires enterprise open source vendor Open Logic [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed to lay off 500 in IT services division, which has Colorado presence [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital wins ColoradoBiz Magazine Top Company Award [AltitudeDigital]
  • 5 internships at awesome Colorado tech companies for this Fall [BuiltinColorado]
  • 5 Northern Colorado tech companies you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado IT firms NexusTek and Illumen merge, eye national expansion [DBJ]
  • Pebble Rocks Boulder Review – Hardware innovation packed into a weekend hackathon [Viget]
  • Seagate cuts 70 jobs in Longmont [BizWest]
  • Tech Roundup: TapInfluence doubles in size, eBags shakes things up & more [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #102: Winning the Go Code Colorado Challenge, Visiting Denver Comic Con… Oh and Colorado Tech News

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This past week has been amazing!! Thursday night my Go Code Colorado team, MentorMatter, was one of 3 teams that won a $25,000 contract with the State of Colorado. I worked as a developer on the team to create our site using the Meteor JavaScript framework. I had no prior knowledge of Meteor before the challenge so it was amazing to be able to re-familiarize myself with JavaScript, learn Meteor and contribute to the project all in less than a month. Phew!

This weekend my wife and I got to experience our first ever Comic Con at Denver Comic Con thanks to 2 passes I won from the CTA C-Level event (Thanks for that, by the way)! It was overwhelming, amazing, fun, crazy and amazing (yes, I know I said amazing twice). I loved that Denver Comic Con featured local game development companies and maker spaces with their own section. I would list them all, but I’m afraid I would leave some out. It was so inspiring talking to Colorado authors, artists and developers who get to make a living being creative everyday.

I could go on and on about the Go Code Colorado Challenge and Denver Comic Con and I probably will in separate blog posts, but you didn’t open this post to read about that so without further ado…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero launches new Darkside robot toy [InnovatioNews]
  • Hosting a summer intern? Join Colorado Technology Foundation’s cohort! [CTA]
  • 6 awesome tech companies in Colorado you want to work for right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con exhibitor, Boulder-based Serenity Forge overcomes odds to mingle gaming with education (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings at Colorado tech startups that’ll exercise your creative muscles [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver man hacked airliners but he can’t say what he’s learned (yet) [DBJ]
  • 5 places anybody can learn to code in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Go Code Colorado awards three teams $25,000 contracts with Secretary of State [InnovatioNews]
  • Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, takes the helm at Denver tech startup Wayin [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok acquires Predilytics to enhance health analytics [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #98: Photobucket acquires all the things, social pot, Apple Watch and Go Code Colorado

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Since I sort through all my news stories on Sunday so this can go out Monday morning I’m typing this up from the offices of Rally Software in Boulder! Woohoo! I’m working in a software development office writing software! My software has nothing to do with Rally Software, but that’s just the details.

Rally is awesome enough to host the Go Code Colorado Mentor Weekend. It’s an incredible experience for anyone who’s even halfway interested in the idea of starting a tech startup to benefit Colorado. I’m definitely going to have to write a separate blog post about the Go Code Colorado Challenge. I have way more to say about it then you want to read right now. Until then, the news…

Top Colorado Technology News

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Colorado Tech Weekly #94: All About Denver, Security and Maybe Even Google Fiber?

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OK so maybe the Google Fiber excitement is a little premature, but I heard a baseless rumor that it’s going live next week in Boulder but only for people to Instragram pictures of organic food. If you have your own baseless Google Fiber rumor I’d love to hear it.

In my prediction post in December, I predicted that the Colorado’s information security industry would double! With this week’s news about ProtectWise and last week’s news about Webroot, I’m feeling pretty smart so far.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • While you were sleeping, Colorado’s dot-com generation comes of age [DenverPost]
  • Report: Colorado is No. 3 in concentration of U.S. private sector tech workers [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based PaySimple awarded best in small business Innovation and service awards [PaySimple]
  • Condé Nast Entertainment teams with Boulder’s Rapt Media for interactive video advertising and content [RaptMedia]
  • Everything you should know about non-compete agreements in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based ProtectWise receives $17M to launch world’s first cloud network DVR for enterprise security [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Schoolrunner receives $1.5M investment from Colorado Impact Fund for education technology [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based FullContact closes $10M funding round led by Foundry Group and Baird [InnovatioNews]
  • “Amazon” legislation fails again to take hold in Colorado [CTA]
  • Google Fiber files Colorado business registration [DenverPost]

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