Colorado Tech Weekly #230: Rural Broadband, GO VOTE and Job Interviews

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Last week I had 2 job interviews. I pored over company information, bookmarked Pluralsight courses to show initiative in learning their tech stack, only to be bewildered by value-based questions like “What motivates you?” It’s a simple question but it’s really easy to overthink the answer in a job interview. On the plus side I have at least one follow up interview already scheduled so fingers are crossed!

Tomorrow is ELECTION DAY! I know you’re wondering why I typed that in all caps and made it bold, but if you really want to have a voice in your community, vote in local elections. Government works best when its community is involved in how it operates so GO VOTE!

I highlighted the story about the rural-urban divide in broadband service because I’d really like us to fix this. I dream of being a remote/freelance developer living in a small town in the mountains, enjoying small town life while helping to build cool things. Let’s make this happen!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Silicon Valley company, Ampex Data Systems, plans to add up to 30 jobs next month in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • Lawmakers have tried to address the rural-urban inequality when it comes to broadband internet service [GJSentinel]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun gets weird for Halloween 2017! [Sparkfun]
  • It’s official: Broomfield’s Level 3 Communications is now CenturyLink [DenverPost]
  • UpCurve buys Denver-based Closely to boost ThriveHive’s marketing tech offerings [Xconomy]
  • Report shows growing tech presence in Colorado Springs [CSBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid plans to sell its shares publicly starting at $13.50 each [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TeamSnap: Record Q3 saw 150K new teams signed to manage schedules [InnovatioNews]
  • Photos and their maker from Maker Faire Denver [DenverMakerFaire]
  • Campaign against Fort Collins internet plan spends $451,000 [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #227: Influencing Tech News and Forgetting Makers

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I like to think that these posts and the news I share on social media from Colorado tech companies helps Colorado tech reporters find and focus on stories. As you can probably tell I’m a big fan of their work and I like to think I contribute to it in some small way. So I was excited that, after I asked in last Monday’s post “What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community?”, the Denver Business Journal posted this article on Tuesday: Amazon HQ2 could actually help Denver’s talent-starved tech sector. I like to think Greg Avery was answering my question for me. If not, it’s really good timing.

I’m a big fan of creators of every kind, whatever they’re called! Most of my heroes are artists, makers, hackers, tinkerers, inventors, cosplayers, game-makers, podcasters, etc. so imagine my surprise that I somehow completely missed promoting the Denver Maker Faire in last week’s Colorado Tech Weekly post! I’m shocked that I missed promoting it because I would have absolutely gone to it if I wasn’t at work all weekend. If you see, or write, a good recap of the Denver Maker Faire, please send it my way.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • They don’t play games: 5 companies using AR/VR for more than gaming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Incident Response Technologies closes $1.2M seed round led by Innosphere Fund [InnovatioNews]
  • Apple hiring software engineers to work in Denver [DBJ]
  • Pay it forward: How Boulder-based Bonusly helped donate over $60,000 to disaster relief [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Georgia’s Tea Leaves, gains access to 400 hospital partners and consumer data [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Homebot raises $4.5M, plans to double team and expand nationally by year’s end [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 coding bootcamps and schools in Denver & Boulder you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara taking investments in equity crowdfunding campaign [BizWest]
  • Colorado investigations company, KeyPoint Government Solutions, to join in 3-way merger to form government IT-services business [DBJ]
  • Nerdwallet: Boulder ranks No. 8 for best city for tech jobs, Springs is No. 12 [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #209: The Hardest Part About Programming Isn’t the Code

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I never turn down advice about job seeking. I don’t always get good advice, but if you listen then you’ll find that most good advice gets repeated more than bad advice. I recently found out about, and signed up for, an email series from experienced programmer, Ian Douglas, that helps job seekers understand the questions from interviewers. It’s a great series and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new job.

If I could go to any tech event this week, I would absolutely go to the Denver Java User Group talk about Gradle. Gradle seems like it’s probably a useful tool for Android developers, but for me it just confused me, got in my way and discouraged me from learning Android development using Android Studio. Languages are easy. Frameworks, developer tools, deployment tools and management strategies are the difficult parts.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Jack Forrest Joins Boulder’s Fitbot [FitBot]
  • Beyond the tech: Personal traits recruiters look for in their next developer [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why I quit my job to teach kids to code [DenverStartupWeek]
  • 5 startups using tech to make Colorado a healthier place [BuiltinColorado]
  • An Interview with New Denver-based Brandfolder CEO, Digital Media Executive Luke Beatty [Brandfolder]
  • Drones in firefighting could save Colorado tax dollars and lives [ColoradoPolitics]
  • From parties to company retreats, here’s how Colorado tech celebrates closing big rounds [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software company Conga dances to investment deal with Salesforce Ventures [DBJ]
  • Blind CU student blasts through barriers — and now aims to help others envision science and tech careers [DenverPost]
  • PewPewCat Goes to E3 2017 [PewPewCat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #178: If I Could Go To Every Event, I Would

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Tomorrow is the most important #TacoTuesday yet. Make sure you vote!

After last week’s Colorado Tech Weekly post had an article hinting at a CenturyLInk/Level 3 combo, it happened this week. That’s crazy. Speaking of crazy combos, check out FADC4. It is the fourth annual fighting-game event to collect food for families in need this Thanksgiving and it’s the first year I’ve heard of it so I’m happy to promote it.

I would go to all nine of the other top events listed this week too if I could. The APEX awards was the first industry event I volunteered for 2 years ago and I’ve been a fan of CTA ever since. Then there’s the Java meetup, cloud security, new web developers, experienced web developers, a school district STEAM event, etc. etc. In fact I had to narrow down 37 possible events down to just 10.

Part of me is thinking of a way to share all the events I consider each week. Maybe it could be a Patreon perk? That could be cool.

This week is a great big patriotic week considering we have Election Day and Veterans Day in the same week. Not to mention the 241st birthday of the Marine Corps. So go vote! Happy birthday and Semper Fi! And regardless of which branch you may have served in, thank you for your service.

Have a great week! It should be an interesting one!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink to acquire Broomfield-based Level 3 for $25B [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s CaliberMind raises $1.1M to bring psychographic behavioral analytics to B2B [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado officials, Panasonic team up on tech approach to tackling I-70 traffic [DBJ]
  • Prime Health Challenge awards $150K to three of Colorado’s top companies [InnovatioNews]
  • Comcast announces new gigabit Internet service coming to Colorado [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs aerospace firm, RT Logic, more than doubling headquarters size [BizWest]
  • What employers are actually looking to see in your Github profile [BuiltinColorado]
  • Greenwood Village-based Recondo Technology closes $16M funding round to support growth [InnovatioNews]
  • 7 Colorado companies hiring where you can build your career [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST creates veterans group to support former military employees [YourHub]

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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 #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 #100: A milestone, new buildings, cool jobs and startups

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This is my 100th CONSECUTIVE Colorado Tech Weekly post and, frankly, I’m a bit surprised. I have a hard time doing anything consistently so for me to post these stories for 100 consecutive weeks is kind of a huge deal.

Speaking of big deals, Boulder Startup Week starts today. I’m going to the Boulder Beta event tonight, if you’re going I’d love to say high. I’ll also be at the CTA Volunteer Celebration next Monday at their cool, new Commons on Champa office. If you’re going to either one of those events, let me know. I’d love to say “Hi” in the real world.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you that read these posts, share them and talk about them. I don’t make any money off of writing these posts (although that probably would be a good idea). This is not a job that I feel forced to do. I do them to get my name out there and because it’s fun. You make it fun. I started off writing about the “Colorado tech industry” but I have changed it to “Colorado tech community” because there is a really cool community here. THANK YOU!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The 10 most popular events at Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • Startup Stories: Finding a startup job for recent grads [SoSheGoes]
  • New digital health campus planned for Denver’s River North area to be called Catalyst, tenants revealed [InnovatioNews]
  • Lakewood-based Digabit raises $9M, plans to increase hiring [BuiltinColorado]
  • CivilianJobs.com Recognizes Broomfield’s Level 3 as a 2015 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military® Winner [CTA]
  • Colorado Tech Download May – Celebrate the grand opening of The Commons on Champa + Claim your passes for Wine Tasting [CTA]
  • Denver-based Galvanize offers $50,000 STEM scholarship, targets Latinos [Tech+]
  • Englewood’s New West Technologies wins contract for design and development of new Samish Indian Nation website [CybergyPartners]
  • The 5 coolest entry level tech job openings in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Welltok, IBM Watson unveil artificial intelligence health coach app [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #95: GoCodeColorado and More Security News

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I am so excited/nervous/apprehensive/scared/excited for the GoCodeColorado Apps Challenge Weekend this weekend. This will be the first time I say in public “I know how to code. Give me a problem to fix” and just typing that makes my imposter syndrome kick in. Then yesterday I saw who the five finals judges are and that kicked my excitement/nervousness into overdrive. Following tech news in Colorado for 95 weeks, these 5 people are definitely leaders in the Colorado tech community and it’s so awesome that they volunteer their time for this.

So I’ll be spending my entire week at my laptop getting homework done and trying to learn all the things to prepare for the weekend. Wish me luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Wayin secures major talent with former Spredfast veteran [Wayin]
  • Denver-based Red Canary secures $2.5M, helps customers identify actual cyber threats [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Photobucket selects Hitachi Data Systems Cloud Solutions to host & serve billions [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Ello raises another $5M, launches new beta version [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder ad-tech firm Trada shuts down [BizWest]
  • Colorado Springs cybersecurity firm, CertainSafe, forms $10 million partnership [CSGazette]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST expands staff due to growth, focuses on hiring veterans [CTA]
  • Raytheon awarded $700M NORAD contract for Colorado, other states [DBJ]
  • Vonage buys Denver’s SimpleSignal in move to dominate business VoIP [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based ShipCompliant acquired by Boston software firm [BizWest]

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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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Colorado Tech Weekly #83: More predictions! More jobs! Fewer CES stories!

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It’s the Monday after the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and I only have one CES related story! I think Wayin’s Jamey Wood might be on to something in the below BuiltinColorado article “What’s next for Colorado tech in 2015” when he says Colorado should get more involved in the physical realm. More robotics! More devices! I’m all for it!

Until then, I guess we’ll just have to deal with only having more jobs and more optimism. That works just fine for me.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Security Pursuit opens Lafayette office [BuiltinColorado]
  • How Boulder-based Uvize combines college prep and mentorship for student veterans [BuiltinColorado]
  • What’s next for Colorado tech in 2015, including Governor Hickenlooper, a venture capitalist, a founder and a CTO [BuiltinColorado]
  • Recruitment Strategies: How Denver’s Signpost tripled its sales team in Denver this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network’s Sling TV wins big at CES [DBJ]
  • Colorado health exchange snafus trip up thousands as cost overruns mount [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based Simple Energy’s 2015 predictions [SimpleEnergy]
  • Denver luxury box broker SuiteHop hiring in 2015 with $1M in new funding [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Health care IT scholarships available from the Colorado Health Information Management Systems Society [CSBJ]
  • Four Colorado storylines to watch as 2015 gets underway [Xconomy]

Upcoming Events

  1. 1/14 – 1 Million Cups Denver – CivicData & Flowh
  2. 1/14 – CIGDA – One game a month
  3. 1/14 – CTA – 101 Luncheon
  4. 1/14 – DJUG – Holiday Party
  5. 1/14 – Full Stack Meetup – Physical computing and creative coding for the masses. #OhHeckYeah
  6. 1/14 – Reed Group – Job Fair
  7. 1/14 – Refresh Denver – Alexander Diner & Mike Cummings, Partners @ Young & Hungry
  8. 1/15 – BDNT – New Tech Denver
  9. 1/15 – NetApp User Group – Tech OnTap Live: Denver
  10. 1/15 – Girl Develop It – [DENVER] Get involved with Girl Develop It
  11. 1/17 – DaVinci Coders – Swift Developers Workshop
  12. 1/17-1/18 – Girl Develop It – BOULDER: Intermediate HTML & CSS / Intro to Responsive
  13. 1/20 – All Things API – Scott Feinberg: Developer Evangelist at WePay
  14. 1/20 – Geospatial Amateurs –The Ugly, Bad, and the Good: An Evening of Web artography
  15. 1/20 – WomenWhoCode – (Boulder) Mobile Study Group + Talk
  16. 1/20 – WomenWhoCode – (Denver) Technical Interview Skills: Behavioral Preparation

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