Colorado Tech Weekly #211: Not Just The Front Range, Serious-er Robots, Denver Comic Con

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This week is my occasional reminder to myself that the Colorado tech community is bigger than just those of us on the front range. It’s a nice thing to remember.  I’m very interested in Sphero’s split into Sphero and Misty Robotics. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of innovative serious robots they can come up with.

This weekend is my yearly creative re-charge also known as Denver Comic Con! I always look forward to talking with talented artists, authors and game developers at DCC! If you’re going, lemme know. I’d love to meet you.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Royalty Exchange lands $6.4M, adds music industry power players to board [BuiltinColorado]
  • The CX Academy at Lakewood’s Computronix [Computronix]
  • U.S. Senator Cory Gardner visits TechSTART in Freemont [CanonCityDailyRecord]
  • Advanced Industries Accelerator sends $2.9 million in grants to stir technology innovation in rural Colorado [DenverPost]
  • Tech Talk with Broomfield n.io Director of Innovation, James Holmes [n.io]
  • Recent grad? Land your first gig at one of these 4 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Sphero launches Misty Robotics for home and office personal robots [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Wayin App Store launches partnership with preferred data enrichment partner, Denver-based FullContact [Wayin]
  • Lockheed Martin funds advanced space manufacturing lab at MSU Denver [DBJ]
  • 5 Colorado startups shaping the future of green technology [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #167: Sometimes things make sense

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FullContact acquiring Conspire makes complete sense. These 2 Denver companies work to help us make sense of our contacts as opposed to just dumping every contact we’ve used in a big list (Google) or making contact information secondary to their real purpose (just about any social media site). I’m excited to see what comes from this.

Other things that made sense this week include Galvanize growing their education programs, growth in health-tech and AI as a service. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Galvanize closes $45M Series B to grow their education programs [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based SparkFun taps Glenn Samala as new CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Google targeting Boulder, 23 other cities to test new wireless network [BizWest]
  • Denver’s FullContact acquires Denver-based Conspire [InnovatioNews]
  • Greenwood Village-based zvelo signs multi-million dollar contract with first AI as a Service customer [zvelo]
  • Inc. 5000: Which Colorado companies are on the list? [DBJ]
  • What’s new in tech: 4 Colorado startups share their views on the latest trends [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based defense contractor adding 85 jobs [Gazette]
  • CTOs to Know: Meet Gusto’s Edward Kim [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s NextHealth Technologies closes $8.5M Series A, looks to add 50 employees [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #166: Space, Startups and 2 New Names

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This is week number one-hundred sixty-six in a row, although you probably figured that out by looking at the title of the post. Over three years of weekly posts and it’s still fun that I can find out about new companies and organizations that add to the Colorado technology community.

This week is full of my 3 of my favorite things about the Colorado technology community: Space, Startups and new names. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Serenity Forge “Healing” Game Jam recap [PewPewCat]
  • One year in, lessons from CA Technologies’ acquisition of Boulder’s Rally Software [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech CEOs: Talent tough to come by despite NoCo being ‘on the map’ [BizWest]
  • Denver start-up FullContact nabs $25 million in venture backing [DenverPost]
  • My Experience as a Zenman Intern [Zenman]
  • Why these big companies want to act like startups [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver messaging startup, Kwippit, pulls in $2.5 million as it launches app [DBJ]
  • Boulder software firm JumpCloud raises $4.25M in new funding [BizWest]
  • NASA picks Colorado companies Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada for deep-space habitats [DBJ]
  • Following Denver expansion, Seattle online insurance company, QuoteWizard, lays off HQ employees [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #132: Zayo does good, FullContact makes a good purchase and I make good predictions!

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Last year I made 3 Colorado tech predictions for 2015, let’s see how i did (SPOILER ALERT: I did pretty good):

  1. I predicted that WellTok gets some local competition in health tech and I NAILED IT! Check out the stories below about Catalyst and the interview with Tom Highley in the Confluence Denver article to see how well I nailed this one.
  2. I predicted that Colorado’s information security industry doubles. Anytime you quantify a prediction, there’s a good chance you can’t prove you got it right. The information security industry has definitely grown in Colorado, but I can’t say if it doubled. 2014 saw the first big data breaches. I think 2015 is the year companies try to fix things themselves. I think 2016 will see a lot more of security companies providing more services to other companies. Security companies aren’t that loud so it’s hard to make good predictions about them. I generously give myself half credit.
  3. I predicted that “The next big thing” comes out of Galvanize. I was thinking that a startup that got its start in Galvanize would make a big splash so in that regard, I got this wrong. However, Galvanize seemed to focus a lot more on developer education than startups. Developer boot camps are definitely a huge deal but I can’t give myself credit for getting this one right.

Next week look for my 2016 predictions! They will not be as nearly as expansive as FreeWave’s predictions in their article below.

Also speaking of spoilers, I have not seen the new Stars Wars yet. I’m going to see it tomorrow. I am very impressed and thankful for all the people I follow on Twitter who have seen the movie at least once and have not spoiled it for me. You all rock. Merry Christmas and may the force be with you!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s SolidFire receives three ‘Best in Biz Awards’ [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver cloud infrastructure firm Faction raises $6M [Tech+]
  • Boulder-based Zayo wins Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal [Zayo]
  • Meghan Saylor describes the 4 stages of a Flying Trapeze that is career change [QuickLeft]
  • An exclusive inside peek at 3 of Colorado tech’s most successful (and swankiest) offices [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies makes bold predictions for IIoT in 2016 [FreeWave Technologies]
  • Denver’s Catalyst Health Tech Innovation adds two new tenants to its campus [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based contact management software maker FullContact buys Dallas’s nGame [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Tech Gurus on the Top Startup Stories of 2015 [Confluence Denver]
  • Boulder-based LogRhythm appoints tech veteran Daniel Wilbricht to head federal sales [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #108: I Need More Ways To Say “Growing”

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This week has all the signs of growth in the Colorado tech community. We have a Colorado connection partnership which I always love seeing, two acquisitions for Colorado companies and the other normal signs of growth. I’m not complaining about the growth, I just wish I had more ways to phrase it. I think I need to start using a thesaurus.

In case you missed it, and you probably did because you were too busy celebrating Independence Day, I wrote my second “What I’ve Learned About the Colorado Tech Community” post on Friday to celebrate 2 years of Colorado Tech Weekly. I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you for reading!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SolidFire CEO Dave Wright Wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award [Yahoo]
  • Innovation Pavilion announces strategic partnership with Arrow Electronics [InnovationPavilion]
  • FBI investigating attack on Colorado’s Level 3 and Zayo data lines [DBJ]
  • Engineer buys Longmont building to house SVVSD robotics club [BizWest]
  • 5 Boulder tech job openings at offices with amazing locations [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 acquires cybersecurity firm Black Lotus [BizWest]
  • Littleton’s Fahrenheit IT acquires ITEC [InnovatioNews]
  • Heck yeah, we’re from Denver: FullContact [Tech+]
  • Programmatic expert Brian Kane joins Denver-based Altitude Digital Board of Directors [AltitudeDigital]
  • The 5 largest reported fundings in Colorado in June [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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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 #69: Expansion in Colorado Springs, finding things in Steamboat and Colorado has the best ‘Outside’ companies

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Would it surprise you to learn that over 1/10th of the companies listed on Outside’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’ were Colorado tech companies? It didn’t surprise me either, but it’s still nice to hear. It’s like when my wife tells me I’m awesome. It’s something I already know, but it’s nice to hear it from someone else.

A note about my news sources: Lately a lot of the stories I’ve found have come from CTA’s  news aggregation site Digital Colorado. Since they post a summary and a link to the original story I don’t often link directly to Digital Colorado because I don’t want you to have to click a link to click a link to read a story. That being said, If you want your tech news aggregated more often than once a week, you should definitely check them out!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Big sale, equity rounds, surprises make headlines in 3rd quarter [Xconomy]
  • Denver-based Lassy Project launches updates and new features [LassyProject]
  • Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Exelis completes spinoff of Colorado-based unit [DBJ]
  • Booming Colorado Springs software company, Cherwell Software, looks for space to grow even more [Gazette]
  • Technology startup U Grok It celebrates new milestones in Steamboat Springs [SteamboatToday]
  • Franklin Out, VMLogix and Citrix Exec in as SendGrid Replaces CEO [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes Suma Nallapati to board of directors [CTA]
  • Insurance software company, Insurance Technologies, expands in downtown Colorado Springs [Gazette]
  • 11 Colorado tech companies make Outside’s 100 The Best Places to Work in 2014 [Outside]

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10 links to get you ready for Denver Startup Week

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Monday is the beginning of the 2014 Denver Startup Week. This is DSW’s third iteration and it’s turning into quite the big deal. In the spirit of my Colorado Tech Weekly posts, here are 10 links from local tech news sources and companies to get you ready for this week!

10 Awesome Denver Startup Week Links

  • What makes Colorado startups unique? [DBJ]
  • A Denver Startup Week guide for First-Timers [CommerceKitchen]
  • What’s happening at Galvanize during Denver Startup Week! [Galvanize]
  • Denver Startup Week: The Importance Celebration! [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech Cocktail hypes Denver Startup Week [DigitalColorado]
  • Tech, Networking, and Beer: A quick guide for Denver Startup Week [Xconomy]
  • Denver Startup Week Q&A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Denver Startup Week: 5 can’t-miss rockstar panels & parties [BuiltinColorado]
  • DSW Startup Crawl Preview: 12 startups reveal their hiring & planned hoopla [BuiltinColorado]
  • The New Signpost and Denver Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]