Colorado Tech Weekly #195: What is it like to get hired by, and work at, a Colorado tech company?

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This is one of the questions I try to answer every week with the articles I share in these posts. This week Eric Daugherty gives insight into the hiring process, Noel Worden lets us know what life is like as a new junior engineer, Ben Castelli shows how Room214 acts on their company values and Jess Ryan with BuiltinColorado gives us great insight into 5 Colorado tech companies.

When I started this project i thought for sure that I’d be able to answer some of these questions by now. I am very thankful for these people and their insights into the Colorado tech community.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Springs’ Cherwell Software, maker of codeless software to help legacy tech keep operating, snaps up $50 million [DenverPost]
  • Satellite startup lands at MSU Denver campus [DBJ]
  • Douglas County-based EchoStar cuts 100 employees, another 1,800 moving to Douglas County-based Dish Network [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Room 214 Culture: Finding time to live our values [Room214]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 CEO is poised for $4.2 million payout in CenturyLink merger [DBJ]
  • 5 of the best Colorado companies to work for (and they’re all hiring) [BuiltinColorado]
  • My first 8 weeks as a Junior Engineeer [NoelWorden]
  • Denver tech startup TapInfluence cuts jobs less than a year after raising $14 million [DenverPost]
  • Technical Interviewing and Hiring [EricDaugherty]
  • Techtonic Academy arrives at The Commons on Champa! [CTA]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #194: Education is Hard, Especially in Tech

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I have 6 courses left until I finish my Computer Science degree. I will graduate in Spring of 2018. It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past 3 years. It feels so close, but also still so far away.

Education is frustrating for the simple fact that we are doing something we’ve never done before and we don’t know how to do it. Whenever I get frustrated, I remind myself that it wouldn’t be called learning if I already knew how to do it. 4 years of part-time courses takes its toll so I’m looking forward to my initial education being done. I say “initial education” because, especially in tech, we never stop learning. I’m just looking forward to not taking college courses.

This week I’m not the only one thinking about tech education. Tech education is a focus in Colorado Springs, the capitol building and is the topic of most of the events this week!

Keep learning and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based startup SlamData raises $6.7M [BizWest]
  • AppIt Ventures triples space in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood [BizWest]
  • From waffle parties to international trips, here’s how 3 Colorado tech companies celebrate their wins [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield software maker, Conga, expects big revenue and job growth after acquisitions [DBJ]
  • Canadian firm buying Colorado’s DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion [DBJ]
  • How Boulder startup, Conclave, is bringing military-grade encryption to your private messages [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s TestPlant appoints software veteran John Bates to lead next phase of global expansion [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado lawmakers are stepping in to help prepare students for the state’s booming tech sector [Chalkbeat]
  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 positions to Colorado, Florida [DenverPost]
  • Growing technical education and talent in the Springs [CSBJ]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #192: Mostly Good News and Awesome Events

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If all the news was good news would we really appreciate the good news? That’s a pretty deep question for a tech newsletter.

The events this week look amazing. I wish I could go to all of them, but I can’t. You should go! It’ll be great!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder adtech startup, Brandzooka, lands seed round, plans to add 25 new team members [BuiltinColorado]
  • Compri Consulting acquires Gunther Douglas to keep pace with jobs demand of Colorado’s Tech Industry [CTA]
  • From Immigration to Innovation: Why I Co-founded Denver-based Revolar [Revolar]
  • Big week for big hires as 7 Colorado startups see leadership changes [BuiltinColorado]
  • Layoffs follow Denver’s ReadyTalk acquisition [DBJ]
  • Denver ranked as 2nd-most appealing city in U.S. for tech employees [DenverPost]
  • How immigration has shaped the experiences of these 8 Colorado tech founders [BuiltinColorado]
  • SpotX Hot Seat: Q&A with VP of Engineering in Westminster, Joel DuBien [SpotX]
  • How do Denver software engineer salaries compare nationally? [DBJ]
  • Viavi laying off 61 in Colorado Springs (by The Gazette) [DenverPost]
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Colorado Tech Weekly #189: Dependable or Boring?

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I am almost at 200 weeks of posting these news summaries. I am proud that I have been able to do it and I feel great whenever I hear that someone got value out of these posts. As with most things technology-related, I feel the need to change things up and keep it exciting and new but I wonder, are these posts seen as dependable or boring?

I’ve been thinking of trying the podcast again, but this time with co-host(s) and more discussion.s I also like the idea of an event board. And the biggest idea I have is turning this project into its own company but that means I have to find ways to make money off of this. I’m thinking a few ads maybe, sponsors for the podcast and a Patreon account with fun extras that I haven’t thought of yet.

I hope you find these posts more dependable than boring for now because I don’t have any time to make these ideas happen. I just started an accelerated, online Calculus II course and it’s kicking my ass so I will focus on that.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • How IT company, World Wide Technology, with new Denver hub used innovation to become a $9B giant [DBJ]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2017 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver cybersecurity accelerator, SecureSet Academy, secures $4 million investment [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s ProtectWise closes $25M Series B, looks to add 30 employees in 2017 [DenverPost]
  • eFolder to move home base from Atlanta to Denver [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Datavail acquires second company in 6 months [DenverPost]
  • Westminster-based DaVinci Coders form team to compete for IBM Watson AI X-Prize [DaVinciCoders]
  • TeleTech, and Denver’s Welltok partner to deliver high-touch experience for consumers [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: For the top-hiring tech jobs in 2017, it pays to live in Denver [Denverite]
  • Full Stack & UX Design: A Boulder-based CodeCraft grad tells why she wanted to double down on tech bootcamps [Codecraft]

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  1. 1/25 – Colorado Data Science – Intro to Python for Data Science
  2. 1/25 – DeRailed – Get some graphQL
  3. 1/25 – Rocky Mountain AngularJS – Angular 2 Unit and Integration Testing
  4. 1/25 – UX Book Club Denver – UXBCD // Annual UX Book Exchange + Potluck 2017!
  5. 1/26 – Flock – Diversity in Tech Career Day
  6. 1/26 – Learn to Code Colorado – Hack the Dot with Galvanize and Name.com!
  7. 1/26 – Turing School – New Campus Open House
  8. 1/27 – Girl Develop It – DENVER: Job Readiness Day with Skillfull
  9. 1/31 – Boulder iOS Developer Meetup – SpriteKit and SceneKit

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Colorado Tech Weekly #184: 2016 Prediction Results and One Event to Rule Them All

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One of the reasons I share events, is to give people a resource to meet others in the Colorado technology community. This week is pretty easy, just go to the Holiday Startup Mashup party which is being hosted by WomenWhoCode, Denver Founders, WomenWhoStartup, EnergyTech, Refresh Denver and Clean Tech Open at the Commons on Champa in Denver. It looks like a great way to meet all the people!

Alright, let’s see how I did with my 2016 predictions…

  • I said that dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016. This is hard to tell if I got it right because I won’t know unitl 2017. I think we’ve reached max dev school capacity at least in the Denver/Boulder area. I give myself partial credit for this.
  • I said the Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life. IoT is almost reaching past the novelty phase. Many IoT devices are just for the sake of novelty but many devices are becoming mundane in the best ways. I was too soon for this prediction. Next year.
  • I said cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements. I think I got this one right. Each of those sexy technologies made huge improvements. Driverless cars are happening sooner than anyone thought. VR and AR (Augmented Reality) are really improving but waiting on it’s Big Thing and AI has become ubiquitous.
  • And the last prediction I made for 2016 was that Colorado tech will see constant growth. I’ll mark that as a right answer as well.

Happy holidays! Next week I’ll predict 2017. I like my chances. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado’s Gardner seeks a Senate cybersecurity watchdog [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Tech executives want to hire skilled IT workers in 2017, survey says [Denverite]
  • Denver-based Galvanize awarded $1.3M incentive to expand to New York, New York City [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial’s IQNavigator acquires workforce software competitor, plans to merge [DenverPost]
  • Longmont-based CaliberMind wins Software Company of the Year at BizWest’s 2016 IQ Awards [CaliberMind]
  • Boulder’s SurveyGizmo names Nicole Crain company’s new COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Droplet Measurement Technologies moves to Longmont, sells majority stake [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based VictorOps increases VC haul amid growing customer traction [DBJ]
  • New companies on the block: 7 Colorado startups that launched in 2016 [BuiltinColorado]
  • StartupCTO.io launches a job board [KevinOwocki]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #182: Getting Geared Up for 2017

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I like when I can find themes in the weekly headlines that I share. This week it seems as if most of Colorado tech is ramping up to get things done and announced before enjoying the end-of-the-year holidays. Once again I was faced with way more than 10 events I wanted to share. I really do need to find another way to share those. Speaking of the end of the year I should probably review my 2016 predictions and start brewing my 2017 predictions.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Looking to hire a recent coding school grad? 4 Colorado schools share their tips [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s SendGrid will hire as many as 250 by early 2018, close to 400 by 2020 [Denverite]
  • Louisville-based Rogue Wave Software acquires Akana [BizWest]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST named a top private company by ColoradoBiz Magazine [YourHub]
  • Boulder-based VictorOps announces first close of $12.2M Series B fundraising round [InnovatioNews]
  • Behind the scenes: What it’s really like to work for Denver’s Credera [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based MuscleSound announces partnership with E3 Fitness [MuscleSound]
  • Tech roundup: Denver’s Rachio gets new digs, government’s role in tech and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Why Colorado’s become a hub for travel tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Rapt Media’s new hire onboarding gets a face lift and how I got to go to Vegas! [RaptMedia]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #181: Holidays Don’t Slow Colorado Tech

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I thought with the Thanksgiving holiday last week and the upcoming holidays that it would be more difficult to find Colorado tech news and events. I was wrong. Dead wrong. Sometimes I really like being wrong.

On that note, I won’t get a developer job before the end of the year (I’d love to be wrong about this too).

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 7 Colorado tech employees are thankful for this year [BuiltinColorado]
  • How 4 Colorado startups are giving back to their communities this holiday season [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tired of the same tiny emojis? Heck yeah, Kwippit is from Denver! [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s Optiv files for an IPO [DBJ]
  • Galvanize to close Fort Collins campus after 18 months of operation [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Tectonic helps companies use Big Data analytics to better target customers needing their services [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Velocity Global CEO, Ben Wright named as a ColoradoBiz Magzine’s CEO of the Year Finalist [VelocityGlobal]
  • NewCo Boulder 2016 at Viget [Viget]
  • Ft.t Collins-based RLE Technologies promotes Jeremy Swanner to president [BizWest]
  • Greenwood Village-based Ciber gets delisting warning from New York Stock Exchange [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #160: Tech and Politics

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This week has had some big news combining Colorado tech and politics. Our Governor decided to celebrate Colorado’s tech success with Tech Week in August and the two most popular US Presidential candidates visited the state. Hillary Clinton visited Galvanize and talked about tech, education and entrepreneurship and Donald Trump visited Colorado and, while he didn’t say anything specific about technology he did say that Colorado could win so much we would be tired of winning. I don’t think it’s possible to get tired of winning. The Colorado tech community has been mostly winning for the past 3 years and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Regardless of party affiliation we all need to be more involved in politics (this means doing more than just voting in November and posting rants on social media. I need to be better at this too), especially local politics, because like technology, politics affects everything whether we like it or not.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner partners with Denver-based Cloud Elements on replatforming venture [CTA]
  • Hillary Clinton touts entrepreneurship, tech education at Denver’s Galvanize [DBJ]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces organizational changes to expand leadership team [CTA]
  • How Colorado coding schools are helping veterans — and filling the gap in tech worker demand [BuiltinColorado]
  • Louisville-based GHX acquires Omaha software firm [BizWest]
  • Seagate begins cutting 1,600 jobs, some possibly in Longmont [DenverPost]
  • Centennial-based ULA downsizing triggers hundreds of layoffs, buyouts [DBJ]
  • Hickenlooper proclaims August 1-5 as Tech Week to celebrate Colorado as a tech hub [CTA]
  • Virtual companions, interactive incubators and more at Denver’s 10.10.10 health event [DBJ]
  • Report cites $50M-worth of unpaid software jobs in Boulder [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #153: Podcast Guesting, Linux Learning, DevOps and BSW Watching

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Last Monday I was invited to be a guest on the EleventyTwelve podcast with Jared Ewy and Aaron Templer. It was fun to meet Jared and Aaron and see how another podcast is put together.

We talked a little bit about AirBnB rules and we talked about upcoming tech events and the people and groups that make them happen. Give it a listen and let me know what you think because I can’t listen to it. I tried, but I will just constantly second guess myself and be entirely too hard on myself so the only way I will hear if Jared’s editing magic made me sound smart is to hear it from you.

Last week I also said I would get serious about my job search and I already had my first interview. It was a phone interview for a Jr. DevOps position and the conclusion reached was that I was good on all my skills needed for the job except my Linux knowledge. I have some, but it’s old and rusty. This makes sense though since DevOps is that middle ground between “an IT worker who wants to be a part of the development process” and “a developer that can actually put continuously integrated code into production.” So I decided to brush up on my Linux skills.

Since then I’ve learned that Lynda.com has a great CentOS lesson. I also learned that it was quicker for me to start an Amazon AWS instance than it was to get set up with Docker, how to use Git Bash, and that creating a Linux server in a virtual machine to follow a tutorial is a pain. I’d rather just connect to another computer than try to figure out pretend networking.

My plan is to use AWS instances and virtual machines to get as comfortable as I can with Linux in the next month then see if the position I applied for, or a similar position, is available.

If you have, or know of, a position you think I would fit in check out my resume and my projects page and let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What 82 technology jobs in the Denver region pay for salaries [Tech+]
  • 4 Colorado companies using tech to tackle mental health challenges [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder tech star SendGrid moving HQ to downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot jumps into ‘internet of things’ protection [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Serenity Forge goes publisher with new title [BentoByte]
  • Startup Crawl preview: what 11 Boulder startups have in store [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Academy recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as first tech apprenticeship program in Colorado [CTA]
  • Denver, Boulder called top places to live for tech pros [BizWest]
  • 25 Colorado women startup founders you should know [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left’s right turn – to Cognizant [QuickLeft]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #152: Finding Opportunities in Colorado is Easy

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Finding opportunities is easy. Taking advantage of opportunities? That’s the difficult part.

With achievement of my degree within sight and a few projects completed it is time for me to take job searching seriously. Last night I started trying to figure out how to get paid for doing something I love. I looked at a few online job postings but this does not seem like a good strategy considering the network of awesome people I’ve cultivated in the last 152 weeks. Then there’s the question of “What is a good strategy?” Should I put my head down and charge at a dream job or should I keep my eye out for other software developer jobs? My heart wants to go for the dream job but my heart also really wants to get out of this job so I can work as a developer full time as soon as possible!

If you have any job searching advice, I’d love to hear it. If you just have a job offer, I’d love to hear that even more!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver Tech Center-based cable company, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, says it raised $40M [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Zayo cuts 21 jobs as growth and and acquisitions created redundancies [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Wayin gets new CEO after acquiring UK’s EngageSciences [Tech+]
  • 7 key players in Colorado’s cybersecurity industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Break up with your bad job: 7 Colorado companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs tech storage firm, X-IO Technologies, closes facility, cuts 107 workers [DenverPost]
  • AT&T’s pledge to hire more veterans for tech jobs in Colorado [Tech+]
  • Your guide to making the most of Boulder Startup Week [BuiltinColorado]
  • 6 drastic changes some companies are making to lure tech workers [DenverPost]
  • Bootcamps Vs. Traditional Education: My experience as a new woman in tech [CodeCraft]

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