Colorado Tech Weekly #275: Cybersecurity, Space and Things That High Tech Dreams are Made Of

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This past week we got to see the future in Colorado! We have 3 headlines about innovative, cutting edge cybersecurity companies. We have 2 headlines about space technology being created here. Then we have an article about futuristic roadways that are starting to be created in Colorado AND the announcement of the new Sphero BOLT which is the kind of cool technology that motivates people to make even more technology. What’s not to love?

Speaking of the future, Denver Startup Week is next week and I’m excited to participate in my first Denver Startup Week! I’ve already gone through the events and chosen the ones that interest me, but now I need to figure out which events I can actually go to because I’m only one person.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Technology could transform transportation to the Vail Valley, and fairly soon [VailDaily]
  • Boulder’s Sphero launches BOLT, most advanced app-enabled robotic ball [InnovatioNews]
  • Boeing invests $10 million in Denver aerospace startup BridgeSat [DBJ]
  • Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black picked Boulder over Portland, Seattle and Austin, plans to grow headcount to 150 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based OverWatchID closes $2.5M seed financing round [InnovatioNews]
  • $80 million gift is Gunnison-based Western State’s largest ever. Here’s how the school plans to use it starting with a 75,000 square foot school of computer science. [DBJ]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot reports double-digit growth in fiscal year [BizWest]
  • What Adobe’s rumored acquisition of Marketo could mean for Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Welltok acquires Wellpass to enhance consumer health platform [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin wins $7.2B Air Force contract to build satellites at Littleton facility [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #271: Colorado Tech Is Booming, But We Still Need More “Talent”

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When I started going back to school for my computer science degree 5 years ago, Colorado had a small but thriving inclusive tech community. Today we has a large and thriving inclusive tech community that is still growing! Denver and Boulder share the spotlight, but, like we see with the headlines this week, other Colorado areas are also growing and in need of talented workers.

This tempts me to get on a soapbox about “talented workers” but I’ll keep it short. There is a line between being unable to find talented workers for a role and having expectations that are too high for a role. If you are constantly unable to find someone to fit your role, could your expectations be too high? Can you train someone to fit this role? This is not an easy line to define. If I knew how to accurately define where this line exists, I’d be a very well off consultant but I think it’s worth thinking about.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Wazee Digital to be acquired by Veritone [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Filling backpacks for A Precious Child [Greystone]
  • Cybersecurity industry booming in Springs, but worker shortage remains [KOAA]
  • Denver-based AdSwerve acquires Seattle firm for $24 million [DBJ]
  • Talent acquisition, security breaches weigh on NoCo tech CEOs [BizWest]
  • Gusto hiring up to 100 in Denver, growing office faster than San Francisco HQ [DBJ]
  • Xerox spinoff to lay off 410 employees in Colorado Springs, continuing trend of cutting jobs in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • 5 steps to change your career and transition into tech [CodingBlonde]
  • Denver’s Red Canary and Endgame announce partnership [RedCanary]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe co-founds and leads new World Geospatial Industry Council [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #260: Read All These Stories. Consider All These Events

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There are some weeks where I find a theme in the stories I share. There are other weeks where I just rant about something else before presenting the headlines. This week I’m not sure what to do so read all these stories and consider going to as many of these events as you can because I can’t decide.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado governor signs law requiring more protection of consumer data [DBJ]
  • PAIRIN and Skillful, two Denver-based companies, announce partnership to increase competency-based hiring [PAIRIN]
  • Boulder’s Boomtown seeks applicants for health-tech accelerator [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Choozle is one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces 2018 [Choozle]
  • Boulder’s Redeam Inc. hires new chief executive as company grows [BizWest]
  • “Data is the new asphalt”: High-tech Colorado road test to be first of its kind in the U.S., may improve traffic and save lives [DenverPost]
  • Innovation Pavilion CEO resigns amid sexual assault allegations, claims relationships consensual [DBJ]
  • Boulder cybersecurity firm LogRhythm acquired as it heads into next growth phase [DenverPost]
  • Enginursday: Boulder Bounces [SparkFun]
  • Breaking barriers: How 4 Colorado companies are taking an active approach to diversity [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #255: AR, VR and RL

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When I was looking for my first developer job (it was just last year, but it’s nice to say it was in the past) I was always asked the seemingly helpful question of “What kind of development do you want to do?” and as someone who had never worked in software development I really didn’t know the answer. I am currently working in the credit card payments industry doing C# and .NET development and I’m enjoying it and that never would’ve been my answer (mostly cuz I knew nothing about the credit card payment process).

AR and VR sound like a lot of fun though. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver’s Havenly leases 10,000 square feet in RiNo [BusinessDen]
  • INterview with Tom McAndrew, CEO of Westminster-based Coalfire [InnovatioNews]
  • Velocity Global Awarded Fifth Spot in The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces 2018 [VelocityGlobal]
  • The day net neutrality died, Colorado lawmakers put an extra nail in the coffin [DenverPost]
  • Restaurant software company Upserve opens in Denver with 50 employees [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s National CineMedia brings AR gaming to movie theaters [DBJ]
  • Deloitte Consulting hires 25 for Colorado Springs cybersecurity work [CSGazette]
  • Innosphere gets seed money from Community Foundation to build startup laboratory wet space in Fort Collins [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Techtonic Group raises $2M in equity offering [BizWest]
  • A Denver tech company became more diverse and had its best financial year ever. Here’s why that matters for SendGrid and other companies [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #251: Do Not Sacrifice Yourself for Opportunity

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Last week I had a new experience. I had my first full-blown anxiety attack. In the middle of the afternoon my mind seized up while i was trying to develop a new feature for the startup where I work and I panicked. The feature wasn’t huge, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back after a month of high stress both personally and professionally. I would like to not do it again.

Afterwards, I Googled “anxiety attack” and under self-care it said the best way to treat yourself is to avoid alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, get exercise, consciously manage stress and eat healthy and I read that and I laughed because it basically told me “Do the exact opposite thing you’ve been doing all month.”

Then I read a 5280 Magazine article titled “The 9 Things You Should Know About Colorado’s Work-Life Balance” and I”ll tell you the first thing: We’re not as good at having a balance as we’d like to think. Out of the 251 weeks I’ve written these blog posts, very few of them have not highlighted growth in Colorado tech and with that growth comes new opportunities and with those opportunities comes the urge to be available at any time for those opportunities and with that comes stress.

Take some time to remember that the opportunities we seek are for ourselves, our families and our community and have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win, and so is Gov. John Hickenlooper and lawmakers [DenverPost]
  • Golden drone company Juniper Unmanned raises $3.4 million [DBJ]
  • Women of Greenwood Village-based Skill Distillery speak on tech industry [SkillDistillery]
  • Broomfield-based Conga acquires Orchestrate LLC [BizWest]
  • Colorado to spend millions building electric-vehicle charging stations [DBJ]
  • Facebook bringing free week-long web skills program to Denver this summer [DenverPost]
  • What’s the tech industry’s impact on Colorado’s economy? [DBJ]
  • Tech employment in state increases by 6,530 jobs [BizWest]
  • San Francisco tech companies head east to Denver [DBJ]
  • DTC’s first Bitcoin teller on display at Innovation Pavilion in Centennial [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #242: Society’s Issues and the Tech Community’s Issues are the Same Issues

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I put these posts together on Sundays so I got to watch Hidden Figures for the first time while putting this together. That movie and a few of this week’s headlines served as a reminder to me that the tech industry is not separate from society in general.

Many of us hope that the things we create and maintain help to address those issues in healthy ways, but we know that not everyone has the same hopes.  Our creations have been used to divide, shame and target people. They have also been used to connect, support and liberate people. Technology is a tool. Use it for good.

Tonight I’ll be at the Denver Visual Studio Meetup. If you’re there too, say “HI!”

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Sphero lays off 45 employees after lackluster holiday sales [DenverPost]
  • National Cybersecurity Center opens for business in Colorado Springs [CSGazette]
  • T-Mobile completes purchase of Denver’s Layer3 TV, plans to offer TV service to all — including AT&T and Verizon customers [DenverPost]
  • Social fitness app Strava opening office in Denver to take advantage of outdoors, tech talent [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based tech company Occipital raises nearly $11 million [BizWest]
  • Tech-related bills introduced in the Colorado State Legislature from Jan. 10 – 24 [CTA]
  • Denver-based Revolar founder, Jacqueline Ros opens up about #MeToo and #TimesUp [Revolar]
  • New year, new career: 11 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Havenly nabs $12.5M Series B to make interior design more accessible [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech tour: A behind-the-scenes look at 4 sleek Colorado office spaces [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #239: The Gyms and Meetups are Packed. Welcome teh n00bs!

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It’s the first full week of the year. The gyms are full! At least mine was last week. Locally-owned 212 Degree Fitness is a great gym in Littleton, by the way. And almost all the upcoming tech meetups are filled with people! We have only given up on half of our resolution and optimism still abounds!

If you’re one of the longtime members of a gym or meetup, please go out of your way to welcome the n00bs. Your attitude can affect how much someone commits to their resolution, goal or dream.

Speaking of being a n00b. I just finished my first month at Infinicept so I can tell you how overwhelming it is to be a n00b. We also start working out of the Alchemy co-working space today so if you’re there too, come by and say “Hi!”

Have a great week (BTW: “n00b” is gamer-speak for newbie)!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Arrow buys San Jose/Indian software firm for reported $282M [DBJ]
  • Denver smart-home tech startup Rachio raises a new VC round [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Galvanize hires former top tech executive for city of Denver as its new CEO [DenverPost]
  • Washington insurance technology firm Vertafore moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Vista Equity buys another Denver tech firm, Granicus [DenverPost]
  • IN RESPONSE: Don’t trust the legislature to improve rural internet [ColoradoPolitics]
  • After beating cable lobby, Fort Collins moves ahead with muni broadband [ArsTechnica]
  • CU researchers create next-gen soft robots [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based health care ratings site Healthgrades confirms employee layoffs [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s NextHealth highlighted in 5280’s “Digital Health Boom” [NextHealth]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #238: Starting Off 2018 the Right Way

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January 2nd is one of the best days of the year. Resolutions are made, hopes are high, your not hungover from partying on New Years Eve like you were yesterday and it’s time to get moving on your goals. This week our tech community helps out with that with a bunch of great events!

Have a great week and excellent 2018!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Engine, contracts and other big milestones on deck for Denver’s ULA in 2018 [DBJ]
  • Celebrating Denver-based Red Canary’s best security blogs of 2017 [RedCanary]
  • Remote Colorado counties rally for broadband coverage [ColoradoOIT]
  • Denver’s MassRoots unveils action plan to tap California rec MJ market opening Jan. 3, appoints Dietrich CEO [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Ibotta’s 2017 year in review [Ibotta]
  • Tech talent chasing cheap housing is fleeing Silicon Valley and Denver is one of the top 5 destinations, real estate CEO says [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation’s parent company seeking $1.5M [BizWest]
  • OnDeck adds a BlackRock-managed fund to its platform of financing partners [OnDeck]
  • From NCC to NIST, cyber’s center stage [CSBJ]
  • Kevin Owocki @ Ignite Boulder 34 presentation of Blockchain is the next TCP/IP [KevinOwocki]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #235: Fundings, Holiday Parties and Net Neutrality

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I have one week of work done in my new job. It still feels surreal but I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Writing code all day is as enjoyable as I thought it would be and I thank my open, honest co-workers for that.

Last week I may have overstated the mass of events happening. There were a lot, but this week is the week to go interact with meetup group members in a more casual holiday party atmosphere. If I didn’t already have plans, I’d love to check out the Denver Game Dev Holiday Party.

This Thursday is when the FCC wants to make their worst decision ever on net neutrality. My current job allows me to work from home and it’s easy and painless because of net neutrality. I can’t imagine what kind of subscription packages I’d have to manage to work from home if net neutrality went away. Make your voice heard!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Clip Interactive embarks on raising $5M [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s bitcoin firm Riot Blockchain sees $8M invested in Canadian unit [DBJ]
  • Boulder Techstars graduate Stateless raises $1.4 million in seed round [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based tech startup CaliberMind raises more than $3 million in capital [BizWest]
  • The Net Neutrality Small Business Primer: Countdown to Dec. 14 [1bg]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Network founder Charlie Ergen steps down as CEO, hints at Dish offering wireless service [DenverPost]
  • Colorado’s Madwire, SendGrid make Glassdoor’s list of Best Places to Work [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Maxwell Financial Labs announces $3M in financing from leading fintech investors to accelerate growth [Maxwell]
  • Ting reveals which Centennial neighborhood is getting its gigabit internet first [DBJ]
  • Innosphere plans $18M expansion in Fort Collins, Denver [Coloradoan]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #218: Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology

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There are times as a developer where you’ll be having a conversation with someone and you’ll understand every word in a sentence except one. I had that happen this weekend and it’s as entertaining as it is annoying. Then I’m looking through events for this week and it happens again! The Google/Android groups are talking about something called Kotlin.

According to the official Kotlin website, it is a “statically typed programming language for modern multiplatform applications” which tells me not much at all. In short, it’s like Java but different. And in May, Android announced that Kotlin would be an officially supported language for the Android platform so it looks like it’s time for Android devs to learn Java-but-not-Java for Android and in Denver, you can know everything about Kotlin (I may be exaggerating by quite a lot)  by Friday thanks to 2 meetup groups!

Sometimes it’s fun being surprised by new technology. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver shopping-app maker Ibotta’s latest VC round revealed [DBJ]
  • Creating a culture of innovation: How DISH embraced agile [VentureBeat]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap acquires Seattle-based Korrio to expand its youth sports empire [DenverPost]
  • New kids on the block: 7 companies that just launched services in Denver [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Stream announces $3M in funding — and plans to grow Boulder-based team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Altitude Digital’s merger with New York firm aims to make video ads more tolerable [DenverPost]
  • How Colorado ranks among top 10 states for internet business [DBJ]
  • Prodege acquires Denver cash-back shopping site ShopAtHome.com [EINNews]
  • Why online sports retailer Fanatics chose Boulder for its tech hub [BizWest]
  • Redbarre details huge facility in Parker that could create 4,000 jobs, bring Hollywood to Colorado [DenverPost]

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