Colorado Tech Weekly #117: Pushing the Boundaries of Real Space, Sci-Fi Space, Job Space and Spacing Out

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Space is all about pushing boundaries and pushing boundaries is a popular thing to do in Colorado. We have the Orion capsule at Lockheed Martin that pushes the boundaries of space exploration. Sphero is pushing the boundaries of robotic toys with the BB-8 and MassRoots and other marijuana-focused tech companies are helping to make marijuana legalization find its footing as an acceptable industry. Pushing boundaries is exciting!

I pushed my own boundaries this weekend and attended the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. It turned out that I pushed too far and was unable to finish the hackathon. It was very disappointing but definitely a very good learning experience.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • SpotXchange re-brands itself to become SpotX [InnovatioNews]
  • NASA Orion capsule lands back at Lockheed Martin campus in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based MassRoots marijuana social network files for Nasdaq listing [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces the 2015 APEX Awards nominees [CTA]
  • BB-8 Star Wars droid by Boulder’s Sphero sells out online; stores may have some [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based TapInfluence planning 40-plus hires over coming year [BizWest]
  • Denver remains tech job hub, but momentum may be slowing [DBJ]
  • Meet the tech companies behind Colorado’s booming cannabis industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • Raytheon has big expansion plans for Colorado Springs, will hire 700 [DBJ]
  • Star Command Galaxies, from a company in Longmont, on Steam Greenlight! [WarBalloon]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #104: If I already knew how to do it, it wouldn’t be called learning

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This week my Computation Theory homework kicked my ass. I learned there are 2 ways to find the intersection of 2 languages. There’s the hard way and the easy way. Without realizing until the end of the week, I had chosen to use the hard way to do my homework. Sometimes that’s how you learn. I always tell my daughter this when she’s struggling with homework so I might as well tell myself:

“If you already knew how to do it, it would’t be called learning.”

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Trendy tech bootcamps reach out to veterans, with support from VA [DenverPost]
  • Making the most of the midlevel: Tech community goes beyond startups [DenverPost]
  • Englewood-based IHS reappoints Jerre Stead as CEO following resignation of Scott Key [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County’s Dish Network said to be in early merger talks with T-Mobile [DBJ]
  • 5 job openings Colorado coders and developers need to check out [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Tech Download – APEX Awards nominations are open + Join our Foundation’s internship cohort [CTA]
  • Force is Strong With Boulder-based Orbotix: $45M in Funding from Mercato, Disney [Xconomy]
  • Denver’s Layer3’s pay TV service to launch this year, raises $51 million [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based Rally Software reports 26 percent jump in first-quarter revenue [BizWest]
  • Broomfield’s Webroot sees 40% growth to small, medium biz users [Tech+]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #103: It’s fun watching the people you admire succeed

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Congratulations to Rally Software for being acquired. When I first started reading about Colorado software development Rally Software was one of the first companies I heard about as a “Place you want to be.”

Congratulations to J.B. Holston for his appointment as a Dean at DU. I consider J.B. Holston to be one of the leaders of the Colorado tech startup community. I’ve only had brief encounters with him online, but he is always welcoming and willing to listen.

I love watching the people I admire succeed. It gives me hope and motivates me to continue working.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • University of Denver appoints JB Holston as Dean of School of Engineering & Computer Science [CTA]
  • Malone-backed Charter agrees to buy Time Warner Cable (Video) [DBJ]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe and Saab AB partner to form 3-D imagery company Vricon [BizWest]
  • Comcast begins rollout of residential 2-gig service in Colorado [CTA]
  • Ft. Collins employer Avago Technologies announces deal to buy Broadcom for $37 billion [BizWest]
  • CA Technologies acquiring Boulder-based Rally Software for $480M [BizWest]
  • Cybergy Labs names Terry DiVittorio as Vice President, Cyber Operations [CybergyPartners]
  • Five Colorado Springs companies honored for technology work [ColoradoSpringsGazette]
  • Englewood-based NewCloud Networks names Steve Foster chair of its Executive Cloud Board [InnovatioNews]
  • Zayo Group Holdings appoints two from within to be new company COOs [InnovatioNews]

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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 #96: My Team is a GoCodeColorado Finalist!

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I signed up for GoCodeColorado because I like the spirit of the competition and just to try out my programming skills outside of homework. I figured it would be a good first experience, a good way to see what a hackathon is like. I ended up in a dynamic, diverse team that is one of 2 finalist groups from the Denver GoCodeColorado challenge!

Our idea is called MentorMatter. The site will make it easy for college students to connect with potential industry mentors. If you want to see some of the reasons why this idea is such a success for Colorado, just check out the first 2 top technology headlines.

If I thought I was excited and scared last week, that was nothing compared to how I feel now. Thanks for the good luck last week! WE WON!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • The simple secret to Colorado’s startup community success [TechnicalIntegrity]
  • Giving back to improve education [CTA]
  • Colorado offers money for 903 new jobs — and may land Accuvant HQ [DBJ]
  • Denver startup ProtectWise uses cloud to create safety in numbers [Xconomy]
  • Colorado Tech Download April – C-Level wraps while our Foundation kicks off its summer internship program [CTA]
  • 8 Colorado tech companies you should intern with [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Springs-based Cherwell Software adds Elizabeth Salomon as CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s data-centers tax break still alive, student-loan repayment tax break dead [DBJ]
  • The 10 highest paying programming languages: Ten more reasons to learn to code [DaVinciCoders]
  • Webolutions named top Denver website design agency for 14th straight year [Webolutions]

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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 #93: Too Many Excitements!!

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I have no doubt that grammar snobs read my headline and thought “It’s supposed to be ‘Too much excitement!'” but those grammar snobs would be wrong!

I’m excited about the Denver Post TechKnowBytes blog being rebranded to Tech+ with more and more good content. I’m excited that I won two tickets to Denver Comic Con at CTA’s C-Level @ Mile High. Speaking of C-Level, I’m really excited for the new ColoradoTech.biz directory that was unveiled at C-Level. I’m excited that a Colorado company is responsible for Sling TV which is finally starting to change the way we get TV in a big way. I’m excited to participate in my first hackathon next month at the GoCodeColorado hackathon. And I’m excited to start putting my social capital to use by looking for a developer job in May.

See, it’s not that I have too much excitement for one thing, I just have too many things to be excited about!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Douglas County-based Dish’s Sling TV releases app for Xbox One, first gaming console to support live TV [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Rally Software loss widens despite revenue increase [BizWest]
  • New app allows you to find Colorado businesses from your smart phone [DBJ]
  • Tamara Chuang highlights local tech companies: Heck yeah, we’re from Boulder: Sphero [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s telehealth expansion signed into law [DBJ]
  • Longmont-based DigitalGlobe layoffs could affect state job-creation tax credits [DenverPost]
  • Golden’s HomeAdvisor opening Colorado Springs office, plans to hire 100 [DenverPost]
  • New Colorado Tech directory spotlights Front Range technology industry [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid expands to Silicon Valley, hires new software VP [DBJ]
  • CEO of former Douglas County-based business, SofTec, pleads guilty to defrauding SBA [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #90: Lawmakers talk drones, tech jobs and data centers

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If you’re not familiar with the tangled web that intertwines business, the tech industry and government in Colorado then that’s OK because I’m not that familiar with it either. But I know it’s there!

While big, national arguments of things like net neutrality make big headlines most government decisions that affect our industry are made at the state level. So let your state representatives know you’re paying attention!

The Colorado Technology Association does some public policy advocacy, but the more individuals we have involved, the better chance we have of getting the best help for our industry. Speaking of CTA, I’ll be at the C-Level training tonight, so if you’re there say “Hi”. Actually even if you’re not there, you can say “Hi”.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Rogue Wave announces software updates for three of its flagship products [InnovatioNews]
  • Douglas County-based Dish CEO Joe Clayton to step down; Charlie Ergen to step back in [DBJ]
  • Colorado’s long-awaited drone bill up for first hearing [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Conspire takes analytical angle at professional networking [BizWest]
  • 7 hot Colorado tech companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Bill to encourage tech careers advances in House [Chalkbeat]
  • Colorado data centers tax-break proposal faces many hurdles [DBJ]
  • Longmont’s DigitalGlobe announces 30-cm imagery products, highest resolution ever [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado listed as #9 in 10 most successful states for video game developers [Entrepreneur]
  • Boulder-based Simple Energy launches e-commerce platform to bridge gap between utilities & consumers [SimpleEnergy]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #89: 50 Startups, 70 Awards and One Refocus

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Sharing technology news from Colorado is a lot like going to the grocery store when I’m hungry. I started these posts with a fairly concise goal, but now I just want to share all the stories! That reminds me, I have a few great ideas for Colorado Tech Weekly, but that list is for another blog post.

Congratulations to the Denver Business Journal for their 69 awards for excellence. The DBJ technology news feed is one of my favorite news sources! And big kudos to Simple Energy for being awarded the DBJ’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Simple Energy wins Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Healthiest Employer Award [SimpleEnergy]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces new board leadership for 2015 [CTA]
  • Boulder-based Gorilla Logic builds top-rated, Saturday Night Live App for NBC [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado tech roundup: WorldRemit expanding in Denver, new COO for sovrn and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder approves LogRhythm for up to $75,000 in incentives [BizWest]
  • 50 Colorado startups to watch in 2015 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boomtown and Comcast Labs to build Internet of Things lab [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Business Journal named Colorado’s best large weekly newspaper; staff wins 69 awards [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 introduces new tool to combat increasing enterprise cyber attacks [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Social platform Wayin adds a search engine to better sift those valuable posts [VentureBeat]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #88: Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer

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For once, I feel like I am in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time. Many of this week’s articles point out great things about the software developer job market in Colorado. We have 4 cities ranked among the ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs’. The Denver Metro area is number one in aerospace employment. Software companies continue to succeed. Code schools and colleges are improving their developer education. All around, Colorado is a good place to want to be a developer.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 2015 Colorado tech job salary guide: How does your salary stack up? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Apple changes cannabis policies; Denver-based MassRoots returns to App Store! [MassRoots]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic Group coding apprenticeships aim to close workforce gap [BoulderDailyCamera]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Aventura raises $14M, T3Media announces new executives, SendGrid announces new app [BuiltinColorado]
  • CTA seeking silent auction donations for C-Level [CTA]
  • Louisville-based DaVinci Coders launching new JavaScript beginner course starting April 13 [InnovatioNews]
  • FCC, FTC chiefs urge Internet openness, security at CU conference [BizWest]
  • NerdWallet: Four Colorado cities among nation’s ‘Most Innovative Tech Hubs,’ 8 of Top 10 in West [InnovatioNews]
  • Report: Denver Metro region ranks No. 1 in aerospace employment [InnovatioNews]
  • The Colorado guide to jumpstarting your coding career [BuiltinColorado]

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