Colorado Tech Weekly #220: Developer Employment is Difficult

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Everything that has to do with employing software developers is difficult.

As a software developer with no paid experience, I have a hard time finding a job because I have no confidence in my abilities because I have no experience. Companies that want to hire entry-level developers have a hard time hiring us because they also have no confidence in our abilities because we have no experience.

Then we have the issue highlighted in the Denver Post article below where tech companies are trying to hire experienced developers at competitive salaries while still trying to stay competitive themselves.

If your job has anything to do with “developers” and “employment” I do not envy your job. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Greenwood Village’s zvelo donated an afternoon to volunteer at Food Bank of the Rockies [zvelo]
  • Broomfield-based N.io Innovation parent company raises $1.25M [Bizwest]
  • A profile of Denver’s own Havenly [CodeTalent]
  • Colorado cybersecurity company Root9B in trouble; faces auction of its assets [DBJ]
  • Broomfield-based ZOLL Data’s journey to zero downtime releases [ZOLLData]
  • Are Denver tech salaries too low? Region ranks third for tech executives who feel they can’t pay enough [DenverPost]
  • How 3 Colorado tech companies encourage professional growth [BuiltinColorado]
  • Spotlight on the Denver Startup Week Developer Track [DenverStartupWeek]
  • Denver’s MassRoots acquires CannaRegs tech platform for $12M to track MJ laws [InnovatioNews]
  • Deepening the bench: Meet Colorado tech’s 6 newest leaders [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #215: Another Week Where I Brag About Colorado

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I was born and raised in Colorado so I’m going to admit I am biased about this state. In the 215 weeks I’ve bragged about the Colorado tech community, I haven’t yet been proven wrong about the reasons I love bragging about the Colorado tech community. It’s open, encouraging, cooperative and successful. It’s great to see that view repeated by others in Colorado.

The other great thing is that the Colorado tech community really exists all over the state. It’s not just Denver or Boulder or just the Front Range. Check out the CTA’s Colorado Tech Tour events next week to see what is going on in the rest of the state.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado to be first state doing check cybersecurity pros say everyone should do [Denverite]
  • 5 Colorado tech companies where your dev skills may be the perfect fit [BuiltinColorado]
  • Comcast to launch ‘internet of things’ network in Denver [DBJ]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun and Los Angeles-based myDevices partner to speed IoT project development for makers and engineers [InnovatioNews]
  • SolidFire founder launches Boulder-based Automox, a new cybersecurity company [BizWest]
  • Native Vs Hybrid App Development: Beginner’s Guide [Mobile-DI]
  • Where are they now? Checking in on our Top 50 Startups to Watch [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Stapleton’s new coworking space, Cartasite raises $7.5M and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest is retiring its JavaScript Maps API [ProgrammableWeb]
  • Beyond the mountains: A look at what makes Colorado tech unique [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #214: On The Edge of The Skill Gap

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The closer I get to completing my degree (Spring of next year!), the more i focus on finding my first job as a software developer. I see it, it’s just on the other side of the gaping chasm known as the “skill gap.”

The Skill Gap is the gap between the need for developers and the amount of skilled developers available for those positions. Much has been done on the skill side of the gap with STEM/STEAM programs at high schools, code schools, etc. Those are great things and need to continue but I’m not sure how much they’ve really done to narrow the skill gap.

Just like with other creative jobs like drawing, painting, writing, becoming good at programming takes time and experience. More needs to be done on the company-side of the skill gap to allow companies to better use newbie developers. The tech legislation below looks like it might be a good start.

I could rant about the skill gap forever. It’s very frustration for both sides of it. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Niwot-based SparkFun.com is getting a facelift [SparkFun]
  • Gardner, Heinrich introduce bipartisan tech legislation to address workforce shortage [CoryGardner]
  • Denver startup Josh.ai, co-founded by Tim Gill, picks up $8 million in pursuit of voice-controlled home automation [DenverPost]
  • From food trucks to team retreats: How 4 Colorado tech companies celebrate summer [BuiltinColorado]
  • With government funding, CenturyLink adds broadband service to more rural Colorado communities [DenverPost]
  • Boulder-based companies protest plans to end net neutrality [BizWest]
  • Arvada-based Prescient opens second manufacturing facility, moves headquarters to North Carolina [Prescient]
  • Boulder-based web company, Stream.io, raises more than $2.5 million [BizWest]
  • Behind Denver-based Photobucket’s unpopular decision to go from free to $399 [DenverPost]
  • Seal the deal: 3 tech recruiters on killer post-interview follow-ups [BuiltinColorado]

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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 #208: Are We Putting The Driverless Cart Before the Horse?

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Like everyone else, I think the idea of autonomous vehicles is a fun idea and I am amazed at the advances made every day in the technologies needed to make driverless cars happen. However I think the biggest roadblocks to driverless cars are the roads themselves. The markings, signs and rules are made for human drivers. I wonder what a road system would really look like if they were designed for autonomous cars and not for people.

I feel like I’m just blathering again, but there is a story about driverless cars this week so at least I’m on some kind of point.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Colorado Technology Association adds diverse group of eight tech leaders to Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Boulder-based traffic-solutions firm, Intuicom, lands contract for infrastructure in Superior [BizWest]
  • Comcast launches gigabit internet in Colorado at a 50 percent discount from prior gigabit price [DenverPost]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies offering $1 million in technology scholarships [RimTech]
  • It’s official: Colorado passes first law to regulate driverless vehicles [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Level 3 CEO to succeed CenturyLink CEO after merger [BizWest]
  • Your new career is here: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring this month [BuiltinColorado]
  • Thanks for five amazing years [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver vacation rental company, Evolve, raises $11 million; will relocate HQ and hire 100 [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based restaurant-app developer Splick-It raises $1.1 million [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #207: Computer Science Electives, The Tech Job Search and Open Source

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I’m proud of myself for finally writing a blog post that wasn’t a Colorado Tech Weekly post. I need to do that more often. My latest post offers to let you design your own entry level developer by asking for opinions about which Computer Science electives I should choose this fall semester. I also wonder how much CS electives really matter to the people that do the hiring. Please let me know!

This week I’m highlighting the BuiltinColorado post about 6 tech companies that are really looking for developers. It’s an encouraging thing to see however I still think there’s a skill gap that can only be solved with time and experience. Looking at the jobs listed, it looks like getting my first developer job is going to be the hardest job to get. Although it is encouraging to see companies like Boulder’s NetApp advertise jobs for college graduates.

Next week I might actually make it to a meetup I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to go to a DOSUG meetup because I want to get involved in open source development but jumping into a project without a mentor has always kinda felt like showing up to someone else’s garage with my own tools and a bewildered look.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Washington insurance technology firm, Vertafore, moving HQ to Denver and plans to hire 300 workers [DenverPost]
  • Google I/O Rundown [CardinalPeak]
  • Growing pains: How these Colorado tech companies stay connected as they scale [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize, CU Denver announce new partnership targeting tech-savvy students [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s Sphero announces interactive race car based on Disney Pixar movie [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Tendril Networks raises $5M in capital [BizWest]
  • 2017 Go Code challenge winners focus on water, noise and farmers [SecretaryofState]
  • Broomfield software platform for local government, TownCloud raises $1 million [BizWest]
  • 6 Colorado tech companies brimming with software engineer jobs [BuiltinColorado]
  • The story behind Ibotta, Denver’s most popular mobile app, and why it needed to change [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #200: Zayo and eBags Get New Leadership, Some Job Tips and a Twitch Stream

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There is only one thing I’ve done consistently for 200 weeks in a row… and this is it!! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for this long. I had these big ideas that when I got to number 200 I’d do some sort of meetup event or restart the podcast but those require much more social interaction than I’m capable of doing. Thank you for reading and sharing these posts. I really enjoy doing what I can to advertise the great people who make up the Colorado technology community.

Even though I won’t be doing a meetup or a podcast, I have decided to do a weekly Twitch stream. My plan is to do CodeEval challenges in Java and C#, then find a way to incorporate those challenges into a simple game using Unity3D. Why? Because I want to write more code and this is a good way to keep me honest. So if you’re so inclined, I’ll be on Twitch on Tuesday, from 4p-7p here: https://www.twitch.tv/chickenheed

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CenturyLink consolidates Denver operations as Healthgrades expands [DenverPost]
  • Legislation CTA is Supporting this Session [CTA]
  • Denver-based Intelivideo secures $5.6 million funding round to drive continued expansion [Intelivideo]
  • STEM job openings outnumber available workers [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group appoints Level 3 veteran as new president, COO [BizWest]
  • Recruiter pet peeves: What not to do when applying for your next tech gig [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based TeleTech acquires Connextions for $80M [InnovatioNews]
  • Make your move: These 6 Colorado tech companies are hiring now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Tech roundup: Apto raises $6M, Revolar launches new device and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longtime Denver online retailer eBags agrees to sell itself to Samsonite [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #198: Heavy on tech news. Light on tech events this week.

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Usually I have a much harder time winnowing down all the awesome tech events into only 10 events for the blog post but this week I ha a hard time figuring out which news stories to share! There was lots of tech news in the past week. Please check out the sources for each article to follow all the tech news.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Changing of the guard: Meet the new leaders at 7 Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Highlands Ranch-based ZenPlanner is bought by Alabama firm [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based energy auditor Simuwatt closes first round of funding [BizWest]
  • Denver’s Rapt Media and Kaltura partner to increase customer and employee engagement [RaptMedia]
  • Hey, number nerds: These Colorado startups want you on their team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Refactoring Dos and Don’ts [RadialDevGroup]
  • Denver marketing technology company, TapInfluence, lays off workers as it pivots business strategy [DBJ]
  • Meet the Louisville-based Rogue Wave open source audit team – Jennifer [RogueWave]
  • Why coders code: 3 senior devs on what got them into programming [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based WOW! Internet files for an IPO [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #191: Sometimes Tech is Too Broad of a Topic

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I like when I can find a theme in the headlines I share, but I also like highlighting all the different areas that are covered in the Colorado tech community. If there’s a way to make ones and zeros do a thing, it’s being done here in Colorado. Even better, it’s done in an inclusive, supportive community. It’s just one of the reasons I look forward to being able to contribute to the Colorado tech community full time.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA, Sen. Gardner create legislative initiative to aid tech community [BizWest]
  • NCAR launches operations of supercomputer Cheyenne in Wyoming [BizWest]
  • CU Denver launches media/tech center with $5 million gift from Comcast [DBJ]
  • ThoughtWorks announces Denver expansion [CTA]
  • Return Path buys Louisville e-mail data firm to securely smarten up message delivery [DenverPost]
  • Boulder’s TeamSnap ends January on a high note with new $25M round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Radio platform Clip Interactive raises $4M in funding [BizWest]
  • Jumpstart your job search: 6 Colorado tech companies hiring right now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Optiv has big plans for new Denver headquarters [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado 2017 Kick-Off showcases the tech startup community [ScottPantall]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #190: Go Code Colorado, C-Level at Mile High and Why It’s Good to #GiveFirst

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Wednesday is the Go Code Colorado Kick-Off event. I’ll be there! Say “Hi” if you can.

The Go Code Colorado event in 2015 was my first-ever “hackathon” and I got to be a part of a winning team of amazing people who I still love talking with when I get a chance. I put hackathon in quotes because the Go Code Colorado challenge is much more of an entrepreneurial challenge with code than it is a straight up hackathon. It’s still a great challenge that I love being a part of in anyway I can.

Speaking of events I enjoy being a part of, it’s that time of the year that I start promoting CTA’s C-Level @ A Mile High. It’s CTA’s yearly silent auction where you can bid for fun items and event packages, but the big draw is the silent auction for time with some of the top C-Level executives in the Colorado technology community.

I enjoy promoting Go Code Colorado and C-Level because when I first started looking into the Colorado tech community in 2013 these were some of the first organizations to be welcoming and inviting to someone who had no idea what he was doing.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • CTA announces speakers for C-Level @ A Mile High [InnovatioNews]
  • A new employee’s view of Niwot’s SparkFun: Start Something [SparkFun]
  • UAS Colorado Joins Wohnrade Civil Engineers for Great Sand Dunes National Park Mapping Project [UASColorado]
  • 2016 Colorado Startup Report: $780M in funding and $35B in exits [BuiltinColorado]
  • Meet our January 2017 Full Stack Web Development Graduates! [CodeCraft]
  • Lockheed Martin shows off autonomous vehicle tech it’s developing in Colorado [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GutCheck by The Numbers [GutCheck]
  • Denver’s Faction closes $11M Series B, plans to expand global footprint [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Room 214 Culture: Doing Our Best [Room214]
  • Technology back in driver’s seat in metro Denver [DenverPost]

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