Colorado Tech Weekly #226: Overexertion and the Idea of an Amazon HQ2 in Colorado

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Everyone says they want Amazon’s second headquarters to be in Colorado. I admit, it’s a cool idea but I wonder if it’s a good idea. I am wondering a lot of things today, mainly because I overexerted myself last week and I’m super tired, but the question still lingers in my head. What kind of effect would having a large Amazon campus in Colorado have on our tech community? Or a more fun question to consider would be, “What kind of effect would our inclusive tech community have on Amazon?” I think I like considering that question more.

Pro-tip: Don’t renovate a third of your house in 4 days while taking online senior-level college courses and working a more than full-time, high-stress job while managing contract work and a job search. It’s not healthy.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • California GPS tech company, Trimble, plans big new Westminster building [DBJ]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor completes purchase of Angie’s List, goes public, grows 33 percent in a day [DenverPost]
  • Feds clear CenturyLink to buy Broomfield’s Level 3, but with conditions to keep internet competitive [DenverPost]
  • All Colorado Congress members to Jeff Bezos: Build Amazon HQ2 here [DBJ]
  • Colorado Springs-based Rim Technologies Partners with Denver’s SecureSet Academy for cybersecurity Education and hiring [RimTech]
  • Colorado loses a corporate headquarters and a satellite imaging pioneer as Westminster-based DigitalGlobe is purchased [DenverPost]
  • Opportunity awaits: 7 Colorado tech companies hiring top talent now [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association adds four new members to board [InnovatioNews]
  • Big month for big hires: 6 Colorado tech companies welcome new leaders this September [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Startup Week 2017 hit record attendance (again) [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #179: VR, Municipal Broadband, APEX Awards and More

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. Take a break from politics and check out all the cool things happening in the Colorado tech community. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Centennial-based SSP Junior Developer blog: My first year in the family [SSPInnovations]
  • Boulder telecom Zayo Group swings to profit [BizWest]
  • Virtual and augmented reality on the rise: 10 Colorado companies shaping the industry [BuiltinColorado]
  • FirstNet to unveil new Boulder testing lab for nationwide first-responders network [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Webolutions earns multiple W3 Awards for web design [Webolutions]
  • Golden, Lafayette and 24 Colorado communities vote yes on broadband internet alternatives [DenverPost]
  • Why these Colorado startups don’t believe in the 9-to-5 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2016 APEX award winners [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s ULA launches Westminster-based DigitalGlobe satellite into orbit [DBJ]
  • New Beginnings: Boulder’s Amadeus merges with Exadel [AmadeusConsulting]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #149 (Now with 30% MORE FUN): Fun Robots and Last CTW with a Podcast

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As I’m typing this I’m watching an episode of Sword Art Online after spending a good part of the weekend making a game for the Ludum Dare Jam. I want to work as a developer because I think writing code is fun! I also do these blog posts because I enjoy learning, and sharing, about the Colorado tech community. So, let’s have some fun with it!

So, fun things:

  • The Ludum Dare Jam ends at 7pm tonight. I should have my game “Zorg’s Crash Landing” posted somewhere on the interwebz by then. A big thanks to my daughter, Ashlynn, who gave me the inspiration for the game.
  • I will be meeting soon with my current boss to implement my Trespass Notice System app. It’s my first Ruby on Rails app and it’s all done except the password recovery portion of it.
  • In my pursuit of my dream job, I recently bought a Sphero SPRK and have started a big long post reviewing most of the Sphero-related apps in the Google Play store. Look for that to be posted fairly soon.

Things that haven’t been fun:

  • The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast turned out to be less fun and more work than I thought it would be. Being a part of a podcast still sounds like a blast, so if you want to talk Colorado tech I am all for it but the CTW Podcast in its current form will not be continuing after today.
  • Cable TV: I don’t remember the last time we changed the channel on our cable box. Now that we added Amazon Prime along with our current Netflix subscription and live sports have become less of a priority in our house, it’s time to ditch the cable box.

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • AVC and Niwot-based SparkFun – fueling DIY fun! [DenverMakerFaire]
  • University of Denver program looks to bridge cybersecurity skills gap [Xconomy]
  • Behind the scenes: what it’s really like to be a developer for Denver’s AUTOPAY [BuiltinColorado]
  • Facing slower and lower funding, Colorado tech adapts to a new environment [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Visibl raises $1.5M, rebrands to Brandzooka [InnovatioNews]
  • Englewood’s Surrey Satellite and Boston’s BridgeSat partner to develop free space optical communications system [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Technology Association welcomes three new members of the Board of Directors [CTA]
  • Colorado springs focused on being cybersecurity industry hub [DenverPost]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor Releases Alexa Skill on Amazon Echo [HomeAdvisor]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics sponsors Regional FIRST Robotics Competition [ArrowElectronics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #145: Partnerships, Opportunities and a Logo Challenge

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As someone who has been following Colorado tech companies for the last 145 weeks I took it as a personal challenge when I saw the BuiltinColorado tech startup logo challenge as a personal challenge. I thought, “If anyone should be able to list all 30 companies, it should be me.” Well I still have a few yet to identify. If you’re going to the Built in Brews event on Thursday and you want a cool t-shirt maybe you can get 2 shirts and I’ll help you out. I wear a large. Shhh! Don’t tell Jess Ryan.

After being overwhelmed last week, I feel almost on target this week. Classes are over for now. Birthdays are celebrated and I even get 2 whole days off with my wife and daughter this week! I’m excited to recharge, refocus and get moving on some personal projects. I should probably write up another blog post about those. Until then, here’s some cool news and events!

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Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based 303 Software celebrates ten year anniversary with brand re-launch and website redesign [CTA]
  • Prosper Marketplace and Golden’s HomeAdvisor partner to bring home improvement financing to millions [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 shares diversity philosophy on women, global community and millennials [Tech+]
  • Fort Collins-based Innosphere startups create 296 jobs in 2015 [Coloradoan]
  • CTOs to Know: Here’s what the tech leaders of 5 Colorado companies are working on this year[BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital joins forces with DoubleVerify to combat non-human fraudulent traffic [AltitudeDigital]
  • Two companies consider relocating North American headquarters to Colorado [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup Kindara names former SendGrid exec CEO [BizWest]
  • Skillful launches in Colorado to help companies with skills-based hiring and recruiting [CTA]
  • Can you guess these 30 Colorado tech startups by their logos? [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #128: Want Your Choice in Dev Jobs in Colorado? Learn JavaScript

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Saying “Learn JavaScript” is like saying… well I can’t think of a good analogy but it’s not that easy. JavaScript is the utility player of web development. JavaScript is mainly used in web apps to make things happen in the browser so the web app doesn’t have to constantly send data back and forth with the server and it’s been made to do… just about everything.

But It’s not enough just to learn the language, you also have to learn a framework and choosing a JavaScript framework can be intimidating. You want to learn a framework that is popular and growing, but not one that is too overhyped or too saturated with talent. This is very difficult to figure out.

To get you started, here’s a recently published blog post about JavaScript Frameworks for 2016 and Beyond. From what I’ve seen, the most popular and best framework to learn right now is AngularJS.

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • What to expect next From Denver-based Photocrati [Photocrati]
  • Boulder’s ProtectWise gets $20M for cloud DVR to see data changes over time [DenverPost]
  • Go Code Colorado launches third year of statewide civic app challenge [InnovatioNews]
  • By the numbers: Colorado’s most in demand coding skills [BuiltinColorado]
  • All-female team from Colorado School of Mines takes 2nd place at HackPrinceton [Tech+]
  • Angie’s List rejects Golden-based HomeAdvisor merger bid from IAC/InteractiveCorp. [DBJ]
  • Denver, Boulder rank high as emerging tech centers, says report [DBJ]
  • Introducing TechFlash, the DBJ’s email newsletter on all things tech [DBJ]
  • Denver-based SendGrid’s diversity strategy results in more job candidates [DenverPost]
  • What’s next for Conspire [Conspire]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #127: Mostly Boulder, Mostly Wednesday

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5 of this week’s headlines mention Boulder companies. 5 of the upcoming events listed happen on Wednesday and I’m not sure which one I would choose to go to because they all look like great events!

Learn what Microsoft is doing with CONNECT(); // 2015? Make better Android apps with Denver Droids? Learn how to actually deploy a web app with FRPUG? Figure out how to sell myself at Galvanize? Or get a little bit of everything with Tech Confluence? I have no idea which one I would go to. This is such a nice problem to have.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based VictorOps to add dozens of jobs in wake of $10.6M Series B funding round [BizWest]
  • Boulder’s Techtonic, Workforce Boulder County to train software pros [BizWest]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor targets Denver for next big project: corporate relocation [DenverPost]
  • Denver’s FORTRUST Awarded Better Business Bureau Torch Award [YourHub]
  • 5 innovative Colorado tech companies that are hiring at offices well outside of the big city [BuiltinColorado]
  • 7 Colorado companies named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500; 3 in the top 50 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based GoSpotCheck joined forces with the  World Alliance of Retail Execution and Standards (WARES) [GoSpotCheck]
  • Merged in 2014, Boulder’s Quick Left and Sprint.ly go separate ways [BizWest]
  • BuiltinColorado lists the Top 100 Digital Companies in Colorado [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group announces restructuring, $102M acquisition [BizWest]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #123: Support Your Local Dev Students

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Learning software development is hard. It doesn’t matter which route you take, whether you go the college route like me or go to a dev bootcamp or learn on your own, it is hard. We are constantly learning new things which lead us to learn about new things which lead us to learn new things about the new things before find out there are more things to learn. So It’s a lot of learning… and things.

This week, check out the student blogs from DaVinci Coders and the Hiring Day event for the Galvanize gSchool and support a student. We need all the support we can get.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Top 17 Tech Companies in Colorado [NexusTek]
  • Golden-based HomeAdvisor and Better Business Bureau partner to strengthen online reviews [BuiltinColorado]
  • Everyone has their own story! Follow the DaVinci Coders Rails Student Bootcamper Blogs [DaVinciCoders]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe cuts jobs, looking for more efficiency [DBJ]
  • 42 jobs lost as Datu Health closes its Boulder headquarters [DenverPost]
  • Coalfire expands in Denver after investors buy majority stake [Tech+]
  • Drone video service set to launch at Winter Park, Copper Mountain [DenverPost]
  • Broomfield’s Gogo adds faster 4G inflight Internet for clients with their own planes [Tech+]
  • John Deere to partner with Greenwood Village-based DN2K on cloud platform for farmers [DBJ]
  • Wazee Digital opens new headquarters in Denver [WazeeDigital]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #113: Let the good news continue!

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Every week I see great news about Colorado’s growing tech community. It’s one of the thing that motivates me to finish my coursework, work on projects and publish these blogs.

It makes me wish I could learn all the things now so I can jump in and do great things. Patience is difficult. I can’t learn and do all the things now and trying to fit that amount of effort in that short amount of time is impossible. So I’ll keep working and keep learning and hope the good news keeps coming.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Golden-based Wowza Media Systems reports strong 2015 first half, rapid growth [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s T3Media rebrands as Wazee Digital [WazeeDigital]
  • Douglas County-based Dish Q2 net income rises, but number of subscribers falls [DBJ]
  • How high does Denver rank for tech hiring? [DBJ]
  • Google breaks ground on new 330,000-square-foot Boulder campus [DenverPost]
  • 5 amazing job opportunities for Colorado software engineers [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver company helped run Hillary Clinton’s email set-up [DBJ]
  • Denver’s SendGrid adds former DigitalGlobe CFO Yancey Spruill to executive team [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Sphero launches new SPRK Edition robot designed to inspire future innovators [InnovatioNews]
  • Target testing location-tracking app in Denver [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #111: Made-to-Order Hackathons, EAGLE-Net Gets a Reboot and DaVinci Will Move to Westminster

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Lord of the RIngs has dragons, elves and an entire world that is completely made up, but one of the most creative things to come out of that story for me is the number “eleventy-one”. I love that this is CTW number eleventy-one.

It seems like almost every week I’m excited for the stories I share. I’m very excited to see EAGLE-Net get a reboot with Zayo. EAGLE-Net is a project to get better internet access to public places in rural parts of Colorado. Doing anything with technology on a large scale over a large area is difficult to do correctly. I have confidence in Zayo. I wish them luck!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • NoCo Mini Maker Faire calls for makers to present at Oct. 9-11 event at RMCIT [InnovatioNews]
  • Golden Police to add drone to department’s tool kit [YourHub]
  • FCC poised to reject Douglas County-based Dish Network’s $3.3 billion airwaves discount [DBJ]
  • DaVinci Institute moving headquarters from Louisville to Westminster [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Arrow Electronics now letting customers order up a hackathon [Tech+]
  • Colorado’s top 50 startups to watch: Where are they now? [BuiltinColorado]
  • Centennial’s Evolution Digital buys Chicago TV-tech firm [Tech+]
  • FCC signs off on AT&T’s $48.5B buy of Dish competitor DirecTV [DBJ]
  • New Colorado STEMworks database spotlights successful STEM programs [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Zayo Group Holdings to oversee and support EAGLE-Net Alliance [InnovatioNews]

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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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