Colorado Tech Weekly #273: If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Time is the Father

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I have been doing this series for over 5 years and I’ve been doing it almost the same way this whole time. I have needed to change things up, to do things differently and more efficient but I have not had the knowledge or the time to make any changes.

The old saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has always bothered me because some think that if you take away time and resources that people will be forced to innovate. This doesn’t work at all! Invention and innovation require time and resources to experiment and fail.

My new job has me creating and using APIs and just recently I got to dive into React so I found a cool new way to get info about tech events, but in doing things differently I’ve disturbed my comfortable, but inefficient way of doing this. The necessity has been there for a very long time, but only recently have I been able to play with my process to come up with a new way of doing things.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based aerospace company Maxar Technologies, parent company of DigitalGlobe considers selling part of satellite campus worth $150 million [DBJ]
  • Boulder’s JumpCloud hire three new executive team members [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder sports tech company TeamSnap continues rapid growth by adding video to platform [DBJ]
  • Greeley ag-tech company Xiant Technologies raises nearly $9 million [BizWest]
  • Douglas County-based Western Union expands mobile and online transfers to three more global regions [DigitalTransactions]
  • “War games, election style”: Cybersecurity training exercise in Englewood to attract national leaders [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Amazon plans to hire 100-plus in Denver metro following Boulder expansion [DBJ]
  • SIM Women Conference brings together women in technology [KidsTek]
  • Tech Rush: Front Range has seen tech companies sucking up commercial space during the past year [DenverPost]
  • From CU Denver to startup founder: 10 former Lynxes leading local tech companies [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #204: Some Things Are Bigger Than Tech

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I spent this weekend with my wife in Steamboat Springs celebrating our 8th anniversary. It was great to get out of the Denver area and spend some time without deadlines or schedules. I think my mind is still there.

Regardless of where my mind is, there are still some great news and events this week. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Lakewood-based HomeAdvisor to merge with Angie’s List, form new public company [DBJ]
  • Denver teaching software startup, Schoolrunner, raises $500,000 [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to offer more tech and education opportunities for women [InnovatioNews]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg teams with Greeley’s Dairy Tech Inc. [DenverPost]
  • How far does your tech salary stretch in Denver? [DBJ]
  • Colorado tech startups get a boost from legislation OK’d by House [ColoradoPolitics]
  • Making the SparkX Lab [SparkFun]
  • Redux for Rebit: Carbonite sells Rebit assets to Broomfield’s Betsol LLC [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based MergeLane announced it will no longer run its accelerator [BizWest]
  • POSSIBLE Mobile Denver celebrates successful Q1 by giving back [PossibleMobile]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #112: Every kind of tech in every kind of way

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You know all the cool buzzwords: “internet of things”, “wearables”, “smart watches”, “drones” and guess what? It’s all happening in Colorado!

This is a week where I had the hardest time ONLY posting 10 news items. I would suggest you follow me on Twitter to see all the news stories I want to put in these posts but am unable to due to my own artificial constraints. Granted I could add more stories, but then I’d add too much so I’ll just stick with 10.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Tech Roundup: Colorado’s largest hiring initiative, Kapow comes to Denver & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hickenlooper: Google-backed ZenPayroll plans to hire 1,750 people in Denver [DenverPost]
  • Denver rated America’s best place for business by Forbes; 4 other Colorado cities in top 40 [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s Arrow launching ‘Internet of Things’ boot camp [InnovatioNews]
  • Ft. Collins-based Agribotix drones approved by FAA [Agribotix]
  • Alteryx moves Boulder office to Broomfield, with plans for major growth [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based Occipital raises $13M Series B funding round [BizWest]
  • Gaugewear licenses wearable sensor technology from CU-Boulder [BizWest]
  • Greeley-based Lucan Technologies to launch re-designed modular SmartWatch [InnovatioNews]
  • Tomorrow’s tech talent [ColoradoOIT]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #86: Games, Growth and Coding #LikeAGirl

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So I’ll admit I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. I went ice skating with my 11 year old daughter like we usually do on Sundays. However I couldn’t help but notice the impact of the Always #LikeAGirl commercial. My daughter definitely skates like a girl: Determined and focused. I mention coding like a girl because half of my upcoming events are from women, for women and they will help you code like a girl. I hope organizations like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code continue to grow so my daughter can take advantage of them when she’s old enough.

This weekend I got experience ClutchCon, Colorado’s first ever eSports tournament and LAN party thanks to DaVinci Coders. They asked me to volunteer at their booth promoting their new Game Development program. Here are a few things I learned from ClutchCon:

  • The game development community is small. Really small! If you can name more than 5 game development companies in Colorado with 10 or more employees I’d be shocked and amazed.
  • Games are still for kids. The stereotype of the gamer as the cynical teenage boy cursing obscenities at n00bs while guzzling caffeine is just that, a poor stereotype. I was impressed by the amount of teens I saw there with their parents. I was especially impressed with Steven Harmon, the 15 year old with his own booth to show off his games with business cards, T-shirts and parental support.
  • If you want to become a game developer, learn C# and Unity. It’s that simple.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • $758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever [BuiltinColorado]
  • 16 diverse startups at Galvanize pitch cool tech [TechKnowBytes]
  • Anna Ewing appointed executive director of  Colorado Innovation Network and  chief operating officer of OEDIT [COIN]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Boulder’s Techstars gets new fund, Denver-based Dizzion raises $3.9M, and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based FullContact launches Unified Address Book for iOS with new $7M equity investment [InnovatioNews]
  • Galvanize’s new nonprofit foundation will give out scholarships for code schools [TechCrunch]
  • How Broomfield’s Level 3 gets the Super Bowl to your TV, tablet and smartphone [TechKnowBytes]
  • Rapidly growing Denver-based Choozle closes $4.1M funding round [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Scott McNealy to preach virtues of Colorado at showcase for VCs [Xconomy]
  • UNC receives $75K CDHE grant to help increase numbers of minority STEM students [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #57: Some leadership changes, more growth and an annoying paywall

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If you want to geek out about software development with me, check out my new Dev News Weekly that will be posted every Tuesday morning!

So there I was, my blog post was all set to publish when I found out that one of my new news sources moved their latest stories behind a paywall. I get it that real reporters of news are struggling to make money at their craft but I don’t think paywalls are the answer. The point of CTW is to direct you (and me) to read articles about the biggest, latest news about tech in Colorado. I can’t send you to a site with a paywall to read an article because I’m not sure if you have access. That doesn’t seem right.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • APEX Awards nominations now open for 14th annual event on Nov. 5 in Denver [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Opsec Security Appoints Richard Cremona As CEO [RTT]
  • Denver ranked in top 10 for best places for STEM graduates [CTA]
  • Boulder’s Sphero and Ubooly head to Disney Accelerator [MarketWatch]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements appoints Jim Franklin to board of directors [SysConMedia]
  • Sun continues to shine for Denver social media startup Wayin [Xconomy]
  • Boulder-based Zayo Group provides dark fiber connectivity to Weld County School District 6 and Greeley community [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Springs-based Accellos buys Minnesota software rival HighJump [DBJ]
  • Funding in Q2 nearly doubles for Colorado tech companies [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s FreeWave appoints Kim Niederman new CEO, co-founder Steve Wulchin to serve as president [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #32: Overwhelming events and mobile contradictions

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Well my first Built in Brews event was… overwhelming. If you are ever in doubt about the vibrancy of the tech startup scene in Denver, go to one of those events. Your doubts will easily be put to rest. I forgot how loud networking events can get. I also forgot how futile they seem when you don’t have anything to ask of or offer other people. I also learned that admitting ignorance to someone that is 10 years younger than me is much easier to do behind a keyboard than it is face-to-face.small-logo

Speaking of large, overwhelming events, I have signed up to volunteer for the CTA C-Level @ Mile High event on March 6. I also signed up to help market the event online, so be prepared to see me mention it a few times. The only other CTA event I’ve been to was the APEX Conference last summer, so if it’s anywhere as organized as APEX was, it should be a good time.

Local News

  • 2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits (infographic) [BuiltinColorado]
  • 4 Colorado cities (Denver, Boulder, Greeley and Ft. Collins) rank among nation’s 20 ‘best performing’ for jobs, tech [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies Dish and Westone win “Best Of” awards at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Rogue Wave acquires Klocwork to enhance code security and reliability [InnovatioNews]
  • Lockheed Martin secures $3.9M Air Force contract to continue tracking missiles, space debris [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s FullContact buys Latvia-based Cobook, adds contact management apps and 1M users [Xconomy]

National News

  • GitHub acquires Y Combinator Alum Easel, a browser-based web design tool [TechCrunch]
  • Forget trying to make money off mobile apps – App monetization to get tougher still, with Gartner predicting 94.5% of downloads will be free by 2017 [TechCrunch]
  • But make mobile games and you’ll be rich! – Mobile gaming could drive entire video game industry to $100B in revenue by 2017 [VentureBeat]
  • U.S. appeals court strikes down FCC net neutrality rules [Reuters]

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