Colorado Tech Weekly #268: TechStars, Gavlanize and Colorado Tech’s Growing #GiveFirst Influence

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TechStars and Galvanize are two of the organizations that have been instrumental in the definition of our Colorado tech community. TechStars made #GiveFirst one of their core tenets. This is the idea that you help others when you can without any regard for what, if anything, you get in return. It’s one of my favorite things about our community. It’s great to see their influence spreading and I hope they can bring that same sense of community to more people.

Galvanize has helped to foster an open, inclusive community that has helped people of all walks of life get into and grow our tech community. It’s exciting to see Galvanize celebrate their 100th web cohort class!

These are only 2 of the many organizations that has made the Colorado tech community what it is today and it takes all of us to continue that attitude. It makes me happy to be here.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xero partners with Gusto (both companies have offices in Denver) as payroll provider [PYMNTS]
  • Conga HQ consolidation in Broomfield reaps millions in incentives [BizWest]
  • Former Boulder-based Techstars entrepreneur-in-residence David Mandell starts new venture capital firm [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone Gives Back: Volunteering with Growing Colorado Kids [GreystoneTech]
  • Google grant expands public Wi-Fi in downtown Boulder [BizWest]
  • Keck Foundation grants CSU $1M to make and measure spin waves [InnovatioNews]
  • Summer of Tariffs: How tariffs are affecting Niwot-based SparkFun [SparkFun]
  • Ohio-based tech firm Vertiv opening office, hiring in Loveland [BizWest]
  • Denver breaks into top 10 in list of North America’s top tech talent cities [DBJ]
  • Tech roundup: Guild raises $40M Series C, Techstars’ Natty Zola joins Matchstick Ventures, and more [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #263: Recognition from Glassdoor and Colorado Companies To Watch Highlight Colorado Tech Accomplishments

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I started this blog series to keep up on the Colorado tech community because I wanted to stay up to date while looking for my first software job, but I’ve found that what I really enjoy doing is bragging about our community. Congratulations to the companies and people recognized this week and thank you to the organizations that put together these awards.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Denver-based Greystone volunteers with the American Heart Association [GreystoneTech]
  • Resume & Portfolio advice for game developers and artists [StevenHarmonGames]
  • Glassdoor puts Denver’s Ibotta chief on list of 2018 Top CEOs [DenverPost]
  • Denver fintech company P2Binvestor raises $17 million for bank partnership [DBJ]
  • Gov2Go app allows Coloradans to skip the DMV when renewing vehicle tags [DenverPost]
  • Fort Collins-based Madwire execs score Glassdoor recognition [BizWest]
  • Sphero, Boulder toymaker behind BB-8, just bought local startup Specdrums [DBJ]
  • Montrose-based Proximity is a 2018 Colorado Company to Watch! [Proximity]
  • Durango’s GitPrime named a Colorado Company to Watch Winner [GitPrime]
  • 4 Colorado companies reflect on how their tech has evolved — and where they want to head next [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #261: Actively Creative People Are My Heroes

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This upcoming weekend is Denver Comic Con. It’ll be my 4th time going and I look forward to it every year. I am inspired every year to create more by talking with artists, authors and all the other creative people I find at DCC.

This weekend is marks the 5th anniversary of Colorado Tech Weekly! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing this for 5 years. It is beyond time for me to shake things up with this series and add some extra value Now I’ve found a bit of a groove with my new job maybe I can start making some of those changes soon.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s Skyland Analytics names Joe Ruth company’s chief software architect [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based software firm Vendavo acquires Swedish company [DBJ]
  • Behind the CANVAS Cart: How this team embraces creativity to find new applications for its tech in Boulder [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver-based Greystone makes the Denver Post Top Workplace list [GreystoneTech]
  • Fort Collins’ TurboTenant raises $2.2 million in equity offering [BizWest]
  • Software firm to the health-care industry, Apollo Enterprise Imaging Corp. expands to Fort Collins [BizWest]
  • SALT Lending nonprofit partners with Regis University to offer blockchain class [DBJ]
  • Louisville sustainable tech company, PrintReleaf, raises more than $400,000 in capital [BizWest]
  • Another banner year for the Secretary of State’s “Go Code Colorado” [SecretaryOfState]
  • Colorado tech raised over $100M in May. Here are the top 5 rounds [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #236: 2016 Predictions Results and Net Neutrality Reactions

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Last year I made 3 predictions. I predicted that Broomfield would see the most growth in tech companies, that I would get my first software developer job and that there would be fewer startups in Colorado by the end of this year. I give myself a shaky 2/3 credit for getting my predictions right. Not bad!

I’m not sure about my prediction about Broomfield. It seems as though Denver may have actually seen the most growth in tech companies and I’m pretty certain Boulder’s growth in the number of new tech companies has slowed.

Thanks to Infinicept, I got my second prediction right and, oh man, it feels good to have this job!

I am not sure there are fewer startups in Colorado. I think I overstated the effect that the political uncertainty would have on markets and regulations. I definitely overstated the effects of mistrust in technology. Although there did seem to be a good amount of consolidation in the Colorado tech starutp seen so I’ll take half credit. I hope my fears of a bubble are unfounded and honestly I don’t think we’ve reached the peak yet.

Next week I’ll make my 2018 predictions after Christmas. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder-based Sphero’s droids debut in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” [BizWest]
  • What does the Denver tech job market look like for 2018? [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Greystone gives back – Volunteering with A Precious Child [GreystoneTech]
  • T-Mobile acquires Denver’s Layer3, aims to disrupt TV industry [DBJ]
  • Boulder-based weather-software company Tempo Quest Inc. closes $2.5M financing round [BizWest]
  • Movin’ on up: Meet 10 of the fastest-growing companies in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • MLB Advanced Media leases space at Canyon 28 in Boulder [BizWest]
  • Now that FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, the Colorado tech community ponders what is next [DenverPost]
  • Deposed CEO gets his job back at Colorado pot-tech company MassRoots [DBJ]
  • Fast-growing Velocity Global moving into new RiNo headquarters [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #216: What is Your School’s Reputation?

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4 years ago I decided to go back to school for my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science through Regis University.  After I started, I learned about the various code schools in Colorado and I am jealous of the students who started the same time I did. Many of them have been working as developers for over 2 years and a few of them are mentoring newer students. Meanwhile, I am still a Computer Science student.

When I heard about Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down, I thought of the fate of the code schools and code school students in Colorado. All schools (even colleges), as well as the recent graduates of those schools, depend on the school’s reputation to succeed. I did not take this into consideration in 2002 when I spent my GI Bill benefits to go the now defunct Westwood College. It’s important for everyone associated with an education institution (private and public) to take their school’s reputation seriously so that students and alumni can continue to benefit from their education.

What is your school’s reputation?

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Want to get involved in a Colorado meetup group? Here are 5 great places to start [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver pot technology company, MassRoots, says it raised $1.2 million [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Ibotta lands big investor, plans hiring spree [DBJ]
  • Colorado companies help to propel fledgling drone industry forward [BizWest]
  • Colorado’s Greystone Career & Culture, July 26 [GreystoneTech]
  • Denver-based Dizzion hires new VP of Operations [Dizzion]
  • Boulder’s CodeCraft responds to Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard shutting down [CodeCraft]
  • Denver data center company, Fortrust, bought for $128 million [DBJ]
  • Westminster-based DigitalGlobe shareholders give OK to $2.4B purchase by Canadian firm [DBJ]
  • Denver data-protection company, eFolder, to merge with Silicon Valley tech firm [DBJ]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #212: DinosaurJS, Sharepoint Fest and Game Developers at Denver Comic Con

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I love reading event reviews mainly for the simple fact that I can rarely go to events. This week I am happy to promote local reviews from Cuttlesoft about DinosaurJS and from Greystone Tech about SharePoint Fest. Also we get a quick word about the game developers at Denver Comic Con from Denverite. It’s great! I love it. I hope to see more event reviews in the future!

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Takeaways from DinosaurJS 2017 [Cuttlesoft]
  • Erik Mitisek leaving University of Denver to join IMA’s insurance-tech startup [DenverPost]
  • Tech firm TapInfluence bids farewell to Denver, moves headquarters to Silicon Valley [DenverPost]
  • From charity to passion projects, this is how 4 Colorado companies do hackathons [BuiltinColorado]
  • Microsoft gives $25.8 million to expand Colorado workforce training program [DBJ]
  • Ibotta expands (again!) by doubling office space in downtown Denver [DenverPost]
  • SharePoint Fest 2017 [Greystone]
  • A behind-the-scenes look at 4 of the coolest offices in Colorado tech [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver Comic Con showcases a slew of indie gamemakers hailing from the Front Range [Denverite]
  • Behind the scenes with one of Denver’s most influential entrepreneurs: Luke Beatty [DenverPost]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #188: CloudElements Grows, NewMedia Grew Too Fast and Tech-Related Politics

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This week we have some political news, but don’t worry it’s political news about technology in Colorado!

This week includes a state grant to improve rural internet access, Governor Hickenlooper talks about transportation and broadband while Colorado startups look to disrupt transportation while using broadband and (2 news items that are not listed below) Colorado’s U.S. Representative Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner have both proposed technology-related legislation. It’s important to look past the loud, headline-grabbing political stories and pay attention to what is being done in government that affects our industry. The more people we have involved in governing, the better governing we will get.

Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Year’s resolutions from the Highlands Ranch-based Zen Planner team [ZenPlanner]
  • Denver’s Cloud Elements lands $13M to expand API integration platform and grow team [BuiltinColorado]
  • Longmont’s HerdDogg to debut “FitBit” for cows at National Western Stock Show [DenverPost]
  • State awards grants to improve Internet access in rural areas [BizWest]
  • Fast-growing Denver tech company, NewMedia restructures, lays off employees as it plots growth [DBJ]
  • What I’ve learned about Longmont’s Viget in 2016 – And what it means for recruiting in 2017 [Viget]
  • 4 Colorado tech companies that give back to their communities year-round [BuiltinColorado]
  • Hickenlooper names transportation, broadband as his priorities for 2017 [DBJ]
  • Denver-based ReadyTalk prepares to be acquired by much larger PGi, as founders prepare to exit [DenverPost]
  • How these 6 Colorado startups are disrupting the transportation industry [BuiltinColorado]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #180: I Went to an Event, I Missed an Event and Half a Circle

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It’s been a while since I’ve celebrated a blog milestone, so let’s do it. One hundred and eighty is a great milestone! It’s half a circle. It’s 20 away from 200. It’s even and… ok enough.

Last week I went to the Develop Denver meetup at Stoneys in Denver. I got to hear the KU fight song but that had nothing to do with the meetup. There were nametags and beer and nice people. What more do you need? I met a few nice developers and a few Galvanize students and instructors. It’s a good, low-key kind of event. You should check it out.

I also completely missed that WordCamp Denver was going on. I use WordPress for my site and despite the ‘uncool’ factor of PHP, it is still one of the most accessable platforms out there.

Be thankful for things this week. I’m thankful for you for reading this and I know it sounds cheesy but I just really enjoy being a part of the Colorado tech community. Have a great week!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Fort Collins mulls internet options [DenverPost]
  • Denver-based Law Father wins two W3 Silver Awards [LawFather]
  • Denver’s Altitude Digital changes CEO as it pivots to technology [AltitudeDigital]
  • Denver-based marketplace lender P2Binvestor closes $7.7M Series A1 [BuiltinColorado]
  • Videos for all WordCamp Denver sessions are now available on WordPress TV! [WordCampDenver]
  • As SendGrid opens Denver HQ, CEO talks of hiring hundreds [DBJ]
  • Tech roundup: Colorado tech sweeps Outside’s best places to work, big week for funding and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • How the Broncos are embracing tech, on game day and beyond [BuiltinColorado]
  • U.S. defense agencies choose Denver’s CH2M for $35M biosecurity contract [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Greystone Technology is excited to announce $2M in funding from Cypress Growth Capital! [GreystoneTechnology]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #133: Is ‘I don’t know’ a valid prediction?

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I normally don’t put too much thought into what I write in these paragraphs before the headlines but since I promised predictions I should deliver. I’ve had a hard time figuring out what my predictions should be but I think I figured out a way to make sense of this. So without further ado (I’ve never been a fan of too much ado), my predictions for Colorado tech in 2016 in no particular order:

  • Dev school hype reaches its peak in 2016: I am in no way saying that dev schools are just hype. I think they’re great! I’ve seen many people in Colorado succeed because of dev schools and I watch them with envy while I plug away at my CS degree part time (only 2 year to go!). I’m just saying the hype and excitement around dev schools reaches crazy-pants levels next year.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) sneaks into real life: There’s a funny thing about personal technology. It’s sold as this great, ground-breaking thing but it is always treated as something “in the future” that seems unreachable. Then one day you look around and that unreachable, ground-breaking technology is everywhere! That day will happen for IoT next year.
  • Cool, sexy tech like driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence improves but no one appreciates the improvements: Speaking of unreachable, ground-breaking technology, a lot has to happen for those promises to come to fruition. Next year there will be great improvements in these areas, but unless you’re following them closely you won’t really notice.
  • Colorado tech will see constant growth: Speaking of things we don’t notice (I’m getting pretty good at these transitions), the Colorado tech community will continue to grow at a steady pace. This is awesome but since we tune things out when they’re constant, people won’t really notice. I haven’t decided yet if that’s good or bad yet.

I have typed entirely too much here. Here’s the news. Happy new year!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder’s LogRhythm is finalist for two SC Magazine Awards [InnovatioNews]
  • Google-backed Gusto adds $22M more funding as it grows in Denver [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Faction doubles down on expansion After $6M round [Xconomy]
  • Englewood-based Cybergy Partners taps Terrence DiVittorio as new president and COO [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s SolidFire being acquired for $870M in cash [DenverPost]
  • Colorado CIOs plan to add, fill tech jobs in 2016 [DBJ]
  • Tim Spark reviews his time at the Westminster-based DaVinci Coders Bootcamp [TimSpark]
  • Get to know Denver’s PaySimple better with an inside look at our culture [PaySimple]
  • Get to know Boulder-based Greystone by the numbers [GreystoneTech]
  • Yelp Security Head Joins Denver’s Gamma 2 Robotics’ Advisory Board [Gamma2Robotics]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #116: Mobile Phones, Mobile People and IoT

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I’m starting the second week of my Assembly course this week and this coming weekend I’m lucky enough to participate in the Pebble Rocks Boulder Hackathon. I’ve noticed I seem to be more comfortable with lower-level languages so I’m pretty darn excited for this upcoming week.

The creative potential of IoT is amazing and I’m curious to see how I feel about it after the hackathon. Regardless of how I feel after this weekend, I definitely need to visit SparkFun’s Home of Tomorrow sometime soon. That looks really cool.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Xerox to add 300 customer-care jobs in Colorado [DBJ]
  • T-Mobile upgrades Colorado network to improve rural and indoor quality [Tech+]
  • PlanetiQ to hire ‘one or two dozen’ at new Boulder office [BizWest]
  • Boulder-based FreeWave Technologies launches new IoT blog [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver travel app drops Native name, switches to friendlier ‘Pana’ [Tech+]
  • CenturyLink lays off 150 workers in Colorado [DenverPost]
  • COIN: Finding tech workers still an issue, as is rising housing costs [DenverPost]
  • Niwot-based SparkFun starts on building the Home of Tomorrow [SparkFun]
  • Tech Roundup: Stream.io raises $1.75M, Pana grabs $1.35M, WeWork leases another space & more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Verizon tops two reports on mobile service quality in Colorado [Tech+]

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