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 #92: TechHire, C-Level and great news for dev students

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Great news this week for people like me! Great news for people who want to become software developers in Colorado. I’m excited for the start of the new TechHire program here as well as Galvanize working towards accountability in immersive education options. The one thing that makes me nervous about dev boot camps is the lack of oversight. This is a great step in the right direction.

I’ll be volunteering at Sports Authority Field this Thursday for CTA’s C-Level @ Mile High event. I hope to see some of you there!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Photo and video sharing service Photobucket raises $3.6M [BuiltinColorado]
  • Galvanize forms trade association with other industry leaders to establish accountability & standards for immersive education [Galvanize]
  • Colorado Technology Association announces 2015 celebrities for C-Level @ A Mile High [CTA]
  • Douglas County-based CH2M Hill named among world’s most ethical [DBJ]
  • 3 really physically active Colorado startups: All work and a lot of play at QuickLeft, SendGrid and ReadyTalk [BuiltinColorado]
  • Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, a Denver-based Internet of Things startup [VentureBeat]
  • Colorado employers could get tax breaks for repaying workers’ student loans [DBJ]
  • Colorado’s a pilot region for Obama administration’s TechHire job-training push [DBJ]
  • Go Code Colorado receives nationwide recognition as a bright idea [BuiltinColorado]
  • Webroot and 443 Networks announce OEM partnership to improve cybersecurity protection [InnovatioNews]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #91: Acquisitions and jobs come and go

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Local company, Arrow Electronics, acquires a company. Local company, Alchemy API gets acquired by a company. DigitalGlobe to cut 150+ jobs. Innosphere helped create 150+ jobs. The sun rises. The sun sets. There’s a zen kind of feeling to this week’s headlines… unless you’re one of the 155 employees of DigitalGlobe. Then it’s more of a shaking-your-fist kind of headline. Time for me to get back to homework. Here’s your headlines…

Top Colorado Technology News

  • New Tech group exploring format change, seeking new venue [BizWest]
  • Longmont satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe cutting 155 jobs [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Placeable hires digital industry veteran Jonathan Ewert as president [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado legislators back data center tax breaks — for now [DBJ]
  • Centennial’s Arrow Electronics acquires distributor ImmixGroup [InnovatioNews]
  • ‘Internet of Everything’ thought leader joins Denver-based BuildingDNA’s Board of Directors [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver’s AlchemyAPI acquired by IBM Watson Group [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based health-care technology group, Prime Health Collaborative, expanding into Colorado Springs [Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • 2014 was a very successful year for the Fort Collins Innosphere incubator with 179 high-paying jobs created [InnovatioNews]
  • Supreme Court clears the way for challenge to Colorado ‘Amazon tax’ [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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Colorado Tech Weekly #87: Why Colorado Tech Weekly Exists and Everybody Wants to Be Here

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Last week I was featured in the below article from BuiltinColorado as someone you should follow in Twitter. It feels great to get noticed. It also makes me wonder if I am portraying the person I want to be online.

I started Colorado Tech Weekly because I wanted to stay informed about the Colorado technology industry. I want to stay informed so that when I am ready to apply for software development jobs, I know where I want to apply. I realized that I’m not the only person that can benefit from this information, so I started Colorado Tech Weekly 87 weeks ago to share this information. I’m glad I get to continue this newsletter and I’m thrilled whenever I find out that people get value from these posts.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • 50 Colorado tech CEOs, founders, designers & hackers you should follow on Twitter (Including me!) [BuiltinColorado]
  • Some of the best places to learn programming in Colorado [CTA]
  • Colorado tech roundup: Tendril grabs $7.2M, Peak changes its name, Mergelane announces its first class and more [BuiltinColorado]
  • Digital Workshop Center in Fort Collins innovates to bring technical skills to those entering digital world [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 has 1st full-year profit in 16 years; Q4 earnings beat analysts’ view [DBJ]
  • Galvanize partners with Women Who Code to give a full scholarship to a woman in tech [Galvanize]
  • The perks of interning at a startup [Windward]
  • Fort Collins and Boulder earn No. 8 and No. 9 spots on Top 10 cities to find a job in America [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver a top 10 destination for people relocating [DBJ]
  • C-Level @ A Mile High connects solution providers with tech executives in a one-of-a-kind market [CTA]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #74: Finding Inspiration

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I just finished listening to the latest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Ruby Rogues. It’s a few Ruby programmers who spend most of their time talking about higher level concepts that ANY programmer of any language can appreciate. They had Kinsey Ann Durham, developer for Denver-based GoSpotCheck, as a guest and she talked about being a new developer and her path to that job. It’s inspiring to hear stories from developers like Kinsey. Give it a listen, get inspired and go to one of the events below!

For EVEN MOAR inspiration check out the stories of the CTA APEX awards and the TechStars “Where are they now” story.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • City of Denver clarifies software-tax policies to quiet concerns [DBJ]
  • Denver-based Rachio gets $2.5M so you can water your lawn from your cell phone [BuiltinColorado]
  • Boulder’s Kindara receives $1.25M in new funding, $50K vote of confidence from consumers [BuiltinColorado]
  • MapQuest growing in Denver with Commute app [ConfluenceDenver]
  • Tech startup of the month: Boulder-based OpenSnow [CoBizMag]
  • Denver’s gSchool announces Go Microservices Track [galvanize]
  • Colorado Springs-based ISSAC receives 2014 Award of Excellence in Aerospace/Defense [CTA]
  • Denver-based Skiing in Colorado just got a whole lot cheaper with Outdoors.io [BuiltinColorado]
  • 14th annual APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders [CTA]
  • Where Are They Now? Featuring Rapt Media, Occipital and RoundPegg [Techstars]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #60: The only thing that is constant is change

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Did you know that my headline is a quote attributed to Greek philosopher Heraclitus? I wonder if his friends called him Cletus.

See, this is the best/worst thing about the internet. I was all set to be done with my post, but then I spent 10 minutes learning all about Cletus because the knowledge so readily available. Luckily I was able to regain my train of focus and, speaking of change, I need to get back to my calculus homework.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Boulder joins ever expanding Galvanize community with new downtown colearning space [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3 to float $600 million in notes for TW Telecom deal [DBJ]
  • Denver’s Welltok announces new president and CFO [InnovatioNews]
  • Fort Collins-based startup geekrowd accepted into The Summit Dublin’s ALPHA program [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder’s Radish Systems awarded key patent for ChoiceView [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado Health Foundation’s Digital Health Challenge doling out $150,000 to Colorado companies [DBJ]
  • Loveland’s Madwire Media raises $5.5M to fix fragmented digital marketing [BuiltinColorado]
  • Westminster-based SpotXchange sells majority stake to European broadcaster for $144 million [BuiltinColorado]
  • Denver cloud computing company ViaWest to sell for $1.2B [BuiltinColorado]
  • Drone startups, like Greenwood Village-based RoboFlight, seek profit in software and the cloud [Xconomy]

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Colorado Tech Weekly #52: Consistency feels good

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There are 52 weeks in a year. This is my 52nd CTW post, so it makes sense that I’ve been at this for a year straight! But when I look back, CTW #1 was posted on June 16, 2013 so I’m feeling a bit off. I’ll dance to a year of consistency anyway because I can!

June must be a good time to start covering technology and innovation in Colorado. Congrats to one of my favorite news sources, InnovatioNews, on their 2 year anniversary! I hope I’m always a year behind you.

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Westminster-based Datalogix Closes $45M Round, Reportedly Considering IPO This Year [CTA]
  • HappyGov, MoveMyMusic Take Top Prizes at Hack4Colorado Competition [Xconomy]
  • Boulder’s ColdQuanta taps quantum physics to carve Nobel-winning niche in supercomputing industry [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado accepting Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs grant applications [COIN]
  • Denver-based Galvanize raises $13M, looking for more amid major expansion push [Xconomy]
  • Westminster’s TermScout breaks into commercial real estate market with $635,000 seed round [BuiltinColorado]
  • 3 young Front Range tech companies to keep tabs on [BuiltinColorado]
  • Broomfield-based Level 3’s TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don’t call it the World Cup) [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup, SnowGate, takes home $20,000 in Miller Lite business competition (Slideshow) [DBJ]
  • ViaWest opens its latest Denver-area data center [DBJ]

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